Friends: Season 6, Episode 12

The One with the Joke (13 Jan. 2000)

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Chandler and Ross argue over a joke. Meanwhile, Joey reluctantly takes a waiter job at Central Perk, and Monica becomes annoyed when Phoebe says she would choose Rachel over her as a girlfriend.



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Episode credited cast:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
J.D. Lewis ...
The Customer
The Woman At The Table
Matthew Mullany ...
The Patron
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Latte Guy (scenes deleted)


Ross has sent a joke to be printed in Playboy magazine, which they did but Chandler claims it was his joke so he starts logging his jokes. While the girls go through the Playboy, Phoebe manages to insult Monica by saying she thinks Rachel the better choice to go out with. Later Rachel also insults Monica by saying she's high-maintenance. When Joey must explain to Gunther he can't pay his bill because he's broke, he gets a job at Central Perk as a waiter. He tries in vain to keep his job a secret from the friends, who end up reassuring him and offering advice. Unable to settle the joke authorship, Chandler and Ross ask Monica to decide, each confident she's in his pocket, only to be told the joke is no credit to anyone. Closing the café after Gunther refused him time off to do an audition, Joey is Joey fired but one word from Rachel has him re-hired. Written by KGF Vissers

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Just after Gunther leaves the coffee shop to have his hair dyed, Joey says, "You can't sit there." Just then what looks like a camera pops into view in the top left hand corner of the screen. See more »


Monica: [Rachel, Phoebe & Monica are looking at the Playboy of the Month]
Rachel: See now, I would date this girl. She's cute, she's outdoorsy, see, & she knows how to build a fire, I mean that's got to come in handy!
Monica: Hey I've got a question. If you had to pick one of us to date, who would it be?
Rachel: [looking at Monica and Phoebe] I don't know...
Monica: [looking at Phoebe and Rachel] Yeah, me either...
Phoebe: [looking at Rachel and Monica] Rachel.
Monica: [Monica and Rachel both look at Phoebe] What?
Phoebe: I don't know... me neither
[Running off]
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Ross and Chandler fight over a joke
8 June 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Ross tell the Friends that he invented a joke and sent to Playboy, where they printed. Everybody sees the joke, but Chandler says that he was the one who invented the joke.

Both Ross and Chandler stay fighting in the episode just to prove to each other that each one of them invented the joke.

Joey starts to work in Central Perk with Gunther. He stays ashamed to tell this new to the Friends, specially because not so long time ago, he was a star raising, and this is a decline in his career. Since when Janine moved, the bills are too expensive to Joey pay alone. Chandler wants to help him with the money, since Joey didn't pay many of basic services like water and energy.

Monica,Rachel and Phoebe are looking to a Playboy magazine and Monica asks who Phoebe and Rachel would date of them 3. Phoebe chooses Rachel, and Monica stays angry with her decision. Phoebe admits to Monica that she picked Rachel because Monica isn't easygoing,while Rachel is easy to convince. It is not necessary to say that they all end up fighting.

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