Season 3 Episode 9

The One with the Football

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving as Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a beautiful Dutch woman and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry.

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  • Good episode that showed the group playing a simple game

    Really highlighted the strengths of each character, as well as the show overall. Joey and Chandler fighting over a lady, Monica and Ross' sibling rivalry, Phoebe's football strategy, Rachel's almost winning the game in a surprising twist. It was a really powerful episode.
  • 309

    One of the best episodes of the entire series, although the plot wasn't huge: Just a couple friends playing football, it was some of the best writing I've seen in a while. I really do have to commend Ira Ungerleider here, she wrote this episode perfectly.

    I wouldn't call this episode underrated but it definitely deserves some more recognition. This episode kept me intrigued throughout the whole thing, not to mention it was funny. The classic Ross vs. Monica sibling rivalry was hilarious.

    It was also great aftermath after the Chandler & Janice fallout, considering any scenes between them this season were dreadful. Rachel was the one that stole the show here though. From her going "really long" to her making the touchdown in the end, she was really great here.

    The end was pretty funny and it was a perfect conclusion, it still leaves the fans debating on who really won the football game and who was in the wrong there. Great episode of Friends, instant classic.moreless
  • i think the episode is very cool it is so funny and i will look it ever and ever

    i need the text in english from the start of the episode becaus we must act it in the school and i didn't have the text, what should i do? i must act it on wednesday my teacher want to film us and then she gives us a mark please help me we need the text. the episode was so cool it was so funny i love friends i have seen all episodes it's one of the best sit comes i knwo and i hope it comes soon against in germany. i hope you can understand me, im not really good in english. thanks for reading.moreless
  • Perfect

    The One with the Football is the best Friends episode. It describes how Ross and Monica are fighting which is the best part of the episode. The great camera shots also make this a great episode. The only flaw in the episode however is the Dutch girl. Instead of using that character, they should of used that time used for the Dutch girl to use to make the main conflict better between Ross and Monica. The idea of Rachel being bad was great. Also when she threw the football right into Monica's head. And when Phoebe flashed Chandler. And when Ross was charging towards Monica at the end. It was a GREAT EPISODE!moreless
  • "I'm sorry, Dutch, I didn't catch that last part?"-Joey

    Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving as Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a model and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry. This episode is just legendary, I couldn't stop laughing throughout the entire episode, it was just full of classic quotes including one of my favourite ones which is:

    Monica: Losers walk.

    Ross: Yeah? Losers talk.

    Chandler: No, no, no. Actually, losers rhyme.

    Its great I always laugh at that, I also like the the part where there playing football and the sports music comes on the whole scene is laugh out load funny.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Chandler runs into the wall it is clearly made of cardboard, shown by the way he almost knocks it over.

    • Inside Joke: Phoebe plays football wearing a That Girl T-shirt, including the caricature of Marlo Thomas that was the ABC show's logo. This is either an inside joke or a problem for the Friends universe, because Marlo plays Rachel's mother in three other episodes of Friends. The series also does something similar with another guest star, Tom Selleck, by referencing Magnum P.I. earlier this season in "The One Where No One's Ready".

    • Goof: After the first touchdown, Monica immediately gives the score as 7-0. Scoring 7 points per TD is typical of sandlot games (it's 6 in the real game) because there's usually no kicking game and therefore neither field goals (3) nor converted touchdowns (1). How then is Ross's team "up by two" before the climactic play? The only possible way would be a safety: a tackle in a team's defended end zone which scores two points. These are so rare, however, that such a play should have been shown to make sense out of the score as it stood.

    • Goof: When Rachel is asking Ross if it was a strategy to not stop Joey, she is moving her hands. However when the camera angle changes, she suddenly has her hands on Ross's arms.

    • Goof: When they are talking about the Geller Cup, Monica is looking at Ross and then looks down. However when the camera angle changes, she is still looking at Ross and then looks down again.

    • Goof: They talk about Ross's nose being broken during "Geller Bowl VI," after Monica and Ross's father threw the trophy into the lake. The trophy shows 6 entries which is impossible since the 6th game was never officially finished.

    • Goof: Ross and Monica begin to argue over whether it's second or third down, with Ross saying it's third and Monica claiming it to be second. Now, after they argue, Ross's team gets the ball. Why would he want there to be an extra down against him? Maybe his competitive nature just automatically kicks in against his sister?

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Monica: Hey, Rachel. You wanna put the marshmallows in concentric circles.
      Rachel: No, Mon, you want to put them in concentric circles. I want to do this... (Rachel shoves a miniature marshmallow up Monica's nose)

    • Joey: (to Chandler about playing football) C'mon man, you never wanna do anything since you and Janice broke up...
      Chandler: Thats not true. I wanted to wear my bathrobe and eat peanut clusters all day... I wanted to start drinking in the morning--don't say that I don't have goals!

    • Rachel: Do you wanna play football?
      Ross: Um, Monica and I aren't supposed to play football.
      Joey: (sneering) Says who? Your mom?
      Monica & Ross: ...Yeah.

    • Rachel: There was a Geller Cup?
      Ross: Yes, it was the trophy you got if you won the game. But our dad said nobody won that game, and he was sick of our fighting. So he took the trophy... (both Ross and Monica become choked up, remembering) threw it in the lake.
      Chandler: Was the curse lifted?

    • Chandler: Well, wait a minute though. How are we going to get there, because my mom won't let me cross the street?

    • Monica: Okay, looks like Ross and I are captains. Okay, so, um, I bunnied first so that means I get to pick first. Joey.
      Joey: Thank you.
      Rachel: Monica, I'm your best friend.
      Ross: Sweetie, don't worry you'll get picked. Chandler.
      Rachel: Ross!
      Monica: Phoebe.
      Ross: Sweetie, now I pick you.
      Rachel: You don't pick me! You're stuck with me!

    • Monica: Huddle up.
      Joey: All right, huddle up, right over here.
      Phoebe: Wait for me! Wait for me! Wait for me! Oh cool, this is my first huddle.
      Monica: Okay.
      Phoebe: Okay, so what do you guys really think of Chandler?
      Monica: Okay, Phoebe you know what you're doing right?
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Monica: Okay, Joey's gonna catch it, and you and I are gonna block.
      Phoebe: What's block?
      Monica: Phoebe, I thought you said you know what you're doing?
      Phoebe: I thought you meant in life.

    • Monica: Losers walk.
      Ross: Yeah? Losers talk.
      Chandler: No, no, no. Actually, losers rhyme.

    • Rachel: I almost caught that one.
      Chandler: Great, now it's seven to almost seven.

    • Joey: Wow, you're like from a whole other country.
      Margha: I am Dutch.
      Joey: Hi, I'm Joey.
      Margha: I am Margha.
      Joey: I'm sorry, Dutch, I didn't catch that last part?

    • Joey: Prepare to feel very bad about yourself.
      Chandler: Hey, well, I've been prepared for that my entire life. Or something about you that's mean.

    • Ross: (to Monica) Cheater, cheater, compulsive eater!
      (Everyone gasps)
      Phoebe: Oh, my God!

    • Monica: (in a sing-song voice) Forty-two to twenty-one, like the turkey, Ross is done!

    • Monica: You're so pathetic! Why can't you just accept it, we're winning because I'm better than you.
      (Ross scoffs)
      Monica: Oh, what a great argument, exhaling!

    • Rachel: I cannot believe you are trading me. You are gonna lose, and you're gonna... lose, and... (to Monica and Phoebe) C'mon help me out here, I've never done this before.
      Phoebe: That's good, lose.
      Rachel: (pointing emphatically) Lose!

    • Chandler: Hey Joey, where do Dutch people come from?
      Joey: Uh... well, the Pennsylvania Dutch come from Pennsylvania.
      Chandler: And the other Dutch come from somewhere near the Netherlands, right?
      Joey: Nice try! (to Margha) See, the Netherlands is this make-believe place where Peter Pan and Tinkerbell come from.

    • Chandler: You hear that! That is her truth, Mr. I'll-let-you-have-her! I win, you suck, I rule all, mini-wave in celebration of me!

    • Chandler: (about Margha) She picked me. Me! From now on I get the dates and you have to stay home on Saturday nights watching Ready... Set... Cook!

    • Monica: We are playing for women everywhere. Okay, just think about every lousy date that you ever had, okay? ...every guy who kept one eye on the TV while you were making out...
      Phoebe: Oh, my God! You dated someone with a glass eye, too?!

    • Chandler: (Ross and Monica are struggling for the ball after they realized the game is still on) Guys! Guys! Come on! It's Thanksgiving. It's not important who wins or loses. The important thing is... (to Joey) the Dutch girl picked me! Me! Not you! Holland loves Chandler! Thank you, Amsterdam! Good night!

  • NOTES (7)


    • In the final football play where Rachel catches Monica's Hail Mary pass, the background music is the home run theme from the 1984 film The Natural starring Robert Redford.

    • The shirt that Phoebe is wearing is That Girl, a show that Marlo Thomas, who plays Rachel's mom Sandra Green, was on from 1966 to 1971. The face on the shirt is Marlo Thomas.

    • Chandler: Well why don't you have Captain Hook explain it to her?

      Captain Hook is the villain in Peter Pan.

    • Joey(to Margha) See, the Netherlands is this make-believe place where Peter Pan and Tinker Bell come from.
      Peter Pan is a book written by British novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. It has been adapted into numerous plays and movies including Walt Disney's Peter Pan. Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys live in a make-believe land called Neverland.

    • Joey: Alright, we have to pick captains.
      Chandler: ...And then, Tennilles.
      The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s with a string of bright, catchy pop songs.