Season 1: Episode 09: The One Where Underdog Gets Away
It's Thanksgiving and at first everyone has plans of their own, except for Phoebe (who never celebrates Thanksgiving in the same place for two years in a row) and Chandler (who doesn't believe in the holiday, ever since his parents announced their divorce on Thanksgiving day years ago). One by one, all of their plans fall through: Joey can't show his face in the old neighborhood after he models for the free clinic and his face gets plastered on VD posters, and Monica and Ross' parents announce they are off to Bermuda with another couple. Monica decides to have an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment. While everyone is busy cooking, Chandler bursts in and tells them that the Underdog Balloon has escaped from the Thanksgiving Day parade and is now floating over New York City. They all go up to the roof to see and lock themselves out of the apartment. Rachel's tickets to Vail sit inside while the turkey and stuffing burn and in the end, it's tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and good friends -- a new holiday tradition. Meanwhile, Ross petitions Carol for "belly time" to establish a prenatal bond with his baby.