S03 E09 - TOW the Football
aka, TOW a Dutch Girl and a Troll Doll Nailed to a 2x4
Chandler: Is everybody else seeing a troll doll nailed to a 2x4?
Chandler sums up the beauty of The Geller Cup with his spot-on observation. While Ross and Monica would do almost anything to get their hands on it, everyone else is less than impressed. Speaking of impressing people, the next time you’re looking for a delicious fall-themed cocktail, look no further than our own Geller Cup!
We put a spin on a traditional Pimm’s Cup — made with Pimm’s No. 1, ginger ale, lemon, and cucumber — by giving it a Thanksgiving makeover. Summery cucumber and lemon were swapped out in favor of …
Gobble up the rest of the cocktail recipe here!
Uh duh … it’s Thanksgiving, so we’ve got lots of Thanksgiving food to talk about! We open up with Rachel haphazardly adding mini marshmallows to a bowl of sweet potatoes. We’re not sure what’s going on — the potatoes are still raw, and the marshmallows are usually added on the top… but whatever, it looks VERY Thanksgiving-y! There’s crudite and a bowl of chips on the coffee table while the guys watch football.
At the end of the episode, we see the gang (sans Ross and Monica) chowing down on Thanksgiving fare — Phoebe comments on how delicious the stuffing is, and Chandler’s eating something straight out of a big bowl. His traditional mac and cheese, maybe?
The only other food we’ve got is Rachel’s “go long” soft pretzel and Yoo-hoo!
THE GIRLS (AND MARJA)
Rachel kicks things off (get it?) in a cute dress with a gray-and-black striped top that cuts off at around her waistline, then finishes in a flattering A-line cut. Monica is taking the opposite approach and trying to look as hideous as possible. She’s got on a terrible orange sweater-dress thing with a zigzag hem. The saving graces are her fun orange jewel costume jewelry necklace and the orange suede boots we saw her wearing last week. Pheebs looks very Heidi-gone-Goth in a braided updo with a fun matching choker and earring set.
Marja, the Dutch girl, is just about as 90s as you can get, with her bleach-blonde fringed haircut, dark makeup and nails, and velvet outfit galore.
The guys dressed up a bit more for the holiday. We especially love what Joey’s wearing — it’s like a velvet burnout diamond pattern and all we want to do is HUG HIM! For football, they all change into sweats (or favorite jerseys), and Chandler’s looking awfully thin.
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!
Happy Thanksgiving! The gang’s all together at Monica and Rachel’s place. The guys are watching football, and at halftime, they all decide to play some 3-on-3. Chandler’s reluctant, because he’s still pining after Janice. But Joey thinks it’ll be good for him.
The thing is, Ross and Monica aren’t too eager to play. Why? Because their parents said they can’t. Apparently, they used to play a family game every year — the Geller Bowl — and Monica and Ross’s competitive natures got the better of them. One year, Monica broke Ross’s nose and their parents banned them from every playing again. But when Monica calls Ross a wuss for not wanting to play, he joins in.
Out at the park (a second set that they shepherded the studio audience over to) they pick teams (Rachel gets picked last) and Monica announces:
Monica: All right people listen, I’ve got exactly twenty-eight minutes before I have to baste again.
They kick off, and the scores go back and forth for a while. At one point, there’s a fumble, and a hot girl stops the ball with her foot. She introduces herself as Marja, and she’s Dutch. Joey and Chandler start fighting over who gets to ask her out. Chandler thinks he should “get her” to help him get over Janice. They start really fighting about it, and Chandler passive-aggressively rips Joey’s favorite jersey. All bets are off now!
Ross accuses Monica of cheating (because he’s a toxic asshole AND a sore loser), and she brings out the Geller Cup to entice him to keep playing. Apparently, Monica swam into the lake and fished it out while their parents took Ross to the hospital to fix his broken nose!
We have a little inconsistency with the dates listed on the Geller Cup and the last Geller Cup supposedly being Geller Cup VI — there are seven “champions” listed on the cup!
Now we get a taste of several musical montages. The first is with the original teams, then the next is when it’s girls vs. guys. Our final montage is the slo-mo take of Rachel finally making a catch to win(?) the game. This is the only scene not filmed in front of the live audience.
Rachel spikes the ball short of the goal line, so it’s technically a fumble. When they realize it, Monica and Ross both dive for the ball. We end the episode with everyone eating Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of the apartment, except Ross and Monica — the two of them still outside, huddled together in the cold, neither of them wanting to give up.
The REAL ending to the episode, however, goes like this:
Ross and Monica come in from outside, saying that it’s not worth losing toes to frostbite just to win a football game. They agree to bury the hatchet — and toss the Geller Cup down the trash chute. Ross leaves, and Monica rushes back in to the trash room. She opens the shoot and calls down to Phoebe to see if she’s got the cup. Then she tells her to come upstairs, where there’s champagne for the REAL winners! But then we hear Phoebe say, “Oh, Ross, what’re you doing here?” and Monica knows the jig is up.