Friends

Season 3 Episode 5

The One with Frank Jr.

5
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

  • QUOTES (12)

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

    • 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?

    • Joey: (after drilling through Chandler's bedroom wall) 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!

    • Monica: (to Joey) Hey! Where ya headin' in those pants? 1982?

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

    • Ross: (reading from his "list") "Isabella Rossellini".
      Chandler: Ooh-hoo! Very hot, very sexy. But, uh... y'know, she's too international... Y'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: (with a varnish can lid stuck to his pants) You know what? It's my fault really, because the couch is normally where we keep the varnish.

    • Phoebe: Alright, well this is my favorite part of the weekend. Right now, this.
      Frank: This?
      Phoebe: Uh-huh...
      Frank: Oh, come on. We went, we went to Time Square. We found ninja stars. I almost get my arm broken by a hooker...
      Phoebe: She's not a hooker.
      Frank: Well, when I tell my friends about her, she will be... (grins)

    • 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: (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: (inspired) Maybe all the rulers are wrong...

    • (Isabella Rossellini comes in to Central Perk)
      Ross: Damn! I cannot believe I took her off my list!
      Monica: Why? 'Cause otherwise you'd go for it? (laughs mockingly) 
      Ross: Yeah, maybe.
      Rachel: Ha-ha... 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.
      (Ross heads for 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.

    • Isabella Rossellini: (to Ross) 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: (reading from his "list") "Isabella Rossellini".
      Isabella Rossellini is an actress, model, and activist. She is the daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini.

    • Phoebe: Build the unit, Cinderelly. Lay the tile, Cinderelly...
      Cinderella is a popular fairy tale. The main character, Cinderella, has been reduced to a position of domestic servitude by her wicked stepmother. Phoebe is paraphrasing "The Work Song" from the 1950 Walt Disney animated version of the story.

    • 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: (naming one of the celebrities on her "list") Parker Stevenson.
      Ross: Spider-Man?
      Rachel: Hardy Boy.
      Chandler(correcting Ross about Spider-Man) 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 the Season 8 episode "The One with Monica's Boots". Phoebe wants to go to a Sting concert and tries to score tickets once she finds out his son goes to the same school as Ross's 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 a popular magician who performs live shows as well as does television specials. He was at one time engaged to Claudia Schiffer.

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