Season 3 Episode 9

The One with the Football

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



  • Trivia

    • 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 this game wearing a "That Girl" T-shirt, including the caricature of Marlo Thomas that was that ABC show's logo. This is either a 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.

    • 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 kicked extra points (1) - but then how how 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 - but these are so rare, they would owe it to the audience to say so.

    • 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

    • 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... (Ross pauses) threw it in the lake.
      Chandler: Was the curse lifted?

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

    • 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: 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: (In a sing-song voice) 42 to 21, like the turkey, Ross is done!

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

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

    • 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.

    • 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 marshmallow up Monica's nose)

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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: Lose!

    • 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!

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

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

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

    • Joey: Come on man, you have not done anything since you and her 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 I don't have goals.

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

    • 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?

    • 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, see the Netherlands is this make believe place where Peter Pan and Tinkerbell come from.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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: Nice try. 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.