The One with the Routine

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Quotes (20)

  • Joey: Okay, now listen up. I've been on sets before, so let me give you a little advice, alright? It's a show, but we're just dancing, okay? It's no big deal. Important thing to remember, stay cool. Ross: Got it! (Walks onto the set) Oh, my God! It's just like I dreamed it!

  • Monica: We are going to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve! Ross: Oh, my God! Monica: Oh, my God! Chandler: (To Rachel) Oh, my God!

  • Rachel: Well, that's a lot better than Ross trying to kiss me in high school and saying that he did it because he needed chap stick. Ross: It was a dry day.

  • Janine: Do you guys wanna come too? Ross: Are you serious? Monica: We are there! (Rachel starts to laugh) Chandler: What are you laughing at? Rachel: Well, I used to date him. But you're still going out with her.

  • Joey: I had to get out of the apartment. Janine is, like, stretching all over the place. You know, everywhere I look, she's like (Imitates her stretching). Chandler: I can see why that's hard to resist.

  • Ross: And that's the story of the dreidel. Now, some people trace the Christmas tree back to the Egyptians, who used to bring green palm branches into their huts on the shortest day of the year, symbolizing life's triumph over death. And that was like 4000 years ago. Rachel: So, pretty much around the same time that you started telling this story.

  • Monica: Man, this sucks. If mom and dad don't see us on T.V. after we made them so jealous, who's going to be the losers then? Ross: Hey, I know what will get us up on a platform. Monica: What? Ross: The routine. Monica: Ross, we haven't done the routine since middle school. Ross: Hey, when the snippy guy sees the routine he'll want to build us our own platform. Monica: Was it really that good? Ross: We got honorable mention in the brother/sister dance category. Look, it's almost fake midnight. Do we really have any other choice? Monica: Okay, let's do it. Mom and dad are going to be so faced.

  • Phoebe: (To the duck and the chick) Come on, guys. Show us where the presents are. Chandler: Well the duck seems to think that Monica got me garbage. Hmm, I wonder what can I get Monica that's as good as garbage. Phoebe: (Referring to the bookends "A" "Z" shaped Chandler got her) Hmm, how about my "AZ?"

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Notes (4)

  • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Taneční kreace (Dance Creations)

  • Alternate Title: The One With The Rockin' New Year

  • This episode runs 23:38 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Extra scene where Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler look for Monica's presents at Central Perk. Another one when Ross and Monica didn't hear the director say cut and kept dancing.

  • Music: "Every Word Means No" by Smash Mouth "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" by Robbie Williams "Trouble With Boys" by Loreta "Next Year" by Kevin Henry

Trivia (5)

  • Goof: When Gunther fainted in Central Perk, none of the waitresses behind the counter helped or even noticed he was unconscious.

  • Goof: After they dance "The Routine," Snippy Guy tells Monica and Ross they can be on one of the platforms if they dance "The Routine" again. He then tells one of the camera men to be sure to get it for the "bloopers" tape. When Snippy Guy tells Monica and Ross they can go on the platform, the music and taping are stopped, and when taping resumes, it is the New Year's Eve countdown and people aren't dancing. Snippy Guy then yells cut and tells everyone that it's a wrap. So when did he expect Monica and Ross to dance "The Routine" on the platform?

  • Continuity: In this episode, Rachel looks in the closet for Monica's Christmas presents. But in "The One with the Secret Closet" we learn that Monica always keeps the closet locked to hide the mess.

  • Goof: When the Snippy Guy is pointing out couples to go on the platforms next, he is pointing with his left hand and holding a clipboard in his right hand. However when the camera angle changes, he is pointing with his right hand and holding a clipboard in his left hand.

  • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a Santa Claus hand puppet

Allusions (2)

  • Chandler: I’m sure she worked really hard at getting you a present and wanting to surprise me, and you guys are gonna ruin that, and I... look we have to put these back, this is not what Christmas is about. Rachel: Whatever Linus, I’m opening mine. This is a reference to A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this TV animated movie, Linus gives a touching speech about the true meaning of Christmas, which to this day is still considered a holiday classic.

  • Janine: I just got a call to be a dancer on a television special for New Year's Eve. It's called some sort of Dick'n Rock'n Dickie Eve. Monica: Hold it! Are you talking about Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve? Janine: Yeah. That's what I said. Monica: Oh, my God! We love that show. Ross and I have been watching it since I can remember. Ross: Yeah! Chandler: You're still just a little fat girl inside aren't you? Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve is the television special on ABC that rings in the New Year's live from Times Square.