Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Thumb 

Monica becomes irritated when everyone likes her new boyfriend more than she does. Chandler resumes his smoking habit. Phoebe is given $7000 when she finds a thumb in a can of soda.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)


Monica is reluctant to introduce her new boyfriend, Alan, to her friends because they've mocked all of the boyfriend they've met before. To her surprise, they love Alan. However, she realizes she doesn't feel a spark with Alan and breaks up with him. Her friends take the news very hard, but Alan is relieved (since he couldn't stand her friends). Chandler resumes his smoking habit. Phoebe encounters a problem with her bank account, when a bank error in her favor nets her $1,000. She gives the money (and a complementary football phone) away to a homeless friend, who in turn buys her a soda. When Phoebe opens it, she sees a thumb, so the soda company gives her $7,000. Written by Rachel

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Comedy | Romance


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6 October 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Rachel serves the drinks in Central Perk, the correct recipients are as follows: Monica- Decaf Cappuccino Joey- Latte Chandler- Coffee Black Ross- Iced Tea See more »


Phoebe reads a letter from her bank out loud and when she reads her own last name "Buffay" she pronounces it differently than she does the rest of the series. She pronounces it more like a food "buffet". See more »


Chandler: [imitating a lisp] We loved Schteve! Schteve was schexy.
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References Baseball Bugs (1946) See more »

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Thumb in a can
6 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Many episodes of the first season of Friends are very '90s - the atmosphere, the CLOTHING, the things they say, the music, and even the very establishing shots that were used before scenes. I mean, those buildings had been around for decades before they were filmed and have been there for decades afterwards, yet all things combined, this show just oozes 1990's America. And I mean that in the absolute best way possible. I miss the '90s so intensely. In some places, you still get that feel of the '90s.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is that the thing I love most about Friends is the '90s (perhaps that's obvious, since I've said 'the 90s' four times now) - the beautiful shot of New York's night skyline, comedy writing at its absolute best, and all the references to popular things of the time. This was a funny episode of "Friends". Chandler starts smoking again, Monica's newest boyfriend Alan is the man of everyone's dreams but hers, and Phoebe has "bad" luck again and again, resulting in her continually getting more and more money as compensation. My favourite moment of the episode is either when Chandler tries smoking in his office place or when Joey imitates Ross's over-pronunciation of words.

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