Friends

Season 9 Episode 8

The One with Rachel's Other Sister

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 2002 on NBC
9.2
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Rachel's sister Amy tags along for Thanksgiving at Monica's place, because her (married) boyfriend cancels their plans. While watching the parade, Joey realizes that he forgot to show up for the Days of Our Lives cast float, and he asks Phoebe how to lie to his boss so he won't get in trouble. Monica obsesses about anybody damaging her best china. Amy, who is self-absorbed and can't remember anybody's correct names, thinks that if Rachel and Ross die, she will then get custody of Emma, but Rachel and Ross tell her that Monica and Chandler are going to get Emma. Arguments ensue, and Chandler tries to prove that he would be a good parent, even if Monica weren't around.moreless

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  • Great character development for Chandler, the last episode before Ross and Rachel's relationship begins to deteriorate again, and absolutely hilarious. Also one of Aniston's best performances. My favorite episode. And it got an Emmy!moreless

    10
    This is truly awesome. Everybody is so funny in this episode. Rachel's self-centered sister (Christina Applegate) comes to Rachel for comfort at Thanksgiving because she boyfriend's wife came back into town! Amy gets invited to Thanksgiving at Monica's (which in Ross's words is like bringing the Indians syphillis), but she messes it up. Amy wants custody of Emmet, sorry, Emily, no, Emma, but Ross and Rachel say Emma goes to Monica and Chandler. However, Chandler discovers that Monica needs to be alive or he loses the baby, and gets upset that nobody sees him as a father figure because he's trying for a child. Monica comforts him about this on a touching scene in the hallway. Meanwhile, Joey has forgotten to go to the parade on TV, and he needs to think of a lie to excuse himself. Phoebe decides to teach him how to lie (notably, she says she can see the strings on the videos of man walking on the moon!). She jokingly plans to teach him how to steal the following week.



    Monica has bought some plates, and she's very cautios about them. She wanted to save them for the Queen, but Chandler told her she should take the hint if she keeps getting cancelled on. Monica is overprotective about the plates, and it results in Chandler telling her he'll be careful for the rest of his life, until told otherwize, it results in her pinching Ross, and it results in her having to suggest to everybody to cut their food in mid-air. Phoebe later makes fun of her for this. She also doesn't let the gang use the fancy China for desert, because she believe that is parallel to blowing noses on her wedding dress!



    Rachel and Amy's fight goes over the top, ending up in physical violence, and a plethora of hilarious insults! During the fight (in which Ross advises Rachel to kick and Joey advises Rachel to pull Amy's top off), one of Monica's plates break. Monica collapses and Chandler tells the girls off, and Ross realizes that maybe Chandler can be a good father. Eventually, all the chaos gets resolved, until Chandler breaks ALL the plates, and Joey lets it slip to Monica (in which he tries to cover up with his lying skills taught to him by Phoebe).



    Overall, this is the best episode. Simply because it is so extremely funny. This is one of Rachel's best episodes, better than TOW Rachel Finds Out, TOW Ross Finds Out and TOW The Videotape. Some of the characters have great lines, which I won't list here because it will take so long. I definately reccomend a watch, it's fabulous. Definately deserving of an Emmy.moreless
  • brilliant episode!

    10
    Rachel's sister Amy tags along for Thanksgiving at Monica's place, because her (married) boyfriend cancels their plans. While watching the parade, Joey realizes that he forgot to show up for the Days of Our Lives cast float, and he asks Phoebe how to lie to his boss so he won't get in trouble. Monica obsesses about anybody damaging her best china. Amy, who is self-absorbed and can't remember anybody's correct names, thinks that if Rachel and Ross die, she will then get custody of Emma, but Rachel and Ross tell her that Monica and Chandler are going to get Emma. Arguments ensue, and Chandler tries to prove that he would be a good parent, even if Monica weren't around.moreless
  • "Who has to die for me to get her?" - Joey

    9.6
    It's Thanksgiving and Rachel's sister Amy is visiting. Apperently Rachel is the mature one of the Green sisters. Joey was suppose to be on the parade this year but forgot. So Phoebe helps him with a good lie because Joey stinks at lying. Monica aka The Crazy Plate Lady is using her fancy wedding china and well is really obsessive about them. I love obsessive Monica. The catfight between Rachel and Amy was really funny. Especially when they break one of the plates and Monica faints. But Chandler stops them and shows his father skills. This was a great Thanksgiving episode and one of the best episodes of season 9.moreless
  • "That's okay. You're totally right. I don't know anything about disciplining a child. But it did hurt my feelings, and I want you to know that if I die... you don't get Joey."-Chandler Bing.moreless

    9.5
    Amy, Rachel's spoiled, irresponsible sister, shows up for Thanksgiving. The gang argues over who gets custody of Emma if Ross and Rachel die. Great episode I love it, as usaul thanksgiving episodes of Friends are great and this is my second favourite of the series, I loved it with Monica and the plates, when one of the smashes and she collapses was great couldn't stop laughing it was one of her best moments, also when Chandler breaks all of them at the end was genius. I loved to finally see Racheals other sister and it was really fuuny when they were fighting.moreless
  • ABOUT THE KNOCKING ON THE TABLE.....

    9.8
    ok so everytime i watch this episode i ask myself why ross and rachel knock on the table when she says "if something were to happen to ross or myself" idk y dey do that...other than that this episode cracks me up everytime...



    "Crazy Plate Lady"



    My favorite part is when chandler tells ross "you're totally right i dont know anything about disciplining a child. but it did hurt my feelings and i want you to know that if i die you dont et joey"

    LOL



    what cracks me up da most is the part where rachel says "and you wanna know why i am not giving emily to you" and then ross says "emma" and rachel says "oh who's side are you on!"

    that cracks me up.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Trivia: Upon hearing the name "Muskogee" on television, Chandler exclaims, "Muskogee!? That's like four hours from Tulsa!". Chandler is indeed new to Oklahoma. Muskogee is only fifty miles from Tulsa, less than a one hour drive.

    • Goof: As Rachel's sister comes out from the back of Ross's apartment to say that she has been dumped by her boyfriend, a microphone is visible at the top of the screen as she walks towards the sofa to sit down.

    • Goof: In the scene where Rachel and her sister are fighting, a few seconds before they break the first plate, the flaps on the box Chandler is holding are open. However seconds later the flaps are now closed with Chandler still holding the box.

    • Goof: When Chandler breaks Monica's dishes, Emma's carseat rotates and then switches back between shots.

    • Goof: In the scene where Rachel and her sister are fighting and Phoebe says to Joey, "Should we stop this?," Joey is mouthing the same line right before saying his own line.

    • Goof: In the scene where Rachel is introducing her sister to the rest of the gang in Monica's apartment, there are napkins on the plates on the table. However in the next shot nothing is on the plates.

    • Goof: When Chandler puts the box of plates down on the chair, the top flaps are down. When he knocks it off, the box is open.

    • Goof: When Rachel and her sister argue and fight, the guest bedroom door keeps opening and closing throughout the scene.

    • Goof: When Monica is showing everyone how they should cut the food without touching the plates, the camera first shows her holding up the knife and the food. But after the camera comes back on her after quickly showing Amy and Rachel, she is no longer holding up the food or the knife.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Amy: (To Ross and Rachel) How about this, you guys die and the crazy plate lady dies, then do I get the baby?
      Chandler: No, if crazy plate lad... (Monica stares at him) If Monica dies then I would get Emma, right?
      Rachel: Well actually...
      Chandler: Actually what?
      Ross: Well.. it's just, it's just in that case, then... Emma would go to my parents.
      Chandler: What?
      Amy: Hurts, doesn't it?

    • Monica: I want to have a kid with you because I think you're going to be an amazing dad... at the fun parts and the hard parts.
      Chandler: Oh yeah, well can you picture me saying "Go to your room! You're grounded?"
      Monica: Can you hear me say "You're grounded?"
      Chandler: You said that to me last week.
      Monica: How hard is it? No shoes on the furniture.

    • Rachel: Amy, you remember Ross.
      Amy: Not really. But you are much cuter then that geeky guy she used to date.
      Ross: That was me.
      Amy: No, he was this creepy guy from high school who had this huge crush on her since like the ninth grade.
      Ross: Still me.
      Amy: No, I'm not talking about you. (To Rachel) It was your fat
      friend's brother with that bad afro, do you remember?
      Ross: Amy. I'm going to save you some time, okay. All me.

    • Rachel: I would like to invite Amy to Thanksgiving.
      Ross: You know, I think that's a great idea. It'll be like the Pilgrims bringing the Indians syphilis.

    • Amy: (About Emma) Oh, she's precious. Do you ever worry that she's gonna get your real nose?
      Rachel: Amy! (Pause) Yes, I do. I really do.

    • Ross: Dude, well done! If I die, and Rachel dies and Monica dies, then you can totally take care of Emma.
      Chandler: Oh yeah? Well thanks.
      Ross: So, now do I get Joey?
      Chandler: Okay. But you should know, he eats five times a day and shoves pennies up his nose.

    • Rachel: Monica is Ross's sister.
      Amy: No. Ross's sister was really fat.
      Monica: That was me.
      Amy: No. She was this really dorky girl in high school, that used to follow Rachel around like a puppet--
      Rachel: Amy, you have got to stop doing that!

    • Ross: Hey, dude, you okay? Sorry about before.
      Chandler: That's okay. You're totally right. I don't know anything about disciplining a child. But it did hurt my feelings, and I want you to know that if I die... you don't get Joey.

    • Rachel and Ross: (Knock on the door) Who is it?
      Amy: It's your favorite sister!
      Rachel and Ross: Jill?
      Amy: Amy!
      Rachel: Hide my rings!

    • Monica: (About Rachel and Amy fighting) My God! Somebody do something! Stop them!
      Joey: What? Stop them? Throw some jello on them!

    • Monica: (To Phoebe and Joey) Wait, what are you doing?
      Joey: Setting the table.
      Phoebe: Yeah, we thought it might be nice to use the fancy china for dessert too.
      Monica: Oh, how nice. Maybe later we can all go blow our noses on my wedding dress!

    • Monica: I think we should save our wedding china for something special, like if the Queen comes over.
      Chandler: Honey, she keeps cancelling on us, take the hint.

    • Amy: Oh, I know, I know. I've just been crazed.
      Rachel: Oh well yeah me too. I had a baby.
      Amy: I decorated Dad's office.
      Rachel: Oh, yeah? Well unless you pushed a desk out of your vagina, not the same thing.

    • Amy: I was thinking of changing her name. I'm not a big fan of Emily.
      Ross: Emma.
      Amy: (To Phoebe) Emma, Ross wants you.
      Phoebe: Phoebe!
      Amy: (To Ross and Rachel) Why does she keep making that noise?

    • Monica: So welcome. Is this your first time seeing Emma?
      Amy: Yeah I... I think so. (Sticks her hand out to shake hands with Phoebe) It's nice to meet you Emma.
      Phoebe: Phoebe.
      Amy: Oh. That's a funny noise.

    • Amy: Yeah, well you know what I cannot believe. That my so-called sister,
      gets a 30% discount from Ralph Lauren and I still have to pay retail.
      Rachel: Ha ha. It's 45.

    • Amy: You know, this is classic Rachel.
      Rachel: Yeah, right. Remember in high school when I died and didn't give you my baby?

    • Rachel: You didn't even come to visit me when I was in the hospital having the baby!
      Amy: Yeah, well, you didn't come to visit me when I was getting my lips done.
      Rachel: I did! The first time.

    • Rachel: Emma, this is your first thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? Mommy's boobies?
      Ross: A lot of people are thankful for those.

    • Joey: (About Emma) Who has to die before I get her?

    • Monica: (To Chandler) Emma is the product of a bottle of Merlot and a five year old condom.

    • Amy: You know what? Your baby isn't even that cute anyway.
      Ross: Too far Amy, too far.

    • Amy: You know I've been focusing so hard on my career!
      Rachel: What? What career?
      Amy: I'm a decorator!
      Rachel: What? You decorate Dad's office and now you're a decorator? Okay. I went to the zoo today. Now I'm a koala bear!

    • Rachel: (To Amy) Do you know why I'm not giving Emily to you?
      Ross: Emma.
      Rachel: Oh, whose side are you on?!

    • Chandler: So let me get this straight. My friends die, then we get Emma, then my wife dies, then Emma, the one tiny ray of hope left in my life gets taken away from me?!
      Phoebe: Now there's your movie!

    • Amy: Can I take this upstairs?
      Ross: Sure. We don't live there, but...

    • Amy: It would be just like a movie. Like at first I wouldn't know what to do with her, then I'd rise to the occasion, and I'd get a makeover, and get married!
      Phoebe: That's a great movie!

    • Amy: You know what would be incredible? If you guys died!
      Ross: Thank you, Amy!

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