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Encyclopedia > Monica Geller
Monica Geller
First appearance The Pilot
Last appearance The Last One
Created by David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Portrayed by Courteney Cox Arquette
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Nickname(s) Mon, Harmonica (by her father)
Occupation Chef
Children Erica and Jack Bing

Monica E. Geller (born April 22, 1969) is a fictional character on the popular US television sitcom Friends (1994-2004), played by Courteney Cox Arquette. Monica was known as the "Mother Hen" of the group and her Greenwich Village apartment was one of the group's main gathering places. She tended to look after her friends and was known for her obsessive personality and competitive nature. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... The One Where It All Began is the first episode of the American television situation comedy Friends, which premiered on September 22, 1994 on the NBC network. ... The Last One is the seventeenth/eighteenth episode of season ten and the final episode of the television situation comedy Friends. ... David Crane is a successful video game designer and programmer. ... Marta Kauffman created the TV series Friends with David Crane and is the executive producer of that show along with David Crane and Kevin S. Bright. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former model, known for her role as Monica Geller in the popular television sitcom Friends. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a work of fiction. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... This article is about the television show. ... The year 1994 in television involved some significant events. ... The year 2004 in television involved some significant events. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former model, known for her role as Monica Geller in the popular television sitcom Friends. ...

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History

Monica is the younger sister of Ross Geller, the high school friend of Rachel Green, the former roommate of Phoebe Buffay, and eventually, the wife of Ross' college friend Chandler Bing. Over the course of Friends, it was revealed Monica began life as an extremely overweight child, ballooning up to 255 pounds by high school. Monica was shown in her earlier "fat" stage in flashback scenes in a few episodes, with Courteney Cox Arquette wearing a fat suit. Ross Eustace Geller, Ph. ... Rachel Karen Green (Spelled Rachel Greene on subtitles) (born May 5, 1970) is a fictional character on the popular U.S. television sitcom Friends (1994-2004), played by Jennifer Aniston. ... Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan (born February 16, 1967) is a fictional character from the popular US television sitcom Friends (1994-2004), played by Lisa Kudrow. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A fatsuit is a bodysuit-like undergarment, sometimes used to thicken a thin actor or actress into into a fat character with prosthetic makeup. ...


Monica met Ross' friend Chandler when he and Ross were in college. After overhearing Chandler call her fat, Monica lost the excess weight sometime during her freshman year of college. Chandler originally suggested that she should become a chef, which she eventually did. Monica and Chandler got together in London during the Season 4 finale; they were married in Season 7.


Monica initially shared her New York City apartment with Phoebe, who moved out before the series actually began, fearing their relationship would be strained by Monica's obsessive neatness. For most of the series, Monica's roommate was Rachel, her friend from Lincoln High School. In the pilot episode, Rachel left her fiancé Barry Farber at the altar and moved in with Monica. Monica met Joey Tribbiani when he moved in with Chandler, who lived across the hall from Monica. Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, and is part of Region 7 in the New York City Department of Education. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Joseph Joey Francis Tribbiani, Jr. ...


Chandler and Monica

Monica began a secret relationship with her close friend Chandler in London, at Ross' disastrous wedding to second wife Emily Waltham at the end of Season 4; after a drunken party guest mistook Monica as Ross' mother, Chandler provided emotional support for Monica that eventually led to the two having sex on the night before Ross' wedding. As their affair turned into a deeper relationship, Monica and Chandler attempted to keep it secret from their friends, with Ross being the last to find out in the middle of Season 5. After nearly getting married in Las Vegas, Chandler moved in with Monica when they returned to New York, causing Rachel to have to move out of Monica's apartment. Following a year-long engagement, the two married and in the final episode, watched as their adopted twins, Jack and Erica, were born. This is a list of recurring characters of the Emmy Award-winning American sitcom Friends. ... This is a list of recurring characters of the Emmy Award-winning American sitcom Friends. ...


Monica and Chandler almost didn't get engaged because one of Monica's ex-boyfriends, Richard Burke (played by Tom Selleck), came back into her life. Richard was significantly older than Monica (21 years) but the two fell in love during Season 2. They broke up at the end of that season because Monica wanted marriage and children, and Richard was not interested in having children again. A chance meeting with Monica during Season 6 rekindled Richard's passion, and he told her that he was willing to have kids if it meant he could be with her, but Monica decided his reluctance would doom their relationship. When Richard discovered that Chandler was going to propose to Monica, he stepped aside so the two of them could be together. Monica and Chandler had a romantic wedding - aside from Joey's questionable attire (and his marrying them), and discovering that Rachel was pregnant. This is a list of recurring characters of the Emmy Award-winning American sitcom Friends. ... Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I. He is recognizable by his 6 ft 4 (193 cm) height...


Personality

Cleanliness

"Neat Freak" Monica is comically obsessive about the state of her apartment and loves cleaning (she described the dry cleaner as her Disneyland). This personality trait became progressively exaggerated as the series progressed. Examples of this tendency include: OCPD redirects here. ... Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ...

  • She categorizes her towels into 11 sections, with examples being "Everyday use," "Fancy," "Guest," and "Fancy Guest." ('The One with the Embryos')
  • She labels everything from dishes to photographs.
  • Chandler was able to wake her up by announcing that he "probably will spill coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor" when going for a cup of coffee.
  • When Ross tells her that an ex-girlfriend has an incredibly messy apartment, Monica is unable to sleep knowing about it; at the end of the episode (after Ross has broken up with the girl) Monica shows up to clean for her.
  • In Season 1, she tried to act like she was a "kook" and didn't care about organization when she left her shoes out in the living room, but stayed up all night wondering if she should go and get them.
  • In another episode it is learned that she has supplies for cleaning cars, when she doesn't even have a car, because there was a dirty car parked out front of the building. She went ahead and washed it, along with six others.
  • Also, in one episode in Season 5, Rachel didn't want to go to an eye doctor appointment, and tried to stop Monica by knocking over a box of cereal making a mess. Monica at first pretends not to be bothered by it and they leave the apartment. However, Monica then re-enters seconds later, yelling "Chandler!" causing Chandler to clean it up.
  • In Season 6, it's revealed that Rachel has not even begun packing when she is supposed to have finished already. Rachel defends herself, saying it was a gift to Monica. Monica begins choosing herself as coordinator.
  • She is obsessive to the point that she even cleans her cleaning supplies, using a dustbuster to remove dirt from a vacuum cleaner and wishing there were an even smaller vacuum to clean the dustbuster.
  • In Season 10, when Phoebe explains to her that they couldn't meet up because she was 'cleaning and organizing' her apartment for Mike to move in, Monica 'forgets' this and goes round to Phoebe's apartment, she just happens to have her label maker on her.
  • In Season 3, when Mark asks Rachel why all the numbers in the cups are labelled, Rachel claims that Monica labels the cups to know which one is missing.
  • In one episode, after Rachel's birthday party, Rachel offered help to Monica for cleaning up to which Monica replies, "Are you kidding? You had your party, now I'll have mine!"
  • In one episode, Rachel is talking to Pheobe about her kiss with Gavin, when Monica asks why she didn't see it when it was on her balcony, Phoebe replies "It was after the party - you were probably ironing the wrapping paper"

The One With the Embryos is the twelfth episode of season four of the television situation comedy Friends. ... For other uses, see Coffee (disambiguation). ...

Competitiveness

Monica is highly competitive, once allegedly throwing a plate in a fit of rage during a game of Pictionary, and once declaring that "rules help control the fun!" When Joey and Ross were once just casually tossing a ball back and forth in Joey's apartment, Monica joined in and turned it into a super-competitive challenge to see how long they could go without dropping it. She also threw the ball too hard at Ross to which he exclaimed "Monica, stop throwing the ball so hard! We're on the same team". Sometimes, however, she takes her competitive nature too far. One of the most dramatic examples of this was when Monica impulsively gambled her and Rachel's apartment during a trivia game created by Ross. When she and Rachel then lost the final question, they were forced to swap apartments with Chandler and Joey. However, they later won their apartment back when they agreed to kiss for one minute. Pictionary is a Guessing word game published in 1985. ...


Monica also demonstrates athletic prowess, which, coupled with her competitive streak, makes her formidable against the guys, especially in foosball. During the group's holiday in Barbados, Monica became obsessed with beating Phoebe's boyfriend Mike at table tennis, and the two became engaged in a marathon match lasting hours. Sometimes, however, Monica becomes too rough. While attempting to give Chandler a sensuous massage, she hurts him to the point of his crying out. Also, in their youth, Monica broke Ross's nose when a game of touch American football turned ugly in an attempt to win the "Geller Cup." The said cup was then thrown in the lake on holiday. What Ross didn't know until "The One with the Football" was that Monica dove in the lake to retrieve the cup. Foosball (from the German Fußball = soccer - In German itself its called Kicker or Tischfußball) is also known as table soccer, table football, babyfoot, jitz, or gettone. ... Ping Pong redirects here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The One With the Football is the ninth episode of season three of the television situation comedy Friends. ...


Bossiness

Monica is notoriously bossy. She is often referred to as such by her friends. Her bossiness is best seen in her relationship with Chandler, where she frequently won the upper hand in any disputes. After they got together, she explained to him that "You don't get to win anymore."

  • When Monica became Phoebe's wedding planner, she ordered the events run on "military time". She also angrily tapped her watch and cleared her throat when Phoebe's speech ran too long, disguising it when the other friends looked at her.
  • In Season 5, she and Phoebe co-coordinated Rachel's surprise birthday party, and Monica put herself in charge of everything. Phoebe got upset about this, so Monica put her in charge of the cups and ice. With this, Phoebe goes all out and surprises Monica with tons of cups and ice, including crushed, cubed, and dry.

"Fat Monica"

It is revealed early in the series that she had been obese as a child and teenager. Monica kept the weight until she was 18, then lost it after she overheard Chandler call her "fat" at a past Thanksgiving. The writers of the series often used flashbacks to show the overweight Monica (with Courteney Cox wearing a fat suit). In one episode, when the group watched an old prom video and were surprised to see her weight, Joey yelled "Some girl ate Monica!" Monica tried to stick up for herself, claiming the camera adds ten pounds. Chandler was quick to retort, "So how many cameras were actually on you?" In another episode where the gang remembers their past Thanksgivings, one reveals why Monica lost all the weight. In an alternate reality storyline during the show ("The One That Could Have Been"), Monica was still overweight, but nonetheless kept her occupation as a chef and still ended up in love with Chandler, who was a freelance writer. When she was in preschool they had to get a high school member to play with her on the see-saw. Her fatness explains Ross's hastened eating when he explains to Rachel "I grew up with Monica! [If you] didn't eat fast, you didn't eat!" These children vary in their proportion of body fat. ... A fatsuit is a bodysuit-like undergarment, sometimes used to thicken a thin actor or actress into into a fat character with prosthetic makeup. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... The One That Could Have Been, Part 1 is the fifteenth episode of season six of the television situation comedy Friends. ...


Employment

Monica is a chef, and, as with most areas of her life, she is obsessive and competitive about it. Originally, she merely worked as a poorly paid chef at a restaurant called Iridium. After accepting a promotion, she was fired for accepting a gift from a food distributor. Monica remained unemployed for a while before getting offered a job at a 1950s-themed restaurant called the Moondance Diner. At this time, Monica reveals that she worked at the famous Cafe des Artistes when she said "I was a sous-chef at Cafe des Artistes. How can I take a job where I have to make something called Laverne and Curly fries?" At the Moondance Diner, Monica wears a blonde wig, rollerskates and massive fake breasts (the same diner set was used in the first Spider-Man movie, in which Mary Jane was a waitress). While working at the diner, she met millionaire Pete Becker who used his money to open a restaurant and appoint Monica as head chef. After the relationship failed due to the consequences of Pete's desire to become the "Ultimate Fighting Champion," Monica began a short-lived catering business with Phoebe . For other uses, see Chef (disambiguation). ... Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ...


Monica was eventually hired as head chef at a local restaurant, Alessandro's, putting an end to the catering business. At first, her employees disliked Monica due to the fact that three of them were the children of the previous head chef, coupled with a fairly vicious review she had published in a local newspaper about the restaurant. However, Monica hired her friend Joey as a waiter, solely to fire him, thereby appearing to be a tough boss. It apparently worked, as her problems with her employees were reduced. She left Alessandro's when Chandler's firm required him to relocate to Tulsa, Oklahoma; however, when she contacted a job-hunter about Tulsa restaurant openings, she found out about, and accepted, her new job as head chef at Javu, an upmarket restaurant in Manhattan, forcing her to remain in New York Downtown Tulsa Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. ... For other uses, see Oklahoma (disambiguation). ...


Geller family

Monica is Ross Geller's younger sister, and although they are quite affectionate to each other, there is a great deal of competition between the two. Ross was always going overboard while playing pranks on her in the process, being very mean to her as a child. Although she has since forgiven him, they often fall back into childish brother/sister arguments. In many episodes, Ross and Monica resorted to an odd childhood gesture whereby they would knock their fists together with their thumbs pointing outward (as an alternative way of giving the finger). Some of the other friends eventually picked up this habit. Ross Eustace Geller, Ph. ...


In Season 10 they both shockingly find out that they have kissed each other at a party back in their teenage years. Ross explains that he went to his bed in the dark and kissed Rachel (who was buried under a pile of coats) while she was passed out on his bed. Chandler then explained that he left Rachel on his bed, which meant Monica was the one asleep on Ross's bed. Ross was confused and saying that Rachel was buried under a bunch of coats, then Monica replied "I WAS the pile of coats!" Ross is then very disappointed that Monica was his "first kiss with Rachel" while Monica was even more disappointed that Ross was her "first kiss ever."


Monica and Ross are especially competitive when their parents are around and Monica feels her parents favour Ross. Judy Geller tends to be especially critical of Monica and has sometimes forgotten that she has two children. In one episode, Ross and Chandler each place fake entries on their internet college forum about the other. Chandler states that Ross has died, and during a phone call between Ross and his mother, while trying to reassure her that he is not dead, he says, "Even if I had died you wouldn't be left childless." His mother has obviously forgotten about her daughter as Ross looks up to the camera and sharply states "Monica?" obviously reminding her of her daughter's existence. This is a list of recurring characters of the Emmy Award-winning American sitcom Friends. ...


Other occurrences of Monica feeling neglected by her family include:

  • Her parents not wanting her to make the main toast at their 35th wedding anniversary party (they prefer Ross's speeches because they make people cry). Although she was given a chance to make a speech, it wasn't as moving since it was planned and written on index cards. When Ross tries to comfort her with another speech the next day, she becomes touched and starts crying.
  • Having her childhood room turned into a gym while Ross's was untouched.
  • Having all of her old mementos destroyed by water damage in her parents garage, while Ross's all remained in perfect condition (although her dad gave her his Porsche to make it up to her, much to Ross's jealousy). Also, in the episode, 'The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner,' Monica states, in surprise, 'Mom's here!' saying she wanted to lunch with her but she said she was out of town.
  • Her father having used her wedding fund for the purchase of a beach house. (Although they started saving when she was dating Richard)

Judy Geller also is always telling Monica to get married. Jack Geller, Monica's father is Jewish, while her mother Judy is not. In "The One with the Holiday Armadillo", Ross goes over to Monica's apartment, and introduces Ben to Hanukkah. Also, Ross talks about getting Monica a Hanukkah present several times. Monica also mentions that she had a Bat Mitzvah. This article is about the auto company. ... This is a list of recurring characters of the Emmy Award-winning American sitcom Friends. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... The One With The Holiday Armadillo is the tenth episode of the seventh season of Friends. ... Grand Rabbi Israel Abraham Portugal of Skulen Hasidism lighting Hanukkah lights Hanukkah (‎, alt. ... When a Jewish child reaches the age of maturity (12 years and one day for girls, 13 years and one day for boys) that child becomes responsible for him/herself under Jewish law; at this point a boy is said to become Bar Mitzvah (בר מצווה, son of the commandment...


During the Season 8 finale in the hospital, Judy ignores Monica when she waves to her. She also once referred to Rachel as "the daughter she never had". Her relationship with her father is somewhat closer. After her breakup with Richard, Jack visits Monica just to check on her. Monica and Chandler name their son Jack after her father.


Production

When Courteney Cox Arquette landed on the cast of Friends, she wanted to act the role of Monica Geller but everyone else thought she should take the role of Rachel Greene. Maggie Wheeler also auditioned for the part but ended up playing recurring character Janice Litman Goralnik (neus Hosenstein) instead. Actress Jami Gertz was offered and declined the role of Monica before Friends went into production. Courteney Cox in Misfits of Science Courteney Cox Arquette (born June 15, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA) is an American actress. ... Maggie Wheeler (born August 7, 1961 in New York City as Maggie Jakobson) is an American actress. ... Jami Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. ...


The role of Monica was originally conceived as the oldest of the friends, but was changed after Cox Arquette was cast.


Monica's apartment was one of the main focal points of the series. Many critics of the show began to question how Monica could ever afford the apartment on a chef's salary, so the writers of Friends came up with the explanation that she illegally sublet the apartment from her grandmother, who had moved to Florida. In the series finale, Chandler remarks to his newborn child, "Thanks to rent control, it was a friggin' steal." This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Rent control refers to laws or ordinances that set price controls on the renting of residential housing. ...


Early in the series, the writers were going to have a relationship between Monica and Joey rather than Chandler. This can be picked up on the fact that she had a crush on Joey when he first moves in and is even sneaked in when it's revealed that Monica was looking for Joey on the night of Ross' wedding, not Chandler.


Monica says the first lines in the series.

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Monica Geller - Definition, explanation (688 words)
Monica is comically obsessive about the state of her apartment, and appears to relish the idea of cleaning (she described the dry cleaner as her Disneyland).
Monica quickly emerged as the "Mother Hen" of the group; she tended to look after her friends and took on the mammoth task of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for them every year, tailoring the menu to each member's peculiar tastes.
Monica was later joined by her best friend from Lincoln High School, Rachel Green, in the series pilot episode, when Rachel fled her wedding and moved to the city.
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