Appearances[ edit ] Joey is a member of the Screen Actors Guild ,  having refused to follow in his father's footsteps and become a pipe fitter. Sometime prior to the start of the series, Joey also had appeared in a porn film, as a fully clothed extra.
She immediately got him a film role in the same episode as Al Pacino's " butt double " — a speechless role he later lost due to taking the part too seriously. Joey becomes an "actor-slash-model" when he appears on print ads for the NYC Free Clinic, as a man named "Mario" who has a Venereal disease.
This haunted him again when he appeared in the play 'The King', where he was made fun of due to choking on a cookie. In Season Two, Joey continued his stage work, appearing as "The King" in a poorly reviewed and never-named play. Published reviews of his performance claimed he was "disturbingly unskilled" and that he achieved "brilliant new levels of sucking" in a "mediocre play" with "mindless, adolescent direction".
Drake Ramoray on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. He had initially gone in to read for a one-shot role as a cab driver; it is implied that he got the recurring role of Ramoray by sleeping with the casting director.
Several episodes later, Joey costs himself the Days of our Lives gig when during an interview with Soap Opera Digest , he radically overstates and claims he writes most of his own lines. This angers the show's writers, who out of spite, "kill off" his character by having Dr. Ramoray fall down an elevator shaft. Joey takes this very hard and admits that his role on Days was the best thing that ever happened to him.
The play seems to start out as a conventional drama but ends with Joey's character "Victor" is taken from his apartment by aliens. In Season Five, he is cast in the independent film Shutter Speed, but it is shut down before filming began in Las Vegas.
In seasons 6 and 7, he lands a starring role as Detective 'Mac' Machiavelli in a very short-lived, and very bad cop show called Mac and C. E, which Chandler described as "one of the worst things ever E was canceled halfway through its first season. Eventually, Joey's luck turns when he gets back his role as Dr. Drake Ramoray and even nominated for an award for Best Returning Character, first as a character in coma,  then revived through a brain transplant with another character Jessica Lockhart, played by Susan Sarandon.
Later in the spin-off Joey , it turns out he loses his Role as Dr. Drake Ramoray and has to again hunt for a new job. Later in season 7, Joey landed a supporting role as "Tony", a soldier, in a major film opposite an Oscar-nominated actor named Richard Crosby Gary Oldman.
Facing a dry spell in his career as an actor, Joey is persuaded by Gunther , the manager, to take a job serving coffee. At first Joey tries to hide his new job from his friends, but they eventually figure it out. He does not like the work but, true to his nature, soon finds a way to use his position to meet and ingratiate himself to attractive women by giving them free food, a practice to which Gunther quickly puts a stop. Joey doesn't take his job very seriously and spends a lot of his working hours sitting and talking to his friends.
Eventually he is fired for closing the coffeehouse in the middle of the day to go to an audition while Gunther was running a personal errand. Rachel later persuaded Gunther to give Joey back his job, but once Joey found more steady acting jobs he eventually just stopped showing up. His absence was barely noticed. In a later episode, Joey realizes he forgot to tell Gunther he quit, to which Gunther replied that he would have eventually fired him anyway.
This was later mentioned when Monica goes to a sperm bank. Joey finds to his dismay that his sperm is not very popular. He also worked at the restaurant "Alessandro's" where Monica was head chef , nicknaming himself "Dragon" while on the job. Monica hired him just so she could fire him to intimidate the other employees who paid Monica no respect, but he made a lot of tips and backed out of the deal, only to realize how important his getting fired was to Monica.
He then set himself up to be fired the next day. He spends one episode working with Chandler as an entry-level data processor. He treats the job like another acting role, in which he is "Joseph the Processing Guy" and creates a complex back-story for the character.
Chandler begins to dislike the Joseph character when he starts showing up Chandler at work. Joey eventually leaves after Chandler pretends to sleep with Joey's "pretend wife". He has apparently retained this role until Season Ten, when he performed the ceremony for Phoebe and Mike's wedding, claiming that priests are allowed to ride the subway for free Although he states that the Bible must be read very carefully to identify the passage that permits this. Joey is characterized as a simple-minded but good-natured womanizer who loves food.
He particularly loves meatball sub sandwiches. When asked if he would give up sex or food he had trouble deciding and kept blurting out sex or food, eventually yelling "I want girls on bread! In "The One with the Ride Along", he appears to be saving Ross from a putative gunshot , when it was actually his meatball sandwich that he was trying to save; it just happened to be next to Ross.
He also loves the "Joey Special" — two pizzas. His greed when it comes to food is also shown in the episode " The One With the Birth Mother " where he refuses to call Sarah the next day. When Phoebe asks why, Joey explains how Sarah broke his golden commandment on their date - not to share food. Phoebe's shocked to say the least, but Rachel admits to her how this is who Joey is. Nonetheless, Phoebe makes Joey go out with Sarah again, making him order extra fries should the need arise.
Joey does so, but Sarah really wants to dig in his seafood platter, making him drop his plate to the floor in the process. This makes him explain how "Joey doesn't share food", which she seems to understand.
However, things change course when Joey wants to nibble at her chocolate torte. As he wouldn't share his food with her, she reciprocates and warns him not to touch any of her desserts while she wanders off to take a call. When she arrives, her dessert is pretty much gone; Joey, with chocolate torte all over his face, is at peace with himself, and admits that he's "not even sorry!
He is something of an idiot savant in general, but capable of good ideas when the situation arises; this is alluded to in the episode " The One Where Ross Dates a Student ", when Chandler, referring to Joey, says "A hot girl's at stake and suddenly he's Rain Man " when Joey suggested Ross work out who among his students called him the 'hottie of the paleontology department' by comparing the handwriting of the note to the handwriting in the class essays. In another example, Joey made up an anecdote referred to as the "Europe story" or the "magic story"; apparently, anyone who hears it will immediately want to have sex with the teller.
This is proven to be effective when Rachel successfully uses the story on Ross. As he prides the Tribbiani family for their eating prowess "We might not be [ In season 8, episode 9, Monica is unwilling to cook a whole roast turkey for Thanksgiving dinner as Rachel is pregnant, Chandler refuses to eat Thanksgiving food due to childhood traumas, Phoebe is a vegetarian, and dinner guest Will played by Brad Pitt is on a diet.
Joey's love for Thanksgiving traditions, however, convinces Monica to roast the turkey only under the condition that Joey can eat the entire pound bird in one sitting. When Monica sees him struggle, she says she is only kidding, but Joey perseveres and with a little help of Phoebe's maternity pants, he eventually not only consumes the entire turkey, but has room for dessert afterwards. A similar eating stunt happens in season 9, episode 5, when Joey is left alone at the dinner table in a restaurant after Phoebe's failed birthday dinner, and he is forced to eat six meals by himself.
He finishes them, only to tuck into the birthday cake afterwards. Joey is extremely promiscuous, often relying on his catchphrase pickup line "How you doin'? He regularly sleeps with attractive women, but can never seem to get into a committed relationship - judging from a conversation he had with Chandler at the latter's bachelor party he seems to regard marriage as depressing and restrictive.
He sleeps with many of the interns and extras on shows on which he works. He has apparently been sexually active for a very long time; he undid a year-old girl's bra when he was nine, slept with his teacher in the seventh grade, and had a "wild spring break" when he was In the episode "The One With Joey's Interview", he slept with the interviewer played by Sasha Alexander so what he said about having a life and not watching soaps wasn't published in Soap Opera Digest.
Despite his promiscuous nature towards many women throughout the series, he is highly protective and old-fashioned when it comes to the relationships of his own sisters. While he does not seem to have a problem with his own lifestyle, he repeatedly makes sure his sisters don't go down the same path.
When he finds out in season 3, episode 11 that Chandler drunkenly made out with his sister Mary Angela, he attempts to force the two into a relationship.
Later, in season 8, episode 10, Joey initially attempts to force his younger sister Dina into marriage with her hapless boyfriend upon hearing she's pregnant, but they play into his emotional nature by saying they want to raise the baby independently.
They hug it out while Joey says the baby will "of course have its uncle Joey". While he is not very bright, Joey is a caring and kindhearted person. He let Rachel live with him when she was fighting with Ross, financially supported Monica and Chandler, and helped Phoebe find work when she was unemployed.
He was willing to marry Phoebe and Rachel on the separate occasions he found out that each was pregnant. Joey is also the most physically powerful of the group, being able to easily push Ross over a couch with only one hand, and offering to go to the coffee house to intimidate two bullies into leaving Ross and Chandler alone.
He is a Stephen King fan, having read The Shining several times, as well as being a fan of the film adaptation of one of King's novels, Cujo. He also becomes a fan of the classic novel, Little Women after Rachel asks him to read it to see if it was better than The Shining.
Joey, Ross and Chandler are huge fans of Die Hard. The first time, he moved to his own lavish apartment away from Chandler with whom the psychotic Eddie moved in after he got the role as Dr.
Drake Ramoray on Days of Our Lives , though he moved back soon afterward due to his loss of the role. The other times were when he and Chandler moved into what is usually Monica's apartment, after winning it from her in a game in " The One with the Embryos ". They were later forced back to their own apartment by the girls.
Although Joey dated several women in the series, very few of these relationships were ever particularly serious, his romantic partners rarely appearing for more than one episode. However, despite his great interest in women, Joey has made it clear more than once that his friends were more important to him; when his latest relationship, Janine, stated that she strongly disliked Monica and Chandler, Joey soon broke it off with her despite the fact that he had been trying to win her over for the previous four episodes, telling Janine that Monica and Chandler were like his family and he couldn't be with Janine if she didn't like them.
Joey was originally shunned by Chandler when he came in for a roommate interview, and Joey thought Chandler was gay. Heckles, another building resident, lied to Chandler's originally selected roommate, causing Chandler to have to go with his second choice roommate Joey In "The One with the Flashback" set in , Joey moved in 3 years before although in " The One with All the Thanksgivings " it shows that the gang knew Joey was Chandler's roommate in and he would have been his roommate for quite some time.
Joey's first couple of days involved a brief, mutual attraction to Monica. This subsided and Chandler and Joey quickly became best friends as Joey's carefree lifestyle grew on Chandler.
Later in the series, they bought a chick and a duck together, whom Chandler had named Yasmine and Dick, respectively.
A long-running gag depicted Joey and Chandler occasionally fighting with each other like an old married couple. Joey moved out temporarily when he found success playing Dr.
Drake Ramoray on a soap opera, but soon moved back in after his character was dropped down an elevator shaft. At the end of the series, Chandler and Monica made it clear to Joey that their new house outside the city would have a room for him. While Joey is best friends with Chandler, Ross is a close second although Ross has been referred to as his best friend several times.
At a time when Joey and Chandler had problems, when Chandler had kissed Joey's girlfriend, Joey stopped acting as Chandler's best friend and replaced him with Ross, although this only lasted until Chandler spent Thanksgiving in a box in order to show his remorse and apologize to him. Joey and Chandler have remained best friends ever since.