Friends

Season 2 Episode 23

The One with the Chicken Pox

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 09, 1996 on NBC
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Phoebe catches chicken pox just as her old flame Ryan arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Even though he hasn't yet had chicken pox, he can't stand to be apart and they both spend the rest of the time trying to not scratch. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office but decides to play it as a role. The character he creates, Joseph, has a wife and kids and ultimately blames Chandler for his own screwup. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have a "thing": an unexplainable quirk. He eventually comes up with one to ease her mind.moreless

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  • Friends

    9.0
    Phoebe catches chicken pox just as her old flame Ryan arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Even though he hasn't yet had chicken pox, he can't stand to be apart and they both spend the rest of the time trying to not scratch. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office but decides to play it as a role. The character he creates, Joseph, has a wife and kids and ultimately blames Chandler for his own screwup. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have a "thing": an unexplainable quirk. He eventually comes up with one to ease her mind. This was veryy funny and Charlie sheen was great 9 out of 10moreless
  • Charlie Sheen guest stars.

    8.0
    Charlie Sheen guest stars as Ryan. Finally, it has been a while since Phoebe has had a boyfriend. I wish Ryan's character was more in the show though. Ross getting Ryan's costume for Rachel. I like how he wanted to carry her but Rachel kept on forgetting things toward thee end. Monica getting mad because Richard wasn't insane. Monica has to find something bad about her boyfriend. Richard was so nice, and Monica has to do this. But still Monica's very random attitude was very funny. The chicken pox plot was pretty funny. Too bad Ryan had to go. An okay episode.moreless
  • funny

    8.1
    Phoebe catches chicken pox just as her old flame Ryan arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Even though he hasn't yet had chicken pox, he can't stand to be apart and they both spend the rest of the time trying to not scratch. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office but decides to play it as a role. The character he creates, Joseph, has a wife and kids and ultimately blames Chandler for his own screwup. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have a "thing": an unexplainable quirk. He eventually comes up with one to ease her mindmoreless
  • It's a shame Ryan only appears in one episode for Phoebe.

    9.4
    Phoebe catches chicken pox just as her old flame Ryan arrives in town on leave from the Navy. Even though he hasn't yet had chicken pox, he can't stand to be apart and they both spend the rest of the time trying to not scratch. Joey gets a job at Chandler's office but decides to play it as a role. The character he creates, Joseph, has a wife and kids and ultimately blames Chandler for his own screwup. Monica is upset that Richard doesn't have a "thing": an unexplainable quirk. He eventually comes up with one to ease her mind.



    TRIVIA: In this episode Phoebe states that Ryan appears once every three years as her submarine guy. But in the ten years when he should have appeared at least twice, he didn't.moreless
Mary-Pat Green

Mary-Pat Green

Jeannie

Guest Star

Steve Park

Steve Park

Scott

Guest Star

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

Ryan

Special Guest Star

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Dr. Richard Burke

Recurring Role

Dorien Wilson

Dorien Wilson

Mr. Douglas

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: In the teaser scene when Monica grabs the mug from the coffee table and licks it before telling Chandler "There you go, enjoy your coffee," the mug is clearly empty.

    • Trivia: This is the first of three episodes in which Joey gets a job at one of his friend's work. In "The One with Phoebe's Uterus", Ross gets Joey a job as a tour guide at the museum. In "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie", Monica hires, and fires, Joey as a waiter at Allesandro's.

    • Trivia: This is the second of two episodes in which Chandler gets one of the other friends a job at his work. The other one is "The One with the Ick Factor", where Phoebe becomes Chandler's assistant and finds out nobody at work actually likes Chandler. In both episodes, Chandler afterwards regrets getting his friend the job.

    • Continuity: When Richard and Monica are in bed she says that she HAS to sleep on a certain side of the bed. However, later when Monica and Chandler get together, Monica is always sleeping on the other side of the bed.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Phoebe: You don't want to see a face that's covered with pox.
      Ryan: Your face could be covered with lox, I wouldn't care!

    • Monica: (to Phoebe) Ryan's been underwater. He's just going to be glad you don't have barnacles on your butt.

    • Phoebe: You have to stay back, 'cause, I have the pox.
      Ryan: Chicken or small?
      Phoebe: Chicken. Which is so ironic, considering that I'm a vegetarian.

    • Monica: Honey, you made the bed again. I told you, you don't have to do that. This isn't camp.
      Richard: Then I guess the panty raid last night was completely out of line.

    • Monica: My boyfriend doesn't have a thing!
      Richard: See, if anyone overheard that, I didn't come off well.

    • Chandler: Hey, how's the first day going?
      Joey: Pretty good. It's like you said. It's mostly just putting numbers from one column into another column.
      Chandler: Well there you go.
      Joey: Hey and everbody is so nice. I just had a good talk with that lady with the red hair, Jeannie.
      Chandler: Jeannie, the head of east coast operations Jeannie?
      Joey: Yeah, turns out our kids go to the same school. Small world huh?
      Chandler: Weird world. Your kids?
      Joey: I figure my character has kids.
      Chandler: You know, there isn't a part of that sentence I don't need explained.
      Joey: Well, see when you're acting you need to think about stuff like that. My character, Joseph the processor guy, has two little girls, Ashley and Brittany. Ashley copies everything Brittany does.
      Chandler: Well, invisible kids can be that way sometimes.
      Joey: Yeah. Joseph and his wife, Karen, are thinking of having a third kid... You know what? Just did.
      Chandler: Wow, that's some pretty strong imaginary sperm you've got there.

    • Chandler: Okay, so I can't fire Joseph. But, uh, I can sleep with his wife.
      Joey: Karen?
      Chandler: Yeah. I'm thinking about having an affair with her. You know what? I just did!
      Joey: What are you trying to do to me, man?
      Chandler: Oh, it wasn't me! It was my character, Chandy! The rogue processor who seduces his co-workers' wives for sport, then laughs about it the next day at the water cooler! In fact, I have her panties in my desk drawer right now!
      Joey: (Looking hurt) Really?!
      Chandler: No, freak show! She's fictional!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • At the end of the episode, Ross enters Central Perk dressed in a Navy uniform and literally sweeps Rachel off her feet. This is a direct reference to the end of the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman, starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

    • Richard: Is Leroy Brown the baddest man in the whole damn town or the fattest man in the whole damn town?

      That is a line Richard confuses from Jim Croce's hit song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." In the song, Leroy is a gambler who is known for being tough and mean, but he learns a hard lesson after flirting with someone else's wife.

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