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Not only a go-to source for instant comic relief and witty banter, beloved ‘90s television sitcom Friends is also like a second family – one that makes some of the most outrageous mistakes, yet at the same time, enlightens us with counsel on life and love. A mixed bag of comrades, and sometimes, consorts, here are six dating tips from six delightfully wacky friends.
1. Date within your age group
Mainly because different aged people have different priorities. Richard Burke (Tom Selleck), who dated Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), was old enough to be her father and didn’t want any more kids than he already had. Monica, however, was pretty much destined to be a mother. She then went out with a high school senior and, clearly, the maturity deficit served as a huge roadblock.
2. It’s better to be friends first
Brownie points if it’s a best friend. Monica and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) have known each other since the beginning of time, back when the anal-retentive future head chef was broad in the beam. By the time they dove into the next level, they were already familiar with the ins and outs of each other. And it turns out they epitomised the term, One True Pairing.
3. Ladies, take the first step
Gone are the old-fashioned days when gentlemen are expected to make the first move with a rose in hand, or something like that. It’s high time the lassies stepped up. Look at Monica, for instance. She was the first to lunge towards Chandler (albeit, drunkenly) with a kiss, which would mark the beginning of their courtship. Yep, girls wear pants too.
4. The age-old cliche: Be yourself
Who cares if you’re a flaky, mediocre singer-songwriter with a dark past involving pimps, prison and pillages? Like Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) and Mike Hannigan’s (Paul Rudd) relationship, you’d know you’ve found a life partner when the person doesn’t judge you for your peculiar, flawed tendencies, but instead loves you because and in spite of all that.
5. Never, in any circumstance, cheat
This one is pretty obvious… but when squabbles heat up and leave one storming away from another, you’d let go of all inhibitions and let one thing lead to another. In the case of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), he has a one-night stand. In short, don’t do anything stupid or reckless, even if you’re on a break.
6. Confidence is paramount
When Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) goes on a blind date with a friend of Phoebe’s, she ends up in a restaurant with someone so down in the dumps that he admits to being dull, penniless and infertile, all before even placing an order. People are attracted to other people who are cheerful, so hold back on the complaining whilst on a date and, if you must, self-deprecate only in good humour. Be a Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc). Not the womanising part, but the self-confident part.
Heed the advice of these six elder sibling figures, learn from their blunders, and who knows? You just might find your lobster! (If you don’t get the reference, you need to go on a Friends marathon binge pronto.)
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