Season 5 Episode 11

The One with All the Resolutions

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

As 1999 approaches, the group all make resolutions, most of which will require a lot of willpower to accomplish. For instance, Rachel vows to stop gossiping, a resolution that is put to the test when she learns about Monica and Chandler's relationship.

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  • Funny, but a lot of stuff was far fetched.

    I think the premise of this episode was really good; the Friends making new year resolutions and trying to stick with them. Some of them were really good, while some of them seemed like they just couldn't come up with anything better.

    Rachel's was good. Anything that challanges the character is good, and this one was not only challenging but well balanced. She got a few funny lines that didn't require any build up, then it worked its way into the storyline of her finding out about Monica and Chandler.

    Monica's was bad. Taking pictures? What's that supposed to be good for, they didn't make any use out of it.

    Phoebe's was bad. It did feel like Phoebe, but it also felt like a waste of plotspace. It would have been funnier if her resolution had had some inpact on her storyline with Joey.

    Joey's was good. I like seeing him and Phoebe together, I was never a fan of the idea of them getting together romantically, but as friends they have great chemistry. And one of the funniest scenes of the episode is when they argue about her teaching methods.

    Chandler's was great. It was really funny to see him fighting to control himself, and the others doing their best to tease him. Classic Friends.

    Ross' was good. The bit about the pants wasn't so entertaining, but the general idea of trying something new every day was pretty good.

    This episode is also where Rachel finds out about Monica and Chandler. I think it was good that someone found out at this point. Having only Joey know was a real stroke of genious; it makes the storyline work better and it's interesting that they put Joey in the role of being in the know. But that still leaves three Friends who don't know about it, and if they had all figured it out at the same time it would have been a bit too dramatic. So having Rachel find out about it at this point worked really well.

    How they handled her finding out about it had some major faults though. First of all I don't see why she even freaked out at Monica calling Chandler "mister big" when it sounded very much like she was saying "mister Bing". Second she screamed loudly before hanging up the phone, even if Monica didn't hear her on the line she would have heard her from her bedroom. Plus both Monica and Chandler would have noticed that someone picked up the phone, you hear that quite clearly after all. And also, Joey and Rachel discuss it in very loud voices with Ross in the next room. I thought they were going to use that, have the scene end with Joey and Rachel leaving the apartment and Ross coming out into the living room with a shocked look on his face. But they chose just to ignore it.

    Overall, funny episode but with some major plotholes.

  • Rachel finds out.

    Another great episode brought to you by Friends. I love how they change the plot for the holidays every year and pull it off. This year, he gang is having new years resolutions that they plan to keep. Ross evens throws a few betting. I like how this episode revolved around the WHOLE gang. Phoebe wants to be a pilot. Ross wants to try something new everyday. The pants thing wasn't such a good idea. Chandler has to stop making jokes. Monica decides she will be in more pictures with her friends. I forgot what Joey's was. Anyways this episode is amazing because Rachel finds out about Monica & Chandler. Sort of a cliffhanger, cause she doesn't really thoroughly talk about it. So much for stopping the gossiping. Can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • Here we go! 1999! The year of Joey! - Joey

    It's New Year's Eve and all the Friends make their resolutions. Ross' resolution is to try something new every day. Phoebe's is to pilot a commercial jet which Chandler finds really funny so as usual he makes a joke about it. Then he makes his resolution to not make fun of his friends for an entire week. Joey says he would like to play guitar so that one of his skills on his resume will be true. Phoebe is happy to teach him.

    Next day at Central Perk Ross gets the phone number of a girl with the name Elizabeth Hornswoggle. This is really killing Chandler.

    Phoebe gives Joey his first guitar lesson but they argue about Phoebe's methode.

    Rachel overhears a conversation between Monica and Chandler and finds out their secret. To bad her resolution is to gossip less. The best parts of the episode was Ross with the leather pants in the bathroom and Chandler not being able to make jokes (it was a very painful episode for him).moreless
  • The gang makes New Year Resolutions.

    This whole episode is hilarious. Basically, everyone makes New Year's Resolutions, but of course can't follow through with them. Pheobe teaches Joey to play guitar but of course it is funny because of the fact that she won't actually let Joey touch a guitar. Rachel does pretty well with keeping her resolution of not gossiping but it is so funny when she finally finds out about Monica and Chandler dating. Her finding out was definitely a funny scene. Of course, you can't forget about Ross wearing the leather pants. The stuff that happens to him is hilarious. It is the best part of the episode and I can watch that scene over and over again. Definitely an episode to watch!moreless
  • ...

    A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end. A great episode, with a really interessting storyline and a good and funny cast. And like all episodes it has it's great wave in the storyline and a good cliff hanger at the end.moreless
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Charlie Allen

Charlie Allen

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Jack Allen

Jack Allen

Ben Geller-Willick-Bunch

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Trivia: One of Ross' resolutions is to just have the one divorce in '99, but because of his marriage to Rachel in Vegas, his divorce from her makes two divorces in '99.

    • Goof: When Rachel and Joey are discussing if "they know," there is a silence and Joey's hands are by his sides. When the shot changes, his right arm is over the back of his chair.

    • Goof: When Ross first enters Elizabeth's bathroom, the lotion is first in line on the top shelf, then something else, and then the powder. Later, the powder is first in line on the top shelf.

    • Goof: When the New Year arrives and the camera is on Phoebe and Ross, Rachel goes to hug Joey in the background. When the shot changes to Rachel and Joey, Rachel goes to hug Joey again.

    • Goof: When the gang counts down to the New Year, the timing is not in sync with the TV.

    • Goof: Monica's resolution is to take more pictures of the friends. In the scene where Joey and Phoebe argue about Joey learning the real names of the guitar chords, she seems to walk out of the setting, reappears, stands between Joey and Phoebe and a picture is taken from the direction of one of the crew members. She smiles and walks away without saying anything to the photographer. The missing three friends are not in this scene! (It is possible that Monica set the timer on the camera.)

    • Magna Doodle: A drawing of a coffee cup

    • Goof: In the scene where Ross is trying to get his leather pants up, the stain on his shirt keeps changing.

    • Goof: When Ross is on the phone with Joey about his leather pants, his hair moves from across his forehead to slicked up from scene to scene.

    • Trivia: The bottle of Motts apple juice is spelled OTTS.

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe says she does not know the real names of guitar chords, but in "The One with the Baby on the Bus" she refers to the chords D and A-Minor.

    • Goof: When Phoebe says she doesn't want to fly in the rain, if you look outside the window you can see it's not raining.

    • Goof: Rachel and Joey loudly shout to each other about Chandler and Monica while Ross is just a few feet away in the other room, yet Ross does not hear them discussing the secret.

    • Goof: When Rachel overhears Monica and Chandler on the phone, she yelps before clicking the phone off. You would think Monica or Chandler would have heard her through the phone.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Joey: Ross! Ross, who you kissin' at midnight?
      Ross: What?
      Joey: Well, you gotta kiss someone. You can't kiss your sister.
      Ross: Well, who's gonna kiss my sister?
      Joey: Chandler.
      Ross: Aw, man! (makes face)
      Joey: Dude, dude. Who would you rather have kiss your sister, me or Chandler?
      Ross: That's a good point.

    • Joey: Pheebs! Pheebs! Ross wants to kiss you at midnight!
      Phoebe: It's so obvious, why doesn't he just ask?

    • Joey: Rach', Rach'... I'm gonna kiss you at midnight.
      Rachel: What?
      Joey: Well, everyone's gotta kiss someone. You can't kiss Ross because of the history.
      Rachel: So?
      Joey: So, who would you rather have kissing you, me or Chandler?
      Rachel: Oh, good point.

    • Ross: I'm gonna go out on a limb and say no divorces in '99! (blows party horn)
      Rachel: But your divorce isn't final yet.
      Ross: Just the one divorce in '99! (blows party horn again)

    • Ross: You know what? I'm going to be happy this year. I am going to make myself happy.
      Chandler: Do you want us to leave the room or...?

    • Phoebe (about New Year's resolutions): Mine is to pilot a commercial jet plane.
      Chandler: That's a good one too, Pheebs. Now all you have to do is find a plane load of people whose resolution is to plummet to their deaths!
      Phoebe: Maybe your resolution should be not to make fun of your friends. Especially the ones who may soon be flying you to Europe for free on their own plane.
      Monica: She has a better chance of sprouting wings and flying up your nose than you do of not making fun of us.

    • Monica: Hey, Rach', maybe your resolution should be to gossip less.
      Rachel: I don't gossip. (everyone laughs) Maybe sometimes I find out things or I hear something and I pass that information on, you know, kind of like a public service. It doesn't mean I'm a gossip. I mean, would you call Ted Koppel a gossip?
      Monica: Well, if Ted Koppel talked about his coworker's botched boob job... yeah, I would!
      Rachel: Well, they were like this! (points her fingers in opposite directions)

    • Chandler: (about Phoebe's teaching methods) What an interesting approach to guitar instruction. Y'know, some might find it amusing... I myself find it regular.

    • Phoebe: Do you want to learn to play guitar?
      Joey: Yes.
      Phoebe: Then don't touch one!

    • Chandler: Ross is wearing leather pants. Does nobody else see that Ross is wearing leather pants? Someone comment on the pants! (everyone compliments Ross's pants) That's not what I had in mind. See, people like Ross generally don't wear these types of pants. You see, they're very tight. Maybe there's something in that area.
      Joey: Where'd you get them?
      Ross: Oh, see, I needed a new thing for today and there's this leather store I go by that always smells so good and I thought to myself, wow, I've never owned a really good smelling... pair of pants before.
      Chandler: Oh, come on!

    • (Rachel goes to make a call but hears Monica's voice on the phone)
      Monica: I can't wait to be with you. I'll sneak over as soon as Ross picks up Ben. I'll tell Rachel I'm gonna be doing laundry for a couple hours.
      Chandler: Laundry, huh? Is that my new nickname?
      Monica: Awww... You know what your nickname is, Mr. Big...
      (Rachel yelps and hangs up the phone)

    • Joey: (on the phone) Ross? You okay?
      Ross: They're still not coming on, man, and the lotion and the powder have made a paste!
      Joey: Really?! Uhh, what color is it?
      Ross: What difference does that make?!
      Joey: Well, I'm just—if the paste matches the pants, you can make yourself a pair of paste pants and she won't know the difference!

    • Rachel: Okay, Joey, I have got to tell you something.
      Joey: What? What is it?
      Rachel: Oh my God, it's so huge! ...But you have to promise me... you cannot tell anyone.
      Joey: Oh, no, no! I don't wanna know.
      Rachel: What? Oh, yes, you do wanna know! This is unbelievable!
      Joey: Well, I don't care, Rach'. Look, I am tired of being the guy who knows all the secrets but can't tell anyone.
      Rachel: Wh-What secrets? You know secrets? What are they?
      Joey: And you're not supposed to be gossiping.
      Rachel: No, I know, I know. I just can't keep this one in... So, I pick up the phone and...
      (Joey puts his hands over his ears and starts hollering to drown her out)

    • Joey: Hey, Pheebs?
      Phoebe: No, I can't talk to you! I don't have a fancy ad in the Yellow Pages!

    • Chandler: Pheebs, you may know this. You know strange things. What is the boiling point of brain?
      Phoebe: I used to know this.

    • Monica: Okay, now that everything is done here, I'm gonna go do my laundry.
      Chandler: Oh, yeah, me too, y'know... if this shirt is dirty... (smells it) Yep.

    • Rachel: Hey, Joey, you remember that big thing I was gonna tell you about? (Joey covers his ears and starts to holler) I'm not gonna tell you. But if you found out on your own that would be okay, and then we could talk about it, right?
      Joey: Well, then it wouldn't be a secret, so that would be okay, yeah. Yeah.
      Rachel: Hey, uh, Joe, would you mind going over in Chandler's bedroom and getting that book back that he borrowed from me?
      Joey: Now? You want me to go over there now, I... Do you know something?
      Rachel: Do you know something?
      Joey: I might know something.
      Rachel: I might know something, too.
      Joey: What's the thing you know?
      Rachel: Oh, no... I can't tell you until you tell me what you know.
      Joey: I can't tell you what I know.
      Rachel: Okay, then I can't tell you what I know.
      Joey: Okay, fine. (studies her and then sneers) You don't know...
      Rachel: I'll go over there and I will walk into Chandler's bedroom and I will see the thing that I think that I know is actually the thing that I think that I know.
      Joey: (gasps) You know!
      Rachel: And you know!
      Joey: Yeah, I know!
      Rachel: Chandler and Monica? Oh this is unbelievable! How long have you known?
      Joey: Too long! Oh my God, Rach', I've been dying to talk to someone about this for so long! But, listen, listen, you can't say anything to anybody--they're so weird about that.

    • Chandler: Oh good, okay, I can't take it anymore. I can't take it anymore. So you win, okay? Here! (hands Ross a $50 bill) Pheebs? Flying a jet? Better make it a spaceship so that you can get back to your home planet! And Ross, phone call for you today, Tom Jones, he wants his pants back! And Hornswoggle? What are you dating a character from Fraggle Rock?! (collapses onto the couch and lets out a huge sigh of relief)

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Novoroční předsevzetí (New Year's Resolution)

    • This episode runs 24:10 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).There are extra scenes when Monica's original resolution was to be less obsessed with cleanliness but then Rachel dumps crumbs on the floor and where Monica checks Rachel's diary because her new year resolution was to write in the diary every day.


    • When Ross and Elizabeth are watching television, the music coming from the TV is the theme from the 1966 movie A Man and a Woman.

    • Chandler: And Ross, phone call for you today. Tom Jones. He wants his pants back!
      Tom Jones is a Grammy Award-winning music singer.

    • Joey: Okay, cut slits in the pants, right? Then put them back on, go out there and tell her you're The Incredible Hulk.
      The Hulk (Dr. Robert Bruce Banner), sometimes referred to as "The Incredible Hulk", is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel Comics Universe. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, thanks to a popular TV series, The Incredible Hulk, as well as appearances in numerous motion pictures, he has since become one of Marvel Comics' most recognized superheroes.

    • Phoebe: (to Joey) Fine! You go learn from your "qualified instructor." But don't come crying to me when everyone is sick and tired of hearing you play "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"!
      "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" is a song by Jim Croce, about a gambler who is known for being tough and mean, but learns a hard lesson after flirting with someone else's wife.

    • Chandler: Hornswoggle? What're you, dating a character from Fraggle Rock?
      Fraggle Rock was a children's show created by Jim Henson's Workshop, the people who created The Muppets and Sesame Street. Fraggle Rock was pretty popular in the 1980s.