The One with the Rumor

Season 8, Ep 9, Aired 11/22/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Monica invites an old friend from high school over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware that Will started a "We Hate Rachel" club with Ross. Meanwhile, Joey vows to eat an entire turkey by himself, and Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch football to avoid helping in the kitchen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • 809

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 10, 2010

  • TOW The Rumor

    By seriesguy3998, Sep 06, 2009

  • "I'm a Tribbiani! And this is what we do! We may not be great thinkers or world leaders, we don't read a lot or run very fast, but damnit! We can eat!" - Joey

    By FriendsSvuLost8, Feb 07, 2008

  • "Everybody at my high school heard that! (To Rachel) You were the hermaphrodite cheerleader from Long Island?!"-Chandler Bing.

    By efc1991, Jan 10, 2008

  • Best episode ever of Friends!

    By pinkOTHgirl, Oct 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • Ross: I'm back in the club! (High-fives Will) Phoebe: I wanna be in the club! Rachel: Phoebe! Phoebe: I'm sorry, but I never got to be in a club. I didn't go to high school. But three of us would meet behind a dumpster to learn French. Bonjour.

    • Ross: What do you want me to do? Call everyone in our high school and tell them it wasn't true? Rachel: Yes! Will: Could you also tell them I'm skinny now? Monica: Oh! Me too?

    • Rachel: Who else was in this club? Ross: That kid from Thailand, but I don't think he really knew what it was.

    • Rachel: (About the I hate Rachel Green Club) Did you know about this? Monica: I swear I didn't know. Wait a minute; is that why the two of you used to go into your room and lock the door? Ross: Yes. Monica: Gotta tell you, that's a relief.

    • Chandler: When you were in high school you made out with a 50-year-old woman? Ross: Hey! She didn't look 50! Chandler: Did she look 16?

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    Notes (9)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui avait fait courir la rumeur (The One Who Had Spread The Rumor)

    • The rumor about Rachel having male and female reproductive organs drew criticism from the Intersex Society of North America, a member of which wrote a strongly-worded letter of complaint to NBC, calling the episode "ignorant, insulting, degrading, and absolutely unprofessional." The member urged the network to learn about intersex individuals via the Society's website and read an on-air apology before future episodes.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series (Stephen Prime).

    • Brad Pitt received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in this episode.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (Nick McLean).

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    Trivia (11)

    • Goof: When Monica is hugging Will, she pulls away after he kisses her cheek. In the next shot from behind, she starts to pull away again.

    • Continuity: As stated in "The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress," Monica and Chandler's wedding was on May 15 and Rachel was about a month pregnant. In this episode, it's Thanksgiving which means Rachel should be about seven months pregnant, yet she isn't showing at all.

    • Factual Error: Season 8 takes place during the year 2002 and Chandler is watching a Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on TV. He says to Monica, "Anderson just scored again" and then says to Phoebe "there is no Anderson". However, both the Packers and the Lions had a player named Anderson on their teams. Scotty Anderson (a wide receiver) played for the Lions and Marques Anderson (a safety) played for the Packers during the 2002 season.

    • Goof: When Joey comes in wearing the maternity pants, he walks over to the table and pulls out a chair. When the shot changes, he pulls out the chair again.

    • Goof: When Will screams "Yams" during dinner, Ross is looking away from Will. When the shot changes, Ross is looking at Will with no time to move his head.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Joey: Did you know that during pregnancy your fingers swell up to twice their size and never go back? The book Joey is reading is "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Now in it's third edition, this book written by Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkoff is consistently on the New York Times Best Seller List in the advice category.

    • Monica: You look great you must've lost like ... Will: 150 pounds. Yeah, I'm gonna be in one of those Subway sandwich commercials! Subway has been running a series of commercials featuring Jared, a man who lost a great deal of weight by eating a healthy diet of Subway sandwiches in addition to an exercise routine.

    • When Monica asks Chandler to name three football players, he actually alludes to two names that aren't related to football--Gretzky and Agassi. Wayne Gretzky plays ice hockey, and Andre Agassi plays tennis.

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