Appearances[ edit ] Chandler works as an IT procurements manager with the specialization "Statistical analysis and data reconfiguration," but loathes it. In Season 9, he quits his job and Monica helps him start a new career in advertising. Chandler is Ross Geller 's roommate in college. Chandler met his friend Rachel Green while celebrating Thanksgiving with the Geller family during his first year at college.
Actor Joey Tribbiani moves in with Chandler, who becomes his best friend. Ross and Chandler have been best friends since college, where they were roommates at Columbia University. They were in a band together, shared weird hair and fashion styles, and graduated from college in Chandler and Joey's apartment is an important focal point for the series as one of the few meeting areas of the gang. The two form a close and enduring friendship, and get into many humorous situations. When Chandler is first considering Joey as a roommate, the two start off on the wrong foot when Joey says that he "is cool with the gay thing" Joey assuming Chandler was gay.
Joey comes to fill the slot, only Chandler had already chosen a roommate — a fashion photographer with a porn-star sister. But after their eccentric neighbor Mr. Heckles Larry Hankin tells the photographer that he is Chandler's new roommate and is able to open Chandler's unlocked door, the photographer leaves.
This forces Chandler to give the keys to Joey and they find out they had a lot in common, including a fondness for Baywatch and beer. Chandler often supports Joey throughout the show, paying the rent, paying for Joey's head-shots, buying most of the food and even give money to Joey for his numerous dates. Unfortunately, Chandler falls asleep. Later that episode, Joey insists on paying back every penny that he owes Chandler until he realizes exactly how much he owes him.
The relationship between the two is balanced: Joey looks to Chandler as his intellectual superior, while Chandler acknowledges Joey as the more confident counterpart, especially when it comes to getting women. Chandler and Rachel originally did not like each other, but grew to become good friends.
In " The One with All the Cheesecakes " Chandler and Rachel steal and share the cheesecake which originally belonged to their downstairs neighbor. Rachel, who works for Ralph Lauren , is also the one who helps Chandler pick out his wedding suit. Rachel and Chandler never have any romantic relationships apart from a glance back to their time in college when they made out. Chandler and Phoebe are good friends. They sometimes are goofy and have fun with one another.
They also play games, like coming up with Superhero names and reclining the Barcaloungers like cowboys. They share a duet of " Endless Love " at the end of one episode, when Chandler is sad after a breakup with his on-off girlfriend Janice Maggie Wheeler.
In "The One Where Everyone Finds Out", she tries to trick him into believing that she is attracted to him, but Monica tells him that Phoebe finds him charming in a "sexless" way, indicating that any hints of romance are jokes. Phoebe is the initial reason that Chandler quit smoking in "The One With the Thumb", after an argument between the group about his smoking. Chandler is brash, zany, and estranged from both of his parents.
He suffers from commitment issues, brought on by growing up in a broken home with no idea of what a stable marriage looks like, can be neurotic and extremely defensive, with humour as his shield.
Chandler also associates everything that links to his parents' divorce in a negative light, specifically Thanksgiving where his parents reveal their separation over a turkey where his father plans to run away with the bus boy.
Both of Chandler's parents are extremely sexually promiscuous, and he has made several allusions to having caught them during sexual acts. Most of these involve his father with other men. Among other things, he alludes to having witnessed orgies by the time he was seven years old, and playing "the far left" background dancer during his father's rendition of It's Raining Men when he was growing up.
His mother Nora is a world famous writer of erotic novels, which is demonstrated when Rachel's short-term boyfriend Paulo - who is Italian and barely speaks any English - is shown to know her. Chandler began smoking when he was nine years old after his parents announced their divorce.
Chandler is first seen smoking during the first season and is chastised by his friends for breaking his non-smoking streak of three years. He does a fairly good job at controlling his habit throughout the series' run, although a few times he cannot resist temptation and has a single cigarette or just a single drag off someone else's.
His only major relapse occurs in season 9 when he stays in Oklahoma four days a week for work and smoked "three cartons in three days" because all his colleagues lit up during work meetings. He promises Monica never to smoke again, and is not seen smoking in the series after this point. His middle name, "Muriel," was revealed in the beginning of "The One With Rachel's Date," where one of his co-workers thinks his name is Toby.
Chandler's main catch phrase is starting sentences with "Could that BE any more Despite all this, he is the first one to have a committed marriage that doesn't end in divorce. At Ross's wedding in London, Monica and Chandler sleep together and decide to begin dating.
They try to keep their relationship secret, as they are unsure about how the others would react. Eventually, however, they all find out. Their wedding is officiated by Joey, who is ordained over the Internet. In the final episode, Monica and Chandler adopt twins, due to their inability to conceive. Monica's bossiness, neatness and overly competitive nature forces Chandler into several situations, such as her being unable to throw a game of tennis against Chandler's boss and Chandler hiding the fact that he is incredibly good at ping-pong so Monica won't enter them in doubles tournaments.
She is a regular feature in his life, even though he regretted dating her and kept ending their relationship in season 1. He dates her again in season 2, but it ends up in a break-up. However, Janice makes further appearances later in the series.
Kathy Paget Brewster makes an appearance in the fourth season of Friends. Chandler sees her in Central Perk and asks the gang if he should ask her out, only to learn that she was already waiting for a date with Joey.
She is an actress and Chandler eventually dates her until he gets extremely paranoid when she shares a sex scene with her co-star prompting a big fight between the two. Chandler's paranoia drove Kathy into having an affair with the same person. Career[ edit ] Chandler works as an IT procurements manager with the specialization "Statistical analysis and data reconfiguration", which he takes up as temporary work.
Despite disliking his job, Chandler is unable to quit his job as it is his nature to avoid ending anything forcefully. His friends do not understand what he does; during the contest for Monica and Rachel's apartment , Rachel guesses "Transponster" for his job title.
In the episode " The One Where Emma Cries ", Chandler falls asleep during a meeting and on waking, realizes that he had agreed to head the new division in Tulsa. Chandler quits his job on Christmas, so that he can fly home to New York to be with Monica.
Monica helps Chandler secure a job in advertising through an old colleague of hers. Much to Chandler's dismay, he begins as an intern. However, his more mature approach eventually pays off, and he secures a full-time job in the business as a junior copywriter.