"The One With Rachel's Other Sister" is the eighth episode of the ninth season of Friends, which aired on November 21, 2002.
It's Thanksgiving Day and Chandler suggests that they use their wedding china for dinner, but Monica is too nervous that something might happen to them. After some persuading, she agrees to use them for dinner, however she still stays very nervous.
While watching the parade on TV, Joey sees the float with the stars of the popular day-time soap Days of our Lives and suddenly remembers that he was supposed to be there. Worried because the producers spoke to him directly telling him not to be late, he decides he has to come up with a really good excuse. The problem is that he is a terrible liar (and for some reason incorporates raccoons into all of his lies).
Meanwhile, after having not seen each other for a year, Rachel's other sister, Amy, shows up unexpectedly to ask for a hair straightener. It quickly becomes obvious that Amy is a very inconsiderate person. She seems to know nothing about Rachel's baby, Emma, and calls her Emmett thinking she's a boy. She does not recognize Ross, but remembers an old "geeky" boyfriend who she describes as Rachel's "fat friend's brother with that bad afro". Amy gets a phone call from her boyfriend who tells her that he cannot see her today because his wife has come back into town. Amy, who was looking forward to her Thanksgiving dinner of sushi, is very upset claiming it is "almost not even worth dating married guys". Rachel in turn invites her over to Monica's Thanksgiving dinner. While there, Amy manages to insult everyone. She mistakenly believes that Phoebe's name is "Emma" and that Emma's name is "Emily". She soon decides that it would be incredible is Ross and Rachel died because it would mean she would inherit Emma. They tell her however that they had already planned on giving her to Monica and Chandler. Amy responds "Who?" to which Ross says "You're in their apartment". Amy is extremely offended by this and her mood becomes even worse.
During dinner, Monica stays extremely hostile for the sake of the plates. She goes to the extent of not giving Joey one of them, convincing him that his less-fancy plate is a "special plate" and that whoever gets it "wins". Amy continues to complain about not getting Emma. She asks if she will get her if Monica dies, as well. Chandler interrupts saying that he would get her in that case. Ross and Rachel say that Emma would, in fact, go to Jack and Judy Geller if that were the situation. A verbal fight ensues about Chandler thinking it's because he won't be a good enough parent to take care of Emma on his own, even though he "managed to survive what it is killed the three of you!" When being asked if the situation was vice versa, they say yes. However, Phoebe claims them to have made a "lying face", meaning that if Chandler were to die Monica wouldn't have to give Emma up, upsetting him even more. The rest of the night, Chandler sulks on his own.
Meanwhile, the producers of DOOL have left Joey a message asking him why he wasn't at the parade, telling him that everyone is very mad. Phoebe comes up with the lie of "I had a family emergency", which Joey decides is perfect. Chandler comes back into the apartment and Ross apologizes. Chandlers accepts that he is probably right about being a single parent, but since he is still offended Ross "doesn't get to keep Joey", which somewhat irritates him. Amy, still very mad at Rachel, starts a fight with her. It begins as another verbal argument, but soon escalates into a full-on fight. Monica tries frantically to put away the wedding china, but one is knocked off the table, anyway. At this point, Chandler intervenes. He tells Rachel and Amy to control themselves and to apologize; he acts much like a father would. Ross commends him for it and tells him that if he, Rachel and Monica die that he can take care of Emma, and Ross gets to have Joey. Monica leaves the apartment to get the pie (only one is left because of Joey) while mourning over her lost plate.
Rachel apologizes to Amy and, instead of letting her have Emma, tells her that she can use her Ralph Lauren discount. Amy gets teary eyed and hugs her. Emma begins crying and Chandler, extremely confident in himself, offers to change her. As he pulls the diaper bag off of the chair, he brings the box of wedding china with him, causing them all to break. He exclaims, "Well what do you know, I guess I'll be the one who dies first".
Later that night, he manages to tape up the box without letting Monica know they are broken. Joey walks in and thanks Phoebe for the lying advice and that the producers "totally bought it". Monica wishes the plates a goodbye and Joey lets out "Oh you told her you broke all the plates, huh?"
Cast and Crew
Kevin S. Bright
- This is the first appearance of Christina Applegate as Amy Greene.
- Christina Applegate won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode.
- It is revealed in the DVD commentary that the original plan was to bring Reese Witherspoon back as Rachel's sister Jill, however she was unavailable, thus Applegate was cast as Rachel's other sister. Also, Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston reputedly had a lot of tension amongst each other the last time they were on set, hence why Witherspoon only appeared in two episodes; however, both have denied this.
- In the uncut DVD version of the episode, extra scenes during Rachel and Amy's fight include Amy spitting on Rachel's hand, and Ross and Joey egging on Rachel.
- Amy mentions Rachel visited her when she was in hospital having her lips done. In "The One With The Lottery" Rachel tells her mom she's having trouble understanding her with her new lips. It's possible that Amy and their mom had the operation on their lips at the same time.
- It's revealed in this episode that the condom Ross and Rachel used when they slept together and conceived Emma was five years old, meaning it dated back to when they were dating. Since Ross has dated Elizabeth and Mona and been married to Emily and Rachel since then, this seems highly unlikely. Monica also implies that Ross and Rachel were drunk when Emma is conceived but, as seen in the videotape of them having sex, at most they'd drunk two glasses of wine so they weren't drunk.
- Before this episode, Matt LeBlanc had previously worked with Applegate on several episodes of her former series, Married ... With Children.
- Applegate was the star of Jesse, another show that aired on NBC in the time slot following Friends from 1998 to 2000; that series was also produced by David Crane, Marta Kauffman, and Kevin S. Bright.
- Amy returns for another visit next season in "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits".
- Amy comments "It's almost not worth dating married guys" to which Ross replies "don't say that". The writers may have been implying that Rachel and Ross slept together after he chose to divorce Emily rather than end his friendship with Rachel.
- There are labels on some of the food at the dining table. These likely identify what food is for which cast member for diet, personal preference or health needs, such as being vegetarian and can be seen by Ross, Rachel and Amy. This is presumably because these are the only ones who actually eat in the scene.
- In the commentary for the episode, Marta Kauffman states she bought the posh plates used in the episode.
- When Chandler and Joey are watching the Thanksgiving parade, Chandler says that Muskogee, OK is only four hours away from Tulsa. In reality Muskogee to Tulsa is 50 miles (80 km), about an hour's drive.
- In the scene where Rachel is introducing Amy to the rest of the gang in Monica's apartment, there are napkins on the plates on the table. However in the next shot nothing is on the plates.
- Just after Ross, Rachel and Amy enter the apartment, Monica says "hi Rach" rather than "hi babe" to Emma.
- In the scene where Rachel and Amy are fighting, a few seconds before they break the first plate, the flaps on the box Chandler is holding are open. However seconds later the flaps are now closed with Chandler still holding the box. The commentary for the episode explains that the boxes were switched off-camera.
- When Rachel and Amy are fighting and Phoebe says to Joey, "Should we stop this?," Joey is mouthing the same line right before saying his own line.
- When Chandler breaks Monica's dishes, Emma's car seat rotates and then switches back between shots.
- When Rachel and Amy are fighting, Chandler is looking at the wall and not paying attention to the fight.
- Right after Rachel puts her hand on Amy's head to hold her back, she very obviously looks back at the table to make sure she is in the correct spot to knock the plate to the floor. It's also very convenient that when the plates are being hastily packed, the one nearest to Rachel and Amy is the one left until last.
- When Rachel and Amy start to argue and when Rachel offers her Ralph Lauren discount to Amy, the guest bedroom door changes from open to closed between shots.
- When Rachel and Ross are discussing whether to invite Amy to Thanksgiving, the walls of the kitchen don't meet properly, noticeable in the shots facing Ross.
- It is said here that Joey can't lie, but he was able to do so before like when he brought up the name Ken Adams in a previous episode.
"The One With Ross' Inappropiate Song"
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|#02||"The One Where Emma Cries"||#10||"The One With Christmas In Tulsa"||#18||"The One With The Lottery"|
|#03||"The One With The Pediatrician"||#11||"The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work"||#19||"The One With Rachel's Dream"|
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|#05||"The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner"||#13||"The One Where Monica Sings"||#21||"The One With The Fertility Test"|
|#06||"The One With The Male Nanny"||#14||"The One With The Blind Dates"||#22||"The One With The Donor"|
|#07||"The One With Ross' Inappropriate Song"||#15||"The One With The Mugging"||#23||"The One In Barbados, Part 1"|
|#08||"The One With Rachel's Other Sister"||#16||"The One With The Boob Job"||#24||"The One In Barbados, Part 2"|