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The One with the Mugging 

Joey gets a part in a stage-play in a painful way. Ross and Phoebe are mugged outside Central Perk, Phoebe realizes that she mugged Ross 18 years ago. Chandler starts his new career as advertising writer.



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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller-Bing (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Leonard Hayes
the Female Producer
the Casting Director


Joey is delighted to get an audition for a stage-play directed by the legendary Leonard Hayes, who also stars in the lead; when he's only allowed to finish his performance because a female producer has the hots for him, but pleases Leonard because of his tortured expression, he decides to reproduce its cause: a bursting blather and bulge full of liquids, which must come eventually come out again. When a robber who just took Ross's wallet at gunpoint is recognized by Phoebe as her street friend Lowell, she admits to have been a mugger herself, and soon remembers one of her nerdy teenage victims was Ross, then a comics fan, from whom she took his backpack containing the sketches for his own nerdy superhero "Science Boy". Chandler gets and aces his own audition, for an unpaid intern job as writer in a publicity firm, where he is considered the old dude, but proves wit transcends generations by elaborating the only bright idea for a product which rather appeals to childish Joey, sneakers ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

13 February 2003 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time Joey mentions his "family name." He also brings it up in season 4, episode 18, The One With Rachel's New Dress, when phoebe is trying to choose a name for one of the triplets. Chandler tries to tell him that Tribbiani is his family name, but apparently he didn't learn. See more »


When Phoebe shows Ross the "Crap From the Street" box in coffeehouse the woman in a beige shirt is shown entering and sitting down twice. See more »


Joey Tribbiani: [Chandler is showing the shoes he has to come up with an ad for] Wow! Its like they're on fire!
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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The One with the Mugging
10 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really liked this episode. The part with Joey's audition is just great. Jeff Goldblum was a great guest actor. And every time Joey auditioned it was just too funny, especially when he peed at the end when he got the role

I also really liked the idea of Phoebe having mugged Ross in the past. The descriptions of the incident were very funny and it was a sweet moment at the end where Ross got his "science boy" back

Chandler's story was alright as well. Although I think they exaggerated how old he is. I guess they just did it to emphasize how old he felt around the younger interns

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