Season 5 Episode 21

The One with the Ball

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 06, 1999 on NBC

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  • Just great, clever comedy here!

    "The One with the Ball" doesn't offer any hilarious flashback sequences, doesn't comment on any Ross-Rachel fun, and steers away from the Monica-Chandler relationship, which was so much a focal point of season 5, but what it does offer is just great, comedic fun. Rachel goes a little crazy and decides to buy a $1,000 cat, which doesn't even come with hair and is even mistaken for some kind of snake. The cat turns out to be a nightmare as it brutally scratches Rachel and apparentally even hisses her name. Gary decides to ask Phoebe to move in with him, to Phoebe's dismay at first, but she soon excitedly accepts the offer...until she witnesses Gary's bizarre morning behavior. Most of the episode's fun comes from a time-wasting game that Joey and Ross started, playing catch with a cotton-stuffed mini ball, but after they realize they've been throwing it back and forth for an hour without dropping it, the game sucks in Monica and Chandler and the four decide to keep playing catch until one of them happens to drop it. Like I said, there really isn't much to the episode, just great writing and great fun!