Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks 

The gang remember their worst Thanksgivings.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
The Doctor
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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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Comedy | Romance


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19 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


It is impossible for Rachel to "give her flower to Chip" because Monica had told Rachel's father that she had sex on his bed during her freshman year. 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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Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »

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The worst "Friends" episode.
27 August 2015 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

First of all: I love "Friends". For me, it is one of two best TV series ever. The level of it's jokes is much above the average. Only rarely happens something awkward, even disgusting. Maybe it is the difference between the cultures - European and American, but here, in the Europe, the fart/gas/barf jokes are not appreciated. All the "Friends" quality of jokes is much, much better, so it is very painful that the producers decided to go for inferior standards sometimes. Anyway, when it happens, usually it is just 10 seconds, it is bearable, and we can still enjoy the show. But THIS episode is... Well, the first 3/4 is OK. But the finale is just awful. Disgusting. I mean, specifically, Monica with a turkey on her head (1), wearing a fez (2). I do not know, how the Turks feel about it, but I would NEVER show, e.g. a pig in a cowboy hat, wittily implying a connection to the Americans. It is the same level of joke. Very, very low. And again: This is the only episode I hate. All the rest has 8-10.

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