The One With Frank Jr.
Season 3, episode 5
53rd overall episode of Friends
Phoebe and Frank doing nothing.
Episode Information

October 17, 1996

Written by

Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri

Directed by

Steve Zuckerman

Episode Guide

The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel


The One With The Flashback


The One With Frank Jr. is the fifth episode of the third season of Friends, which aired on NBC on October 17, 1996. Phoebe invites her half-brother Frank Jr. to visit. Ross makes a list of famous women he'd like to date.


Phoebe is excited that her newfound half-brother is coming to visit, hoping to bond with him. Turns out they don't have a lot in common. Frank melts random things with his lighter, makes up his own karate, and Phoebe is finding it difficult to establish a connection. She gets called in to work at the massage place and asks Frank if he wants to come along. He misunderstands what she does and interprets "massage parlor" as a place to get a hooker. Phoebe is upset that the weekend is ruined, but in the end Frank makes her feel like they've bonded a bit.

Joey attempts to build an entertainment center, and tile a floor.

The gang discusses which five celebrities they would put on their "list" of people they're allowed to sleep with and their significant other can't get mad. Ross bumps Isabella Rosselini off the list because she is out of the country all the time, while Winona Ryder is more local. He ends up running into Isabella at the coffee house. Rachel lets him hit on her anyway, which ends in comical rejection.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courtney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting Cast

Giovanni Ribisi - Frank Buffay Jr.
Cynthia Mann - Jasmine
Isabella Rossellini - Herself
James Michael Tyler - Gunther (uncredited)


Directed By:
Steve Zuckerman

Written By:
Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri



  • Giovanni Ribisi (Frank Jr.) also appeared in The One With The Baby On The Bus (S2E6). 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". 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.
  • Phoebe tells Frank Jr that her birthday is on February 16. This would have been consistent with The One With Two Parts, Part 2 (S1E17), when Phoebe's birthday party takes place some time after Valentine's Day. However, in The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner (S9E5), the guys celebrate Phoebe's birthday on Halloween, three months before. But she also says she can't get a reservation for the day of her birthday.
  • In the end of this episode, Joey bets Chandler he could fit into one of the compartments of the new entertainment unit. When he does fit, Chandler locks him in the unit. In The One With The Cat (S4E2), Joey does this same thing with a potential unit buyer, who, like Chandler, locks him in the unit. He then proceeds to steal everything in the apartment except the storage unit and the big white dog.
  • Chandler's door is never completely repaired or replaced following this episode. Although Monica adjoins the two halves in season four, Joey's cut is still visible for the remaining seven seasons.
  • On Ross's list of celebrity freebies, one of the names listed is Winona Ryder. She later guest starred as Rachel's old sorority sister, Melissa Warburton, in The One With Rachel's Big Kiss (S7E20).
  • Chandler chose "Jessica Rabbit" for his list, who was voiced by Kathleen Turner - She later played his father Charles Bing (a.k.a. Helena Handbasket) in later seasons.
  • The "freak" in the coffeehouse whose order was too complicated for Rachel was actually Wil Calhoun, a writer for the show.
  • Matt LeBlanc originally wanted to be a carpenter, as he attended a technical vocation high school and specialized in carpentry, before switching to acting.
  • This is the second appearance of Jasmine, Phoebe's co-worker. She first appeared in The One With The Dozen Lasagnas (S1E12). She then reappeared in The One With The Morning After (S3E16), finding out about Ross sleeping with Chloe.
  • The names that are printed on Ross' celebrity freebies card are Uma Thurman, Winona Ryder, Elizabeth Hurley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dorothy Hamill; one of the actresses on the list, Elizabeth Hurley, would work with Matthew Perry, who plays Chandler in 2002's Serving Sara.


Ross' List

Ross' list

  • When Ross holds up the card of his five celebrity freebies, the names that printed on it are Uma Thurman, Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Hurley, Vanessa Williams and Dorothy Hamill. This is very easy to see on the Blu-ray. Yet moments later when Rachel reads the names, they are Uma Thurman, Winona Ryder, Elizabeth Hurley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dorothy Hamill. Clearly the props department made out the card with Ross's original list, rather than that Rachel is supposed to read out.
  • At the end of this episode when Chandler locks Joey inside the entertainment unit, he supposedly gives Joey a five dollar bill, confirmed when Joey says "Hello Mr. Lincoln!" However, when Chandler takes out the bill from his wallet, it is clearly a one dollar bill.
  • When Chandler trips over the bottom of his bedroom door after Joey saws through it, the part he trips over never moves. The bottom part should move because it is not latched to the door frame at all.
    • The cut door has 4 hinges, two for each half. In the previous episode the door clearly had only 2 hinges (visible when Chandler gave a drawer to Janice).
  • When Frank Jr. holds a white sheet around himself, while talking to Phoebe at the massage parlor, the gathered sheet in his hand keeps changing repeatedly throughout the scene.
  • When Phoebe is talking to Monica while Frank Jr. is doing karate on the balcony, the blue cup in front of her switches to the other side of her plate and then back when the camera angle changes.
  • When they show the inside of Monica's bathroom, the toilet is in the middle of the bathroom, and it looks out of place. In "The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding (1)" when Phoebe finds Rachel's pregnancy test, the toilet is right next to the sink.
  • In the scene where Joey and Monica discuss changing her bathroom tile, Joey moves the hamper to the middle of the doorway and when he kneels down to measure, the hamper is back against the wall.
  • When Frank is trying to melt a spoon there's one shot where he holds the spoon high above the table, then the angle changes and he's pressing the spoon against the plate.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel"
"The One With Frank Jr." Followed by
"The One With The Flashback"