The One with Chandler in a Box

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/20/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Chandler agrees to spend Thanksgiving in a shipping crate as penance for kissing Kathy. The gang decides to give each other Secret Santa gifts. After Monica gets ice in her eye, she ends up visiting Richard's son, who is as attracted to Monica as his father was.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Paget Brewster


  • Michael Vartan

    Dr. Tim Burke

  • James Michael Tyler


  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • A girl comes between a friendship

    By JoshuaDewey, May 02, 2012

  • Chandler in a box as a punishment

    By seriesguy3998, Aug 11, 2009

  • One of my favorites.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Dec 30, 2008

  • Yeah, but Monica, do you actually want to be in a relationship where you can actually use the phrase, "That's not how your dad used to do it." - Phoebe

    By FriendsSvuLost8, Feb 06, 2008

  • One of my favorite Friends episodes - Just the perfext mix of drama and comedy and amazing Joey-Chandler moments.

    By Jacky1989, Jun 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Ross: (About Chandler) Joey, the guy's your best friend. Joey: No, was my best friend. Anyway, I don't know why you're pushing for him so hard. With him out of the way as my best friend, there's a spot open. Ross: Oh, who? Me? Joey: Yeah! Ross: Wow! I'm honored! And you know what I'm gonna do as my first act as your best friend? Joey: What? Ross: I'm gonna get you to talk to Chandler. Joey: All right. But if you weren't my best friend.

    • Ross: So listen, I picked Monica for secret Santa, but I'm already getting her something for Chanukah, I was wondering if you wanna switch. Chandler: Oh you know what, I was already trying to trade for ah, well, you. Ross: Really? Wow! That's, that's so nice, what are you gonna get me? Chandler: I don't know R.G., I was thinking something girlie for your office. Ross: Yeah, well, maybe Phoebe will switch with me. Chandler: Oh, no, no, no, you don't want to do that, then you're gonna get stuck with Rachel and she exchanges every gift she ever gets. Ross: Oh, that's not true! I've got her lots of stuff she never took back. Chandler: Like? Ross: Like uh, that gold necklace I got her last year. Chandler: When was the last time you saw her wear it? Ross: Well, she wore it all Christmas day, and then uh... Chandler: Big dog?

    • Chandler: Hey, what time is it? The big game is about to start! Phoebe: You don't have to do that, Ross and Joey aren't here, you can watch the parade if you want. Chandler: Thanks.

    • Chandler: (From inside the box) You guys can't tell, but I'm trying to break the tension by mooning you guys.

    • Ross: Hey, Mon, if everything works out between you and Richard's son, you will be able to tell your kids that you slept with their grandfather.

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    Notes (6)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Chandler v bedně (Chandler in a Box)

    • For this episode, as well as other Thanksgiving episodes, an abundance of food is prepared. Each time they film a scene over, each actor is given a new plate of food. After the episode, the leftovers are donated to a homeless shelter.

    • During the filming of this episode, Matthew Perry actually was in the box the whole time.

    • The gang is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is directed by Gary Halvorson, one of the main directors of Friends.

    • David Schwimmer and Michael Vartan both were in The Pallbearer, a 1996 comedy/drama.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Goof: When Monica opens the door for Tim, Richard's son, she leaves the door open and never closes it.

    • Goof: When Rachel is showing Ross the box of things from their date time, she pick up a bone that is light color in the end and dark in the base. When the camera angle changes from behind to the front of Rachel, she is holding the bone from different sides - light and dark points.

    • Continuity: Tim is Richard's son and even talks about seeing Monica as a kid. Wouldn't that mean he already knows Rachel and Ross from when they were kids too?

    • Continuity: Monica says that Richard is her optometrist, however in "The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know", we learn he is an opthamologist. These are two different careers.

    • Trivia: Vaffannapoli is Italian for "get lost."

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    Allusions (2)

    • Rachel: (About Monica inviting Richard's son over) It's sick! Monica: Why is it sick? Rachel: Because it's Richard's son. It's like inviting a Greek tragedy over for dinner. Monica: If it were Greek I'd be blind in both eyes. Monica is alluding to the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles.

    • Rachel: (To Ross) What are you laughing at? You're the one who said Die Hard was your idea. Die Hard is a Hollywood action film, released in 1988, starring Bruce Willis. It has been mentioned in several episodes that Die Hard is the boys' favorite movie.

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