Trivia: In this episode we learn that as far back as high school, Chandler was a big part of Monica's life. She was romantically attracted to him from the first moment they met, and apparently, became a chef on his recommendation.
Goof: At the beginning of the episode, everyone is groaning from having eaten a huge Thanksgiving dinner, but at the end of the episode, Monica still has an overly-large, thawed-out, unroasted turkey to put on her head.
Continuity: In this episode we see Chandler as a child finding out his parents are getting a divorce. On his plate is some turkey and vegetables and all the other thanksgiving food, but in "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" we learned that Chandler was eating dessert and had a bite of pumpkin pie in his mouth when his parents told him they were getting divorced.
Goof: When Monica drops the knife that severs Chandler's toe, the camera angle changes to look up and someone's shadow moves across the ceiling.
Continuity: In the flashback where Joey gets the turkey stuck on his head, you can see the white-and-black tiled bathroom floor. The floor should be all white since Joey didn't put in the new tiling until "The One with Frank Jr.".
Goof: In the opening scene when Phoebe is trying to turn on the TV, the TV remote is laying on the table at an angle. When the shot changes it is laying straight, and then it is at an angle again.
Magna Doodle: Bye (with a drawing of the number 327 inside a heart with wings)
Goof: In the 1862 Thanksgiving, when Phoebe loses her arm it's obviously a fake and the strings can be seen when it blows up.
Goof: When Monica accidentally throws the knife in the air, you can see as it is flying through the air it has no tip on it, but when we see it heading for Chandler's toe, it has a point.
Goof: At the end of the episode where Monica is dancing with the turkey on her head, she places the fez on the top of the turkey and the glasses over the turkey's arms. When the camera angle changes, the fez jumps to a pinned-on position tilted back and the glasses are under the arms.
Continuity: In this episode, we see that Joey was an established friend and roommate since Thanksgiving 1992. Yet in "The One with the Flashback", it showed that Joey was just moving in and getting to know everyone in 1993.
Goof: When Chandler is in the hospital, the doctor's gloves keep disappearing and reappearing.
Continuity: Chandler and Rachel met several times at the Geller's house during Thanksgiving breaks while Chandler was in college and Rachel was in high school. But in "The One with the Flashback" they have absolutely no idea who the other one is when they see each other for the first time at a bar. Not to mention that they didn't know each other in "The One Where Monica gets a Roommate".
Joey: I am thankful for this beautiful fall we've been having. Yeah, the other day I was at the bus stop and this lovely fall breeze came in out of nowhere and blew this chick's skirt right up. Oh, which reminds me. I am also thankful for thongs.
Ross: Huh, I don't know what to pick. Am I more thankful for my divorce or my eviction? Hmm...
Phoebe: Wow! See, and I didn't think you'd be able to come up with anything.
Ross: I'm sorry... it's just that this is the worst Thanksgiving ever.
Chandler: No-no-no! I am the king of bad Thanksgivings. You can't just swoop in here with your bad marriage and take that away from me!
Rachel: (to Chandler) Oh, you're not gonna tell the whole story about how your parents got divorced again, are you?
Ross: Oh, God, no...
Monica: No, no, no...
Joey: No, no, c'mon! ...I wanna hear it! It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without Chandler bummin' us out!
Monica: (coming into the apartment) Hey, did you get the turkey baste-- (sees the turkey on Joey's head) Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Who is that?
Joey: (anguished) It's Joey!
Monica: What are you doing? Is that supposed to be funny?
Phoebe: No, it's not supposed to be funny, it's supposed to be scary.
Monica: Well get it off--now!
Joey: I can't, it's stuck!
Monica: I don't care! That turkey has to feed twenty people at my parents' house and they're not going to eat it off your head!
Monica: (about the turkey on Joey's head) Okay, Phoebe, you pull, I'm gonna spread the legs as wide as I can. (Joey laughs) Joey, now is not the time!
Rachel: (to Monica with Ross overhearing) Y'know what? ...I've just had it with high school boys! They're just silly... they're just silly... stupid... boys! ...I'm gonna start dating men!
Ross: (calling to his parents as a "man" to impress Rachel) Um... sorry Judy, I couldn't find that bowl... you and Jack were looking for...
Monica: (weirded out) Call them Mom and Dad, you loser!
Ross: (his image ruined) Monica!!
Judy: Oh, Monica, would you finish off these pies? There's no more room in the refrigerator.
Monica: (after hearing Chandler calling her "fat") No, thank-you...
Jack: Well, Judy, you did it... She's finally full!
Chandler: I am so sorry for calling you fat! I really am! But hey, I was an idiot back then! I rushed the stage at a Wham! concert for crying out loud!
Phoebe: I can't believe you called her fat.
Ross: I can't believe you let George Michael slap you!
Judy: (after Ross and Chandler arrive for Thanksgiving 1988) What we really want to hear about is Ross's new girlfriend...
Ross: Oh, mom... Okay! ...Um, her name is Carol... and she's really pretty and smart... and, uh, she's on a lacrosse team and a golf team--can you believe it? ...She plays for both teams!
Chandler: My toe! I need my toe!
Monica: I'm so sorry!
Chandler: Well, sorry doesn't bring back the little piggy who cried all the way home!
Chandler: (amused by Monica dancing with a turkey on her head) You are so great! I love you!
Chandler: Nothing! ...I said, I said "You're so great!" and then I just... I just stopped talking!
Monica: You said you loved me! I can't believe this!
Chandler: No, I didn't!
Monica: Yes, you did!
Chandler: No, I didn't!
Monica: You love me!
Chandler: No, I don't! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Nejhorší Díkůvzdání (The Worst Thanksgiving)
Elliott Gould (Jack Geller) is credited as a "special appearance."
Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) receives the "and" credit.
The EMT that rolls Chandler through the ER door is played by Douglas Looper who played the husband of the wheelchair-bound woman who has very mild contractions in "The One Where Rachel has a Baby (1)". He was also in "The One Where Chandler Can't Cry" as the vampire in the porn video with Ursula (Buffay The Vampire Layer). Looper also played a fireman in "The One with Ross's Thing".
Alternate Title: The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks.
This episode an received Emmy nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series (Debra McGuire).
#3 in "UK's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"
In this episode we learn that Chandler's toe was severed. This was a play on the fact that Matthew Perry is missing part of his right middle finger.
In the flashback where Joey gets the turkey stuck on his head, Joey complains that it smells bad and Phoebe replies "Of course it smells bad, you have your head up a dead animal's ass." In "The One Where Chandler Gets Caught" this flashback is reused. But this time Phoebe's reply is "Yeah, of course it smells bad, you have your head inside a turkey's ass!" Apparently they used another take when selecting the scene.
Matthew Perry actually grew a goatee for the scene when Joey scared him with the turkey.
This episode runs 22:38 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
In the 1987 flashback, Chandler's hair is styled after that of Mike Score, co-founder of the 1980s Liverpool band, A Flock Of Seagulls.
In the 1988 flashback, Ross and Chandler are dressed like Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice.
Chandler: That's why for an entire year people called me Sir Limps-A-Lot?
This is a word play on Sir Mix-A-Lot, a Grammy Award-winning rapper. Of course, both names are puns on the name Sir Lancelot, a knight of the round table in the Arthurian legend.