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The Joey Scene In Friends That Went Too Far

For 10 seasons, we watched the adventures and missteps of our favorite group of mostly dysfunctional "Friends." We laughed at the outrageous situations the gang often found themselves in, like when a pink-dressed Rachel serenaded her ex-fiance and former best friend at their wedding reception. And we cringed when one member of the famous sixsome behaved poorly, like when Chandler kissed Joey's girlfriend, Kathy. While kissing your best friend's partner is pretty high up on the list of friendship taboos, the rest of the group has also committed some unforgivable acts at one time or another.

For Matt LeBlanc's Joey Tribbiani, the unforgivable occurred not on-screen, but instead during a peek into the character's substantial dating history. To be fair, Joey's transgression started with an accident, but it was his response to the error that is as shocking as it is indefensible (which also probably helped make the scene memorably hilarious).

Never let Joey play with fire

In the 14th episode of Season 3, titled "The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner," Chandler makes plans with a woman named Ginger whom he met while waiting for the bathroom at Central Perk. As Ginger leaves the coffeehouse, she spots Joey, who attempts to avoid her by hiding behind a coat rack (David Schwimmer nearly breaks character as he watches Joey hide). Later, when Monica and Pheobe mention that Chandler has a date with Ginger, Joey freaks out ... and then makes a horrible confession.

Years ago, Joey was in a new relationship with Ginger when the two decided to enjoy a weekend at her father's cabin, with Ginger's dog in tow. In the middle of the night, Joey woke to find the fire dying down in the fireplace, so he tosses another log on the fire ... or at least what he thought was a log. Jumping to the obvious conclusion, Phoebe and Monica assume Joey accidentally threw Pepper the dog onto the fire, to which he replies, "I wish." No, it wasn't Pepper that Joey used to boost the flames, it was Ginger's prosthetic leg.

At this point in the story, Joey, while guilty of general stupidity, didn't cross the line into the unforgivable. That came when he realized his error, and instead of waking Ginger to apologize, he instead ran away, leaving her behind with one leg, and never talked to her again. The friends have made some poor relationship decisions over the years, but it's tough to imagine one worse than burning a woman's artificial limb and then abandoning her in a cabin in the woods.