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"Friends" The One with the Rumor (2001)

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Friends: Season 8: Episode 9 -- In this Thanksgiving episode, special guest star BRAD PITT plays Will, Monica's only high school friend who was fatter than Monica was. (Original Broadcast: Season 8, Episode 9)


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Original Air Date:
22 November 2001 (Season 8, Episode 9)
Will, an old friend of Ross' is in town and Monica invited him for Thanksgiving dinner. Will used to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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FUNNIEST "Friends" Episode EVER ! See more (5 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Gary Halvorson 
Writing credits
David Crane (created by) &
Marta Kauffman (created by)

Shana Goldberg-Meehan (writer)

Produced by
Richard Allen .... co-producer
Sherry Bilsing .... supervising producer (as Sherry Bilsing-Graham)
Kevin Bright .... executive producer
Noel Bright .... associate producer
Brian Buckner .... supervising producer
Ted Cohen .... co-executive producer
David Crane .... executive producer
Shana Goldberg-Meehan .... executive producer
Sebastian Jones .... supervising producer
Marta Kauffman .... executive producer
Dana Klein .... co-producer (as Dana Klein Borkow)
Wendy Knoller .... producer
Mark J. Kunerth .... co-producer (as Mark Kunerth)
Ellen Plummer .... supervising producer
Andrew Reich .... co-executive producer
Mary Rodriquez .... associate producer
Scott Silveri .... executive producer
Todd Stevens .... co-executive producer
Cinematography by
Nick McLean 
Film Editing by
Stephen Prime 
Casting by
Leslie Litt 
Art Direction by
Joe Stewart 
Set Decoration by
Greg J. Grande  (as Greg Grande)
Costume Design by
Debra McGuire 
Makeup Department
Jonathan Hanousek .... hair stylist
Robin Siegel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Allen .... unit production manager
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production (2000-2004)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlos Piñero .... second assistant director
Ben Weiss .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kim Bolanowski .... assistant property master
Marjorie Coster .... property master (as Marjorie Coster-Praytor)
Daren Janes .... set designer
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... re-recording mixer
Al Gomez .... foley mixer & editor
Jessica Goodwin .... sound editor (as Jessica A. Dickson)
Dana Mark McClure .... production sound mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer (as Charlie McDaniel III)
Kathy Oldham .... re-recording mixer
Michael Brigman .... audio conform (uncredited)
Deron Street .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Greer .... camera operator
George Gregory .... grip and dolly grip
Andy Kessler .... second assistant camera
Vernon Kifer .... camera operator
Kevin McGill .... first assistant camera
Heather Sims .... stand-in: on-camera
Gary Baum .... camera operator (uncredited)
Patricia Gregory .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting
Alex Newman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Gould .... costume supervisor
Julie Heath .... costume supervisor
Marie Schley .... costumer
Editorial Department
Carl Braz .... colorist: dailies
Rick Dalby .... final colorist
Greg Pastore .... telecine assist
Gordon Ferris .... negative conforming supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
The Rembrandts .... performer: theme song
Michael Skloff .... composer: additional music
Michael Skloff .... composer: title theme
Allee Willis .... lyrics
Other crew
Robert Carlock .... executive story editor
Roger Christiansen .... technical coordinator
R. Lee Fleming Jr. .... executive story editor
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor
John Penna .... production accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Crane  creator
Marta Kauffman  creator

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Additional Details

22 min (approx.) | Argentina:30 min | USA:22 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married at the time this episode first aired.See more »
Continuity: Ross is telling everybody the story of the teacher he made out with, and in the mirror behind him the red table cloth disappears and reappears in every shot.See more »
Joey:How big is that?
Monica:About nineteen pounds.
Joey:That's like me when I was born!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
FUNNIEST "Friends" Episode EVER !, 3 November 2014
Author: rexbo2000 from Atlantis (Ancient Underwater City)

I was a big fan of "Friends" and watched all 10 Seasons on TV, but some Seasons & Episodes were clearly much more interesting & funny than others. The first time that I saw 'The One with the Rumor', I laughed more AND harder than any of the other 235 Episodes of the show ! The story's Plot and its Sub-Plots were clever and inspired. The Timing and Delivery of the jokes was impeccable. The Acting was just spot-on. It meets my criteria for being called a 'Perfect Sitcom Episode'.

It was EVEN FUNNIER because of the fact that Ross was the one character in the whole show who was romantically-obsessed with Rachel for all 10 years AND Brad Pitt was Jennifer Aniston's Real-Life Husband !

And whomever came up with specifics of the cruel & humiliating gossip and the 'Title' bestowed on Rachel because of the Rumor, was clearly a comedic Genius ! Even the references to Will's (Brad Pitt's) Physical Status in High School was hilarious, since it's so absurd. And the addition of the 'un-seen' 3rd member of the 'Group' and his apparent apathy for, or lack of understanding of their 'Cause' was a brilliant added touch to this borderline-insane story-line !

I can't say enough good things about this episode. It's just Extraordinary in so many ways. As amazing as anything else, is that it came along when the show was beginning to 'run out of gas' near the End of its amazing decade-long run on TV. I didn't expect anything even HALF that funny in the 8th Season. Enjoy !


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