Groaning Pains: Matthew Perry Goes On to a Better Place; Or How We Learned About Drunk Driving

Mike Seaver did what to Chandler Bing? Read this post for the public version of events, aptly dubbed “Groaning Pains” and then check back on Monday for the behind-the-scenes dirt. Hint: It involves Satan so you know it’s gotta be good!

Jumped The Snark

With the proper premiere of Go On this week and its promising ratings, it seemed like the appropriate time to revisit our Groaning Pains series, specifically Go On star Matthew Perry’s short stint as Carol’s ill-fated boyfriend, Sandy. In other words, it’s time to discuss how we learned about drunk driving (and that a guy could be named “Sandy”).

When Friends premiered back in 1994 we may have been the only eleven-year-old in the country who thought to himself “there’s the guy who was in the Married with Children backdoor pilot and there’s the guy who was Carol’s boyfriend on Growing Pains that died from drinking and driving.” The former is Matt LeBlanc, whose Married With Children character Vinnie Verducci – Joey Tribbiani’s spiritual predecessor – was spun off with his father Charlie  (the immortal Joseph Bolonga) into the very short-lived series Top of the Heapand the…

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