The One with the Monkey

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 12/15/94
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  • Episode Description
  • The gang makes and breaks a pact to celebrate New Year's Eve without dates. Ross compensates for his loneliness by getting a roommate - a monkey named Marcel whom everyone adores. (Well, everyone except Monica, who can't get past the feces-throwing thing.) Phoebe faces a difficult decision when she meets a shy physicist who's thinking about giving up a fellowship in Minsk to stay with her.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Vincent Ventresca

    Fun Bobby

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Sarah MacDonnell


  • Wayne Pére


  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Great

    By efc91, Jul 31, 2009

  • New Years.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 16, 2009

  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Feb 12, 2009

  • Chandler: Hey, that monkey's got a Ross on its ass!

    By Sarah_Is_Lost, Aug 16, 2008

  • Fine.

    By chocoholic411, Aug 22, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Phoebe: Hey, excuse me, noisy boys. Is there something you want to share with the rest of the group?
      David: Um... no, that's okay.
      Phoebe: Well if it's important enough to interrupt my song, it must be important enough for the rest of the group to hear.
      Chandler: That guy's going home with a note!

    • Chandler: (About Monica's date) Fun Bobby? Your ex-boyfriend Fun Bobby? Monica: Yeah. Joey: You know more than one Fun Bobby? Chandler: I happen to know a Fun Bob.

    • Monica: (About a disheveled Rachel) Oh my gosh! Rachel, honey... Are you okay? Where Paolo? Rachel: Rome. Jerk missed his flight. Phoebe: And then... your face bloated?

    • Joey: Hi. Hi, sorry I'm late. (He removes the coat to reveal an elf costume) Chandler: Too many jokes... must mock Joey! Joey: Nice shoes, huh? (He wiggles his foot and the bells tinkle) Chandler: Ahh, you're killing me!

    • Rachel: 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. Phoebe: Yeah, you wish!

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    Notes (7)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Opička (Monkey)

    • Hank Azaria auditioned for the part of Joey.

    • Lisa Kudrow and Vincent Ventresca both star in Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, a 1997 comedy film.

    • David Schwimmer and Hank Azaria co-starred in Uprising, a 2001 made-for-TV movie. Jennifer Aniston and Hank Azaria were both in Along Came Polly, a 2004 comedy/romance film. Lisa Kudrow and Hank Azaria were both in Bark, a 2002 comedy film.

    • This is the first appearance of Hank Azaria as David. David was in 5 episodes of Friends.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Phoebe's Songs: "Snowman" I made a man with eyes of coal and a smile so bewitchin'. How was I supposed to know that my mom was dead in the kitchen? La lalala laaa la lala La lalala la la... "Mother's Ashes" My mother's ashes, even her eyelashes, are resting in a little yellow jar. And sometimes, when it's breezy, I feel a little sneezy, and now I...

    • Trivia: Chandler tells one of the party goers that he was bitten by a peacock. In a previous episode "The One with the Blackout", Phoebe mentions this incident saying she was the last to know when Chandler got bitten by the peacock.

    • Factual Error: Minsk is not, nor has it ever been, in Russia. Until 1991, it was in the USSR and presently, it's the capital of Belarus.

    Allusions (4)

    • Phoebe: Me too! Oh! Did you ever see An Officer and a Gentleman? Rachel: Yeah. Phoebe: Well, he's kinda like the guy I went to see that with. An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a US Navy Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Sergeant who trains him.

    • Janice: Smile, you're on Janice Camera!
      This is a reference to the PAX show Candid Camera, hosted by Peter Funt, where the standard phrase is "Smile, you're on Candid Camera".

    • Chandler: It's just that I'm sick of being a victim of this Dick Clark holiday. Chandler is referring to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve which broadcasts the countdown to the new year each New Year's Eve.

    • Max: (To Phoebe) Yoko. Max was referring to Yoko Ono, the late John Lennon's wife, who many Beatles fans accuse of breaking up the famous band from Liverpool.

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