That could have been an iconic scene for this couple, if they were ever allowed to be a real couple. Instead, after Ross did his usual amount of freaking out, they couldn’t seem to take each other seriously, and things fizzled. Later that same season, Rachel got off the damn plane.
Rachel and Joey’s relationship could have been both an incredibly cute way to cap off both of their stories of growth and the perfect way to prevent the spinoff Joey from ever happening. Instead, it was a blip that some fans still gripe about. For me, other than Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) early romance, it’s my favorite part of the show.
Even if they never got married or committed to spending the rest of their lives together, it feels like Joey might have been willing to get on that plane with Rachel, or at least he would have happily watched her fly off to make her dreams come true. Or at the very, very least, he would simply not have been Ross.