6 Times Gunther from Friends Taught Us To Employ Positive Psychology

James Michael Tyler landed the role of Gunther in Friends by being the only extra on set capable of working a cappuccino machine. Quickly his undeniable acting talent propelled him to a speaking role in over 150 episodes and a tier where many argued for his place as the honorary seventh friend.

Throughout the entire run of the series, Gunther served as a beacon of positivity and at times an audience surrogate, constantly reacting to the six central characters from a place of truth. Sadly, the beloved James Michael Tyler passed away on October 24, 2021, after a battle with stage 4 prostate cancer.

Today, we look back at the countless times Gunther brought joy into our homes and reminded us all the importance of “living the good life.”

1. GUNTHER FINDS BLISS BY DABBLING IN AN UNHEALTHY HABIT

Too  much  of  anything  can  be  a  bad  thing,  which  is  why  moderation  is  key.    In  the eighteenth  episode  of  Season  3,  Gunther  attempts  to  institute  a  ‘No  Smoking’  policy  at Central  Perk.    Chandler  openly  challenges  the  policy  by  lighting  up  a  cigarette,  to  which Gunther  attempts  to  find  common  ground  by  sharing  a  drag  with  Chandler  rather  than scolding  him,  after  delivering  the  legendary  line,  “Oh,  dark  mother.  Once  again  I  suckle at  your  smoky  teat.

2.  GUNTHER  UTILISES  RESPECTFUL  HONESTY TO ADDRESS AN EMBARRASSING  SITUATION

In the  thirteenth  episode  of  Season  3,  Phoebe,  Ross  and  Chandler  struggle  with  how  to tell  Phoebe’s  new  boyfriend  that  he  keeps  ‘falling  out  of  his  gym  shorts.’    Sometimes honestly  is  the  best  policy.    Gunther  quickly  solves  the  gang’s  episode-long  dilemma  by prompting  Robert  to  “put  the  mouse  back  in  the  house.”

3.  GUNTHER  HELPS  PHOEBE ADVANCE  HER  BUDDING  MUSIC  CAREER

In the  fifth  episode  of  Season  4,  Phoebe  discovers  a  promising  sexy  new  vocal  range after  catching  a  cold.    Riddled  with  a  cold  of  his  own  after  Phoebe  overcomes  hers, Gunther  kisses  Phoebe  to  give  her  that  sick,  sexy  voice  back.    Always  the  gentleman, Gunther  even  takes  the  time  to  apologise  to  Rachel  for  his  well-intentioned transgression.

4.  GUNTHER ADOPTS A TROUBLESOME  RESCUE  CAT

Gunther’s  endless  well  of  kindness  isn’t  only  reserved  for  humans.    In  the  twenty-first episode  of  Season  5,  Gunther  takes  an  extremely  aggressive  cat  off  of  Rachel’s  hands and  even  provides  a  stipend  of  $1,500  to  her.

5.  GUNTHER  SAVES  ROSS’ BACHELOR  PARTY

In the  second  episode  of  Season  4,  conflict  emerges  as  Ross  struggles  to  choose  a best  man  between  Chandler  and  Joey.    Defusing  the  situation,  Gunther  temporarily agrees  to  be  the  best  man,  resulting  in  a  resolution  of  the  entire  situation  and  eventual dubbing  of  Chandler  and  Joey  as  dual  best  men  as  Gunther  is  once  again  relegated  to the  sidelines.

6.  GUNTHER  SHARES  THE  LOVE

In the  Season  10  series  finale,  Gunther  makes  sure  to  let  a  departing  Rachel  know  how special  she  really  is.    In  a  tear-jerking  monologue,  Gunther  tells  Rachel  “I  know  you’re leaving  tonight,  but  I  just  have  to  tell  you.  I  love  you.”

Returning  the  favour,  Jennifer  Aniston  shared  the  heartwarming  scene  on  Twitter  in response  to  James  Michael  Tyler’s  untimely  passing.