Friends

Season 3 Episode 5

The One with Frank Jr.

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 1996 on NBC
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Phoebe's half-brother visits and she offers to give him a massage, but they have trouble bonding. Joey attempts to build an entertainment center. Ross is challenged to name the five celebrities he'd like to sleep with most.

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  • "Ah, the heart of every healthy relationship. Honesty, respect, and sex with celebrities." - Ross

    7.8
    Phoebe's really excited because her halfbrother Frank Jr. is paying a visit. But it turns out that they don't have that much to talk about. But in the end they seem to get a little bit closer. Even though Frank Jr. always appears to be a little bit stoned he is really funny.

    The celebrities list was really funny, especially Ross who had to categorize every canditate before he could make a decision.

    Joey building an entertainment unit was also funny. I think this episode was okay. The best part was when Isabella Rosselini walks in the the coffee house and Ross tries to hit on her. Ross really is bad at flirting.moreless
  • Not great, but good.

    7.5
    This is supposed to be a setting stone for Phoebe because she finally has a brother, and tries to bond with him. But I don't really like Frank Jr.'s character, he bugged me a lot through the episode, which made this episode hard to like. He melts things, and tries to have sex with one of Phoebe's friends, when all she wanted was to find a connection or bond. I felt bad for Phoebe toward the end, but then everything turned out okay. Ross trying to find which celebrity he can sleep with was pretty funny. I like when he was actually trying to hit on a celebrity. I love the way she turned him down! Joey being some sort of a construction worker was great, probably the best plot. An okay episode.moreless
  • An average episode with some great moments. I especially liked the Phoebe storyline and her slightly stupid half-brother Frank.

    7.5
    Phoebe's half-brother Frank visits his new-found sister and the two try to bond which seems to be very difficult. Mmeanwhile Joey has found a new passion: craftsmanship. But building an entertainment unit and retiling Monica's bathroom floors seems to be too much for him. In the meantime, Ross has other problems: He "has" to decide which five celebrities go on his list with "celebrities he is allowed to sleep with"



    This episode has two good storylines and one bad storyline which is in my opinion Ross and his list. Although there were some funny moments it was rather annoying than entertaining. I liked the Frank/Phoebe storyline very much and the whole "melting" thing was just very funny. And Joey trying to build an entertainment unit? Very funny and of course this marks the time Chandler's door is cut in half which persists throughout the show.



    To sum it up, this is an average episode, not the best but still good and funny (as almost every Friends episode)moreless
  • pretty good episode. I kinda liked it.

    7.2
    The storyline about Phoebe is sort of borring. My favorite part is where she and Frank mentioned their birthdays. I suppose it is just a coincidence but both of those dates have a huge meening in my country. February 16 is independence day of Lithuania and October 25 is the day of our Constitution.

    Ross is quite funny but not the best in this episode.

    However Joey's appearance here is one of the best in entire show. One of my favorite moments in all show is Joey's reaction to Chandler comming to complain after Joey used an electric drill on the wall and almost "got" his roomate.

    Even now it stands in my head: "Oh, did I get 'ya?" and off course Chandlers answer to that - "You get me, you kill me".

    That really was hilarious.moreless
  • its ok ross is funny

    6.5
    Phoebe's half-brother visits and she offers to give him a massage, but they have trouble bonding when he gets the wrong idea and plus hes a little weird when it comes to his likes and dislikes. Joey attempts to build an entertainment center without consolting chandler who is not best pleased. Ross is challenged to name the five celebrities he'd like to sleep with most and makes a bigmistake when he takes one off.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Continuity: In this episode Rachel tells Phoebe that she's not supposed to bring cups out of Central Perk. However, in "The One With The Baby On The Bus", not only does Phoebe drink from a cup outside of Central Perk, but Rachel brings it out for her. Also, in "The One With A Chick And A Duck" Gunther (who was actually the person to tell Rachel that the cups weren't supposed to be brought out of the coffee place) brings out a cup of cocoa for Rachel.

    • Trivia: Chandler named Jessica Rabbit for his list. Coincidentally, Jessica Rabbit was voiced by Kathleen Turner, who appears later as Chandler's transvestite father, Charles Bing, in "The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding."

    • Goof: At the end of this episode when Chandler locks Joey inside the entertainment unit, he supposedly gives Joey a five dollar bill, confirmed when Joey says "Hello Mr. Lincoln!" However, when Chandler takes out the bill from his wallet, it is clearly a one dollar bill.

    • Continuity: Monica is obsessed with cleaning throughout the entire series. However in this episode, she never noticed her bathroom floor was dingy.

    • Goof: The gang realizes that the entertainment cabinet is too big for the wall after they lift it up, but it would have been obvious when it was laid on the floor.

    • Trivia: Ross mentions Susan Sarandon for his list, however, when she later appeared in "The One with Joey's New Brain" as Jessica Lockhart, she hooked up with Joey.

    • Goof: When Chandler trips over the bottom of his bedroom door after Joey saws through it, the part he trips over never moves. The bottom part should move because it is not latched to the door frame at all.

    • Goof: When Frank Jr. holds a white sheet around himself, while talking to Phoebe at the massage parlor, the gathered sheet in his hand keeps changing repeatedly throughout the scene.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is talking to Monica while Frank Jr. is doing karate on the balcony, the blue cup in front of her switches to the other side of her plate and then back when the camera angle changes.

    • Trivia: Chandler's door is never completely repaired or replaced following this episode. Although Monica adjoins the two halves in season four, Joey's cut is still visible for the remaining seven seasons.

    • Trivia: Ross has Winona Ryder on his freebie list. However, Winona Ryder later appeared in "The One with Rachel's Big Kiss" as Melissa, and she wanted Rachel.

    • Continuity: Phoebe's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One with Frank Jr." Phoebe tells her half-brother that her birthday is February 16th. Also, in "The One with Two Parts (2)" Phoebe has a birthday party in February. However, in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" Rachel talks about Phoebe's last birthday party. Since Rachel first met Phoebe earlier that season, this implies that Phoebe's birthday must have occurred since September, when Rachel first joined the group. Also, in "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner", Phoebe's birthday is close to Halloween, consistent with Rachel's statement. Furthermore, in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty", the flashbacks of Phoebe's 30th birthday imply her birthday is in the summer.

    • Continuity: When they show the inside of Monica's bathroom, the toilet is in the middle of the bathroom, and it looks out of place. In "The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding (1)" when Phoebe finds Rachel's pregnancy test, the toilet is right next to the sink.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ross: (About Isabella Rossellini) Damn! I can't believe I took her off my list.
      Monica: Why? 'Cause otherwise you'd go for it?
      Ross: Yeah, maybe.
      Rachel: Oh oh, you lie.
      Ross: What? You don't think I'd go up to her?
      Rachel: Ross, it took you ten years to finally admit you liked me.
      Ross: Yeah, well missy, you better be glad that list is laminated.
      Rachel: You know what, honey? You go ahead. We'll call her an alternate.
      Ross: Okay, hold my cruller.
      Rachel: Okay. (He walks up to the counter.)
      Monica: Rach, are you really gonna let him do this?
      Rachel: Honey, he's about to go hit on Isabella Rossellini. I'm just sorry we don't got popcorn.

    • Phoebe: Okay. All right, this is my favorite part of the weekend. Right now, this.
      Franck: This?
      Phoebe: Uh huh.
      Franck: Oh, come on. We went, we went to Time Square. We found ninja stars. I almost got arm broken by a hooker...
      Phoebe: She wasn't a hooker.
      Franck: Well, when I tell my friends about her she will be.

    • Ross: (About his list) Isabella Rossellini.
      Chandler: Ooh hoo. Very hot, very sexy. But, ah, ya know she's too international. Ya know she's never gonna be around.
      Rachel: So?
      Chandler: So, you gotta play the odds, pick somebody who's gonna be in the country like all the time.
      Rachel: Yeah, 'cause that's why you won't get Isabella Rossellini... geography.

    • Chandler: (About the entertainment center being too large) A good job, Joe.
      Joey: Wow. It's big.
      Chandler: Yeah, so big that it actually makes our doors look smaller.
      Joey: Maybe my ruler's wrong.
      Phoebe: Maybe all the rulers are wrong.

    • Chandler: Okay. On three. One. Two.
      Joey: Why don't we just go on two.
      Chandler: Why two?
      Joey: Because it's faster.
      Chandler: You know, I could've counted to three like four times without all this two talk.
      Joey: All right but in the future ...
      Ross: Okay, okay, heavy thing not getting any lighter
      Chandler: Okay. One. Two.
      Joey: So we are going on two?

    • Chandler: You know what it's my fault really because the couch is normally where we keep the varnish.

    • Chandler: (To Joey, about the lumber in their apartment) So, what happened? Did a forest tick you off?

    • Monica: Hey! Where ya headin' in those pants? 1982?

    • Monica: (After Joey puts a toilet brush over the hole he gouged in the bathroom floor) Aw, that's nice. We can put it back there after the surgeons remove it from your colon!

    • Joey: Oh, I'm sorry. Did I get 'ya?
      Chandler: No, you didn't get me! It's an electric drill! You get me, you kill me!

    • Joey: You know how we're always saying we need a place for the mail?
      Chandler: Yeah?
      Joey: Well, I started building one. But then I decided to take it to the next step.
      Chandler: You're building a post office?

    • Isabella Rossellini: Oh, you know what? You were on my list of five goofy coffeehouse guys I could sleep with, but yesterday you got bumped for that guy over there!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Ross: Isabella Rossellini.
      Chandler: Ooh hoo. Very hot, very sexy. But, ah, ya know she's too international. Ya know she's never gonna be around.

      Isabella Rossellini is an Italian actress, model, and activist.

    • Phoebe: Build the unit, Cinderellie. Lay the tile, Cinderellie.

      Cinderella is a popular fairy tale. The main character, Cinderella, has a position of domestic servitude.

    • Ross: Susan Sarandon.
      Chandler: You know what? She's too political. She probably wouldn't let you do it unless you donated four cans of food first.

      Susan Sarandon is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She is very involved in liberal political causes.

    • Rachel: Parker Stevenson.
      Ross: Spiderman?
      Rachel: Hardy Boy.
      Chandler: Peter Parker.
      Ross: Thank you.

      Spider-Man is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. His alter ego is Peter Parker.

    • Chandler's List:
      Kim Basinger, an Academy Award-winning American film actress.
      Cindy Crawford, an American supermodel.
      Halle Berry, an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning American ---actress.
      Yasmine Bleeth, an American TV and film actress.
      Jessica Rabbit, a fictional character created by author Gary Wolf.

      Rachel's List:
      Chris O'Donnell, an American actor.
      John F. Kennedy Jr, an American lawyer, journalist, socialite and publisher.
      Daniel Day-Lewis, an Academy-Award winning actor.
      Sting, an English musician from the rock band The Police.
      Parker Stevenson, an American television actor.

      Ross's List:
      Uma Thurman, an Oscar-nominated American film actress.
      Winona Ryder, an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning ---American actress.
      Elizabeth Hurley, an English actress, fashion model, producer and designer.
      Michelle Pfeiffer, a three-time Oscar-nominated American actress.
      Dorothy Hamill, an American figure skater and 1976 Olympic champion.

    • Rachel: Oh, I don't know, I guess, Chris O'Donnell, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Daniel Day Lewis, Sting, and Parker Stevenson. Rachel picks Parker Stevenson, who played one of the two Hardy Boys in The Hardy Boys TV show from the late 1970's (along with Shaun Cassidy). She also picks John F. Kennedy, Jr. the son of late president, John F. Kennedy. JFK Jr. also died about a year after this episode aired, in 1999 in a plane crash.



      Also, Sting is mentioned in a season 8. Phoebe wants to go to a Sting concert and tries to score tickets once she finds out his son goes tot the same school as Ross' son, Ben.

    • Chandler: Does anyone else think David Copperfield's cute?
      Monica: No, but he told me he thinks you're a fox.

      David Copperfield is the magician who has had some television specials and is engaged to Claudia Schiffer.

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