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The One With Joey's Interview
Season 8, episode 19
189th overall episode of Friends
Joey is being interviewed.
Episode Information

April 4, 2002

Written by

Doty Abrams

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Alternate titles
Episode Guide

The One In Massapequa


The One With The Baby Shower


"The One With Joey's Interview" is the nineteenth episode of the eighth season of Friends, which aired on April 4, 2002. It is a clip show.


Joey prepares for an interview with Shelley, a journalist from Soap Opera Digest, but he's afraid that he will mess up his interview again like he did last time. So he enlists his friends to sit nearby and make sure that his interview goes well.

The interview goes surprisingly well almost to the end. Unfortunately Joey slips up with his final question when he says he doesn't watch soaps because he has a life, and this can be considered disrespectful to the magazine readers.

A few weeks later when Ross and Rachel are reading the interview in Soap Opera Digest, the piece about not watching soap operas was not published. They ask Joey who says he called Shelley to tell her he was joking and she said it would be alright. When questioned by Monica, Joey admits to sleeping with his interviewer "a bit".


Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

Sasha Alexander - The Interviewer (Shelley)
James Michael Tyler - Gunther
Charity Nicole James - The Woman (archive footage, uncredited)
Elle Macpherson - Janine Lecroix (archive footage, uncredited)
Jennifer Milmore - Lauren (archive footage, uncredited)
Lauren Tom - Julie (archive footage, uncredited)
Reese Witherspoon - Jill Greene (archive footage, uncredited)
Dina Meyer - Kate Miller (archive footage, uncredited)


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Doty Abrams



  • When Rachel tells Phoebe "we're not talking", Phoebe says "finally" which is callback to "The One With The Stripper" when Ross and Rachel discussed her Dad confronting him about her pregnancy but unlike the fight they had when they broke up, they didn't yell at each other.
  • At one point, Rachel indicates her pregnancy bump and says "this could be Joey's baby" resulting in looks of disgust from the rest of the gang.
  • Joey mentions that he has a "huge gay fan base".


  • The way Joey holds the magazine in the cold opening goes from folded to fully open to folded again between shots.
  • In the same scene Rachel's pen has ballpoint sticking out but in the next shot it's not sticking out.
  • While not a goof as such, one of the clips shows the gang (and Julie) watching Joey's porn movie in "The One With Phoebe's Husband" but this archive scene is omitted from the actual broadcast TV episode.
  • In one of the flashbacks ("The One With Chandler's Work Laugh") the scene in altered and is different from the original scene from season 5. In the flashback, we see a cut that does not exist in the original episode where we hear Phoebe say "That's just an old nutter butter" but it is obviously seen that that's not what she is saying.

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Preceded by
"The One In Massapequa"
Season Eight Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Baby Shower"