A particularly instructive storyline on Season 2 of "Friends" sees a characteristically naive Joey land a high-profile role on a soap opera that he's certain will make him a star. Joey promptly moves into a swanky new apartment and goes on a shopping spree only to see his character written off the show a few episodes later.
Mo money, mo problems, as they say.
So here's to the television characters whose fiscal cluelessness never fails to make us feel better about our own financials — may our real-life credit scores always be superior, and may we love you all the more for it.
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Miranda: I don't invest anymore. It's too volatile.
Carrie: Exactly. I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet.
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Ross: You spent $1200 dollars on a plastic bird?
Joey: Uh, I was an impulse buyer, near the register.
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Dorothy, falling back into her old gambling habit in Season 5:
Twenty dollars to win on Ma's Mouth... It's a hunch.
Michael: I declare... BANKRUPTCY!
Oscar: Hey, I just wanted you to know that you can't just say the word bankruptcy and expect anything to happen.
Michael: I didn't say it, I declared it.
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Lindsay: There's a cream with real diamonds in it...I can actually smear diamonds on my face, and it's only $400 a tub! That's like, what? A million diamonds for $400? A million f*cking diamonds!
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Lane, begging for forgiveness after embezzling funds from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce: Seven thousand five hundred is nothing to you. Do you know how the rest of us live? And in the end, who has been harmed, really?
Tom: Ben, Leslie hired my company to get her that sticker. You're the one that told me businesses need "clients" to get "money."
Ben: I was the first one to tell you that?
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Julie: Well I made an adult film in the 80s with an ex-boyfriend who's now threatening to to release it on the Internet unless I pay him half a million dollars. And I would really like to redo the kitchen.
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Nick: If I had a dollar for everybody I couldn't hang out with because they hated Schmidt, I'd be rich. Like fill my gas tank up all the way rich.