#29. Phoebe mugged Ross

Published: 4.15.2017
Level: 4  |  Time: 5:05
Accent: American
Source: Friends [S9 E15]

Phoebe mugged (robbed) Ross a long time ago. Now she has to tell him the truth.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video above.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • mug [v] - steal something from people violently
  • traumatic [adj] - shocking, upsetting, hurtful
  • St. Marks Comics [n] - a comic book store
  • heading toward [v] - walking to
  • torts [n] - cakes
  • out of nowhere [exp] - suddenly
  • a thug [n] - a tough guy, a criminal
  • a pipe [n] - a long round piece of metal
  • thirst for knowledge [exp] - wants to learn a lot
  • stab [v] - hurt someone with a knife / poke
  • preteen [adj] - before teenage years
  • nerds [n] - geeks / smart people with poor social skills
  • XXX rocks [exp] - XXX is awesome
  • a confession [n] - admit something (that you did wrong)
  • a dude [n] - a guy
  • a punk [n] - a loser
  • kinda neat [exp] -not part of the group
  • an outsider [n] - a little great / a little cool
  • humiliating [adj] - embarrassing
  • talk for a sec [exp] - talk for a short time
  • go ahead [phv] - continue
  • crap [n] - junk / unvalubale things
  • worth something [exp] - be valuable

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

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Monica Ross Phoebe
  • Monica and Ross are siblings (brother and sister).
  • Ross is a scientist.
  • Phoebe is their friend.

triangle Questions

  1. Why were Phoebe and Ross not hurt when they were mugged? (0:8)
    The mugger got scared.
    Ross protected them.
    Phoebe knew the mugger.

  2. What did Phobe use to do when she was young? (0:18)
    She used to read comic books.
    She used to mug people.
    She used to beg for money on the street.

  3. When was Ross mugged? (0:35)
    When he was walking home yesterday
    When he was in university
    When he was young

  4. Where was Ross mugged? (0:40)
    Near a comic book store
    At a club
    Near his house

  5. What weapon did the mugger use? (1:02)
    A gun
    A knife
    A pipe

  6. What was in Ross's backpack? (1:10)
    Ross's own comic book
    some cake
    a lot of money

  7. What was the name of Ross's comic book hero? (1:14)
    Center Boy
    Star Boy
    Science Boy

  8. What was special about Ross's backpack? (1:53)
    It was green.
    It had a special sticker on it.
    It was really expensive.

  9. How old was Phoebe when she mugged Ross? (2:40)

  10. Phoebe thinks their mugging experience is neat because ____. (3:10)
    Ross was so weak
    it is shared memory from long ago
    because she found his comic

  11. What is in Phoebe's box?
    drugs (4:00)
    things she stole from people
    old books

  12. Why did Phoebe keep the Science Boy comic? (4:42)
    She thought it was good and might be valuable.
    She thought Ross was cute.
    She loved reading comic books.

  13. Why does Phoebe thank Ross> (4:57)
    His comic was educational.
    He forgave Phoebe.
    He bought her a coffee.

triangle Script

All: Hey, hey!

Ross: Hey, you'll never guess what just happened. Phoebe and I got mugged!

Monica: You okay?!

Ross: Yah, because Phoebe knew the mugger!

Monica: How do you know a mugger?

Phoebe: I'm sorry I have friends outside the six of us.

Ross: You wanna know how she knew him? Because Phoebe used to mug people.

Monica: Seriously?

Phoebe: Well, I'm not proud of it, but, you know, sometimes when I was living on the street and I needed money for food and stuff I...

Monica: Well, this must've brought back some really bad memories for you, Ross.

Phoebe: Why?

Monica: Well, Ross was mugged as a kid.

Phoebe: You were?

Ross: Yeah, it was pretty traumatic. It was outside St. Marc's Comics...you know, I-I-I was just there minding my own business, you know, seeing what kinda trouble Spiderman got into that week-

Monica: Wonder Woman!

Ross: Anyway, I was heading towards this bakery, you know, to pick up a couple of dozen Linzer torte for someone... when out of nowhere this-this, this thug with a pipe jumps out and says: "Gimme your money, punk!"

Phoebe: Oh my God...

Ross: I know! And-and the worst part was they took my backpack which had all the original artwork I had done for my own comic book: "Science Boy."

Monica: Oh yeah! Wh-what was his superpower again?

Ross: A superhuman thirst for knowledge. I'd better get to class.

Phoebe: Ok, I think we have a problem here.

Monica: What?

Phoebe: Well, uhm, back in my mugging days, you know, I, uhm, I worked at St. Marc's Comics.

Monica: Yeah?

Phoebe: Well, a pipe was my weapon of choice and, uhm, pre-teen comic book nerds were my meat.

Monica: So?

Phoebe: Well, there was this one kid who had a sticker on his backpack that said-

Phoebe: and Monica "Geology rocks!"

Monica: Oh my God!

Phoebe: I know...I mugged Ross!

Phoebe: Hey, you!

Ross: Hey!

Phoebe: Hey, how was class?

Ross: No one ever asked me that, what's wrong?

Phoebe: Nothing, I really wanna know.

Ross: Oh, well, uhm, there was actually a rather lively discussion about the Pleistocene-

Phoebe: Alright, nothing is worth this. I have, I have a confession to make. Ok, you know that, that girl that mugged you when you were a kid?

Ross: Wh-What're you talking about? It wasn't a girl. It was this-this huge dude.

Phoebe: You don't have to lie anymore, Ross, I know that it was a fourteen year-old girl.

Ross: No, it wasn't.

Phoebe: Yes, it was.

Ross: No, it wasn't. You don't think I would've defended myself against a fourteen year-old...

Phoebe: "Gimme your money, punk!"

Ross: Oh my God, it was you! I can't believe it, you...you mugged me?

Phoebe: Yeah, and I'm so, so sorry, Ross, I'm sorry, but, you know, if you think about it, it's kinda neat. I mean, well, it's-it's just that I've always felt kind of, you know, like an outsider, you know, the rest of you have these connections that like way back and, you know, now, you and I have...have a great one!

Ross: It's not the best!

Phoebe: I know, I'm sorry, please forgive me. I don't know what to say-

Ross: There's nothing you can say. That was the most humiliating thing that ever happened to me.

Phoebe: Really? Even more humiliating than-

Ross: Yeah, let's not do this!

Phoebe: Hey, Ross! Ok, look, I know you're still mad at me, but can I just talk to you for a sec?

Ross: Sure, go ahead. Oh, sorry, sure, go ahead.

Phoebe: I just really wanted to apologize again and...and also show you something I think you'll find very exciting.

Ross: Oh my God, crap from the street?

Phoebe: Look, Ross, in this box are all the things I got from mugging that I thought were too special to sell...or smoke. Anyway, I was looking through it and I found "Science Boy" (She holds up some sheets of paper and hands them to Ross)

Ross: Oh my God. I never thought I'd see this again. It's all here. What, what made you save it all these years?

Phoebe: I can't say, I just thought it was really good...and-and...maybe would be worth something one day.

Ross: You really thought "Science Boy" was worth saving.

Phoebe: Well, yeah...but you should know, I also have a jar of vaseline and a cat skull in here.

Ross: Still, this-this is amazing...Oh my God, thank you, Phoebe.

Phoebe: You're welcome. And thank you for "Science Boy". I learned a lot from him.

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