by Amanda Drum
I remember being fascinated by lobsters, in the fish-market of the local Wal-Mart. The store set them up in a cylindrical tank, wider than it was tall, and just short enough for me to press my nose against the glass and watch the tagged shellfish crawl around on each other. I sort of wondered how they tolerated the close proximity (minus the vocabulary I just expressed). Now, I don’t recall seeing any old lobsters sauntering around the bend, holding “claws.” But then, I also wasn’t a child Phoebe Buffay and hadn’t spent any amount of time visiting Monica’s apartment, or frequenting the Central Perk.
In other words, I hadn’t been graced with the sweetness of Phoebe’s “Lobster Theory”.
“It's a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what? You can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tank, you know, holding claws…” – Phoebe, The One with the Prom Video.
In fact, the Prom Video sparked a lot of anticipation for the Ross and Rachel coupling, on-again-off-again until the conclusion of Season 10…but I won’t spoil the rest for any of our FRIENDS-less readers. TV still ranked the episode in the top 100 of all time, just for one acknowledgement: that Ross Geller was indeed Rachel Green’s “lobster.” Very astute, Pheobe.
Now, how could we let such a tender moment pass us by? Cool TV Props has the cutest plushies ready for your own crustacean (hopefully not of the dancing variety), sporting “you’re my lobster” on their backs. Everyone ready: “awwww.”
I’d reserve the gift for your FRIENDS fans, of course, unless you’re ready for an inside joke and a laugh later. Although, I think it speaks to the quality of one’s relationship if someone can give a gift of a lobster—no matter how adorable—and be loved (or forgiven) regardless.
There will be more FRIENDS shortly for the upcoming holiday season! Happy Tuesday!