|The One With The Late Thanksgiving|
|Season 10, episode 8|
|226th overall episode of Friends|
|The floating heads - Monica asks Rachel and Phoebe if they got the pies. If not they don’t get any thanksgiving dinner.|
November 20, 2003
Monica and Chandler tell the group that they do not want to make Thanksgiving dinner this year, but when Phoebe claims that the previous year's Thanksgiving hadn't been all that good, and suggests that Monica could compete with herself to make this year's dinner even better, Monica can't resist the challenge and agrees to make Thanksgiving dinner for the group. Chandler sees Monica making the whole dinner and wants to help, but he doesn't want to make anything too high-profile, so Monica has him make the cranberry sauce.
Phoebe wants to enter Emma in a Tri-State baby beauty contest; Rachel is initially against the idea, but changes her mind quickly when she hears that first prize is $1,000, which they end up winning. Ross meanwhile gets three prime tickets for the New York Rangers, but Chandler told them not to go as they would be late for Monica's dinner. Ross and Joey agree that they won't go, but they go to the game anyway.
Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, and Joey all come back 45 minutes late for dinner. Monica and Chandler are furious that no one turned up on time for the meal they didn't even want to cook in the first place, so they lock everybody out. Not knowing this, the group attempts to make up the excuse that they got the time mixed up, but Monica and Chandler slip them a note saying they know they're out there.
Eventually, the four peek their heads in through the chain on the door in an attempt to apologize, and the two nearly relent, but retract their stance once they discover that Rachel and Phoebe forgot to buy the dessert pies. Joey's head soon gets stuck in the crack, prompting the other three to put items down his pants. Monica answers a phone call while Chandler pulls on the door to free Joey. However, Chandler and the others exert so much force that the chain breaks, causing Joey to crash into part of the Thanksgiving dinner (including the cranberry sauce), making a giant mess. Chandler expects Monica to be furious over the mess, but Monica doesn't care because the phone call she just answered was from the adoption agency and she just found out that she and Chandler have been selected by a girl from Ohio to adopt her baby. The fight is instantly forgotten, and the six friends sit down for their late Thanksgiving meal and celebrate the wonderful news.
Cast and Crew
- This is the last Thanksgiving episode in the series.
- In a blooper for the episode, when Ross asks Chandler "guess what Joey's got" Matt LeBlanc answered "gunnera". This is a callback to the first Thanksgiving episode with Joey's VD posters.
- In "The One With The Rumor" (S8E9), when Rachel is pregnant, Monica says that next year there would be one more person with them on Thanksgiving. In this episode, Chandler says the same line.
- Running gag: Chandler makes a big deal of him making the cranberry sauce.
- Before the baby pageant begins, Rachel wears the same black and white top she wears in The Last One, Part 2, when Ross tells her he loves her at the airport.
- Monica and Chandler find out they are getting a baby.
- Rachel says it's Emma's first thanksgiving and then asks Ross when she was born when Monica says it's not. Rachel should remember as her sister Amy was present and they had a fight. This is probably an in-joke given that Ross, Rachel's and Emma's birthdays move around during the series.
- The Magna-doodle has an image of a little dog and a girl with the words "Lil dog and Sara" underneath. It's not clear what this refers to.
- In the commentary for the episode, Marta Kauffman explains that Jennifer in particular was very much against the idea that Rachel would put her daughter through a beauty pageant. The name heard over the tannoy at the pageant was the name of Marta's real-life nanny.
- The external shot of the building where the pageant is held is The Plaza. When Rachel was pregnant and told her father she and Ross were getting married before admitting they weren't, he booked The Plaza for their wedding.
- The scenes in the hallway with Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey were shot in one continuous take. This meant they had to learn 20 pages straight rather than the usual four and then take a break while another scene was shot. On the other hand, there was often a hour between takes for Monica and Chandler.
- Rachel tries to open Monica and Chandler's locked door with her old key, which she says she's had since she moved out. However, in The One On The Last Night, when Rachel is moving out, she returns her key to Monica. And, even if she hadn't, in The One Where Rachel Tells..., Joey and Phoebe have Treeger break down the door, which leads to him changing the lock, so Rachel's old key wouldn't have worked, unless Monica and Chandler somehow changed the lock back to their previous lock. Although, at The Last One, Part 2, it is revealed that all the friends had keys to the apartment.
- When Rachel and Phoebe are talking in the Baby Beauty Contest and Rachel is holding Emma, Emma's head instantly changes position between shots several times, often going through 180 degrees. Clearly they couldn't get her to do the scene in one take and therefore the editing suffers. This was also because the only way they could keep Emma happy was by keeping her fed with snacks. In certain shots she's seen to be trying to reach behind Jennifer for the food.
- The food/sauce stain Joey gets on his shirt (after running into the cart) changes between shots.
- When Monica says "cranberry sauce" the position of her arms change between shots.
- When Joey sees all the food, and Chandler says "The cranberries", in the first shot, Monica's arms are loose, in the next shot, her elbows are on the table, when she says "A monkey could've made them."
- A shot of a New York street at night is shown, however in the next shot you can clearly see it's still light outside the windows.
- There is a street overview right after the hall scene where the Twin Towers are visible. Given that the older seasons prominently showed the Towers, the fact that 9/11 did occur in the Friends universe and that this episode takes place in 2003, it shouldn't be there.
- Monica says that she won a pie eating contesting by eating 12 pies and a part of one tin in two minutes. This would average at around 9.8 seconds per pie. Depending on the size of the pies, this seems highly unlikely.
- When Joey and the gang pop their heads through the door, you can count 13 links on the security chain, later when Joey gets his head stuck in the door, you can count 12 links.
- Joey's head gets stuck in the door, but after Ross says "Really, girls, not cool." you can see that there is enough room for him to remove his head.
- When Rachel says the line, "I'm so happy for you." to Monica and Chandler, her lips move to say the line before the line is even finished being said. Then when she says "So happy for you", her mouth is shut closed.
- When Rachel returns to the apartment to get the food from the oven, she takes the baby monitor with her and presumably leaves it on the table. The monitor is never seen again despite Emma being left alone in an empty apartment behind two closed doors.
| Preceded by|
"The One With The Home Study"
|Series Ten Episodes|| Followed by |
"The One With The Birth Mother"
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|#01||"The One After Joey And Rachel Kiss"||#07||"The One With The Home Study"||#13||"The One Where Joey Speaks French"|
|#02||"The One Where Ross Is Fine"||#08||"The One With The Late Thanksgiving"||#14||"The One With Princess Consuela"|
|#03||"The One With Ross' Tan"||#09||"The One With The Birth Mother"||#15||"The One Where Estelle Dies"|
|#04||"The One With The Cake"||#10||"The One Where Chandler Gets Caught||#16||"The One With Rachel's Going Away Party"|
|#05||"The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits"||#11||"The One Where The Stripper Cries"||#17||"The Last One, Part 1"|
|#06||"The One With Ross' Grant"||#12||"The One With Phoebe's Wedding"||#18||"The Last One, Part 2"|