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"The One With The Football"
Friends episode
The Friends picking teams
Season 3x09
Episode no. 57
Written by Ira Ungerlinger
Directed by Kevin S. Bright
Guest stars Suzanna Voltaire as Margha
Original airdate November 21, 1996
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"The One With The Football" is the ninth episode of the third season of Friends. It aired on November 21, 1996, serving as the Thanksgiving episode of the year. It was written by Ira Ungerlinger and directed by Kevin S. Bright.


It is Thanksgiving and after watching a football match, they decide to play football. Monica and Ross tell the others that they are not allowed to play as Monica broke his nose in the sixth Geller Cup on a Thanksgiving long ago. However, they decide to play anyway. Monica picks Joey and Phoebe, Ross picks Chandler and Rachel, who is upset about being last picked.

When they play, Joey and Chandler fall for a Dutch girl who stepped by, Margha. They both try to get her, and finally she picks (when Ross made her to) Chandler, but when he does a weird dance, she walks away. But according to Chandler, that doesn't matter "because the Dutch girl picked me". Then Monica reveals to Ross that she swam to get the Geller Cup when Ross was in the hospital. It becomes hostile between them. They don't let Rachel play because she's really bad, but she gets so bored that she goes to a shop to get dinner.

Rachel is traded in with Joey. The girls try to beat the men, making Phoebe show off her breasts to Chandler. During the last 30 seconds, Monica sees Phoebe captured by Joey and Chandler and Ross running up to her. Having no choice, she throws it to Rachel, who scores. However, Ross and Monica argue about whether the touchdown was before or after the line, when Phoebe points out that they're still playing. Ross and Monica are fighting for the ball all night, when the rest are eating dinner.

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courteney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting CastEdit

Suzanna Voltaire - Margha


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Ira Ungerlinger



  • Suzanna Voltaire is from America, and does not have an accent. She added the accent while auditioning for Margha. When they found out she was American, the crew were shocked.
  • Number 1 in "UK's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"
  • The two children on the swings in this episode are Marta Kauffman's children.
  • It isn't possible to tell whether the snap that no one could agree counted or not did or did not in fact occur after the buzzer because of the cut to the timer going off immediately after Monica yells hike.
  • The uncut DVD version of the episode has a different ending. Monica and Ross decide toss the Geller Cup down the garbage chute. Phoebe is at the bottom, catching it for Monica, but as she's about to leave, Ross walks in to claim it for himself.
    • Also, in the uncut DVD version, when Phoebe asks Margha to set the timer, she calls Phoebe 'Beefy'.
  • Phoebe is wearing a "That Girl" T-Shirt. The star of "That Girl" is Marlo Thomas, who plays Rachel's mom.
  • Chandler doesn't like football but in this episode he is seen watching and playing it. (He usually watches it because the guys are watching it. And he only agrees to play so the teams would be even. That doesn't mean he likes it.)
  • The game that Joey, Chandler and Ross were watching was between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.


  • When they are holding Phoebe to prevent Monica throwing her the ball, Chandler and Joey switch sides between long-shots of the three and medium shots.
  • When Joey scores a touchdown, Monica states the score as being "7 to nothing". A touchdown in touch football is only worth one point (or in a lesser used version, six). Only if Joey had done a one-point conversion kick would the seventh point be obtained, but touch football uses two-point conversions, thus seven points is impossible.
    • When playing football recreationally, some people use seven points as a scoring method as it is similar to the professional scoring system.

Episode NavigationEdit

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Preceded by
"The One With The Giant Poking Device"
Series Three Episodes Followed by
"The One Where Rachel Quits"

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