The One With The Joke
Season 6, episode 12
133rd overall episode of Friends
Chandler and Ross argue over whose joke it is that ended up in Playboy.
Episode Information

January 13, 2000

Written by

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (teleplay)
Shana Goldberg-Meehan (story)

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One With The Apothecary Table


The One With Rachel's Sister


"The One With The Joke" is the 12th episode of season 6 of Friends, it was aired on January 13, 2000.


Ross has sent in a joke to Playboy magazine, which is printed. However Chandler claims it was his joke so he starts logging his jokes. While the girls go through the Playboy, Phoebe manages to insult Monica by saying she thinks Rachel the better choice to go out with. Later Phoebe then further insults Monica by saying she's high-maintenance, and then calls Rachel a push-over. When Joey must explain to Gunther he can't pay his bill because he's broke, he gets a job at Central Perk as a waiter.

"It’s my joke" - Chandler and Ross not talking to each other.

He tries in vain to keep his job a secret from the friends, who end up reassuring him and offering advice. Unable to settle the joke authorship, Chandler and Ross ask Monica to decide, each confident she's in his pocket, only to be told the joke is misogynistic, leading to both of them trying to blame one another instead of taking credit for it. Closing the café after Gunther refused him time off to do an audition, Joey is fired but one word from Rachel has him re-hired.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

James Michael Tyler - Gunther
J.D. Lewis - The Customer
Joeanna Sayler - The Woman At The Table
Matthew Mullany - The Patron
Alex Boling - The Latte Guy (scenes deleted)


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen


  • In Central Perk when Gunther is talking to Joey about working there, Joey is reluctant to take the job, saying, "I was a regular on a soap opera, you know? And to go from that to this..." In "The One Where Eddie Won't Go", Gunther confesses that he had gone from being a regular on a soap opera, Brice on All My Children, to working at the coffee shop.
  • The Playboy cover shown is that from January 2000. The actual first joke in that issue has nothing to do with monkeys, but is a joke about Prince Charming apparantly reviving Snow White by sleeping with her, but she's "faking it".


  • When Chandler says to Monica "You're a little high maintenance." in this shot, Monica's arms are loose, but in the next shot, her arms are crossed.
  • When Monica asks Joey Do you work here?", the side of Phoebe's head is shown, but then a few seconds later, she is gone, when it shows Joey, Ross, Monica and Rachel.


Episode Navigation

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Preceded by
"The One With The Apothecary Table"
The One With The Joke Followed by
"The One With Rachel's Sister"