Ross and Monica's parents. In early appearances, Jack frequently makes inappropriate comments, which he punctuates by exclaiming "I'm just saying! Jack is more balanced in his attention and care towards both Ross and Monica.
After the Gellers sell their house in season 7, it is revealed that Jack has used boxes of Monica's old stuff to block rainwater from getting to his Porsche. Due to his gnawing guilt, Jack develops a secret smoking habit and decides to gift Monica the Porsche.
Despite being favored throughout his entire childhood, this makes Ross insanely jealous. Despite each of them having their own quirks, however, they are both occasionally dumbfounded by the crazy antics of their son and daughter, such as Ross' disastrous wedding to Emily and Monica's ridiculous speech at their 35th anniversary party.
Barry, an orthodontist , decides to go on his and Rachel's honeymoon with her maid of honor Mindy, and soon begins a relationship with her. Their relationship hits a rough patch when he and Rachel consider getting back together. Rachel is invited to the wedding, but receives a cold reception for jilting Barry while she is there, and a ridiculous speech from Ross which bemuses everyone in the room does not exactly improve the situation for her, until she, in a desperate attempt to salvage some pride, walks onto the stage where the microphone is and starts singing.
He has also been called "Barry White", and is possibly[ original research? Barry is portrayed as a horrible, selfish little man who cheats, lies, and belittles other people. Getting both Rachel and Mindy to fall for him also suggests[ original research? Carol is Ross' lesbian ex-wife, who came out before the pilot, and Susan is her partner. Carol dumped and divorced Ross to be with Susan.
In the second episode of the series, Carol tells Ross that she is pregnant with his child, [e 8] and is having the baby with her partner Susan, though she wishes Ross to be part of the baby's life. Carol and Susan are often bemused by Ross' quirks throughout his onscreen appearances with them.
Susan does not attempt to hide her contempt of Ross and vice versa, but they briefly put aside their differences when Carol gives birth to a boy, whom they all agree, after weeks of argument, to name Ben. Though Ross and Carol are on good terms after their divorce, Ross continues to resent Susan for losing Carol to her. It was just an opportunity to tell a really interesting story. Jessica Hecht originally auditioned to play Monica.
The manager of the Central Perk coffee house, who first appears as a background character in "The One with the Sonogram at the End".
He is a former actor who once played Bryce on All My Children before that character was "killed in an avalanche.
His motivation for disliking Ross is jealousy as he is aware of Ross' relationship with Rachel , which is made clear numerous times, most notably in "The One the Morning After" when he reveals to Rachel that Ross who mistakenly thought at the time that his relationship with her was over—"We were on a break" got drunk and cheated on her.
James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who could competently work the cappuccino machine on the Central Perk set. The Seattle Times ranked Gunther as the eighth best guest character of the series in Marcel[ edit ] Marcel live animal actor: A Capuchin monkey that Ross initially keeps as a pet, [e 15] and who provides comic relief for his geeky master. One time Rachel loses him in the city, [e 16] and calls Animal Control—only to learn from Ross that Marcel is an illegal exotic animal that cannot be kept in the city.
After unsuccessfully trying to prevent animal control officer Luisa Megan Cavanagh from discovering that they are harboring an illegal exotic animal and bemusing her with their wacky behavior throughout these unsuccessful attempts, Rachel, Monica, Ross and Phoebe learn that Luisa is a former classmate of Rachel's and Monica's who upon recognizing Rachel attempts to spite her for snubbing her in high school by attempting to confiscate Marcel. To prevent this, Rachel threatens to tell Luisa's boss about how she shot Phoebe "in the ass with a dart" that had been meant for Marcel.
Later, as Marcel sexually matures and begins to hump everything, Ross has to give him away to a zoo [e 17] —"where he can have access to regular monkey-lovin'. In a later season Ross questions why he had a monkey as a pet.
Chandler's on-again, off-again girlfriend for the first four seasons. Janice is one of the few characters besides the six main friends who appears in all of the Friends seasons. She has a nasal voice and a thick New York accent that sounds so irritating that it makes Chandler want to break up with her, but at the same time he does not want to hurt the nonetheless good-natured Janice's feelings, and while making a hand gesture in the midst of an attempt to break up with her without upsetting her, he accidentally pokes her in the eye in "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent" [e 19] and although Phoebe is eventually able to explain to Janice on his behalf that he wants to end their relationship and get her to agree to break up with him without upsetting her in the process, he gets back together with her for New Year's [e 15] and for Valentine's.
Heckles' death, resolves not to die alone, [e 21] he is disappointed to discover that she is married and pregnant. Their relationship lasts into the third season, when Janice decides to leave her husband to be with Chandler. Later, Joey sees Janice kissing her husband, who runs a mattress business. In a later episode, the tables are turned on the annoying natured Janice when she has a brief fling with Ross shortly after he has broken up with Emily, as he is unhappy and spends the entire date complaining about everything, causing her to find him insufferable and leave him Ross had expected the reverse to eventually happen, but had been happy to date someone who listened so well to him in the meantime.
As Monica and Chandler make plans to have children, [e 29] she offers Chandler advice and support at a fertility clinic. To get rid of her, Chandler pretends he still loves her, causing her to as he had hoped become fearful that he will end up ruining his marriage and she will end up ruining her own as she still loves Chandler as well if she lives next door to him, so she decides not to buy the house after all and walks out of Chandler's life seemingly for good, but does kiss him one last time before she does, much to his surprise.
Presumably due to being amused by their wacky, quirky, goofy personalities, Janice seems to enjoy spending time with the six friends, which is somewhat ironic and very much inconvenient for them since none of them can stand to be around her although she seems to be completely blind to the fact that they feel this way, showing almost no awareness whatsoever of the fact that they hate having to put up with her , due to the unbearably irritating nasal New York accent she speaks with, and her annoying machine gun laugh.
Janice's distinctive laugh was borne out of a slip-up Wheeler made during the rehearsal of "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent"; [e 19] after Chandler and Janice's "More latte?
Heckles[ edit ] Mr. Monica and Rachel's downstairs neighbor, a domineering, highly unusual elderly man who constantly complains about the noise, even though the six friends are being perfectly decent in volume whenever he claims that they are disturbing him. His reason for this is never revealed, until "The One Where Mr Heckles Dies", in which the group discover that the noises being made in their apartment are apparently amplified in his, and when Chandler hears banging coming from the above room while in Heckles' apartment although it is never revealed exactly what the people upstairs were doing to cause the banging it annoys him so much that he inadvertently imitates Heckles by banging on the roof with his broom.
He makes a final cameo appearance in "The One with the Flashback", [e 7] set in , where he complains that Phoebe's noise is disturbing his oboe practice even though he does not actually play the oboe , and inadvertently and cruelly causes Joey to be Chandler's roommate. He usually states that items are his, and when the other person states that he does not have one, Mr. Heckles says that he could have one.
For instance, when Rachel and Phoebe are searching for the owner of a lost cat, Mr. Heckles said "Yes, that's my cat. Heckles died of a heart attack, while banging on the ceiling with his broomstick.