Wisdom and Joey are like north pole and south pole. He has been portrayed as an innocent idiot that somehow has his way with the ladies. Also, he is considered the dumbest out of the six friends. That is the way we all see him. But apparently that is not true. In fact not only is is wiser than his friends, he is probably one of the wisest characters on the show. Sounds strange, right? So, below mentioned are some situations with the exact dialogues quoted that will prove that though he was not very knowledgeable academically, he was the one who actually made his friends’ life easier through his ultimate wisdom.
1. When Joey Invents The ‘Friend Zone’
When Ross waited too long to confess his feelings for Rachel and she started going out with someone else, Joey told him that he was friendzoned which turned out to be true at that time.
Ross: “I am not in the zone.”
Joey: “No Ross. You are the mayor of the zone.”
2. When He Revealed Why His Friends Were Hated By Their Bosses
Were the others so dumb? This is unbelievable.
Rachel: “Just come by at lunch so my boss doesn’t see you. Kim will freak out. She doesn’t like me.”
Chandler: “That’s weird. I don’t think my boss likes me.”
Monica: “I don’t think mine likes me either.”
Ross: “Maybe it’ is a universal thing.”
Joey: “Or maybe because you are all hanging around here at 11 :30 on a Wednesday.”
3. When He Made Up His Own Phrase And Justified It
He can totally be a writer and a philosopher because that phrase actually made sense.
Joey: “Rach, the big question is, does he like you? Because if he doesn’t like you, this is all a moo point!”
Rachel: “A moo point?”
Joey: “It’s like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”
Rachel: “Have I been living with him for too long, or did that just make sense?”
4. When He Proved To Phoebe That There Are No Unselfish Good Deeds
You can’t argue with this one!
Joey: “It was a nice thing but it made you feel good, right? That’s selfish! It made you feel good so that makes it selfish. Look, there are no unselfish good deeds. Sorry.”
5. When He Put The Others To Shame By Being The One To Solve A Simple Problem
When broken radiator led to Monica and Rachel’s Christmas party to be a heat fest, no one in the entire party thought about this simple solution to the problem.
Joey: “You mind if I turn the heat down? The knob was broken, so I turned it off from underneath. I hope that’s all right.”
6.When He Helped Ross Find Out Who His Secret Admirer Was By His Logic
He could be a part of the CBI with this power!
Ross: “ I wish I knew but the evaluations are anonymous.”
Joey: “Do you still have your final exams?”
Joey: “Then you can match the evaluations to the exam with the handwriting and boom, there’s your admirer.”
7. When He Proved That He Was The Master of English Grammar
Ross is the one always correcting people’s grammar. Seems like Mr. Tribbiani is nothing less than a language pro.
Ross: “What’s important is, we are having a baby, not who came on to who.”
Joey: “That’s right.”
8. When He Became The Best Relationship Adviser Ever
When Chandler is scared that things are moving fast with Janice and he doesn’t want to screw things up because of his fear of commitment, Joey swoops in for the rescue!
Joey: “But it seems to me it’s pretty much like anything else. Face your fear. You have a fear of heights? Go to the top of the building. You have a fear of commitment? So I say you go in there and you be the most committed guy there ever was.”
9. When He Did Not Lose His Calm In A Tense Situation
He didn’t panic when he and Ross got stuck up on the roof. In fact it was his idea that got them rescued.
Joey: “All right, well, I guess we know what we have to do to get down.”
Ross: “Help us! Please, help us! We’re stuck up on the roof and we can’t get down!”
Joey: I was thinking we would just go down the fire escape.”
10. When He Used Knowledge That Was Gathered From Actual Science Shows
It’s not just ‘Baywatch’ and porn that Joey watches! Apparently he is familiar with Discovery Channel too. In ‘The One With The Jellyfish’ when Monica gets stung by some sea creature, Joey gives some advice he learnt from some science channel and helped his friend.
Joey: “You’ are gonna have to pee on it.”
Joey: “Don’t blame me. I saw it on the Discovery Channel.”
11.When He Gave Chandler Advice Against Breaking Up A Family
When Chandler finds out that Janice is cheating on him with her ex-husband and asks Joey for advice, it shows Joey’s values as he hates splitting up a family. He gives the same advice to Chandler.
Joey: “They have a kid together. They’re like a family. If there is a chance they can make that work. I wouldn’t want to be the guy who stood in the way.”
Is there any other incident that proves his wisdom? Please share your feedback in the comment section.