13 dirty Friends jokes that we totally didn't understand

Catriona Wightman
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From Digital Spy

Friends has been in our lives for years – it started in 1994, and we've basically not stopped watching it (or re-watching it) since. But because we were quite young when it first hit our screens, it turns out that we missed a lot when we first sat in front of it.

Because you guys, Friends is rude. Like, really rude. And it's no surprise that our innocent, naive young minds didn't quite understand all of the saucy jokes. Here are just a few moments that made us go, 'Ooooooh' when we watched them again…

1. RACHEL'S HUGE PUTDOWN

The line: Rachel angrily tells Ross: 'It's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy, and it IS A BIG DEAL." (Chandler: "I knew it!")

What we thought it meant: We were genuinely baffled. We all knew that Ross was unique, to put it kindly, but what on Earth could Rachel have been referring to? It was only much later when - a little more worldly-wise - we clocked on to Rachel's true meaning (and Chandler's horror).

2. ROSS AND RACHEL'S SELF-HELP MISUNDERSTANDING

The line: Rachel, having read a self-help book: "How do you expect me to grow if you won't let me blow?" Ross's response: "… You know I don't have a problem with that."

What we thought it meant: That Ross was very laissez-faire about allowing Rachel to fart in front of him. (So clueless.)

3. MARK GETTING REJECTED BY RACHEL

The line: Rachel worries that she's only dating Mark to get back at Ross. Mark's reply: "If you want to get back at Ross, I am here for you. I say we get back at him right on this couch… I can just go home and get back at him by myself."

What we thought it meant: Mark was just going to go home and maybe fume silently at the thought of Ross. We didn't know it had anything to do with, um, self-love.

4. ROSS'S JUICE BOX DISASTER

The line: Rachel and Ross are getting hot and heavy at the Planetarium when Rachel is suddenly shocked and reassures Ross that it's okay. "What? Oh, no, you just rolled over the juice box."

What we thought it meant: Rachel thought Ross had peed himself. Simpler times.

5. CHANDLER'S EMBARRASSING STASH

The line: Chandler is horrified when he finds out that Phoebe and Rachel always go on a Christmas present hunt. "You don't, like, go into the back of my closet, and look under my gym bag or anything? BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE JOEY GAVE ME SOME STUFF TO STORE THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN MY LIFE!"

What we thought it meant: We didn't know. All we knew is that it definitely wasn't Joey's stuff.

6. RACHEL'S HEADBANGING

The line: Rachel tries to help Monica when she accidentally banged Ben's head by banging her own head against a post (so he'd think it was normal). "Y'know, if it's not a headboard, it's just not worth it."

What we thought it meant: This one flew way over our heads, to be honest. We just pretended we hadn't heard it.

7. JOEY GOES SAILING

The line: Rachel is desperately trying to teach Joey how to sail and asks him how to get the main sail up. "Uh, rub it?"

What we thought it meant: We all knew Joey was clearly not very intelligent, so we thought he was just being weird.

8. MONICA GETS INTERRUPTED IN THE SHOWER

The line: Ross is horrified when Phoebe's dollhouse catches on fire and rushes into the shower to save it - only to find Monica in there. "By the way, I was just checking the shower massager," she tells him later.

What we thought it meant: We thought the writers were padding out time with Monica's tales of plumbing. We had no idea there was another layer to it. (Now we do, this is totally gross – MONICA AND ROSS ARE SIBLINGS.)

9. CHANDLER'S PENCHANT FOR SHEEP

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The line: Rachel is annoyed when Ross picks out a Little Bo Peep outfit for her to wear, but he says he didn't recognise it without the inflatable sheep. Rachel: "Yeah, which by the way Chandler, I would like back one of these days."

What we thought it meant: Chandler likes sheep toys because they're cute.

10. JOEY'S TAKE ON THE FINANCIAL MARKETS

The line: Monica, suddenly obsessed with making money on stocks and shares, announces that she has a strategy: "My motto is get out before they go down." Joey's response: "That is so not my motto."

What we thought it meant: Joey wasn't to be trusted with investments.

11. RACHEL'S RECIPE BOOK HORROR

The line: Rachel's disastrous half shepherd's pie, half trifle concoction gets Ross checking the recipe - and discovering the book's pages are stuck together. Joey fumes: "Chandler!"

What we thought it meant: Chandler is a messy cook.

12. ROSS'S NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

The line: Ross decides to make himself happy for his New Year's Resolution. Chandler asks: "Do you want us to leave the room?"

What we thought it meant: Ross just wanted some privacy to figure out the new things he was going to do each day.

13. JOEY AND CHANDLER'S NIGHT OF JOY

The line: Not a line so much, but after Monica and Rachel kiss to get their apartment back, Chandler and Joey quickly say good night and head straight to their separate bedrooms.

What we thought it meant: Wow, everyone was really tired after all that apartment moving…

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