Before taking the Tipton Hotel by storm on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cole Spouse played Ross Geller’s son, Ben, on Friends.
Ross’s ex-wife Carol gave birth to Ben during season one, and he made several appearances during the show’s first eight seasons.
But then something happened. Somewhere around the time Rachel gave birth to Emma, Ben seemingly vanished from Ross’s life.
1. Ross was a pretty lousy father.
Why would Ross go through the trouble of building a replica of Ben, when he could just as easily have visited him at Carol and Susan’s? Clearly, he decided to take the easy way out, and his behavior suggests that he had become quite used to life without Ben.
In fact, Ben wasn’t even present when Ross married Emily.
Granted, the wedding was in London, but that didn’t stop Jack and Judy Geller from flying out. How hard would it have been for them to take Ben, too? Conversely, Ben played a special role in Carol and Susan’s wedding. It’s a wonder why Ross didn’t make the same effort.
Speaking of weddings, Ross blatantly ignored Ben during Monica and Chandler’s reception.
After his attempt to sit next to Mona failed, Ross was forced to take a spot at the kid’s table. He ended up sitting next to his son, yet addressed the table as if he didn’t know anyone. Apparently, there’s a deleted scene from this episode where the two of them have a brief conversation. The tension in the air was palpable. Was this a sign that trouble was brewing?