"The One Where Ross Got High" is simply one of the best FRIENDS episodes ever. Thanksgiving was always special for the show and the series produced a number of great turkey day episodes but this one is in a class by itself. The entire episode is basically a one-set real-time holiday dinner, and each character has their own storyline and genuinely hilarious subplots: Monica hasn't told her parents that she's living with Chandler, and Chandler is horrified to find out the reason- Mr. and Mrs. Geller hate him. Joey and Ross want to eat as fast as they can to leave and join Joey's beautiful roommate and her dancer friends, and Pheobe develops a sudden and unexplained crush on Jack Geller (Elliot Gould). To top it all off Rachel is in charge of cooking desert- a traditional English trifle- and she unknowingly ruins the recipe with beef and peas.
It's so popular now to call the sitcom dead, to mock the idea of the live studio audience and the wacky neighbor, but this episode would silence even the coldest critic. Ross' confession to his parents that he smoked pot in college is hilarious, and their exaggerated reactions are as funny as they are true. "Ross..." says Mrs. Geller, melodramatic, "Drugs... divorced, again..."
But maybe funniest of all is everyone pretending to enjoy Rachel's disgusting desert so as not to hurt her feelings. Ross' line, "It tastes like FEET!" was perfect, and the various excuses given Rachel are priceless. The episode ends with a classic switch: The Gellers, who entered disliking Chandler, leave praising him and entrusting him to watch over their daughter and "misfit" son.
FRIENDS was frequently great but due to it's multiple storylines few episodes gelled this well and held together so beautifully. "The One Where Ross Got High" is bright, memorable, and surely one of the best episodes of the series.