What better way to celebrate the Friends reunion than with Red Lobster because, “he’s her lobster.” If you’re a Friends fanatic, then grab your lobster (literally and figuratively) because the seafood chain is rolling out a Friends themed menu in time for May 27.
You are probably wondering, what does lobster mean, and no, it’s not just the seafood we eat. A “lobster” according to the show is essentially the person of whom another is meant to be with forever.
You might want to pull up HBO Max on your screen and watch season 2, episode 14, titled, “The One With The Prom Video.” If you don’t have time for that, here’s a quick summary.
To set the scene, Ross was dating a woman named Julie, but has always loved Rachel (ever since high school). Rachel finally confessed her love for Ross as he was dating Julie, but instead of running to Rachel, Ross decided to create a pro and con list between the two women.
Ross picked Rachel, but Rachel found the pro and con list and was upset, therefore suggesting the two should just be friends.
Phoebe then says she disagrees because Ross is her lobster. She explains, “It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tank, holding claws.” This clearly isn’t true, but it’s Phoebe logic for being soulmates.
The episode captures the six friends watching an old video of Monica and Rachel getting ready for their high school prom.
The video reveals that Rachel was stood up by her prom date, Chip Matthews, so Ross decided to get dressed in a tux and take Rachel to prom, but minutes later Chip showed up leaving Ross alone.
The video ends with Ross looking disappointed and rejected. Rachel, touched by Ross’ gesture, gets up and kisses Ross. The episode ends with Phoebe exclaiming “See, he’s her lobster!”
Playing on the lobster term, Red Lobster rolled out suggestive pairings for your group of friends while watching the reunion.
Quirky, Vegetarian Friend (100% Phoebe): Red Lobster’s warm, cheesy and buttery Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
Goofy, Sandwich-Loving Friend (Joey would trade his meatball sub for this): “The new Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich is a crispy and oh-so-juicy fried chicken sandwich with spicy and sweet chicken tenders, cooling ranch, lettuce and banana peppers, served on a toasted brioche bun.”
Type A Friend, Create Your Own Combination (Monica, duh): “Take full control over your order and make sure your meal is exactly the way you want it by selecting three entrees and two sides of your choice.”
Cheesy Friend, Shrimp Linguini Alfredo (has to be Chandler and his cheesy jokes): “While you’re typically the one cracking jokes, you’ll be the one laughing at the envious look on your friends’ faces when they see this tasty dish.”
Dinosaur-Loving Friend (Dr. Ross Geller clearly): “The new Crispy Cod Sandwich (aka Codzilla) is fried fish sandwich featuring 6-8 ounces of hand-battered, wild-caught cod, fried to a crisp, and placed on toasted buttery brioche bun with crunchy slaw and tartar sauce. Don’t forget to let your diet know you’re ‘on a break.'”
Sweet, Stylish Friend (Ralph Lauren Queen Rachel Green): “The Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is a creamy vanilla-flavored dessert that will catch your eye and steal your heart. It’s so good you’d even consider eating it off the hallway floor!” You have to watch the episode to understand this one!
Your Friend’s Obnoxious Ex (OH. MY. GOD. Janice.): “The Kung Pao Noodles with crispy shrimp features crispy shrimp in a sweet and spicy soy-ginger sauce with edamame, cabbage, crispy onions, cashews and green onions.”
Salty Side Friend: You can’t go to a restaurant and not get french fries. “The golden side dish that is never far when friends are hanging, but is salty toward those who have their sights set on the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.”
So, before you stream the Friends reunion, you can order any of these Red Lobster dishes for touch less delivery, To Go, and Rapid Red Curbside , which allows guests to pick up their meals without leaving the car.
And remember for your sandwich loving friend, “Joey doesn’t share food.”