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Friends’ Emily - The Tragedy of the Runner-Up Love Interest

Friends’ Emily Waltham is the most hated version of a “stepping stone love interest,” the First Runner-Up (or the greatest threat to the show’s main couple, Ross and Rachel.) Since viewers are rooting for her romance to fail, even the Runner-Up’s good, “lovable” qualities are held against her. Let’s take a closer look at Emily and what we can learn from her side of this story.