Friends: Season 2, Episode 23

The One with the Chicken Pox (9 May 1996)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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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At the start of the episode Phoebe is talking about the fact Ryan will soon be visiting her. Visible in the background of Central Perk is Ryan's jacket on a coat peg, despite the fact he is not supposed to be in New York yet. See more »


Monica Geller: [lamenting that Richard isn't as obsessive as she is] I can't believe my boyfriend doesn't have a thing! My boyfriend doesn't have a thing!
Dr. Richard Burke: See, if anyone overheard that, I didn't come off well there.
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Spoofs An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) See more »


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Written by Will Jennings and Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
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The One with the Chicken Pox
23 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I didn't really like Phoebe's chickenpox story,there wasn't much to it to be the main episode story. I also didn't like Charlie Sheen's acting. I think he is a great actor but if I would have reviewed this episode before Two and a Half Men, I would have said that he should stay away from sitcoms and do movies. It did have a funny scene of them scratching each other in a very "erotic" way, but that was it

I much more liked how Chandler hired Joey as a processor and Joey created a character that Chandler hated for being an annoying brown noser. I liked Chandler's way to make Joey quit his job by sleeping with his imaginary wife, was a funny scene well done by both actors

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