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. Phoebe is paranoid if she goes to dentist someone she knows will die.


Gail Mancuso


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode credited cast:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Maggie Wheeler ... Janice
Charles Thomas Allen Charles Thomas Allen ... Ben Geller
John Christopher Allen John Christopher Allen ... Ben Geller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Haugen 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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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

14 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gunther tells Chandler about Rachel's burgundy shoes, the coffee menu board behind them features several generic coffee descriptions, plus the following unusual one: 'Filtered through the finest Skid Row hankies, we get a brew so thin you'd think it's tea.' 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 »


Monica Geller Bing: [after bumping Ben's head on the ceiling, Monica & Rachel are thinking of ways to distract Ross from the bump on Ben's head] I've got it! The second that Ross walks in that door I want you to take him back to your bedroom and you do whatever it is that you do that makes him go, "Reee!"
Rachel Green: Or... We could put a hat on his head.
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References The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) See more »


Endless Love
Performed by Matthew Perry & Lisa Kudrow
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Matthew Perry Is Great Here
17 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See 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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