I loved the bland son. I thought he was hilarious, had good timing and he's so pretty! I think he has serious potential to steal the show.

I went in expecting to totally hate it, and came out wanting to see it next week. Jennifer Coolidge was crazy! Love her. And I love Drea de Matteo as well. The only person I don't really love is Joey...I've never really had it bad for the Joey character. And what's wrong with Matt LeBlanc's eyes? Huge dark shopping bags under there. Is he drinking?

Maggie at September 9, 2004 10:11 PM

I second Maggie- I thought the son was funny as well as cute... but I go for nerds big time. I thought the show overall was great, but I did wonder how they could keep it up with just those characters. I will definitely keep watching until it starts to suck.
Also, I hope they give Jennifer Coolidge a little more to work with in later episodes. She is a great character, but I didn't think her part in this episode was particularly interesting.

parker at September 9, 2004 10:33 PM

I liked the show a lot. Joey has always made me laugh, and I agree about the little nod to the previous show in the end. Nicely underwritten. I wasn't terribly impressed with Drea--maybe it was just her character, but she kind of bored me...I hope they give her more to do the in future.

And I would cut off my ears and eat them to see Jennifer Coolidge in every episode.

Rain at September 10, 2004 12:35 AM

Did the show run past 8:30? I set Tivo to get it, and it ended just as the neighbor pointed out that the ring *was* on her left hand. What was the nod to Friends that I missed?

lewis at September 10, 2004 09:51 AM

I really liked the episode, though I thought some of it was a bit flat. I'm so use to seeing Joey with his friends, that the scenes of introducing characters and setting up the show were pretty stilted. Though, they covered a lot of ground in one episode. Let's face it, Joey is just too cute! I really think it's got a chance, because I've not heard anyone bash it yet (in my unscientific office poll).

j.go at September 10, 2004 10:01 AM

Huh - I guess I am the only one who thought this was just plain awful. I don't think I even chuckled once. Drea de Matteo and Jennifer Coolidge both looked in pain as they tried to get their dialogue out and the kid was so clearly a Chandler/Ross stand-in. Oh well, I also never really liked the character of Joey so maybe I am just biased.

bluebunny at September 10, 2004 10:47 AM

My criteria is a sitcom should make me laugh out loud a couple times and it definitely succeeded there. Even some of the jokes I saw on the previews over and over all summer still made me laugh when I saw them in action. For a pilot to do all that it has to do - introduce the characters, situations, etc... and still make me laugh is admirable.

I guess I am the only person who hated Jennifer Coolidge, though.

Cheri at September 10, 2004 06:55 PM

at the risk of looking like an idiot, i must ask: which one was Jennifer Coolidge? and who is she in real life?

Tobi at September 10, 2004 10:14 PM

Tobi, Jennifer Coolidge plays Joey's agent - she only got like 2 minutes of airtime. In real life, she's been in like the Legally Blonde movies (the hairdresser/nail lady) and the American Pie movies (Stifler's Mom) and some of the Christopher Guest movies like Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Tons of stuff, actually. She actually was in an episode of Friends last year, too - where she played Phoebe and Monica's old friend who acted like she was British.

Cheri at September 10, 2004 10:23 PM

yes! now i know who you're talking about. for some reason i thought she was the neighbor, and i was thinking, "what's the big deal about her?" but now i get it. thanks.

Tobi at September 11, 2004 12:13 AM

For some reason I WANT "Joey" to do well, so maybe that colored my reaction. I was charmed and I laughed. What more can I ask from a sitcom?

Mike at September 11, 2004 10:19 PM
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