Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with Phoebe's Dad 

Phoebe tracks down her father, but isn't sure whether she should meet him. Ross asks Rachel to make a list of pros and cons about him.


Kevin Bright (as Kevin S. Bright)


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Audra Lindley ... Frances
Mike Hagerty ... Mr. Treeger (as Michael G. Hagerty)
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther


The friends are preparing for the festive season. Rachel is still mad at Ross. Phoebe realizes her mother lied to her and gave her a picture of a model pretending it was Phoebes father. She goes to see her grandmother who tells her Phoebe her father is really a pharmacist and not a worshipped tree surgeon in Burma. Phoebe's grandmother gives her a photo of her real dad. Ross suggests that Rachel should make a list about him to feel better. She makes the list and does feel better but Ross drives everyone nuts trying to prove every point on the list wrong. Chandler and Joey go with Phoebe to see her dad. Rachel and Monica have a Christmas party at their place. Phoebe doesn't want to be disappointed in her dad and doesn't go to meet her dad. Written by Anonymous

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christmas episode | christmas | See All (2) »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

14 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since James Michael Tyler (Gunther) was the only actor who knew how to work a cappuccino machine, he became a series regular. He was an actual barista when hired. When he began to appear in more episodes, he quit to work full time on the show. See more »


Joey turns the heating off by turning the knob underneath the radiator, but earlier on when he and Chandler meet two girls who can't fix their heating he says he doesn't know how to fix it. See more »


Chandler Bing: Ho Ho Holy hell is it hot in here!
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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My thoughts on The One With Phoebes Dad
16 January 2017 | by thedoctor205See all my reviews

So, the past 3 episodes have been mostly centered on Ross and Rachel's relationship. This one starts out with the gang at Rachel and Monica's place, which includes Ross and Rachel talking to each other freely with out any unhappy emotion. The next scene takes place at the coffee shop and as soon as Ross walks in Rachel turns sour and refuses to talk to him. But weren't they just talking to each other the scene before and she wasn't mad at all but now at the first sight she hates him. I can't help but wonder if there was a writing error or maybe an editing problem. Then the whole episode centers on Ross and Rachel and turns the title of the episode into a subplot. Pheobe isn't my favorite character in the show (probably my least favorite), but I was really interested in her story. But her story felt... sidelined, by the Ross and Rachel flip-flop story line. These past 2 episodes have felt the same because of the same annoying plot line. So, I give this episode a C+, based on the fact that I liked Pheobe's story-line, but the uninteresting, cliché main plot is getting old (trust me, I know the whole series is full of it). Thanks for reading!

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