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Recap / Friends S 5 E 8 The One With All The Thanksgivings

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After Thanksgiving dinner, when Ross brings up that this may be the worst Thanksgiving ever for him due to his recent divorce and eviction, it leads to the gang bring up each of their respective worst Thanksgivings:

  • Thanksgiving 1978: The infamous Thanksgiving where Chandler's parents announced their divorce to him.
  • Thanksgiving 1862: Phoebe's past life where she was a nurse during the Civil War and ended up losing an arm.
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  • Thanksgiving 1992: Joey ends up putting the turkey over his head to scare Chandler, only for it to get stuck.
  • Thanksgiving 1987: The Thanksgiving where Monica and Chandler met for the first time, and he ended up unknowingly humiliating her when he called her fat behind her back.
  • Thanksgiving 1988: Monica's worst Thanksgiving, where one year later she attempted to get revenge on Chandler for calling her fat, only for it to go horribly wrong.



  • '80s Hair: Ross and Chandler sport ridiculous A Flock of Seagulls haircuts in the 1987 flashback, and Miami Vice ones in 1988.
  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Chandler lets an "I love you" slip out during Monica's apology turkey dance only to immediately deny saying anything.
  • Agony of the Feet: The 1988 flashback involves Monica dropping a carving knife point-down onto Chandler's foot, cutting off the tip of his little toe.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Phoebe's past lives as wartime nurses had her losing an arm.
  • Brick Joke: Twice:
    • Monica puts a turkey on her head like Joey did in 1992 in order to cheer Chandler up. Joey walks in on her with it and runs away screaming in terror.
    • Phoebe has another flashback to one of her past lives during another Thanksgiving set during a war. She once again ends up losing an arm.
  • Deadly Prank: Downplayed. Monica's attempt to humiliate Chandler involved her holding a knife at one point in a rather pathetic attempt to make herself look sexy, only to end up accidentally dropping it and causing the blade to cut off the tip of one of Chandler's toes.
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  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Joey gets his head stuck inside a turkey.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Ross and Chandler in The '80s. In the second flashback they acknowledge how bad their outfits were the previous year, not realizing how ridiculous they look now.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Both of Phoebe's past lives involve her losing an arm during a war; in both she ends up being more annoyed than anything else.
  • Noodle Incident: Phoebe attempts to bring up a Christmas story where a dwarf ended up getting broke in half, but the gang chooses to finally hear what happened on Monica's worst Thanksgiving instead.
  • "Psycho" Strings: Plays as Monica drops the knife on Chandler's foot.
  • Retcon: This episode establishes that Chandler and Rachel knew each other before the events of the series, ignoring the pilot where it was treated as if the two were meeting for the first time. The 1992 flashback retcons the date Joey and Chandler first met from 1993 to sometime prior.
  • Shout-Out: 1992 involved the gang getting their heads stuck in turkeys.

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