FRIENDS Analysis: Joey Tribbiani’s Soulmate is Lydia

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Dim-witted characters get taken advantage of… a lot. No where is this truer than with Joey Tribbiani — another tragic figure in the roster of Friends. So many people take advantage of Joey, from his tailor molesting him to his first “girlfriend” when he moved to the city (the one with the Adam’s apple) to the casting director of Days of Our Lives (DOOL).

Frequently, Joey is used by women, but his dim-wittedness leads him to believe it’s the opposite. Consider how many women Joey brings back to his apartment… they know where he lives, but how many make an effort to return? Joey is an actor, something most women on the show immediately discredit (see Lydia’s mother), and most don’t see Joey as a long-term romance (see Erin [aka Charlotte from Sex in the City]).

There’s even evidence of women seeking Joey for a slice of his stardom. When Joey uses his role of Dr. Drake Ramoray to entice women, it’s really the opposite and women sleep with Joey knowing full well he was on DOOL. Just look at his stalker, Erika (Brooke Shields), Rachel in the ‘What-If’ episode, and even Lauren (Kate’s understudy) who leads with, “I scheduled my classes around Days of Our Lives.”

 

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We’re led to believe that Joey is a ladies man… but for the first 3 seasons, the alleged womanizer has an extremely hard time picking up women. All of them provide a certain challenge or obstacle, and it’s only when Kate Miller destroys him that he loses all hope of finding love and becomes a genuine womanizer.

That’s the tragedy of Joseph Francis Tribbiani Jr., he is a hopeless romantic used for his good looks and ‘fame.’ Yet he doesn’t waver. For the longest time, he continues pursuing women because, more than anything else (more than sandwiches, jam, and sex), Joey wants kids.

Joey Tribbiani

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1. Background

Based on concrete evidence from the seasons, here’s what we know about Joey.

  • He believes in monogamy

In The One with the Boobies, Joey’s dad comes to visit and it’s revealed he’s having an affair. This is a crushing blow to Joey who forces his dad to either break it off with Ronni (the girlfriend) or come clean with his mother. During this episode, Joey confesses to Chandler, “I’m always going out with all these women. And I always figured, when the right one comes along, I’d be able to be a stand-up guy and go the distance, y’know?” This shows that Joey believes in the prospect of marriage… and it’s not the only time either.

In The One with the Giant Poking Device, Joey tells Chandler about Janice and her ex-husband’s affair. Contrary to what Chandler thinks, Joey actually tells him to bow out, knowing that if Janice and her ex can reunite their family, then Chandler shouldn’t be the other guy that gets in the way.

And, of course, in The One with the Home Study, Joey is willing to beat (with a bat) whoever is in Monica’s apartment cheating on Chandler.

  • He’s a family man

 

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Joey is very protective of his family and friends… and other people’s families. First of all, Joey is the beacon for all his sisters and he tries to make sure they make good choices and aren’t taken advantage (like when Chandler fools around with two of them).

Additionally, Joey freaks out (to a degree) more than Chandler when he finds out Ross kissed Chandler’s mom.

Furthermore, and this coincides with the aforementioned monogamy point, in The One with Monica’s Boots, Joey’s sister Dina is pregnant, so what does he do? He drags the boyfriend, Bobby, to his apartment and begins to officiate a wedding.

  • He’s not that macho; he’s romantic

First of all, Joey is the only Friend to build a career on an art form. Joey romanticizes the life of an actor. When he explains it to Rachel; when he tries to dissuade Ben from an audition; when he talks to Lydia’s mother. He always says, “I’m an actor” with a grin and a wistful look in his eyes.

 

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Joey, who probably would’ve been more suited to the pipe-fitting business (of his father’s), follows his pipe dream to be an actor despite the amount of pressure his family (not just his father) put on him, “When they were all over you to go into your father’s pipe-fitting business, did you cave?”

Furthermore, and to me this is most telling, in The One with the Chicken Pox, Joey reimagines his life since he’s put to work for Chandler as a data processor. Joey’s fabricated life reveals that he’s married (to Karen) with two little girls — not even boys, as his macho exterior would suggest. Then, of course, he quits when Chandler has an affair with Karen (attacking his monogamous values).

All these things lead to why Joey dates women at all instead of having one-night stands. He wants to be married, he wants kids, he wants a family. This is why Lydia is his soulmate, but you can see this unfolding in each of his relationships.

2. Joey Tribbiani’s Type

Joey has less of a “type” and more of “phases” he goes through. In seasons 1-3, he’s a “Hopeless Romantic,” but after Kate Miller crushes him, he turns into a womanizer for seasons 4-8. By seasons 9 and 10, when Joey’s not making a last-ditch effort for romance, he’s a caricature of his former self.

Joey as a Hopeless Romantic (1-3)

 

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Joey doesn’t become a womanizer until after Kate Miller. Watching the first 3 seasons, you rarely see any of Joey’s one-night stands. We hear of them, but never see them and, by not depicting his sexcapades, we’re detached from the emotional havoc he’s allegedly wrecking upon these women.

So when Joey does have a relationship story line, it’s with women he has to work for; put a genuine effort in to date… and they often punish him for his romantic advances.

  • Ursula

Joey doesn’t try to seduce Ursula, he actually wants a genuine and meaningful relationship with her. Of course, she punishes him by lying about her feelings, not calling him back, and treating him… well, the way he treats women in later seasons — womanizers are made, not born.

  • Angela Delveccio

This is one of the often overlooked girls Joey dates. We first see her in The One with the East German Laundry Detergent as a girl Joey dated, dumped, but now wants her back. The ‘obstacle’ is she’s dating someone else, so Joey enlists Monica to help break them up. Based on that information alone, this appears to be a carnal affair… but it’s not.

 

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Angela and Joey had a legitimate relationship as Chandler later recounts (3 seasons later in The One with the Dirty Girl), “What did you get Angela Delvaccio for her birthday?” To which Joey responds, “She didn’t have a birthday while we were going out?” to which, Chandler reveals, “For three years?!”

Joey actually had something with this woman, making his desire to win her back all the more noble. No doubt, Joey saw a future with Angela; hope that they may be compatible to have a family and that’s why he wants to win her back.

  • Sandy

In The One with the Monkey, Joey picks up a single mom who brings her kids to the New Year’s party. Throughout the episode, Joey is not offput by the children, but rather puts them before Sandy. She starts making lewd comments about mentally undressing Joey as an elf, and Joey feels that’s inappropriate talk for children.

No where is Joey’s compassion for children more pronounced than in this episode, when the two children fall asleep and Joey tucks them in while Sandy fools around with another guy (Max). Joey puts the kids first.

 

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Despite episodes (see The One with all the Cheesecakes) of Joey putting sex before friends, Joey put kids before sex… and this isn’t the only time this happens either…

Joey proposes to Phoebe when he finds out (however untrue) that she’s pregnant in The One with the Red Sweater. Joey puts family (and the prospect of kids) first. Humorously, in that same episode, Joey proposes to Rachel when he discovers she’s pregnant (and this is before the subplot of the Joey and Rachel romance). And… truthfully, this is why I think Joey starts having a crush on Rachel at all. It’s less sexual and more about starting a family with someone he was friends with first.

The “friends first” is a concept Monica and Chandler allude to in The One with the Cop (Season 5). Joey fears that he’s in love with Monica, but she (and Chandler) tell Joey he envies the intimacy… something that, by this point in the series, he’s lost hope of ever achieving. They tell Joey to build a foundation and be friends first. Who does he turn to, but Rachel… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

  • Kate Miller

Kate Miller is the last woman Joey dates where he believes there could be something more. Their last night where they’re truly together, they don’t have sex, they talk. Kate and Joey are on an even level… she even makes Joey repent for all the one-night stands he’s had in the past.

 

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So when she leaves Joey… he’s crushed. He’s genuinely torn and believes that he cannot/will not find love. This transforms Joey from the hopeless romantic to full-blown womanizer.

Joey as a Womanizer (4-8)

Season 4 marks Joey’s initial descent. Starting with Kathy, Joey dates two other women at the same time. When he talks about getting her a birthday present, it’s nothing romantic, but rather a coupon and a pen. This is the guy who previously took the amputee to a cabin in the woods; who took Ursula to the Ice Capades, bought her a nice sweater for her birthday, and planned on taking her to the Rainbow Room; who (with Erin) fantasizes about surprising her with a bed and breakfast in Vermont.

He is not invested in Kathy; he’s not invested in any of these women. He sleeps with a stripper, a bridesmaid, the girl who punches him, Janine (the dancer) and Susan Sarandon.

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The only relationship that was actually meaningful was Erin.

  • Erin (Charlotte from Sex in the City)

In The One with Ross’s Library Book, Erin is Joey’s latest fling, and this episode reinforces everything Joey holds dear. By this point in the series, Joey feels undeserving of love or that it’s simply “not-in-the-cards” for him. Every romantic endeavor since 1994 has ended in flames, so he has stopped trying altogether.

He tells Rachel to tell Erin he’s not looking for anything serious, but Rachel decides to play matchmaker. After she re-sets Joey up on a date with Erin, Joey’s desire of a family and having a serious relationship is rekindled. He sees the long-term and openly confesses, “We have so much in common! She loves sandwiches, sports — although she is a Met fan. Not much of an issue now but if we ever have kids…”

However, this relationship, like so many others, crumbles because Erin doesn’t see a future with Joey, and this provides a great deal of insight into Joey’s love life. Women don’t see Joey as a long-term romance either. Most are probably like Erin, and are relieved when Joey calls it off so they don’t have to.

 

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Just look at Erin exchange with Rachel and Phoebe:

Erin: Look, he’s a really great guy… but I just don’t see this having a future.
Rachel: But you said that you liked him! I mean what happened?!
Erin: I’m sorry I… It’s just there’s no real spark.
Phoebe: No spark? Didn’t you sleep together?
Erin: Yeah.

If Erin is symptomatic of all the one-night stands Joey has — which for all intents and purposes she is — then this shows the sex is not one-sided. Erin doesn’t mind she slept with Joey, she got what she wanted as much as Joey did. The difference is Joey wants more and can’t have it.

When Rachel tells Joey that Erin’s not interested, he responds with, “It’s cool… Y’know I’m a loner too!” but there’s nothing less sincere. This only evidences why he is the way he is.

This is also a core reason why Joey dates Charlie Wheeler. Erin is representative of all Joey’s one-night stands… so he dates a woman above his class (or intelligence) because she should know what she’s getting into. Joey trusts Charlie’s judgement that this is a real relationship and puts significant effort into dating her.

 

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Joey as a Caricature (9, 10)

In seasons 9 and 10, Joey is a shadow of his former self. He objectifies women for objectifying women’s sake. He wants to sleep with Ross and Rachel’s nanny only because he can’t have her; in The One with the Sharks, Joey can’t remember if he already slept with the woman in the familiar apartment. This is Joey at rock bottom. Women are interchangeable. They are literally shapes without faces or names. And he now treats women the way women like Kate and Ursula treated him.

He even puts food above women at this point, in The One with the Birth Mother where Joey “doesn’t share food.”

One of the worst moments is a throwaway line in The One with Rachel’s Dream where Rachel asks:

Rachel: Is this the bed where Olivia lost her virginity?
Joey: I don’t know, but one of the extras sure did.

His romance with Rachel is sparked because it’s a last ditch effort for a family with a woman he still sees as a person.

The only other female Joey bonds with is Mackenzie (Dakota Fanning) in The One with Princess Consuela. In their scene, Joey says, “if Monica and Chandler move out here… and now Phoebe is married to Mike, that just leaves me and Ross and Rache, you know what I mean? … I feel like I’m losing my friends.” Noticeably, when Joey feels like he’s losing his friends, the one person he finds comfort in, is a child.

3. Joey Tribbiani’s Soulmate is Lydia

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She’s even got the Joey expression down.

Lydia from The One with the Birth is Joey’s soulmate because she represents everything Joey holds dear. She’s having a baby and Joey is prepared to start a family. She fights with Joey — no doubt an emulation of his Italian household. And, perhaps most interesting, she puts up a front to mask how she feels as Joey does daily with the one-night stands.

During the contractions, Joey asks:

Joey: Yeah, so, uh, so, uh, what’s the deal with this father guy, I mean, if someone was havin’ my baby somewhere, I’d wanna know about it, you know?
Lydia: Hey, Knick fan, am I interested in your views on fatherhood? Uh, no.
Joey: Ok, look, maybe I should just go.
Lydia: Maybe you should.

And although Lydia doesn’t give Joey any indication that she wants him to stay, Joey returns. He fights for what he wants. It’s an active approach to dating that we only see in the first season; this diehard effort to be with a woman he cares about.

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He even fluffs her pillow while he’s arguing with her — that’s how damn much he loves her.
  • Joey does the same for Melanie (fruit basket lady), by not getting his needs met first.
  • Joey does the same for Lorraine (The One with the Candy Hearts), by ensuring there’s a date for her friend.
  • Joey does the same for Annabelle (The One with the Breast Milk), by having a Mexican standoff against the cowboy.

Joey abandons his friends in the hospital to help Lydia give birth and he’s actually attentive. When he does return to Carol’s delivery room, he’s practically an expert, “Relax. You’re only at nine centimeters. And the baby’s at zero station.” In fact, the only thing that stops Joey from pursuing Lydia… is his stance on monogamy.

When Joey returns to Lydia’s room, the father is there. And just like with his own father, and Janice with her ex-husband, Joey bows out — unwilling to be that guy. His morality is his downfall; why his story ends without romance.

Worst of all, at the end of the episode, when the father of Lydia’s child says, “The Knicks suck,” Lydia retorts, “Eh, they’re not so bad,” meaning Joey wouldn’t have the problem he had with Erin.

 

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-Fin.

PS. I can’t in good conscience include this in the analysis since it wasn’t intentional… BUT, if I wanted to, there’s a decent chance that Lydia is the reason Estelle hires Joey considering this is how they met.

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Meaning Lydia is the reason Joey is able to pursue a career in acting.

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27 Comments on FRIENDS Analysis: Joey Tribbiani’s Soulmate is Lydia

  1. Wow, this actually took me complete off guard. I’ve never thought about Joey this way. I’ve been refreshing all June 30th for this and it definitely didn’t disappoint!
    You were right when you said his analysis was going to be really sad!
    Great as always. I can’t wait for Chandler’s!

    • Thank you so much for reading (and writing back)!

      Yeah, sorry about the delay, the trouble was finding pictures. Seems the only ones on Google are Joey making faces or eating food, haha!

      I’ll try and finish Chandler’s faster.

      Thanks again!

  2. Very well thought and written. But I would like to think that Phoebe made a better soul mate than Lydia. Phoebe and Joey had a great bond throughout the series and I am sure one episode does not a soul mate make. Phoebe also has all the characteristics which you have pointed out in Lydia i.e. Family Oriented, shares a great friendship etc which would have made for a great partnership with Joey. I guess the writers did not want to pair off all the Friends so they never showed any romance between the two and made it more of a Protective (Brother/Sister, Father/Daughter) bond. Which is a shame really because I feel they could have given each other exactly what the other wanted.

    • You’re absolutely right. Joey and Phoebe, moreso than Monica and Chandler or Ross and Rachel, made sense.
      There was a while where I thought about making the analysis of those two but here’s why I didn’t.

      I think that Phoebe’s soulmate is David. In that analysis, it shows the reason she’s against dating Joey — he puts sex above intimacy, i.e. he would rather date Ursula than go to Phoebe’s birthday party. Even though we know Phoebe is very sexually active as well, she always chooses intimacy over passion — as seen when she dates the fireman and the school teacher.

      Then, there’s The One with the Halloween Party, where Sean Penn dates Ursula. I think this episode is a good example of why it wouldn’t work with Joey and Phoebe. Sean Penn dates Ursula and then moves on to Phoebe… but it doesn’t work because he still sees her as Ursula. I think this was meant to show why it would never work between Phoebe and Joey — too much baggage from Ursula. (It’s one thing to have your brother’s kids, it’s another to have your soulmate think your twin sister is hotter.)

      In the end, I know that it’s a stretch to make for Joey’s soulmate a character who’s only been in 1 episode. Even my other analyses had characters that were in 3-4 different episodes. But for Joey, I really think this works.
      When I initially started writing it, I thought — for sure — it’s Kate since that’s a real romance and character arc for Joey. But in the end they both want VERY different things. Same with Ursula, Janine, and any girl Joey dates for multiple episodes. So it does come down to values, wants, and desires. Of all the women in Joey’s repertoire, Lydia matches everything from what I’ve seen… plus, like I said, I can’t include it in the analysis, but it would be a hell of a theory if Lydia told the nurse (Estelle) to represent Joey. It would explain why Estelle only had 2 clients… because her full time job was nurse…

      Anyway, that’s why, but I do agree with you in regards to their bond and being a good match. Like you said, they obviously didn’t want to pair off all 6 friends at the end, but in fairness, Joey and Phoebe made the most sense. Thank you for reading, and thank you for writing!

      • I’m so very sorry to reopen this post because it’s been a while and I didn’t want to bother anyone, but I had to comment on this. I just rewatched this episode, and I agree with your stance on Lydia; as someone whose seen the series front to back a gazillion times, Lydia still makes the most sense. On a different note, I am actually very anti-Joey-and-Phoebe because this is how I see it: I think the creators and writers hit it on the nail when they said in an interview that they wanted at least 1 set of friends to stay friends so that there was a balance. It’s no secret that Joey and Phoebe are the 2 most eccentric characters of the 6, and I feel that with Joey’s crazy personality and Phoebe’s crazy personality, sooner or later they would drive each other crazy. I don’t know if this is a valid piece of evidence, but if we remember from that episode where Phoebe was trying to teach Joey French for his audition, we see that Joey’s way of learning clashed with Phoebe’s way of teaching. That’s why I also happen to think that Mike was actually the perfect person for Phoebe; for me, David was too extreme in the other direction. Yes, he was brainy, but he was too brainy. Mike wasn’t David’s level intellectually, but he was normal and calm enough to harmonize with Phoebe. That’s my logic for Lydia and Joey. Either way, it’s a shame they didn’t end up bringing Lydia back. The minute she said “Eh, they aren’t so bad” and Joey walked away, I could’ve sworn a little piece of me died. In addition to the baby’s father being an apparent jerk, I think she and Joey really could’ve had something special.

        • Thanks for reading and I appreciate your own analysis.

          As you know, I’m not a huge Mike fan, but I don’t hate him and I do love Paul Rudd. Plus, I do like that they actively had someone marry out of the group. Mike was practically a Gunther of recurring appearances — which I think is pretty bold even by today’s standards.

          I wish they brought Lydia back or the love of children more to forefront with Joey. I haven’t watched the 2 seasons of “Joey” spin-off, but I saw someone’s YouTube video of the highlights and their was a humorous sequence where, I guess Joey hooks up with a girl, but then he goes to an audition and the girl he hooked up with is auditioning for his daughter and he’s super freaked out by it because… well, I guess obvious reasons.

          It’s almost enough to make me watch it if Matt LeBlanc further explores that “children” route. But yeah, Lydia was such a good match, being an authoritative figure that could argue with the best of Joey’s Italian family, but wanted Joey for that emotional connection.

          … and yeah, they just gloss over the fact that the “baby-daddy” is a total deadbeat.

  3. I’ve always thought Rachel and Joey were much more suited than Ross and Rachel. Particularly, after the One in Barbados where Joey laughs at Erectus and Rachel laughs at homo.

    • I wholeheartedly agree that they’re more suited to each other than Ross and Rachel… For me though, I thought they were better friends. When Rachel and Joey became roommates, they became the highlight of the show… so when they tried to push it further, it rubbed me the wrong way… and then the characters could never really go back to how they were before.

  4. I love your articles.. especially you mentioning the shift that happens in the span of the 10 seasons…

    I , like many other, am waiting for your article on Chandler who happens to be my favorite. 🙂 When you’re writing about Chandler, do remember the sibling gender dynamics.. Ross & Monica (half and half as in a male and a female), Rachel ( all females, odd number and Rachel as the middle child, hence her aberration), Phoebe ( a identical twin in appearance but not in spirit), Joey (a male and is it 8 or 9 sisters!!!) and Chandler (the only child) ,,,

    One of the interesting things about this series is their ability or attempt to squeeze in as many opposing personalities, social classes, dispositions and try to make them work- even to the point of avoiding the “textbook tendency”. Chandler who is the only child is noticeably the most generous of them all, in terms of money- Him consistently footing bills for Joey and his initiative in “adopting” Joey .. isn’t Joey , Chandler’s first adopted child?

    • Oh good, I’m not off-base then if you think so too!

      I agree and that’s the basis for Chandler’s (almost done), but I didn’t know if I was being totally objective since, coming off Joey’s, I have “kids” on the mind, but I did some research on children of divorce and only-childs, and you’re right! Chandler’s generosity is largely a result of that.

      And Joey being his adopted child is the basis for why he ends up with Monica instead of his soulmate.

      Still shooting for September 1st to have this one done by.

      Thanks for reading!

  5. wow, just wow. I never saw Joey this way, I considered him equal to characters like Cheers’ Sam Malone and HIMYM’s Barney, but after reading this, I will never see him the same. since friends came to Netflix I have watched it 4 times through, now I’m watching it again, with a greater appreciation for Joey!

    • Thank you and likewise! Joey used to be my least favorite character.

      I think his soulmate article is one of the more fun ones to reread (for me anyway) since he doesn’t wind up with anyone at the end.

      No matter what, all the others come across as “the show got it wrong” but with Joey’s I feel like it’s real closure

  6. I enjoy these reads, and this one seems logical, but one thing comes to mind. In the pilot, when the guys are in Ross’ apartment, Joey says “what are you talking about, ‘one woman’?…”. But I guess the characters were still finding their footing, and in a sense, characatures themselves.

    • Agreed! I think you can chalk it up to Joey trying to console Ross too. I mean, who hasn’t had their heart ripped out by someone and then had their friends tell them that that person was always awful and there are plenty of other fish in the sea — just to cheer you up.

  7. I would say that Joey is invested in Janine…he pursues her, fights for her, and breaks up with her because he is more concerned about his relationship with his friends than his relationship with Janine. When it’s clear that Janine is never going to get along with Chandler and Monica, there’s only one choice for Joey.

    • I think of Janine the same way I do the lesbian nanny Ross and Rachel get, where he just wants her because he “can’t” have her. It’s somewhat alluded to with the whole “Imagine you live at the super market,” joke/analogy.

      Other than the physical attraction, it didn’t seem like Joey and Janine had a connection — just my opinion though.

  8. I loved your observation about change in Joey’s character after season 3 although i would recommend that you might also consider that inconsistency in the character sketch had a lot to do with Joey’s change in behavior and womanizing ways! As the show progressed, many traits of Joey’s were over-exaggerated! From his dim-wittiness to his womanizing ways, all of them were being used just for comic relief! The writers made Joey says extremely insensible things just for some laugh! It was like Joey had not even attended any school in his whole life!

    • Agreed. I mean, especially considering they probably rotated writers out and people boiled the “supporting” cast down to their rudimentary form. What is Joey? He’s a dumb, hot guy. But yeah, the analysis is there to try and make that a part of his character rather than “poor writing”.

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Wow, this one was very insightful… I never thought it from that angle about Joey subconsciously wanting kids more than anything.. though yes he does come across as the most caring and loyal member of the group and a completely family oriented guy inspite of his womanizing ways.. probably why the character got so much love from the audience. I guess pretty much everyone assumed that he was a great guy but just needed the right woman to bring out the best from within him.
    The episode of Lydia and Joey was actually very well done, we got to see a different side of Joey, the applause he received at the end of the scene (when he leaves the balloons on the door and walks away slowly) made me feel that everyone unanimously liked the whole storyline and it would have been amazing to see Lydia make a reappearance in the series at some time. It’s strange that they didn’t follow up with it at that time, but then again, in the beginning they always intended to pair Monica with Joey.
    Wish there hadn’t been the spin-off Joey so we could have seen how the writers intended to give this beloved character a happy closure, as the last episode, with Chandler and Joey parting ways left me more misty eyed than anything else. (Though it was beautifully done)

    • Yeah, I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and watch “Joey” but I am kinda curious. I’m sure the reason they canceled it was probably ratings, but I remember reading that the creators thought it was getting too “serious”, so if that’s true I’d be far more interested. That said, I remember watching a YouTube video of the highlights and even though most of it was awful, it looks like there’s a storyline where he sleeps with a woman and then it turns out she’s auditioning for the role of his daughter in a movie and he’s very emotionally conflicted — that looked/sounded hysterical.

      I don’t wanna hop too deeply into “fan fiction” territory but I always hoped that the 10th season would be more of a “new beginning” than an ending. I wanted Ross and Rachel to get together super early, Monica and Chandler to move into a house where the gang would hang out, and Joey to move into Mon/Chan’s apartment where the paparazzi spy on him the way they used to do on Ugly Naked Guy, making Joey an internet sensation… Okay, I made that last part up, but my main thing is I wished it felt like the characters would continue living in the world we knew… vs the finale which felt like it was genuinely the end of everything.

  10. I don’t agree with this choice for Joey. I would go as far as to say that Joey didn’t have a soulmate on the show. A real soulmate for Joey would have been a female replacement for Chandler. Such a character has never been written.

    • You are entitled to your opinion, but I feel there’s more than enough evidence to sustain that Joey falls in love with anyone with kids, but it’s his own chivalry (not wanting to break up families) that always stops him from finding happiness.

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