The One with the Late Thanksgiving

Season 10, Ep 8, Aired 11/20/03
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  • Episode Description
  • After Monica announces that she's not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, Phoebe talks her back into it. Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey are all late to the dinner, thanks to a baby beauty contest and a Rangers game, so Monica and Chandler lock them out. The gang is united again when Monica gets a phone call informing her that a pregnant girl from Ohio has selected her to adopt her unborn baby.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Cali Sheldon

    Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Noelle Sheldon

    Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Excellent

    By dillonpickle, Nov 25, 2008

  • Funny episode.Not the best thanksgiving but very good!!!

    By martooo_m, Apr 18, 2008

  • Brilliant thanksgiving episode with some great moments

    By super_friend21, Mar 12, 2007

  • funny

    By simpfan90210, May 07, 2007

  • the group begs monica to cook thanksgiving dinner but then they all show up late.

    By gilvatar, Aug 31, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Monica: We have to unscrew the chain.
      Joey: Well, hurry! I can't feel my ears!
      Chandler: Can you ever feel your ears?
      Joey: Interesting.

    • Joey: (With his head between the door and the frame) Help! I'm stuck!
      Phoebe: (In the hall) Here, I'll pull you through.
      Joey: Ow, stop, stop! Before you damage my head!
      Chandler: Little late for that!

    • Phoebe: Come on you guys, let's just do our own Thanksgiving. Rachel: Yeah! I'll cook! Ross: Yeah! Let's go out.

    • Rachel: What happened to your shirt? Ross: I got mugged. And they stole my pocket.

    • Ross: What's with the trophy? Phoebe: Uh, we were at the Spelling Bee. Rachel: And I won! Ross: You won an adult Thanksgiving day spelling bee. Rachel: Yes! (Spelling the word) Y-E-S. Yes!

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui ratait Thanksgiving (The One Who Missed Thanksgiving)

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

    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler are in the kitchen talking about the adoption agency, the studio light reflection is visible bouncing off the balcony window.

    • Goof: When Chandler tells Joey he can see his fake Rangers hand, Ross takes it off and throws it on the floor in front of him. However when Joey picks it up and throws it into the apartment, the foam finger is suddenly behind him.

    • Goof: Since Phoebe and Mike are now engaged, wouldn't they spend Thanksgiving together?

    • Continuity: It's not possible for Rachel to have an old key that works. In "The One Where Rachel Tells..." after Treeger knocks down the door, he clearly states that the door will need a new lock.

    • Continuity: How could Rachel still have her old key when she gave it to Monica when she moved out in "The One on the Last Night"? Plus, the four friends who are locked outside Chandler and Monica's apartment can't seem to be able to find a key. Yet, in the series finale, they all leave their own keys to the very same apartment on the counter. Why didn't they use them here?

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    Allusions (5)

    • Joey: Three tickets to today's Rangers game! The New York Rangers are a professional hockey team. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL, and have won the Stanley Cup four times.

    • Ross: When I was here for Holidays on Ice, I was so far away Michelle Kwan couldn't read my banner. This is alluding to the famous Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan who has won Nationals every year since 1998 and has won the worlds in 1998, 2000, and 2001.

    • Phoebe: (To Ross, Rachel and Joey) We're just... we're trying to figure out an excuse. Hey! Ooh! How about this: We can say that Monica told us 5 o'clock, not 4 o'clock. That way we're right on time! Or... or, we can plant PCP in the apartment and call the cops on her. She is alluding to the illicit street drug called phencyclidine (abbreviated as PCP), also known as "Angel Dust."

    • Phoebe: Now, the way I see it, our real competition now is Cameron. Oh my God, they just took her sweater off. Look at those arms! Hello Michelin Man. The Michelin Man is a TV mascot for Michelin tires with a body made up of tires. Phoebe made this allusion from the chubbiness of the baby's arms.

    • Chandler: You, me, and little Hemingway Bing. What? He's my favorite author. Monica: Name one of his books. Chandler: The Firm? The Firm is a John Grisham novel about a lawyer who accepts a job with a firm that, unbeknownst to him, is run by the Mafia. This book is one of many bestsellers written by Grisham. It has also been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise. Hemingway refers to Ernest Hemingway, a famous American novelist, who wrote The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms.

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