Season 1 Episode 4

Joey and the Book Club

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2004 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Gina again references the hit show that Joey turned down. She is referring to Nurses from the Pilot episode. Joey instead took a role on a violent cop drama which ended up being cancelled while Nurses became an overnight hit.

    • Joey mentions that Michael had a Dorothy Hamill haircut in Gina's hairstyle portfolio. Dorothy Hamill was also one of the five people that Ross (from Friends) put on his list of five celebrities he was allowed to sleep with.

    • On Joey's Magna Doodle: A hula dancer.

    • Goof: When Joey goes to his agent, we see her putting sugar in her drink and stirring it twice, and also the red stirrer keeps disappearing and reappearing from her drink.

  • Quotes

    • Gina: Who's the knock-out with the tiara?
      Alex: That's my sister Nancy. She was Queen of the Rose Parade.
      Gina: You're cute but maybe you shouldn't stand next to her in family pictures.
      Alex: Yeah. That's what my mom says.

    • Gina (to Joey,a bout Michael): He's in there with a girl and you're reading a book... What is this... Freaky Friday?

    • Michael: I can't go against the rules without a motion being passed.
      Joey: So I'll make a motion.
      Michael: You're not a member. There's an approval process.
      Joey: Well, I motion you suspend it on account of me being the sole payer of rent of the whole book club's headquarters.
      Michael: I second the motion. The motion's passed. I motion for a presidential exemption to the "no dating" rule.
      Michael: I second the motion. The motion's passed.
      Joey: I motion that you and me eat that entire ice cream cake right now.
      Michael: Motion denied!
      Joey: Mr. Chairman, you're out of order!

    • Joey: The love between two nerds is a rare and fragile thing.

    • Michael (about Jane): I love her so much!
      Joey: So ask her out!
      Michael: No, book club has a strict no dating rules. And I'm the president. She's my vice-president. The scandal would tear our administration apart.

    • Michael: What are you doing ?
      Joey: You didn't tell me there were pretty ladies in the nerd club. You gotta let me in!
      Michael: Look, I don't know.
      Joey: Come on, Michael! You can't keep me out of a room full of women. If I was in charge of a room full of... boring stuff, I'd let you in.

    • Joey: Hello giant plate of sandwiches.
      Michael: Joey, listen-
      Joey: Oh, hey Michael, I didn't even see you there.

    • (Joey enters the house)
      Joey: Hey, Mi... Are you studying again? Do you realize how depressing that is to come home to?

    • Joey: Like today, I saw this pretty girl driving toward me, so I make a U-turn and get a ticked for $800!
      Michael: 800 dollars for a U-turn?
      Joey: Yeah... We may have been on the freeway at the time...

    • Joey: I just wish I would have a regular place I could go and meet women.
      Michael: Well, you could go to bars.
      Joey: No, I'm getting too old for that. Plus, I'm not great at tellin' whether not they're gay bars before I get in... Oh, by the way, if Ramone calls, I am not here!

    • Bobbie: Joey, what are you doing here? Why aren't you out there getting work?
      Joey: Ahh.. Didn't have any auditions today.
      Bobbie: Sure... put it all on me!

    • Bobbie: What's that?
      Joey: It's a portfolio of hairstyles.
      Bobbie: Whaaat? Ohhh, who's the model? (it's Michael) Oh, I'd like to have that piece of chicken in my pocket and snack on him all day.

    • Joey: Anyway, my sister is a hairdresser and that's her portfolio. I was hoping maybe you could show it to some clients?
      Bobbie: Ohhh... absolutely! (she's being sarcastic) Hay! Halle Berry? My client has a sister who's a barber. Could she do your hair for the Oscars?
      Joey: What did she say?

    • Bobbie: Joey, I'm not here to do your personal favors. Let me explain how this agent thing works. First you become famous and then I'll kiss your ass!

    • Bobbie: So, Michael, how do you feel about full-frontal nudity?
      Michael: I'm not an actor.
      Bobbie: Ooooh yes! I know!

    • Michael: You're like a big blob of sex. And you use your charm all over the girl I like.
      Joey: I am not a sex blob!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Gina and Alex talk about George Clooney when the premiere is about to start.

      George Clooney is a famous actor who played his breakout role on the hit medical drama ER. Since then he has gone on to star in a string of hit movies like Ocean's Eleven and its sequels. He also won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Syriana.

    • Alex comes by to ask if anyone has seen her People Magazine.

      People Magazine is a widely circulated weekly periodical that focuses on celebrity and human interest stories. It is owned by Time Inc. and is best known for the yearly Most Beautiful People list.

    • The book that the club read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

      Pride and Prejudice is a novel about five sisters in the Georgian period of England and the two men who turn their lives upside down. It has also been made into movies and television mini-series' numerous times.

    • Bobbie mockingly pretends to call Halle Berry when Joey asks her if she can get Gina a stylist job, and asks if Gina can do her hair for the Oscars.

      Halle Berry is an Oscar winning actress (for Monster's Ball) best known for her role as Storm in the X-Men trilogy and for being a Bond girl in Die Another Day.

      The Oscars are the biggest, and arguably most important, awards show for the film industry. Every year Oscars are given out to actors and actresses with the best performances, as well as directors and writers and many other categories. It is a star studded event, usually attended by all of the big name A-list stars.

    • When Joey is talking about Gina's hairstyle portfolio, he mentions that in one Michael has a Dorothy Hamill haircut.

      Dorothy Hamill is an Olympic Gold Medal winner and former world champion in ice skating. For awhile she was also known for her bowl haircut, which made the style popular.

    • Alex says that she feels like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts is one of the highest paid female actresses. Pretty Woman, a movie about a hooker who falls in love with a rich client, is considered her breakout role.

    • Freaky Friday

      Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy drama film starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis as a daughter and mother whose bodies are switched because of an enchanted Chinese fortune cookie.

    • Joey sings along to "Angel of the Morning" on his Walkman. This song was also on the first soundtrack for Friends.