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Rating the Associates Thanksgiving Episodes from Worst to Greatest

Rating the Associates Thanksgiving Episodes from Worst to Greatest

Completely satisfied Birthday Jennifer Aniston! “Associates” THROWBACK

Hop in a BarcaLounger, seize a Nestlé Toulouse cookie and settle in, as a result of we’re taking a more in-depth have a look at the Friends Thanksgiving episodes.

Though Associates has been off the air for 18 years, the NBC comedy’s vacation episodes are nonetheless our favourite solution to commemorate Turkey Day. Each season, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Ross (David Schwimmer) celebrated with hilarious excessive jinks, quotable moments and notable visitor stars. Generally they have been even academic!

For example, because of the ninth episode in season six, “The One The place Ross Acquired Excessive,” all of us realized how not to make an English trifle. Sorry, Rachel, however we’re certain it actually did style like ft.

And within the season 5 Thanksgiving episode, we realized how Chandler misplaced a toe. And that is solely a small style of what Associates provided up as Thanksgiving content material over its 10-season run. 

So the actual query is, how do the episodes evaluate to 1 one other? For our official rating of the Associates Thanksgiving episodes, hold studying:

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Season 2, Episode 8: “The One With the Record”

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This Associates episode is on the very backside of our personal record as a result of it is solely technically a Thanksgiving episode. “The One With the Record,” which aired forward of the November vacation, does not function a Thanksgiving dinner, nevertheless it does have Monica making “Mocklate” treats for a brand new job alternative.

The remainder of the episode facilities round Ross and Rachel preventing over the paleontologist making a professionals and cons record to determined between Julie and Rachel.

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Season 10, Episode 8: “The One With the Late Thanksgiving”

This was the final Thanksgiving episode of the sequence and never its strongest. The episode facilities on the gang, as soon as once more, demanding that Monica make Thanksgiving dinner, just for Ross, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel to reach late for the meal. (Shout-out to Emma’s win on the Grand Supreme Little Darling competitors).

What saves the episode? Ross, Joey, Rachel and Phoebe all poking their heads into Monica and Chandler’s condominium to apologize. Oh, and the Bings discover out they have been chosen to undertake a child.

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Season 7, Episode 8: “The One The place Chandler Would not Like Canines”

Canines make all the things higher, except you are Chandler Bing.

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This season seven episode has the group’s resident funnyman admitting the reality about his stance on canines when Phoebe brings a canine good friend over: He does not like him. “Do not do it,” Joey begs Chandler as he braces himself to disclose his reality.

Chandler goes on to demand that the canine Phoebe is pet-sitting depart the condominium, however, in typical Associates vogue, the gang sneaks the pup again in. This causes a complete bunch of confusion, as a responsible Chandler goes to verify on the canine, who’s now speculated to be at Ross’ condominium. This has him pondering that the animal is lacking, which evokes Phoebe to inform a hilarious fake rescue story.

An honorable point out from the episode? Chandler’s states sport.

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Season 4, Episode 8: “The One With Chandler in a Field”

Joey and Chandler’s friendship is examined within the season 4 Thanksgiving episode when it is revealed that Chandler kissed Joey’s girlfriend Kathy. As punishment, Joey makes his roommate spend Thanksgiving day in a field. Ultimately, Joey realizes that Chandler did not intend to harm him however was simply actually in love with Kathy, and all is forgiven. Heartwarming, proper?

This episode is low on our record as a result of we’re truthfully creeped out by the subplot of Monica kissing her ex Richard’s son. Ugh.

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Season 1, Episode 9: “The One The place Underdog Will get Away”

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The gang’s first Thanksgiving was an unconventional one. After leaving the condominium to see a runaway Macy’s Day Parade balloon, the group returns to Monica and Rachel’s condominium, solely to comprehend they’re locked out. Whereas it is unclear whether or not this example is Monica or Rachel’s fault, Joey and Chandler attempt to assist by attempting each spare key they’ve of their condominium—which is rather a lot.

They ultimately make it inside, however dinner is ruined and Rachel has missed an essential flight. The day is saved because of grilled cheeses and the shock cameo of Ugly Bare Gal, their bare neighbor’s girl good friend.

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Season 3, Episode 9: “The One With the Soccer”

“The One With the Soccer” is among the extra recognizable Associates Thanksgiving episodes, which is why it kicks off our high 5. Within the episode, Ross and Monica persuade the group to take part in a Thanksgiving custom from their childhood: A contact soccer sport wherein the winner receives the prized Geller Cup.

Because the sibling rivalry intensifies, the sport turns into a battle of the sexes with the ladies going through off towards the lads. Highlights of the episode embrace Rachel, who had been ignored for a lot of the sport, nearly scoring the successful landing, Joey not figuring out the place Dutch folks come from and Monica and Ross’ bickering.

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Season 9, Episode 8: “The One With Rachel’s Different Sister”

A scheduling battle made it unattainable for Reese Witherspoon to reprise her function of Jill Inexperienced for the season 9 Thanksgiving episode. As a substitute, we met an equally disagreeable Inexperienced sister: Amy, performed by the sensible Christina Applegate.

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Within the episode, Amy is outraged that Rachel and Ross do not plan to let her increase child Emily—reminder the kid’s identify is definitely Emma—after they die. She will get much more offended when she learns that Rachel has an enormous low cost at Ralph Lauren and refuses to let her use it. This sparks a hilarious hair-pulling battle, which anybody with a sister is aware of all too properly.

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Season 5, Episode 8: “The One With All of the Thanksgivings”

The proper faux-flashback episode! “The One with All of the Thanksgivings” helped flesh out the backstories of a number of characters, because it lined Monica and Chandler’s first assembly—and chaotic second assembly—Joey hilariously getting a turkey caught on his head and a peek at Phoebe’s war-torn previous lives.

This episode is especially close to and expensive to us, because it’s the primary time Chandler says “I like you” to Monica.

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Season 8, Episode 9: “The One With the Rumor”

From Joey’s meat sweats to a hilarious visitor look by Brad Pitt, this one has all of it. However we’re getting forward of ourselves. “The One With the Rumor” begins off with Monica declaring that she is not going to cook dinner a turkey since half the gang does not need it. Joey, sad about this, adjustments Monica’s thoughts by promising to complete the complete chicken himself.

In the meantime, Monica, Ross and Rachel’s highschool peer Will (Pitt) joins them. Nevertheless, Will is upset to be taught that Rachel is in attendance, as she wasn’t very good to him in highschool. Throughout the meal, Will reveals that he and Ross have been within the “I Hate Rachel” membership and began a rumor that she was an intersexual. (Observe: This a part of the plot didn’t age properly.) Earlier than Rachel can get totally outraged, Monica reminds her pal that she began a rumor about Ross and the 50-year-old librarian—which wasn’t a rumor, per Ross’ confession.

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Problematic jokes apart, the dynamic between then-married Pitt and Aniston was very humorous.

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Season 6, Episode 9: “The One The place Ross Acquired Excessive”

Issues we realized from “The One The place Ross Acquired Excessive,” you are not supposed to place beef in a trifle, Jacques Cousteau is lifeless and Chandler is a saint for placing up with the Gellers. The central theme of the episode revolves round Chandler attempting to win Monica’s dad and mom’ approval, as a result of for some motive, they’ve by no means preferred him.

Ross ultimately reveals that Jack and Judy aren’t followers as a result of Ross as soon as blamed a university pot-smoking incident on Chandler. This units off a sequence of revelations, together with Rachel realizing realizing that she’s invented probably the most disgusting Thanksgiving dessert of all time. Indubitably, “The One The place Ross Acquired Excessive” has among the most quotable traces of the sequence.

Each episode of Associates is streaming on HBO Max.

(A model of this story was initially revealed Nov. 25, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. PT)

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