Season 3 Episode 8

The One with the Giant Poking Device

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Chandler is about to buy Janice an expensive gift, Joey tells him that he saw Janice kissing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Monica accidentally bumps Ben's head into a post. Phoebe is convinced that she is cursed because every time she goes to the dentist, someone around her dies, and a toothache is forcing her to make another visit.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Chandler finds out.

    The to be continued of Janice kissing her ex-husband. Chandler finds out, I felt so bad for him. His reaction was so sad. Like he couldn't even believe it, I like how Chandler was the bigger man and let Janice go, well except for the end when he takes Janice's shoe. Well after this, Janice totally lost her chance with Chandler. Everyone poking Ugly Naked Guy to see if he is alive was hilarious. Turns out the curse of people dying when Phoebe goes to the dentist has been lifted. Monica & Rachel putting a bump op Ben;s head could actually happen. That is what I love about this show. It's so realistic.moreless
  • "Monica Bang!"

    This is such a great episode. First off I love it when you can see the actor trying so hard not to laugh to ruin the shot. At the end of the episode when Ross leads Monica to believe that she bumped Ben's head so hard that he forgot letters and walked funny I couldn't help but laugh, then you can see Rachel (more it's Jennifer trying not to ruin the moment) laughing in the background. That's just funny. Although poor Chandler loses Janice (darn) I like the part when he and Phoebe sing Endless Love. They mess up the last note like 7 times but it's a great way to end the show. Throughout the show, Phoebe believes she is going to kill someone because she has to go to the dentist and someone always dies when she goes to the dentist. When she gets back to Monica and Rachel's apartment she uses their phone to call everyone she knows. When she is calling Chandler, he doesn't answer cuz he is in the middle of a very deep conversation with Janice, so she runs across the hall which gave some comic relief to the tragedy that was occurring for Matthew Perry's character. I love this ep!!!!!!!moreless
  • It is really cool and funny. It is exactly why people would want to watch it, because it is funny, a bit silly and you don't really go through those things in life, so its really fun to watch it. Those a few reason why it's good.moreless

    It is really cool and funny. It is exactly why people would want to watch it, because it is funny, a bit silly and you don't really go through those things in life, so its really fun to watch it. Those a few reason why it's good. I would reccommend it to be a little more funnier and a little bit more serious, but other than that it is like the best series of all times. I would suggest it to alot of people who has a sense of humour. So, once again it is the best seres of all times.moreless
  • a good episode.

    this episode follows the previous one where joey sees janice kissing her ex. as chandler is about to buy an expensive birthday gift joey tells her to buy her a bariu enema. and then joey tells chandler the truth and he confronts janice and she says she still loves them both. meanwhile pheobe says every time she goes to the dentist someone she knows dies. but in the end she goes. then afterwards the think that ugly naked guy is dead. so the make a giant poking device to see but he is alive. in the end chandler loses janice it was his idea. some of my favourite quotes ever.moreless
  • Friends Super Advice #3

    What i love in Friends that Friends is not just a comedy's got alot of very very great things about real life, and i dont talk about these Amirecan lifestyle, but it's like every one at the world ..

    In this case Chandler find out that his internet crush was for Janice "TOW Barry and Mindy's Wedding", he really fall in love with her for the previous 7 episodes. Although she's married.. having a child.. and ofcourse above all noone of his friends stand her.

    The small point here ... Chandler explane it in this well written episode when he told Janice "I think you should go back with Gary. I don’t wanna be the guy that breaks up a family, y'know when my parents split up, it was because of that guy. Whenever I would see him I was always think y'know ‘You’re the reason, you are the reason why their not together.’ and I hated that guy....."

    Giving the family another chance is 100% better than just fooling around.

    Anyway I just love friends...I love thier storylines,and what Underneath it.

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Continuity: In this episode, Rachel has baked delicious-looking brownies which everyone (eventually) seems to enjoy. In episodes prior to and following this episode, however, we are led to believe that her skills in the kitchen are virtually nonexistent. For example, in Season 6's, "The One Where Ross Got High", when making her infamous "trifle", she had to ask Monica's advice about melting butter.

    • Goof: When the four of them were poking Ugly Naked Guy with the giant device to make sure whether he was alive or not, he was breathing visibly.

    • Goof: When Chandler is breaking up with Janice and she walks away trying to shake him off, her jumper is untied. When Chandler shouts "you can't go, I have your shoe" the camera goes back to Janice where the jumper has been tied at the bottom.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica are stressing about the bump on Ben's head, Rachel's hair keeps moving from tucked behind her ear to hanging loosely in her face between camera angles.

    • Goof: In the tag scene when Phoebe enters, Chandler has his arms wrapped around the Lionel Richie album with Janice's shoe in his left hand in front of the album. When the shot changes, his left hand is now holding her shoe behind the album.

    • Goof: The giant poking device is supposedly long enough to reach right across to the next building. But after they wake up Ugly Naked Guy, Joey says "retract the device!" and after pulling back about a foot of it the end suddenly pops up at the bottom of the screen.

    • Trivia: This is the first time that Ugly Naked Guy has been shown on camera for the Audience to see.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Ross: (to Phoebe) So, what's the matter? You need a dentist? I've got a good one...
      Phoebe: No thanks, I have a good one, too. It's just... I, I can't see him.
      Chandler: See, that is the problem with invisible dentists...

    • Phoebe: Every time I go to the dentist, somebody dies.
      Chandler: That is so weird, because every time I go to the dentist... I look down the hygienist's blouse.

    • Rachel: And all these people actually died?
      Phoebe: Yes! While I was in the chair! That's why I take such good care of my teeth now. It's not about oral hygiene. I floss to save lives!

    • Ross: Pheebs, come on, you didn't kill anybody. These people just happened to die when you went to the dentist. It's, it's... just a... coincidence.
      Phoebe: Well tell that to them. Oh! You can't, they're dead.

    • Rachel: Phoebe, you're in pain. Would you just go to the dentist? Just go.
      Phoebe: Alright, fine, fine. But if you're my next victim, don't come back as a poltergeist and, like, suck me into the TV set.
      Rachel: I promise.
      Phoebe: Although, don't feel like you can't visit.

    • Monica: Joey just saw Janice kissing her ex-husband.
      Ross: What? (to Joey) So what are you going to do? I mean how, how are you going to tell Chandler?
      Joey: Well, I was thinking about that and I, I think the best way would be, to not.
      Rachel: Joey, you can't keep this to yourself, if you know about this, you have to tell him.
      Joey: It'll kill him. I mean it'll, it'll just kill him.
      Phoebe: Well, you could wait 'til I go to the dentist, maybe I'll kill him.

    • Joey: Ugly Naked Guy's using his new hammock. It's like a Play-Doh Fat Factory.

    • Ross: Okay, I have a problem. I have to go in to work for a few hours. Some kids messed up the Homo Sapien display.
      Joey: What did they do?
      Ross: Well, they painted over the word "Sapien" for one thing, then they rearranged the figures. Let's just leave it at that.

    • Joey: If the homo sapiens were in fact homo that why they're extinct?
      Ross: Joey, homo sapiens are people!
      Joey: Hey, I'm not judging!

    • Rachel: (to Monica about bumping Ben's head) How could you do that to him?! Ross trusted me... What is he gonna say?!
      Monica: He's not gonna say anything because we're not gonna tell him!
      Rachel: We're not?
      Monica: No, we're not!
      Rachel: Alright, I like that.

    • Monica: (about the bump on Ben's head) Well push it in! Push it in!
      Rachel: I can not push it in!

    • Chandler: (looking in the window of a jewelry store) Do you think these pearls are nice?
      Joey: I'd really prefer a mountain bike.

    • Chandler: Janice's birthday's coming up... I wanna get her something special.
      : You wanna get her something special, get her flowers. Get her candy. Get her gum! Girls love gum.
      Chandler: That's a good idea, "Dear Janice, have a Hubba Bubba birthday!" I would like to get her something serious.
      Joey: Oh, you want to get her something serious? You know what you should do, you should get her one of those, um, barium enemas. Those are dead serious.
      Chandler: All Right. Look, I'm gonna go in here, and you don't buy me anything... ever!

    • Rachel: (after she and Monica bang their heads into the wall) You know, if it's not a headboard, it's just not worth it.

    • Monica: Okay, Ben, I won't tell your daddy that you had ice cream for dinner, if you won't tell him about our little bonking incident.
      Rachel: Monica, number one, I don't think Ben understands the concept of bribery, and number two, I...
      (Joey starts laughing)
      Rachel: What?
      Joey: You said "number two".
      Rachel: I also said "number one"...
      Joey: (still laughing) I know!

    • Joey: Ugly Naked Guy looks awfully still.
      Phoebe: Oh my God! I killed him! I killed another one! And this curse is getting stronger, too, to bring down something that big!

    • Joey: (about Ugly Naked Guy) I'm telling you, he hasn't moved since this morning.
      Monica: Alright, we should call somebody.
      Ross: And tell them what? The naked guy we stare at all the time isn't moving?

    • Ross: About that bump on his head...
      Rachel: Are you sure it's a new bump? I mean, no offense, but I've always thought of Ben as a fairly bumpy-headed child.

    • Chandler: (to Janice) I think you should go back with Gary. I don't wanna be the guy that breaks up a family. Y'know, when my parents split up, it was because of that guy. Whenever I would see him I would always think, y'know, "You're the reason. You... are why they're not together." And I hated that guy. And it didn't matter how nice he was, or, y'know, how happy he made my Dad...

    • Joey: Something this big and long is going to be difficult to maneuver... (grinning) Fortunately, I have a lot of experience in that area.

    • Phoebe: (after Ugly Naked Guy swats away their poking device) He's alive! He's alive!!
      Monica: And yet, we're still poking him.
      Joey: Okay, retract the device, retract the device...
      Ross: He does not look happy.
      Rachel: Hey-hey! Now he's showing us his poking device.
      Joey: Hey, that's never gonna make it all the way over here, buddy!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Joey: You wanna get her something special, get her flowers. Get her candy. Get her gum. Girls love gum.
      Chandler: That's a good idea, "Dear Janice, have a Hubba Bubba birthday!"
      Chandler was alluding to Wrigley's Hubba Bubba bubble gum, which was invented in 1979.

    • Janice: The way I feel about you?'s like I finally understand what Lionel Richie's been singing about. 
      Lionel Richie is an American pop singer known for his moving love songs. In the tag scene, Chandler and Phoebe sing "Endless Love", one of his biggest hits.

    • Phoebe: Alright, fine, fine. But if you're my next victim, don't come back as a poltergeist and, like, suck me into the TV set.
      Phoebe is referring to the 1982 horror film, "Poltergeist".