In S01, finale, Chandler and Joey enter Monica's apartment with charcoal to take part in a barbecue:

Chandler: Men are here.

Joey: We make fire. Cook meat.

Chandler: Then put out fire by peeing, no get invited back.

What does the text in bold mean?

  • Chandler and Joey seem to be deliberately talking like incompetent non-native speakers. The highlighted "mock foreigner" text would have been something like We will not get invited back. Aug 23, 2016 at 13:36
  • Is it about mocking foreigners? I would understand a non-native/foreigner would say something like, "no get invited back", but why would a foreigner put out a barbecue's fire by peeing? If it's just a joke, then what do foreigners have to do with it?
    – user40213
    Aug 23, 2016 at 13:53
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    Don't worry I'm not going to involve you in any further Friends stuff. Thanks anyway.
    – user40213
    Aug 23, 2016 at 14:09
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    @FumbleFingers Respectfully, this isn't about non-native English speakers, it is about primitive characters. They are mocking themselves, acting like boneheaded primitives. Here is a write-up on the idiom: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Hulkspeak
    – user11628
    Aug 23, 2016 at 16:54
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    @FumbleFingers I believe you're using "PC" to imply that this is really a parody of non-native speakers, and the "caveman" theory is an excuse. As this is a site for non-native speakers, I think it's important to be clear that as a native speaker I can definitively say this is NOT secretly mocking non-native speakers, any more than "HULK SMASH!" in The Avengers was intended to mock non-native speakers. The joke is that the characters are so overcome with their own primitive manliness that they no longer understand grammar, or have enough decorum not to pee on the fire.
    – user11628
    Aug 25, 2016 at 18:40

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They are mocking manly/macho/caveman speech, because they "brought the fire" (charcoal) for the BBQ. So the phrases are deliberately mis-formed.

Chandler's line says that if we take this manly-man stuff too far by peeing on the fire to put it out, then we won't get invited back.

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