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Chandler and Joey

  • There have been more marriage/romance/infidelity metaphors surrounding Chandler and Joey's relationship as roommates than is possible to count.
    • They share a bed in The One with the Boobies.
    • On New Year's Eve, Chandler is upset having no one to kiss at mid night and Joey kisses him.
    • They raise a chick and a duck together, and act like parents to them.
    • In one episode, Rachel has a sex dream involving a threesome with Chandler and Joey and she notes that at some of the points, she was merely a spectator watching the two of them getting busy.
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    • In "The One With The Baby On The Bus" they are tending to Ross’s baby. A woman mistakes them for a gay couple. They later pretend to be Ben's fathers at the Transit Authority.
    • The mini arc where Joey's decision to move out of their apartment was jokingly played like a romantic breakup, with Eddie being treated like a rebound. Ross even lampshades it slightly when he tells Chandler he can't ask Joey to move back in because they're not "...roommates" anymore.
    • Joey tells Chandler they should buy a new table for the apartment and Chandler worries it is "too soon". He starts talking about how things went when he brought furniture with his old roommate Kip, aggravating Joey ("I know all about Kip!"), who later asks Chandler if Kip was "better than me".
    • In one episode they discuss the possibility of a threesome with Chloe the copy girl.
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    • In "The One Where No One's Ready", Joey sits on Chandler's chair. In an attempt to regain possession of his seat, Chandler sits on Joey's lap and says "I'm soooo comfortable". And Joey says "Me too. In fact, I think I might be a little too comfortable".
    • In "TOW Joey's New Girlfriend", Kathy affectionately complains that Joey's chosen scenes with her were all make out sessions, and Chandler jokes that's a good thing, because he used to have to be the one rehearsing said scenes with Joey.
  • When Joey is sexually frustrated because of Janine, he directs his “how you doin'”? Catchphrase at Chandler, leering look and all.
  • In “TOW Joey's Fridge”, both Rachel and Chandler tell Joey “thank God [he's] pretty” when he's acting dumb, and it's only when Chandler says it does the camera stay on Joey having the sweetest proud look.
    • Also, Chandler thinks his work friend smells incredible (Monica: “do you want our guy to be your guy?”), calls Joey cute twice, and notably just nods along when Monica tells Ross that 'Spring Break' means “doing frat guys”.
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  • The Ho Yay between Joey and Chandler even continue in the later seasons. In "The One With The Joke":
    Rachel: If one of you had to pick one of the other two guys to go out with, who would you pick?
    Ross: No way.
    Joey: I’m not answering that.
    Chandler: Joey! (Pause as they all stare at him.) No way. I’m not answering that.
  • At the end of "The One With Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.", they start hugging. Follows the final set of flashbacks that feature a lot of scenes between Chandler and Joey. There’s no words, just hugs and even the kiss from "The One With The Monkey". All of this is set to the song "You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me!". Cut back to the present, they are still in each other’s embrace.
    Joey: Hey, do we do this too much?
    Chandler: I think so. Yeah, get off me.
  • In the What Could Have Been episode in season 6, where Joey hires Chandler (now a struggling comedy writer) to be his assistant. And then there's this line:
  • In "The One Where Rachel Is Late", Joey only has one ticket to his big movie premiere. The others argue over who should get it, but Joey says he wants Chandler to come as a way of paying him back for his support over the years.
    Chandler: I always knew you were gonna make it. I’m so proud of you.
    Joey: Thanks. That means a lot to me. (They look at each other and smile for a while.)
    Phoebe: Mon, maybe one of these guys wants to wear your dress.
  • Chandler agrees to move to Tulsa. At the end of the episode he is at the airport on the phone cell (presumably with Monica).
    Chandler: Don't worry, I'll be back before you know it. Yes it will be the same. Because I know, that's how. I promise.
    • CUT TO: Monica and Chandler's apartment.
    Joey: (On the phone with Chandler) Double promise? Call me when you land.
  • In "The One With Ross' Inappropriate Song", the listing agent at Richard's apartment mistakes them for a gay couple.
    Chandler: No, no, no, no, no, NO! No, no... we're not together. We're not a couple. We're definitely not a couple.
    Joey: Well, you seem pretty insulted by that. What? I'm not good enough for you?
    Chandler: We're not gonna have this conversation again...
  • In "The One where Monica sings", Chandler plucked Joey's eyebrows and curled his eyelashes.
  • In "The One With Ross' Tan", Joey is talking about his first night with Rachel.
    Joey: No, I do six things! First, I look deep in her eyes. Then, I kiss her. Next I take my hand and I softly graze her thigh.
    Chandler: You mean like this? (he starts touching his thigh in a funny and awkward way)
    Joey: NO! Not like that, no no. No, like this. (He starts lightly grazing Chandler's thigh)
    Chandler: Oh, I see what you mean, that's quite nice. (They look at each other, both embarrassed)
    Joey: More foosball?
    Chandler: ...and beer!!
    • Later in the same episode, when Chandler learns that Rachel kept slapping Joey's hand away when he tried to to graze her thigh he's astonished that she didn't like it.
  • In “The One With The Blind Dates”, Joey can for some reason tell from Chandler's hair when he's been having sex, and also tells him to be on top for once.
  • After Chandler moves in with Monica, Joey offers to let Rachel move to his place, but scares her off when he brings up "Naked Thursdays." This winds up offending Chandler, who tells Joey he thought "Naked Thursdays" was supposed to be their thing.
  • It's worth noting that the producers have stated that aside from Ross/Rachel and Chandler/Monica, this is the most important relationship in the show.
  • Perry and [LaBlanc] took the shipping reaction of their characters in stride, teasing a lot of Almost Kisses in the bloopers, carrying on dancing together like Ross/Rachel did in the music video, and the latter in a post season two interview - after talking about how he liked that Chandler/Joey was one of the rare friendships that weren't obsessed with being macho (yet) - joking that they'd sleep together soon.

Ross and Joey

  • Two words: Nap Partners. They fall asleep together on the couch and both realize they really enjoyed the experience...Ross is embarrassed and thinks it's "weird", but they still want to "nap together" another time. They do it again at the end of the episode, until the rest of the gang walks in and sees them.
  • In "The One Hundredth", while Phoebe is giving birth to the triplets, Joey is in his own hospital room to remove his kidney stones. Ross is with him and the scene makes it look like they are having a baby together. At the end they both get all emotional while looking at the kidney stones, just like Phoebe with her babies.
  • Ross gave Joey a passionate kiss when he needed to audition for a role that involved having to kiss another man. Joey remarked that Rachel was a lucky woman.
  • Ross asks Joey for advice on how to "talk dirty" to women. While they are practicing "talking dirty" to each other, Chandler walks in.
    Chandler: It's OK. It's OK. I was always rooting for you two kids to get together.
  • The entire episode where they get stuck on the roof and have to climb down the fire escape.
    Ross: Now should I climb down your front so we’re face to face or should I climb down your back so we’re… butt to face.
  • In "TOW the Tape" Joey attempts to help Ross out during his dry spell by telling him a passionate story that's guaranteed to make the listener want to have sex, and warns Ross that by the end he'll want to do so to Joey. Ross thinks it's a joke at first, but eventually finds himself caught up as Joey goes on.

Rachel and Monica

  • They get quite a few moments particularly when the Girl-on-Girl Is Hot trope is used (see page for details).
    • In "The One with Joey's Big Break", Rachel is afraid to take her eye drops, and Monica tries to force her, and ends up straddling her and pinning her arms down. Rachel says: "You know, if Joey and Chandler walked in right now, we could make a fortune!"
    • In another episode Rachel and Monica made a deal with the guys that they would kiss each other for one minute if they could get their apartment back. The deal was accepted.
    • In "The One with the Chick and the Duck", Monica slams into Rachel when she practices roller skating, knocks her down and falls on top of her. When Joey sees them, with Rachel moaning (in pain), he says: "Oh, my!"
  • They have had break-up moments, the most hilarious one being when Monica was spending time with Ross's new girlfriend Julie and Rachel confronted her about it. The conversation sounded like two lovers having a quarrel over cheating.
  • In “TOW The Joke”, they silently agree they'd pick the other one as her girlfriend if they had to choose.


  • The punchline to "The One with Ross And Monica's Cousin" is that after said cousin attracts lustful looks from Chandler and Ross, she gets the exact same reaction from Phoebe.
  • After seeing Monica in a revealing slips, she says (while talking to Chandler) that Monica has "the breasts of a Greek goddess" with a longing look on her face. She then gets flustered and quickly leaves.
  • "The One With Rachel's Big Kiss": Rachel's old friend Melissa tells her she's still in love with her and asks for another kiss goodbye. Once she leaves, Phoebe kisses Rachel. She tells a stunned Rachel that she "just wanted to see what all the fuss was about". After Rachel asks "And?", Phoebe says "I've had better".
  • She admitted to seeing Monica naked at least once. When Monica asks when this happened, Phoebe suddenly goes very quiet.


  • When Monica agrees that Phoebe can massage her, it turns out that she likes her massages very much. So much, that she starts making sex noises.
  • Chandler tells Ross, "I'd miss you if I broke up with you." Ross asks why he said that, and Chandler says he's just trying to be supportive. Ross says, "Well, be supportive like a guy."
  • In "The One With Barbados", Chandler tries to kiss Ross so he can stop being mad about his computer being ruined. And in "TOW Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", he apologizes to Monica, Rachel and Ross for apparently making out with all three of them when he's been drinking.
  • In “The One Where Nana Dies Twice”, even though Chandler complains loads about having a gay “quality”, he still thinks a couple of guy coworkers are cute and gets upset when a woman thinks “Brian” is out of his league.
  • Chandler has a couple of moments in "The One with Rachel's Assistant": he shows attraction to Rachel's co-worker Tag after he looks at his picture ("W-H-Wow! Don’t show this to Monica! And don’t tell her about the W-H-Wow!"). And later when Chandler, Ross and Monica are revealing embarrassing secrets about each other, like when Chandler kissed a guy ("In my defense, it was dark and he was a very pretty guy").
  • In "The One With the Rumor" upon seeing how much weight his old high school friend Will lost, Ross compliments him by calling him "hot stuff!"
    • Also, when it's revealed that Will and Ross started the "I Hate Rachel" club, Monica asked if that's what they were doing when they went into Ross' bedroom and locked the door.
  • When it suits a joke, Rachel and Monica might have had less Even the Girls Want Her moments than Phoebe, but still their fair share.
  • When Ross accuses Chandler of flirting with the pizza delivery girl in "The One Where Ross Can't Flirt," Chandler tells Ross that he wasn't really flirting and responds by trying to seriously flirt with Ross.
  • Joey complaining about a girl's Adam's apple getting in the way when he was making our with her.

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