"So even as early as that, they said, 'Oh, they're kind of special together.
If we're ever looking for another relationship, that's something to file away.'" The notion of Monica and Chandler was also seriously pitched in the writers' room in season three, Silveri says.
"People got excited about the idea," he says, including himself among that group.
Goldberg-Meehan, however, thought it was simply too soon in the show's life to introduce another couple.
When a TV series focuses on a group of twentysomething's who sit around a New York City coffee shop talking about their lives, there's bound to be some good dating stories.
It has been 20 years since the iconic sitcom "Friends" premiered on Sept.
For Vulture's weeklong celebration of 1998, former Friends exec producer Scott Silveri, who co-wrote the episode with future wife Shana Goldberg-Meehan (and, as with most sitcoms, lots of input from the rest of the show's writing staff) explains the genesis of the relationship, the reservations that nearly stopped it from happening, and why he thinks it added years to the show's life.
Plus, the logic of another coupling was starting to grow stronger, at least in the eyes of some of the writers.
"The thinking was, if the show's going to be entertaining for years to come, it can't simply rest on this one [Ross and Rachel] relationship," Silveri says.
It felt real." As they got together in summer of 1997 to map out story lines for the upcoming season four, the writers decided that bringing Monica and Chandler together would be, according to Silveri, "a great goal for the end of the season." They just needed to figure out how.
The writers knew they couldn't "do the exact same thing" as Ross and Rachel, Silveri explains.
But it's hard to imagine even the most ardent 'shippers expecting the big reveal to happen during the wedding, when there was so much focus on about Rachel's emotions about Ross marrying someone else.