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21 Episodes:  What-If Friends Was Set In Los Angeles?

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Los Angeles is the epicenter of the film and television industries, but very few sitcoms are set in this multicultural metropolitan hub. Most sitcoms happen in New York, even if they are shot in sets built in California. Crazy, eh? Well, what if Friends actually took place in the City of Dreams?

1. “The one where Joey wins a taco eating competition at Carnitas Michoacan”

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Carnitas Michoacan is an angelano institution. Mexican food experts claim that they are the real deal. In this episode, Joey would be broke after his acting gig fell through, so he would enter and win a taco eating contest to be able to afford rent. Chandler would need to care for him after he gets indigestion.

2. “The one where Ross finds a fossil under the Hollywood sign”

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Paleontologist Ross Geller would be trekking near the Hollywood sign and suddenly trip on something. On close inspection, he would realize it is a dinosaur bone! He would not be allowed to dig and that would throw him into a fit of frustration.

3. “The one where Phoebe marries a Chicano muralist”

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Strolling the streets of East Los, our favorite silly girl would meet a sexy muralist called Jorge, and marry him on the spot. She would later discover that once you marry a Latino you marry the whole family!

4. “The one where Rachel and Monica find a job at Canter’s”

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Rachel and Monica find out that working with your best friend isn’t that easy. Monica is a cook and Rachel is a waitress at this LA institution… Rachel keeps flirting with rock stars in the late night shift and Monica gets her fired.

5. “The one where Joey and Chandler get the Dog Whisperer for their pet duck”

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Desperate because their duck quacks all night, the dynamic duo finds Cesar Millan and begs for help. Hilarity follows.

6. “The one where Monica bumps into her ex Richard at Chateau Marmont”

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Monica just can’t seem to keep a job in Los Angeles. As a cook in the infamous Chateau Marmont, she bumps into her ex Richard, who is a dentist to many celebrities! He is there to untangle two teenage stars whose brackets got stuck while they were making out. Classy.

7. “The one where Chandler moves to Echo Park and breaks Joey’s heart”

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BFFs Chandler and Joey can’t live together forever. Chandler finds a great investment opportunity in up and coming Echo Park and moves to the cool neighborhood. All is forbidden when Joey discovers a tamale cart across the street. Two verdes, please!

8. “The one where Ross jumps into the fountain at The Grove”

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The Grove is perhaps the prettiest mall in the US. Ross is seeing someone while he and Rachel are on “a break”. He is holding hands with this new girl and suddenly he spots Rachel at a distance. How to hide? Just jump into the fountain. He gets cheers and claps from everyone and Rachel obviously sees him!

9. “The one where Chandler proposes to Monica at LACMA”

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Los Angeles has one of the coolest contemporary art museums in the world: LACMA. In this episode, Chandler takes Monica to this amazing installation, gets down on one knee and proposes. Eso, mi Chandler!

10. “The one where Phoebe discovers she ate an ostrich taco at El Coyote”

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One of the most traditional Tex-Mex spots in the city. In this episode, Phoebe discovers that the delicious taco she just ate was made with ostrich meat. She loves ostriches and feels super guilty, so she ends up adopting three big-ass birds!

11. “The one where Phoebe dates a Laker who also loves ostriches”

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After adopting the three ostriches, Phoebe joins an online community of ostrich lovers. She meets a famous basketball player and moves in with him, but moves out after not being able to stand the smell of 20 ostriches living in their house…. and sleeping in their bedroom!

12. “The one where Rachel and Ross make up while trapped in the Santa Monica Ferris wheel”

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Rachel and Ross enter the Santa Monica Ferris wheel as exes, but after a mechanical malfunction they get stuck up there for 5 hours and are an item again after finally being released at sunrise. Romantic as hell!

13. “The one where Chandler inherits Amoeba Music”

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Chandler’s mom dates the owner of this cultural institution. The owner dies and inherits the shop to Chandler’s mom, who in turn tells him it is HIS early inheritance. Chandler ends up revitalizing the business! Think High Fidelity on a bigger scale!

14. “The one where Joey dates a cello player”

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Joey is quite a Don Juan and somehow gets interesting, cultured women to date him. In this episode, he goes to the opening night of a concert season, but he falls asleep and falls down from the upper floor of the hall… The concert is interrupted and Joey gets dumped!

15. “The one where Phoebe adopts a mountain lion!”

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Just stop it, Phoebs! In this episode, Phoebe is jogging in a national park and finds a mountain lion who seems to be sick. She puts her into her car and drives it home. She names him “Mariachi”. Chaos follows.

16. “The one where little Ben reveals himself as a Lego genius”

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Ross takes his son to Legoland and… surprise… Ben builds an amazing rocketship in record time. Everyone is impressed at his genius building skills and Ben gets an sponsorship from the company. He now makes more than his academic dad.

17. “The one where the gang goes to a karaoke bar in Koreatown”

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They all pretend to sing K-pop and get a crowd to cheer and laugh at these gringos pretending they know a second language!

18. “The one where Rachel’s dad moves to Malibu… and buys a house for Rachel next door”

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Rachel has always tried to solve things by herself and move away from her “rich daddy’s girl” persona. In this episode, Rachel mush stand true to herself when her dad buys her a 3 bedroom beach house in Malibu just to keep her close.

19. “The one where Joey beats Danny Trejo at a chili eating contest”

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Joey’s true abilities come to light in Los Angeles! In order to woo a hot Latina, Joey enters a chili eating competition with Danny Trejo. And he beats Machete!

20. “The one where Monica dates a muscle guy from Venice Beach”

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Monica meets a bodybuilder when he saves her from being run over by a bicycle. The gang feels intimidated at first but soon finds that the Hulk is a sweetheart with a love for extra sweet pastries… Monica bakes every single day to keep her guy’s calorie intake on check.

21. “The one where Joey becomes a Hollywood Boulevard impersonator”

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Life is tough in Los Angeles for a struggling actor. In order to make ends meet and not compromise his histrionic abilities, Joey dresses up as a different superhero each day and takes selfies with tourists on Hollywood Boulevard. He gets good at doing it but all the other impersonators stage a coup against him and kick him out!

 

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21 Times Latina Celebrities Gave Some Serious Life Advice

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21 Times Latina Celebrities Gave Some Serious Life Advice

No matter who you are, we all need life advice sometimes. And no matter who you are, we all need to hear more from Latina celebrities. These women have worked hard and overcome a lot to get to the top of their field — whether that’s music, film, or running the country. They have life experience and they know what they’re doing, so of course, they have some serious life advice. Here are 21 pieces of advice from Latina celebrities about everything from following your dreams to believing in yourself, to knowing when to ask for help, to knowing when to have fun!

Sonia Sotomayor

Source: Politico Magazine


As the first Latinx person to ever sit on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has had to overcome a lot of obstacles. She did this by not letting others get her down: “I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.”

Selena Gomez

Instagram @SelenaGomez


The actor and singer was actually named after the first person on this list. She has this to say about mental health and when things get tough: “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken”

Selena

YouTube @Selena Quintanilla


The Queen of Tejano music died tragically young, but she still achieved a ton and had a lot of advice to give, like this: “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”

Gina Rodriguez

Instagram @hereisgina


Gina Rodriguez was catapulted into stardom by her role in Jane the Virgin. She has this advice: “Enjoy [life], appreciate it, and be grateful throughout it all. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.”

America Ferrara

Instagram @AmericaFerrera


Actor and activist America Ferrera wants young girls to know this: “To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.”

Salma Hayek

Instagram @SalmaHayek


Actress Salma Hayek wants you to know why you’re doing the things you do. “Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone’s attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.”

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Source: Wall Street Journal


Catherine Cortez Masto was the first Latina senator in U.S. history, so she knows a thing or two about fighting to get your voice heard. “I say this to women all the time: If you’ve got the passion, you believe in making change, and you’ve got an issue or policy or something that you want to do, believe in it. Have confidence in yourself. You can do it.”

Rita Moreno

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Legendary Latina actress Rita Moreno has this wonderful life advice: “Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.”

 Jennifer Lopez

Instagram @jlo


J-Lo needs no introduction. Is it any wonder she has some great life advice? “It’s the messy parts that make us human, so we should embrace them too — pat ourselves on the back for getting through them rather than being angry for having gotten into them in the first place.”

Selena

Source: Biography.com


Selena was an active philanthropist and often visited schools in Latino areas to talk about the importance of education: “Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”

 Sofia Vergara

Instagram @SofiaVergara

Despite her acting abilities and her comedy chops, actress and model Sofia Vergara is often known for her beauty, but she says that people often get the wrong idea about beauty: “To me, beauty is really all about confidence. If you feel beautiful, then you are beautiful. Of course, I love to wear makeup and nice clothes, but at the end of the day, you have to feel good on the inside.”

Demi Lovato

Instagram @ddlovato


Singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato says this about recovery: “The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.” 

Salma Hayek

Instagram @SalmaHayek


Salma Hayek has more to say about figuring out your path: “This the one thing I learned: How do you recognize what’s your true dream and what is the dream that you are dreaming for other people to love you? … The difference is very easy to understand. If you enjoy the process, it’s your dream. … If you are enduring the process, just desperate for the result, it’s somebody else’s dream.”

Rosie Perez

Instagram @rosieperezbrooklyn

Actress Rosie Perez has said this about self-reflection:”If we can’t look at the good, bad and ugly of who we are, we are never going to progress as people–ever.”

Soledad O’Brien

Source: The Wrap


Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien says this about fear and believing in yourself: “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?”

Gloria Estefan

Instagram @GloriaEstefan

Gloria Estefan started as a singer but has become so much more than that. So her advice isn’t exactly surprising: “Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it, it’s yours to have.”

Zoe Saldana

Instagram @ZoeSaldana


Currently best known for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana wants people to know they shouldn’t be ashamed of who they are: “When somebody throws in a big word [that I don’t know] I just say, “I’m so sorry I don’t know what that means, can you please explain that?” I don’t care if I’m sitting at the President’s table having dinner, I have to be myself. I want to practice every day being myself. It’s not natural to me, it’s not natural to anybody – we’re human, we’re meant to worry about what the other person thinks, but you have to exercise it. So, I just practice it because I like this peace that comes from forcing yourself to not be anything else other than what comes with being yourself.”

Julia Alvarez

Source: NY Times


Latina writer Julia Alvarez says this about being true to yourself: “Each of us will have to make the choices that allow us to be the largest versions of ourselves.”

Jessica Alba

Instagram @JessicaAlba


Actor and businesswoman Jessica Alba has advice for all women: “No matter how different women are, we all seem to share the guilt that we’re not doing enough. If anything, I would say that as long as you’re doing your best, it’s more than enough.” –

Isabel Allende

Source: Modern Literature

Novelist Isabel Allende has been called the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, but even she deals with doubts and fears: “Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.” 

Michelle Rodriguez

Instagram @mrodofficial

Michelle Rodriguez has made an acting career out of defying expected roles: “I do what I want, when I want, how I want.”