Joey

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joey and the holding hands (21/22);
joey and the wedding (22/22)
19.00–20.00

Concluding 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 wants something more from his relationship with Alex – but she is only interested in the physical side. And Jimmy proposes to Gina, but has a small problem to deal with first…

Having finally persuaded Alex that they would make a good couple, Joey is now facing an unprecedented conundrum: he has discovered that he wants more from the relationship than just sex. After a chat with Gina about her relationship with Jimmy, Joey realises that he and Alex do not connect on a deeper level and resolves to rectify the situation.

Meanwhile, Jimmy has decided that he wants to marry Gina – and she says yes to his proposal, much to everyone’s delight. However, when she sells the engagement ring he gives her and buys a car, the volatile pair erupt into yet another argument and start to wonder if they are doing the right thing. “You guys are getting married,” says Joey soothingly. “You’re gonna have angry kids with beards and fake boobs.”

Suggesting that a spot of relationship counselling might be in order, Joey invites a priest (Neil Flynn, ‘Scrubs’, ‘Mean Girls’) round to talk to the warring couple… but the session reveals an unexpected secret: Jimmy is already married to a rich woman named Tracy (Julia Sweeney, ‘Saturday Night Live’)! When Jimmy and Joey visit Tracy at her current residence –prison –she reluctantly agrees to sign the divorce papers… and also has some advice for Joey’s love life. Can he straighten things out with Alex?

Also in this episode, Michael meets a beautiful woman on the internet, but Joey is convinced that his new friend is a man. Could the name ‘Sexy Steve’ be an indication that he is right?

In tonight’s second episode – the last ever Joey – the day of Jimmy and Gina’s wedding arrives, but not everything goes according to plan. And Joey is invited to throw the first pitch at a Dodgers game… but his skills may not be up to scratch.

Preparations are underway for the Jimmy and Gina nuptials, and Alex is getting extremely excited as she helps out. “Uh-oh Joe, you’re in trouble,” observes Jimmy, who thinks that Alex is performing a practice run for her own wedding. When Joey confronts Alex, she is affronted and asks: “You think I’m trying to trap you?” “Not trap me,” corrects Joey, “lure me into like, a cage or a pit or something.” Alex tells Joey to relax: after her last marriage went south, she never wants to get hitched again.

Joey is upset –what if he wanted to marry Alex some day? But there are more pressing concerns to deal with when both Jimmy and Gina get cold feet and run out on the wedding. With time running out before Joey is supposed to be at the Dodgers game, and before the priest is due elsewhere, Michael and Joey manage to track the runaways down at the bus station. Can they convince them to come back and get married?

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joey and the critic (19/22);
joey and the actor’s studio (20/22)
19.05–20.00

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 is upset to learn that someone has set up a website devoted to criticising his work. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets carried away when he accepts the job of running Joey’s new production company.

Joey is staggered to learn that somebody has set up joeytribbianisucks.com, a website dedicated to tearing apart his films. He tracks down the critic responsible for the site, only to discover it is an 11year-old girl called Kaley. Joey befriends the girl and eventually learns the reason for her animosity: she hates Joey because the boy she likes at school – Brad – worships him. Kaley wants to be more than Brad’s friend, but cannot get him to pay her any attention. A sympathetic Joey realises he feels the same way about Alex: “What would you say if I told you I have the same exact problem you do?” he asks. Together, Joey and Kaley find a way to help each other with their respective problems.

Also in this episode, Joey’s action movie opens to critical acclaim and the once down-on-his-luck actor finds himself in demand. The film studio signs Joey to a three-picture deal and offers him his own production company – all he needs is someone to run it for him. When Gina complains about her boyfriend, Jimmy, being stuck in a dead-end job at the shopping mall, Joey hits upon the perfect solution: “I should hire him!” he says. “He should be my development exec –he’s the smartest guy I know!”

The brilliant but unstable Jimmy goes to work for Joey, and soon throws himself into the job – organising meetings and dreaming up schemes for the future. But as Jimmy’s plans spiral out of control, Joey is alarmed: “He is totally obsessed with this job!” he tells Gina. Has Joey put his friendship with Jimmy at risk by hiring him? In the second episode, Joey is thrilled to be invited onto the venerable film programme ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’, while Jimmy decides to propose to Gina –but can he afford a ring?

Joey cannot believe that he is going to be interviewed on ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’, and excitedly starts to prepare, musing on whether he should show tapes of his unsuccessful auditions for ‘King Kong’ and ‘Capote’ to teach the film students what notto do. Alex also has a big day coming up –she is soon to present a closing argument in court and is really nervous. Joey genially informs her that a night with him has been proven to cure stage fright, but the joke proves too close for comfort for Alex, who is still struggling to know how to feel about Joey.

Joey manages to persuade Alex to give him a chance, and brings her to the filming of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’. Host James Lipton (playing himself) is impressed with his guest –“there’s magic in you, Joey” –but when the Q and A session ends in numerous girls asking Joey why he has treated them so badly, Alex has second thoughts. Has Joey blown it with the woman he really cares about?

Also in this episode, Jimmy wants to propose to Gina but does not have the cash for a ring – until Michael suggest taking part in a clinical trial. Jimmy is happy with the $2,000 fee –“for two grand you can drill a hole in my skull and touch my brain with your finger” –but is not prepared for some unfortunate side-effects…

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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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joey and the dad (15/22);
joey and the party for alex (16/22)
19.00–20.00

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 flies his dad to LA to attend the glittering premiere of his movie, only to find his father is less than enthusiastic about his career; and Carmen Electra’s new billboard threatens to overshadow Joey’s film.

Joey can barely contain his excitement ahead of the premiere of his action movie, and has even arranged for his dad, Joseph Tribbiani Sr (Robert Costanzo, who played the same role in ‘Friends’), to fly first class to LA to attend the event. Joey is delighted to have his father around, but Alex is puzzled by the fact that Joseph Sr seems to be unimpressed by his son’s success. “Your dad should be really proud of him,” she says to Gina. However, Gina points out that Joey never notices his father’s disdain: “Joey hears what he wants to hear,” she explains.

Alex does her best to ignore Joseph Sr’s comments, but is eventually compelled to make Joey see the truth. At first Joey does not believe her, but when his father is unable to name any of Joey’s characters or TV appearances, the spell is broken: “It’s obvious he thinks my career is stupid,” Joey says. Nevertheless, he is certain that his father will enjoy the star-studded premiere – until Joseph Sr leaves halfway through. Can Joey get to the bottom of his father’s apathy?

Also in this episode, Joey is thrilled to see a giant billboard of his face rise above the streets of LA, only for movie star Carmen Electra (playing herself) to unveil a stunning, scantily-clad image of herself on the board next to it. As the crowds gaze up at the eye-catching advert, Joey bemoans its impact: “This is a disaster!” he says. “No one’s even going to look at my billboard!” Despite his disappointment, Joey happily accepts the offer of a date with Carmen, and hopes to make up for a previous occasion when he turned her down (see the episode, ‘Joey and the Temptation’).

In tonight’s second helping of Joey, Alex has a crisis on the eve of her 30th birthday; Michael embarks on a career as a DJ; and Gina and Jimmy take their relationship to the next level.

Joey is awakened at midnight by a flustered Alex, upset about her imminent milestone: “I’m freaking out!” she says. “I’m about to turn 30 and my life is one huge disappointment!” Joey calms her down, but struggles to conceal his true feelings for her, until Zach offers some advice: “You got to remind her of when she saw you as more than a friend,” he says. So Joey decides to take advantage of the fact that Alex’s boyfriend, Dean, is away and organises a special dinner for the two of them.

However, the evening does not go to plan when Dean cancels his trip and turns up on Joey’s doorstep just before Alex arrives. Joey is forced to grit his teeth as Dean organises a party for Alex and lets slip that he plans to propose to her. In the event, it is the eccentric Jimmy who prompts Joey to action: “You want this girl – do what you got to do,” Jimmy says. But can Joey speak to Alex before Dean pops the question?

Meanwhile, Michael develops a new hobby as a DJ, providing the music for Alex’s party. And Gina and Jimmy decide to get matching tattoos.

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joey and the christmas party (13/22);
joey and the snowball fight (14/22)
19.10–20.00

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 Christmas party goes awry when he discovers that his friend Alex has been in love with him for some time.

Having shared a kiss after Joey’s return from Tijuana (see last week’s episode, ‘The Tijuana Trip’), Alex and Joey go to the bedroom to take things further. On the way up, Joey takes the liberty of removing Alex’s bra using his “sexual sleight of hand”. However, when he returns downstairs to grab some champagne, Joey runs into Gina who accidentally reveals the true extent of Alex’s feelings for him. With the girl in his bedroom apparently in love with him, Joey finds himself in the unenviable position of having to turn down sex in order to preserve a friendship. Hurt by the rejection, Alex decides that she needs some space and resolves to avoid Joey’s Christmas party that night.

As the party gets underway, a number of beautiful women arrive and Michael and Zach practise their weak lines on them: “I’ve been with two women now,” asserts the newly confident Michael. “It’s time for me to step up to models!” Despite his friends’ pleas for much-needed assistance with the ladies, Joey finds himself missing Alex and calls her. She eventually arrives, but has only come to tell the host that she has made other plans. “Everything shouldn’t change between us just because of one night,” pleads Joey. “It’s more than just one night for me,” responds Alex, “and I think you know that.”

Joey gets back to his party but cannot shake the disappointment that Alex is not there. Then, a telegram from Alex arrives, telling Joey to look out of the window: she has arranged for snow to fall in LA! The gesture makes Joey realise that he has genuine feelings for Alex, but as he heads across the yard to tell her, is he too late?

In tonight’s second episode, Joey tries to come to terms with Alex’s new relationship; and Michael’s dad, Jimmy, arrives back on the scene.

The morning after the party, Joey is upset to see that his lothario neighbour, Dean, is still at Alex’s place after their night together. “I can’t believe I blew my chance with her!” he bemoans. Gina explains that there is plenty of time, since a relationship with a ladies’ man like Dean cannot last long. However, Joey’s hopes of a quick reunion are dashed when he speaks to Dean before he leaves for brunch with his new girlfriend. “It’s not about the sex,” Dean explains. “I think I could really like Alex!”

Joey now finds himself in a difficult position: he desperately wants to act on his feelings for Alex, but cannot contravene the “dude rule”, which states that one man cannot move in on another’s girl. Confused by his predicament, he argues with Alex, before enjoying a snowball fight with her using the fake snow in the yard. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, will Joey pluck up the courage to tell Alex he loves her?

Elsewhere, Gina’s one-time boyfriend, Jimmy, returns to town and Michael considers revealing what he recently learnt: that he is Jimmy’s son. Michael, Joey and Gina arrange to meet Jimmy at a café, where Gina orders a ginger ale, prompting Joey to make an insightful observation: “Oh my god, you’re pregnant!” he yells. So soon after discovering the true identity of his father, is Michael about to gain a sibling?

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joey and the high school friend (11/23);
joey and the tijuana trip (12/23)
19.05–19.55

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 is unimpressed when an estranged school-friend resurfaces after 20 years, bringing with him a surprise for Michael; and Joey’s attempts to bond with crew members on set cause a few crossed wires.

When Joey arrives home to the news that an old school friend has called, he is not happy. “That guy is dead to me!” he tells Gina and Michael, explaining that Jimmy Costa had severed all ties with him after years of friendship. He adds that he never knew why his former best friend had dropped out of his life, but Gina thinks she knows. When Joey leaves the room, she confesses to Alex that she is the real reason behind the estrangement – Gina and Jimmy once slept together, violating the ‘code’ between the friends that stipulated no dating each others’ sisters.

Much to Joey’s displeasure, Jimmy pays him a visit and tells him that he has been through a rough patch and now wants to make amends for his past. Gina grabs him to stop him telling Joey about their affair, but when their arguing turns into a passionate embrace, Joey finds out for himself! Joey eventually decides to let bygones be bygones, but is soon confronted with a new dilemma when he correctly deduces that Jimmy is Michael’s father. Gina does not want to tell either of them, but Joey is not convinced that the secret will remain hidden for long. “They’ll figure it out eventually,” he tells her. “You think so?” asks Gina, but she realises her brother is right when he points out: “I figured it out!” What will Michael think when he finds out who his dad is?

In tonight’s second episode, Joey instigates a bachelors’ road trip to Tijuana, and Alex decides that she needs to have more fun. When Michael complains that he has broken up with his girlfriend, Joey and his bachelor neighbour, Dean, offer their unique brand of advice. “Being single is great,” explains Joey. “You can say ‘tonight, I’m going to pick up and go to Tijuana!’” To prove his point, Joey decides to do just that, and a road trip to Mexico is planned.

Upon arrival, it is not long before the boys are making the most of their freedom, downing shots of unidentified spirit in a wild bar. In an effort to get over his ex-girlfriend, Michael chats up a young woman, but things start badly: “My mum has an amazing body,” he opens. Luckily for Michael, however, the girl cannot speak a word of English and is not put off by his bizarre lines.

The next morning, Joey is a little worse for wear, but Zach feels great and leaps to his feet, asking “Who’s in the mood for scrambled egg and fish?” Michael is also happy, since he seems to have convinced the Mexican girl to stay, but his mood quickly changes when he finds a video recorded on the previous night showing the revellers at a shotgun wedding. However, it is not Michael and the anonymous girl who got married, but Joey and Zach!

Back at home, the newlyweds explain their predicament to Alex and ask for her professional help. Unfortunately for them, Alex has decided that she does not have enough fun in her life, and elects to play a trick on the boys. Despite finding the marriage certificate to be worthless, not least because Joey signed his name “Sombrero Pete, Lord of the Bullwhips”, she tells them that they must appeal directly to the Mexican president to have their partnership dissolved…

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joey and the high school friend (11/23);
joey and the tijuana trip (12/23)
19.05–19.55

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 is unimpressed when an estranged school-friend resurfaces after 20 years, bringing with him a surprise for Michael; and Joey’s attempts to bond with crew members on set cause a few crossed wires.

When Joey arrives home to the news that an old school friend has called, he is not happy. “That guy is dead to me!” he tells Gina and Michael, explaining that Jimmy Costa had severed all ties with him after years of friendship. He adds that he never knew why his former best friend had dropped out of his life, but Gina thinks she knows. When Joey leaves the room, she confesses to Alex that she is the real reason behind the estrangement – Gina and Jimmy once slept together, violating the ‘code’ between the friends that stipulated no dating each others’ sisters.

Much to Joey’s displeasure, Jimmy pays him a visit and tells him that he has been through a rough patch and now wants to make amends for his past. Gina grabs him to stop him telling Joey about their affair, but when their arguing turns into a passionate embrace, Joey finds out for himself! Joey eventually decides to let bygones be bygones, but is soon confronted with a new dilemma when he correctly deduces that Jimmy is Michael’s father. Gina does not want to tell either of them, but Joey is not convinced that the secret will remain hidden for long. “They’ll figure it out eventually,” he tells her. “You think so?” asks Gina, but she realises her brother is right when he points out: “I figured it out!” What will Michael think when he finds out who his dad is?

In tonight’s second episode, Joey instigates a bachelors’ road trip to Tijuana, and Alex decides that she needs to have more fun. When Michael complains that he has broken up with his girlfriend, Joey and his bachelor neighbour, Dean, offer their unique brand of advice. “Being single is great,” explains Joey. “You can say ‘tonight, I’m going to pick up and go to Tijuana!’” To prove his point, Joey decides to do just that, and a road trip to Mexico is planned.

Upon arrival, it is not long before the boys are making the most of their freedom, downing shots of unidentified spirit in a wild bar. In an effort to get over his ex-girlfriend, Michael chats up a young woman, but things start badly: “My mum has an amazing body,” he opens. Luckily for Michael, however, the girl cannot speak a word of English and is not put off by his bizarre lines.

The next morning, Joey is a little worse for wear, but Zach feels great and leaps to his feet, asking “Who’s in the mood for scrambled egg and fish?” Michael is also happy, since he seems to have convinced the Mexican girl to stay, but his mood quickly changes when he finds a video recorded on the previous night showing the revellers at a shotgun wedding. However, it is not Michael and the anonymous girl who got married, but Joey and Zach!

Back at home, the newlyweds explain their predicament to Alex and ask for her professional help. Unfortunately for them, Alex has decided that she does not have enough fun in her life, and elects to play a trick on the boys. Despite finding the marriage certificate to be worthless, not least because Joey signed his name “Sombrero Pete, Lord of the Bullwhips”, she tells them that they must appeal directly to the Mexican president to have their partnership dissolved…

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joey and the musical (9/23);
joey and the bachelor thanksgiving (10/23)
19.10–20.00

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 every Sunday evening, 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 the first episode of tonight’s double bill, Joey directs a musical with a difference to impress his girlfriend; and Alex tries to work through her feelings for Joey, with disastrous results.

Things are going well between Joey and his new girlfriend, Candice: not only is she beautiful, but she is also responsible for the interior design of Joey’s new house, meaning that he does not even have to try to impress her with his taste! One stumbling block, however, is Candice’s grandmother, Gloria, who seems to hate Joey. To score points, Joey invites Gloria to his house for dinner, but things start badly. In an attempt to pay her a compliment, Joey explains to Zach that Gloria is not Candice’s sister, despite how she might appear. “Why would I think that?” asks Zach: “She’s so much older than her!”

When Gloria reveals that she was to play the leadin a musical at her retirement home until the directoquit, Joey grabs the opportunity and agrees to takeover the direction with Zach. Upon arrival at the home, however, he realises the enormity of the job in hand: “It looks like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland,” he says of the cast. Luckily, Zach is more enthusiastic and launches straight into his role. After some teething problems, the musical comes together and Candice is delighted with the transformation Joey has overseen. However, whenthe opening night arrives, one of the stars suffers a hip problem. Joey steps ino the role at the last minute, but his performance as Gloria’s love interest may be a little too convincing…

Also in tonight’s first episode, Alex decides to use a technique recommended by her therapist to work through her feelings for Joey: she plans to write him a very personal letter, but not send it. However, the letter ends up in Joey’s hands and he wrongly supposes it to be intended for Alex’s estranged husband, Eric. Joey sets up a romantic evening for the two, but it ends prematurely with Eric being thrown out of the house, red rose in hand.

In tonight’s second episode, Gina organises her infamous family Thanksgiving celebration, but Joey finds his allegiances tested when he moves into his new home and meets his neighbour.

Now officially a homeowner, Joey walks into his new house for the first time, only to find Gina and a host of other people putting up Thanksgiving decorations. Gina, it seems, plans to organise another of her Thanksgiving celebrations in which Joey, Michael and Alex must act out parts in an emotional mini-play penned by Gina herself.

However, Joey soon receives a more tempting offer –from his new neighbour, Dean. Dean is something of a playboy who, at 50, buys all the same magazines as Joey and owns, as Joey gleefully exclaims, “a parrot with a dirtier mouth than Gina.” Dean invites Joey to a special bachelor’s Thanksgiving party, to be attended by a number of single young women.

When the day arrives, Joey sneaks out of his house where he is supposed to be practising his lines, and slips next door to join the party. There he meets actor George Hamilton, who claims to be a big fan of Joey’s. “I’ve never seen you act before,” explains George, “but I’m a fan of your sexual reputation!” Can Joey resist the temptation of spending time in the company of such like-minded men, or will guilt finally get the better of him?

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joey and the poker (7/23);
joey and the sex tape (8/23)
19.10–20.00

Everybody’s favourite ‘Friend’ Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) is back with a new series of the US spinoff sitcom, with double helpings every Sunday evening. 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 the first of tonight’s double bill, Alex teaches Joey the wrong rules to Texas Hold ’Em poker to distract him from his new love interest. And Michael becomes passionate about saving the planet in order to please his girlfriend.

When Joey takes an interest in a beauty queen he has hired to help decorate his house, a jealous Alex decides to distract him from her by getting him hooked on Texas Hold ’Em poker. In order to keep him interested, she teaches him the wrong rules, so that he thinks he is winning. Gina soon figures out Alex’s ruse but agrees to keep quiet – until Bobbie gets Joey a guest appearance on a celebrity TV poker tournament. With Joey facing ridicule on national TV, Gina urges Alex to come clean: “You’ve got to get down there and tell him what you did!” she says.

Alex is too late to waylay Joey, who takes his place at the table alongside the other celebrities. His unorthodox approach to the game soon raises eyebrows: when he sees a player’s hand has all four suits, he declares it a “Texas Tornado” and starts shaking the table. Joey’s TV appearance ends ignominiously with rap star Coolio putting him in a headlock.

A distraught Alex realises that she will have to explain why she tricked Joey, but does not want him to know that she has feelings for him. Gina assures her it is no big deal, and to prove it she tells Michael and Zach all about it – prompting shock and awe. “Oh my God!” Michael cries. “This changes everything!” Poor Alex will have to face Joey, unless Gina can spare her blushes.

Also in this episode, Michael becomes keen on helping his girlfriend Abby with her efforts to protect the environment, but Joey suspects he is merely trying to impress her – especially when he finds out they have still not slept together.

In the second episode tonight, an old girlfriend of Joey’s threatens him with a sex tape and Zach is nervous about meeting Ellen DeGeneres.

Joey is excited about his forthcoming appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show when he hears that an old girlfriend named Celeste is in town threatening to release a sex tape of him to the press. “I know what’s on that tape! It cannot get out!” he says. Joey is actually referring to what he says on the tape rather than what he does. He asks his friends and family to watch the video, in which a young Joey seduces Celeste – and promises to marry her. “I’ve said a lot of things to get sex,” Joey says, “but the one thing you never ever do is tell a girl you’re going to marry her!”

Joey’s sin is compounded by the fact that he fled Celeste’s house by the fire escape and never saw her again. A contrite Joey offers an apology to Celeste, who tells him that she wants her friends and family to hear it. “You’re going to do it tomorrow, on the Ellen show!” she says.

Also in this episode, Gina and Alex try to think of a way to celebrate Bobbie’s birthday. And Zach is anxious about meeting Ellen DeGeneres again, after making a disastrous appearance on her sitcom ten years before. Ellen has no idea who he is until Zach reminds her of his big scene. “You were the worst actor we ever had on the show!” Ellen cries. “You doremember me!” Zach replies.

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joey and the house (5/23);
joey and the e.s.l. (6/23)
19.10–20.00

Everybody’s favourite ‘Friend’ Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) is back with a new series of the US spinoff sitcom, with double helpings every Sunday evening. 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 the first of tonight’s double bill, Joey decides to spend some of his new-found wealth on a luxurious house, much to Gina’s disapproval, while Alex gives anger management a try.

With the money pouring in from his current movie, Joey has been on a spending spree – Segway machines and a plasma screen TV for “the boring part of the stairs” being just two of his latest purchases. Now he has decided that it would be a good idea to invest some of his money, instead of throwing it down the toilet – literally – and has spotted a house that he is interested in buying.

When Joey and Michael view the house, they cannot figure out why they feel like they have been there before, until the estate agent tells them that it has been used as a location for adult movies! Joey is delighted and decides to put in an offer. “It’s the perfect combination of elegance with a disgusting past!” he exclaims. “It’s me!” Gina, however, is not happy that Joey is making such an extravagant purchase and wrestles the phone off him when the agent calls to tell him his offer has been accepted.

Later, a guilt-stricken Gina resolves to do whatever she can to get the house back for Joey, and is relieved to hear that the seller (guest star Betty White, ‘The Golden Girls’) has rejected the other buyer’s offer. Unfortunately, she is under the impression that Gina is Joey’s wife… and that the ‘couple’ have a young child. Zach promises to help them out by loaning them his girlfriend’s son, but when this falls through and he turns up with an animatronic baby, all hell threatens to break loose…

Also in this first episode, Alex realises that Joey’s view of her as a ‘buddy’ is making her angry. So when Bobbie is forced to seek anger management therapy – for beating up Phil Collins – Alex decides that she could also benefit from a session or two.

In tonight’s second episode, Joey accidentally joins a class for learning English as a second language when he follows a beautiful woman into a classroom, and Gina finds herself in hot water after losing Bobbie a valuable client.

After following the beautiful Maria into a classroom, Joey discovers that he is now in a beginner class for people learning English. Reluctant to give up the opportunity of getting to know Maria better, he decides to chance it and pose as a student – and is soon impressing the teacher with his excellent accent and ability to count to 15 in English. Maria is also taken with Joey’s English skills and agrees to accompany him to a bar after the lesson.

“I am so lucky to be with the smartest guy in class,” she coos. It all seems to be going so well – until a question from the teacher about the subjunctive tense floors the new star pupil. Annoyed that his status as ‘smartest guy in class’ is threatened, Joey resolves to devote his energies to his studies –much to Maria’s chagrin. Can Joey really be trading a beautiful lady for a gold star?

Elsewhere in this second episode, Bobbie is mad at Gina for losing her a valuable client and tells her that she has to find a new one. In desperation, Gina turns to Joey’s hated co-star Lockwood (John Larroquette) and asks him if he is interested in new representation. Joey is unimpressed when Gina’s attempts to win Lockwood over include giving him Joey’s swanky trailer –but there is worse to come…

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