Joey moves to L.A. (by way of Dallas) to pursue his acting career. He's been offerred two parts: The starring role
in a new cable cop show, "Blue Wall," and a male nurse in "Nurses." His choice is "Blue Wall." He settles into his
new California life with the help of his sister Gina and her 20 year old son, Michael. Michael lives with his mom but
wants to move in with Joey, which upsets Gina. Joey's show is dropped. His agent (Bobbie) gets him an audition to host
an entertainment news show, but blows it when he can't look into the right camera. Joey meets his pretty neighbor, Alex,
and doesn't realize at first that she's married.
Gina can't let go of Michael and tries to hang out with him all the time. He and Joey plan a night out
without her so Joey can teach Michael about women; Gina foils their plans. Joey keeps getting critical notes
from the building supervisor about his belongs and behavior. This bothers him, especially when he finds out
that the super is his neighbor, Alex.
Joey is feeling lonely, so he throws a party to get to know his neighbors, especially Jake. Jake and Gina take an
interest in each other, but Jake's only looking for a one-night stand, so Joey decides he doesn't want to be friends after
all. Michael gets Alex to be his fake date for the party, to compete with his friend, Seth, who's bringing his new
girlfriend. Joey tentatively accepts a friendship with Howard, an over-exhuberant neighbor who was a big fan of Joey's
Days of Our Lives character.
Joey is having a hard time meeting women, so he joins Michael's book club; Michael is upset when the girl he likes
wants to date Joey. Gina wants some famous hair clients, so she gets Joey to take her portfolio to Bobbie (his agent).
She isn't going to help, but really likes the hair model (Michael). Gina does Alex's famous friend's hair before a big
premier, but the woman changes it before hitting the red carpet.
Joey auditions for a Shakespeare play and gets selected to be the understudy. At first
he's disappointed but Michael helps him realize it's a great opportunity. He realizes
he's taken things too far when he understudies for three different shows, and all three
need him to perform on the same night. Bobbie helps Joey come up with a plan to pull
it off. An apartment in Joey's complex becomes available; Michael and Joey are worried Gina
will want to move in, so they try to keep her from finding out. Joey's friend Howard is
torn between his desire to hang out with Joey and his desire to have Gina live there.
Michael is sick and Gina is thrilled, since it gives her an excuse to take care of him. Since Gina is staying at
Joey's, he stays at her place and finds out about Gina's secret boyfriend, Roger. Roger turns out to be a loser.
Joey blows several auditions because another actor (Brian Michael David Scott) repeatedly fools him into doing
stupid things; Bobbie helps him wise up. Joey keeps a diary.
Joey realizes he never returned his rental car after buying a car of his own; he continues forgetting. Gina's
frustration with her boss and Michael's persistence convince Joey to offer her money to start her own salon. She
realizes a salon of her own isn't really what she wants. Alex's husband (Eric) returns to town; in the past he's felt
threatened by Joey's friendship with her, but once he meets Joey, he's no longer worried. It turns out he thinks
Joey's too goofy for Alex to be seriously interested.
Michael discovers that as a kid he was good at baseball, but his mom made him stop because she was afraid he'd get
hurt. He tries unsuccessfully to pick it back up. Gina's high-school friend, Donna, comes to town; she's going through
a divroce. Joey used to have a huge crush on her; he starts up a romance, against Gina's wishes. But once things get
underway, her husband calls and wants to get back together.
Joey has a week to prove to Donna that she should be with him instead of her potentially-ex-husband, Ron.
Ron shows up from New York to take Donna home, so Joey tries to keep Donna from knowing he's in town by taking
her away for the weekend. After realizing Donna should know the truth, Joey helps them get together to work
things out. Michael relives bad memories of weekend trips with his mom. Alex gets some free stuff and the guys
convince her that it's because she's a "hot girl."
Joey, frustrated by his dwindling career, takes advantage of the situation when a movie producer mistakes him as a
fellow Northwestern University Alumnus. He gets an audition in a hot new show ("Deep Powder"); things get complicated
when his attraction to the woman playing his daughter makes it hard to stay in character.
Joey gets recruited to be a celebrity judge at a beauty pageant in Las Vegas, so he, Gina, Michael, and Alex take a
road trip. Alex is psyched about seeing Celene Deon. Michael reveals he's been visiting Vegas regularly and counting
cards. Joey has trouble with the rules against fraternizing with the pageant contestants. Everyone gets caught counting
The warm weather interferes with the getting into the holiday spirit. Joey meets the executive producer of
Deep Powder, Lauren Beck, who is very obsessive-compulsive. At a press junket, he accidentally lets slip
an upcoming plot twist involving the death of another character; in response, the script gets re-written, making
Joey the plot twist, as he defuses a bomb near the edge of a cliff. Gina, Michael, and Alex fill Joey's apartment
with Christmas decorations to cheer him up.
Gina teaches Alex to make lasagna; Alex's claim that she improved the recipe leads to a lasagna-baking contest.
Joey's on-set romand with Katie causes emotional tension; Lauren puts an end to it. Airports are a metaphor for sex.
Joey learns that relationships end better when someone whispers in his ear what he should say.
Joey's show - Deep Powder - has it's premier party. Gina, Michael, and Alex all want to go, but he's only
allowed one guest. He offers up Gina and Alex as dates for other attendees and takes Michael as his own guest. He upsets
Lauren by setting up Gina with Lauren's ex-boyfriend; he purposefully sets Alex up with a lesbian without telling her
that it's a date. Michael gets approached by a pretty girl but has to choose between spending time with her or
Star Trek's Brent Spiner (Bobbie's date). Joey helps Lauren calm down during the party by kissing her, temporarily
spurring some feelings.
Joey's busy career leads Bobbie to suggest he get a personal assistant. He hires Glen, who seems perfect until a
romance between him and Gina complicates things. Michael's "friend" Seth tries to take sole credit for a scientific
breakthrough they made together. Alex tries to help settle the legal dispute; in the end, Joey succeeds where Alex
Due to someone else's cancellation, Joey gets a spot on the Tonight Show. On the way there, Gina and Joey pressure
Michael to give the finger to someone who cut them off. He does; then, in a traffic jam, they get stuck next to the same
vehicle, which just happens to belong to "Judoman". Joey just about gives up on getting to the Tonight Show on time, but
Alex comes through at the last minute with a motor scooter which can easily slip through traffic.
Joey is being featured in an article for People magazine. While trying to charm the interviewer, he asks her out
to dinner, not realizing he's making a Valentine's Day date. Every attempt to undo the implied relationship just furthers
the misunderstanding. Michael bonds with a group of women who are without men on the romantic holiday. Alex gets drunk
and shares too much information with Gina, who evens things out by admitting one of her secrets: She can tap dance.
Joey is nominated for a Daytime Soap Award for his previous work on Days of our Lives. He is also presenting an award,
and is so nervous about pronouncing a difficult name that he repeats it, making everyone think he was announcing the winner.
Michael doesn't know how to do real push-ups, chin-ups, or trash talk. Gina (Joey's guest at the awards show) discovers
that her taste in clothes is a little too trashy.
Joey's sister, Mary Teresa, who thinks she's much classier than the rest of her family, comes to visit. She
constantly flaunts her engagement ring until she finds out her "diamond" is fake. She decides she doesn't need her
fiance' (Walter) and that Joey can take care of her. Joey, with Gina's help, has to come up with a way to get rid
of her. A hot girl (Joelle) from a pet shop shows interest in Michael, but he doesn't catch on.
Joey meets - and begins dating - his new neighbor (Sara), a beautiful and very forward photographer. He tries to
impress her with pick-up lines and celebrity status but finds that just being honest works better. Alex looks forward to
the return of her husband (Eric), but when he arrives, she finds it hard to live with him. After a few days of tension,
they decide to separate. Michael struggles with the curse of "chicken legs."
Alex's husband, Eric, moves out -- to the other side of the apartment complex. The separation is harder for Alex than she expects,
so she spies on him from Joey's bedroom window. Joey struggles with Sarah dating other men, so he goes to extra lengths to show
her a good time. After some rivalry and jealousy, they decide to date exclusively. Joey sees Eric kissing another woman.
Joey demands that Eric tell Alex about the kiss; then Joey accidentally tells her himself.
News of an upcoming love scene with Carmen Electra makes Joey worry that he'll not be able to maintain his exclusive
relationship with Sara. Joey struggles but stays strong. Alex confronts Eric and they decide their marriage isn't
Michael's new romantic relationship turns out to be more than Gina expected when she meets his 45-year-old girlfriend
(Lorraine). Joey and Sara have their one month anniversay. Sara is struggling to find good work, so Joey asks Bobbie if she
has any leads for a photographer. Sara gets an offer from Newsweek, but the job is in Washington, D.C. To get her to stay,
Joey tells her he loves her, and asks her to move in with him. Alex deals with her divorce by trying to stay busy.
Joey, not really ready to live with Sara, struggles to hide his feelings. While shopping for new stuff for their new life
together, they both freak out. Michael gets tickets to the new Star Wars movie from Bobbie, but gets more than he bargained for.
Joey and Sara agree to keep trying at their relationship, but then Sara moves to Washington without saying goodbye. Joey and Alex
console each other about relationships, and end up kissing. Joey's show, Deep Powder, has an Internet promo where fans can
vote for which character should die. Howard attempts to save Joey's character but accidentally votes thousands of times for Joey
Alex feels cheap for sleeping with Joey, so they agree Joey will woo her to that point, after the fact.
Making it meaningful is harder than expected. Gina begins her new job as Bobbie's assistant. Joey discovers
he's the viewers' favorite character on Deep Powder, so he asks for a big raise... and his character gets
killed off. In his last episode, he makes a new friend (Zach), an extra playing a severed head. Joey gets an
audition for a Kevin Smith movie, but the insecure voices in his head blow it for him. A new tenant mistakes
Michael for Joey; Michael takes advantage of the situation. Joey plays along.
Gina is given the task of delivering all of Bobbie's bad news - most of which seems to come to Joey. He asks Zach to get
him a meeting with Kevin Smith to audition; Zach steals Kevin's dog so Joey can return it. Joey blows it. Gina
helps restore his confidence, so he goes back to the studio and auditions again - but for the wrong movie. He gets the lead.
Joey continues his half-hearted attempts to woo Alex. Finally, he does such a good job that she's really ready to sleep with him again,
at which point he considers his work done. Alex is left shocked and confused.
Joey gets his first pay check for his big new movie, and goes a little crazy blowing his money. Alex tries to deal with her
feelings for Joey, so Gina tries to find a guy for her. She arranges a fake movie audition to find the right guy. Joey's new child co-star
is an arrogant jerk who needs some discipline, and his adult co-star isn't much better.
Joey has a tough time with his script supervisor, because he can't remember his lines. Things get worse when
she starts dating Michael. Joey's stunt man hangs out with him to learn his mannerisms. When Joey gets him injured,
he secretly stands in for his own stuntman.
Bobby has to take anger management sessions after assaulting Phil Colins. This leads Alex to realize she has
anger problems of her own, because Joey thinks of her as only a buddy. Joey pursues buying a house; Gina thinks he's
spending too much and interferes.
Joey follows a beautiful woman into an English as a Second Language class and tries to impress her with his skills. It works
beautifully until he becomes obsessed with being the best in the class. Gina loses one of Bobbi's clients and has to find a new one.
Joey helps her sign Benjamin Lockwood, even though Lockwood and Joey don't get along.
Joey hires a beauty contestant / interior decorator (Candace) to handle his house remodeling. A jealous Alex tricks Joey into spending time with her by making up rules at Texas Hold 'Em (poker) that let him win. Soon he goes on a
celebrity poker match and makes a fool of himself. Michael gets swept up in Abby's environmentalism; Joey believes Michael's activism will fade
once Michael and Abby sleep together.
A woman from Joey's past threatens to release a sex tape which shows joey as a liar who will say anything to get a girl into bed.
She makes him use his guest appearance on "Ellen" to apologize. Gina finds out Bobbi's 40th birthday is coming up, and tries to help
her celebrate it.
Alex writes a letter to Joey without sending it, to help her resolve her feelings. Joey ends up reading it.
To get in the good graces of his girlfriend and her grandmother, Joey agrees to direct a retirement home play.
Gina takes over Joey's new house for her traditional (and slightly crazy) Thanksgiving celebration.
Howard thinks Joey's coming to his house for Thanksgiving, because Joey doesn't like giving people bad
news during the holidays. Joey meets one of his new neighbors (Dean), who invites him to his "Bachelor
Thanksgiving". Joey and Zach find ancient Indian pottery on his lot and try unsuccessfully to hide it
from the Native American Historical Society, who might delay his contruction permit. He donates some
of it to a church and has to retrieve it from a needy family.
Joey is visited by a estranged high school friend (Jimmy), and finds out Jimmy had been sleeping with Gina all those years ago --
and happens to be Michael's father. Joey bonds with some crew members over the subject of "chocolate milk," which Joey doesn't realize
is their code word for pot.
Michael is bummed that Abby put their relationship on hold, because he doesn't know what he wants. Joey decides to take him on
a single guys trip to Tijuana. After waking up drunk the next morning, Joey and Zach discover a video tape... of their wedding.
Alex obsesses because Dean (Joey's neighbor) says she doesn't know how to have fun. She learns Joey and Zach marriage is not valid,
but decides to have some fun with them helping them seek a divorce.
The new "fun" Alex kisses Joey and they almost sleep together, but Gina derails it when she tells Joey that Alex has feelings
for him. Bobby has a new boyfriend -- Albert, a britain who won't touch her. Joey throws a Christmas Party; invites models; Zach and Michael hit on women... badly.
Joey's movie action figure comes out... and has breasts. The factory tries to fix it, and then he's black. Alex's new
relationship with Dean makes Joey worry that it might be more than a short fling. Michael acts odd around Jimmy, but is not
ready to tell Jimmy he's his father. Gina thinks she's pregnant with Jimmy's child... again. Joey reads Brokeback Mountain.
Joey and Alex get into a mashed-potato snowball fight.