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The One with the Chicken Pox 

Phoebe catches chicken pox just as an old flame arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have any quirks.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Mr. Douglas


Ryan, a guy in the navy who Phoebe used to go out with is coming to the city for 2 whole weeks. Ben has chicken pox and everybody except Phoebe has had them. So of course Phoebe has the chicken pox now but unfortunately Ryan hasn't had them but he wouldn't let the pox stand between them. Chandler organizes a job as a processor for Joey and Joey does a little too much acting like he was a processor. Ryan and Phoebe both have the chicken pox and the itching drives them crazy. Joey is really annoying at work and always ratting Chandler out. They agree that Joey will quit. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have one thing he is obsessive about. Ryan leaves. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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9 May 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The rank insignia on Ryan's collar indicate that he is a Navy Lieutenant Commander. See more »


When Monica is making the bed and Richard walks back into her bedroom, she jumps on the bed and the duvet is mostly under her, with a corner bunched up in front of her. In the next shot, none of the blanket is under her, and it is all bunched up toward the head of the bed. See more »


Joey Tribbiani: What a phoney!
Chandler Bing: Well I'm sure you'll teach her a lesson when she steps off the dock into Nothing!
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Spoofs An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) See more »


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Performed by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
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An Almost Faultless Episode
12 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The brilliant Charlie Sheen guest stars in an almost faultless episode.

Plot In A Paragraph: Phoebe catches chicken pox just as an old flame (Sheen) arrives in town on two weeks leave from the Navy. Chandler quickly regrets getting Joey a job as a processor in his office. Monica finds herself freaking out that Richard doesn't have any quirks.

Charlie Sheen is brilliant here and a lot of fun, it's a pity he never returned as they said he resurfaced every three years so the potential was there, but by this point he was on "Two And A Half Men" and probably not available or was too expensive.

The Joey and Chandler scenes were some of the best of the season. I'm really loving the Chandler character played to perfection by Matthew Perry this second season. He has been my favourite since the show started.

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