Friends: Season 1, Episode 3

The One with the Thumb (6 Oct. 1994)

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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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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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When Chandler is shown smoking in his office, a Toronto Blue Jays cap is prominently displayed in his office. Actor Matthew Perry, who portrays Chandler, grew up in Canada and is a Toronto Blue Jays fan. See more »


Yellow coffee cup jumps from Rachel's hands to Phoebe's hands instantly during camera angle switch at Central Perk. See more »


Monica Geller: I just wish that once I'd bring a guy home that they actually liked.
Paula: Well, you do realize that the odds of that happening are a little slimmer if they never get to meet the guy.
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References Baseball Bugs (1946) See more »

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Show bulks up on writing and plot with less outside distractions
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Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow are finally given material to stretch their characters out beyond the arena of the group ensemble and both put forth exceptional acting performances that give some layers to the show beyond Cox, Schwimmer and Anniston and indicate the writers are bulking up their characters with individual nuances and traits that would build to a crescendo in season three with their personalities fleshed out. Show really starts to gel from this point on with less focus on the outside and more on the inter-workings of the main characters and their relationships and how they impact the inner circle of friends. Astrof & Sikowitz flesh out a more youthful, less forced and more spontaneous script that flows more naturally than the first two scripts written by the show creators. Nice step forward for the show.

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