‘Friends’: How Phoebe got her flirt on in ‘The One Where Everybody Finds Out’

(“They don’t know that we know that they know.”)
Kauffman: That’s what sticks out to me, was trying to write it and see how many twists we could make without getting confused. Lembeck: I remember the incredible charge that went through the audience when he said, “I’m in love with Monica.” It was electric. But the real fun started when Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) spied the couple together — and launched a full-on flirt assault against Chandler. We kind of went, “Huh, this is such an unexpected duo, let’s play with it for a little while.”
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As Monica and Chandler’s fling deepened into something more in season 5, the friends — one by one — learned the secret, beginning with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and then Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). After Phoebe’s overtures grew more aggressive, Monica realized the trio was playing them — and decided to play back. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. [Laughs]
Lembeck: As Matt talked through what he wanted to do, it became a technical exercise: Show the costumer what you want to do and see if she can rig the dress. With neither side backing down, Phoebe and Chandler agreed to a date. One of the fun things about doing a show that has years of legs on it is that it begins to tell you what it should be. Chandler finally pulled away, declaring his love for Monica. Show Full Article When we were shooting the scene in London where we find out that Monica and Chandler have slept together, we were in front of a live audience and the reaction was so stunning…. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. Lembeck: Lisa moves in a certain way. Because this particular element of sexual tension had never been there before and them discovering comedically how to go about the business of succeeding at that was, again, just a hilarious event. Kauffman: I’m trying to remember if it was snaps or Velcro. And you can see Matthew’s little grin. We didn’t expect applause to last for two minutes. Michael Lembeck, director: The scene where she [touches his] bicep — I don’t think we ever got through it in rehearsal. And all week, me, as her director, and her cast just kept encouraging her to do more because we found it so damn funny. She is a bit rhythmically challenged, so I wanted to really take advantage of that. There’s a moment when his head goes back when she starts doing it. If you keep your eye on him, you can see the twinkle. With season 4 of the NBC hit drawing to a close in the spring of 1998, the Friends writers decided to introduce an unexpected romantic pairing: pals Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry). She and Matthew really enjoyed this week playing off of each other. You can see Matthew — while Chandler is curious, Matthew is enjoying. The scene culminated in one of the most awkward small-screen kisses on record. Lisa was always the first one to break. A version of this story originally appears in   Entertainment Weekly’s   Untold Stories issue, on stands now or available to   buy right here. Joey helped prepare Phoebe by effortlessly popping open her top, explaining that Chandler’s “afraid of bras, can’t work ’em.”
Kauffman: We almost had to rig Matt’s fingers to make it work! Marta Kauffman, co-creator, now co-creator/EP for Grace and Frankie: Our intention was not for them to be as serious as they became. I think we ended up using Velcro…
Phoebe’s seduction also included a trippy mating dance that was pure Kudrow choreography.