This episode is one of my favorites of the season for several different reasons. First, it’s a Thanksgiving episode. I love holiday-themed episodes because it gives writers a chance to come up with something unique under a familiar territory. Friends has always had awesome Thanksgiving episodes, and this season’s was no exception. Second, there are so many funny lines (literally, just about every single line made me laugh) it just reminds you once again what a great show Friends is. And finally, Brad Pitt guest stars in it. It was a big deal back in 2001 when it originally aired, not just because Brad Pitt is a huge star but also because as everyone knows, he and Jennifer Aniston were married in real life. Yes, they were Hollywood’s golden couple until Angelina decided to be a homewrecker and ruin everything. Sorry for all you Jolie fans out there, but I was always part of Team Aniston.
So getting back to the show, right from the opening scene, I was cracking up thanks to Joey –
It’s Thanksgiving and Monica invites Will Colbert (played by Brad Pitt), a high school friend, over for dinner. Will was supposedly really fat in high school but after heavy dieting, lost 150 pounds and now looks really good. When Monica tells Will that Rachel will be coming also, he gets very upset. Will absolutely hates Rachel because she was really mean to him in high school and made his life miserable. Rachel was the popular cheerleader and Will was the social reject. Rachel, however, doesn’t remember Will due to his change in appearance, and is completely shocked to find out that he started an “I Hate Rachel Green” Club at their high school with none other than Ross. It’s just an all-around hilarious storyline as it becomes revealed that Will and Ross started a nasty rumor about Rachel and what that rumor is about.
If you don’t want to read everything that I just wrote, please at least watch this clip! It explains what the “I Hate Rachel” Club is about and what the rumor Will and Ross spread about Rachel is. It’s so funny, you won’t regret watching it!
Some of my favorite quotes from this part of the episode were:
Monica: This is my husband Chandler. Chandler, this is Will.
Chandler: Oh, hey. I’d shake your hand but I’m really into the game. Plus I think it’d be better for my ego if we didn’t stand right next to each other.
Will: God, we were lame back then. Do you remember how into dinosaurs we were?
Ross: (Awkward laugh)
Will: So, what do you do now?
Ross: (Changing the subject) So how long are you in town?
Will: (To Ross) Look at her standing there with those yams. My two worst enemies, Rachel Green and complex carbohydrates.
Will: We started a rumor.
Rachel: What rumor?
Phoebe: Oh, come on Will. Just take off your shirt and tell us.
Ross: It’s no big deal. We.. We said that.. The rumor was that, um, you had both male and female reproductive parts.
Will: That’s right! We said your parents flipped a coin and decided to raise you as a girl, but you still had a hint of a penis.
In another storyline of the episode, Monica announces that she won’t be cooking turkey for Thanksgiving dinner because Phoebe’s a vegetarian, Rachel can’t stand the smell since she’s pregnant, and Chandler hates Thanksgiving food. Joey, being an extreme glutton, argues that turkey is a must for Thanksgiving and she needs to cook it because he can eat the whole thing by himself. The turkey turns out to be huge but Joey somehow manages to finish it all by the end of the night. It’s a minor storyline compared to the main one with Brad Pitt, but Joey is always so funny and can pull anything off. That’s one of the reasons why he’s my favorite character!
This is a clip at the end of the episode when Joey wears Phoebe’s old maternity pants to help him out with the turkey.
Best quotes from this part of the episode:
Monica: Just so you know, I’m not gonna make a turkey this year.
Joey: Why not?!
Monica: Well, Phoebe doesn’t eat turkey..
Phoebe: Turkeys are beautiful, intelligent animals.
Joey: No, they’re not! They’re ugly.. and stupid.. and delicious!
Joey: (To Monica) That’s right! Cause I’m a Tribbiani! And this is what we do! I mean, we may not be great thinkers, or world leaders. We don’t read a lot or run very fast. But damn it, we can eat!
Monica: (To Joey who’s eating chips) Hey, what are you doing? You gotta save room, you’ve got almost an entire turkey to eat!
Joey: Let me explain to you how the human body works. I have to warm up my stomach first. Eatin’ chips, is like stretching.
Joey: Don’t worry, Tribbianis never get full.
Will: I actually know what you’re talking about and I’m here to tell you something friend, you can eat and eat and eat but nothing will ever fill that void.
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The highlight of this episode was the appearance of recurring guest star Rob Leibman as Rachel’s father Dr. Leonard Green. Rachel is meeting her father to tell him about her pregnancy and asks Phoebe to come with her for support because he’s a scary man. At dinner, Rachel has a hard time telling him so Phoebe tells instead. Dr. Green assumes Rachel and Ross will marry and wants to know when the wedding will be. Rachel then lies saying Ross refuses to marry her because he thinks she is “damaged goods”.
All the scenes between Dr. Green, Rachel, and Phoebe at dinner are great, because the lines are hilarious and all three actors put on a fine performance. They show off their individual personalities and characters well, especially Rob Leibman. He plays the part of a mean, cranky, uptight, and strict man in an excellent manner.
Some of the best quotes between them were:
Dr. Green: How about I order everyone the Moroccan chicken?
Phoebe: Oh, I don’t eat meat.
Dr. Green: It’s chicken.
Phoebe: Yeah, I don’t eat that either.
Dr. Green: I’ll never understand you lesbians.
Rachel: I can’t tell him, Phoebe. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.
Rachel: No it’s okay, this is what’s gonna happen. I’m gonna wait a couple years and then the baby will tell him.
Phoebe: Why, so he can get mad at the baby?
Rachel: Hey, that is the baby’s problem.
Dr. Green: So sweetie, you were starting to tell me, what is new with you.
Rachel: Well, uh… I got TiVo.
Dr. Green: What’s TiVo?
Phoebe: It’s slang for pregnant.
Dr. Green: So when is the wedding?
Rachel: The who?
Dr. Green: The wedding! There’s going to be a wedding. Young lady, don’t you sit there and tell me my first grandchild is going to be a bastard! Rachel Karen Green, tell me there is gonna be a wedding!
Rachel: February 2nd!
In another storyline of the episode, Chandler finds out that Monica actually had a bachelorette party when they promised they wouldn’t have a bachelor/bachelorette party. Monica feels bad so she throws Chandler a bachelor party by hiring a stripper for the night, much to Joey’s excitement. However, it turns out the stripper is actually a prostitute, and Chandler and Joey do not know what to do.
It had been a while since Joey and Chandler had a storyline together, so it was nice seeing the two of them as a duo again. All six main cast members have great chemistry with one another, but the Joey and Chandler pairing is my personal favorite. Ever since Chandler got married we mostly only saw him with Monica, so this episode was especially refreshing. Joey and Chandler’s scenes had a lot of funny and sweet moments.
Joey: Maybe Monica meant to get you a hooker.
Chandler: Why would she do that?
Joey: Maybe she wants you to learn something. Is there anything you’re really bad at, you know, sexually?
Chandler: This is the worst bachelor party ever.
Joey: Maybe you should just ask her to leave.
Chandler: Why me?
Joey: Hey, it’s your bachelor party.
Chandler: Which is why you should do it.
Joey: I don’t want to. You do it.
Chandler: You do it.
Joey: You do it.
Chandler: All right. Rock, paper, scissors, who has to tell the whore to leave!
I loved the ending scene of the episode. Joey never fails the audience!
This was my least favorite episode of the season so far. The plot felt very forced and ridiculous, and a lot of the lines weren’t even that funny. It didn’t seem like an episode of Friends, where laughter usually comes naturally.
Monica’s character was so exaggerated in this episode, even more than usual, that it became annoying instead of comical. Chandler hires a maid to clean their apartment, who Monica thinks is stealing her clothes including her jeans and bra. Her suspicions get obsessive and she finds herself in some awkward positions when trying to check the stain on the jeans and a cut in the bra. The maid quits after seeing Monica’s weird and strange behavior. In turns out, Rachel had taken the jeans and Monica was wearing the bra herself. Monica was being suspicious toward an innocent person.
Sean Penn returns as Eric and his storyline continues from the previous episode. Eric has broken up with Ursula after learning about all her lies, and then asks Phoebe out right after. Phoebe happily says yes and the two meet for their first date. However, Eric can’t look at Phoebe because it reminds him of Ursula and causes all his anger to come back. Eventually, he gets over this problem, but later on he accidentally sleeps with Ursula thinking that she’s Phoebe (since they’re identical twins). Phoebe and Eric’s storyline just wasn’t entertaining and seemed very unrealistic.
Ross was the only bright part of this episode. Rachel is looking for a new apartment to move to when the baby comes, and Ross suggests that she move to his building where an apartment just became vacant because an old lady had died that morning. He’s especially excited because now he’ll be able to spend a lot of time with the baby. However, it turns out the old lady is still alive, just in a critical condition. Her daughter is taking care of her, and it’s revealed that they are Dutch. Ross visits the apartment frequently and tries to learn Dutch so that he can get the apartment for Rachel. Ross’ efforts are simply hilarious. Props to David Schwimmer for practically saving this episode with his amazing comedic performance!
This is a clip of Ross and Gunther speaking in Dutch to each other:
In this episode, many of the devices and techniques of a sitcom were used. Because the main setting of the episode was taken at Monica and Chandler’s Halloween party, viewers were able to get good laughs through all the visual gags. The six friends dressed up as:
Monica – Catwoman
Rachel – “a woman who spent a lot of money on a dress because soon she won’t be able to fit into it”
Phoebe – Supergirl (female version of Superman)
Chandler – Bunny
Joey – Chandler
Ross – Spudnik
Chandler’s pink bunny suit and Ross’ insane Spudnik costume were clearly visual gags. Ross got the Spudnik idea from the Russian satellite Sputnik. He dressed up as a potato or a spud, and put an antenna on his head, which apparently led to Spudnik. Joey’s version of Chandler was absolutely hilarious, especially when he imitates Chandler’s facial expressions.
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This episode had several dialogues and lines that were memorable, simply because they were so funny. Some of the ones that I especially liked were:
Joey: Halloween is so stupid. Dressing up, pretending to be someone you’re not.
Chandler: You’re an actor!
This one is funny because of the irony and once again, Joey’s stupidity is shown.
Chandler: Prove it!
Ross: Oh, I’ll prove it. I’ll prove it like a theorem.
Chandler: You’re going down.
Ross: Oh yeah? You’re going further down! Downtown!
Joey: Seriously guys, the trash talk is embarrassing.
Ross always gets the audience laughing through his lame lines. Ross is saying these things in a serious tone, but it’s hard to take him seriously.
The last two quotes are said when Ross and Chandler fight over who is stronger. They decide to arm wrestle but it turns out they are both equally strong (or equally weak, according to Joey) and neither can beat the other. Ross begs Chandler to lose on purpose so that Ross can impress Mona, the new girl he’s dating, and so Chandler does. However, when Chandler tries to tell Monica what really happened, she doesn’t believe him. Monica and Chandler arm wrestle and Monica easily beats Chandler, which makes it very comedic. It also adds to the character mix of role reversal in Monica and Chandler’s relationship, where female Monica is often the more dominant character than male Chandler.
Running gags were also present in this episode. Gunther is a sub-character who has secretly been in love with Rachel since the very beginning of the show. Sadly (but also funny at the same time), it was revealed that Rachel thinks Gunther is gay.
Rachel: Thank you so much for picking this up, you are so sweet.
Rachel: Someday, you’re gonna make some man the luckiest guy in the world.
And yet again, Ross’ marriages and divorces were used as a running gag when he asks Chandler to lose on purpose while they’re arm wrestling.
Ross: This is starting to look really bad for me. Mona’s standing right over there. You gotta let me win!
Chandler: No if anything, you have to let me win! My wife thinks I’m a wimp.
Ross: Hey, at least you have a wife. I keep getting divorces, knocking people up..
In a side storyline, Phoebe’s identical twin sister Ursula is getting married. They don’t have a close relationship at all but she invites Phoebe to the wedding when they run into each other on the street. Phoebe also invites Ursula and her fiance to the Halloween party that night. Sean Penn guest stars as Ursula’s fiance Eric. Friends was well known for bringing in famous celebrity guest stars throughout its ten year run, including actors like Sean Penn.
Phoebe really likes Eric because Eric is a humanitarian like Phoebe, but finds out that Eric is marrying Ursula because he has all the wrong ideas about her. Ursula lied to him about being a teacher, joining the Peace Corps, building houses in Uruguay, not smoking, attending church group, and being a virgin. Phoebe feels so bad that in the end, she tells Eric the truth about Ursula.
This episode had less funny moments and laughter, and instead focused on the softer, more humane side of the characters. Even though Friends is supposed to be a sitcom, I really enjoy episodes like this, even if it may have a bit more of a serious tone than usual. There was a storyline involving Monica’s new sous-chef Tim, Monica, and Phoebe, and another storyline with Chandler and his co-worker Bob, but the main focus was on Ross and Rachel and the effects that their new baby had on them.
On the set of Joey’s show Days of Our Lives, Rachel meets his co-actor Cash, who she’s had a crush on.
Cash and Rachel go out on a date, and Ross is surprised, confused, and upset by this. Joey asks him why he’s so affected by it, and Ross answers that he has to worry because Cash may be the father of Ross’ baby. Joey’s response to this is a notable running gag of the show, making fun of Ross’ failed marriages.
Joey: They go on one date and you’re worried about them getting married? He’s not you!
Ross and Joey talk about Ross’ feelings on everything that’s been happening to him. I love this scene because we get to see the real and genuine side of Ross. It’s different from the typical dorky, nerdy character that is usually portrayed. Viewers grow a feeling of sympathy for Ross. Although Ross’ marriages and divorces are often the subjects for humor, Ross is still a vulnerable human who has his own dreams and feelings.
Ross: I just can’t believe any of this is happening.
Joey: What do you mean?
Ross: I just thought when I had another kid it would be different. I love Ben, but every time I have to drop him off at Carol and Susan’s, it breaks my heart a little. I’ve always had this picture of me and my next wife in bed on Sunday, and my kid comes running in, leaps on the bed, and we all read the paper together. You know?
Joey: That’s a nice picture. Maybe you could still have that.
Ross: No, no, I can’t. I mean, Rachel’s out with some guy. My baby went with her. If anything, that picture keeps moving further away.
Joey: Can I ask you something? In this picture of you and your wife. Is your wife Rachel?
Ross: It used to be. Now she doesn’t really have a face.
Ross and Rachel run into each other on street after Rachel’s date, which didn’t go too well after Cash found out Rachel was pregnant. Rachel is depressed and Ross tries to cheer her up. This is a very sweet scene, and a classic Ross-and-Rachel moment. Also another great scene for showing Ross’ genuine side in the episode. By the way he talks to Rachel and cares for her, we can see that he will be with her through this entire pregnancy.
Ross: I’m sorry about your date.
Rachel: Oh, it’s all right. I guess I’m just done with the whole dating thing. It’s one more thing in my life that’s suddenly completely different. This is hard.
Ross: Yeah, I know. On the other hand, in about seven months, you’re gonna have something that you’re gonna love more than any guy you’ve ever gone out with. Just wait.. Wait until the first time your baby grabs your finger. You have no idea.
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After talking, Ross goes to the coffee shop and runs into Mona, the girl he met at Monica and Chandler’s wedding. They decide to hang out and go watch a movie.
Rachel sees the two of them together, and leaves with a sad look on her face.
The Ross and Rachel relationship is always so complicated and frustrating for fans. When Ross was thinking about getting together with Rachel, she was on a date. When Rachel goes back to Ross, he’s about to go on a date. Ross and Rachel left viewers thinking “Will they or won’t they?” all the way until the end of the series.