Friends: Season 5, Episode 21

The One with the Ball (6 May 1999)

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Gary asks Phoebe to move in with him. Ross and Joey start a ball throwing contest. Rachel buys a cat.



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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Woman #2 (as Victoria L. Kelleher)
Antoinette Spolar ...
Woman #1


Gary wants to ask Phoebe to move in with him. Phoebe is freaked because it's so soon and asks Chandler to make him afraid of commitment so Gary won't ask her. Joey and Ross throw a ball back and forth without dropping it for hours. Rachel buys a very expensive naked cat. Monica joins the boys in their ball throwing game. Rachel's cat isn't as cute as Rachel thought it would be but the store won't take it back. Phoebe agrees to move on with Gary. Rachel sells the cat for $1,500 to poor Gunther. . Phoebe breaks up with Gary because he shot a bird. Monica, Chandler, Joey and Ross have been throwing the ball all night when Phoebe puts down the ball, refusing to play. Written by Anonymous

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Gunther: [Gunther bought the Sphinx cat] I just came to pick up the red velvet pillow.
Rachel Green: Oh sure. I'll get it for you.
Gunther: [to Joey after she leaves] So what is this, some kind of snake?
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The One with the Ball
16 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Not a good episode.

All three story lines were pretty bad and far from funny The one with the cat was just dumb. Joey's "this is not a cat" was just annoying and never a good joke. Gunther asking if it was a snake, are you kidding me? Maybe the only good part of this story is that it shows people that supporting breeders instead of adopting free cats is a dumb idea, but I don't think this was a point of the episode

The story of Phoebe and Gary was not funny either. And him killing a bird in the end was not funny too. I guess they just wanted to show how little they knew each other to move in together but it didn't work for me

And the story with the ball had potential but it never hit it. Monica just ruined the game and that was it

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