Fans might argue that compared to other couples between the six friends, Chandler and Rachel have only had a handful of memorable interactions and storylines together, such as the one where Chandler has a relationship with Rachel’s boss Joanna and ends up handcuffed in her office. begging Rachel to help him. Rachel often admits that of the three male friends she likes Chandler the least. When Joey casually asks her which friend she would like to hit, Chandler’s name pops up in her head. When given the choice between kissing Joey and Chandler at the New Year’s Eve party, she instinctively rejects Chandler.
In the pilot episode of Friends, it seems like Rachel is meeting Chandler for the first time, and the only two friends she has met before are Monica and Ross. Rachel even remarks that she thought Chandler was gay until the breast incident at Phoebe’s birthday party indicates otherwise.
But there are several cases shown where the two met long before their supposed introduction at Central Perk. In the Thanksgiving flashback sequences, Chandler visits Ross’s parents’ house for the holiday, where Monica’s best friend Rachel is also present. She helps Monica plot revenge on Chandler a year after he called Monica “fat”. At a college party that Rachel and Monica infiltrate, Chandler kisses Rachel as revenge on Ross after Ross breaks their agreement not to pursue a girl they both like. In a separate incident, the two paths cross again exactly one year prior to the events of the pilot episode, where Rachel visits a bar (which later turns into Central Coffee) that Monica and Chandler frequent. Although it looks like Chandler and Rachel are going to sleep, they have somehow forgotten each other, again by the time of episode 1.