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Nov 21, 2007 07:43 AM

What's your favorite Thanksgiving food-related TV episode?

While posting to another thread, I was reminded of the Everybody Loves Raymond episode where Debra decided to make a Tofurky turkey for Thanksgiving.

Another poster (thanks, jfood) mentioned the Everybody Loves Raymond episode where Marie insists on bringing a turkey to the holidays when Debra decided to make fish as the main course. Frank chokes on a fish bone and then Marie apologizes and tells them that T'giving is now their holiday.

Are there any other classics out there that anyone can think of?

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  1. Hands down, WKRP in Cincinnati - the episode when the TV station gave away live turkeys at a shopping mall by dropping them out of a helicopter. Still makes me laugh decades later!!!!
    "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"

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      1. re: aurora50

        I miss Les Nesman. I really miss Jennifer Marlowe....

        1. re: Phaedrus

          I was more of a Bailey man.... It was the Ginger vs. Marry-Ann of my generation.

      2. re: MakingSense

        When I saw the title of this thread this was what popped into my head. Why isn't somebody re-running this every year? An all time classic.

        1. re: MakingSense

          Turkeys Away

          I watched it on TG night. This discussion begins and ends with that episode.

          To play Cliff Claven for a second here, "A little know fact" is that the story is true. It actually happened. When Hugh Wilson was researching the ins and outs of radio, he was told a story by a guy in Atlanta who was fired from a station in Texas for tossing live turkeys out of a helicopter for TG. When he realized the turkeys couldn't fly, he landed the helicopter in the parking lot and turned them loose.
          That came from Hugh himself on the audio commentary for that episode on the DVD for season I.

          Oh, and Bailey Quarters all the way. And it's not close!!


        2. The "Cheers" Thanksgiving food fight episode.

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          1. re: ccbweb

            Diane at Karla's front door dressed as a pilgrim: "Gobble! Gobble!"

            1. re: mamamia

              I third the "Cheers" episode, formally known as "Thanksgiving Orphans", but known around my house as "Birdzilla"!
              I also like the "Mad About You" Thanksgiving episode where the dog ate the turkey, and they went through about five turkeys before they could finally eat (love the part with Helen Hunt throwing the turkey out the window)!!!

          2. The West Wing's first Thanksgiving episode -- Shibboleth -- was excellent. In the manner of the best of the West Wing, it incorporated both turkey slapstick (two live turkeys in CJ's office waiting to be "pardoned") and serious ruminations on the meaning of Thanksgiving (the title refers to illegal Chinese immigrants claiming asylum on the grounds of religious persecution for be Christians).

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              After my first post, I thought of this one. I forgot that the turkey pardon was in the same episode as the Chinese immigrant story line. I had been thinking funny, but perhaps this is more meaningful. R.I.P. West Wing.

              1. re: Shayna Madel

                At least while Sorkin was at the helm, the Thanksgiving episodes tended to have a comic element (turkeys are inherently funny), while the Christmas episodes tended to be profoundly serious (the first one was the episode about the homeless veteran and the second one was the episode about Josh's PTSD after the shooting). Yes, R.I.P. West Wing!

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I love you people!!! We have food and West Wing in common. Two of the more important things in my life.

            2. The Murphy Brown where the staff volunteers to make Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter and Murphy wants to make the whole thing completely gourmet, complete with ordering (accidentally) live turkeys. Very funny, but touching.

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              1. re: rweater

                Best line from that episode is when Corky is trying to lure the turkeys into the building by making "gobble gobble" noises and Murphy says...

                "Oh great! Is that what they teach instead of Spanish in the Louisiana school system!!!"

              2. The "Friends" episode where they're all outside playing football, and Ross and Monica each have a hold of the ball and won't let go of it ...even as it falls dark and everyone goes inside to eat...

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                1. re: aurora50

                  Likewise, the "Friends" episode when Brad Pitt comes as a guest.

                  1. re: brendastarlet

                    Wasn't there also a "Friends" episode where Joey ate a whole turkey?

                    1. re: Shayna Madel

                      They showed the Friends Thanksgiving ep last night where Rachel made the trifle, but the cookbook pages stuck together, so her trifle had beef in it. Love the scene where Joey says "I like it! Custard...good, jam...good, meat...GOOD"

                      1. re: coney with everything

                        The one where Monica puts a turkey with giant sunglasses on her head and dances to make Chandler laugh (he hates Thanksgiving). Or the one where the Underdog float gets away and they are all on the roof watching and get locked out of the apartment...where the turkey is cooking. The trifle one is pretty great too.

                        1. re: roma_girl

                          Actually that was a ripoff from Mr. Bean.