Monica E. Geller is a fictional character in the American sitcom Friends, portrayed by Courteney Cox. Monica is known as the "Mother Hen" of the group and her Greenwich Village apartment was one of the group's main gathering places. She is also known for her obsessive personality and competitive nature.
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Monica E. Geller
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Monica E. Geller is a fictional character in the American sitcom Friends, portrayed by Courteney Cox. Monica is known as the "Mother Hen" of the group and her Greenwich Village apartment is one of the group's main gathering places. She is also known for her obsessive personality and competitive nature.
Monica is the younger sister of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), was best friends with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) and married Ross's college roommate, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry). Raised on Long Island, she was obese in high school, weighing 255 pounds. Monica met Ross's friend, Chandler, when he and Ross were in college. After hearing Chandler call her fat, Monica lost weight and, in a flashback episode, tried to get revenge by seducing him but accidentally cut off his toe. It was Chandler's suggestion that she become a chef. Monica and Chandler got together in London at the end of season 4 and married at the end of season 7. They adopted two children, twins named Jack and Erica, in the series finale.
Monica initially shared her New York City apartment with Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), who had moved out over worries that their friendship would suffer due to Monica's obsessive tidiness. In the pilot episode, Rachel left her fiancé, Dr. Barry Farber (Mitchell Whitfield), at the altar and moved in with Monica. Monica met Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) when he moved in with Chandler, who lived across the hall from Monica. It is revealed that upon first meeting, Monica had a crush on Joey.
Monica and Ross are usually quite affectionate, although there is a lot of sibling rivalry. In many episodes, Ross and Monica used an odd childhood gesture - knocking their fists together with their thumbs pointing outward (as an alternative to "the finger"). Monica and Ross are particularly competitive around their parents, Jack (Elliott Gould) and Judy (Christina Pickles), as Monica feels her parents favour Ross.
Like Ross, Monica is part Jewish. Ross introduces Ben to Hanukkah and talks about getting Monica a Hanukkah present several times. Monica also mentions her Bat Mitzvah. Chandler also reminds her of this when Erica (Anna Faris), the twins' birth mother, mistakenly thinks she's a reverend. The Geller family also celebrates Christmas.
She is also known for saying, *I KNOW!"
"Neat Freak" Monica is comically obsessive about her apartment and loves cleaning (describing the dry cleaner as her Disneyland). This personality trait becomes exaggerated as the series progresses. Example of her maniac cleanliness are labelling cups, having sorted towels into eleven different catogories (four mentioned being "everyday use", "fancy", "guest", and "fancy guest"), and describing her new workplace as being "not just Health Department clean, but Monica clean." She is also extremely territorial when it comes to cleaning, as shown when Chandler announced he'd hired a maid, and Monica snapped that she hoped he meant "mistress."
Monica is highly competitive, allegedly throwing a plate in a fit of rage during a game of Pictionary. Also, during a game of Mad Libs, Monica dismissed Phoebe's repetitive answers, claiming "rules help control the fun!", causing everyone else to leave.
Monica also demonstrates athletic prowess, which, coupled with her competitive streak, makes her formidable, especially in foosball. During the group's trip to Barbados, Monica became obsessed with beating Phoebe's boyfriend, Mike, at table tennis, and the two became engaged in a marathon match, lasting hours. Monica eventually won. Moreover, she won an arm wrestle contest against Chandler and, in their youth, Monica broke Ross's nose when a game of touch football turned ugly in an attempt to win the "Geller Cup." The cup was thrown into a nearby lake. What Ross didn't know was that Monica jumped into the lake to retrieve it.
Relationships and children
Monica is repeatedly depicted as wanting to be in a relationship and have children. Before and after her relationship with Richard, she worries about not having a boyfriend. Beginning as early as the first season, Monica expressed a strong desire to have children. Of the three girls, Monica is the most reserved sexually. Although not sexually conservative, she seeks out serious relationships due to her desire to start a family as soon as possible. Most of her casual sexual endeavors happened before the start of the show, and are mentioned humorously (much to Ross' dismay).
Monica and Chandler Bing (Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry) with their newborn babies, Jack and Erica Bing, in the series finale.
Early in the series, Monica falls in love with Richard and would likely have married him had it not been for his refusal to have children, for which Monica breaks up wit
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Althea (grandmother), Ben Geller (nephew), Emma Geller-Green (niece), Iris (aunt), Frannie (cousin), Cassie (cousin), Carol Willick (former sister-in-law), Rachel Green (sister-in-law), Emily Waltham (former sister-in-law)
Chandler Bing (husband), Erica Bing (adopted daughter), Jack Bing (adopted son), Freddie (uncle), Sylvia (aunt), Cousin Charlie (cousin), Ed (Uncle)
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