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Tales From The 'Script'

A Fanatic Shares His Frightening ‘Friends’ Obsession

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”I didn’t really start watching until halfway through the first season,” admits Eric Aasen, the indefatigable webmaster of The Complete Friends Script Index (thecfsi.com). Aasen has been a diligent viewer ever since: Every month, the 26-year-old aspiring race-car mechanic living near Sonoma, Calif., spends up to 20 hours painstakingly transcribing new Friends episodes for his exhaustive website. Aasen didn’t conceive the site: What started as a helping hand to a U.K.-based webmaster became a full-fledged endeavor in 1998. In addition to the scripts, Aasen posts reader-submitted fiction (”I…make sure they don’t have swearing or graphic depictions of sex”). Though he’s no writer himself — ”I know my limitations” — Aasen does have opinions on past episodes. His favorite: ”The One With the Embryos.” His least favorite: ”the whole Ross and Rachel marriage.” Aasen’s site — which boasts up to 6,000 hits per day — also enjoys global interest (half his visitors live outside the U.S.), with sister sites offering French and Italian translations. We still think ”Come va?” has nothing on ”How you doin’?”