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The Best Thanksgiving Episodes of Friends

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Pour a big mug full of hot mockolate and get ready for this Friends Thanksgiving episode list. From the turkey-wearing Monica and Joey to president of The I Hate Rachel Green Club, these Thanksgiving episodes from Friends might even make pilgrim-holiday hating Chandler smile.  

Remember that time Phoebe had a Thanksgiving Day crush on Jack Geller but Jacques Cousteau broke it up? Or that time Monica cut off Chandler’s toe back in the ‘80s because he was wearing wicker shoes and she was very weird and dangerous with her kitchen seduction? Or the time Joey forgot to be on the Days of Our Lives Thanksgiving Day float? Or how ugly and competitive Monica and Ross got during The Geller Bowl? No? Well, you don’t have to. It’s all right here because we’ve recapped all Friends Thanksgiving episodes. Huzzah!  

Monica’s forehead vein would approve of all of these Thanksgiving Friends episodes. They capture where the friends are every year, including their careers, hook-ups, old grievances, and all of Phoebe’s marvelous strangeness.  

All Friends Thanksgiving episodes have one thing in common,:Monica doing most of the cooking. Never mind Rachel's weird trifle/shepherd’s pie or Chandler’s “Chanberries.” Whatever is served, Joey will eat it, even if it’s off his own shirt.  

As you celebrate the holidays, take some time to peruse these Friends Thanksgiving episodes names and vote up your favorites. Which would you seat at the head of the table? “The One with the Rumor (aka The One with Brad Pitt),” “The One Where Underdog Gets Away,” or “The One with All of the Thanksgivings”? Upvote the best of the best, just don’t invite Amy, Rachel’s sister. She’ll ruin it for everybody.
  • The One Where Underdog Gets Away
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    The OG Friends Thanksgiving episode, you might also refer to this one as where Monica made a wide variety of potato dishes to appease Ross, Joey, and Pheobe's traditions. It also found the gang stuck in the apartment, thanks to a wayward Underdog balloon during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

    In Rachel's world, everyone had pooled some cash so she could join her family for Thanksgiving in Vail. Joey, meanwhile, was off posing for what becomes a venereal disease ad with billboards and posters popping up all over New York. Chandler, establishing a trend, hates Thanksgiving.

    In short, the turkey burns, the three kinds of potatoes burn, Rachel misses her flight, Ross sings to his unborn baby, Chandler is justified in his hatred of the holiday, Ugly Naked Man inspires them all, and the traditional Turkey Day episode is born.
    • Original Airing: Nov 17 1994
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 9
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  • The One with All the Thanksgivings
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    This episode is a call back to awful Thanksgivings past, beginning with Chandler’s flashback to 1978 when his mom (Morgan Fairchild) tells him that his father would rather sleep with their “house boy” than with her.

    Phoebe recalls one of her past lives, when she was an army field nurse and lost an arm. Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica tell the story about Joey getting Monica’s turkey stuck on his head so he could scare Chandler, and there’s a lot of time spent looking back at the friends when they were awkward in the ‘80s.

    You'll also remember this episode as, "the one where Monica put a turkey on her head, complete with a fez and some glasses and Chandler blurt out that he loved her."

    Special guests:
    Morgan Fairchild as Nora Tyler Bing
    Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles as Jack and Judy Geller
    • Original Airing: Nov 19 1998
    • Season: 5
    • Episode Number: 8
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  • The One with Chandler in a Box
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    Monica and Phoebe prepare Thanksgiving dinner, but when Monica gets ice in her eye, Phoebe has to take over. This leads to a last minute eye doctor appointment with Richard's hottie son. He joins the gang for dinner, but after a kiss, he and Monica both admit it's all just too weird.

    Chandler spends the episode in the dog house with Joey because he kissed Kathy, doing penance in a wooden box. Kathy breaks up with him while he's in the box and sweet Joey has a change of heart in support of his pal, freeing Chandler and telling him to go after Kathy.

    This is also the one where no one wants Rachel for Secret Santa.

    Special guests: 
    Michael Vartan as Dr. Tim Burke, Richard’s son
    Paget Brewster as Kathy
    • Original Airing: Nov 20 1997
    • Season: 4
    • Episode Number: 8
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  • The One with the Rumor
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    You'll remember this one as "The One with Brad Pitt." Monica invites her old friend, Will Colbert to Thanksgiving and makes the controversial choice to not make a turkey. This ruffles Joey's feathers, so she agrees to make one, but only if he agrees to eat the entire turkey by himself (he manages in Phoebe maternity pants style).
    When Monica mentions that Rachel is coming to dinner, Will admits he hated her and she’s the reason he was overweight in school. Then, during dinner, the rumors start flying.
    Will and Ross reveal they spread a rumor that Rachel was a hermaphrodite with a “hint of a penis.” Not to be outdone, Rachel reveals she started a rumor that Ross made out with Mrs. Altman, their 50-year-old librarian. (It was actually true.)
    Special guest: 
    Brad Pitt as Will Colbert
    • Original Airing: Nov 22 2001
    • Season: 8
    • Episode Number: 9
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