Season 10 Episode 8

The One with the Late Thanksgiving

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Rachel, Phoebe, Ross and Joey are trying to decide who faces an angry Monica first using "Rock-Paper-Scissors". The problem is, that game only works with two people. With more than two people, it's possible for each person to both win and lose simultaneously.

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a dog begging and a cat sitting with it's tongue sticking out. Underneath, the caption reads, "LIL DOG & SARA".

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler are in the kitchen talking about the adoption agency, the studio light reflection is visible bouncing off the balcony window.

    • Goof: When Chandler tells Joey he can see his fake Rangers hand, Ross takes it off and throws it on the floor in front of him. Joey bends over to pick up the finger from in front of him, but when the shot changes, he's picking it up from behind him near the step.

    • Goof: Since Phoebe and Mike are now engaged, wouldn't they spend Thanksgiving together?

    • Continuity: It's not possible for Rachel to have an old key that works. In "The One Where Rachel Tells..." after Treeger knocks down the door, he clearly states that the door will need a new lock.

    • Continuity: How could Rachel still have her old key when she gave it to Monica when she moved out in "The One on the Last Night"? Also, the four friends who are locked outside Chandler and Monica's apartment can't seem to be able to find a key, yet in the series finale, they all leave their own keys to the very same apartment on the counter. Why didn't they use them here?

    • Goof: When everyone approaches Monica and Chandler to hug them after hearing about the baby, the audio is a few seconds behind the actor's speech. This is clearly noticeable when Rachel mouths "I'm so happy for you," with the audio of that coming in shortly after.

  • Quotes

    • Monica: (to the gang in Central Perk) We need to talk to you about something.
      Chandler: Yeah. We don't feel like we can host Thanksgiving this year.
      All: What?
      Phoebe: Hey!
      Ross: Are you kidding?
      Chandler: Well, it's just with work and the stress of adoption, we just don't feel like we have the energy... Plus, we don't think it's fair that every year the burden falls on us.
      Ross: That doesn't sound like you... That's Monica talking!
      Chandler: No, no! We made this decision together.
      Ross: She's putting words in your mouth!
      Joey: (to Monica) Don't you put words in people's mouths... You put turkey in people's mouths!

    • Rachel: I can't believe this. This is Emma's first Thanksgiving.
      Monica: No, it's not.
      Rachel: It's not?! (aside to Ross) ...When was she born?

    • Rachel: (to Phoebe as she enters Joey's apartment) Hi! Happy Thanksgiving!
      Phoebe: Oh, yeah... Happy Needless-Turkey-Murder-Day!

    • Phoebe: Hey Rach', what's Emma doing today?
      Rachel: Well, let's see... I know that she has a meeting with her lawyer, and then she has to make a very big poop. Why?
      Phoebe: Well, I want to enter her in a baby beauty pageant.
      Rachel: Oh, my God! That's the creepiest thing I've ever heard!
      Phoebe: Okay, but, well... before you say no... my friend Susanne is entering her kid and compared to Emma she's a real dog!
      Rachel: Oh, Phoebe, all babies are beautiful!
      Phoebe: Oh... okay.
      Rachel: Phoebe, just the idea of pitting one baby against another, I mean, y'know... and judging who's cuter just for a trophy...?
      Phoebe: ...and a thousand dollars...
      Rachel: ... is something I'm very interested in! ...Oh, please, do not tell Ross! He still believes that (mocking Ross) ...what's on the inside is important.

    • Chandler: (to Joey and Ross about his contribution to Thanksgiving dinner) And get ready to taste my very special cranberries. Or should I say... "Chan-berries"...
      Joey: (after considering what Chandler just said) That's some gentle comedy, dude.

    • Rachel: No, Phoebe... I am not letting you put makeup on my baby!
      Phoebe: Why not?
      Rachel: Because I already did!

    • Ross: What's with the trophy?
      Phoebe: Uh, we were at the Spelling Bee.
      Rachel: And I won!
      Ross: You won an adult, Thanksgiving-day spelling bee...
      Rachel: Yes! Y-E-S. Yes!

    • Rachel: What happened to your shirt?
      Ross: I got mugged. And they stole my pocket.

    • Ross: (reading the note Monica slid under the door) "We know you're out there".
      Joey: (whispering to Ross) Who do you think it's from...?

    • Phoebe: (about Monica and Chandler's apartment) It's locked!
      Ross: Oh sure. Now they lock it. But when they're having sex on the couch, it's like, "C'mon in! butt is surprisingly hairy!"

    • Rachel: (standing in the hallway) Oh, I just remembered... We do have something to eat... Monica put something in our oven this morning.
      Phoebe: Oh yeah!
      (Calling from inside their apartment)
      Monica: Hey, you touch that and you will be sorry!!
      Chandler: Guys, I'd listen to her... the vein is bigger than I've ever seen it!

    • Rachel: (carrying out the food Monica put in their oven) Oh, my God! It's Brussels sprouts!
      Ross: That's worse than no food!

    • Rachel: (to Phoebe about Monica and Chandler) Y'know what? I don't want to be with them either... but it's Thanksgiving and we should not want to be together, together.

    • Joey(to the gang) Fine! Let's just go! (to Monica) I don't need your stupid dinner!
      Chandler: That would be a lot more convincing if you weren't drooling!

    • Phoebe: C'mon you guys... let's just do our own Thanksgiving.
      Rachel: Yeah! I'll cook!
      Ross: Yeah! Let's go out.
      Rachel: Hey-y-y!

    • Joey: (with his head between the chained door and the frame) Help! I'm stuck!
      Phoebe: (in the hall) Here, I'll pull you through.
      Joey: Ow, stop, stop! Before you damage my head!
      Chandler: Little late for that!

    • Monica: We have to unscrew the chain.
      Joey: Well, hurry! I can't feel my ears!
      Chandler: Can you ever feel your ears?
      Joey: Interesting.

    • Monica: Chandler, where are your tools?
      Chandler: I left them on my bulldozer.

    • Chandler: I don't have tools.
      Monica: I lent mine to Rachel.
      Rachel: I lent them to Ross.
      Ross: I gave them to Joey.
      Joey: I left them at the park.

    • Monica: (to the gang) Now, when I get back, I want you and your friends to be gone. Thanksgiving is over. The "Vein" has spoken!

    • Monica: (after finding out she and Chandler are going to be getting a baby) This Thanksgiving kicks last Thanksgiving's ass!!

    • Rachel: (at Thanksgiving dinner, proposing a toast) To Monica and Chandler... and that knocked-up girl in Ohio!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Joey: Three tickets to today's Rangers game!
      The New York Rangers are a professional hockey team, playing their home games at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL and have won The Stanley Cup four times.

    • Ross: When I was here for Holidays on Ice, I was so far away Michelle Kwan couldn't read my banner.
      Ross is referring to American figure-skater Michelle Wingshan Kwan. She is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion, and nine-time (1996, 1998-2005) US champion (the all-time record, as tied with Maribel Vinson-Owen).

    • Phoebe: ...or, we can plant PCP in the apartment and call the cops on her.
      Phoebe is alluding to the illicit street drug called phencyclidine (abbreviated as PCP), also known as "Angel Dust."

    • Phoebe: Now, the way I see it, our real competition now is Cameron. Oh my God, they just took her sweater off. Look at those arms! Hello Michelin Man.

      The Michelin Man is a TV mascot for Michelin tires with a body made up of tires. Phoebe made this allusion from the chubbiness of the baby's arms.

    • Chandler: You, me, and little Hemingway Bing. (seeing Monica's expression) What? He's my favorite author.
      Monica: Name one of his books.
      Chandler: The Firm
      The Firm is a John Grisham novel about a lawyer who accepts a job with a firm that, unbeknownst to him, is run by the Mafia. This book is one of many bestsellers written by Grisham. It was made into a move, The Firm, starring Tom Cruise.
      "Hemingway" refers to Ernest Hemingway, a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American author who wrote The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms.