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"The One With The Mugging"
Friends episode
Friends episode209
Phoebe and Ross [almost] got mugged.
Season 9x15
Episode no. 209
Written by Peter Tibbais
Directed by Gary Halvorson
Guest stars Jeff Goldblum - Leonard Hayes
Teck Holmes - Jordan
Kyle Gass - Lowell
Suzanne Ford - Female Producer
Michelle Anne Johnson - Casting Director
Phill Lewis - Steve
Original airdate February 13, 2003
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"The One With The Mugging" is the fifteenth episode of the ninth season of Friends, which aired on NBC on February 13, 2003.

PlotEdit

Joey is stoked to get an audition for a stage play directed by the legendary Leonard Hayes, played by Jeff Golblum, who is also the lead in the play. Joey fails to impress Leonard with his flat audition and is about to get the boot, when one of the producers intervenes. The producer thinks Joey is "hot" and tries to convince Leonard to give Joey another chance. Leonard capitulates, and gives Joey some advice for his return audition. "... you're in your head, you're thinking too much." "Don't learn the words, let the words learn you." "...don't be afraid to explore the vertical."

Joey returns later that evening to audition again, even though he badly needs to use the little boy's room since he's "bursting with Yoohoo." Leonard's assistant declines to let Joey head to the restroom so Joey gives an urgent, fidgety audition that Leonard loves, and Joey earns a chance to come perform in front of the plays backers.

Figuring having to pee "makes (him) a really good actor" Joey drinks everything he can find before heading to his final audition. After another fidgety performance, Joey gets the part. Leonard Hayes gives Joey a hug and tells him to "relax." Joey lets it all go, and, presumbly, accidentally wets himself while hugging Leonard Hayes. We never find out if he keeps his part.

When a robber who just took Ross's wallet at gunpoint is recognized by Phoebe as her street friend Lowell, Ross learns that Phoebe used to mug people when she lived on the street. An indignant Ross returns to the coffee house and informs Monica about Phoebe's previous occupation as a mugger. Monica recalls that Ross was mugged as a kid by a huge guy outside St. Mark's Comics, and that the mugger stole his backpack which had all "the original artwork for (Ross') own comic book, Science Boy.

Ross leaves, and Phoebe, memories recalled by Ross' story, admits to Monica that she mugged Ross (he was lying when he claimed a "huge guy" mugged him, embarrassed by the fact that he got mugged by a girl). Phoebe confronts Ross to apologize for mugging him and Ross gets upset. Later, Phoebe brings Ross a box labelled "Crap from the street" in which she kept his comic, Science Boy for all the years since she mugged him. Appeased by the return of his long lost comic, Ross thanks Phoebe and the two read over Science Boy.

Chandler gets and aces his own audition, for an unpaid intern job as writer in a publicity firm, where he is considered the old dude, but proves wit transcends generations by elaborating the only bright idea for a product which rather appeals to childish Joey, sneakers on roller blade wheels.

The episode ends with Monica revealing to Ross that she's told "everyone they know" that he was mugged by a girl instead of a huge guy, like he claimed he was.

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

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 CastEdit

Jeff Goldblum - Leonard Hayes
Teck Holmes - Jordan
Kyle Gass - Lowell
Suzanne Ford - Female Producer
Michelle Anne Johnson - Casting Director
Phill Lewis - Steve

CrewEdit

Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Peter Tibbais

TriviaEdit

  • Kyle Gass from the band Tenacious D makes an appearance as Lowell.
  • Phoebe revealed that she's older than Ross, and because of that, she's also older than Chandler, Joey, Monica, and Rachel, making her the oldest in the group.
  • Rachel and Monica have no story lines in this episode.
  • This episode was taped on December 13th, 2002, two months before it aired on February 13th, 2003.
  • Monica points out that Ross wasn't the originator of the "Got Milk?" advertisment. "Got Milk?" is an American advertising campaign that was created in 1993. The ads feature famous actors and athletes drinking and promoting milk with a "milk moustache". Hundreds of ads have been made over the years, including one by Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe.
  • When Rachel tells Chandler that she's not allowed to talk to Ralph Lauren, she is probably referring to the time when she started the rumor that "someone" made out with him in the copying room in "The One With Ross' Teeth".
  • When Chandler arrives at the office and meets the interns, he mentions Bob Hope and the USO. Bob Hope was a comedian, athlete and actor known for his 60 year career in the entertainment field and his involvement with the USO. The USO or United Service Organization is a non profit organization that provides troops and their families with programs, serivces and live entertainment tours for those at home and serving overseas, which Bob Hope hosted numerous times.
  • In the scene when Joey is at his audition, he informs Leonard Hayes he could do it in a Southern accent and really does it in a Jamaican accent. This is due to the fact he took classes on how to do a Southern accent that Chandler had paid for but it still came out Jamaican due to the instructor. This is revealed in The One Where Rachel is Late.

GoofsEdit

  • When Joey goes into Monica's fridge for a bunch of drinks for his audition he has a variety of drinks, including juice. When the camera goes back to him, he has a completely different set of drinks, all pop, no juice.
  • Phoebe and Ross get mugged in the night, but when they return back to the coffeehouse just afterwards, you can see sunlight in the background.
  • When Phoebe shows Ross the "Crap From the Street" box in coffeehouse the woman in a beige shirt is shown entering and sitting down twice.
  • Joey has his first audition in the morning and they agree to give him a second chance that afternoon. The next scene, where Phoebe and Ross are mugged, is at night. Then in the following scene, Joey enters Monica's apartment and announces that he is auditioning again that afternoon.
  • When Chandler, Rachel and Monica are discussing the sneakers, Rachel is holding a water bottle. in the next far shot, it is on the table without a cap.
  • At the beginning when Joey is in Monica's apartment eating bacon, you see Joey reach for the bacon from the front, then in the next shot (side on) you see Joey reach for the bacon again.
  • When Rachel is asking Joey what he's doing with all the liquid, her drink changes places depending on the shots.

Episode NavigationEdit

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Preceded by
"The One With The Blind Dates"
Series Nine Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Boob Job"
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