The episode in question is S03E06 "The One With The Flashback". At the bar, Rachel is having a conversation with her friends while Monica & Chandler are hanging out together. A while later Rachel & Monica briefly catchup but Rachel does not comment about Monica's weight loss. It is apparent that they've met after a long time, probably since high school; yet Rachel does not make the obvious comment. What am I missing?

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    Not everybody is obsessed with a woman's size. Aug 24, 2016 at 15:55
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit While I get your point, she lost more than 110 lbs. If Rachel really hadn't seen her since high school, she probably would've said something (certainly the more superficial early-era Rachel).
    – Walt
    Aug 24, 2016 at 17:23
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    @Walt: Fair enough; more of a social commentary than a serious response to the question :) I don't watch Friends. Aug 24, 2016 at 22:27
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    Just to clarify, the question wasn't intended to stir up any weight related debates. It was purely out of curiosity since in Friends, Monica's pre-loss weight certainly seems to be a running gag :)
    – batman
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:20
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    @akdsouza Don't worry. There was never any issue with the wording or subject matter of your question
    – camden_kid
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:00

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The episode is from 1996. The flashback takes place three years prior, so around 1993. However, according to another flashback episode from season 5, Monica already lost all that weight by Thanksgiving 1988, when she and Rachel were still close. So Rachel shouldn't be surprised.


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