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Friends Forever

''Friends'' exclusive: Six members of the Central Perk gang talk about their favorite episodes, their future plans, and saying goodbye

David Schwimmer
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Courteney Cox | 'THE ONE WITH THE EMBRYOS' Chandler, Monica, and Joey's turf war
Image credit: Friends: Warner Bros.
'THE ONE WITH THE EMBRYOS' Chandler, Monica, and Joey's turf war

Courteney Cox Arquette

Monica Geller Bing

Favorite episode Season 4's ''The One With the Embryos,'' in which the girls take on the boys in a trivia contest: If the girls win, the boys will get rid of their pets, a rooster (formerly the chick) and a duck; if the boys triumph, they claim Monica's pad. ''I learned more about my character and everyone else's because of these trivia questions. One thing that's been a running joke throughout the 10 years was no one really knew what Chandler did for a living and we're all just completely stumped. I screamed at Rachel that Transponster 'is not even a word!'... The times I like playing Monica the most are when she's being competitive, like when she's playing football in the Thanksgiving episode or when she's trying to get George Clooney and Noah Wyle. She kind of has no limits. And the stakes were really high [in 'Embryos'], because to lose the apartment was huge. She was so sure that she'd win that she bet the apartment. Didn't work out so well for her, did it? Not fun. Did not enjoy filming in Joey's apartment.''

Stock quote about saying goodbye ''It was terrible. It was sad. It was beautiful. When [director-executive producer] Kevin Bright said at the end of the show, like he does at the end of every show, 'Okay, that's our show!' this time he really meant it. My eyes are still swollen.''

Last time you went into a coffeehouse ''Yesterday. I didn't sit down on a couch, but I got a decaf latte with vanilla flavoring to go.''

Worst thing about making a million dollars per episode ''Nothing... I mean, yeah, you don't want to pay half of it in taxes, but thank God that you get the other half.''

On doing a reunion show ''What does that mean? Is it a movie-of-the-week? I don't think I could do that. Can you imagine? 'Friends: The Movie of the Week.' No, that's terrible.''

Next Starring in ''November,'' a psychological thriller that debuted at Sundance. Also serves as creator-exec producer of ''Mix It Up,'' a design show on WE.

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