‘Friends’: Ross Geller’s Least Liked Romantic Partner

Friends fans mostly seem to agree, Ross Geller was the absolute worst friend. Ross, over the course of the series, went from a mildly annoying, although loveable guy to an absolute jerk. During the series, Ross was stubborn, refused to admit his faults, and, frankly, was kind of sexist. There are very few people who regularly appeared on the show that fans dislike more than Ross, but one of those less liked characters actually married Ross.

Ross rebounded quickly from Rachel Green with Emily Waltham

Ross may have been a highly controversial character, but his second wife, Emily Waltham, was even more controversial. The hatred fans feel toward Ross, at least in later seasons, extends to Emily. Some fans dislike Emily simply because Ross was prepared to marry her over Rachel, while others point to her behavior after her wedding vows as the reason that she was horrible.

Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltha, amd David Schwimmer as Ross Geller get married
Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltham, and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller | Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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According to ScreenRant, some fans feel as though Emily never actually reciprocated Ross’ feelings in the first place. That doesn’t seem to be true, though. Emily was ready to marry Ross, despite having an entire life back in London, so she must have felt strongly about him. Ross seems to be the one who didn’t have the feelings need to necessitate walking down the aisle.

Emily got incredibly possessive and kind of crazy

Fans were initially OK with Emily as a character, although genuine Ross and Rachel fans hated her from the second Ross woke up in Vermont with her. Things went south when she got incredibly possessive over Ross and tried to keep him away from his friends.

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing | Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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After Ross said Rachel’s name at the altar, Emily agreed to give their marriage a try, but under one condition. She wanted Ross to stay away from Rachel, as in, he was never allowed to see her again. Ross originally agreed to the request, but when you think about it, it would have been a nearly impossible promise to keep. Rachel, after all, lived with Ross’ sister. Most fans think Emily was trying to keep Ross away from all of his friends, including his sister. That does seem like too much of a sacrifice.

To be fair, Emily did have good reason to be jealous

If we are being fair, Emily had a reason to get a little jealous. The relationship moved incredibly quickly, and while Ross’ proposal was an attempt to get Emily to move to New York, it was pretty evident that he still had feelings for Rachel. Still, Emily moved forward with the wedding, only to be humiliated at the altar.

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller, and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller
The cast of ‘Friends’| Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

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To make matters worse, she had to watch Ross’ almost head to their honeymoon with Rachel. Sure, her request that he never speak to Rachel again suggested she was taking things a bit far, but if you think about it from Emily’s perspective, it wasn’t all that unreasonable. It isn’t as if Rachel was a long-ago ex-girlfriend that Ross never thought about. Obviously, his feelings ran deep. Emily, however, would have been better served just walking away from Ross and his incredibly messy romantic life.