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 »




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?


The only appearance of Phoebe's grandmother. See more »


There is no Gershwin musical that has a 24 letter long title. See more »


Rachel Green: [Ross has just convinced Rachel of make a list about him] Okay. You're whiny. You are... You're obsessive. You are insecure. You're gutless. You don't just seize the day. You liked me for, what, a year and you didn't do anything about it. And, uh... Oh, you wear too much of that gel in your hair.
Dr. Ross Geller: See? There... You, uh... All right. You did what I said.
Rachel Green: Yeah, and you know what? You're right. I do feel better. Thank you, Ross.
[Rachel leave and Ross feels up his hair]
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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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Not A Great Episode
11 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Not the best episode "Friends" ever produced but more than watchable.

Plot In A Paragraph: it's Christmas and Ross is desperate for Rachel to forgive him, without much success, so he tells her to make a cons list about him, hoping it will make her feel a bit better about the list he made about her. Meanwhile Pheobe decides she wants to meet her birth father and Joey and Chandler go with her. Elsewhere Monica an Rachel's birthday party turns into a sauna when the heating breaks.

All the cast do an OK job, but this episode was more about keeping things moving a long, Rachel is still mad at Ross who is keen to make amends and prove her wrong, and the Phoebe storyline deals with her accepting she has been told lies all her life about who her father really was. It has its moments, but it's not one of the seasons best.

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