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Joey's Delayed Reaction

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Joey's Delayed Reaction


Joey's Delayed Reaction, also known as Scared Joey and Surprised Joey, refers to a memorable scene from the Friends television series in which character Joey Tribbiani widens his eyes as slowly realizes a key plot detail about his friends Ross Geller and Rachel Green. Starting in the early 2010s, the scene has been used as a GIF reaction, also gaining notable popularity as a part of four-panel reaction memes in late 2019.


On October 4th, 2001, episode two "The One With the Red Sweater" of season 8 of the Friends television series premiered.[1] In the episode, characters Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani (portrayed by Matt LeBlanc) learn a major plot detail about their friends Ross Geller and Rachel Green. After taking a moment, Joey realizes the revelation and reacts by widening his eyes (scene shown below). On November 27th, 2007, YouTube[2] user Christiano Ronaltno uploaded the scene to YouTube, where it gained over 268,000 views in thirteen years.

- Hey, my sweater! I've been looking for this for like a month!
- Oh my god!
- Oh my god!

At an unknown date after April 2nd, 2002, fan website Friendsgeneration[3] posted the earliest known still image of Joey with widened eyes, later reposted on Skyrock[4] and other websites.

On May 15th, 2011, the earliest known reaction GIF based on the scene was posted to Reaction GIFs[5] (shown below).

Joey tribbiani Delayed Reaction gif wide eyes shock surprised friends yelling oh my god


Starting in the early 2010s, the GIF gained significant popularity as a reaction on Tumblr, Twitter and other websites, also appearing in listicles on BuzzFeed[10][11][12] and other websites. For example, on June 21st, 2012, Blogspot[5] account thebestgifsforme included the image in a collection of Friends GIFs. On September 16th, 2013, Redditor[6] PaynoH posted a shorter version of the GIF to /r/reactiongifs subreddit, where it gained over 3,100 upvotes in six months. On the same day, the GIF was reposted on GIPHY[7] and 9GAG.[8]

matt leblanc Joey tribbiani Delayed Reaction gif wide eyes shock surprised friends yelling oh my god rachel green ross geller

On November 20th, 2014, Know Your Meme[9] user João Pedro Brigatti archived a watermarked version of the GIF on the website.

On August 10th, 2019, Redditor[13] George2110 posted the earliest known four-panel reaction meme utilizing still images from the scene (shown below). The post received over 27,200 upvotes in /r/dankmemes in six months. A September 4th, 2019, repost by Facebook[14] group Men's Humor received over 20,000 reactions and 7,300 shares in five months.

When the horror movie finally ends "Based on a true story"

The four-panel format saw moderate use on Reddit in the following months. For example, an October 25th, 2019, post by Redditor[15] NoellePrit in /r/dndmemes received over 25,400 upvotes in three months (shown below, left). A December 6th, 2019, post in 9GAG Facebook[16] group received over 80,000 reactions and 9,400 shares (shown below, right).

Realizing you get to play D&D tonight Remembering you're the DM and haven't done any prep The year ends in less than a month The decade ends in less than a month

Starting in late December 2019 the format saw a significant surge in popularity in the major meme subreddits.

Various Examples

THE POST Trump seeing Trump seeing this in 2017 this now M News World news Donald Trump Iran 'offers $80million bounty for Donald Trump's head' after death of general Iranian authorities have put a bounty on American President Donald Trump's head during the televised funeral of General Qasem Soleimani after he was assassinated last week When you're a car turn signal Realizing WW3 is about to happen Realizing you have more than 1000 hours in Fallout Kid being raised in a Christian household thinking Pre-Marital sex is bad His birthday is 8 months after his parents marriage date
Gen Z realizing they finally get to die World War 3 2020 is gonna be my year Is trending on the 2nd Day When your dad says "See you in 10 years" instead of "See you next decade"


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Tags: joey tribbiani, eyes, wide, reaction, the one with the red sweater, shocked, friends, ross geller, realization, delayed, horror, scared, surprised, matt leblanc, christiano ronaltno, thebestgifsforme, paynoh, joão pedro brigatti, george2110, noelleprit,

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