Friends: Season 1 Episode 3 The One with the Thumb

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Monica returns Barry's ring and Ross finds out he is going to be a father.

Series Index

Friends (1994-2004)

Characters/Groups

Rachel Green - Jennifer Aniston

Monica Geller - Courteney Cox

Phoebe Buffay - Lisa Kudrow

Joey Tribbiani - Matt Le Blanc

Chandler Bing - Matthew Perry

Ross Geller - David Schwimmer

Alan - Geoffrey Lower

Lizzy - Beth Grant

Paula - Jenifer Lewis

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Detailed Synopsis

Phoebe Buffay walks into Central Perk and Ross Geller asks her how her date went. She tells him that it didn't go so well due to him saying they should do this again. Ross, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, and Chandler Bing understand the hidden meaning, but Rachel Green doesn't understand why him saying that was bad. The others then explain to her the real meanings of dating language and use examples like telling children about taking their dogs to the farm. Ross then recalls Judy Geller and Jack Geller telling him that they took his dog Chi-Chi to the Milner's Farm. Joey and Chandler are rehearsing for a role that Joey is trying out for when Chandler shows him how to properly hold a cigarette and takes a drag. Chandler then remembers how much he enjoyed smoking. Back at the coffee house, Monica tells the others that a man's genitals can be approximated by comparing the length of his outstretched thumb to the tip of his outstretched index finger, which the guys then check. Phoebe walks in and tells the others that her bank gave her 500 extra dollars in her account. The others and Rachel think she should keep it, but Phoebe is at first hesitant. They catch Chandler smoking and get on his case. Monica tells the others she is about to go on her date with Alan and tells them that they can't meet him.

At work, Monica tells Paula that she doesn't want to bring Alan to meet her friends as none of her dates are ever good enough for them. Paula thinks that Monica's friends are looking out for her. Phoebe walks into Monica and Rachel's apartment and tells them, Ross, Joey and Chandler that her bank in its confusion gave her another $500 and a football phone. The door bell rings and Monica introduces them to Alan, who immediately wins them over. At the coffee house, Rachel, Ross, Chandler and Joey tell Monica they won their baseball game with the help of Alan who brought them together as a team. Phoebe walks up to Lizzy and hands her all the money she got from the bank and the football phone. Lizzy doesn't want to accept it without giving Phoebe something in return and Phoebe finally suggests she just buy her a soda to be even. Chandler continues to hide his renewed smoking habit. As Phoebe is opening the drink Lizzy buys her she notices something odd inside.

She goes to the coffee house and shows the others the thumb she found in her can. The others get on Chandler's case for smoking and he points out the flaws that the others have, Joey's knuckle cracking, Ross' over-pronunciation, and Monica's laugh snort. Joey asks if his knuckle cracking is really annoying and then points out Phoebe's hair eating, who in turn points out Rachel's inability to get anyone's order right. Chandler then smiles as the others start to argue. Monica tells Paula that all her friends like Alan, but she doesn't feel the same way. Paula tells her that she should just dump Alan, but Monica worries how her friends will take it. Alan talks with Chandler and convinces him to quit smoking again. Phoebe tells the others that the soda company paid her $7000 for her finding the thumb in the can. Monica gathers everyone together and tells them that she is dumping Alan, which makes them all sad. Later, Monica tells Alan that she is breaking up with him and he tells her that he liked her, but couldn't stand her friends. Back at Monica's apartment the others are reminiscing about their fun times with Alan when Monica gets back. They ask if Alan mentioned them and Monica lies and says he is going to miss them.