Aniston said that with each episode it got “harder just to read the lines.” She explained that the cast was “all just nerves and raw emotions. No one knows how to feel. We may need to be sedated on the last night.” The producers promised a tearful ending, and the cast admitted their crying was not faked when they filmed their scenes.
LeBlanc revealed it had been too much for him and the rest of the cast; he said Kudrow started crying first, and when he looked at Aniston and Cox they also appeared emotional. Schwimmer, who LeBlanc thought was the “consummate professional”, was also upset, so LeBlanc “just lost it.” MaggieWheeler, who was Chandler’s “on and off” girlfriend Janice, told People Magazine, ”the entire cast had to go back and have their makeup redone before starting,” and that Perry broke the tension by saying, “Somebody is gonna get fired.” Perry told the New York Daily News that he did not cry, “but I felt like I was about to for like seven hours.”