This episode is one of my favorites from my favorite season of this show. It portrays the characters so well keeping the comedy very strong. Joey is typical Joey by still trying to act while having a hernia. This episode gives a real life consequence to Joey not being able to find a lot of acting work. For once, we see the characters in a real life way, not in an over-exaggerated we can spend all our time in the coffee shop and never have to work kind of way.
This is one of Ross's best episodes as he shows off his nerdy side. It is not Ross gets the girl or loses the girl. It is a very nervous Ross trying to become a university lecturer on paleontology. It is one of the best episodes in showing off Ross's character.