Season 5 Episode 22

The One with Joey's Big Break

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 13, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: When Rachel is first trying to put eye drops in her eye, she is looking in a mirror that is on the wall to the left of the girls' bathroom door. It is also there in "The One with the Yeti" wherein Phoebe checks herself in it while wearing a fur coat. In all other episodes, however, there is a 3D relief there of a woman with a Great Dane. In all likelihood, the mirror was needed for these two scenes, but would prove to be a problem as a regular feature, since possible reflections of cameras, crew, etc., would have to be dealt with. It can be noted that Monica's bathroom mirror, visible when the bathroom door is open, is often "fogged" so that it doesn't reflect anything.

    • Trivia: Chandler doesn't believe in ghosts.

    • Goof: When Chandler arrives back at Central Perk, he says Joey kicked him out of the cab on the George Washington Bridge. However the exterior shot shown was of the Manhattan Bridge, which runs over the East River in the opposite direction of Las Vegas.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica leave their apartment to go to the eye doctor, Rachel turns left instead of right while the door is closing.

    • Goof: When Joey kicks Chandler out of the cab on the bridge, the background doesn't slow down with the car or the audio track. In the next shot the cab and the background have stopped. Then when Joey takes off again, the background doesn't move even though the audio track is heard.

    • Goof: When Joey first arrives in the desert, there is a lot of equipment sitting out. When the director gets into his car to leave, the equipment is still sitting out. A minute later when Joey gets the balloons, all the equipment is gone and the vans are leaving.

    • Trivia: Rachel says that Monica "really is freakishly strong". This is mentioned in other episodes, such as "The One with the Cop".

    • Goof: In the first scene after the opening credits when Ross is leaving to take Ben to the park, we are looking at Phoebe and hear the door opening. When the camera cuts to Ross, the door is closed and he opens it again.

    • Goof: When Rachel knocks the cereal box off the kitchen table, it lands halfway between the table and the blue counter with most of the scattered cereal on the counter side of the box. When the camera angle changes, the box is almost touching the blue counter with most of the cereal on the table side of the box.

  • Quotes

    • Chandler: Richard? Ugh, that's all I ever hear... "Richard, Richard, Richard".
      Monica: Since we've been going out I might have mentioned his name twice.
      Chandler: Okay, so, "Richard, Richard".

    • Rachel: Alright, fine... I have a weird thing with my eye. Can we just not talk about it, please.
      Everyone: Alright.
      Monica: Hey Rach'? You know that great song, "Me, Myself, and... (almost touching her own eye) Eye"?!
      (Rachel freaks out so the others follows suit, poking their own eyes to punctuate)
      Ross: Hey. Does anyone want to get some lunch? All those in favor say... Eye!
      Rachel: Ross! Stop it!
      Chandler: How much did I love The King and... Eye?!
      Rachel: Chandler!
      Joey(poking along with the rest) Me too! Me too!
      Rachel: Stop it, stop it! C'mon!
      Joey: (rubs his eye in pain) Owww!
      Chandler: You okay there, man?
      Joey: Yeah, I got too excited.

    • Monica: (to Phoebe about Ross) Why are you so mad at him?
      : Look... I don't wanna talk about it, okay...?
      Monica: (laughing) Yeah, but it seems like you're--
      Phoebe: (snapping at Monica) You wanna be on my list, too?! Keep talking! ...Has anyone seen my list, by the way?
      Chandler: Uh, no Pheebs--what's it look like?
      Phoebe: Um... it's a piece of paper and it says "Ross" on it...?

    • Chandler: (about going on a road trip to Vegas) Whoa, whoa, whoa... what are we gonna do about my job?
      Joey: (stating the obvious) Oh, um... not go!

    • Phoebe: (about which route to take to Vegas) Oh, if you take the northern route there's a man in Illinois with a beard of bees.
      Joey: Great! Problem solved!
      Phoebe: But on the southern route there's a chicken that plays tic-tac-toe.
      Joey: (frustrated) Well, back to square one.

    • Joey: (playing Phoebe's truth game) Who would you rather sleep with, Monica or Rachel?
      Ross: Dude, you are sick.
      Joey: Oh, I'm sorry... I forgot you had that whole Rachel thing.

    • Rachel: Y'know, I gotta tell ya, those eye drops are a miracle... my eye is 100% better!
      Monica: They're still in my coat.
      Rachel: Damn!

    • Joey: Hey! You ready to go?
      Chandler: Yeah, listen, how cold is it going to be there? Do I need a coat or will all these sweater vests be enough?

    • Joey: Man, I wish Ross was coming with us, y'know? I'm gonna miss him!
      Phoebe: Thanks a lot, I just got that jerk out of my mind!

    • Ross: I just wanna say goodbye to you guys and... (takes a twenty out of his shirt pocket) see if you guys will place a little bet for me? ...huh? Twenty bucks on black-fifteen.
      Joey: (taking the twenty) You got it! (secretly shakes his head "no way" to Chandler)
      Ross: Alright!

    • Ross: Phoebe, are you... are you mad at me or something? 'Cause if you are, please tell me what it is I did!
      Phoebe: Well if you don't know, I can't help you.
      Ross: Well, I don't know.
      Phoebe: Well, I can't help you.

    • Joey: (driving) I'm getting pretty tired. You'll have to take over soon.
      Chandler: We've been driving for a half-hour!  ...and you haven't looked at the road once!
      Joey: Don't worry. It's out there.

    • Ross: Okay, are you mad at me because my hair gel smells?
      Phoebe: No.
      Ross: Are you angry at me because I said your handwriting is childlike?
      Phoebe: No, that made me feel precious.

    • Chandler (about Joey): I dunno, he went crazy! ...Y'know, we were playing that game where you ask a question, then you have to answer it really fast...?
      Phoebe: Oh, that game should not be played without my supervision.

    • Chandler: (about Joey kicking him out of the car on the bridge) Well, I don't know what made him so mad, y'know? All I said was that I didn't think this was going to be his big break, that this movie wasn't going to do anything for him and that, y'know, it didn't sound like a real movie... Okay, he should have pushed me off the bridge.

    • (Monica is trying to put eye drops in Rachel's eye)
      Monica: My pillow's all wet!
      Rachel: Yeah, well, you said it was practice.
      Monica: Then why did you move?
      Rachel: Because I knew you were lying!

    • (Monica is on top of Rachel on the floor after they've wrestled with the eye drops)
      Rachel: Y'know, if Chandler or Joey walked in right now, we could make a fortune.

    • (Phoebe is mad at Ross but can't remember why)
      Ross: Okay, Pheebs... I know how we're gonna figure this out... Okay, clear your mind and answer the first thing that comes into your head... okay?
      Phoebe: Mmm-hmm...
      Ross: Whaddaya like better, flora or fauna?
      Phoebe: Fauna.
      Ross: Who would you rather be, Simon or Garfunkel?
      Phoebe: Garfunkel.
      Ross: Why are you mad at me?
      Phoebe: You said I was boring... Oh!
      Ross: (confused) When did I say you were boring?
      Phoebe: Oh, my God! I remember, now! We were playing chess...
      Ross: Phoebe... You and I have never played chess...
      Phoebe: Oh, c'mon! Yes... remember that time on the frozen lake? ...we were playing chess--you said I was boring... and then you took off your energy mask and you were Cameron Diaz! (reflects on what she's just said) ...Okay, there's a chance this may have been a dream...

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