Friends

Season 4 Episode 5

The One with Joey's New Girlfriend

7
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1997 on NBC
8.8
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Chandler hits on a woman at Central Perk, not realizing she is Joey's new girlfriend. He soon realizes he is very attracted to, possibly in love, with her. Ross and Rachel play the jealousy game in their relationships. And Phoebe desperately tries to catch a cold after discovering that her voice is sexier and her singing better when she has phlegm in her throat.moreless

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  • The beginning of a 6 episode arc.

    9.0
    This episode opened an amazing arc in season 4, Chandler falling in love with Joey's new girlfriend, Kathy. I love how were so over this whole dramatic scene between Ross & Rachel & things start to get playful when they play the jealousy game. I love how Rachel is dating a college student who steals from her. And Ross is hardly going out with someone when he is an automatic babysitter for a girl who her assumed was his girlfriend. Which was actually very sad. I like how this episode was sort of a cliffhanger. Poor Chandler. Phoebe kissing Gunther was hysterical. An amazing episode.moreless
  • Chandler hits on a woman at Central Perk, not realizing she is Joey's new girlfriend. He soon realizes he is very attracted to, possibly in love, with her.

    10
    This episode was so amazing. Ross and Rachel were very amazing in this episode. Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer really shine on the screen. They truly are amazing actors. This episode was so funny. It was so funny when Ross and Rachel were trying to get back at each other with their dates and started fighting. Then Ross said that at least he made ten dollars out of his relationship. Phoebe is also amazing in this episode. It was hilarious when she was trying to get all of Monica's germs so she can get sick and have a sexy voice. This episode is a series classic.moreless
  • Chandler hits on a woman at Central Perk, not realizing she is Joey's new girlfriend. He soon realizes he is very attracted to, possibly in love, with her.

    10
    This episode was so amazing. Ross and Rachel were very amazing in this episode. Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer really shine on the screen. They truly are amazing actors. This episode was so funny. It was so funny when Ross and Rachel were trying to get back at each other with their dates and started fighting. Then Ross said that at least he made ten dollars out of his relationship. Phoebe is also amazing in this episode. It was hilarious when she was trying to get all of Monica's germs so she can get sick and have a sexy voice. This episode is a series classic.moreless
  • Shows what Chandler thinks of his relationship with Joey

    9.0
    I like this episode. Each character is true to themselves here. Phoebe is typical Phoebe thinking she sounds sexy with a cold (a terrible nasty coughing cold) and then when she loses it desperately tries to get it back. Chandler meets a girl only to find that Joey's already found her and he's too late.

    This is a great episode in showing the bonds of Chandler and Joey's friendship. It does not matter what Chandler feels for Kathy, he is not going to ruin his relationship with Joey just so he can have the girl. Truly, a good episode in this series.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Continuity: Kathy is watching a commercial on television for a "wonder mop". Chandler quickly grabs his and demonstrates it proudly. In Season 1's "The One with the Fake Monica", however, he calls Monica a "geek" for spending $70 on a mop.

    • Continuity: When Phoebe opens Monica's window and sticks her head out, the window changes in how open it is.

    • Goof: When Chandler, Joey, and Kathy are at the club, Kathy's right arm keeps changing position when the camera angle changes. First is in front of Joey, and then it is on his back. It keeps changing between shots.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is showing the shoes she makes by placing her foot on the coffee table, a microphone is visible at the top of the screen.

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Sticky Shoes"
      My sticky shoes,
      my sticky, sticky shoes,
      why you stick on me... baby.

      "Goats are Parading"
      Parading, goats are parading;
      parading down the street.
      Parading, goats are parading;
      leaving little treats.

      "Paper Mache' Man"
      I'm, I'm still waiting for my papier-mache' man.

    • Goof: When Chandler chases Kathy down the street, he shouts her name when he walks into the man with the hot dog, but his lips never move.

    • Goof: When Chandler finally catches Kathy on the street, there is a bike rider coming towards them. But after the camera angle changes, the rider never passes them.

    • Goof: When Chandler is chasing Kathy down the street, there is closeup of him running and a guy's face is on the left side of the screen. However, Chandler runs for a while and then encounters the same guy, the dog-walker, again.

    • Continuity: Rachel's birthday is inconsistent. In this episode, Rachel tells Gunther her birthday is May 5. In "The One Where Rachel Finds Out", her birthday is also in May, and in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", her one-month early surprise birthday party is in April, also suggesting that her birthday is in May. However, her 30th birthday is celebrated in February in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty". A birthday in February is also consistent with Rachel's statement to a police officer in "The One with Chandler's Dad" that she is an Aquarius (January 21- February 19).

    • Continuity: Ross's birthday is inconsistent. In "The One Where Emma Cries" Ross says his birthday is October 18th. Also, in "The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant" (which aired October 19th) Ross is taken to the Hootie and the Blowfish concert on his birthday. In "The One with George Stephanopoulos", Joey and Chandler buy Rangers' tickets to celebrate Ross's birthday on October 20th, and Ross says that his birthday was seven months ago, implying his birthday is in March. In this episode, Ross tells Gunther his birthday is in December.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Monica: (about the crossword puzzle) Joe, I don't think a four-letter word for "ship" can be "ship."
      Joey: (grinning self-consciously) I thought it was a freebie.

    • Gunther: Rachel?
      Rachel: Yeah?
      Gunther: When's your birthday?
      Rachel: May fifth, why?
      Gunther: Oh, I, I'm just making a list of people's birthdays.
      Ross: Oh, mine's December...
      Gunther: Yeah, whatever.

    • Monica: Go ahead and ask her out. What's the worst that could happen?
      Chandler: Well... I could die!

    • Ross: Yeah, it's tough being single. That's why I'm so glad I found Amanda.
      Rachel: Ross, you guys went out once! ...You took your kids to Chuck E. Cheese and you didn't even kiss her...
      (Ross glares at Chandler)
      Chandler: I tell people secrets. It makes them like me.

    • Chandler: All right, I'm gonna do it! I'm gonna get shot down. Any advice?
      Monica: Just be yourself... but not too much.

    • Chandler: (heading for the girl at the counter) Wish me luck.
      Ross: (loudly) Good luck!
      Chandler: (turning back to Ross) Wish it!

    • Chandler: Hi! Hi, I, I was just sitting over there, and uh... Chandler... My name is Chandler. Did I say that?
      Kathy: No, you didn't. Hi, I'm Kathy.
      Chandler: Uh, Kathy with a "K" or a "C"?
      Kathy: With a "K".
      Chandler: Oh, hey-hey!

    • Phoebe: Before I start, I just wanna say that, um, I have a cold. So if I sneeze in the middle of a song, it's not on purpose... Oh! Except the last verse of "Pepper People".

    • Chandler: So, uh, Joey tells me you two met in acting class.
      Kathy: Yeah, they teamed us up as partners. Joey picked three scenes for us to do--all of them had us making out.
      Chandler: Oh, it's a good thing, actually. Because, uh... he used to make me rehearse with him.

    • Phoebe: So, I need to write some depressing stuff to go with my new "bluesy" voice, but nothing that sad has ever really happened to me...
      Monica: Well, how 'bout your mom dying? ...or having to live on the streets when you were fourteen...?
      Phoebe: Uh-huh... (suddenly inspired) Oh, yeah! I could write about the time my hair did that woo-hoo thing...

    • (Rachel has just introduced her new, very young boyfriend)
      Phoebe: Wow, cute one!
      Monica: Very!
      Rachel: I know, isn't he great? It's so nice to finally be in a fun relationship, y'know? There's nothing boring about him, and uh... I bet he's never even set foot in a museum.
      Ross: Well, maybe he'll get to go soon... y'know, like on a class trip or something.

    • Chandler: Okay, you were right. I'm in love with Joey's girlfriend.
      Phoebe: What?
      Ross: Are you serious...?
      Phoebe: How is that possible? You barely know her.
      Chandler: I don't know, I just can't get her out of my head, y'know? I'm a very bad person. I'm a very, very bad... I'm a horrible person. (when no one responds) "No you're not, Chandler!" "We still love you, Chandler!"

    • Monica: (sneezes) Oh, gosh, Phoebe, I think I caught your cold!
      Phoebe: You mean you stole it! (Monica sneezes again) Don't cover your mouth when you do that!

    • Joey: Listen, uh... You wanna get some dinner with me and Kathy tonight?
      Chandler: Oh, um... You know what? I already ate.
      Joey: It's four-thirty.
      Chandler: Y'know, I had that big meal on Monday... y'know... So, that's just gonna get me... straight through the week!

    • Chandler: Whenever I see a girl in fishnet stockings, it reminds me of my father... in fishnet stockings.

    • Chandler: (to Joey in the restaurant about Kathy) Okay, whaddaya say I, uh, go over there and tell her how much I like her?
      (Joey gives him a thumbs up)
      Chandler: No, no... it'll be good. I can tell her how much I've been thinking about her--that I haven't stopped thinking about her since the moment we met! ...That I'm so fantastically, over-the-top, wanna-slit-my-own-throat in love with her, that for every minute of every hour of every day I can't believe my own damn bad luck that you met her first!

    • Ross: (to Rachel) See, Amanda and I have a--
      Monica: You have nothing! You're not even going out! You're her babysitter. You have a twelve-year-old girl's job!
      Rachel: (laughing) That is so sad.
      Monica: And what are you laughing at, Miss My-keg-sucking-boyfriend-is-stealing-from-me? Would you both please start acting like adults? ...And give me my cough drops!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Kathy: See that's what I like about Joey. Any other guy would have been: "Yeah, The English Patient is my favorite movie too." But Joey goes, "No way. Let's get Die Hard.

      The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje.
      Die Hard is a Hollywood action film, released in 1988, starring Bruce Willis. It has been mentioned in several episodes that Die Hard is the boys' favorite movie.

    • Chandler: Did your dad also make you watch the Mr. Universe contest?

      Mr. Universe is a televised male bodybuilding contest first held in 1959.

    • Kathy: Sorry, there's just this Ernie Kovacs thing on in a few minutes I wanted to watch.

      Ernest Kovacs was a creative and innovative entertainer in the early days of television.

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