Season 6 Episode 4

The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: Joey says that after he gets his insurance restored, he's going to get laser eye-surgery, however, at no time has it been suggested that Joey has a problem with his vision, either for reading or driving. Of course, it's Joey, so it's possible he doesn't know what laser eye-surgery actually is; perhaps he just thinks it's the latest fashionable "thing to do".

    • Trivia: Phoebe's psychic predicted that Phoebe would have triplets, but that one of them would be black. Although there was no black triplet, baby Chandler turned out to be a girl rather than the expected boy. So, her reference to a "black" triplet, could be interpreted as referring to an "unexpected" triplet. It was meant as a joke, of course, but the parallel is still interesting. The fact that the psychic dies instead of Phoebe, as predicted, has the same quality of confused but remarkable accuracy.

    • Only on Television: At the end of this episode, Joey is celebrating getting his health insurance back by trying out dangerous stunts. Even though a hernia operation involves hospital admission and a significant recovery period, Joey's hernia, apparently, was repaired and healed by the simple restoration of his insurance. I'd love to know where to find this miracle health insurance.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of two tropical fish.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica are fighting over the candle holders, they change position between shots. First the bottoms are pointing towards Rachel, and in the next shot they are pointing towards Monica.

  • Quotes

    • Ross: Well, uh, remember that paper I had published last year on sediment flow rate? Uh, they loved it.
      Rachel: (sarcastically) Well, who wouldn't?
      Ross: I know!

    • Joey: Oh, I can't believe this! This sucks! When I had insurance, I could get hit by a bus or catch on fire, y'know? ...and it wouldn't matter. Now I gotta be careful?
      Chandler: I'm sorry, man. There's never a good time to have to... stop catching on fire.

    • Joey: Alright well, I guess I gotta go get a job. I'm gonna go see my agent.
      Chandler: Okay, make sure to look both ways before you cross the street.
      Joey: (mocking him) "Look both ways before you cross the stree-eet..." (turns and walks into the closed door)

    • Ross(following his well-received lecture) I knew all I had to do was let the material speak for itself. Everyone was all, "Ross you have to be funny and sexy." Well, I proved them wrong! And now I'm gonna pass the news on to Joey and Chandler.
      Monica: That you're not funny or sexy?
      Ross: That's right!

    • (Ross has been faking an English accent to make his lectures more interesting. Monica and Rachel have come to visit him in class and catch him at it)
      Professor Rathman
      : (to Ross) Do you have a moment to talk about your lecture?
      Ross: (in his English accent) I'm sorry, I've got plans with my sistah.
      Monica: (introducing herself with an Irish accent) Monica Geller-r-r!
      Ross: (still in an English accent) Right, will you excuse us for one moment?
      (Ross takes Monica aside)
      Ross: (in his normal voice) What are you doing?
      Monica: Oh, you can have an accent and I can't?! (trying her Irish accent on passing students) Top o' the mornin' to ya, laddies!
      Ross: Just please stop!
      (They turn back to Rachel and Professor Rathman)
      Rachel: (speaking with an East Indian accent) Yes, yes, Bombay is bery, bery nice this time of year.

    • Chandler: (about Joey's hernia) Look, I'll loan you the money. Just go to the hospital and let's just get that thing pushed back in.
      Joey: Thank-you, but it'd take me forever to pay you back and I don't want that hangin' over my head. Besides, as soon as my insurance kicks in, I can get all the free operations I want. I think I'll probably start with that laser eye surgery.
      Phoebe: Hey. What's going on?
      Chandler: Well, Joey's got a really bad hernia, but it's nothing a little laser eye surgery won't fix.

    • Phoebe: (to Joey, about his hernia) Hey, maybe you'll die!
      Joey: Chandler, I'm scared.
      Phoebe: No, we could go together. Just don't wait too long though, okay? ...'cause I'm out of here sometime before Friday.
      Joey: But I don't wanna die!
      Phoebe: No, no. It'll be fun! ...we can come back and we can haunt these guys!

    • Monica: (about Ross's fake English accent) Why don't you phase it out? Yeah, phase the accent out, and people will think that you're, y'know... just adjusting to life in America.
      Rachel: Yeah, I mean, c'mon Ross, no one will even notice! I mean, they're probably not even listening to you.
      Ross: They're not listening to me?!
      Rachel: Of course they're listening to you! Everybody listens to you!
      Ross: Monica, uh, you really think I should try this phasing-out thing?
      Monica: I think you look fine!

    • Rachel: (making a prank phone call to Ross with an Irish accent) Hello, Ross? This is Dr. McNeilly calling from the Fake Accent University. We'd like you to come onboard with us full time!

    • Phoebe: Listen to this! My reading was wrong, I'm not going to die!
      Rachel: Really?! How do you know?
      Phoebe: Because my psychic is dead! She must've read the cards wrong!
      Rachel: Oh, I'm sorry.
      Phoebe: Enh... better her than me. Hey, let's bake cookies!

    • Chandler: (on the set for Joey's "dying man" role) Listen, I'm really glad you got the part.
      Joey: (in pain) Thanks!
      Chandler: But are you sure you can do this?
      Joey: Yeah. And hey, thanks for coming with me... and thanks again for helping me take a shower.
      Chandler: Now is that never talking about it again?!

    • Rachel: (answering the phone at Ross's) Hello...?
      Russell: Hello, is Ross there?
      Rachel: Uh, no he's not... can I take a message?
      Russell: Yes, this is Russell, Ross's divorce lawyer... Just tell him that since I haven't heard from him, I assume he's decided to give the marriage a try...
      Rachel: (confused) Ross got married again? (gasps, suddenly realizing) Nooooo!

    • (Ross has been trying to "phase out" his English accent)
      Student: What's happening to your accent?
      Ross: (in an English accent) Come again? What's, what's this nonsense? (giggles, but after thinking better of it, reverts to his normal voice) Alright, I'm, I'm not English, I'm from Long Island. I was really nervous and the accent just, uh, just came out. I'm sorry. So, if we could just get back to the lecture... Um, were there any questions?
      (All the students raise their hands)
      Ross: About paleontology?
      (The students all put their hands down)
      Ross: Alright, look, I was just trying to make a good first impression. Obviously, I screwed up. But, what you guys think of me is really important, because I'm, I'm hoping to get a permanent job here. So if you just give me another chance to make a good impression--
      Rachel: (storming into the classroom) Ross! Are you crazy?! I'm still your wife?! What? ...were you just never gonna tell me? What the hell is wrong with you?! Oh! I could just kill you!!
      Ross: (in his English accent again) Well, 'ello Rachel!

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