Friends

Season 1 Episode 9

The One Where Underdog Gets Away

7
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 1994 on NBC
8.7
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Monica burns her first Thanksgiving dinner as the Underdog balloon gets away, Joey become a poster boy for VD, and Ross sings to his unborn child.

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  • Great

    8.5
    Monica burns her first Thanksgiving dinner as the Underdog balloon gets away, Joey become a poster boy for VD, and Ross sings to his unborn child. The first Thanksgiving was a good one, the series has delivered funnier Thanksgiving episodes but this one was a good first try. Joey having VD was histerically funny the posters around town and at times square and the scene at the subway where the girl hes hitting on runs off after seeing the poster lol. I like the ending with the sandwiches what a crap thanksgiving that would be. I give it a 8.5 out of 10moreless
  • The UN-perfect Thanksgiving.

    10
    This episode was really great and it is a definite classic. The first real holiday episode. Everyone wants their Thanksgiving to be perfect, well there in for a very NOT perfect Thanksgiving. All of the holiday is ruined when Monica & Rachel leave the keys in their house. Ross' plot with singing to the baby wasn't that funny. Everything else was very good. I like how they showed clips of the actual parade. And actual underdog. I like how Monica has a psychotic breakdown towards the end of the episode. I kind of felt bad for her and how none of her friends appreciate her. But an amazing classic episode.moreless
  • Awesome.

    9.5
    The One Where Underdog Gets Away - Monica plans a lovely, quiet Thanksgiving feast in her apartment but her plans go awry. What an awesome episode of "Friends". This is one of my faovurites in sesaon one, because it is so funny, and I always love the Thanksgiving episodes and this has to be in the top five favourite Thanksgiving episodes. I love the way everyone wants different potatoes. Oh and I always love it because Joey "gets" VD. So funny. Some awesome line and scenes in this episode of "Friends", that is why I love it so much. All in all awesome episode, I love the way Ross is with the baby too. Oh and I also love Susan in this episode, she is very funny.moreless
  • Ross: (Singing to Carol's stomach) Hey, hey, I'm your daddy. I'm the one without any breasts.

    9.7
    Monica plans a lovely, quiet Thanksgiving feast in her apartment but her plans go awry. What an awesome episode of "Friends". This is one of my faovurites in sesaon one, because it is so funny, and I always love the Thanksgiving episodes and this has to be in the top five favourite Thanksgiving episodes. I love the way everyone wants different potatoes. Oh and I always love it because Joey "gets" VD. So funny. Some awesome line and scenes in this episode of "Friends", that is why I love it so much. All in all awesome episode, I love the way Ross is with the baby too. Oh and I also love Susan in this episode, she is very funny.moreless
  • An adventurous first Thanksgiving episode event that will go down in the history as one of the most funniest episode for me!!!

    9.6
    I really like this episode and it is one of the most memorable episodes fore me.I watched it this week and it gave me so much fun and excitement that the whole week turned out to be great for me.I really love this episode because it shows the full potential of Friends and the great middle of the first season.Thanksgiving is a Friends event and this is the first episode from this annual event and it is one of the greatest.It is someind underrated but I think it's great.The plot is very interesting and intriguing.Monica is making the perfect Thansgiving dinner in order to make everyone from the friends happy as they spend the holiday with the family.This is the first Thanksgiving together for them and the end of the event is great when thet=y sit for a dinner and there is no turkey.I adore Friends.It's great every season!!!moreless
Max Wright

Max Wright

Terry

Guest Star

Lara Harris

Lara Harris

Obsession Girl

Guest Star

Jane Sibbett

Jane Sibbett

Carol Willick

Recurring Role

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Susan Bunch

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [uncredited]

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Continuity: Phoebe says that Ugly Naked Guy is pulling his turkey out of the oven. However, in future episodes when Ross moves into that apartment, the kitchen is behind a door and is not visible from Monica's apartment.

    • Continuity: In this episode, when Ross is talking to the fetus, he mentions that he took Palaeontology as a dare. However in several future episodes it is mentioned how much Ross loved dinosaurs and Palaeontology in his childhood.

    • Goof: Apparently Monica and Rachel's apartment doesn't have working smoke alarms. When they finally get back in and everything is burnt, there's a lot of smoke in the air and no alarms to be heard.

    • Goof: After the food is burned, the group is sitting in front of the TV watching skiing. When Monica turns off the TV, two crew members are visible in the TV's reflection.

    • Continuity: During Monica's rant about dinner she said it is her first Thanksgiving, but in "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks" she was making Thanksgiving dinner when Joey got his head stuck in turkey.

    • Continuity: The girl's apartment door is always unlocked. You see people walking in all the time, and you see nobody locking it. If somebody would have locked it, this person would have the key. Furthermore, in the final episode Monica mentions that they should leave their keys for Treager, and now everyone has one. Granted, it's ten years later but still.

    • Continuity: Phoebe's a vegetarian and won't even touch meat, however in this episode she's preparing the Thanksgiving turkey with Monica. Also in "The One with the Lottery," Phoebe says she would like to break a wishbone claiming that just because vegetarians don't eat meat doesn't mean they don't like to play with the carcasses.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Monica: I swear you said you had the key!
      Rachel: No I didn't. I wouldn't say I have the key unless I had the key, and I obviously don't have the key!
      Phoebe: Okay, enough with the keys! No one say key!
      (Five seconds later)
      Monica: Why would I have the keys?
      Rachel: Aside from the fact that you said you had them?
      Monica: But I didn't!
      Rachel: Well, you should have! had them!
      Monica: Why?
      Rachel: Because!

    • Rachel: Why do you guys have so many keys anyway?
      Chandler: For emergencies just like this?

    • Phoebe: Ew!
      Rachel: What?
      Phoebe: Ugly naked guy is taking his turkey out of the oven. He's not alone! Ugly naked guy is having Thanksgiving with ugly naked gal!
      (Everyone runs over to the window.)
      Joey: Ugly naked guy looks happy.
      Monica: Aw, ugly naked dancing!

    • Joey: Hey, Monica, I got a question. I don't see any tater tots.
      Monica: That's not a question.

    • Rachel: Terry, I, I, I know that I haven't worked here very long, but I was wondering, do you think it would be possible if I got a $100 advance in my salary?
      Terry: An advance?
      Rachel: It's so that I can spend Thanksgiving with my family. See, every year we go skiing in Vail, and normally my father pays for my ticket, but I sort of started the whole independence thing, you know, which is actually why I took this job.
      Terry: Rachel, Rachel, sweetheart. You're a terrible, terrible waitress. Really, really awful.

    • Ross: Oh, I uh, just came by to pick up my skull. Well, not mine, but...
      Susan: Come in.
      Ross: Thanks. Yeah, Carol borrowed it for a class, and I have to get it back to the museum.
      Susan: What's it look like?
      Ross: Kinda like a big face without skin.

    • Chandler: An 80-foot inflatable dog loose over the city? How often does that happen?
      Phoebe: Almost never.

    • Chandler: The most unbelievable thing has happened. Underdog has gotten away.
      Joey: The balloon?
      Chandler: (In a sarcastic tone) No, no, the actual cartoon character. Of course the balloon.

    • Monica: And I assume Chandler, you're still boycotting all the pilgrim holidays.
      Chandler: Yes every single one of them.

    • Chandler: Alright I'd like to propose a toast, a little toast here. Ding, ding! I know this isn't exactly the kind of Thanksgiving that all of you planned, but for me, this has been really great. You know, I think because it didn't involve divorce or projectile vomiting. Anyway I was just thinking, I mean, if you had gone to Vail or if you guys had been with your family or if you didn't have syphilis and stuff ... we wouldn't be all together you know, so I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm very thankful that all your Thanksgivings sucked.
      Everyone Else: That's so sweet!
      Ross: And hey, here's to a lousy Christmas!
      Rachel: And a crappy new year.
      Chandler: Here, Here!

    • Monica: (Holding sandwich) Does anybody wanna split this with me?
      Joey: Oh, I will.
      Phoebe: Ooh, you guys have to make a wish.
      Monica: Make a wish?
      Phoebe: Come on, you know, Thanksgiving.
      (They rip the sandwich in two halfs)
      Phoebe: Ooh, you got the bigger half. What'd you wish for?
      Joey: The bigger half.

    • Ross: (Singing to Carol's stomach) Hey, hey, I'm your daddy. I'm the one without any breasts.

    • Ross: (Talking to Carol's stomach) And everyone's telling me, you gotta pick a major, you gotta pick a major. So, on a dare, I picked paleontology. And you have no idea what I'm saying, because, let's face it, you're a fetus. You're just happy you don't have gills anymore.

    • Ross: Do you, uh, do you talk about me?
      Susan: Yeah, yeah, all the time.
      Ross: Really?
      Susan: But um, we just refer to you as Bobo the Sperm Guy.

    • Ross: (On inviting Carol over for Thanksgiving dinner) (Mimicking) Ooh, ooh. Because she's my ex-wife, and will probably want to bring her, ooh, ooh, lesbian life partner.

    • Monica: (About Joey's modeling job) Oh, wow, so you're gonna be one of those "healthy, healthy, healthy guys"?
      Phoebe: You know, the asthma guy was really cute.
      Chandler: Do you know which one you're gonna be?
      Joey: No, but I hear lyme disease is open, so... (Crosses fingers)
      Chandler: Good luck, man. I hope you get it.

    • Chandler: (To Joey) And this from the cry-for-help department. Are you wearing makeup?
      Joey: Yes, I am. As of today, I am officially Joey Tribbiani, actor slash model.
      Chandler: That's so funny, 'cause I was thinking you look more like Joey Tribbiani, man slash woman.

    • Ross: Wow, you guys sure have a lot of books about being a lesbian.
      Susan: (Deadpan) Well, you know you have to take a course. Otherwise, they don't let you do it.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Joey: Set another place for Thanksgiving. My entire family thinks I have VD.
      Chandler: Tonight, on a very special Blossom.

      Blossom was a half-hour comedy television series broadcast on NBC about a teenage girl living with her father and two brothers. Sometimes it would air "very special" episodes focusing on more serious issues such as drug use or teen pregnancy.

    • Ross: Hey...hey, Yertle the Turtle, a classic.

      Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories is a book containing three stories written by famous children's author Dr. Seuss.

    • Ross: (Singing) Hey, hey, you're my baby, and I can't wait to meet you. When you come out I'll buy you a bagel, and then we'll go to the zoo.

      Ross is singing a version of The Monkees theme tune.

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