Season 6 Episode 12

The One with the Joke

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: In suggesting that Joey work at Central Perk, Gunther says, among other things, that the money's good. In "The One with George Stephanopoulos", however, when Rachel receives her first paycheck from Central Perk and the friends see how little it is, they immediately start reaching for tip money. Also, in "The One with Joey's Porsche", when Joey asks Gunther if the Porsche keys belong to him, he says, "Yeah, that's what I drive. I make four bucks an hour, I saved up for three hundred and fifty years."

    • Goof: When Rachel turns away from Gunther after getting Joey his job back, she pulls her sleeves above her elbows. When the camera angle changes, they are below her elbows.

    • Goof: Ross gives the Playboy to Joey and Joey brings it to his apartment. But in the next scene, the magazine is in Monica's apartment.

    • Goof: When Joey and Chandler are talking about money, Joey picks up the Playboy saying Ross gave him reading material and sets it down on the counter. When the camera angle changes, the magazine has moved farther down the counter.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a man and a deer

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: (to Monica and Rachel while looking at a Playboy pictorial) Oh, yeah. Ahhh... Remember the days when you used to go out to the barn, lift up your shirt and bend over?

    • Monica: Did you hear something?
      Chandler: Maybe it's the sound of Ross climbing into my brain and stealing my thoughts.

    • Joey: I was an actor, and now I'm a waiter. It's supposed to go in the other direction.
      Chandler: So is your apron... You're wearing it like a cape.

    • Chandler: (to Joey) I think it's great that you work here. You're gonna make a lot of money and here's your first tip... Don't eat yellow snow.

    • Rachel: Finally, I have someone I can pass on my wisdom to. Let me tell you about a couple of things I learned while working at the coffee house. First of all, the customer is always right... a smile goes a long way... and if anyone is ever rude to you? ...sneeze-muffin!
      Joey: Thanks, Rach'. Look, you guys are just terrific, y'know? Now, how about clearing out of here so I can get some new customers... It's all about turnover.
      Ross: Joey, seriously, can I get my coffee?
      Joey: Oh, I'm sorry, Ross. I'll get it for you right now. And since I made you wait, I'll toss in a free muffin!

    • Rachel: We are very sorry to tell you this, but you, Phoebe, are flaky.
      Monica: Ha!
      Phoebe: That's true. I am flaky.
      Rachel: So, what? You're just okay with being flaky?
      Phoebe: Yeah, totally.
      Monica: Well, then I'm okay with being high-maintenance.
      Rachel: Yeah, and I am okay with being a pushover.
      Phoebe: That's great. Good for you guys!
      Monica: I am not high-maintenance!
      Rachel: I am not a pushover!
      Phoebe: Who said you were?
      Rachel & Monica: You did!
      Phoebe: I'm flaky. I'll say anything.

    • Ross: It's my joke...
      Chandler: My joke...
      Ross & Chandler: My joke...

    • Monica: The joke is not funny... and it's offensive to women... and doctors... and monkeys! You shouldn't be arguing over who gets credit... you should be arguing over who gets blamed for inflicting this horrible joke upon the world! Now let it go... the joke sucks! 
      (Ross and Chandler consider what she said)
      Ross: It's your joke...
      Chandler: It is not...

    • Chandler: Hey buddy boy, how'd the audition go?
      Joey: Not good. I didn't get the part... and I lost my job here...
      Phoebe: That is a bad audition.

    • Rachel: Now who's a pushover?!
      Phoebe: Rach', you're in my seat.
      Rachel: Oh, I'm sorry.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ross: Your joke? Well, I think the Hef would disagree, which is why he sent me a check for one hundred dollars.
      Hugh Hefner, also referred to as "Hef", was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy Enterprises. This icon for bachelors also had his own reality show called The Girls Next Door.

    • Chandler: Dude, you have got to turn on Behind the Music. The band Heart is having a really tough time, and I think they may break up.
      Behind the Music, a VH1 "Rockumentary," chronicles the personal lives of many popular music groups.
      Heart is an American rock band that rose to fame in the 1970s. However, Chandler was wrong about them breaking up. As of this writing they're still together. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

    • Ross: You know, "Barracuda" was the first song I learned to play on the keyboard.
      "Barracuda" is a song written and recorded by the rock band Heart. It was released in 1977 as the first single from the band's second album Little Queen.

    • Phoebe: I didn't know Playboy printed jokes.
      Ross: Oh yeah. Jokes, interviews, hard-hitting journalism. It's not just about the pictures.
      Monica: That didn't work on Mom, and it's not going to work on us.
      Playboy is a popular American men's magazine founded in 1953. As well as jokes and the obvious photographs of nude women, it features various articles on fashion, sports, consumer goods, and public figures. "I only read it for the articles" is a common justification for reading Playboy.