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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
Steve (as Phill Lewis)
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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13 February 2003 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the internship, Chandler makes a joke about not being as old as Bob Hope. Bob Hope passed away at age 100 five months after the episode was aired. See more »


When Ross and Phoebe are being mugged by Lowell, he hears Phoebe's name long before she recognizes him. Since they know each other, Lowell should've been able to greet her first and not be surprised to being acknowledged by Phoebe. See more »


Chandler: And here, look, they've got these wheels that pop out the bottom so you can roll around. Apparently, walking is too much exercise. Kids, kids! Roll your way to childhood obesity!
Monica: Wow. Kids today have such an easier time getting fat.
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References Jackass: The Movie (2002) 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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