Happy Friday with Friends! Today we are going to take a jog with Rachael and Phoebe in The One Where Phoebe Runs…
[Scene, Central Perk: Rachel, Ross and Monica are there]
Rachel: You guys, I’m telling you, when she runs, she looks like a cross between Kermit The Frog and The Six Million Dollar Man.
Ross: Monica had such a crush on him. Yeah, she used to kiss his poster every night before she went to bed.
Rachel: Oh! I used to do that too!
Monica: Did you also have his album, It’s Not Easy Being Green?
Rachel: Aw, Mon…(Kisses her on the cheek)
Monica: So, Phoebe runs weird huh?
Rachel: Yeah, yeah and you know what, I know she’s gonna wanna run again, I just don’t know how to get out of it, I mean, I live with her.
Monica: Why don’t you just be straight with her? Tell her the truth.
Rachel: You’re right, you’re right. I should just tell her the truth.
Rachel: Pheebs, Monica tripped me, I don’t think I can ever run again, ever!
Trying to bond with her new roomie and long-time friend, Rachel asks Phoebe to go for a run. Only Rachel doesn’t anticipate Phoebe running like… well, Phoebe. She doesn’t want to be seen running with her quirky friend again, but she doesn’t know how to tell Pheebs. Monica suggests telling her the truth. Rachel opts for a lie—which she should know always backfires…
[Scene, The Park, Rachel is running and Phoebe is hiding behind a tree.]
Phoebe: (jumps in front of Rachel) Hi! Oh yeah, uh-huh, it’s me. I saw you grab your running shoes this morning and sneak out. You lied so you could run by yourself.
Rachel: No, no Phoebe no, I was…no. You know what, I was, I was actually just checking to, see, if I could run. And I can!
Phoebe: Please Rachel, I am not an idiot. (Runs off)
By lying to Pheobe, Rachel ends up hurting Pheebs and having to tell her the truth. Rather than if she would have just told Pheebs the truth in the first place…
Rachel: Okay, um, I…(Phoebe walks into her room.) All right Phoebe look, I just wanted to say that I’m sorry. OK? I handled the situation horribly and I should not have lied to you.
Phoebe: So, what should you have done?
Rachel: Well, I-I should’ve told you the truth.
Phoebe: Uh-Huh, Which is…?
Rachel: Well, y’know, the reason I didn’t wanna go running with you is because um, well y’know the way that you run is a little…(Starts flapping her arms)
Rachel: Well, it’s embarrassing. People were looking at us like we were crazy.
Phoebe: Why do you care?
Rachel: Because they’re people.
Phoebe: But people that you don’t know and will never see again.
Rachel: Yes, but still. They’re people…with eyes.
Phoebe: Well, I didn’t get embarrassed running next to Miss (panting). But no, okay. No, no, I can see why running with me would be embarrassing to you. Yeah, okay. You’re uptight.
Rachel: I-I am not uptight—Hey-hey-hey-oh-oh! Listen, I am not uptight, man.
Phoebe: That’s okay Rachel. I’m not judging you; that’s just who you are. Me. I’m more free y’know? I run like I did when I was a kid, cause that’s the only way it’s fun. Y’know, I mean didn’t you ever run so fast you thought your legs were gonna fall off? Y’know, like when you were like running towards the swings or running away from Satan? (Rachel looks confused) The neighbor’s dog.
By telling Pheobe the truth, Rachel repaired the relationship and learned something from her friend. She learned to be free. To have fun. To not care what people she doesn’t know will think of her.
Our friends are going to have quirks that we may not understand or may embarrass us, but it is important to be honest and open. Who knows what we’ll learn from them!
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