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CHARACTER
Frank Buffay Jr.
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First appearance The One With The Baby On The Bus
Last appearance The One Where Ross Is Fine
Number of episodes 19
Portrayed by Giovanni Ribisi
Information
Name Frank Buffay Jr.
Gender Male
Date of birth October 25, 1978
Occupation -
Relatives Frank Buffay (father)
Mrs. Buffay (mother)
Phoebe Buffay (half-sister)
Ursula Buffay (half-sister)
Alice Knight (wife)
Frank Buffay Jr. Jr. (son)
Chandler Buffay (daughter)
Leslie Buffay (daughter)

Frank Buffay Jr. (born October 25, 1978) is Phoebe and Ursula Buffay's half-brother. Phoebe discovers Frank on one of her attempts to find her father Frank Sr., who walked out on her and her twin sister when they were children, and later also walked out on Frank Jr.'s family.

Frank Jr. has a punctured lung, was arrested for stealing birds' eggs, likes to melt things, and used to own a dog named "Tumor". He also believed that 'massage parlor' is a euphemism for brothel, terribly wrongly presuming that his sister Phoebe was a prostitute.

HistoryEdit

Frank Buffay Jr. was the result of his father Frank Buffay Sr.'s marriage to his second wife, whom he also abandoned. Frank didn't realize that he had two older half-sisters, Ursula and Phoebe Buffay. He would meet Phoebe later in life.

RelationshipsEdit

The One With The Baby On The BusEdit

In The One With The Baby On The Bus he drops a condom in Phoebe's guitar case by accident and comes back to retrieve it. This is the first time they meet, not knowing that they are siblings.

EngagementEdit

Frank starts dating his home-economics teacher, Alice (Debra Jo Rupp), in the third season. The relationship would have been a perfectly normal one were it not for the fact that she is 26 years his senior (she's 44, Frank Jr. is 18) and he often refers to her as Mrs. Knight instead of using her first name. Despite the age difference, the two are definitely attracted to each other.

He introduces Alice to Phoebe as his fiancée (in The One With The Hypnosis Tape), and reveals to his half-sister that he and his girlfriend are planning to marry and have kids right away. Finding the relationship disturbing, Phoebe does all she can to break them up, bemusing both of them with her daft comments throughout. But they're too much in love to listen to her, and Frank Jr. has difficulty listening to Joey and Ross when they try to talk him out of the relationship. Bemused by their daft comments, Frank Jr. is able to convince them to come to his wedding.

Marriage and KidsEdit

They get married in The One With Phoebe's Uterus"; while giving Phoebe the good news, they ask her a favor: they wish her to carry their child. Phoebe discusses this with her birth mother and decides to be Frank and Alice's surrogate. One episode later, Phoebe has the cells implanted in her womb and she gets pregnant. (Phoebe's surrogate pregnancy acts as a cover-up for Lisa Kudrow's real-life pregnancy). The pleasant surprise gets even better for Frank and Alice when they learn that Phoebe's pregnant with triplets.

The pregnancy marks Phoebe's life in several ways. She dismisses her vegetarian principles and starts eating meat, moving Joey to give up meat because the same amount of cows must die. Phoebe accepts this and eats Joey's share of meat. (The One With The Fake Party); she unleashes her hormonal anger on Monica and Rachel (The One With The Worst Best Man Ever) and she misses Ross' wedding in London due to not being able to travel by airplane in her third trimester, be

In The One Hundredth, Phoebe reveals that she wants to keep one of the kids for herself, and asks Rachel to ask Frank Jr. for the favor. Rachel is reluctant to do so and tells Phoebe that Frank and Alice want all of their children. Phoebe eventually gives birth to the triplets: Frank Jr. Jr. (named by Frank Jr.); Leslie (named by Alice); and Chandler (named by Phoebe), who turns out to be a girl, but Frank Jr. and Alice name her Chandler anyway.

Parenting LifeEdit

Frank shows up in the tenth season in The One Where Ross Is Fine. He admits to Phoebe that he and Alice are finding it hard to raise their three children (he says he hasn't "slept in four years"), and asks Phoebe if she wants one of his kids. However, it's impossible for him to get rid of any of his kids. Phoebe understands the position he and Alice are in and explains to Frank that she'll always be available for baby-sitting should the need arise.

TriviaEdit

  • Giovanni Ribisi has also appeared in The One With The Baby On The Bus. However, he is a stranger on the street who had dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar case when she was playing "Smelly Cat" on the street. He comes back for the condom because he needs it "for an emergency". Later in the same season, Giovanni appears as Frank Jr.. The characters seem to portray very similar characteristics (such as mockingly naive behavior, much like Phoebe), which makes it likely they are, in fact, the same character.
  • It's not clear if Phoebe calls Frank after finding their father in The One With Joey's Bag because she is seen calling Ursula.
  • Pheebo was originally Frank Jr's name.

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