If you’re wondering if Manjoo is getting ripped apart on Twitter, well, don’t worry. Some of us have visited family, cutting ourself off from our local bubbles for a week or two beforehand and afterward. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Thanksgiving normally inspires a bunch of great and hilarious tweets, and with the extra edge of the pandemic messing this one up, this year’s holiday was more rife for good jokes than usual. What had happened, of course, was that the dam had finally broken on the question of whether our Thanksgiving plan—which seemed so modest and safe two months ago—was now a very bad idea. READING: Deuteronomy 8:7-18 and Luke 17:11-19 SERMON : "Remembering To Give Thanks: Blessing God" Rev. We regretfully told those relatives who would have to fly that this wasn’t the year for reunion; we placed our grocery delivery orders and scheduled our self-isolation; we planned small, careful get-togethers with a single grandparent or a lone brother for Thanksgiving. Joey’s stomach gets the best of him in, arguably, the most hilarious fashion in this Friends episode that sees the gang at the tail-end of an unusually successful Turkey Day feast, prompting stories of the worst Thanksgivings they have each experienced. Many sitcoms are known for their holiday-themed episodes, but some have a reputation for doing some holidays, such as Thanksgiving, better than others. And you'll never see this message again. First thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting thanksgiving. Just don’t do it. Chandler sees Monica making the whole dinner and wants to help, … A Turkey Day special was a staple for each of the beloved NBC series’ 10 seasons, all of which had something new to offer while sticking to a certain formula: something must go terribly wrong and, most often, to the enraged chagrin of Monica (the designated mother of the gang). Mary Schmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. First time both sides of the family has come together. “The One With The Late Thanksgiving” Next comes the final Friends Thanksgiving episode ever. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. Is this iconic collection of uproarious, never-before-seen flashbacks the greatest ever Thanksgiving episode of Friends or would you consider it to be a decent side dish to the true main course? Get it in your inbox each week by subscribing here. You can cancel anytime. Every holiday tradition has to start somewhere and, with Friends, it began in the ninth episode of its very first season, “The One Where Underdog Got Away,” which set the tone for the disastrous circumstances that became a recurring theme of the series’ subsequent Thanksgiving specials. Chandler helps out for the first time by making cranberry sauce and surprisingly, Monica lets him. After the gang shows up late to a Thanksgiving dinner Monica and Chandler did not initially want to prepare anyway, they lock the other four out from their apartment and Joey gets his head stuck between the door crack attempting to break in. The same goes for me, which is why I have listed all 10 Friends episodes specifically related to the holiday in the order that I am most thankful for, starting with the one that coined the term “Mockolate.”, Much of the second season of Friends revolved around the increased tension of Ross and Rachel’s “will they, won’t they” dynamic before officially dating, which hit its frustrating peak in its eighth episode with Ross (David Schwimmer) trying to choose between Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Julie (Lauren Tom) by listing each of their flaws. "He was anonymous for several years." In spite of that epic, Emmy-nominated guest spot, the moment really makes this “The One with the Rumor” is Joey donning Phoebe's old maternity pants to prepare to eat a turkey reserved entirely for him. So, in other words, the episodes were never too different from how Thanksgiving tends to be for some, which is why Friends continues to be an annual tradition. Happy late thanksgiving to everyone. But I’m finding, at least in conversations with friends and family, that many people are like us. Finally, Alia’s mom did, and the ten minutes of heartfelt unloading that followed suggested it happened not a moment too soon. I’ve been thinking a lot about what the real difference is between being 95 percent safe and being 100 percent safe, and how much emotional energy I’ve expended over the past nine months obsessing about that gap. Maybe they’re simply not having them because they’re afraid to broach the subject—afraid of offending a mother, afraid of hurting a father, afraid of adding conflict to an already complicated relationship during this, the most tense season of the most tense year in memory. FORT JACKSON -- Many trainees and soldiers at Fort Jackson will enjoy their Thanksgiving Day feast a day early on Nov. 25 for either lunch or dinner depending on their training schedule. 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For instance, Roseanne would basically release an annual mini horror movie around Halloween, Community got especially inventive for Christmas (such as Season 2’s Emmy-winning stop-motion animation special), and Friends’ Thanksgiving episodes practically define the essence of the holiday better than any other. Fortunately, the sight of Ugly Naked Guy enjoying his holiday and a last minute grilled-cheese meal reminds them what “Friendsgiving” is all about. It does, however, mark the beginning of Rachel’s romance with her office assistant, Tag (Eddie Cahill), sees Ross desperately attempt to name all 50 states, and (as the title, “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs,” suggests) Chandler (Matthew Perry) is forced to reveal his fear of canines, instead of the feigned allergy he previously had everyone believe. As you are going about your usual preparations, you might be wondering why Thanksgiving is arriving a little later than it typically does this year. 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The main conflict in Friends’ third Thanksgiving episode stems from Monica and Ross’ notorious childhood rivalry over a traditional family football game, which is reignited when the gang plays some three-on-three that turns fierce. In addition to being the final Thanksgiving episode of Friends, “The One with the Late Thanksgiving” may also be the most disastrous, but is complimented by a kick … It’s a hard decision, no matter how many people try to tell you it’s easy, and the conversations we have to initiate in order to make it are hard, too. The friends disregard for Monica's hard work kicks off a massive argument devolves into destruction of the door and dinner. But the case numbers keep going up, and the message from the media, from our peers, even from—belatedly but forcefully—the CDC is clear: Don’t travel. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. However, their inevitable destruction ends up being Chandler’s fault. All across America, in harried, guilt-ridden conversations, parents and children like us are negotiating their safety, their feelings, their desperation, their exhaustion. Richard J. Fairchild a-thansm 509000 I came across this little story or parable in a book and I would like to share it with you today.One afternoon a shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break. Not everyone is chewing over this decision, of course: Plenty of people decided long ago that Thanksgiving would be off this year. Happy Thanksgiving. Any show is going to run out of steam and/or ideas by its ninth season. All rights reserved. This year has obviously been challenging, and for many, that has meant a … Season 10, "The One With The Late Thanksgiving": The gang are all late for thanksgiving as Ross and Joey were at a hockey game and Rachel and Phoebe took Emma to a baby beauty pageant, leading to Monica locking them out, but her mood is improved when she gets a call that a woman has picked her and Chandler to adopt her child. Any Friends episode where Ross and Monica compete for their parents’ favoritism, Chandler is desperate to be liked, and Joey’s libido (and stomach) get the best of him are classics and “The One Where Ross Got High” has all of that and more. A lot of people might wind up, because of circumstance or fear, backed into situations that make them uncomfortable and risk their health. While peeking … Thanksgiving is a late lunch, meant to begin no earlier than 2 p.m. and no later than 3 p.m., and there are a variety of ironclad reasons for this. Meanwhile, Chandler goes to extremes to apologize for kissing Kathy (Paget Brewster) while she was still with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) in the titular plot line of “The One with Chandler In a Box,” which does not have as much to do with Thanksgiving, but is undeniably iconic. A month later Christmas and New Year’s brings … In fact, the show is so famous for its Thanksgiving episodes that the most die-hard fans can even name their Number One favorite among them. A quarantine before any group interaction is the best preventive step, though of course it is too late to start one that’s long enough in time for Thanksgiving. If it seems that way to you, you’d be right and it … "The One with the Late Thanksgiving" Gary Halvorson: Shana Goldberg-Meehan: November 20, 2003 () 176259: 20.66: Monica and Chandler decide not to host Thanksgiving but Phoebe convinces them to by appealing to Monica's competitive nature. WASHINGTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” For many Americans that guidance has been difficult to abide, including for Birx herself.. This article is adapted from Slate’s Parenting newsletter. 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 Thanksgivinghadn'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. Deborah Birx during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on Nov. 19. Not everyone is chewing over this decision, of course: Plenty of people decided long ago that Thanksgiving would be off this year. We’ve been conscientious and careful these past nine months, and we’ve learned a lot about the kinds of risks we’re willing to embrace. Try your best not to yell at other people for their impossible decisions, do whatever you do as carefully as you can, and don’t look back on what you could’ve done instead. Help us continue to provide the reporting, commentary, and criticism you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to being the final Thanksgiving episode of Friends, “The One with the Late Thanksgiving” may also be the most disastrous, but is complimented by a kick-ass conclusion with Monica announcing she and Chandler have been selected to adopt an unborn child. Directed by Gail Mancuso. She bought herself a little bag of cookies and put them in her shopping bag. I’ve been thinking about what we owe to the elders in our lives—what deference, and what protection. Last week, my wife was ten minutes into a phone call with her mother when I distinctly heard the tenor of the conversation change. Jason has been writing since he was able to pick up a washable marker, with which he wrote his debut illustrated children's story, later transitioning to a short-lived comic book series and (very) amateur filmmaking before finally settling on pursuing a career in writing about movies in lieu of making them. Illuminating that struggle seems valuable to me. With Joey getting his head stuck inside a turkey, Monica accidentally severing Chandler’s toe in the ’80s, and Chandler’s first “I love you” to a turkey-headed Monica in the present day storyline, many believe “The One With All The Thanksgivings” is among the series’ finest moments, regardless of its ties to the holiday. And for many of us, the experiences of the summer and fall informed our holiday planning. You’ve run out of free articles. The Season 8 Friends Thanksgiving episode features Jennifer Aniston’s then-husband Brad Pitt as “I Hate Rachel Greene” Club co-founder Will Colbert, who reveals that he and Ross branded her as a hermaphrodite in retaliation for her bullying them in high school. "The One With the Late Thanksgiving" (Season 10) Because of the Rangers game and the Grand Supreme Little Darling competition, Thanksgiving almost didn't happen in this episode. While it thankfully (no pun intended) does not have any of Ross’ romantic incompetencies, the seventh Thanksgiving episode of Friends does not really have much to offer in terms of memorability, by comparison. Despite repeatedly urging Americans to … People always refer to their Thanksgiving meal as a dinner, but it isn’t, and never should be, a dinner. Plenty of others—assholes, mostly—have decided that for political reasons they’re going blithely forward with the annual 36-person Thanksgiving Dinner and Face-Breathing Extravaganza. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. Small talk about what the kids were up to (nothing) and how remote school was going (terribly) turned into, at least on my wife’s side of the conversation, a series of hesitant, staccato reassurances. At one point, her mom told her: “You understand that if I stay here I’m not saying I love your brother more than I love you!”. Friends is also iconic for its guest stars, such as Christina Applegate, who won an Emmy for her first appearance on the series as Rachel’s incredibly selfish sister, Amy Greene, in “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister.” She causes a conflict that gets physical during her unexpected Thanksgiving visit after learning she will not be godmother to Ross and Rachel’s daughter, Emma (whom she keeps calling “Ella”), making Monica extremely protective over her new set of plates that she was already apprehensive to use this year. "The One With The Late Thanksgiving" shows Monica preparing a lavish feast after being challenged to outdo herself. When Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, and Joey all come back an hour late for Thanksgiving dinner, Monica and Chandler refuse to let them in. Friends Season 10 Episode 8, "The One With the Late Thanksgiving" The last entry in the Friends Thanksgiving vault gave us this iconic image -- as seen above -- … Thanksgiving is usually a time when we cozy up around the dinner table and share food and stories with those we love. Joe Livingston said his father Mayo started this with one goal in mind. With their original plans ruined, the gang decides to feast at Monica’s, which also gets ruined when they accidentally get locked out while preparing dinner. "The One with the Late Thanksgiving" (Season 10, Episode 8) 22. Related: How Creepshow Resurrected The Simpsons' Secret Stephen King Parody Like The Simpsons' uneven history of Christmas episodes and 'Treehouse of Horror' outings, the show’s Thanksgiving episodes veer between classic, standard, and disappointing according to fan consensus.Although there is a late-season standout in the mix and an early, classic episode from season 2, another one … 1: The walk down bad Thanksgiving memory lane was brought on by the classic "everyone say what they're thankful for" go-round … Maybe they, like many Americans, only travel once a year, and their airline tickets are nonrefundable, and the CDC issued its recommendation way too late, so they’re heading to the airport because they just don’t see any other option. Some of us might have taken small trips during the summer, driving and peeing by the side of the road to avoid gas stations. 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