Chandler Bing

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Chandler Bing
First appearance The Pilot
Last appearance The Last One
Aliases Miss Chanandler Bong / Channy Fanny (The 100th)/ Roland Chang / Chan-Chan man
Gender Male
Age 36 (by end of series)
Occupation Executive/Data Processing
Junior Advertising Copywriter
Family Charles Bing (father)
Nora Tyler Bing (mother)
Relationships Monica Geller
Children Erica and Jack (adopted)
Portrayed by Matthew Perry
Created by David Crane
Marta Kauffman

Chandler Muriel Bing (born April 8, 1968) is a fictional character on the popular US television sitcom Friends (19942004), played by Matthew Perry.


[edit] History

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Chandler Muriel Bing, son of erotic novelist Nora Tyler Bing (Morgan Fairchild) and cross-dressing Vegas burlesque star Charles Bing (Kathleen Turner), was the roommate of Ross Geller in college. Throughout most of the series, Chandler was an executive specializing in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration. He later quit and found a job as a junior copywriter with an advertising agency. Chandler met Ross' sister, Monica Geller, and her friend Rachel Green while celebrating Thanksgiving at the Geller family residence. Chandler later moved to apartment #19 in New York City, across the hall from the apartment of Monica and her then roommate Phoebe Buffay. At the time, he shared the apartment with a Jewish man named Kip. Kip was a part of the group of friends until a short relationship with Monica caused tension. He got married and moved out - something which Chandler never really forgave him for. Chandler's next roommate, Joey Tribbiani, completed the group of friends. Chandler lived with Joey until season 6, when he moved in with Monica. He later married Monica at the end of season 7.

Because of the Thursday night line-up that led with Friends, Thanksgiving was always an important episode for the series. Because his most vivid memory of Thanksgiving was when he was nine-years-old and his mother and father told him they were getting divorced so his father could run off with the house-boy, he refuses to celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional way, including a ban on all "Thanksgiving food", insisting it's not as good after seeing a Thanksgiving dinner in reverse. Instead his Thanksgiving dinner consisted of grilled-cheese sandwiches and a family size bag of Funyuns. Several Thanksgiving episodes included retellings of this backstory of Chandler's home life and his hatred of the holiday, and in Season 5, Morgan Fairchild made a special appearance playing Nora Bing about 20 years earlier, on the fateful day when Chandler found out about his parents' divorce.

Chandler's birthday is most likely April 8th. In the episode where a month-early surprise party for Rachel is thrown, Rachel says that Chandler's birthday is before hers. So his birthday would have to be after or on Rachel's party day (April 8) and before Rachel's birthday (May 5). In The One With Unagi, an episode that takes place on February 24, Monica says that Chandler's birthday is in a month and a half. A month and a half from February 24 is April 8. This would make him an Aries.

[edit] Relationship with Monica Geller

Chandler and Monica
Chandler and Monica

At the end of season 4, Chandler began an affair with his close friend Monica Geller in London. They had been friends for some time and had met when Chandler and Ross went to college together.

Chandler began dropping hints that he was interested in Monica during the first season. Chandler genuinely increased his efforts in season 3, but Monica thought he was joking and expressed little interest in a romantic relationship. At Ross and Emily's wedding in London, a somewhat intoxicated Monica and Chandler slept together. (A few years later, Monica revealed that she had actually gone to Chandler's hotel room looking to have an encounter with Joey.) They tried to keep their relationship secret from their other friends but they all eventually found out.

The two moved in together during the start of season 6 and were married at the end of season 7. Their wedding was officiated by Joey, who was ordained over the Internet. In the final episode, Monica and Chandler (who were unable to conceive) watched as their adopted twins - Erica and Jack - were born, though they had expected only a single child. Chandler has also had many problems with Monica's ex-boyfriend Richard (Tom Selleck), whom he and Joey had briefly idolized before Chandler and Monica started dating, mostly because of Richard's moustache and macho appearance.

Monica also sometimes got on Chandler's nerves because of her bossiness, neatness, and overly competitive nature. This caused Chandler to be forced into several situations, such as Monica being unable to throw a game of tennis against Chandler's boss and having to hide the fact that he is actually incredibly good at ping-pong to prevent Monica from ever entering them into doubles-tournaments.

In the alternate reality of "The One That Could Have Been" Monica is still fat and Chandler doesn't show much interest in her, but after sleeping together when Monica's current boyfriend fails to show up for dinner, Chandler still falls in love with Monica and the two end up together anyway.

There also appears evidence that chandler is in love with Monica even before they get together in london.In an episode where Monica is trying to help Chandler lose weight in the second season of the series, Chandler puts up with Monica's hyper-active behaviour even though he finds it hard to cope up only because Monica has just been fired from her job in the 'Iridium' & that she would feel better about herself. He explains this to Joey in the coffee house.

[edit] Friendship with Joey

Joey and Chandler (right) in the leather TV chairs Joey bought after "Days of Our Lives" extended his contract
Joey and Chandler (right) in the leather TV chairs Joey bought after "Days of Our Lives" extended his contract

Chandler famously shared an apartment with his best friend Joey Tribbiani. Chandler and Joey's apartment became an important focal point for the series as one of the few meeting areas of the gang. The two formed one of the most likeable and enduring television friendships in sitcom history and got into many humorous situations. Their adventures included losing Ross's infant son, Ben, on a bus, Chandler's dismay at Joey building an 'entertainment unit' which was so big it partially covered both of their bedroom doors, buying a chick and a duck (affectionately named 'The Chick and The Duck'), replacing their dining table with a foosball table and spending hours watching Baywatch. A famous running gag suggested them as an old married couple when they argued, with Chandler usually assuming the wife role and Joey - a macho yet gentle ladies' man who would never grow up - assumed the husband role. (Although in one of the episodes where Joey's new roommate Janine is present, Joey takes the more woman-like role of their argument with comments such as "Why would you say that, its just mean!" and "It's not what you said, it was the way you said it")

The two started off on the wrong foot when Chandler was looking for a roommate and Joey came to fill the slot, only Chandler had already chosen a roommate - a photographer with a porn-star sister. But after Mr. Heckles (the man who lived in the apartment below Monica and Rachel) told the photographer that he was Chandler's new roommate, the photographer left disappointed and never moved in. This forced Chandler to give the keys to Joey and they found out they had a lot in common - sports, beer and watching babes running in Baywatch ... especially Yasmine Bleeth.

Chandler often supported Joey through out the show, paying the rent, paying for Joey's headshots, and paying for most of the food. However, in the alternate reality of "The One That Could Have Been" these roles are reversed as Chandler struggles with finances while Joey rakes in the money. At one point, Joey even helps out Chandler by allowing Chandler to be his assistant.

The two "broke up" temporarily after Joey found success as "Dr. Drake Ramoray" on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. When "Dr. Drake Ramoray" was killed off and Chandler became freaked out by his new psychopathic roommate Eddie, the two soon moved back in together.

Once Chandler moved in with Monica, Joey and Chandler remained close as neighbors instead of roommates. In the final episode, Monica symbolically destroyed the foosball table in order to save Chick Jr. and Duck Jr., before she and Chandler moved to Westchester. Despite no longer living in the same apartment block, Chandler and Monica made it known that their new home would have a specially designated 'Joey room' above the garage.

[edit] Humor

Chandler is noted for his wise-cracks and utilizing his sardonicism as a defense mechanism. Some examples include him describing Rachel’s attempts to stop him smoking by throwing away every cigarette he puts into his mouth as "the least fun game ever", quoting A.A. Milne as having said "Get out of my chair, Dillhole" in an attempt to persuade Joey to vacate the chair he'd been sitting in, and his insistence that his surname is Gaelic for "thy turkey's done". His conversations with Phoebe ranged from why Donald Duck wears a towel when getting out of the shower, to why there isn't a superhero called "Goldman" (inspired by Spider-Man). Often, when he and Joey are trying to pick up women, he would be referred to as 'The Funny One'. Chandler claims he started using humor as a defense mechanism when his parents broke up, and tends to make jokes when he's in an uncomfortable social situation. In fact, when Phoebe dates a psychologist named Roger, he states that Chandler's behavior is textbook of someone who does. His co-workers were so used to his sarcastic jokes that any serious comment he made was thought to be another joke. At one point, the Friends even challenged him to not make fun of his friends for an entire week as his New Year's Resolution; this proved difficult when, among other things, Ross started dating a woman named Elizabeth Hornswoggle. He eventually broke down and sarcastically demanded "What, are you dating a character from Fraggle Rock?" Chandler once felt insecure when Monica had told him she met the "funniest guy" at her new job.

[edit] Homosexuality innuendo

Chandler often found himself in situations or making statements that made him sound homosexual. His friends and co-workers described him as having a certain "quality" that made people think he might be homosexual. At one point he entered a room full of the Friends and declared, "Well, don't we look nice all dressed up? ...It's stuff like that, isn't it?". Once when he entered the apartment with Joey and Ross, the girls asked the men who they'd rather be with if they had to date each other. While Joey and Ross refused to answer, Chandler abruptly replied "Joey" then recoiled in embarrassment when everybody looked at him in shock. The show's creators were actually considering making him homosexual at the beginning of the series, but ultimately decided not to because they didn't think anyone would believe someone like Matthew Perry was gay.

After Chandler played a prank on Ross by posting that he had sex with dinosaurs on their college website, Ross created a page for Chandler and put on it that Chandler was "as gay as the day is long" as well as supplying photoshopped images of Chandler with a policeman. In response to which Chandler posted on Ross's page that he died.

Much of Chandler's sexual ambiguity stems from his childhood, as do other personality traits such as smoking and resorting to humor.

On Thanksgiving when Chandler was nine, his father announced that he was a homosexual and that he was getting a divorce from his wife, because he would "rather sleep with the house-boy than [her]" The house-boy says, "More turkey, Mr. Chandler?" in a very feminine voice right after this announcement. Charles Bing later moved to Las Vegas where he opened up an all-male burlesque called 'Viva Las Gaygas', featuring such musical numbers as "It's Raining Men", where he became a crossdresser named Helena Handbasket (played by Kathleen Turner). As a result of this, Chandler hates Thanksgiving and refuses to eat any Thanksgiving food. Chandler also highlights this as the point where he began to use humor as a defense mechanism and also started to smoke (despite his young age). Chandler himself is often mistaken for being gay by friends, colleagues and, most importantly, women.

Further amusement emerged when Chandler began listening to a self help hypnosis tape designed to prevent him from smoking. Unfortunately the tape was designed for females and Chandler came under the suggestion of being a 'strong successful confident woman'. This manifested itself in Chandler applying chapstick like a woman and blotting with a tissue, and emerging from the shower with a tower around his bosoms and a turban on his head. Eventually Joey overhears the tape and Chandler discovers the truth when Joey tampers with it and records messages within the tape suggesting that Joey was Chandler's best friend and consequently he should buy Joey pants.

[edit] Janice

Prior to his relationship with Monica, Chandler had an off- and on-again relationship with Janice played by Maggie Wheeler, who became a constant recurring fixture in his life. With her big hair, her nasal voice and laugh, and her tendency to say "Oh... my... God!" (with noticeable pauses in between each word and hands flapping in sync) in every conversation, Chandler spent most of his time trying to break up with Janice. After finally breaking up with her in the season 1 episode "The One With the East German Laundry Detergent", Chandler found himself involved with Janice twice more that season and several more times throughout the show.

One of Chandler's final attempts to leave her once and for all involved him claiming he was moving to Yemen (address: 15 Yemen Road, Yemen), and then actually boarding a plane and flying to Yemen (It was not actually his plan to go all the way to Yemen but Janice wanted to see the plane take off as a final goodbye). "I guess I'm going to Yemen! (to a little old lady) When we get to Yemen... can I stay with you?"

In a later season, Janice has a fling with Ross, who is horrified when he is accused by her of being too whiny. Ross is worried about telling Chandler this but Chandler is merely amused.

A further appearance comes when Monica inadvertently invites Janice to dinner when she discovers that Monica and Chandler are engaged. This leads to Janice inviting herself to live with them, and Monica informing Janice that Chandler still has feelings for her, to force her to leave. Janice does so in surprise and wishes them a lifetime of happiness, although this is tempered when she whispers to Chandler as she leaves "you call me when this goes in the pooper" to a horrified look from Monica.

A later appearance from Janice is at the birth of Ross and Rachel's baby Emma, when Janice announces to a surprised delivery room that the baby she is carrying is Chandler's. She cackles hysterically and confesses that it is a joke moments later, pointing out that she and Chandler haven't slept together in years.

In the final season, Janice planned to move in next door to Chandler and Monica in Westchester. In order to prevent this, Chandler suggested that they pick up where they left off and that he never stopped loving her (we actually learn her full name at this point). Fearful that they might ruin their marriages, Janice removes her bid on the house, although she does kiss Chandler one last time.

Janice has appeared in every season of Friends, except Season 6, where only her voice is heard on a mix tape that she had previously made for Chandler while they were dating.

[edit] "Statistical Analysis and Data Reconfiguration"

Chandler worked as a data processor with the forementioned specialization; a job which he thoroughly loathed. It remains a running joke through most of the seasons that no one quite knows what he does. His friends, in a trivia game, could not guess his job in one instance, with Rachel hysterically calling him a "transponster." Joey once said "Jeez, Chandler, you call yourself an accountant?", to which Chandler incredulously replied, "No!" Everyone else would go on to admit that they had no idea what he really did for a living. Monica admits several times that she doesn't pay attention when he talks about his work, but finally learns what he does when he quits in season 9—she calls it Statistical Analysis And Data Reconfiguration (but he does mention his job title in "The One With The Cooking Class," season 8), a job which inspired Chandler's oft-referenced office slang word "WENUS" (Weekly Estimated Net Usage Statistics), as well as the "ANUS" (Annual Net Usage Statistics).

However, Chandler was unable to simply quit his job as it was his nature to avoid ending anything forcefully, be it his job, a relationship, or even his membership with a gym. Chandler tried to quit his job in season 1, but was lured back by a huge raise and a yearly bonus structure. After he does finally quit after accidentally agreeing to work in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After this, he takes a job in the advertising business.

In an alternate reality storyline during the show ("The One That Could Have Been"), Chandler did have the guts to quit his job and worked as a freelance writer, specializing in comics.

[edit] Relationships

[edit] Family members

Father: Charles Bing

Mother: Nora Tyler Bing

Children: Erica Bing(adopted daughter) Jack Bing(adopted son)

[edit] Trivia

  • Jon Cryer and Craig Bierko were originally offered the role of Chandler Bing.
  • Monica accidentally severed Chandler's pinky toe with a knife one Thanksgiving. This is a play on reality, as Matthew Perry is missing part of his right middle finger.
  • Chandler's computer is an Apple PowerBook G3.
  • Chandler had a third nipple, which he called his "nubbin". However, he had a "nubbinectomy" after he was dumped by his one-legged girlfriend, Ginger, who was bothered by it. Although Chandler claimed that it was "the source of all his power", he quickly regained his wit.
  • In a crossover, Chandler Bing appeared in Caroline in the City.
  • Chandler lost his virginity at age 23 and first touched a girl's breast at age 19.
  • Chandler is said to be of Scottish ancestry in several episodes. Ross even attempted to learn how to play the bagpipes so he could perform at their wedding. Chandler also mentions that his grandfather was Swedish. (Watch a video of Ross playing the bagpipes for Chandler)
  • Chandler has kissed all the other five Friends members, although not all the kisses were seen on screen. He kissed all three female characters in "The One With All the Kissing", Joey in "The One With the Monkey", and in "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", it is implied that Chandler got drunk and kissed Ross, but this was not seen on screen.[clarify] Also, he was the first one of the gang that kissed Rachel, in "The One Where the Stripper Cries".
  • Chandler, as well as Rachel, lived under the same roof as all of the other friends.
  • In France, Chandler was voiced by two different actors: Emmanuel Curtil (seasons 1 to 8) and Anthony Nouel (seasons 9 and 10). The characters Rachel and Joey also had different French-language voice-actors for the last two seasons. This is mainly because the former voicer wanted a raise in salary because the actors in America were paid one million dollars per episode.
  • Chandler is the only male friend to see Monica's, Rachel's and Phoebe's breasts.
  • Chandler has been seen naked (or at least partially) by every Friend. (see The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath)
  • Chandler is the only person out of the 6 friends to not have any siblings.
  • John Bennett Perry, the real-life father of Matthew Perry, appeared in "The One With Rachel's New Dress" as the father of Rachel's current boyfriend.
  • Chandler has mentioned enjoying movies such as Moulin Rouge (The One With the Memorial Service), Annie (The One Where Joey Tells Rachel) and Miss Congeniality (The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss).
  • The name Chandler is actually named for an archaic trade - a chandler was a candlemaker.

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