Friends: Season 5, Episode 8

The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks (19 Nov. 1998)

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The gang remember their worst Thanksgivings.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Michael Winters ...
The Doctor
The Housekeeper
Douglas Looper ...
The Paramedic
Joshua Preston ...


After Monica's Thanksgiving turkey dinner, the Friends elaborate on Chandler's traditional sob-story about his gay father causing a parental break-up, since then he always hated the holiday. His status as 'king of misery' is challenged, first by Ross' seasonal marriage with Emily divorced in record-time. Phoebe can only cheat with an 'earlier life', at the front-line in the Secession War. Rachel brings up the time that Joey and Monica ended up wearing the turkey on their heads, but that's easily topped by the early one from her fat youth, when Ross introduced her to Chandler at the Geller home. Chalndler called her fat! Yet even worse, was the failed revenge the following year, when Chandler accidentally lost a toe, which got lost again. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rachel and Chandler met for "the first time" three times. They met at Monica's house for Thanksgiving ("The One With All The Thanksgivings" episode #5.8), when Central Perk was a bar ("The One With The Flashback" episode #3.6), and in the coffee house ("The Pilot"). Rachel and Chandler also kissed at a college party not long after they met.("The One Where The Stripper Cries" episode #10.11). See more »


At the start of the episode, when Phoebe tries to turn the TV on, the remote switches positions between shots. At least twice. See more »


Rachel: Joey got a turkey stuck on his head?
Joey: Hey! It's not how it sounds!
Chandler: It is exactly how it sounds.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks
12 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

And here is again one of the best episodes, absolutely brilliant.

We start with Chandler's Thanksgiving when he finds out that his father left him for the houseboy and Phoebe's past life Thanksgiving.

The next ones they try to figure out the worst Thanksgiving that Monica had. The very first one is pretty funny. We see Joey with a turkey on his head and it just very silly, especially great is the part where he is laughing at Chandler while pointing into a different direction But the last two Thanksgivings are absolutely great! The flashbacks are just perfect! Ross and Chandler's outfits are great in both of the stories. It is too funny how Ross tries to impress Rachel by acting adult. And also how Monica is trying to seduce Chandler with macaroni and carrots.

I must say pretty much every idea, line and acting is high class in this episode

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