Friends: Season 1, Episode 9

The One Where Underdog Gets Away (17 Nov. 1994)

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The gang's plans for Thanksgiving go awry after they get locked out of Monica and Rachel's apartment.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)


With their parents away Monica and Ross decide to have Thanksgiving dinner alone together at Monica's. However, one by one the other friends join them. Rachel says that she can't afford to buy a ticket for Vail to be with her family. Joey confesses that his family thinks that he has V.D. because he appeared in an ad campaign. Chandler recalls his story of how he doesn't eat thanks giving food because of bad family memories. Phoebe brings her Grandmother, confesses that she observes Thanksgiving in December because her Grandma's boyfriend is Lunar. As the Macy's parade passes by, the Underdog balloon gets loose. The friends rush onto the terrace for a better view and get locked out, so the dinner burns. Chandler is happy because everyone eats grilled cheese sandwiches. Written by Angie

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First episode to show the change of apartment numbers. During the first episodes, Rachel and Monica were in apartment 5 and Chandler and Joey were in number 4. From this episode on and throughout the rest of the series Rachel and Monica are in apartment 20 while Chandler and Joey are in 19. See more »


After the food is burned/ruined, the Friends are all sitting in front of the TV watching skiing. When Monica turns off the TV, you can clearly see two individuals in the reflection. According to the placement of the actors sitting in the room and the clothing that they are wearing, these two individuals are not any of the actors. One is in a white shirt and tie, and the other is in an all dark outfit. See more »


Joey: Hey, Mon. I have a question... I don't see any tater tots.
Monica: That's not a question.
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Don't Stand So Close to Me
Written by Sting
Performed by The Police
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Not A Great Episode
19 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Plot In A Paragraph: When everyone's plans fall through Monica (Courtney Cox) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner, but things go awry when everyone gets locked out of the girls apartment.

We meet the owner of Central Perk, a guy named Terry (no surname). We also get a new actress playing Carol, Ross's ex-wife (Jane Sibbett)

Not a great episode, but it had it's moments, Joey's "disease" was funny, and a great excuse to have a Police song to be used, a bit of Sting and Co is never a bad thing.

I thin a lot of effort must have went in to making this look real, as Courtney Cox looked very cold in the scene in the hallway after they have been on the roof

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