Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Giant Poking Device 

Chandler is devastated after Joey tells him he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Monica accidentally bumps Ben's head into a post when she and Rachel babysit.



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Episode credited cast:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Charles Thomas Allen ...
John Christopher Allen ...
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Jon Haugen ...
Ugly Naked Guy


Phoebe doesn't want to go to the dentist because every time she does, someone dies. Monica plays the airplane game with Ben and bumps his head really hard and Rachel and Monica try to cover the bump on his head. Joey sees Janice kissing her ex-husband and tells Chandler. Phoebe is checking if she killed someone by going to the dentist and finds that Ugly Naked Guy hasn't moved since the morning. They build a massive poking device out of chopsticks to poke him and see if his alive or just taking a nap. Chandler leaves Janice so she can go back to her husband and child. Ugly Naked Guy is alive! Written by Anonymous

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14 November 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Our only glimpse of the oft mentioned Ugly Naked Guy - what little of him we do see is portrayed by an uncredited Jon Haugen. See more »


When Ross is teasing Monica about banging Ben's head, she has some chopsticks in her left hand. When Ross is spinning around, they change to Monica's right hand without her passing them over. See more »


Joey Tribbiani: If homo sapiens were in fact HOMO sapiens - is that why they're exctinct?
Dr. Ross Geller: Joey, homo sapiens are people!
Joey Tribbiani: Hey, I'm not judging.
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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »


Endless Love
Performed by Matthew Perry & Lisa Kudrow
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Matthew Perry Is Great Here
17 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Matthew Perry's best moment so far this season Plot In A Paragraph: After Joey sees Janice kissing her ex-husband, he struggles over whether to tell Chandler, when Chandler says he is going to buy her an expensive present, he decides to tell him. Phoebe doesn't want to go to the dentist because every time she does, someone dies. Monica accidentally bumps Bens head really hard and tries to cover the bump on his head.

Although Perry's appearance has changed a lot throughout this season so far (he is noticeably thinner than earlier in the season) it is not affecting his acting chops, as his scene with Janice at the end was brilliant.

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