The One with the Giant Poking Device

Season 3, Ep 8, Aired 11/14/96
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  • Episode Description
  • When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Monica accidentally bumps Ben's head into a post. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies, and a toothache is forcing her to make another visit.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Maggie Wheeler


  • James Michael Tyler


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Charlie Allen

    Ben Geller-Willick-Bunch

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Chandler finds out.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 31, 2009

  • "Monica Bang!"

    By sonny20dawson, Nov 27, 2007

  • It is really cool and funny. It is exactly why people would want to watch it, because it is funny, a bit silly and you don't really go through those things in life, so its really fun to watch it. Those a few reason why it's good.

    By aznga1z, Jul 23, 2007

  • a good episode.

    By simpfan90210, Apr 25, 2007

  • Friends Super Advice #3

    By arabey, Aug 16, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Joey: (About Ugly Naked Guy) I'm telling you, he hasn't moved since this morning.
      Monica: Alright, we should call somebody.
      Ross: And tell them what? The naked guy we stare at all the time isn't moving?

    • Rachel: (After she and Monica bang their heads into the wall) You know, if it's not a headboard, it's just not worth it.

    • Monica: Joey just saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Ross: What? (To Joey) So what are you going to do? I mean how, how are you going to tell Chandler? Joey: Well, I was thinking about that and I, I think the best way would be, to not. Rachel: Joey, you can't keep this to yourself, if you know about this, you have to tell him. Joey: It'll kill him. I mean it'll, it'll just kill him. Phoebe: Well, you could wait 'til I go to the dentist, maybe I'll kill him.

    • Monica: He's not going to say anything because we're not going to tell him. Rachel: We're not? Monica: No, we're not. Rachel: Alright, I like that.

    • Monica: Okay, Ben, I won’t tell your daddy that you had ice cream for dinner, if you don’t tell about our little bonking incident. Rachel: Monica, number one, I don’t think Ben understands the concept of bribery, and number two, I... (Joey starts laughing) What?! Joey: You said number two. Rachel: I also said number one. Joey: I know. (Laughs harder)

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Osudová (Fated)

    • This episode runs 23:07 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: When the four of them were poking Ugly Naked Guy with the giant device to make sure whether he was alive or not, he was breathing visibly.

    • Goof: When Chandler is breaking up with Janice and she walks away trying to shake him off, her jumper is untied. When Chandler shouts "you can't go, I have your shoe" the camera goes back to Janice where the jumper has been tied at the bottom.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica are stressing about the bump on Ben's head, Rachel's hair keeps moving from tucked behind her ear to hanging loosely in her face between camera angles.

    • Goof: In the tag scene when Phoebe enters, Chandler has his arms wrapped around the record with the shoe in his right hand in front of the record. When the shot changes, his left hand is holding the shoe behind the record.

    • Goof: The giant poking device is supposedly long enough to reach right across to the next building. But after they wake up Ugly Naked Guy, Joey says "retract the device!" and after pulling back about a foot of it the end suddenly pops up at the bottom of the screen.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Joey: You wanna get her something special, get her flowers. Get her candy. Get her gum. Girls love gum. Chandler: That's a good idea, "Dear Janice, have a Hubba Bubba birthday!" Chandler was alluding to Wrigley's Hubba Bubba bubble gum, which was invented in 1979.

    • Janice: The way I feel about you it's like I finally understand what Lionel Richie's been singing about. Janice is referring to the song "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie. In the tag scene, Chandler and Phoebe sing this song.

    • Phoebe: Alright, fine, fine. But if you're my next victim, don't come back as a poltergeist and like suck me into the TV set. Phoebe was referring to the 1982 horror film Poltergeist.

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