In Friend Season 3 Episode 22 there's the following scene:

Chandler: [entering, carrying the chick and duck] Hey! Can you take a duck and a chick to the theatre?

Monica: Of course not.

Phoebe: No.

Chandler: Okay. I just wanted them to hear it from somebody else. [to the chick and the duck] All, right, fellas, back to Nintendo.

Is he saying that "let's go back and play Nintendo" or is he referring to the game in Nintendo where you kill ducks by a gun?

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    Very, very probably the former. Playing Nintendo is an alternative to going to see a film and the implication that he's playing Nintendo with the birds is funny enough. And as a joke, "Alright, instead of going to the movies, I'll to take you back to Duck Hunt where I got you from" makes much less sense.
    – Walt
    Dec 17, 2015 at 10:53
  • I think hinting that ducks belong to Nintendo is pretty hilarious, but I guess it is only for me :)
    – ARGMAN
    Dec 17, 2015 at 11:11
  • Sure, it could be funny, but in this context, I think the other option makes more sense.
    – Walt
    Dec 17, 2015 at 11:12

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My interpretation is that he was telling them that since they can't go to the theatre, they're going back to his room to play Nintendo together (e.g as a group). It's inherently funny to think of a grown man sitting in a room playing multi-player video games with two birds, not least because their stubby wings are almost uniquely unsuited for handling a controller.

Your alternate interpretation, that he was telling them to go back to a Nintendo game makes less sense, not least because there's no chicks or chicken in the most famous game of that genre, Duck Hunt


I think he is pretending to be a parent telling kids to go to their room and play nintendo coz they are not mature enough to go to a play.


From what I remember, the reference to Nintendo could be the TV cabinet where the chick and the duck slept. Joey and Chandler had a PlayStation, and it is very much likely that they owned a Nintendo prior to owning a PS1. The Nintendo cabinet could have been where the guys put the chick and the duck to sleep.

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    Was this episode from before or after the PS1 though?
    – cde
    Aug 4, 2016 at 7:00
  • This was before the PS1 was shown. I am not sure, but the first time I remember seeing the PS1 is definitely after season 5.
    – Shubhang
    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:28

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