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. – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 24 '16 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 '16 at 17:23
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit Obsessed is a ridiculously inappropriately strong word to use. If I see an old friend who had a full beard the entire time I knew them, then suddenly I see them years later with no beard, I would most certainly comment on it, does that make me obsessed with men's facial hair? I think most reasonable people would remark on a close friend's vastly different physical appearance, unless they were worried about offending them, which doesn't seem to apply in this situation. – Kik Aug 24 '16 at 18:31
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    @Walt: Fair enough; more of a social commentary than a serious response to the question :) I don't watch Friends. – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 24 '16 at 22:27
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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 '16 at 12:00

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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