Oh my GOD
Okay, shit’s about to get real right now. Everyone sit back and relax because this might get long.
So, okay, let’s start with Rachel in the last two episodes. The entire few episodes, they’re both essentially trying to achieve their dreams. Ross is up for tenure and Rachel might get a better job with better pay. Ross gets tenure, because as a straight white male why wouldn’t he? And Rachel ends up getting fired and doesn’t get the new job she was hoping for. So, yes, it’s all very shitty for Rachel, and Ross acts super sympathetic even though he got what he wanted.
Well, when she gets her dream job in Paris, Ross completely loses his fucking mind. He goes behind her back to try to make her stay. He bribes her old boss to give her her job back and give her a raise, which seems like a nice thing to do, but is purely done for selfish reasons.
But then, he realizes she really wanted that job in Paris and for a second you think Ross has grown a heart because he tells her she should totally take the job.
But, of course, Ross is an awful human being and at the last second changes his mind. This fucker follows her to the airport and tells her not to go because he still loves her, putting her in this awful position where she has to choose him or the job. And I get the whole “But he loved her so much!!”, but if he loved her so much, he would have let her go.
So when she says she can’t do this right now and she has to go, you’re thinking hopefully she won’t give up Paris for literal walking garbage. But no. She gets off the plane. She chooses the sack of shit over her dream job in Paris. The job she was so excited to do was just thrown out the window. Now she’s dependent on Ross and stuck with basically a giant man-child.
And, honestly, yeah Ross got tenure, but is it completely impossible for him to have a job in Paris? Like, could he not go to Paris with her and be a paleontologist there?
This is why I think Joey would have been a better match for Rachel. Aside from the fact that he didn’t act like an asshole when she ended things, he also could have probably made it as an actor there. I mean, he was always doing small jobs here and there anyway, why not do the same thing in Paris?
But even if she and Joey didn’t work, I would have rather Rachel went to Paris and lived on her own as a single mother and totally rocked the shit out of it.
Because the whole series started with her basically becoming independent. She dumps her fiance and her dad cuts her off and she had to try to make ends meet as a waitress. Like, can you imagine starting your life off as a waitress and ending up at your dream job in Paris? That’s a much better story than ending up with fucking Ross of all people.
I just keep thinking when their kid is a teenager and they tell her the story, she just deadpans and says, “You mean, we could have been living in Paris this whole time?? Mom, what the fuck?”
Rachel absolutely should not have chosen Ross and instead should have gone to Paris. Like, I have this whole redone ending where she’s been living in Paris for a while, like maybe a year or two, and one day Joey calls her up. Monica and Chandler are busy with their kids in their new house, Phoebe has her own husband and probably a lot of kids because she mentions she wants a ton of them, and Ross is gross who would want to hang out with his crusty ass anyway? So Joey talks to her about how he needs a vacation and is feeling kind of lonely and she tells him he should totally come up there and visit her and Emma. So he does because he’s a single guy with money to spare so why not? And when he gets there it’s all just normal hanging out as friends, but then they fall in love in Paris and Joey becomes Emma’s step dad and Rachel is the main supporter and everything is happy.
That’s what I think should’ve happened.
Now, as for the “we were on a break” bullshit.
This is why I can’t fucking forgive Ross for that. Ross believes he’s completely absolved of guilt. He thinks that because Rachel said they needed a break and because he jumped to the conclusion that she was moving on with Mark already that he was free and clear. Now, okay, I understand that they were broken up. I don’t think it was necessarily cheating, but I do think Rachel has every right to be angry about it because they had only been broken up for a few hours before he slept with her.
Ross, because he’s fucking annoying as shit and doesn’t ever let anyone say anything, jumped to the conclusion that she had already moved on. So, instead of listening to her or using any kind of logic, he sleeps with someone else. But the thing of it is, the girl was trying to put the moves on him, which at first he rejected because he didn’t think they were totally broken up, making his “we were on a break” claim null and void.
The argument can be made that he didn’t sleep with her until after he thought Rachel had moved on, but I still don’t think he’s in the clear here. He spends and entire next episode trying to keep Rachel from finding out, making it clear that he knows he’s done something wrong and is trying to hide it. Granted, it was Chandler and Joey’s idea to hide it, but don’t try to tell me Ross wouldn’t have come up with that idea himself if they weren’t around.
So then he only apologizes after he’s been caught, but he never apologizes again. He obviously is only apologizing so she won’t leave him. After the break up, he doesn’t act sorry at all. In fact, he acts like a complete jerk. And then he’s constantly trying to look like a good person always claiming “we were on a break” when he should have said something like “I thought you’d moved on already and I was upset, I’m sorry.” And then fucking proved it. Because, even if people make accidents, they still apologize if that accident hurt someone. If you accidentally step on someone’s foot, you apologize even though you didn’t do it on purpose.
Ross is not an irredeemable character, it’s just that he never owns up to his shit and is always trying to come off as perfect, never admitting he has any flaws. And then, of course, he tries to lay the blame on everyone else. He tries to say that Rachel isn’t innocent in the whole thing and that it’s her fault too, but she never did anything. All she did was accept a friend’s help when she was feeling sad after a breakup. It’s not her fault that that friend had feelings for her and she didn’t do anything with him anyway, so, again, she didn’t do anything wrong.
Rachel totally deserved more than she got and Ross doesn’t deserve Rachel at all, even though he thinks he does because he’d had a crush on her since high school, as if that makes her belong to him.
The Ross/Rachel relationship is manipulative and abusive and I hate it.