Alright, this is seriously crazy, and reading it over and over doesn’t make it any less crazy! A fan, who goes by the name “Xenophon Moscrop” on twitter, or @strnks, sent out a theory of an alternate ending of ‘Friends,’ that he came up with and typed up in iPhone Notes. It involves Phoebe’s homeless past and meth, so yeah, it’s dark and you have to read it.
Sometimes fan theories are just silly or off, but this one really could have happened, which may be why it’s going so viral. @Strnks posted the alternate Friends ending on August 24 to Twitter, and if this is how the May 6, 2004 finale actually went down, we would have been seriously upset. This ending changes everything — there’s not even six “friends” involved.
I’d have ended Friends by revealing it was all the meth-addled fantasy of a homeless Phoebe as she started through the window of Central Perk.
Each kooky aside, each time she made everything about her, each example of how she’s an outsider….it all makes sense. All 10 seasons were merely her fevered imagination, projecting herself into the lives of the others. All she ever wanted was…Friends.
The final scene would be Phoebe walking away from Central Perk, with the Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler and Monica characters making a reference to “the crazy lady who always stares at us.” They all have different names and personalities.
Phoebe walks past a furniture store and catches her reflection in a mirror. The name of the store? “Ursula.”
Finally she returns to the park where she sleeps in front of the fountain. A broken lamp stands next to her bench. It starts to rain. From behind, we see her put up six dirty, but brightly coloured umbrellas.
Fade to black.
Alright, so he did later tweet, “I mean I’ve never even seen a full episode of friends, it’s the one in america about people who drink coffee right?” in which he was obviously kidding. He clearly knows a thing or two about the show. The lamp! The Central Perk! The umbrellas! Ursula! It all adds up, perfectly I may add.
Would you have been happy if this had been the ending? Please let us know your reaction.
— Emily Longeretta