Season 5 Episode 8

The One with All the Thanksgivings

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Only on Television: 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.

    • Magna Doodle: Bye (with a drawing of the number 327 inside a heart with wings)

    • 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.

    • 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", the pilot episode.

    • 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.

    • Continuity: In the flashback where Joey gets the turkey stuck on his head, you can see the black-and-white tiled bathroom floor. The floor should be all white since Joey didn't put in the new tiling until "The One with Frank Jr." which took place a couple of years later.

    • Goof: In the 1862 Thanksgiving when Phoebe loses her arm, you can see the strings attached to the fake arm when it gets blown off.

    • 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.

    • Goof: When Monica accidentally tosses up the knife, as it's slowly flipping through the air you can see that the tip is broken off, but when it's dropping towards Chandler's toe, it's pointed.

    • 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 ear-hooks of the glasses over the turkey's wings. When the camera angle changes, the fez jumps to a pinned-on position tilted back and the ear-hooks of the glasses are under the wings.

    • 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.

    • Goof: When Chandler is in the hospital, the doctor's gloves keep disappearing and reappearing.

  • Quotes

    • 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: (facetiously) 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!

    • (Flashback)
      : (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!

    • (Flashback)
      : (about the turkey on Joey's head) Okay, Phoebe, you pull, I'm gonna spread the legs as wide as I can... (hearing Joey laugh) Joey, now is not the time!

    • (Flashback)
      : (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!!

    • (Flashback)
      (holding two partially-eaten pumpkin pies) Monica! ...why don't you finish off these pies? ...I don't have any more room in the fridge.
      Monica: (almost takes them, but after hearing Chandler call her "fat") No! No, thank-you! (pushes the pies aside and storms away)
      Jack: Well, Judy, you did it! ...She's finally full!

    • Chandler: (after being reminded he called her "fat") I am so sorry--I really am! But, c'mon... I was an idiot back then! ...I rushed the stage at a Wham! concert, for crying out loud!
      Phoebe: Oh... I can't believe you called her fat.
      Ross: I can't believe you let George Michael slap you!

    • (Flashback)
      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: (after learning how Monica cost him his toe) I can't believe this...
      Monica: Chandler... I said I was sorry...
      Chandler: Yeah, well, "sorry"... doesn't bring back the little piggy... that cried all the way home!

    • Chandler: (amused by Monica dancing with a turkey on her head) You are so great! I love you!
      Monica: (slowly turning to face Chandler) ...What?
      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: (panicked) No, I don't! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

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