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The One with the Routine 

On the set of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve", Joey tries to kiss Janine at midnight and Monica and Ross resurrect their dance routine from high school. Meanwhile, Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler look for Monica's Christmas presents.


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Episode cast overview:
Monica Geller (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
The Stage Manager
The Tall Guy
Dancer on Platform
The Dancing Girl


Janine is going to be a party person in a New Year's Eve TV broadcast and asks Joey, Monica and Ross to come along for the taping. Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler look for the gifts Monica got for them while the others are at the taping. Monica and Ross really want to be on TV but they would have to dance on the platform which only the selected people can. They put on the "routine" - a dance they did in primary school - for the selection guy and they get to dance on the platform. Joey wanted to kiss Janine on the fake midnight but missed his chance. When they get back home Janine kisses Joey. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

16 December 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song 'Every Word Means No' by Smash Mouth playing at the beginning of the Rockin New Year's Eve taping was also used in the first scene of Danny's party in TOW Ross Moves In See more »


In the first few seconds of the show after the theme song, right after he mentions the origin of the Dreidle, Ross can be seen mouthing words though no sound comes out. See more »


[Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler are looking for Monica's Christmas presents]
Phoebe: [finds a bag under the couch]
Phoebe: Oh! We have a large one!
Rachel: It's a Macy's bag!
Phoebe: [turns it over and an old shoe falls out]
Phoebe: Ooh! Who's it for?
Rachel: [reads note attached to shoe] "Dear losers, do you really think I would hide presents under the couch? P.S. Chandler, I knew they'd break you."
Phoebe: Uh oh. I think she may be on to us.
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Happy Holidays!
25 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorites episodes of this show. I won't go over the points the other posters have already made, mostly because this is all about Monica and Ross's dance routine for me. Monica and Ross are invited to a televised dance party as guests of Joey's love interest Janine (Elle McPherson). The siblings really really want to be chosen to perform on a platform, and they decide that a dance routine they invented for a grade school talent show is going to get them a spot. Well it does, but not for the reasons they intended. The episodes where the characters think back to their less glamorous pasts are always funny. This is perfect viewing for the wee hours of New Year's Day.

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