Daniel Osbourne proposal

Coronation Street fans go wild as soap recreates famous Friends scene

Beyond awkward

Viewers of Coronation Street were thrilled last night when the ITV soap recreated one of Friends’ most iconic scenes.

Although the moment happened in heartbreaking circumstances, fans couldn’t help rejoicing at the moment that Daniel Osbourne accidentally called girlfriend Bethany Platt the name of his late wife.

Daniel Osbourne proposal
It should have been a happy moment for Bethany (Credit: ITV)

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On Wednesday (March 4), Daniel was seen drunkenly proposing to Bethany.

Corrie is basically an episode of Friends. Yay.

But the confused and grieving dad dropped a clanger when he said: “Sinead, will you marry me?”

To top off the excruciatingly awkward moment, Daniel also used Sinead’s wedding ring to pop the big question.

Daniel Osbourne proposal
The moment of realisation for Daniel (Credit: ITV)

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Understandably, poor Bethany looked crestfallen at the mistake, and the horrible error later prompted her to leave Weatherfield for a fresh start.

But fans couldn’t help leaping with glee at the moment, believing it mirrored a classic scene in the US sitcom Friends.

In 1998, Friends character Ross Geller married fiancée Emily Waltham (played by British actress Helen Baxendale).

Ross says Rachel instead of Emily
Ross spoke from the heart when he said the name of the woman he really loved – Rachel (Credit: HBO / YouTube)

In The One with Ross’ Wedding – the fourth season finale of Friends – the plot revolved around Ross and the rest of the group flying to London for his wedding to Emily.

But in a now infamous moment, Ross called Emily the wrong name at the altar.

He said: “I, Ross, take thee Rachel.”

Although the marriage did go ahead, it didn’t last long.

Those watching Daniel’s botched proposal in Corrie couldn’t help remarking on the parallel between the scene and Ross’ faux pas in Friends.


One wrote: “I feel like I’ve seen this before…”

Another said: “Bethany and Daniel are an updated version [of Ross and Emily].”

A third added: “Oh no, he’s been Ross Gellered.”

“I thought the same thing. Friends is still the best show, I watch it everyday,” said one more, while another lamented: “Apart from Ross and Rachel got a happy ending.”

Even actress Lucy Fallon, who played Bethany, noticed the similarity tweeting: “When @Rob_Mallard said ‘Sinead’ all I could think of is when Ross says Rachel instead of Emily.

“Corrie is basically an episode of Friends. Yay.”

Even the official Corrie Twitter account joined the fun, posting: “The One Where Daniel Got Bethany’s Name Wrong… Could that BE anymore awkward!?”

The cast of Friends recently revealed they would be reuniting after 16 years away.

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