Season 3 Episode 9

The One with the Football

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

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  • The greatest of all the Thanksgiving episodes!

    In 10 years of "Friends," the greatest tradition of holiday episodes is by far Thanksgiving...and in 10 different Thanksgiving episodes, this one is the best! While watching the NFL Thanksgiving Day football game, the gang decides to head on down to the park for a little 3-on-3 tag football. But, of course, things don't turn out as fun as they were supposed to be. The game re-sparks a long-lost rivalry between Ross and Monica, which puts the two at each other's throats throughout the course of the game. Joey and Chandler battle it out to see who can impress an on-watching hot Dutch girl more, Phoebe is overly excited to be playing football for the first time, and Rachel's initial excitement to play turns into regret when the gang realizes that she just flat out sucks. But there's more at stake than who wins the Dutch girl and the game, as Monica unveils to Ross that the winner gets the long-lost Gellar Cup...which turns out to be a troll doll nailed to a 2 X 4! A fantastic episode combines the gang's physical strength, hot Dutch girls, sibling rivalries, flashing, an ultimate battle of the sexes showdown, and another Thanksgiving disaster!