Friends: Season 5, Episode 8

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

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The friends had a great Thanksgiving dinner and remember their worst Thanksgivings they ever had. Chandler tells Monica he loves her.



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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 »


Monica has previously stated that when she first met Chandler she thought he was gay, but during this flashback, it is revealed that she had a crush on him when she first met him at their family's dinner. See more »


Rachel: You know what we should do? We should play that game where everybody says what they're thankful for.
Joey: Oh. I should be thankful for the wonderful fall we've been having.
Everybody: YEAH.
Joey: I remember one day I was at the bus stop and this cool fall breeze came blowing out of nowhere and totally lifted this chick's skirt. Oh. And I'm also thankful for thongs.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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It's Thanksgiving again!
24 June 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

It's Thanksgiving and all the Friends are together again.

Chandler is the only one who doesn't like Thanksgiving, since he has terrible memories from when he was young on this time of the year. (His parents were always fighting with each other, not to mention the horrible Houseboy with ugly accent.)

All the Friends talk about their worst Thanksgiving, and Monica tells them that her worst Thanksgiving was the one she met Chandler, because he was rude to her, calling her fat. (Monica was already interested in Chandler on that time.)

Chandler, in this episode,finally tells Monica that he loves her.

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