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The Monica Cheating Theory That Changes Everything On Friends

"Friends," without question, is one of the most impactful shows of our time. Whether you're a die-hard fan, a new convert, or simply a casual viewer, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn't familiar with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Chandler (Matthew Perry). For ten years, viewers invited the gang of six into their living rooms and into their hearts, and with HBO Max's new "Friends: The Reunion" special, devotees are rekindling their love for the cherished sitcom.

Like any popular show, "Friends" has inspired quite a few wild fan theories. While the internet was still in its infancy when the show was on air, contemporary fans have taken to the web to discuss their love for the show, and to share their theories regarding storylines — no matter how unrealistic — that we didn't see on screen. 

For instance, the relationship between Monica and Chandler was a fan-favorite element of the show's later years. Who among us didn't get a little choked up at that candlelit proposal? However, some fans believe their romance wasn't as picture-perfect as we believe, and that Monica may be the reason why.

Some Redditors believe Monica cheated

In the "Friends" subreddit r/howyoudoin, user limbtz shared their thoughts on Monica and Chandler's relationship, saying that they believed Monica might have been unfaithful. The user cited Monica's flirting with other men as evidence she "challenge[d] the moral ground [of their relationship]." Fairly thin, as far as proof goes. However, the user also brings up that iconic proposal in Season 6, reminding viewers that when Chandler was going to propose to Monica initially at a restaurant, they ran into Richard (Tom Selleck), and Monica was not only excited to see him, but ended up visiting his apartment afterward.

A believable theory? That's up to the viewer — we think it's more likely that Monica was just trying to keep on good terms with someone who was not only important to her life, but also a family friend. A number of Reddit users, though, agreed with the original poster's sentiments. For instance, Archer1408 stated, "Finally someone else gets this! It's not only these things but the way she constantly challenges [Chandler's] worth." Marlynlove added, "I don't believe she necessarily cheated, but I don't think what she did was right either."

Other users strongly disagreed. For instance, camspop pointed out that, among the show's characters, she's actually the most loyal partner: "Funny thing, during the whole show, Monica is possibly the only one of the friends who didn't cheat on anyone or betray one of them in the romance department."

Frankly, it's hard to argue with that. Monica and Chandler's romance was the most stable throughout the show, and we loved watching their journey from secretly hooking up in London all the way to moving to the suburbs with their babies. However, fan theories are fun, and it's always enjoyable to hear how fellow "Friends" lovers interpret the characters differently. For instance, have you heard the one about the whole series being Phoebe's stoned daydream