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The One with the Joke 

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)
The Customer
Johanna Roxanne ...
The Woman At The Table (as Joeanna Sayler)
Matthew Mullany ...
The Patron
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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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Comedy | Romance


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13 January 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although there's no evidence as to who really created the joke, Ross has tried to claim certain ideas as his own several times throughout the series. One notable instance is when he tries to convince his students that Jurassic Park was his idea. See more »


When Chandler and Ross are giving their explanations of how they each came up with the joke, Ross says, "...remember, evolution- monkey into Man...". As a paleontologist, Ross would know that the Theory of Evolution does not propose humans evolved from apes but that apes and humans have a common ancestor. See more »


Chandler: Hey, Joey. Playboy published my joke.
Ross: No, it's MY joke.
Chandler: No, it's mine.
Ross: No, it was MY joke.
Joey: Hey, hey, hey. You guys. You know they put pictures of naked chicks in there, right?
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The One with the Joke
17 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The best part of this episode is Phoebe choosing Rachel over Monica. "High maintenance" is actually the nicest one can call Monica. It is surprising Phoebe was too nice. And Monica once again abused Chandler by forcing him to say nice things about her. I was kind of surprised about how Phoebe described Rachel. I never thought of her as a "push over". And I also loved how at the end Chandler chose Joey

Chandler and Ross fighting over the joke had its funny moments. I actually would like to hear that joke!

Joey working in Central Perk was pretty boring, besides the beginning with Ross

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