After asking around among sound men, production staff, etc., they couldn't come up with a definitive answer and they began betting on it, starting at then raising the stakes.
Perry joked that if he won Cox would have to sleep with him, and if she won he would have to sleep with her.
During the first season, the principal actors were paid ,500 per episode.
During the second season, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer's pay was raised to ,000 per episode.
"The Pilot," often incorrectly regarded as an exception, has two official alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate." The main characters from the show are named after All My Children (1970) characters.
Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Green for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
In her last few appearances, she is wearing heavy clothes to hide her pregnancy.
On set one day, Cox kept reciting a line by Anthony Michael Hall which goes, "Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that's what it is." Matthew Perry thought it was from Weird Science (1985) but Cox was adamant it was from The Breakfast Club (1985).
Her show, These Friends of Mine,' was already on the air when this show premiered. Eleven Oscar-winning actors and actresses have appeared on the show: Fisher Stevens, Charlton Heston, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Jim Rash, and Brad Pitt.
In an interview with one of the other writers, they admitted that this concept would have been shot down at the table read, but nobody felt comfortable saying "no" under the circumstances.