The One with the Football

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 11/21/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving as Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a beautiful Dutch woman and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Good episode that showed the group playing a simple game

    By Mischa, Dec 05, 2011

  • 309

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 31, 2009

  • i think the episode is very cool it is so funny and i will look it ever and ever

    By Inora1990, May 07, 2007

  • Perfect

    By dillonpickle, Nov 29, 2008

  • "I'm sorry, Dutch, I didn't catch that last part?"-Joey

    By efc1991, Jan 15, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Rachel: There was a Geller Cup? Ross: Yes, it was the trophy you got if you won the game. But our dad said nobody won that game, and he was sick of our fighting. So he took the trophy... (Ross pauses) threw it in the lake. Chandler: Was the curse lifted?

    • Monica: We are playing for women everywhere. Okay, just think about every lousy date that you ever had, okay, every guy who kept on the TV while you're making out... Phoebe: Oh, my God! You dated someone with a glass eye too?!

    • Monica: Huddle up. Joey: All right, huddle up, right over here. Phoebe: Wait for me! Wait for me! Wait for me! Oh cool, this is my first huddle. Monica: Okay. Phoebe: Okay, so what do you guys really think of Chandler? Monica: Okay, Phoebe you know what you're doing right? Phoebe: Yeah. Monica: Okay, Joey's gonna catch it, and you and I are gonna block. Phoebe: What's block? Monica: Phoebe, I thought you said you know what you're doing? Phoebe: I thought you meant in life.

    • Monica: Okay, looks like Ross and I are captains. Okay, so, um, I bunnied first so that means I get to pick first. Joey. Joey: Thank you. Rachel: Monica, I'm your best friend. Ross: Sweetie, don't worry you'll get picked. Chandler. Rachel: Ross! Monica: Phoebe. Ross: Sweetie, now I pick you. Rachel: You don't pick me! You're stuck with me!

    • Monica: (In a sing-song voice) 42 to 21, like the turkey, Ross is done!

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    Notes (7)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Fotbal (Football)

    • According to Dateline "A Farewell to Friends," this is Courteney Cox Arquette's favorite episode.

    • Suzanna Voltaire is from America, and does not have an accent. She added the accent while auditioning for Margha. When they found out she was American, the crew was shocked.

    • #1 in "UK's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"

    • Music: "Get Ready For This" by 2 Unlimited "Misirlou" by Dick Dale & the Del-Tones "The Natural" by Randy Newman

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    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When Chandler runs into the wall it is clearly made of cardboard, shown by the way he almost knocks it over.

    • Inside joke: Phoebe plays this game wearing a "That Girl" T-shirt, including the caricature of Marlo Thomas that was that ABC show's logo. This is either a joke or a problem for the Friends universe, because Marlo plays Rachel's mother in three other episodes of Friends. The series also does something similar with another guest star, Tom Selleck.

    • Goof: after the first touchdown, Monica immediately gives the score as 7-0. Scoring 7 points per TD is typical of sandlot games (it's 6 in the real game) because there's usually no kicking game and therefore neither field goals (3) nor kicked extra points (1) - but then how how is Ross's team "up by two" before the climactic play? The only possible way would be a safety - a tackle in a team's defended end zone, which scores two points - but these are so rare, they would owe it to the audience to say so.

    • Goof: When Rachel is asking Ross if it was a strategy to not stop Joey, she is moving her hands. However when the camera angle changes, she suddenly has her hands on Ross's arms.

    • Goof: When they are talking about the Geller Cup, Monica is looking at Ross and then looks down. However when the camera angle changes, she is still looking at Ross and then looks down again.

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    Allusions (5)

    • In the final football play where Rachel catches Monica's Hail Mary pass, the background music is the home run theme from the 1984 film The Natural starring Robert Redford.

    • The shirt that Phoebe is wearing is That Girl, a show that Marlo Thomas, who plays Rachel's mom Sandra Green, was on from 1966 to 1971. The face on the shirt is Marlo Thomas.

    • Chandler: Well why don't you have Captain Hook explain it to her? Captain Hook is the villain in Peter Pan.

    • Joey: Nice try. See the Netherlands is this make-believe place where Peter Pan and Tinker Bell come from. Peter Pan is a book written by British novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. It has been adapted into numerous plays and movies including Walt Disney's Peter Pan. Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys live in a make-believe land called Neverland.

    • Joey: Alright, we have to pick captains. Chandler: And then Tennilles. The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s with a string of bright, catchy pop songs.

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