Anybody else think Phoebe from Friends was very intelligent?Watch
she didn't have the same childhood as the others, growing up on streets and fending for herself. tbh she is really street smart. although, like you said, that one ep showed that she would have worked at merril lynch (dunno if i spelt it correctly) so yea, shows she has great business woman powers and is very intellectual (she was arguing about stocks etc)
i realise i have just repeated you LOL oops
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i also feel that joey is portrayed as stupid in the later seasons :/ like season 1 he wasn't shown as dumb or anything, then season 10 he has to get advice for a little girl found that a drastic change
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I feel like he would of made a great parent. The Rachel storyline shows he was capable of settling down. They could of done a storyline where he knocks up a girl he had a few dates with but he actually ends up falling in love with her and they end up staying together. The only problem is that meant they ended each character's story by pairing them off with kids which is just a bit boring so maybe they could've left it with Joey finding out he was going to have a baby.
I think it was less of a character change and more the fact that throughout the series each of the character's defining traits got slowly dialled up to 11. Joey has always been shown to be a bit dense in some degree (in one of the flashback episodes when Chandler was first advertising the spare room Joey moved into, Joey heard "Chandler Bing" on the voicemail and exclaimed "woah, short message!", it just got hammed up and up as the show went on. The same goes for the whole cast as the series went on, their defining traits all got stronger and larger than life. For me the difference is how their traits and defects got resolved- Ross' obsession with his career ended with him getting tenure and his string of disastrous relationships was ended when he finally reconciled with Rachel, Chandler went from being portrayed as an emotionally stunted manchild to a proud father, Monica went from a clean freak desperate for a child to a contented mother, Rachel progressed from a spoiled brat to a successful businesswoman who finally resolved her feelings for Ross, and Phoebe was able to find true happiness while remaining as nutty as ever. Joey is the odd one out here, his character never had any real resolution, to the bitter end he was consulting children for life advice and trying to get a sex swing for his guest room. I can see them wanting to show some things never changing, but leaving Joey completely unresolved is pretty unsatisfying compared to the way the other stories were neatly tied up. Plus it meant the TV show Joey was allowed to happen
Anyway with regards to Phoebe in the OP yeah I thought she was intelligent - I really admired her as a character.