Friends

Season 5 Episode 13

The One with Joey's Bag

6
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 1999 on NBC
8.7
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When Joey decides to change his image in order to land an acting gig, Rachel offers to help by hooking him up with the latest fashions from her store. Meanwhile, Phoebe's grandmother passes away and she plans for the funeral.

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  • Ursula reprises her role.

    7.5
    Well I have to say besides being funny, it was just a filler episode. And that just brings the episode rating down a bit. The thing I did like about this episode is that Ursula reprises her role and it's funny cause she is on the show "Mad About You" So that made me smile. You might be wondering why I think this is a filler if Phoebe finds her father. Well she finds him and acts on nothing, in the next episode claiming she isn't ready yet. So didn't understand that much. He isn't even mentioned in the next episode. Joey's bag was an okay plot.moreless
  • a good episode

    10
    When Joey decides to change his image in order to land an acting gig, Rachel offers to help by hooking him up with the latest fashions from her store which is a womens bag and joey loses his audition because he loves his bag so much. Meanwhile, Phoebe's grandmother passes away and she plans for the funeral and at the funeral she meets her real father frank but doesnt tell him who she is and plans to meet him again, or is that the next episode?. any way it is a good episode and would reccomend it. lol ha ha lol.moreless
  • ...

    9.5
    A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end.moreless
  • When Joey decides to change his image in order to land an acting gig and Rachel offers to help. Phoebe's grandmother passes away and she plans funeral.

    8.7
    Interesting funeral! 3-D glasses! Awesome. Not a normal funeral but cool. Joey and that bag! Doesn't he know its a girl bag! If he wasn't so obssed over that bag he could of got the job. Joey needs to get back into acting because he is just letting Chandler pay for everything. Phoebe meets her father and asks him all those weird questions. That was so funny. When he was talking about Lily did he mean Phoebe's not real mom because her real mom was Phoebe. I hope we see more of him and see if Phoebe forgives him or not.moreless
  • Missus Joseph Tribianni.

    8.7
    This episode is full of comedy...more than usual. I have to say that the best plot of this episode is Joey and his bag. Joey thinks he looks so great carrying the bag, but his friends ridicule him. They make comments as if he's a woman. My favorite quote from this episode is "You look just like your son, Mrs. Tribianni." from Chandler. But Joey argues that it's quite practiacal. It hold your wallet, your keys, your address book, ...and your make up as implied by Ross. Later at Pheobe's grandmother's funeral, he pulls flowers out of the bag. Chandler humors him and tells him that pulling flowers out of the bag makes it look more manly. Afetr Joey is denied a part due to his bag, he finally decides to give up the bag and use a more manly item called a wallet.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Phoebe is talking to her dad in Central Perk, she says, "Lipstick and a daughter--big day for you..." and folds her papers in half. When the camera angle changes, she folds them again.

    • Trivia: The song that Pheobe's dad made up for her when she was little and couldn't sleep is very similar to Pheobe's "Smelly cat."

    • Goof: When Phoebe's dad is talking to her in Central Perk, his coat alternates between being buttoned and unbuttoned from scene to scene.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Monica is giving Chandler what she believes to be a great massage, but it is anything but)
      Chandler: Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh!
      Monica: So good, isn't it?
      Chandler: So good, I don't know what I've done to deserve it! (tries to grab the timer) 
      Monica: (takes the timer from him) Oh, hey, now... stop trying to add more time to your massage! (starts massaging him again) ...Say goodbye to sore muscles!
      Chandler: Goodbye, muscles!!

    • Chandler: (about Monica, to Joey) I'm telling you, she gives the worst massages ever! Okay, it was like she was torturing me for information... and I wanted to give it up, I just... I didn't know what it was!

    • Ross: (bringing his coffee over to the couch) Hi...
      Joey: (grabbing a top-hat from floor) Hey dude, look out! You almost crushed my hat. (sets it on couch)
      Ross: Sorry... 
      Chandler: (picks up the top hat and looks in it) ...and the bunny got away.

    • Joey: (defending his top hat) ...Like you could find something as sophisticated as this.
      Chandler: (puts a bread basket on his head) Done.

    • Ross: Hey Pheebs, how's it going?
      Phoebe: Hey! Umm, well, only okay... 'cause I just got back from the hospital...
      Ross: Is everything alright?
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah, no-no... I'm fine, I'm okay, but, uh, my grandma... sort of died.
      (General commiseration)
      Phoebe: It's okay, I mean, she had a really incredible life... and it's not like I'm never gonna see her again, y'know... she's gonna visit.
      Rachel: Well, maybe... maybe she's with us right now...
      Phoebe: (facetiously) Yeah, right. Her first day on a new spiritual plane and she's gonna come to the coffeehouse!

    • Joey: But it is odd how a woman's purse looks so good on me, a man.
      Rachel: Exactly. Unisex.
      Joey: Maybe you need sex, but I had sex a couple days ago.
      Rachel: No, no, no. No, Joey. U-N-I-sex.
      Joey: Well, I ain't gonna say no to that.

    • Phoebe: Grandma died.
      Ursula: Didn't she die, like, five years ago?
      Phoebe: No, she just died today. We're having a memorial service tomorrow.
      Ursula: Okay, I know I went to that already.
      Phoebe: No, you didn't!
      Ursula: Then who's been dead for five years?
      Phoebe: Well, lots of people!

    • Joey (about his bag): At first I just thought it looked good, but it's practical, too. Check it out, it's got compartments for all your stuff. Your wallet, your keys, your address book...
      Ross: ...your make-up.

    • Joey: (about the bag Rachel loaned Joey for his audition) Why would I return it? I love this bag!
      Rachel: All right, then you owe me $350.
      Joey: (holding up the example credit cards that came with the bag) Fine! Do you take "VASA" or "Mustercard?"

    • Joey: Here, I brought you some flowers.
      Phoebe: Oh, thank you!
      Chandler: Yeah, pulling flowers out of it makes the bag look a lot more masculine.

    • Rachel: Joey, that bag is gonna get you that part.
      Chandler: And a date with a man.

    • Monica (to Chandler about her massages): You've been lying to me? I can't believe you'd do that.
      Ross: Well, maybe he just didn't want to hurt your feelings.
      Monica: (directly to Chandler) But the minute that we start to lie to each other... (suddenly realizes she's revealing their relationship) ...and by "we", I mean, "society..."

    • Chandler: Listen, I just wanted to apologize about this afternoon and the whole massage thing, y'know. I... I really like 'em.
      Monica: Oh, please, stop. We're supposed to be honest with each other. I, I just wish you could tell me... just say, "I don't like your massages."
      Chandler: (with difficulty) I don't like your massages.
      Monica: (starts to cry) See? It's no big deal...
      Chandler: Okay, but now see, you're crying.
      Monica: I'm not crying about that. I'm crying about something that happened at work.
      Chandler: What?
      Monica: (with renewed tears) My boyfriend said he didn't like my massages!
      Chandler: It's okay, you don't have to be the best at everything.
      Monica: (completely distraught) Oh my, God, you don't know me at all!!

    • Chandler: You give the best bad massages. If anybody was looking for the best bad massage and they were thinking to themselves, who's the best at that? They'd have to go to you.
      Monica: Huh. So, you're saying that if there was an award for the best bad massage, well... who would get that?
      Chandler: Oh, it would be you! You, Monica, and you would get all the votes.
      Monica: So, maybe they could call the award the Monica?
      Chandler: (smiling affectionately) Absolutely.

    • Phoebe: Lily's dead.
      Frank Sr: Are you sure?
      Phoebe: Well, if she isn't, cremating her was a big mistake.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Joeyho taška (Joey's Bag)

    • When playing both Phoebe and Ursula, Lisa Kudrow's older sister Helene Marla Kudrow doubles for the shoulder shots.

    • This episode runs 23:20 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There are some extra jokes made by Chandler at the coffee house at the beginning of the show. At the end of the show, there is a conversation over the phone between Phoebe and Ursula.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Phoebe: (to Ursula, on the phone) John Glenn? John Glenn is not our dad.
      John Glenn, a famous astronaut, was the first American to orbit the Earth.

    • Ross: (to Joey) What's the part? Auntie Mame?
      Auntie Mame is character from the play and film Auntie Mame, adapted into the musical Mame, all based on the 1955 book Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.

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