Did the ‘Friends’ Cast Really Eat While Filming Their Thanksgiving Episodes?

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

Thanksgiving was crucial to the characters of Friends. They would eat collectively, however not all the meals had been good. Did the forged actually eat whereas filming? The reply is sure, however for Matt LeBlanc, it didn’t all the time work out as deliberate.

‘Friends’ has a number of Thanksgiving episodes

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller-Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller on 'Friends'
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller-Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller on ‘Friends’ | Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank

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The sitcom targeted on the friendship between Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courtney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Ross (David Schwimmer). The characters grew to become a household in order that they celebrated the vacations collectively.

There are 10 Thanksgiving episodes. There had been some massive visitor stars who additionally appeared within the episodes like Brad Pitt, who performed Ross and Monica’s friend from college. Christina Applegate additionally joined the characters by taking part in Rachel’s sister.

Of course, the vacation infrequently went as deliberate. LeBlanc revealed how filming one of many eating scenes backfired on him.

Some actors ate in the course of the scenes, but it surely didn’t all the time go as deliberate

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The characters would usually eat collectively, however the actors didn’t all the time get pleasure from it. LeBlanc talked in regards to the filming of “The One Where Ross Got High.”

That episode confirmed Rachel making an attempt to make dessert for Thanksgiving. She by chance made one thing that was one half English truffle and one other half shepherd’s pie as a result of pages of her cookbook had been caught collectively. They tried the horrible dessert anyway.

“What we were actually eating was not that. Story-wise it was whipped cream and some bananas or something,” LeBlanc revealed on The Graham Norton Show. He went on to say Ross doesn’t prefer it however he doesn’t wish to damage Rachel’s emotions so he eats the entire thing.

“[Schwimmer] starts to eat it all and he can’t finish it and he starts laughing. So we cut. As we’re cutting, he kind of spits it back on his plate, and I’m sitting right next to him and I’m looking the other way,” LeBlanc mentioned. He then determined to take some meals off of Schwimmer’s plate and ate the meals within the subsequent take.

“No one says anything,” LeBlanc mentioned. He didn’t discover out what actually occurred till he watched the blooper reel later.

Rachel’s mistake was impressed by a debate

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The story got here from a debate within the author’s room. Writer Greg Malins defined this to Entertainment Weekly.

“We were like, ‘Doesn’t a trifle have meat in it?’ We’re like, ‘No, it’s got pudding in it.’ You have to understand back then there’s no internet, and there weren’t a lot of cooking shows on TV,” he mentioned.

He then defined how they got here up with the disgusting meal. “It seemed to me peas was the funniest thing to put in the dessert trifle and then you throw a little beef in there,” Malins mentioned.

The actors did improvise within the scene. Schwimmer mentioned the dessert style like toes, which wasn’t scripted. The trifle positively sounds disgusting and it feels like filming the scene additionally was gross for LeBlanc.

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