Phoebe’s apartment was the quirkiest of all places. It housed things like Gladys, Glyniss, the smoke alarm that just wouldn’t shut, Einstein’s photo for grandpa. Since it was the least shown apartment, we feel like you may have missed some of the details. Here are ten of those.
The showrunners failed to get the apartment numbers right. Monica, Ross, Joey, and Phoebe are all fall in the same category. In “The One With Joey’s New Brain,” Phoebe reveals her address to a caller. She says she lives at 5, Morton Street, apartment 14.But we see her apartment numbered ’16’ in “The One With Ross And Monica’s Cousin” and in “The One In Massapequa.” It is difficult to even imagine Phoebe moved apartments. What could have led to such a mishap? Commonplace in Friends.
How is it that everyone knows who Einstein is and Phoebe doesn’t? For a greater part of her life, she thought Einstein was her grandpa. Her grandmother Frances mislead her into thinking so. In all fairness, Phoebe was gullible at the beginning of the show. She thought the guy in the photo frame was her father, a famous tree surgeon in Burma. She also thought Einstein in the photo frame was her grandpa. “Wish me luck, grandpa!”, said Phoebe as she stormed off to visit her dad for the first time. She may have discovered the truth about her father, but not so much about her grandpa. The photo stayed at her place for long.
One of Phoebe’s oldest things is the golden buddha statue at her place. Just like the majority of her things, the statue may have changed places. But it always stayed with her. It also lets us believe Phoebe was part-Buddhist, maybe. She believed in reincarnation, spoke about a person being ‘brand new’. The showrunners never addressed audiences’ doubts about religion, specifically pertaining to Phoebe and Rachel. The Golden Budhha said a lot about Phoebe’s beliefs.
Phoebe is quite the artist. She created the three-dimensional Gladys herself. Gladys is a short-haired woman, with half her head tilting out of the frame. She’s dressed in blue. She doesn’t have a left hand. When Mike moved in “The One With Ross’ Grant,” Phoebe had to clear out a bunch of her stuff to make space for Mike. He wanted her to get rid of some stuff, worst of all- Gladys. Phoebe entrusts Gladys to Monica in the end.
“Whoever doesn’t get Gladys, gets Glynnis.” Glyniss is Phoebe’s other frame that has something coming out of it. Just like Gladys, Glyniss is an original Buffay. If you thought Gladys was scary, think again. Glyniss is double the size of Gladys, she has protruding arms and hands. She’s bald and for some reason, there are three tiny children above her head. Monica and Rachel were sure Gladys was less creepy than Glyniss was.
While living at Phoebe’s, Rachel bought the apothecary table from Pottery Barn. Phoebe hated all mass-produced stuff, so she hated Pottery Barn, too. Rachel lied to her at first, by telling her the table was an antique from a flea market for one dollar and fifty dollars. This apothecary table was from white plains, from the period of yore. The apothecary table stayed at Phoebe’s long after Rachel moved out. It stayed with her forever. Curiously enough, you can actually buy the table for your own place if you wish to pay the incredible Phoebe Buffay an homage!
The Ornamental Birdcage, Large
Rachel bought the ornamental birdcage around the same time she bought the apothecary table. She told Phoebe the cage was very old, early colonial bird merchants used to bring their birds to market in that. What’s an added bonus is that it was large in size. Unlike the apothecary table, Phoebe realized the birdcage was from Pottery Barn. This was when she was walking right beside Pottery Barn and peeped in. Yet, Phoebe decided to keep it. She went ahead and bought the lamp too. Just like the apothecary table, Phobe held onto the birdcage. It normally hung from a corner in her apartment, as seen in “The One In Massapequa.”
Despite hating the mass-produced Pottery Barn stuff, Phoebe kept the antique telescope for her living room. She had the apothecary table the ornamental birdcage to remind her of pottery barn. In Ross’ words, it looked like page 72 of the catalog. The antique telescope could be seen at Phoebe’s laying on the parker console table with a bunch of other things.
If one looks closely, a metallic windmill lays in Phoebe’s apartment, too. It is silver in color, metallic, shiny and appears heavy. She also possessed an XO bookend. God knows why Phoebe was so surprised to see an AZ bookend when she herself had one. In “The One With The Routine,” Phoebe and Rachel find Chandler’s gifts hidden in the guestroom closet behind some coats. Phoebe appears annoyed on seeing heavy a-z metal things. She thanks Chandler for her az.
Buddhist Praying Altar
Phoebe had a small Buddist praying altar/shrine installed at her home. Most of the time, the altar didn’t contain Lord Buddha’s statue. But in “The One Where Phoebe Runs,” we see a golden statue sitting in the middle of the shrine. From this and from various other beliefs, Phoebe may have practiced Buddhism or believed in some of its tenants.
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