The One With Joey's Dirty Day
Season 4, episode 14
87th overall episode of Friends
Joey meets Heston
Episode Information

February 5, 1998

Written by

Wil Calhoun

Directed by

Peter Bonerz

Episode Guide

The One With Rachel's Crush


The One With All The Rugby


"The One With Joey's Dirty Day" is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of Friends, which aired on February 5, 1998.


Joey goes on a fishing trip with his father while Chandler is still depressed about his break-up with Kathy. During his first post break-up phase, Chandler just sits in his chair with his sweatpants and doesn't do anything all day. The girls aren't sure what to do about it, and when Chandler finally gets out of his chair and wants to go to a strip club as part of phase two, both Ross and Joey aren't around to take him. Because the girls don't want him to put his sweatpants back on, they take him to a stripclub in an attempt to get him to phase three, at which they horribly fail. However, they end up talking about sexual fantasies with each of the female strippers. This ends up causing Chandler to picture himself and his girl friends with the strippers. 

When Joey comes back from his fishing trip, he smells terribly, but instead of taking a shower, he starts learning his lines of the movie he does with Charlton Heston. He falls asleep while remembering the lines, so when he wakes up he goes directly to the set, without taking a shower. On the set, he learns that Charlton Heston is the only one with a shower in his dressing room, so he uses that one. However, he is still in the shower when Charlton is done with his scene and walks into his dressing room. Charlton quickly works out that Joey is nervous about his acting with him, so accepts this, but warns him never to use his shower again.

At work, Joshua finally asks Rachel to come to the opening of a nightclub he invested in, but Rachel already promised her boss to take his niece Emily to the opera. After convincing Ross that they are in a place where they can be happy for each other, he finally agrees to take Emily to the opera. Rachel goes to the opening but doesn't get in, because Joshua put a Rachel Greep instead of Rachel Green on the VIP list. Another girl claiming to be Rachel Greep was let in and Rachel ends up clocking another women that wants to take her umbrella. It turns out Ross ended up with Emily in a Bed & Breakfast in Vermont, which really upsets Rachel. Even worse, Ross thanks Rachel for introducing him to Emily and he is very happy that he is finally over Rachel and that they can be happy for each other, but this painfully shows Rachel hasn't.

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

Tate Donovan - Joshua Burgin
Helen Baxendale - Emily Waltham
Paxton Whitehead - Mr. Waltham
Carlos Lacamara - The A.D.
Rocky McMurray - The Cigarette Guy
Charlton Heston - himself


Directed By:
Peter Bonerz

Written By:
Wil Calhoun



  • When Joey is upset because he missed the Strip Club stage of the break up, Chandler promises him that next time he breaks up with someone he'll take him to see the strippers. Kathy would be Chandler's last breakup, as his next and permanent relationship would be with Monica.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltham.


  • When Rachel is trying to talk Ross into taking Emily to the opera, Ross is eating a cracker. The bite marks out of the cracker change shape between shots, even though Ross doesn't move.
  • When Rachel is trying to talk the girls into taking Emily to the opera, Phoebe is saying " I would but I get my morning sickness in the evening" her cracker is eaten on one side, in the next shot when she is saying "unless" there is only a corner eaten, then the next scene when she says "she wants to spend the night holding my hair back for me" the side of the cracker is eaten again.
  • Joey is told that Charlton Heston's dressing room is the only one with a shower in it. His room is the one with his name "Heston" on the door. However, after taking a shower when Joey opens the door to go out of the room, you can clearly see there is nothing written on the door.
  • After Charlton Heston catches Joey in his shower, Joey wraps a towel around his waist while they talk. You can see his underwear through the towel.
  • Phoebe acknowledges the fact that her nickname was Pheebs in the previous episode but doesn't seem to know in this episode. (She's pregnant so it's the hormones)
  • Joey is not shaven when he runs to the shooting location, yet when he reaches there, he is cleanly shaven, It is not clear when he had shaven in between running the ten blocks.(Though he had a shaver in his hand when he left the apartment. So it could be that he had used that while running.)
  • When Chandler and the girls come back from the strip club, Chandler says "Okay, I'm going to put my sweats back on!" then throws his jacket on the floor in front of the two recliners and the table. Moments later, when Chandler sits down, the jacket is seen on the floor behind the table.

Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With Rachel's Crush"
Series Four Episodes Followed by
"The One With All The Rugby"