The glaringly obvious 'Friends' mistake only British people will spot straight away
Ever since Friends landed on Netflix late last year, a whole new generation has been exposed to the seminal sitcom. As such, the world has found itself knee-deep in Nineties nostalgia, revelling in everything from the now-iconic "Rachel" haircut to the cast's many questionable sartorial choices. What is sure to astound and then infuriate Millennials who are only just tuning in to the show, however, is the fact that the characters, all of whom worked in relatively low-paying jobs, were able to afford that apartment in one of the most expensive cities of the world. I mean, I sure know what I'm blaming all my unrealistic expectations of adulthood on...
Many viewers were also rather concerned about the sheer number of plot holes in the series, and took to Twitter to point out some of the bigger inconsistencies. One, in particular, left British watchers rather incensed.
Any British viewers of Friends will be aware that a cardinal sin was committed by the scriptwriters in the ninth episode of season six. After Monica leaves Rachel in charge of preparing dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, quite a catastrophe ensues. Rachel doesn't realise that the cookbook's pages are stuck together, and ends up creating a dish that is half trifle, half shepherds pie - and nothing at all like dessert. It's comprised of ladyfingers, jam, custard, raspberries, more ladyfingers, and then - perplexingly - beef sautéed with peas and onions, some more custard, bananas and lastly, whipped cream.
As Rachel says:
"It’s a trifle. It’s got all of these layers. First there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch! Then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!"
Ross - the aforementioned culinary genius' on-again-off-again beau - then quietly proclaims, "Oh my god! She’s made half an English Trifle, and half a… Shepherd’s Pie!”
While this sounds monstrous enough - what was truly horrifying to British citizens - however, was Ross's assertion that Rachel had inadvertently made a "shepherd's pie".
Yes, while shepherd's pie is a beloved British staple, Rachel didn't actually make one. Sure, certain recipes and ingredients vary from place to place, but the basics always stay the same: there's meat, vegetables, gravy and mashed potatoes. The crucial difference, however, in Rachel's creation was that she used beef.
A traditional shepherd's pie contains minced lamb. If a pie is made in the same manner, but with minced beef, it's something else entirely - a cottage pie. So, Rachel actually made a trifle/cottage pie, and Ross Gellar, as per usual, was incorrect.
Quite why Rachel was mixing sweet and savoury with such reckless abandon is another story for another day, but if you're going to call her out on it, at least get the terminology right. Geez.
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