Friends

Season 2 Episode 9

The One with Phoebe's Dad

8
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 1995 on NBC
8.6
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It's Christmas time and Monica tries tipping with cookies, rather than cash, with mixed results. Phoebe learns that the guy in the pictures her grandmother keeps around is not her father and tries to track down her real father. Chandler and Joey wait too late to shop for presents.moreless

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  • Awesome.

    9.0
    It's Christmas time and Monica tries tipping with cookies, rather than cash, with mixed results. Phoebe learns that the guy in the pictures her grandmother keeps around is not her father but he is a model who comes in Macy's photo frames, so she tries to track down her real father, but in the end she feels that she is not ready for meeting him. Chandler and Joey wait too late to shop for presents, and are forced to buy gifts from a gas station. Ross asks Rachel to make a list about him, but he feels bad when she calls him obsessive. It's Christmas time on Friends - I love all the Christmas episode and for that matter all the Thanksgiving ones too. I love the storyline in this episode, i love the way Ross and Rachel act together because of the list. I love the other gangs storyline, I love the way the heater breaks then joey fixes it right at the end. Chandler and Joe'y Christmas presents are too funny, they're awesome in the earlier seasons.moreless
  • ok

    8.5
    It's Christmas time and Monica tries tipping with cookies, rather than cash, with mixed results. Phoebe learns that the guy in the pictures her grandmother keeps around is not her father and tries to track down her real father. Chandler and Joey wait too late to shop for presents. This was a dcent episode but a bit of a dissapointment, The presents scene was very good however and the part with Joey chandler and Phoebe in the taxi was good. all in all this was ok by the standard of the last few episodes I give it a 8.5 oot of 10.moreless
  • A hilarious Christmas episode!

    8.0
    A hilarious Christmas episode! The aftermath of "TOW The List" Ilike how Rachel gets her revenge on Ross by making a cons list of Ross. Ros is obsessive! Glad someone pointed that out. (i.e. Rachel) Plus the fact that everyone was blazing hot at the party in the middle of winter was hilarious! It was like a beach party. Ross trying to sieze the day. That was funny. Then in the end, Joey out of all people knew how to fix the radiator. Phoeve almost meeting her dad was a powerful plot. Chandler & Joey stuck in the backseat was hilarious! Phoebe's grandmother was very funny. Great episode.moreless
  • "Walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, everyone knows it's. . . just a big spring."

    10
    It's Christmas time! Monica and Rachel are low on cash so they tip everyone with cookies. The newspaper deliver guy wasn't too thrilled about the cookies and wads them up in the newspaper. But Mr. Treger likes them. Wehn Monica and Rachel throw a Christmas party thier radiater knob breaks off. Ross trys to pay off Mr. Treger to get the knob fixed but he can't the part till Monday. Phoebe finally learns that the guy in the pictures her grandmother keeps around is not her father and tries to track down her real father. Joey and Chandler buy CHristmas presents at the gas station.moreless
  • ...

    9.5
    A great Storyline and a really entertaining episode with great amouns of humour, and several funny and enjoyable parts! A definate must see episode if you are in the mood for a laugh! Brilliant! A great Storyline and a really entertaining episode with great amouns of humour, and several funny and enjoyable parts! A definate must see episode if you are in the mood for a laugh! Brilliant! A great Storyline and a really entertaining episode with great amouns of humour, and several funny and enjoyable parts! A definate must see episode if you are in the mood for a laugh! Brilliant!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Phoebe: Oh, Ugly Naked Guy is decorating his tree. Oh my God! You should see the size of his Christmas balls.

    • Joey: Hey, how much did you guys tip the super this year?
      Chandler: Yeah, we were gonna give fifty, but if you guys gave more, we don't wanna look bad.
      Monica: Oh, actually this year we just made him homemade cookies.
      Chandler: And twenty-five it is.
      Joey: You gave him cookies?
      Monica: Money is so impersonal. Cookies says someone really cares... Alright, we're broke, but cookies do say that.

    • Phoebe: A plate of brownies once told me a limerick.
      Chandler: Pheebs, let me ask you something... Were... were these, uh, "funny" brownies?
      Phoebe: Not especially. But you know what, I think they had pot in them!

    • Joey: I can't believe it's Christmas already. Ya know, I mean, one day you're eating turkey, the next thing ya know, your Lords are a-leapin' and your geese are a-layin'.
      Chandler: ...Which is why geese are so relaxed this time of year.

    • Ross: I got some, uh, hers and hers towels for Susan and Carol.

    • Monica: (about a shirt Ross got their Mom for Christmas) Look at these authentic fake medals. I tell ya, Mom's gonna be voted best dressed at the make-believe military academy.

    • Frances: (reading the obituaries) Esther Livingston... (scratching out name) Gone!
      (Phoebe enters)
      Frances: Hi, Pooh.
      Phoebe: Hi Gram. Whatcha doin'?
      Frances: Oh, just updating the phone book.

    • Frances: Alright, that is not your father, that's just a picture of a guy in a frame.
      Phoebe: Oh, God.
      Frances: It was your mother's idea. Ya know, she didn't want you to know your real father because it hurt her so much when he left, and, I didn't want to go along with it, but, well then she died and, and it was harder to argue with her. Not impossible, but harder.

    • Chandler: You know, I remember my father... all dressed up in the red suit, with the big black boots and the leather belt. Sneaking around downstairs, he didn't want anybody to see him, but he'd be drunk so he'd stumble, crash into something and wake everybody up.
      Rachel: That doesn't sound like a very merry Christmas.
      Chandler: Who said anything about Christmas?

    • Monica: (about Phoebe) I hope she's okay.
      Joey: Yeah, I know exactly what she's going through.
      Monica: How do you know exactly what she's going through?
      Joey: (finding the question odd) She told us.

    • Ross: Hey, Rach', you know what? I think I know what will make you feel better. How about you make a list about me.
      Rachel: What? Forget it Ross, no. I am not gonna stand here and make a list of...
      Ross: Come on, Rachel.
      Rachel: Okay, you're whiny, you are, you're obsessive, you are insecure, you're, you're gutless, you know? You don't ever, you don't just sort of seize the day, you know? You like me for what, a year, you didn't do anything about it. And, uh, oh, you wear too much of that gel in your hair.

    • Phoebe: Hello Grandma, if that is in fact your real name.

    • Joey: Phoebe here with the cab yet?
      Chandler: Yeah, she, she brought the invisible cab... hop in.

    • Phoebe: (handing Chandler a piece of paper) Alright, here, you have to hold this.
      Chandler: Okay. (reading paper) Brake left, gas right?
      Phoebe: Yeah, that's my cheat sheet.
      Chandler: Where's my seat belt?
      Phoebe: Oh, no, no, that side doesn't have one. The paramedics had to cut through it.
      (Chandler jumps out of the cab and climbs into the back seat)

    • Monica: (to Ross) For the sixteenth time, no... I do not think you're obsessive.

    • Rachel: Did you just break the radiator?
      Ross: No, I was just turning the knob and, uh, here it is.

    • Ross: (to Monica, about fixing the knob) Oh, oh that's right, I forgot about your ability to fuse metal.

    • Monica: Hey, it's Funny's cousin, Not Funny!

    • Monica: Look if worse comes to worse, it gets a little warm, we'll call it a theme party.
      Ross: Hey, here's a theme. "Come on in, live like bacon".

    • Ross: All right, all right, you know how you say I never seize the day? Well, all right, even though he's your super, I'm seizing. Mr. Treeger, here is fifty bucks, merry Christmas.
      Mr. Treeger: Oh wow, I didn't get you anything. Here's five back.
      Ross: No no, no, that, that's your Christmas tip, alright. Oh, hey, do you think there's a chance you could fix that radiator now?
      Mr. Treeger: No can do, like I told the girl, I can't get a new knob until Thursday.
      Monica: Ross.
      Ross: Yeah.
      Monica: Looks like he's playing baseball.
      Ross: You mean hardball?
      Monica: Whatever.

    • Rachel: (to Ross) Nice seizing... gel boy.

    • Mr. Treeger: So, uh, is this mistletoe?
      Rachel: (laughing uncomfortably) No.. no, uh, that, that is basil.
      Mr. Treeger: (coyly) Ah... 'cause if it was mistletoe, I was gonna kiss ya.
      Rachel: Ho-ho! Yeah, no, it's still basil.

    • Chandler: Ho, ho, ho, holy crap is it hot in here!

    • Joey: (hands her a blister-pack) Rach, these are for you.
      Rachel: Wiper blades! ...I don't even have a car.
      Joey: (hands her a little spray bottle) No, but with this new car smell, you'll think you do.

    • Joey: (while giving out Christmas presents to the group) ...and for Ross, Mr. Sweet Tooth...
      Ross: You got me a cola drink?
      Chandler: And... a lemon-lime!!
      Ross: Well, this... this is too much. I feel like I should get you another sweater.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Joey: I can't believe it's Christmas already. Ya know, I mean, one day you're eating turkey, the next thing ya know, your lords are a-leapin' and you geese are a-layin'.
      This is a line from the English Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

    • Rachel: How have you never been on Oprah?

      Oprah Winfrey is the Emmy Award winning host of the The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history.

    • Monica: You guys haven't gotten your presents yet? Tomorrow's Christmas Eve, what are you gonna do?
      Chandler: Don't you have to be Claymation to say stuff like that?

      Claymation, one of the many forms of stop motion animation, is when each animated piece is made of plasticine clay. It is famously used in television Christmas specials.

    • Monica: Oh look, and he did my crossword puzzle.
      Ross: Yeah, but not very well. Unless fourteen across "Gershwin musical" actually is "Bite me bite me bite me bite me."
      George Gershwin was an American composer who composed for Broadway, movies and the classical concert hall.

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