During "The One In Barbados" (season nine), Joey asks Rachel why he keeps going after all the wrong girls. In frustration, he asks, "What the hell is my problem?" Later, they kiss, sparking a romance which begins in the final season of the series. In "The One Where Ross Is Fine," Ross asks Joey what's really going on. "Well, you know me!" Joey jokes, brushing off his emotions. When pressed, though, he confesses: "I'm crazy about her."
But when the time comes to do the deed, Joey can't perform. His unsurpassed skills with the ladyfolk completely fall apart. Rachel asks him, "Do you think, on some level, you don't want to take off my bra?" Joey balks, saying "Nah, I don't have another level!" Sound like disavowing trauma, perhaps? He's never able to consummate his relationship with Rachel. He's also the only friend who ends the series single, as he was never able to connect sex, friendship, intimacy, and monogamy.
At least they didn't have him fall in love with one of those babies.
If all of this isn't creepy and dark enough for you, remember he once played Freud in an episode. Obviously, the writers of Friends were incredibly adept at the subtleties of symbolism, and they never underestimated the audience's intelligence. Either that, or they were all ex-cons.
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