How much money did Joey (Matt LeBlanc) owe Chandler (Matthew Perry) on Friends? One Reddit user proposed this question on the “They Did The Math” subreddit, and it wasn’t long before another Redditor provided an answer.
As Friends fans know, Joey revealed in the Season 8 episode “The One Where Rachel Is Late” that Chandler basically paid for all of his living expenses. Joey calculated the exact total he owed Chandler, and when he saw the huge number, he decided to forgive Chandler for falling asleep during his movie.
But fans never saw Joey’s exact calculations, leaving the mystery of how much money Joey owes Chandler unresolved. Until now, that is.
Redditor ASmileThatKills worked out the math in great detail, factoring in rent, utilities, bills and food. The latter category was particularly costly: “Joey is known to be a huge eater, and add that to the fact that the group goes out to eat constantly; while watching the show you see that not only does chandler cover him every time they get coffee/dinner, he also gives joey money for him to go on all of the dates he constantly goes on; as well as chandler buys all the groceries.”
This Reddit user also noted that Chandler paid for two sets of headshots for Joey, along with acting, dancing, and voice lessons. Add all this together, and Joey owed Chandler $108,760.
But ASmileThatKills soon realized there was more money to consider. After all, Chandler had to replace all of the stolen furniture from their apartment in Episode 2 of Season 4. This added on another $5,500, bringing the total to $114,260.
There is still some controversy over the exact amount Joey owes Chandler on Friends. ASmileThatKills later tacks on another $5,500 for Joey’s hernia surgery when the actor lost his insurance. But Friends fans will recall that Joey ultimately got his health insurance back after playing the role of a dying man (alongside a refusing-to-cry child actor). So Joey likely paid for this surgery, after all. Either way, it’s clear Joey had reason not to stay mad at Chandler for very long.
“Chandler basically funded the living expenses of a full grown man for 3 years in one of the most expensive parts of Manhattan, so it was pretty costly to him” ASmileThatKills concluded.