The One with Joey's Big Break

Season 5, Ep 22, Aired 5/13/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey seems to have finally hit big when he gets offered a lead part in a movie shooting outside of Las Vegas. However, when Chandler begins expressing doubts about the film's legitimacy, it causes a rift in their friendship.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Michael Monks

    Dr. Hiller

  • John Kassir


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • John C. McDonnell


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The King and Eye!!!!

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 10, 2009

  • Joey gets a lead part in a movie just outside of Los Vegas. Chandler had doubts and it causes problems in their friendship.

    By Black_Grace, Mar 06, 2007

  • Joey gets angry with Chandler when he says he doesn't believe that the movie Joey's going to Las Vegas to shoot is going to be his "big break." Phoebe's angry at Ross but can't remember why. Joey goes to Vegas alone, only to learn Chandler was right.

    By mlw42485, May 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • (Monica and Rachel are wrestling) Rachel: You know, if Chandler or Joey walked in right now, we could make a fortune.

    • (Monica is trying to put eye drops in Rachel's eye) Monica: My pillows all wet! Rachel: Yeah, well, you said it was practice. Monica: Then why did you move? Rachel: Because I knew you were lying!

    • Chandler (about Joey): I don't know, he went crazy. You know we were playing that game where you ask a question then you have to answer it really fast. Phoebe: Oh, that game should not be played without my supervision.

    • Ross: Okay, are you mad at me because my hair gel smells? Phoebe: No. Ross: Are you angry at me because I said your handwriting is childlike? Phoebe: No that made me feel precious.

    • Ross: Phoebe, are you, are you mad at me or something? 'Cause if are, please tell me what it is I did! Phoebe: Well if you don't know, I can't help you. Ross: Well, I don't know. Phoebe: Well, I can't help you.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Joeyho velká šance (Joey's Big Chance)

    • This episode runs 22:51 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Music: "Horse With No Name" by America

    Trivia (8)

    • In the Friends spinoff "Joey," there is an episode with almost the same title as this one called "Joey And The Big Break." Unlike this episode where the movie gets delayed and later cancelled, Joey does succeed in becoming a movie star and lives up to the episode title in Joey.

    • Factual Error: When Chandler arrives back at Central Perk, he says Joey kicked him out of the cab on the George Washington Bridge. However the exterior shot shown was of the Manhattan Bridge, which runs over the East River in the opposite direction of Las Vegas.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica leave their apartment to go to the eye doctor, Rachel turns left instead of right while the door is closing.

    • Goof: When Joey kicks Chandler out of the cab on the bridge, the background doesn't slow down with the car or the audio track. In the next shot the cab and the background have stopped. Then when Joey takes off again, the background doesn't move even though the audio track is heard.

    • Goof: When Joey first arrives in the desert, there is a lot of equipment sitting out. When the director gets into his car to leave, the equipment is still sitting out. A minute later when Joey gets the balloons, all the equipment is gone and the vans are leaving.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Phoebe: And then you took off your energy mask and you were Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz is an American Actress who starred in There's Something About Mary and Shrek.

    • Ross: Simon or Garfunkel? Simon & Garfunkel are an American music duo, known for many songs including "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge over Troubled Water."

    • Chandler: How much did I love The King and Eye? The King and I is a famous musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein, based on the book Anna and the King of Siam.

    • Monica: Hey, Rach. You know that great song? "Me, Myself, and Eye." "Me, Myself, and I" is a 1937 song that was popularized by singer Billie Holiday.

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