Friends: Season 9, Episode 18

The One with the Lottery (3 Apr. 2003)

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When everyone except Ross pools together to buy tickets for the lottery, Phoebe gets a prediction from her psychic that they will win. Ross, despite his skepticism, gets in on the action. ... See full summary »



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When everyone except Ross pools together to buy tickets for the lottery, Phoebe gets a prediction from her psychic that they will win. Ross, despite his skepticism, gets in on the action. Meanwhile, Chandler is anxious to find out if he gets a coveted assistant job at his advertising firm, and Emma is due to say her first word. Written by Kristie

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When this episode was filmed and subsequently aired, Powerball was not sold in the state of New York. In 2010, the New York Lottery started selling Powerball tickets so residents no longer have to travel to adjacent states to buy tickets. See more »


When Phoebe and Joey are holding the wishbone, the position of Joey's thumb changes between shots. See more »


Dr. Ross Geller: Although if we're gonna do that, we should probably call me "Daddy" too.
Phoebe Buffay: [sexy tone] Oooh, I like that, "Daddy".
Dr. Ross Geller: I... I was just talking about Rachel.
Phoebe Buffay: Oooh, is Daddy getting angry? Is Daddy gonna spank me?
Dr. Ross Geller: [trying to be sexy] Well that depends, have you been a baaad gi...
Dr. Ross Geller: no I can't.
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The One with the Lottery
11 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode had a great idea and many hilarious moments but it also gave me a bit of a bad feeling. I think they really exaggerated with the selfishness of all the friends (especially Chandler and Monica) and them caring more about money than their friends. I understand and love some "evil" humor, but Friends is just a show where it doesn't fit. Monica saying "money" when asked what matters more didn't make me laugh at all

But other than that I loved many things about it. For once, Phoebe was finally her old self. This is the Phoebe I loved for many seasons, her message from the pigeon is hilarious. So is her excitement about winning $3!

Joey was a sweetheart. Unlike Chandler and Monica he cared more about his friends than cash. This is seen when he wishes for chandler to get a job and not to win lottery in the bone game. Which by the way was a great scene. Phoebe saying how vegetarians still may love to play with carcasses and Joey's little argument with Monica

And at last, Emma's first word was also a great story. It was a pretty funny scene and a good idea

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