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The One with Joey's Big Break 

Joey drives to Las Vegas to shoot for a new movie. Rachel gets an eye infection. Phoebe is mad at Ross, but doesn't know why.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Dr. Miller
The Grip


Joey is excited to get the lead in a thriller, Shutterspeed, so he and Chandler decide to drive to Las Vegas where it's being shot, in Phoebe's late grandma's cab. Monica sees to it that terrified Rachel gets a glaucoma-test and the necessary eye-drops, whatever that takes. Phoebe is furious at Ross, but won't say why, or doesn't even remember, or... The instant answers-technique Phoebe taught Joey, to choose between two routes, makes Chandler blurt out he doesn't believe it's going to be Joey's big break as he gets no pay, just 1% of profit. The indignant star-to-be throws him out on New York's George Washington bridge. Chandler feels terribly guilty, but when Joey arrives... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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11 May 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The guy who delivers the balloon bouquet to Joey is Michael G. Hagerty, who plays Mr. Treeger. He also played Ugly Naked Guy earlier in the season. See more »


Rachel is terrified of anything touching her or anyone else's eyes, and hates when people makes jokes having to do with eyes. In a previous season, Monica has to go see the eye doctor because she got ice in her eye. Monica asks, "How cute is the new eye doctor?" And Rachel responds, "So cute I'm thinking about jamming this pen in my eye." See more »


Monica: Open your eyes.
Rachel Green: They are.
[Rachel's eyes are closed]
Monica: How many fingers am I holding up?
Rachel Green: Four.
Monica: Oh, my God. I was thinking four.
Rachel Green: Really?
Monica: OK, now this is just practice. One... two... three.
[Rachel quickly jerks her head to avoid the eyedrops]
Monica: My pillow's all wet.
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References The King and I (1956) See more »


A Horse with No Name
Written by Dewey Bunnell
Performed by America
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The One with Joey's Big Break
16 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The story of Phoebe being angry at Ross is pretty funny. She doesn't remember why, but she is really mad and even has a list with Ross's name on it. And I love how they find out that it was because of something that happened in her dream. When she twicks his arm to make sure that he isn't sleeping now, it is so Phoebe!

It is also very funny how Joey uses Phoebe's "fast answer" technique and asks Ross if he wants to sleep with Monica or Rachel. And when Ross tells him that he is sick he thins that it is because of his history with Rachel

Just want to point out that Monica gave Chandler permission to go to Las Vegas in this episode. Thats how controlling she is and Chandler put up with the abuse

And I also loved the scene where everyone jumps on Rachel to put drops in here eyes

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