The One with All the Thanksgivings

Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 11/19/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Although the Thanksgiving meal is great, Chandler is still moody over his parent's divorce during the holiday when he was a boy and Ross is depressed about his second divorce. The group reminisces about their worst Thanksgivings in order to cheer them up, and Monica's worst memory is revealed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Michael Winters

    The Doctor

  • Douglas Looper

    The Paramedic

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • I really love this episode.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 09, 2009

  • Another brilliant episode in which we see flashbacks of the group's worst thanksgivings. Where Chandler's parents split up, Monica is called fat, Chandler loses his toe, Joey gets his head stuck inside a chicken and Pheobe revisits her past lives.

    By Abiteddyluv, Sep 01, 2008

  • The Friends All Think About The Worst Thanksgiving They Had, And Monica's Worst Memory Is Revealed!

    By xCeeCeex2007, Feb 25, 2008

  • The six friends look back on past thanksgivings. Rachel suggests to hear Monica's worst thanksgiving, which involves Chandler getting hurt!

    By Kadam1991, Jul 02, 2007

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    By Andrew0000, Apr 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Monica: Hey, did you get the turkey ba- (Sees the turkey on Joey's head) Oh, my God, oh my God! Who is that?
      Joey: It's Joey!
      Monica: What are you doing? Is that supposed to be funny?
      Phoebe: No, it's not supposed to be funny, it's supposed to be scary.
      Monica: Well get it off!
      Joey: I can't, it's stuck!
      Monica: I don't care! That turkey has to feed twenty people at my parents' house and they're not going to eat it off your head!

    • Rachel: From now on, I'm gonna start dating men. Ross: Sorry, Judy, I couldn't find the plate you and Jack are looking for! Monica: Call them Mom and Dad, you loser. Ross: Monica!

    • Chandler: You are so great! I love you! Monica: What? Chandler: Nothing! I said, I said "You're so great!" and then I just, I just stopped talking! Monica: You said you loved me! I can't believe this! Chandler: No, I didn't! Monica: Yes, you did! Chandler: No, I didn't! Monica: You love me! Chandler: No, I don't! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

    • Chandler: My toe, I need my toe! Monica: I'm so sorry! Chandler: Well sorry doesn't bring back the little piggy who cried all the way home!

    • Joey: I am thankful for this beautiful fall we've been having. Yeah, the other day I was at the bus stop and this lovely fall breeze came in out of nowhere and blew this chick's skirt right up. Oh, which reminds me. I am also thankful for thongs.

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    Notes (12)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Nejhorší Díkůvzdání (The Worst Thanksgiving)

    • Elliot Gould is credited as a "Special Appearance."

    • Christina Pickles receives the "And" credit.

    • Alternate Title: The One With All The Thanksgivings

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (Dana Mark McClure, Charlie McDaniel III, Kathy Oldham, John Bickelhaupt).

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    Trivia (13)

    • Alternate Title: The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks

    • Continuity: In this episode we see Chandler as a child finding out his parents are getting a divorce. On his plate is some turkey and vegetables and all the other thanksgiving food, but in "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" we learned that Chandler was eating dessert and had a bite of pumpkin pie in his mouth when his parents told him they were getting divorced.

    • Goof: When Monica drops the knife that severs Chandler's toe, the camera angle changes to look up and someone's shadow moves across the ceiling.

    • Continuity: In the flashback where Joey gets the turkey stuck on his head, you can see the white-and-black tiled bathroom floor. The floor should be all white since Joey didn't put in the new tiling until "The One with Frank Jr.."

    • Goof: In the opening scene when Phoebe is trying to turn on the TV, the TV remote is laying on the table at an angle. When the shot changes it is laying straight, and then it is at an angle again.

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    Allusions (4)

    • The music played when Monica drops the knife on Chandler's toe is taken from the famous shower-scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

    • Chandler: That's why for an entire year people called me Sir Limps-A-Lot? This is a word play on Sir Mix-A-Lot, a Grammy Award-winning rapper.

    • Chandler: I rushed the stage at a Wham concert, for crying out loud! Wham! was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

    • In the 1987 flashback, Chandler is dressed as one of the guys in the 1980s band A Flock Of Seagulls. In the 1988 flashback, Ross and Chandler are dressed like Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice.

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