Ross, Joey, and Chandler: Ross reorganizes Chandler and Joey's refrigerator. Joey figures out that Ross did it because he's bored. He's not used to being unemployed, and doesn't know how to use his non-working time wisely. Joey forces Ross into Chandler's recliner, putting it into it's most relaxing position. Then he dials the phone, and they prank call Chandler at work. Joey has a meeting with Estelle, learning that he didn't get a role he was perfect for. He asks if Estelle has anything else for him; her suggestion is gay porn. Joey goes home, telling Ross about his horrible meeting with Estelle. Ross suggests that Joey write something for himself, like the Good Will Hunting Guys. Joey likes the idea, but isn't sure he has the right kind of drive to be a writer. Ross urges Joey to start writing, telling Ross he'll help Joey out; that it'll be Ross's sabbatical project. Ross is going to make Joey a daily schedule. Joey's first task is to come up with the main character's name, and it can't be Joseph or Joe. Chandler and Joey are at home; Joey's writing, and Chandler's popping a ping-pong ball into a bowl with a spoon. Joey gets irritated with Chandler, not for distracting him, but for having the bowl too close. Chandler wants Joey to play, but Joey has to finish five pages of his play before Ross gets home. Chandler suggests that they play for half-an-hour, and then Joey finishes his five pages. Joey agrees, but decides to make their game more interesting. Using fire. When Ross gets home, he looks over what Joey's written. Joey only has a short description of a character's entrance. Ross scolds him for not writing enough. Then Ross sees the written out instructions for 'fireball.' He's furious with Joey and Chandler; Joey for not doing his work, and Chandler for distracting him. Ross makes Joey stop playing and write. They're all supposed to go to a hockey game, but Ross won't let them. Joey hasn't filled his writing quota for the day. Chandler urges Ross to relax about it, thinking that Joey'll get more done without all the pressure. Ross tells Chandler that he doesn't care about Joey, and keeps distracting him with stupid games. Chandler points out that Ross's just bored, and using Joey as a project. They end up getting in a fight. Joey tries to stop it, but it ends with Ross ripping up the hockey tickets. At first Chandler's pissed, because he thinks he paid for the tickets. Ross was the one who actually bought them, so Chandler gloats. The next night, Chandler comes home, telling Ross that there's some kids playing downstairs, and asking if he wants to ruin their fun. Ross shoots back, asking if Chandler wants to invent a life threatening game for the kids to play. Joey comes home, really excited because he wrote his five pages. Chandler and Ross are still bickering, but Joey gets them to stop by asking them to read his play out loud. He hands out copies, and they start reading. It's all about two guys making up after a fight. Chandler and Ross really apologize to each other, and Joey (in the play) thanks them for caring so much about him. Since the skit was so short, Chandler and Ross ask what Joey spent the rest of the day doing. He invented a new, more dangerous version of fireball!
Phoebe: comes into Central Perk ringing a giant bell. She tells everyone that she's going to spread Holiday cheer by taking donations for the Salvation Army. The group thinks it's awesome of her to volunteer. Phoebe's really excited, not just about the spreading of cheer, but because her Salvation Army donation post is at the front door of Macy's. She got such a good position, because she told the people at Salvation Army she could say Merry Christmas in twenty-five languages. Phoebe's Salvation Army gig goes really well at first. Monica comes by and Phoebe guilts her into donation a lot more than she intended. But Phoebe ends up getting in a fight with a guy who takes money out of the bucket. Her Salvation Army stint only gets worse. The next time she works, a girl throws her trash in the bucket. Then, a man throws a cigarette in. Phoebe grabs a drink out of a man's hand, throwing it on the smoldering donations. The once only smoking charity bursts into flame. Phoebe complains to Monica and Ross about how horrible people are. They've thrown their trash in the bucket, stole from it, and peed in it. Phoebe decides to be tougher, planning on acting like Street Phoebe. When she goes out collecting the next time, she's made a ton of warning signs to hang around the bucket. An old lady gives a donation, but Phoebe inspects it before allowing the woman to put it in. Phoebe finds some lint in the change and chases the lady away. As this is happening, Phoebe's boss from the Salvation Army arrives. He's brought another bell-ringer to replace Phoebe. They'd been getting a lot of bad reports about Phoebe.
Monica: says something sarcastic in Central Perk, which makes Phoebe comment that she's starting to act like Chandler. Chandler and Monica deny (at the same time, saying the same thing). She gets really tired of hearing Rachel moan over Danny, so she asks Danny out for Rachel. When Rachel comes home, after seeing Danny with another girl, Monica's got Chandler over. He's hiding out in her bedroom. When Rachel goes into her room, she smuggles Chandler out. She goes to Macy's to donate to the Salvation Army. Phoebe keeps commenting on how little she's contributing, but that she could buy an expensive coat and get her nails done. Monica ends up giving all the cash and change she has on her. She and Ross answer questions about wrestling when they were kids. Monica always won, but Ross says it was only because she was fat. They decide to end the discussion by staging a wrestling match (in a non-creepy, incestuous way). She's unbelievably grossed out by Danny and Krista during the sucking-pastry-off-her-finger-crotch-dabbing incident. At the end, Joey makes her and Rachel read a new play he's written. The play has the female characters getting, uh, intimate. When they realize, they refuse to keep reading.
- Hehehehe, prank calling Chandler!
If it's been going on for six months, you'd think he'd have realized it was Joey. Hell, he should've realized that for the very first call!
- In the DVD version of the prank, Joey says "I can seeeeeee you. You look sexy in your new suit." It's brilliant.
- Finally! Phoebe notices strange instances of Monica/Chandler intimacy!
It's about freaking time, people.
- I don't get why Danny agrees to go on a date withRachel, when only a few episodes before he was trying to set her up with Doug Benson. Y'know he just didn't seem that interested.
I guess that might be because he's got that 'special relationship' with his sister.
Every thing looks so damn festive.
Every thing looks so damn festive.
- I think Joey'd be good at gay porn.
- Phoebe's such a good Salvation Army bell ringer.
That whole charitable thing fits her to a T.
- Are people really such d-bags with the Salvation Army buckets? I totally get why Phoebe's upset, but I definitely wouldn't react the same.
- The guy who takes money from the bucket is the pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean who says "Ello, poppet," when he finds Keira Knightley in the cupboard.
Y'know, the portly one who's friends with the one with the wooden eye.
- I feel that life at Chandler and Joey's is fraught with peril. Hammer darts? Fireball?
And by fraught with peril, I mean awesome.
- Flaming Charity
That kinda sounds like a great name for a band.
- Yeah, I have a brother and we've rough-housed, but not like this. And definitely not when I'm only wearing a button down and underwear.
That kinda stuff's reserved for my fiance.
- Ross really goes too far with making Joey write. It's because he's trying to be a good friend, yes, but Chandler's not wrong when he tells Ross he's only pushing Joey so hard because he's bored.
- Ross, you want Joey to write a play. Dude, your expectations are too high.
- Whenever I see this episode, I manage to convince myself these are Monica's pj's.
They are not.
- In what kinda Flowers in the Attic family is it okay to suck pastry off of your sister's finger?!
Ew, ew, ew.
- Random V.C. Andrews related side-note: "Eat the cookie, mother!!"
- I've always felt ridiculously bad for the old woman who accidentally donates lint.
Phoebe, you've officially gone round the bend.
- Yeah, the brother-sister bath time just takes the creepy to a whole new level.
I could take the wrestling and finger licking, but the bath is just an icky you can't erase.
- Joey's Chandler-and-Ross-make-up skit is so cute.
- Fear this
The Magna Doodle says:
"Shot", I think, but it's hard to read. There's something else written during Chandler and Ross's fight, but I can't make it out.
Oh. My. God.
"Hey, I am not unemployed. I'm on sabbatical."
"Hey, don't get religious on me, okay?" -Ross and Joey, when they're talking about how bored Ross is.
"Hey, you guys, guess what?"
"The British are coming?" -Phoebe and Chandler, when she comes into Central Perk ringing her Salvation Army bell.
"So this year, I'm going to do the whole city."
"Y'know, I knew a girl in high school who did that. She was very popular." -Phoebe and Monica, discussing Phoebe's spreading of Christmas cheer.
"Bite me, blondie!" -the guy who steals from the Salvation Army bucket, to Phoebe.
"Well, you suck. But at least you suck at a man's game, now." -Joey, to Chandler, after he makes Chandler move the bowl and spoon further apart.
"Yeah, I think we said good-bye to that when we invented hammer darts." -Joey, to Chandler, when Chandler urges him to be careful so they can get their security deposit back.
"A room. A man enters. He looks suspicious." -Ross, reading Joey's play.
"This is helping your career?! Huh? I thought you wanted to be an actor not the creator of crazy lawsuit game!" -Ross, to Joey, when he learns all he did that day was make up rules to fireball.
"No more Mrs. Nice Bucket!" -Phoebe, deciding to protect her bucket.
"In fact, I was undefeated."
"Uh, you weighed 200 pounds." -Monica and Ross, about when they used to wrestle.
"Oh, so being a good friend means acting like a total jerk?"
"If it does, then you're an amazing friend of mine." -Chandler and Ross, during their fight.
"They're brother and sister!!!" -Joey, learning that Danny and Krista are siblings.
"And call their mother!" -Monica, when Rachel says she's going to end it with Danny.
"That chick can't handle my corner." -Phoebe, to the girl who's taking her Salvation Army spot.
"Alright, I'll give you one pointer: look out for that bitch. -Phoebe, to the girl who takes her corner, about the old lady who donates lint.
"Danny, hurry up! That bath is getting cold!" -Krista, to Danny.
"There's some kids playing in the street, you wanna go down there and give them a project, ruin their day?"
"Hey, if they have a ball maybe you can stick razor blades in it, and teach them a new game, Gonna Need Stitches Ball." -Chandler and Ross, still fighting.
"Great! Now we can go to the Ranger game last night!" -Chandler, after Joey says he's finished his five pages for the day.
"Yeah, or also when you don't have somebody breathing down your neck ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY." -Chandler, on why Joey got so much work done.
"Could I be more sorry."
"I don't know, I'm one sorry polentologist." -Chandler and Ross, reading Joey's skit.