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Recap / Friends S 5 E 15 The One With The Girl Who Hits Joey

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  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Zig-zagged. This episode initially plays it as a joke that Joey's new girlfriend Katie keeps hurting him by hitting him playfully. However, Joey is not okay with it and does end up breaking up with her. Rachel also gets a taste of it and realizes how wrong they were to mock Joey; she tries to give Katie a taste of her own medicine before throwing off all pretenses and giving her a good kick. Still, it's hard to imagine this episode as "The One with The Boy Who Hits Monica", so the Double Standard is clearly in effect.
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  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Subverted. It looks like Ross may have a problem with Chandler and Monica being together after he found out about it in the previous episode, but once they assure him they're genuinely in love and not just fooling around he's actually supportive of them as a couple.
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