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The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel 

Chandler tries to get over his fear of commitment. Phoebe poses as Joey's agent after she forgets to tell him about an audition. Ross panics after seeing Ben play with a Barbie doll and tries to convince him to play with more manly toys.

Director:

Steve Zuckerman

Writers:

David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Jane Sibbett ... Carol Willick
Jessica Hecht ... Susan Bunch
Maggie Wheeler ... Janice
Charles Thomas Allen Charles Thomas Allen ... Ben Geller (as Charlie Allen)
John Christopher Allen John Christopher Allen ... Ben Geller (as Jack Allen)
Edo Azran Edo Azran ... Young Ross
Sierra Dawn Hill Sierra Dawn Hill ... Young Monica
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Storyline

Joey misses an important audition because Phoebe forgot to give him the message about it. Phoebe gets him another appointment for the audition acting as his agent. Chandler is afraid to see Janice again because suddenly he scared of the commitment. He wants to get through the tunnel where at the end there is no fear of commitment. Joey gets the job and asks Phoebe to manage his other auditions too. Commitment doesn't scare Chandler anymore but it scares Janice and she leaves. Rachel and Monica help Chandler cope with his feelings because he is on their side of the tunnel now. Phoebe quits her job as Joey's agent because he only gets rejections. Janice gives Chandler another chance. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The doll Ben has is the 1995 Winter Sports Barbie. See more »

Goofs

Phoebe tells Joey that he didn't get a part because he has a terrible Italian accent. But we see later in "The One Where Ross Can't Flirt" that he speaks Italian just fine, and he clearly always has, because he is communicating with his grandmother who doesn't speak English. See more »

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Joey Tribbiani: I've never been through the tunnel myself because the way I understand it, you can't go through it if you have more than one girl in the car but the way I see it, you face your fears same as anything else, you've got a fear of heights, you go to the top of the building, you've got a fear of bugs, get a bug, in your case you've got a fear of commitment so you go in there and be the most committed guy there was
Rachel Green: Amazingly that actually makes sense
Chandler Bing: Really?
Joey Tribbiani: Sure jump off the high dive, stare down the ...
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References The Exploits of Elaine (1914) See more »

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Another So So Episode
17 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

These type of story lines are the worst ones "Friends" do as Monica and Rachel attempt to talk Chandler through his issues with Janice, saying cliché things like "If a woman did, what you did, a guy would be sleeping with someone else by now!!" Plot In A Paragraph: Chandler struggles to show his commitment to Janice and he ends up scaring her off when he goes to far. Meanwhile Ross is upset that Ben is playing with a Barbie doll and Joey asks Phoebe for some help with getting an audition when he fails to get a message in time.

Normally a storyline with Matthew Perry taking centre stage, but this episode misses the mark.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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