How This Iconic ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Gag Was First Used on Jennifer Aniston on ‘Friends’

Published 09/06/2023, 8:08 AM EDT

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The two most remarkable sitcoms in the history of American television, How I Met Your Mother and Friends, despite being each other’s competitors, have many similarities. For instance, throughout the story, both shows emphasize the unbreakable bond of friendship between all the characters. However, there is one more thing that was first used by Jennifer Aniston on Friends, then we see it being used a lot in How I Met Your Mother.

Aired in 1994, Friends still has significant influence over its audience. So does How I Met Your Mother, which was aired in 2004. With all the differences, which gag are we talking about?

This gag was first used in Friends by Jennifer Aniston

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Do you remember, whenever anyone in How I Met Your Mother would go out of their limits, what the others used to do? They used to hold interventions for them, right? Guess what? The cast of the NBC sitcom held an intervention for the Cake star for her tardiness. In her interview with US Weekly, as reported via HuffPost, Aniston admitted, “The boys did an intervention with me about my tardiness.

Although the boys (the male cast) confronted the Murder Mystery actress, it was David Schwimmer who took the initiative. One day, she was late because her alarm did not ring. She revealed Schwimmer confronted her with the utmost kindness. However, her co-star, Lisa Kudrow, also added more information to it. According to Kudrow, the boys discussed the girls were always late. Explaining her statement, the actress added how they had to get ready beforehand. On the other hand, the actors just had to get up from their beds and go to work.

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David Schwimmer proved to be one of the kindest actors to work with. Not only his co-stars but also other crew members witnessed the 56-year-old actor’s acts of kindness at various points during their time on the show.

How did David Schwimmer make everyone around him feel?

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One of the writers of the show, Patty Lin, revealed how terrible she felt while working with the actors on Friends. She revealed it was not exactly the dream job she ever had. However, one fine day, a small gesture by Schwimmer made her feel seen. Apparently, Schwimmer was directing one of the episodes in season 7 where he came in to give instructions. Lin was one of the extras in that episode.

The SAG Award-winning actor addressed Patty Lin by her name instead of just a random person on the set. This unconsciously random act of sweetness made the writer extremely happy. Although Lin’s experience during the table read with the actors was not a pleasant one. But Schwimmer seemed to balance it out for her.

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While there could have been a fight between the actors on the set for Aniston being late, again, David Schwimmer intervened to pass on the message as calmly as he could. How do you feel about David Schwimmer’s role in Aniston’s confrontation? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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