The Christmas Episodes of "Friends"
Around the holidays, television is full of Christmas movies. Some of them are great, others are lame and cheesy. If you are looking for a show to get you in the holiday spirit, why not watch Friends? This classic sitcom was wildly popular during its 10 year run and there are lots of silly holiday episodes for you to choose from.
Every season has a holiday episode except season 10. Some of them have more holiday themes than others, but one thing is for sure- they are all funny.
Let's start at the beginning shall we?
Season 1: Episode 10: The One with the Monkey
The six friends are moaning about New Year's Eve and having to find dates. The solution? They make a pact to celebrate the holiday with no romantic partner in tow. You can imagine how this is going to turn out.
Ross: He is the only one who keeps his promise, partly because he is distracted by the monkey he found who seems to have no interest in him whatsoever. I guess if you count Marcel as a date then even Ross broke the rules.
Rachel: Well she is with Paulo, the swarthy Italian guy who can't keep his hands off of her. He's away but planning to make it in time for the party. Of course, this doesn't exactly happen and somehow Rachel ends up in a fight with another woman at the airport. Dejected and hurt, Rachel shows up to the New Year's Party with black and blues. There's some foreshadowing as Ross helps clean her up.
Monica: She brings this guy Bobby who's supposedly a fun character, but ends up bringing the whole party down with his sob stories.
Phoebe: She quickly and madly falls in love with David, a nerdy scientist. She brings him to the party and all is looking good until he gets invited to Minsk for a research grant. Phoebe and David part ways and it's very sad- in a Phoebe sort of way.
Joey: Of course he can't help himself. He brings this chick Sandy, who ends up bringing along her kids. Not exactly what he had in mind for a hot date. As it turns out, she finds someone else at the party to make out with. Oops.
Chandler: Feeling left out and insecure, he invites his ex-girlfriend Janice. Halfway through the party he wants to gnaw his arm off so he breaks up with her before midnight.
When the clock strikes twelve, everyone is dateless. The episode ends as Joey plants a kiss on Chandler.
Season 2: Episode 9: The One with Phoebe's Dad
In season 2, we start to understand Phoebe's strange past a bit better. During this holiday episode, she is trying to track down her real father. In the end, she decides that she is not ready to meet him just yet.
Monica has a fabulous idea to tip with cookies rather than money. As you can imagine, this doesn't work out so well for her in some cases.
Chandler and Joey are acting like the single foolish bachelors that they are- waiting too long to do their holiday shopping. As it gets down to the wire, the only place left open is the gas station. Rock on boys. Classy.
Ross and Rachel are not quite together yet. After she found a list Ross made trying to decide between her and his girlfriend Julie, she was not so interested in hooking up with him. Ross feels terrible and tells her that she should make a list about him- and then they would be even. She does, and he doesn't like what she puts down. Surprise surprise!
Season 3: Episode 10: The One Where Rachel Quits
This episode is very funny. Let's run down the list of characters to see what they are up to:
Rachel: She's been working at Central Perk FOREVER and it's time to be done. Well, that's what Joey and Chandler tell her anyway. They inform her that she must get the "Fear" if she wants to have the motivation to find a new job. So she takes their bad advice and quits.
Joey: He is trying to make some extra cash selling Christmas trees. The funny part happens when Phoebe comes to visit him at his work.
Phoebe: She is devastated when she realizes that the dead Christmas trees go into the chopper. She wants to save them all from their sorry fate and lack of fulfillment.
Monica: Though she may be an obsessive neat freak, she works together with Chandler and Joey to fill her apartment with dead Christmas trees as a surprise gift for Phoebe. It is a poignant moment- and hilarious too!
Ross: Poor Ross. He accidentally breaks a girl scout's leg and as recompense, decides to become a girl scout and sell cookies for her. When he doesn't make enough to send her to space camp, Joey, Chandler, and Ross design a personal space camp for the little girl.
Chandler: He flits in and out of everyone's plot, but doesn't really have a plot of his own for this episode.
Season 4: Episode 10: The One with the Girl From Poughkeepsie
Ross: He's in a dating quandary during this holiday episode. With a woman who lives more than two hours away, he's got to decide whether he should stick it out with her or be with someone closer to home.
Phoebe: She is still playing that horrible music at Central Perk. It's funny that throughout ten seasons, no one has the heart to tell her she sucks. Either that or they just love her enough to endure it. During this episode, she is attempting to write a Christmas song in honor of her friends.
Monica: She's working at a new job (finally no more crazy awful diner job) but there is one problem- no one likes her or respects her.
Joey: His intentions are always good, even if his plans don't work out. He's determined to get Monica's staff to like her and so he lets Monica hire him and then fire him just so she can show her staff who's boss. The problem is that he doesn't want to get fired because he likes the money!
Chandler: He tries to set Rachel up on a date with a co-worker.
Rachel: At the mercy of Chandler's horrible dating record, she ends up with a guy who thinks she wants a serious relationship when in fact- she simply wants a fling.
The episode ending is very funny. Ross, tired of trying to decide who to choose, chooses no one. He falls asleep on the train and ends up in Canada!
Season 5: Episode 10: The One with the Inappropriate Sister
Halfway through the series and some of the holiday episodes are a little sparse with Christmas cheer. However, this episode does have some mentions of Christmas as Phoebe decides to volunteer her time to collect money for the poor. She gets herself into a bit of trouble of course.
Meanwhile, Ross, Chandler, and Joey are having some issues. Ross wants Joey to write a screenplay but as you can imagine, Joey isn't up for this monumental task. Since they are all living in one apartment, tempers are flaring.
Monica and Chandler are secretly dating during this season, so we see a bit of them with their ridiculous antics, but Monica is not featured in this episode very much.
Rachel is currently dating Danny, a guy who lives below them. She decides to break it off after she watches some creepy brother/sister behavior between the two of them. It is pretty funny!
Season 6: Episode 10: The One with the Rockin' New Year's Eve
What season five lacked in holiday cheer, season six makes up for it. This episode is packed with Christmas and New Year plots.
Joey: He is dating a super model and hopes to kiss her at midnight during Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve. Does he get his wish?
Monica and Ross: These two are hilarious in this episode. Invited onto Dick Clark's show by Joey's girlfriend, the two stage a routine in hopes of getting camera time. The moves are outrageously dorky and you'll cry laughing through the whole thing.
Phoebe, Chandler, and Rachel: These three are completely stressing about what to get Monica for Christmas so they ransack her apartment trying to find the gifts she bought them. She's devastated when she finds out they've spoiled the surprise.
Season 7: Episode 10: The Holiday Armadillo
This episode is famous because of Ross. Let's find out why....
Ross: He wants to introduce his son Ben to the idea of Christmas, but he can't find a costume that rivals Santa Claus. So he dresses up as an armadillo. It is completely random and hysterical.
Rachel: She is currently living with Joey (after a fire forced Phoebe and Rachel to temporarily move out). However, the apartment is ready and she ultimately decides to stick it out with the guys.
Phoebe: Fearful that Rachel won't want to move back in with her, she tries to drive Rachel out of Joey's apartment by buying Joey a drum set and other annoying objects. The irony is that after all that hoopla, she'd rather live alone anyway.
Chandler: Trying to be a good uncle to Ben, he dresses up as Santa Claus as a surprise. Of course, this just infuriates Ross because it steals his thunder. Ben is mesmerized by Santa.
Monica: She doesn't have a major role in this episode, but season seven is one of the only seasons with 2 holiday episodes. In the previous week, she nearly kills herself trying to make enough Christmas candy for all her neighbors.
Season 7: Episode 9: The One with All the Candy
This is another Christmas episode. In addition to Monica's storyline, Ross decides to give Phoebe a bike for Christmas. Rachel is dating her co-worker and almost gets discovered.
Season 8: Episode 9: The One with the Creepy Holiday Card
Ross: He is dating Mona, who decides to send out a Christmas card of the two of them. This propels him to have a talk with her about the seriousness of their relationship.
Chandler: Always in a boring job with a horrible boss, this episode highlights how hard he tries to avoid spending time with his manager.
Monica: She can't stand Chandler's boss either! This season is the first of Monica and Chandler's married life.
Rachel: She's pregnant with Ross's baby! As those hormones kick in, she finds herself quite horny and Joey is the object of her affection.
Phoebe: She floats in and out of the storylines but doesn't have a major plot line in this episode.
Season 9: Episode 10: The One with Christmas in Tulsa
The whole episodes centers around Chandler, who's been commuting back and forth to Tulsa for his job. As he sits in Oklahoma, he sends home his staff to be with their families on Christmas Eve and then decides to quit his job. Monica is relieved and happy as one of Chandler's co-workers was attracted to him.
This episode is also full of flashbacks. A great show to watch if you are feeling nostalgic!
Season 10: There is no Christmas Episode!
How sad! Of course, there is a pretty funny Thanksgiving episode, so if you are feeling gypped, watch that one. Everyone is late to Monica's dinner and she locks them out of the apartment.
Since there were so many big plot lines running through this season, Christmas didn't make the cut. Oh well!