Sunday, December 19, 2004

Joey Tribbiani

In the show, the character has a career in acting. He also pursues modeling at one point. His character is known for his simple-mindedness, his trouble with understanding negative critism of his acting, his love of food (particularly sandwiches), and his success with women, which generated the popular catchphrase "How you doin'?".
Joey's most famous role was as Dr. Drake Ramoray on the serial drama Days of Our Lives. However, when Joey claimed in an interview that he wrote many of his own lines, the writers of the show became annoyed and killed him off. The character later returned after a bizarre plot line resurrected him. Joey's agent was Estelle Leonard.
Joey famously shared an apartment with his best friend Chandler Bing. The two formed perhaps one of the most likeable and enduring television friendships in sitcom history. Their adventures included losing Ross' baby son on a bus, building an entertainment unit which was so big it covered both of their bedroom doors, buying a chick and a duck (affectionately named 'The Chick and The Duck'), replacing their dining table with a foosball table and spending hours watching Baywatch. In the final episode the two destroyed the foosball table, before Chandler moved to the New York suburbs; however, despite the loss of Chandler and Joey's apartment, and the fact that they no long live in the same apartment block, Chandler and Monica made it clear that their new home would have a specially designated 'Joey room'.
When Chandler moved out to pursue a relationship with Monica, Joey was joined by Janine (Elle MacPherson) and later Rachel, who he formed a stronger bond with, and eventually fell in love with; however, nothing came of it and the two returned to being just good friends.
Joey is perhaps the most loyal of the friends. In one episode, when Joey believed Phoebe to be pregnant, he proposed marriage, claiming the world is too scary for a single mother alone. However, when it emerged that it was in fact Rachel who was pregnant, Joey proposed to Rachel, making the exact same speech and demanding the ring back from Phoebe. He also offered to stand up for Ross and Chandler when they were being bullied at Central Perk, and he allowed Monica to hire and fire him so as to prove to her employees that she was not a pushover.
Joey was ordained over the Internet and officiated at Chandler's wedding to Monica and Phoebe's wedding to Mike Hannigan.
After the 2003/2004 final season of Friends, Joey Tribbiani became the main character of Joey, a spin-off TV series.

Phoebe Buffay

Phoebe has a rather strange past, and an equally strange present existence. Her father left when she was young, her mother killed herself leaving Phoebe and her twin Ursula in the care of their stepfather who, for unknown reasons ended up in prison. Here Phoebe's past becomes hazy. By the age of 16 she was living on the streets, spending some time living in a Gremlin with a man called Rudy who talked to his hand, she had an Indian friend called 'Albino Bob', entered into a marriage of convenience with a gay ice-dancer who later "came out" as straight, wrote songs as part of a musical duo and at one point wrote a letter to Sesame Street, but was disappointed when they sent her back a key-ring, as she was homeless and therefore had no keys.
She also complained that pimps would spit in her mouth at night. To impress her friends, she told the story of the time when she stabbed a cop; when her friends were shocked, she retorted, "But he stabbed me first!"
Somewhere along this road she 'found' aromatherapy as well as massage, which became her profession and moved in with Monica. She could have been a stockbroker upon a massage client's urging, but she believed that she would have to live in a box and only eat lox, as well as have a pet fox, because she thought the things that happened to her had to rhyme with the stocks she had to sell, and it was this reason that made her decline the job offer. Phoebe later moved into her grandmother's apartment, and inherited her yellow taxi after her death.
Phoebe's somewhat dubious musical skills were a popular source of entertainment. Her stunning array of songs include The Double-Double-Double-Jointed Boy, Sticky Shoes, Little Black Curly Hair, and most famously Smelly Cat, which became both a jingle for a kitty litter commercial and a serious commercial release.
Phoebe had somewhat peculiar relationships with the three boys. Chandler acted as something of a little brother, on several occasions he demands "Phoebs! Play with me!" The conversations between the two, which ranged from why Donald Duck wears a towel when getting out of the shower, to why there isn't a superhero called 'Gold-Man', were another highlight of the show. Whilst Phoebe and Joey had a similar relationship, it emerged that Phoebe had a secret crush on Joey. However, this was rather playful and was never acted upon. Phoebe and Ross on the other hand had a rather different relationship. Ross' scientific beliefs and Phoebe's self devised beliefs led to conflict over the theories of evolution, gravity and whether or not Phoebe's dead mother had been reincarnated as a cat. However, the two always remained firm friends and it later emerged that they had almost slept together during Ross' divorce.
During the series Phoebe continued to uncover bits of her past including meeting her real mother, her half-brother Frank Buffay Jr. (played by Giovanni Ribisi), and finally her real father (Frank Buffay Sr.). Along the way she also carried and gave birth to her brother's triplets, with whom she aimed to be "Fun Aunt Phoebe".
Phoebe's famous pseudonym/alter ego was Dr. Regina Filange. The first references to Dr. Filange were used in the episodes set in England, in the run up to Ross' marriage to Emily; Phoebe was at home because she couldn't fly overseas pregnant, and she persisted in calling Emily's family in an attempt to warn Ross that Rachel was coming to break up the wedding. When Emily's family became weary of calls from "Ross' friend Phoebe", she invented Dr. Filange and a disease for Ross to explain his odd behavior. Dr. Filange later re-surfaced when the group traveled to Las Vegas, and Phoebe was kicked out of a casino for stealing an old lady's jackpot. She tried to convince the security guard that he kicked out Phoebe and that she was Dr. Filange. Dr. Filange is recognisable by the odd pronunciation of certain words, most notably her own name (it is pronounced Pha-LAN-gee, with strong emphasis on the second syllable).
Towards the end of the series, Joey - somewhat inadvertently - introduced Phoebe to Mike Hannigan. The two were married in one of the final episodes, in the street outside of Central Perk after a blizard. Monica and Rachel were bridesmaids, Joey officiated the wedding (he had been ordained over the internet for Monica and Chandler's wedding), Chandler gave Phoebe away and Ross, for his sins, held Mike's childhood dog.