Friends

Season 9 Episode 8

The One with Rachel's Other Sister

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 2002 on NBC
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Episode Fan Reviews (15)

9.2
out of 10
Average
262 votes
  • 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!

    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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • "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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • great Episode

    9.3
    Rachels "other" sister comes over for thanksgiving diner. She is up-herself and cant remember anyones names.

    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? This episode is really great Christina Applegate does a great job as Rachels sister. It is extremely funny her not remembering anyones names and expecting to get Emma if Rachel and Ross died. This is a really great episode and should be watched!!! Christina Applegate won an Emmy for this episode and if you watch it you will see why!!!
  • I watched this episode, once, twice, thrice, and time and time again, and I still laugh at it harder than at any other epiosode.

    10
    This episode is truly a masterpiece. There are so many funny parts, and they come so frequently, you never actually stop laughing after the first big joke (which I think is 'I will be careful, until told otherwize'). Rachels best line is 'Okay, I went to the zoo yesterday, so now I am a koala bear', Monica's best line is 'Emma is a product of a 5 year-old condom and a box of Morlot' or 'Let us go and blow our noses on my wedding dress'. Phoebe's best moment is 'How about the whole man walking on the moon thing? You can see the strings people!', 'Next week, stealing.' or 'Yes Monica, you're all about the fun(!) (as she cuts her vegetables in mid-air as Monica suggested). Joey's obsession with racoon's is very funny, as is his forgetting to go to the parade and pick up his mother at the airport. I love it when he says 'Let us throw some jello on them!' and 'Who has to die for me to get her?'

    Chandler has some of the best lines too. '2 of my best friends die, then my wife dies, then the one tiny ray of hope left in my life takes taken away from me?' This followed by Phoebe's 'Thats a great movie!' and Joey's 'Who has to die for me to get her?' is enough to get you laughing non-stop through the 3 minute advert break which follows. Chandler saying 'Im not incompetant, because I managed to survive whatever it was that killed the three of you!' is also funny, as it 'By the way, that was totally arousing.'

    Ross's sarcasm in this episode is great too.

    Amy: You know what would be great? If you guys died!
    Ross: Thank You Amy(!)

    Amy: You think you can spend Thanksgiving with your boyfriend, and then his wife comes back into town! Its not even worth dating married guys!
    Ross: Dont say that.

    Ross: It will be like the pilgrims bringing the Indians syphillis.

    I also like it when Amy rants on about Monica and Ross in the past, not realizing the same people are in the room.

    The name-mixing thing is also hilarious.

    Amy: I would like to change her name, Im not really a big fan on Emily.
    Ross: Emma!
    Amy: Emma! Ross wants you!
    Phoebe: PHOE-BE!
    Amy: Why does she keep making that noise?

    Amy crying over her sister's Ralph Lauren discount is incredibly amusing as is her random sushi obsession.

    So, what is it that makes this episode so great?
    It has one of the best guest stars in Friends's 10 year run.
    It has some of the best jokes.
    It is one episode in the later Season's where the Friends are all together.
    It has baby Emma in it, and Chandler wanting to be a father, yet it doesnt make the Friends seem grown-up like we all feared it would.
    It doesnt center about one character, but had all 6 characters playing equally major parts.
    A person can watch this episode an get familiar with all the characters and their personalities very easily.

    I just can't believe how good this episode is. It definately did deserve an Emmy award.
  • Ive watched every episode of Friends. I think this one is the best of all. When I first watched this episode, it made me want to watch Friends everyday from that moment on.

    10
    Rachel invites her sister Amy thanksgiving. Phoebe teaches Joey how to lie. Chandler worries about whether he will be a good father.

    In my opinion there are many highlights of this episode. Rachel and Amy's fight is a very funny part and Monica collapsing when the plate smashes is very funny. Phoebe ranting on about how she doesnt believe that men have walked on the moon is priceless. Monica telling the others not to scracth the plates, but eat their food in the air makes me laugh just to think about. Joey fogetting to be at the parade and forgetting to take his grandmother to the aiport is hilarious. Amy forgetting Emma's name, and thinking Phoebe is Emma is also very funny.

    Anybody who watches this episode, and gets all the jokes will probably understand why so many people say this is the best episode.
  • I think this is the very best episode of Friends, but it has not gotton the top of the leaderboards simply because it is in Season 9, rather than Season 5, which I think is a real shame, especially considering it IS THE BEST episode of Friends.

    10
    This episode is so hilariously funny. Rachel's sister, Amy (Christina Applegate) gets invited by Rachel to Monica's thanksgiving dinner, but unfortunately it gets ruined by her presence. Amy wants to know that if Ross and Rachel die she gets Emma (a.k.a. Emmet, Emily, etc.), but she it not happy when she finds out Monica and Chandler are next in line. A heated arguement arises. Meanwhile, Phoebe teaches Joey how to lie (because he needs an excuse as to why he was not at the parade on TV).

    I think this episode is so funny because of how the very funny (and very numerous) running jokes get repeated throughout the episode, and they all get mixed up with each other in conversations. For this to be achieved the episode has to start off by introducing all of the episode jokes (which Friends does very well in all of its episodes), so this meant a less eventful first 5 minutes, but all the episodes (excluding the Season premieres and the two-parters) start off in a similar manner. It is also great to see an A-list celebrity playing a major role in an episode, and I really think she deserved an Emmy award for her acting in this episode.

    Rachel and Amy's fight is also very funny, and a lot of character development is made as Chandler worries about being a father. The plates subplot is wonderfully acted by Courteney Cox, and I think she had the most difficult part to play in the episode, having to play worried about her plates, pleased about being next in line to raise Emma, comforting towards Chandler and distressed when the plates smash, often having to change her emotions within seconds.
  • Thanksgiving episode #9

    10
    Rachel's sister Amy tags along for Thanksgiving at Monica's place, because her married boyfriend cancels their plans. 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. The interactions between Rachel and Amy are priceless while an argument arises over who gets Emma if Ross and Rachel die. Monica (Crazy Plate Lady) gets obssesive over her china which leads to them being broken by Chandler. This the best Thanksgiving episode
  • Thanksgiving.

    9.6
    Another Great episode and Thanksgiving! Joey totally forgets about his meeting thing with Days Of Our Lives. Joey trys to think of a lie but totally sucks at it. Luckily Phoebe teaches him. Rachel weird sister Amy comes. She sure is dumb but funny at the same time. She keeps forgeting Emma and everyone else's name. No wonder Rachel wouldn't give her the baby. Monica is so obsessed over those plates. When Rachel and Amy fight its kinda dumb. Rachel should of punched her instead of doing that slap thing. Ah Joey in the back with throw jello on them!
  • good

    10
    Rachel's sister Amy tags along for Thanksgiving at Monica's place, because her (married) boyfriend cancels their plans and insults all of the friends. 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. and ends up proving it to ross, but then breaks the wedding china.
  • The funniest episode ever, definately a must see!

    10
    Rachels other sister Amy comes to Rachels appartment but gets upset when her boy friend whos is married cancels on her so She tags along with Rachel to the gangs thankgiving while shes there she causes a lot of trouble including insulting Joey, saying Emma is not cute and getting into a cat fight with Rachel which ends in Monica's fancy wedding china which she was saving for the queen to get broken. And it all starts because she finds out that if Ross and Rachel die she wont get Emma, Monica and Chandler will. While all this is going on Joey is trying to think of a good lie because he missed a work thing, he was ment to be in the parade but forgot so asks for Phoebe for a good lie to explain why he was not there but finds it hard to lie.
  • The funniest Friends episode ever.

    10
    In this episode we are introduced to Rachel's other sister Amy, played by Christina Applegate who won a Golden Globe for her perfomance. Amy is a stuck-up self-involved person.
    In this episode her married boyfriend cancels A Thanksgiving with her and Rachel invites her to Monica's wedding were her numerous antics include calling Emma as Emily, Pheobe as Emma, Monica as crazy plate lady, hoping Ross and Rachel will die so she can take Emma however she learns much to her dismay that Monica and Chandler would then get Emma and she also has a fight with Rachel after calling Emma "not even cute".
    Meanwhile Joey is learning the art of lying from Pheobe because he mised a Thanlsgiving day appearance with the cast of his show Day of our Lives. A well-written hilarious episode that will go down as one of the greats.
  • In Season 6 we were first introduced to Jill, one of Rachels two sisters - and as we all found out, her sister wasn't the nicest of people. Season 9 saw Rachels other sister Amy make an appearance - becoming one of the great Friends episodes.

    9.5
    This episode has some of the funniest lines throughout the 10 year history of Friends. It comes as no surprise that these lines were handed to Christina Applegate, who puts on a memorable performance as Amy.

    Although the plot revolving Amy was well written, the script writers could have done better with the sub-plots revolving around Monica's plates and Joeys lies.

    In all, a classic Friends episode. In my opinion the funniest episode of all...
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