Friends was on for a whopping 10 seasons, so it's not hard to imagine that there may be a lot of potential stories that never actually came to pass on the small screen. Matthew Perry, for instance, just admitted that there was one story that he simply did not want Chandler Bing to be a part of. And, while it's odd, I can totally see this as something that would happen on Friends.
There was a storyline on Friends where Chandler went to a male strip joint because he really liked the sandwiches. I called up and said, 'Let's not do this one.'
See? Can't you just imagine that happening on Friends and it being something that Monica, Joey, Rachel, Ross and Phoebe make fun of Chandler for doing? My only real problem with this plotline is that, from what I remember anyway, Joey was the one who liked sandwiches so much that he would have actually braved the possibility of seeing some male strange to get his hands on a couple of really good sandwiches. Other than that, I really like this idea.
Matthew Perry responded when asked by Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live if there was ever a Friends plotline that gave him pause and made him think the show had jumped the shark. Seeing as how Perry didn't take any time to think about the answer at all, it sounds like this really does stand out for him as the worst idea the writers came up with for Chandler. What I don't completely understand is why he didn't like this idea. Is it because there had been, especially during the early seasons of the show, some smaller characters who thought Chandler was gay? Or, is it like I was thinking before, and Matthew Perry knew, in his heart of hearts, that this was really more of a Joey story than a Chandler Bing joint?
Unfortunately, Andy Cohen didn't have time to follow up with Matthew Perry on the reason he didn't like this possible story. I have to admit, though, now that I've heard about this, I kinda wish it had happened. And since I've probably seen every episode at least four times, I can sort of imagine how this would play out, which will be excellent for my Chandler-centric fan fiction. Oh, well. Maybe if we ever get that Friends reunion they say will never happen they can use this plot as part of it. Until you come across a cool Friends repeat, be sure to use our summer premiere schedule and Netflix premiere guide to fill out your viewing schedule in the coming months.