Well considering that Friends was a broadcast TV program in its original run, I can’t see why that line would somehow make a difference now, just because it’s on broadcast TV. And based on the timing of this post, it doesn’t appear that you were watching it during the “after school” hours. My best guess is that they edited it for time considerations so they could squeeze in more commercials. The more superfluous one-liners they can eliminate, the more ads they can sell, I guess.
Yeah, cutting lines to add more commercial time is normal for syndicated re-runs. Stuff like that is most noticable in Simpsons episodes, where “throwaway” lines are the best part (after twelve years, we finally get to see the Hitler short again in the “Itchy & Scratchy the Movie” episode thanks to DVD).
The sad, sad part is-- the reason I know it wasn’t there was because me and my daughter speak many of the lines right along with the characters. When Ross didn’t say his line we spoke it, looked at each other and then pointed accusingly at the TV.
All television programs have cuts in syndication for more ad time. The Simpsons is the most well-known, but there are others. I vividly remember a difference in the final episode of Seinfeld. The Bubble Boy’s testimony is cut, even though Geraldo Rivera still refers to it later in the episode.
The most interesting one I’ve noticed (I had to read the explanation online, since I never saw the original airing) is not cut-related at all…it’s due to backlash. An episode of The Drew Carey Show had two subplots: one about a new employee who wants to copy Drew, and another about the King of Poland visiting Cleveland. Apparently, a Polish-American organization was offended by an aspect of the King of Poland plot, so the episode now only contains the plot involving the copycat. Since there’s a gap of course, the whole opening sequence is taken from another episode. So two Drew Carey Shows open the exact same way. (The first lines of dialogue are to the effect of: “Are you sure this is the porno channel? Why don’t you just pay the money?” “No, I already get the Cartoon Network, and if you get both they put you on a special list.”)
Ya know, you’re right (surprise :D) – here on WPIX-11 (or was it TBS, I honestly can’t remember!), that line was NOT said, yet I have heard it on reruns previously. Didn’t think much of it at the time, but yeah, it was missing. Maybe it was for more commercials. I can’t believe the FCC is getting that paranoid. Well, OK, I can, but I choose not to
Actually, I got the plot wrong. Although it does involve Polish royalty, the offense wasn’t regading the idea of Poland still being a monarchy. The episode, according to this site (HTML copy of a PDF file), involved Mimi pretending to be the Dutchess of Krakow in an attempt to marry the King of Poland and become the Queen. Apparently, the Polish community was offended by the idea that the loud-mouthed, colofully-clothed Mimi was a Polish-American (although I imagine that some people of Polish ancestry do look like that).
There was a later episode that followed up on this. Ross apparently tucked his penis between his legs and said something to his mother about “Take me along, I’m a girl too!” Someone had a camera and immortalized the moment, and his mom brings it up from time to time to embarrass him. They also had a videocam and took footage of him dressed as a girl at the same event.
I could be misremembering this whole thing and it’s actually a horrible dream…
The “I was trying something” is from the first season, although I was watching a clip show. Maybe they just cut it on the clip show, even though the scene continued.
Anyway, yes Ross wanted to go to the Beauty Salon with his mother. Isn’t it just like the passive/aggressive Mrs. Geller to do something so sneakily bitchy. The video is of Ross singing his tea time song, I’m Aunt Bea. I drink tea. Won’t you, um. . dance along with me.
You have no idea how deep my “Friends” problem is.