Season 9 Episode 15

The One with the Mugging

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

While auditioning for a Broadway play, Joey discovers he is only a good actor when he needs to go to the bathroom. Ross and Phoebe discover a secret link after being mugged together on the street. Meanwhile, Chandler learns the ups and downs of being an intern.moreless

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  • Very Funny Episode!!!

    This was a really good episode from a really good season. The 2 Best Parts: 1st

    Mugger approaches Ross and Phoebe, Mugger:"Give Me your wallet, I have a gun." Ross:"Okay, just relax Phoebe just stay calm." Mugger:"Alright lady now give me your purse." Phoebe:"No." Ross:"What do you mean 'No', I knew you'd be my death Phoebe Buffay!" Phoebe Looks closer at the mugger. Phoebe:"Lole, is that you!" Phoebe Give the mugger a hug.

    2nd Phoebe:"I just wanted to apologize, and show you something I think you'll find very exciting." Phoebe pulls out a box. Ross:"Oh My God Crap From The Street!" hahahaha!!!moreless
  • Joey on top for once.

    This was a great episode! Not being the greatest Joey-fan (he's my least favorite out of the main six), he was absolutely hilarious this time. Joey- the first scene in which he announced his upcoming audition with the famous "Leonard Hayes" (played extremely well by Jeff Goldblum), made me excited, just like Joey himself. I rolled on the floor when Joey did his Jamaican accent. Joey's brainlessness wasn't over the top like often in the later seasons; he was charming and funny. Props to Goldblum, who was serious all the time but made me laugh so hard.

    Phoebe/Ross- I love these two together and they were on fire this episode, as they usually are. Ross learning Phoebe had mugged him in his youth was a funny revelation, and Ross dealing with it was even more funny. I always like it when there are made references to the friends' childhoods; learning about Ross' personal comic book hero "Science boy" was hilarious and very typical for his character. Deliciously mean Phoebe was hilarious as she intended to butter Ross up before confessing to him about who his mugger was; Ross started ragging about his work and Phoebe responded "all right nothing is worth this". The funniest scene was when Phoebe brought with her a box: "crap from the street". I lol'd when Ross said "sure, go ahead" to Phoebe and raising his hands doing it. Chandler - Chandler was hired as a trainee at an advertising company, only to be forced to work among colleagues much younger than him. Though this was the least amusing storyline of the episode, the fire Rollerblade scenes cracked me up, especially when Joey was involved ("it's like they're on FIRE!").

    Rachel - where was she?? She was only in this episode for less than 3 minutes. It's a shame, cause I love her too...

    As a whole, this episode rocked! Though I did miss Rachel.moreless
  • The One With The Mugging. This episode was, as said, another great installment. It is definatly top 10 for season 9!!!

    The One With The Mugging. This episode was, as said, another great installment. It is definatly top 10 for season 9!!!

    Ross finds out that the person who mugged him when he was 12 was actually Phoebe! Great character pass fuller.

    One thing I caught about the episode, however, was that Rachel had little air time. But it was subtle because she was not needed. It seemed that Jennifer had a cold or something, but other than that, the writers did it well, very subtle.

    I give this episode a 9.6! If you are looking into the series, this would be a great episode to watch!moreless
  • Phoebe's Mugging Past...

    Great funny episode!!! Phoebe and Ross are walking along the street when a guy comes and mugs them. Ross freaks out totally and gives the his wallet to the guy and Phoebe doesn't causing Ross to think she is his death wish but Phoebe know the guy!! From where you ask? Her past when she was living on the streets. Ah that was so great! Joey gets an audtion and does really well but only because he needs to take a pee. The second time is better but when he is hugging the guy he pees and the guy looks down. Not good Joey but it was really funny!! Chandler is with a bunch of younger people but still gets off to a good start.moreless
  • funny

    Joey endures a draining audition at the hands of a pompous actor-director but pursuades him to give him another chance, and so gets another audition. when he gets there he needs the bathroom but the director cannot wait and he gets the role for his weird acting. Ross and Phoebe discover a secret link after being mugged together on the street that when ross was a kid he was mugged by pheobe and she stole his comic, science boy. but in the end they are friends again and pheobe gives science boy back to ross. Chandler's advertising internship gets off to an impressive start as they think he is the boss for a minute.moreless
Kyle Gass

Kyle Gass


Guest Star

Michelle Anne Johnson

Michelle Anne Johnson

The Casting Director

Guest Star

Suzanne Ford

Suzanne Ford

The Female Producer

Guest Star

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [uncredited]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: During Joey's first audition scene, he attempts to speak with a southern accent, but it comes out Jamaican. This is a callback to the Season 8 episode, "The One Where Rachel is Late", wherein Chandler mentions paying for a dialect coach to aid Joey with a southern accent, which after twenty hours of lessons, comes out Jamaican.

    • Goof: Joey has his first audition in the morning and they agree to give him a second chance that afternoon. The next scene, where Phoebe and Ross are mugged, is at night. Then in the following scene, Joey enters Monica's apartment and announces that he is auditioning again that afternoon.

    • Trivia: During this episode Phoebe comments back to Monica "I'm sorry I have friends outside the six of us." This is a joke relating to the the first few title ideas for Friends, one of them being "Six of One" and "Friends Like Us."

    • Trivia: Phoebe revealed that she's older than Ross, and because of that, she's also older than Chandler, Joey, Monica, and Rachel.

    • Goof: The cans and bottles Joey is holding change between shots.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Phoebe: (after asking how much Chandler's new job pays) C'mon people. C'mon now. If i don't know who makes the most, how do i know who i like the most? (flirting) Hi Joey.

    • Rachel: Joey! You're never gonna believe it... she called!
      Joey: She did?
      Rachel: You got it!
      Joey: I did?
      Monica: What is she talking about?
      Joey: I don't know, but it sounds great!

    • Joey: (to Leonard Hayes who's been putting down Joey behind his back) Uh, hi, uh, thank you so much for whispering for my benefit.

    • Leonard Hayes: You're in your head. You're, you're thinkin' way too much.
      Joey: I really doubt that.
      Leonard Hayes: No, no, no. It's that you're not connected with anything in your body. There's no urgency. The scene is a struggle... it's a race. Also, what you did was horizontal. Don't be afraid to explore the vertical. And don't learn the words. Let the words learn you.
      Joey: (after considering his advice) Couldn't I just sleep with the producer?

    • Mugger: All right lady, now give me your purse.
      Phoebe: No.
      Ross: What do you mean "no?" I knew you'd be my death Phoebe Buffay!

    • Monica: Phoebe, how do you know a mugger?!
      Phoebe: I'm sorry I have friends outside the six of us.

    • Phoebe: My mom was killed by a drug dealer.
      Monica: I thought your mom killed herself
      Pheobe: She was a drug dealer!

    • Ross: (about their mugger) Well, good thing Phoebe knew him, 'cause I was about to do some serious damage.
      Phoebe: (laughing) Okay!

    • Monica: (to Chandler) Hey. What are you doing?
      Chandler: Putting on the sneakers to get in a younger mindset... see if it sparked anything.
      Rachel: Oh, anything yet?
      Chandler: Yes. How's this? "They're so uncomfortable, it's like getting kicked in the nuts for your feet."

    • Joey: The eggnog in our fridge was great.
      Rachel: Joey, that was formula.
      Joey: We gotta get more of that.

    • Phoebe: Hey, how was class?
      Ross: No one ever asks me that... What's wrong?
      Phoebe: Nothing. I really wanna know.
      Ross: Oh. Well, uh, there was actually a rather lively discussion about the Pleistocene-- Phoebe: Alright, nothing is worth this. Um, I have a confession to make... um, okay... you know that girl that mugged you when you were a kid...
      Ross: What are you talking about? It wasn't a girl. It was this huge dude! He had a pitchfork, and a... and a sword.
      Phoebe: You don't have to lie anymore, Ross, I know that it was a fourteen year-old girl.
      Ross: No, it wasn't.
      Phoebe: Yes, it was.
      Ross: No, it wasn't. You don't think I would've defended myself against a fourteen year-old--
      Phoebe: (grabs him by the ear and says threateningly) "Gimme your money, punk!"
      Ross: Oh, my God, it was you!

    • Ross: Phoebe didn't by any chance mention that...
      Monica: That she was the huge guy that mugged you? Yeah.
      Ross: I see. You didn't happen to tell...
      Monica: Everybody we know? Yeah.
      Ross: Great. Thanks!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Chandler: I know I'm a little bit older than you guys, but it's not like I'm Bob Hope.
      Bob Hope was an American actor and comedian who hosted more than 180 USO shows. He also appeared in movies, TV shows, and on Broadway since early 30's.

    • Monica: Ross, you did not come up with "Got Milk?"

      "Got Milk?" is an American advertising campaign that was created in 1993. The ads feature famous actors and athletes drinking and promoting milk. Hundreds of ads have been made over the years, including one by Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe.