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Thanksgiving is approaching and no one has anything to do except Diane, who is among a select few graduate students one of her professors has asked to spend Thanksgiving with his family, celebrating in the pilgrim's tradition. Diane suggests that the rest of the gang spend Thanksgiving together in Carla's new home. Carla agrees to a potluck dinner, with Norm in charge of the humongous turkey. Woody, Cliff and Frasier are solo for the day, but Sam is to bring his date Wendy and Norm is to bring his never seen wife Vera. They all vow to make this Thanksgiving the best ever. But some invited guests end up being no shows, and one uninvited guest makes an appearance. The guest list ends up being the smallest of the problems that ultimately befall this Thanksgiving. Regardless, this Thanksgiving does end up being a memorable one for all involved and in some ways the best ever. Written by Huggo

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27 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Norm's wife, Vera Peterson, is played by George Wendt's actual wife, Bernadette Birkette. That slipping by Sam Malone is not scripted. The floor was so covered with food, Ted Danson had no footing whatsoever - he was in danger of slipping and hurting himself in that food fight. When some of the characters state at the table who they wish could be there for Thanksgiving dinner with them but they aren't, one of the people mentioned was Coach, by Sam. Vera appears for the only time, however her face is covered with pie. See more »


Two comments are made about the gravy having a skin on it. However, the turkey is not yet out of the oven; gravy only forms a skin when it is made from animal fats. See more »


Woody Boyd: This is Thanksgiving, and I still say this is going to be the greatest.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Oh, who the hell do we think we're kidding? We're all a bunch of pathetic dropouts. Scorned by our loved ones - as if anybody ever loved us at all.
Sam Malone: Hey, will you lighten up, man? The only thing wrong here is, we're hungry. Now, who else wants to join me in these... ice cold potatoes?
Cliff Clavin: It'll go great here with the Jell-o soup.
Dr. Frasier Crane: I'm dying to try some of the hair growing on the crudités!
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Thanksgiving Orphans (#5.9)
20 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is Thanksgiving. Diane is invited to her professors house and is very excited about it. The rest of the gang all have their families away so they end up celebrating it in Carla's new home. Diane soon arrives as well since her professor invited her as a serving help. They have some bad times waiting for the turkey, but they still end up having lots of fun with food fighting.

A great Thanksgiving episode. A nice setting and every character is hilarious. Too bad we don't get a lot from Cliff, but Frasier with his grumpiness was awesome. Ad Norm with the turkey as well as Vera coming at the end were also a highlight.

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