Takes place after episode 221, TOW The Bullies.

Chandler returned from Central Perk slightly bruised, and Joey sat up. "Whoa, you okay?"

"It's not as bad as it looks. I tripped over a girl's jump rope."

"Huh? What happened to the bullies?"

"It's okay. Ross and I were gonna fight them, but first we put all our keys and watches into my hat for safekeeping, and these other guys ran off with the hat. So the four of us ran after and got our stuff back. Actually just the three of them, because as I said, I tripped over a girl's jump rope and was knocked out for several minutes."

"Let me get you some ice for that." Joey rose and went over to the fridge.

"Thanks, man." He took a seat on one of the stools.

"No problem. And are you sure it's over with the bullies? 'Cause I'll come down there with you and settle it if you need me to."

"I know." Chandler smiled a little, touched. "No, everything's cool now. Ross was kinda right; it did feel good to face up to those guys ourselves, but God, I was scared for a while. If I ever need help again, I'll be sure to let you know."

"I'll be there!" Joey put the ice pack gently against Chandler's bruise. "You got it?"

Chandler took hold of the ice pack. "Yeah, I got it."

"And is that it? You didn't twist your ankle or anything?"

He shook his head. "You worry too much about me."

"I have to. Without you, I'd have to pay rent."

They both laughed, and Chandler smiled indulgently at his unemployed friend. He was happy to let Joey sponge off of him, especially after having that psychotic Eddie for a roommate and seeing how much worse things could be. Joey may not have chased away the bullies today, but he had certainly helped kick Eddie out for good.

Chandler used to wistfully remember the fact that his old roommate Kip always paid his half of the bills, but now the money didn't matter anymore, and he truly appreciated Joey as the best roommate, and the best friend, he ever had.

"I'm so glad you're here," he said. "You know, you moving back in." Chandler often found himself saying that lately, out of the blue like that.

Joey flashed that dazzling smile of his. "I'm glad to be back."

They looked at each other fondly and were on the verge of hugging again, just like when Joey first came home, but then Chandler had to stop and switch hands in holding the ice pack. "My hand's cold," he commented.

"Here." Joey took the cold hand in both of his and began rubbing it warm. He kept his eyes locked on Chandler's as he did so, and soon there was a different, wordless heat between them.

Chandler suddenly dropped the ice pack in the sink, and Joey pulled him close for a kiss, full on the mouth. Chandler moaned softly as they exchanged another hungry kiss and moved to the couch in the living room. They sank against the cushions together and made out like teenagers.

"Joey," Chandler spoke breathlessly as he slid his hands up under Joey's shirt, making him shiver. "Do you have any condoms?"

"Yeah," he answered. "In my room."

"Let's go." They quickly left and closed Joey's door behind them.