The One With The Thumb is the third episode of the first season of Friends, which aired on October 6, 1994. It was written by Jeff Astrof & Mike Sikowitz and directed by James Burrows.


Monica is reluctant to introduce her new boyfriend, Alan, to her friends because they've mocked all of the

Phoebe giving away money.

boyfriends they've met before. To her surprise, they love Alan. However, she realizes she doesn't feel a spark with Alan and breaks up with him. Her friends take the news very hard, but Alan is relieved, since he couldn't stand her friends. Joey has to smoke in a play and practices it with Chandler, who resumes his smoking habit. Phoebe becomes really agitated with her bank when they accidentally put an extra $500 in her bank account. Not being able to use the money due to guilt, Phoebe informs the bank of this error, and she gets a football phone for the inconvenience. But instead of removing the $500 from her account, they add another $500 to her account. She gives the money and phone away to a homeless friend, (who she brings alphabet soup daily) who in turn buys her a soda out of gratitude. When Phoebe opens it, she sees a thumb, so she gets a compensation from the soda company of $7,000. The episode ends with Phoebe giving the $7,000 to Chandler, if he promises to never smoke again. he is later seen in Season 3 and Funko toys to

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt le Blanc - Joey Tribbiani br/^ Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller
...Courtney Cox - Monica Geller

Supporting CastEdit

Geoffrey Lower - Russ Beth Grant – Lizzy


Directed By:
James Burrows
David Schwimmer

Written By:
Jeff Astrof & Mike Sikowitz

Produced By:
Kevin Bright
David Crane
Jeff Greenstein
Marta Kauffman
Todd Stevens
Jeff Strauss


  • This is the episode which shows Chandler at work for the first time, as well as his first time smoking and his apartment with Joey.
  • This episode includes Chandler complaining to Ross about "over pronouncing every single word". Ironically, in The One With The Ick Factor, the group is making fun of Chandler because of his pronunciation.


Phoebe: "...And I found 500 extra bucks in my account."
Chandler: "Ohhh, Satan's minions at work again!"

Phoebe: "It's not mine! If I kept it, it would be like stealing!"
Rachel: "Yeah, but if you spent it, it would be like shopping!"