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The expression How you doin'? is a modification of the English How are you doing? which is another way of saying "How are you?". This phrase seems to be used by stereotypical mobsters in popular culture, who usually were of foreign descent and so would pronounce expressions with an accent. For example, Tony Soprano in the third season (the 5th quote in ...


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He couldn’t afford the apartment as it was because he was living beyond his means. When he moved to the new place, he bought all kinds of unnecessary novelties on credit and accumulated quite a lot of debt (remember the giant ceramic dog and waterfall?) As a result, when he got the new job, (even if he was making as much as before), he could not go back to ...


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They are the lyrics to a song - a woman is pleading with her fiance as he leaves for war not to be a hero, but to come back and marry her. He does something heroic, and he is killed. Apparently Ross thought that "grabbing the spoon" (getting out and trying with another woman) was risking his life, and that such a heroic gesture would mean his demise. Perhaps ...


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  [Source] From Wikipedia: Joey is extremely promiscuous with women, often relying on his catchphrase pickup line "How you doin'?". [Watch a How You Doin'? compilation]


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IMDb suggests this is incorrectly regarded as a goof : Joey is a regular on "Days of Our Lives" while living in New York. But "Days of Our Lives" is taped in Los Angeles. However, since most characters featured on the fictitious "DOOL" were not actually on the real show, the fact that it's filmed in New York could just be another characteristic to this ...


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According to Wikipedia, Central Perk was a set at Warner Brothers Studios, so it wasn't real at the time the show was filmed. Reality, however, has caught up: In 2006, Iranian businessman Mojtaba Asadian started a Central Perk franchise, registering the name in 32 countries. The decor of the coffee houses is inspired by Friends, featuring replica ...


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From GVSHP: No. 90 Bedford Street, on the southeast corner of Bedford and Grove Streets, stood-in as the exterior of her building. In the ground floor of their building was the coffee shop, Central Perk, where the gang spent the other half of their time. There is a ground floor food establishment at 90 Bedford, but Central Perk is a little ...


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I don't remember any specific reasons why they dislike each other, but Ursula was born 1 minute earlier and did everything earlier so was deemed the better of the two to family and friends. In episode 1.16 - The One with Two Parts (Part 1), the following conversation takes place Rachel: Um, Pheebs, so, you guys just don't get along? Phoebe: It's ...


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I'm guessing you are talking about the episode The One With The Fertility Test (S9Ep21): Rachel receives a gift certificate to get a free massage at a chain massage center, which Phoebe doesn't want her to take advantage of as she feels it takes away business from independent massage therapists like herself. What Phoebe doesn't tell Rachel is that ...


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I always thought that Ross was trying to tell the guys it has been a very long time since he last asked a woman out, so he mentions the song, Billy Don't Be a Hero, which came out in 1974, 20 years before this episode takes place. Notice how he phrases his reply: " Do you know how long it's been since I grabbed a spoon? Do the words 'Billy don't be a hero' ...


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Monica was fat in her younger years because she ate too much. In The One Where Rachel Tells... Ross says: I grew up with Monica. If you didn't eat fast, you didn't eat! In The One With The Pediatrician we learn that Ross used to go to a therapist, because Monica: ... he used to have this recurring nightmare. It really freaked him out. Rachel: ...


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FRIENDS Wiki points out that: Ross's age is treated inconsistently by the show's writers, the best evidence is that he was born on October 18, 1967. There are several episodes in which Ross's birthday/age is either mentioned or hinted at, but they often contradict each other (click the link for details).


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In the pilot episode, it is revealed that Joey was in a play (Pinocchio). This would be the first role he has within the show's time frame. Later episodes also talk about work he did before the starting point of the show, including a porn film (which the friends all watch in "The One with Phoebe's Husband").


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As others have pointed out, the phrase in itself is very innocuous and mundane, but it's mostly the WAY he says it that adds the flirting overtones. Notice how when he usually says it he narrows his eyes and raises his chin in what he must believe is a seductive look. I also think it says 2 things about his character: He is not smart enough to think up ...


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Years pass between these episodes, so I don't think this can really count as a plot inconsistency. After everyone is locked out of the apartment, Monica could have made sure everyone had a key so this wouldn't happen again. Rachel gives back her key as a symbolic gesture when she moves out, but it can easily be explained that she's given another key later ...


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How Friends Decided to Pair Off Monica and Chandler gives details. It's a big article, but the part may interests you that: Friends was nearly 100 episodes into its run before the show's writers played the Monica-and-Chandler card, but the coupling was something that almost happened earlier. The idea had been "kicking around" since before Silveri ...


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The lyrics are most likely written by the team of screenwriters that were involved in the show, but, that's just my guess. I don't think you'll be able to get a definite answer without actually asking someone on the show since there doesn't seem to be any information about this online, and I can't recall hearing, or seeing anything about it on the "behind ...


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Phoebe mentions that her mother died and that her step-father was back in prison. Chances are that the house was taken away from both Phoebe and Ursula on account of them being too young and/or not having enough money to pay for the bills.


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They dislike each other pretty much for no reason at all. In the very episode Ursula is introduced, Joey seems to catch an attraction to her but Ursula seems to be put off by him. Phoebe is concerned for Joey because she thinks Ursula's cold demeanor could hurt Joey and eventually she actually acts like Ursula and gently stops Joey from pursuing it further. ...


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Because of monica, as explained here On Christmas Day, Chandler quits his job so that he can fly home to New York to be with Monica. Monica helps Chandler secure a job in advertising through an old college friend of hers. Much to Chandler's dismay, the job is as an intern, which leaves him in the awkward position of working alongside people who ...


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Fairly sure that this isn't a Friends episode at all. Lisa Kudrow plays Denise in PS I Love You and there are parts of that film where she is going around talking to guys and asking questions Are you Single? Are you Gay? Are you Working? If she got the right answers (as in, Single, Straight and working) then she kissed them. if she didn't like his ...


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The answer by @jlmmcdonald does answer this, but Joey's first performance in the Friends current timeline (where we join them) is missing. In Season 1, Episode 6 - "The One with the Butt", Joey performs in a musical titled "Freud!".


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It must be during or before the season when they got together. As with any show, no one can plan or predict in the beginning how many episodes or seasons it will get. One thing for sure, I heard this during the documentary of 9th season of Friends: When the 9th season started, they had plans for it to be the last season. But during filming of this season, ...


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As I mentioned in the comments, the only close match I can think of is the season 2 finale The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding. Joey auditions for a part in a Warren Beatty movie and when Joey has to kiss a man, he's called a bad kisser. Phoebe agrees to kiss him to prove otherwise (her assessment: "Good, very good. Firm but tender"). Joey then spends the ...


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As far as I'm able to learn, there was no single inspiration for Central Perk (ie. that existed before the show was created). The exterior shots of Central Perk were filmed in Greenwich Village, but there's no record of what that particular building is or was. The rest of the show was filmed at Warner Brothers Studios in Los Angeles, so there wouldn't have ...


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It must have been the scriptwriter. The songs are witty & funny. It is less likely that some naive person would have written them. In my opinion, Pheobe's songs were very smartly written, so it is more likely that a professional i.e. the scriptwriter must have wrote them.



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