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 »

Filming Locations:

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the first time Ugly Naked Guy appears onscreen, albeit only his torso with his face obscured. He would make only one other onscreen appearance, in Friends: The One Where Everybody Finds Out (1999), from behind without his face being shown. See more »


In the being of the scene with chandler throwing the darts if you count he has six but then towards the end of the scene he is shown having four. See more »


Dr. Ross Geller: [accepting some food from Gunther] Thanks, Gunther.
[he kisses Rachel hello]
Dr. Ross Geller: Oh, can I get a napkin, too?
Gunther: [looking daggers - nay, MACHETES at Ross] Oh, like you don't already have everything.
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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »


Endless Love
Performed by Matthew Perry & Lisa Kudrow
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Good fun all round
12 May 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

I thought this was a fun episode, with all three stories working.

I liked that there was a story line involving Rachel and Monica, and also that Ross being a parent was still central to the show. It would become less so as time went on.

Despite the well documented personal problems he was going through at the time (and his weight loss is visible here) Matthew Perry gives a great performance, showing what a good dramatic actor he is too. I loved his 'what would you do?' scene with Matt Le Blanc.

A good episode overall.

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