Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with Phoebe's Dad 

Phoebe tracks down her father, but isn't sure whether she should meet him. Ross asks Rachel to make a list of pros and cons about him.


(as Kevin S. Bright)


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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Mr. Treeger (as Michael G. Hagerty)


The friends are preparing for the festive season. Rachel is still mad at Ross. Phoebe realizes her mother lied to her and gave her a picture of a model pretending it was Phoebes father. She goes to see her grandmother who tells her Phoebe her father is really a pharmacist and not a worshipped tree surgeon in Burma. Phoebe's grandmother gives her a photo of her real dad. Ross suggests that Rachel should make a list about him to feel better. She makes the list and does feel better but Ross drives everyone nuts trying to prove every point on the list wrong. Chandler and Joey go with Phoebe to see her dad. Rachel and Monica have a Christmas party at their place. Phoebe doesn't want to be disappointed in her dad and doesn't go to meet her dad. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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14 December 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Not A Great Episode
11 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not the best episode "Friends" ever produced but more than watchable.

Plot In A Paragraph: it's Christmas and Ross is desperate for Rachel to forgive him, without much success, so he tells her to make a cons list about him, hoping it will make her feel a bit better about the list he made about her. Meanwhile Pheobe decides she wants to meet her birth father and Joey and Chandler go with her. Elsewhere Monica an Rachel's birthday party turns into a sauna when the heating breaks.

All the cast do an OK job, but this episode was more about keeping things moving a long, Rachel is still mad at Ross who is keen to make amends and prove her wrong, and the Phoebe storyline deals with her accepting she has been told lies all her life about who her father really was. It has its moments, but it's not one of the seasons best.

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