Joey - Sunday August 19

joey and the big move (17/22);
joey and the beard (18/22)

Continuing on Five tonight is the second series of the US spin-off sitcom starring everybody’s favourite ‘Friend’, Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc). With double helpings on Sunday evenings, the series charts Joey’s new life in LA, where he lives with his feisty sister, Gina (Drea de Matteo, ‘The Sopranos’), and her intelligent but shy son Michael (Paulo Constanzo, ‘Road Trip’).

In tonight’s first episode, Joey’s plans to move into his swanky new house are thwarted when a fire burns it down; and Jimmy (guest star Adam Goldberg, ‘Friends’, ‘Dazed and Confused’) finds out that he is Michael’s father.

Joey cannot wait to move into his new house and start making the most of the bachelor pad features like remote controlled sexy lighting, soft music and other useful seduction tools. But in classic Joey fashion, he is not quite ready and has not even packed his old place up yet. Michael is furious, reminding him that his new roommates are due in just a few hours. Fortunately for Joey, helpful neighbour Howard has it all under control and has recruited a team of bankers from work to do it for him.

With everything packed, all that Joey must do is get himself into the house. As he and Zach head over to the new place, the portable television in Joey’s van flashes up with a news bulletin about a raging fire in the Hollywood hills… and after a while he realises that the inferno is at his new pad! “We think we’re gonna be able to contain it to the kitchen,” says one fireman – but that is of little comfort to Joey, who wails: “But that’s where the food lives!”

Joey manages to pull himself together and is soon on the warpath to find out who started the fire. Gina is quaking in her stilettos, because she knows that it was her fault – the result of too many candles and flammable massage oils at one of her clandestine meetings with Jimmy at the house. But how can she tell her brother that she was the one who burned down his dream home?

Elsewhere in this episode, Joey has other things on his mind when he accidentally tells Jimmy that Michael is Jimmy’s son. Jimmy cannot believe what he is hearing, so Joey suggests a paternity test to put his mind at rest, one way or another. But how can the test be done without Michael finding out what the pair are up to?

In the second episode of the evening, Bobbie recruits Joey to act as a lesbian actress’s ‘beard’, and Jimmy and Gina have a go at living together.

Joey is delighted when Bobbie calls him up and tells him that glamorous, beautiful actress Edie wants to take him out to dinner. But what he does not know is that Edie is a lesbian and wants him to pose as her boyfriend – she has a romantic comedy opening soon and wants to maintain a certain public image. Bobbie puts Gina in charge of telling Joey that the ‘date’ is merely a publicity stunt, but Gina thinks it would be funnier to keep the truth quiet…

Also this week, Joey is surprised to find Jimmy living in his burned-out house after losing his own apartment. “It ain’t so bad,” says Jimmy matter of-factly. “I’m used to the smell now and, after I made an example out of the big one, the raccoons finally respect me.” Joey suggests that a better idea might be to move in with Gina, an idea which Jimmy takes on board. But can a volatile relationship like Jimmy and Gina’s survive if the couple are living under the same roof?

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