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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 with the Football
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    It' Geller Bowl time! As the girls make Thanksgiving food, the guys watch football and the idea of playing some (a little more than) touch football in the park comes up. Monica and Ross tell the gang they aren’t allowed to play football because of their extremely competitive past behavior in The Geller Bowl. But, as Monica says, it’s been 12 years so what could go wrong? The past is in the past (plenty).

    Meanwhile, Joey and Chandler get distracted by a Dutch lady who’s walking her dog and compete for her affections and Rachel, though a terrible player, finally gets her moment and catches the pass from Monica, scoring an almost touchdown.
    • Original Airing: Nov 21 1996
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 9
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  • The One Where Ross Got High
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    AKA "The One with Rachel's Trifle and Pheobe's Crush on Jack Geller." Monica’s parents join the gang for Thanksgiving dinner, but she hasn’t told themshe’s dating Chandler - much less living with him. They think he's a pothead because Ross let him take the blame for smoking pot during spring break in college. When Monica outs Ross about this, it sparks a rat-a-thon where the siblings reveal all of their past misdeeds. The Gellers deem Chandler a wonderful guy.
    Special guests: 
    Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles as Jack and Judy Geller
    Elle MacPherson as Janine
    • Original Airing: Nov 25 1999
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 9
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  • The One with Rachel’s Other Sister
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    The One with Rachel’s Other Sister

    In which Rachel’s sister Amy shows up unexpectedly and is included in Thanksgiving dinner because her married boyfriend cancels on her. Ever the charmer, she starts a discussion about how she’d take care of Emma if Ross and Rachel died. They tell Amy that they would want Emma to be raised by Monica and Chandler and she just can’t believe it. Chandler then finds out that if Monica dies, Emma would go to Ross’s parents. Amy, stewing over the Emma thing, starts a fight with Rachel with Monica jumping in to save her wedding china. After Chandler brokers a peace between the sisters, Ross decides that he would be a great godfather to Emma.

    Joey, meanwhile, totally forgot he was supposed to be on a Days of Our Lives float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and turns to Phoebe for some good cover stories.

    Special guests: 
    Christina Applegate as Amy
    • Original Airing: Nov 21 2002
    • Season: 9
    • Episode Number: 8
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  • The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs
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    In which the states game takes Joey and Ross to task and Chandler's dog hatred comes to light thanks to the addition of Clunkers to the gang. Phoebe is the dog in and out of the apartment and gets caught when Monica sees Joey feeding it her stuffing from Ross’s apartment across the way.

    Faced with a choice between the dog and Chandler, the gang chooses the dog, but Phoebe and Monica take Clunkers to Ross’s apartment anyway and eventually Chandler starts to feel bad.

    Ross finally finishes the states game so he can eat his Thanksgiving meal in the middle of the night. He’s nearly weepy with the revelation of Delaware, but Chandler points out that he got Nevada twice. “I know,” he says and digs into the turkey. Just let a man eat.

    In Rachel news, this is the one where Tag kisses her.

    Special guests:
    Eddie Cahill as Tag Jones
    • Original Airing: Nov 23 2000
    • Season: 7
    • Episode Number: 8
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