Ross is tired of living alone but doesn't want a roommate at his age so he adopts the capucin monkey Marcel. Marcel is cute in everybody's eyes, except cleaning freak Monica who returns little of the monkey's love. With Paolo about to return to Rome, it looks like New Year's Eve will see the friends desperate for someone to kiss at midnight, so Chandler launches a pact for them all not to kiss anyone. However, Rachel learns Paolo can be back early, Monica asks her ex Fun Bobby and Chandler invites his hellish ex Janice. Joey met a single mother shopping, so Ross fears to be the only single left after Phoebe hooks up with scientist David.
Did You Know?
The DVD version of the episode features an additional scene where Monica and Phoebe help a battered Rachel get ready for the party. This episode is the first appearance of Rachel's bedroom in the series. See more
When Max tells Phoebe that he and David are going to Minsk, he tells her it's in Russia. It is, in fact, the capital of Belarus. Moreover, Belarus has been independent from the Soviet Union since 1991 (three years prior to this episode). See more
Hey, do you guys know what you're doing for New Year's?
[They all hit her with pillows
Gee, what? What is wrong with New Year's?
Nothing for you, you have Paolo. You don't have to face the horrible pressures of this holiday: desperate scramble to find anything with lips just so you can have someone to kiss when the ball drops! Man, I'm talking loud!
Well, for your information, Paolo is gonna be in Rome this New Year, so I'll be just as pathetic as the rest of you
Yeah, you wish!
Into Your Arms
Written by Robyn St. Clare
Performed by The Lemonheads See more