Unlike Chandler, Joey resists joining the corporate rat race, in order to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. (Actually, he wants to be Al Pacino.) To date, besides a short-lived stint as a melodramatic soap opera doctor, one of the few highlights of his professional career was being cast as Al Pacino's butt double. Unfortunately, he was fired from the role for bringing too much to the part. Handsome, sweet and macho, Joey loves women, sports, women, New York, women--and most of all, Joey loves Joey. After years of traipsing from audition to audition, Joey has finally landed a role back on "Days of Our Lives" as a woman. It's not exactly the part he had hoped for, but Joey does his best, hoping to move onto bigger and better sound stages.
Rachel, Monica's former roommate, is still living with Joey until her and Phoebe's apartment is rebuilt following the fire. Still working at a rewarding job as a junior executive for Ralph Lauren, Rachel is soon to have a career upswing. Although her on-again, off-again relationship with Ross never seems to settle into a groove, she hasn't stopped looking for love in other places and will find herself in a new romantic
many fans seem to be astonished that a Joey/Rachel romance has suddenly
sprung up, out of nowhere. Presumably these are the fans who did not
believe it when all the foreshadowing was pointed out to them.
In the pilot,
Joey hit on Rachel as soon as he met her, but that was only to be
expected. However, she first saw that he was more than just a pretty
face when she listened to his advice, in 201 TOW Ross's New Girlfriend.
It was Joey who
introduced Rachel to the delights of Stephen King, in 313 TOW Monica and
Richard Are Just Friends, but it wasn't until the fifth season that
their relationship went up a notch.
At New Year's Eve
in 511 TOW All the Resolutions, Joey manipulated all his friends in just
70 seconds so that he got to kiss Rachel at midnight, they were very
simpatico, plus Phoebe presumed that they were 'doing it'; in 513 TOW
Joey's Bag, he trusted Rachel's sartorial advice, even though all their
friends were scornful; with 515 TOW the Girl Who Hits Joey, it was she
who came to his rescue; and in 516 TOW the Cop Joey realised how his
life was empty without someone to share it with, and he chose Rachel.
Nothing came of
that, but in 602 TOW Ross Hugs Rachel, Phoebe predicted that he would
marry Rachel, and they would have beautiful children; then in 615/616
TOT Could Have Been, the producers tested the waters with a Rachel &
Joey affair wherein she was turned on by his fame as a soap star, and so
within a few episodes the 'real' Joey was put back in a television
career - while Rachel moved into his apartment, where she suddenly found
a new liberation thanks to his easy going lifestyle.
In Season 7, the
couple were suddenly having many episodes together, even while she was
supposed to be enamoured over Tag, who is most significant since Joey is
quite boyish by nature. And these stories included 702 TOW Rachel's
Book, where he teased her until she came on too strong for him; 703 TOW
Phoebe's Cookies, where he taught her more about happiness than she did
about sailing; 707 TOW Ross's Library Book, where Rachel learnt her
roomie wasn't the shallow dating machine that everyone supposes, then
hugged him to her ample bosom for talking about having kids, and begged
him not to marry before her; 708 TOW Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs, where
she understood his moo point because they had lived together for so
long; 710 TOW the Holiday Armadillo in which she told Phoebe (of all
people) how adorable Joey was; 713 TOW Rosita Dies where they ganged up
against Chandler, while whispering secrets in each other's ears, then
ended with her moaning & writhing on his lap; and finally 718 TOW
Joey's Award, where we saw how much his show business career turns her
So then in Season
8, the alarm bells started ringing in 805 TOW Rachel's Date, where she
went out with a fellow soap star; 807 TOW the Stain in which Joey
persuaded Rachel to stay with him, instead of moving to Ross's building;
and 811 TOW Ross's Step Forward, where raging hormones made her attempt
to seduce him, but he wouldn't settle for a quick fling.
And don't forget
that in 805 TOW Rachel's Date, after Rachel dumped the wrong guy, she
needed comfort food - but here, after Joey dumped the wrong girl, he
didn't want comfort food, he just came home to Rachel.
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