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"Friends" The One with the Rumor (2001)

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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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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

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
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
Editorial Department
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
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor
John Penna .... production accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Crane  creator
Marta Kauffman  creator

Casting by
Mary V. Buck 
Makeup Department
Nanci Cascio .... additional hair stylist
Mary Kim .... makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Katharine Kremp .... assistant hair department head
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects: Captive Audience Productions
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Michelle Vittone .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Oseransky .... second second assistant director
Steven Pomeroy .... second assistant director (pilot episode)
Thaddeus Roenitz .... second second assistant director
Art Department
P. Scott Bailey .... set dresser
Mike Brooks .... propmaker
J.C. Brown .... concept art
T.J. Girard .... art department production assistant
Bryan Rogers .... props
Sound Department
Mark Aragon .... sound recordist
Dan Berlin .... sound recordist
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Orrante .... sound recordist
Otis Van Osten .... sound editor
James D. Young .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Matthew Alexander .... computer and video technician (London episodes) (as Matthew Kok)
David Carriker .... visual effects supervisor: various episodes
Rick Cortes .... digital artist
Rick Cortes .... digital compositor
Marlan Harris .... digital artist
Trent Shumway .... digital compositor
Jeff West .... visual effects
Bryan Whitaker .... computer animator
Bryan Whitaker .... digital artist
Todd Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Cort Hessler .... stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunt coordinator
Carl Milinac .... stunt rigger
Stephanie Stokes .... stunt double: Lisa Kudrow
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Carmine .... director of photography: second unit
Jeff Diaz .... rigging grip
Bruce Dickson .... cinematographer: show opening
Thomas H. Frederick .... film loader
John Graham .... first assistant camera
John Lazear .... assistant camera
Justin M. Lubin .... still photographer
Matthew Santo .... assistant camera: New York
Bruce Swift .... key grip (pilot episode)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Skinner .... costumer
Editorial Department
Chris Caron .... post-production coordinator
James L. Thompson III .... post-production coordinator
Alex Trocker .... on-line editor
Todd Ulman .... post-production assistant
Cheryl A. Walker .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Emma Baksi .... production assistant
Bonnie Belknap .... food stylist
Ken Blankstein .... production assistant
Michael Bornhorst .... production assistant
Jeffrey Bowland .... stage coordinator
Nicholas Darrow .... production assistant
Jake Farrow .... assistant to writer
Joe Ferroni .... production assistant
Mark A. Freid .... production assistant (pilot episode)
Phil Gonzales .... publicist
Randall I. Harris .... set coordinator
Earnest J. Howard .... production assistant
Jeff Lovely .... location coordinator
Hobart Lundt .... coordinator
David Lussier .... assistant to producers
Amaani Lyle .... assistant to writer
Kevin J. Malloy .... assistant production coordinator
Alex Newman .... cast coordinator
Tadao Tomomatsu .... production assistant
Todd Ulman .... production assistant
Cheryl A. Walker .... production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

22 min (approx.) | Argentina:30 min | USA:22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were a couple at the time this episode first aired.See more »
Continuity: When Rachel walks in to the apartment, Will has his hand on the flower display on the wall and he crushes it. However, in the next shot the flower display appears untouched, then the next shot his hand is on the display crushing it again.See more »
Monica:Well, there was that rumor about you making out with Miss Altman, our 50-year-old librarian.
Ross:How did you know that?
Monica:What? So it's true?
Ross:[to Monica] No.
Rachel:Oh, yeah it is. I saw you going at behind the card cataloge.
Ross:Hey, what were you doing in the library?
Rachel:They had magazines!
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
No Love, 20 May 2011
Author: ttapola from Finland

This just re-run on TV for approximately the zillionth time. But even after all the viewings over almost 10 years, it hasn't lost any of its greatness. This is without a doubt one of the best Friends episodes ever.

While not perfect (in the sense that, for instance, Monty Python and the Holy Grail - at the time of writing, the 73rd best film of all time in the IMDb Top 250 - is perfect), this is a remarkable achievement. Since too much analysis takes the fun out of fun, the following are just some of the things that make this episode *great*.

Great script. From the first scene to the last, constantly delivering laughs, which is not as easy as one might think. "The Rumor" is just one of the sources of humor here. The fact that there are none of the usual The Central Perk scenes and that Brad's character is the only one besides the regulars here demands some witty dialog, and fortunately there is plenty on offer.

Proper use of the Special Celebrity Guest Star. Sure, it adds another layer that at the time, in real life, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married and the writers did a really good job in using that to their advantage. More importantly, unlike some celebrity guests, Brad is given a great character to play and he delivers a killer performance. Some have not been given a great character and some celebrities have just phoned in their performance. Even more importantly, Brad's character does *not* steal the spotlight from the regulars.

In the end, all this amounts to a well-deserved 9/10. The only thing missing is something *special*, something permanent, happening to make this episode truly Classic.

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