Friends fans might be divided on their feelings about Ross Geller and Rachel Green’s relationship, but most, some begrudgingly, agree that the duo was always meant to end up together. Even so, Rachel was involved with a number of men before finally settling down. Some fans even think Joey and Rachel would have made the perfect couple if things hadn’t been so awkward. There are many other options to consider, no matter if you’re on the side of Joey or Ross. It’s entirely possible that neither Ross nor Joey was the right guy for Rachel in the long run. A second man she liked had promise. Rachel could have fallen in love with Joshua Bergen.
Ross and Rachel’s relationship was pretty toxic, all things considered
Although it was obvious that Ross and Rachel would end up together, their relationship was toxic in many aspects. They were sweet together during the honeymoon phase of their relationship, but the intensity of Ross’ feelings and Rachel’s interest in branching out made their relationship difficult. They remained in touch with each other even after their split over Ross’s sleeping with Chloe. It was exhausting.
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Sure, Ross and Rachel got on the same page eventually, but they were so vastly different that it’s hard to imagine them working out long-term. They spent so much time trying out to undermine each other that it is possible that they brought that dynamic into their relationship after Friends ended. Their first relationship was sweet, however.
Joey and Rachel were awkward together
Later on in the series, Joey was seriously interested in Rachel, but neither seemed to be able to overcome the strangeness. Joey initially was interested in Rachel but did not do much to make it seem natural. The romance felt awkward because Rachel’s feelings later caught on. Fans argue that she was more awkward with Ross than with Rachel in season 2.
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Reddit users pointed out that the plotline felt cheap and a ploy to promote a new storyline. In order to get the attention of viewers tired of the same material, season nine writers needed to create a new storyline. They point out that the show’s writers had to perform some serious gymnastics to make Joey and Rachel compatible, too. To make it work, they had to erase almost all of Rachel’s emotional growth. It felt strange and only a few people were disappointed to see their romance end.
Rachel’s ex-boyfriend, Joshua, certainly seemed like a good fit for her
Season 4 sees Rachel meet Joshua Bergen while she is working as a personal shopper. While the pair didn’t seem to have a connection at first, Rachel was head over heels for him. Friends fans may not like Rachel’s behavior while showing her interest, but it was natural for the two to be together.
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Joshua was successful, mature, well-rounded, and a great guy. He was charming, and was perfectly capable of maintaining a friendship while remaining open-minded. They would have been great friends if they had met at different times. Rachel was desperate to set Ross up with Emily. After his divorce, Joshua was a bit hesitant about making a commitment. Joshua and Rachel were both in the right place at a wrong time.
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