The One Where Underdog Gets Away

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (18)

  • Monica: I swear you said you had the key!
    Rachel: No I didn't. I wouldn't say I have the key unless I had the key, and I obviously don't have the key!
    Phoebe: Okay, enough with the keys! No one say key!
    (Five seconds later)
    Monica: Why would I have the keys?
    Rachel: Aside from the fact that you said you had them?
    Monica: But I didn't!
    Rachel: Well, you should have! had them!
    Monica: Why?
    Rachel: Because!

  • Rachel: Why do you guys have so many keys anyway? Chandler: For emergencies just like this?

  • Phoebe: Ew!
    Rachel: What?
    Phoebe: Ugly naked guy is taking his turkey out of the oven. He's not alone! Ugly naked guy is having Thanksgiving with ugly naked gal!
    (Everyone runs over to the window.)
    Joey: Ugly naked guy looks happy.
    Monica: Aw, ugly naked dancing!

  • Joey: Hey, Monica, I got a question. I don't see any tater tots. Monica: That's not a question.

  • Rachel: Terry, I, I, I know that I haven't worked here very long, but I was wondering, do you think it would be possible if I got a $100 advance in my salary? Terry: An advance? Rachel: It's so that I can spend Thanksgiving with my family. See, every year we go skiing in Vail, and normally my father pays for my ticket, but I sort of started the whole independence thing, you know, which is actually why I took this job. Terry: Rachel, Rachel, sweetheart. You're a terrible, terrible waitress. Really, really awful.

  • Ross: Oh, I uh, just came by to pick up my skull. Well, not mine, but... Susan: Come in. Ross: Thanks. Yeah, Carol borrowed it for a class, and I have to get it back to the museum. Susan: What's it look like? Ross: Kinda like a big face without skin.

  • Chandler: An 80-foot inflatable dog loose over the city? How often does that happen? Phoebe: Almost never.

  • Chandler: The most unbelievable thing has happened. Underdog has gotten away. Joey: The balloon? Chandler: (In a sarcastic tone) No, no, the actual cartoon character. Of course the balloon.

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Notes (6)

  • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Oběť reklamy (Victim of an Ad)

  • This is the first appearance of Jane Sibbett as Carol. Carol was played by Anita Barone in "The One with the Sonogram at the End". Carol was in 17 episodes of Friends.

  • This is the first Thanksgiving episode. Thanksgiving was the only holiday that was part of every season.

  • This episode runs 23:34 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

  • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Comedy Series (Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss). Also, this episode was nominated for an award for Episodic Comedy by the Writers Guild of America.

  • Music: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police

Trivia (7)

  • Continuity: Phoebe says that Ugly Naked Guy is pulling his turkey out of the oven. However, in future episodes when Ross moves into that apartment, the kitchen is behind a door and is not visible from Monica's apartment.

  • Continuity: In this episode, when Ross is talking to the fetus, he mentions that he took Palaeontology as a dare. However in several future episodes it is mentioned how much Ross loved dinosaurs and Palaeontology in his childhood.

  • Goof: Apparently Monica and Rachel's apartment doesn't have working smoke alarms. When they finally get back in and everything is burnt, there's a lot of smoke in the air and no alarms to be heard.

  • Goof: After the food is burned, the group is sitting in front of the TV watching skiing. When Monica turns off the TV, two crew members are visible in the TV's reflection.

  • Continuity: During Monica's rant about dinner she said it is her first Thanksgiving, but in "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks" she was making Thanksgiving dinner when Joey got his head stuck in turkey.

  • Continuity: The girl's apartment door is always unlocked. You see people walking in all the time, and you see nobody locking it. If somebody would have locked it, this person would have the key. Furthermore, in the final episode Monica mentions that they should leave their keys for Treager, and now everyone has one. Granted, it's ten years later but still.

  • Continuity: Phoebe's a vegetarian and won't even touch meat, however in this episode she's preparing the Thanksgiving turkey with Monica. Also in "The One with the Lottery," Phoebe says she would like to break a wishbone claiming that just because vegetarians don't eat meat doesn't mean they don't like to play with the carcasses.

Allusions (3)

  • Joey: Set another place for Thanksgiving. My entire family thinks I have VD. Chandler: Tonight, on a very special Blossom. Blossom was a half-hour comedy television series broadcast on NBC about a teenage girl living with her father and two brothers. Sometimes it would air "very special" episodes focusing on more serious issues such as drug use or teen pregnancy.

  • Ross: Hey...hey, Yertle the Turtle, a classic. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories is a book containing three stories written by famous children's author Dr. Seuss.

  • Ross: (Singing) Hey, hey, you're my baby, and I can't wait to meet you. When you come out I'll buy you a bagel, and then we'll go to the zoo. Ross is singing a version of The Monkees theme tune.