Season 5 Episode 10

The One with the Inappropriate Sister

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Rachel has second thoughts about getting involved with Danny when she observes his uncomfortably close relationship with his sister. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross have a fight over Joey writing his own play, and Phoebe gets a job as a donation collector.

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    A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end.moreless
  • Incest on Friends?

    It was pretty weird seeing this whole new plot that had not been recycled/reused. the writers actually thought the plot out well, instead of reenacting what happened to Joshua. I'm glad Danny made it for at least one more episode, so we can all find out his creepy side. Does anybody know that it was incest what Danny & his sister were doing ore was it innocent. I wasn't sure. Anyways the hysterical part of the episode was Phoebe being good and helping out for Christmas. Lisa Kudrow did really great in those very few scenes. I love Street Phoebe. I Laughed so hard when she insulted the old lady. Don't miss this Christmas episode folks.moreless
  • Rachel has second thoughts about getting involved with Danny when she observes his close relationship with his sister.

    Happy hoildays on Friends! This was an average episode. I would never be that close with brother like Danny and his sister are, that would just be yuk! Well Phoebe seems to being getting more screen time with the whole donating thing and people throwing whatever they would like. If i did that I would keep the money well because I love money and who doesn't?! Less of Monica and Chandler in this episode. I love that part when Phoebe calls that old woman a b***h! I love Phoebe! She is awesome and is the best charater on Friends and when she makes sure no one throws any crap into the bucket.moreless
Julie Lauren

Julie Lauren


Guest Star

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey


Guest Star

Robyn Pedretti

Robyn Pedretti


Guest Star

June Gable

June Gable

Estelle Leonard

Recurring Role

George Newbern

George Newbern


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Trivia: Phoebe's bucket signs:
      - We are not a Urinal! Happy Holidays
      - I have no Macy's info.
      - We are not a bank!
      - Please don't invade my personal space!
      - Respect the bell. No loud music! Happy Holidays

    • Continuity: Rachel says in this episode that one of her sisters has a very masculine energy. But both of her sisters, Jill from "The One with the Rachel's Sister" and Amy from "The One with the Rachel's Other Sister", are very feminine.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is being replaced at her bucket spot, she tears down a sign. When the camera angle changes, she has two signs in her hand.

    • Goof: In the apartment when Phoebe is complaining to Monica about her charity bucket, Monica grabs the bucket by the edge. After the camera angle changes twice, she is holding the bucket by the handle.

    • Magna Doodle: SHOP
      Magna Doodle: A drawing of a palm tree on an island

    • Continuity: When Danny is in his apartment and Rachel knocks on the door, you can see the door opens directly to the living room. In previous episodes, there was a wall behind Danny when seen from the hall.

    • Trivia: Joey makes another reference about Ross being more feminine then himself and Chandler, but just in different words.

    • Goof: When Chandler walks into the room and kisses Monica and then leaves, Monica starts to laugh.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Monica are talking about Danny and the girl on the subway. Rachel has tiny bits of her fringe hanging out and it moves between shots without any movement.

    • Goof: When Joey is talking to Ross about him being an actor, the shot changes and Ross is holding the beer in a different position.

    • Trivia: When the guy is walking away with the money he stole from Phoebe's charity bucket, in the background there is someone walking with a large photo of Rachel.

    • Trivia: When Phoebe is saying "Merry Christmas" in a different language, she first says "Feliz Navidad", which is Spanish. She then attempts to say it in German.

    • Goof: When Joey and Phoebe are talking to each other on the couch, Rachel tucks her hair behind her ears and in the next shot it's out of her ear without any movement.

    • Goof: When Ross sorted out the fridge, some of the food in the expired products section wasn't meant to be in the fridge.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is accepting donations outside the store and the guy tries to make change, he says, "Bite me blondie," but Phoebe is wearing a Santa hat and none of her hair is showing.

    • Goof: Joey punches the wall that hasn't been spackled and he makes a huge hole, but in the next scene the hole is gone and the wall is perfectly fine.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Rachel: I don't have any brothers, so I don't know. But did you guys wrestle?
      Ross: Oh, yeah.
      Monica: All the time. In fact, I was undefeated.
      Ross: Well, you weighed 200 pounds.
      Monica: Still I was quick as a cat.

    • Joey: Don't you remember? We were jogging in the park, we saw that really pretty bird, and I wanted to take a picture, but I didn't have my camera.
      Chandler: Okay, first of all, chasing the churro guy is not jogging.

    • Phoebe: (Ringing a bell) Hey, you guys. Guess what?
      Chandler: The British are coming?
      Phoebe: Oh, you and your ways. (Rings the bell at him) Since it's Christmas time, I'm gonna be one of those people collecting donations. Yeah, I already have my bell and later on I get my bucket. I'm going to be out there spreading joy to the people. I mean last year I spread a little joy, but not really enough. So this year I'm going to do the whole city.
      Monica: You know, I knew a girl in high school who did that, she was very popular.
      Phoebe: Yeah, that's weird, you're starting to sound a lot like Chandler lately.
      Monica & Chandler: That is so not true.

    • Chandler: There are a few kids downstairs. Wanna give them a project? Ruin their day!
      Ross: If they have a ball, you can stick razor blades in it and make a new game called "gonna-need-stitches ball!"

    • Ross: (Rips up the tickets) Now no one's going to the game.
      Chandler: I paid for those!
      Ross: No you didn't. You said you would, but you never did.
      Chandler: Oh yeah!

    • Joey: What are you doing?
      Ross: I reorganized the fridge. See? (Points to empty bottom shelf) Bottom shelf, meats and dairy. (Points to middle shelf that only has one item) Middle shelf, fruits and vegetables. (Points to top shelf which is full of food) And top shelf, expired products!

    • Joey: How could I not get the part?! The play was about a 29 year old Italian actor from Queens!!
      Estelle: Well Talia Shine suddenly became available.
      Joey: She's a woman!
      Estelle: What can I say? She nailed it.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Estelle: Well, Talia Shire suddenly became available.

      Talia Shire is an American actress best known for her role as Adrianna Balboa in Rocky movies.

    • Ross: What about those Good Will Hunting guys? Good Will Hunting is a 1997 movie directed by Gus Van Sant about a troubled prodigy who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite the fact that his knowledge of and facility with higher mathematics far outstrips that of anyone in the university. It was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who won Oscars for their work.