Friends (1994–2004)
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The One with the Cat 

Phoebe becomes convinced that the spirit of her dead mother is inside a cat. Chandler and Joey are robbed. Monica goes on a date with a guy from her high school.


Shelley Jensen


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
Dan Gauthier ... Chip Matthews
James Michael Tyler ... Gunther
Matt Kaminsky ... Tony (as Matthew Kaminsky)
Ken Weiler ... Peter
Marc Unger ... The Thief


A cat walks into Central Perk and Phoebe is convinced that it is her mother's reincarnation. Joey and Chandler agree to sell the entertainment center. People come to look at it and Joey gets locked into it by a guy who then steals all their other furniture. Monica goes on a date with Rachel's ex from high school Chip. He is still very cute but he still lives with his parents and still works at the movie theater as he did in high school. The friends find an ad from a little girl who lost the cat. Ross and Phoebe fight about the cat but Phoebe agrees to take her "mum" back to the girl in the end. Joey and Chandler trade the entertainment center for a canoe. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

2 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The breed of cat in this episode is called a British Shorthair-- the most famously portrayed breed for commercials and films due to the breed being the most ancient breed of domestic cat. The favorite is the gray/blue tinge which is what this cat has, but they come in a variety of color. One unique case was the famous case of Tsim Tung Brother Cream. He was a cream colored British Shorthair that lived in a convenience store in Hong Kong. He became the most famous cat in Hong Kong after his disappearance in 2012.

The British Shorthair's unique markings and ancient roots make it the famous breed in the world. See more »


When Chandler is walking out of his room at the beginning of the episode and rips his jacket, the rip is lower on his arm than where the television unit supposedly ripped his jacket. See more »


Chandler: [Comes home to find all their possessions gone and Joey locked in the entertainment center] OH MY GOD!
Joey: [Yelling from inside the entertainment center] WHAT?
Chandler: [Walking to the entertainment center and letting Joey out] are you alright?
Joey: Aw man he said he wouldn't take the chairs!
Chandler: [shouting] what hell happened? how were you locked in and where the hell is all of our stuff?
Joey: This guy came by to look at the unit and he didn't think it was big enough to fit a grown man
Chandler: [suspiciously] So you got in there "...
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One Of The Best From Season 4.
9 February 2009 | by jerekraSee all my reviews

The One with the cat is one of the best episodes from season 4. Love how Ross explains how crazy it is that Phoebe thinks her mother is inside of the cat in spirit. Ross being the voice of reason seems to work here since all the other characters just let Phoebe believe that the cat is really her mother. However as good as this plot is I like how Joey and Chandler are trying to sell the entertainment unit better. Joey just does not want to get rid of the unit, unless of course he could get a "canoe" in exchange for it. Who can forget what happens when Joey gets into the entertainment unit "voluntarily". I do not want to give it away so you will have to see this episode to find out.

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