Friends

Season 1 Episode 10

The One with the Monkey

6
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 1994 on NBC
8.6
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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.moreless

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  • Great

    8.5
    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. I liked this one people didnt like the monkey but I thought Marcel made up for some good little storylines and jokes in season 1. It was also good to see Janice back in this episode little did we know at the time that she would appear in evry season of Friends.moreless
  • New Years.

    9.0
    The first New Year episode of Friends. I feel like this show needed a Christmas episode to go along with it but whatever. It was still a funny episode how they incorporated the monkey in to the episode. And Janice returns. She is my favorite recurring character. Kind of messed up how Chandler broke up with her ion the end. I like how the monkey was like Ross' girlfriend, or roommate. Another thing that I liked about this episode is that everyone ended up dateless like planned in the beginning. It was pretty much fate. The gay kiss at the end, was hilarious!moreless
  • Awesome.

    9.5
    Ross arrives at the New Year's Eve party with his new companion, a monkey named Marcel, who seems to take no interest in Ross at all. 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. IWhat can I say about this episode? I love it so much, everything about it is so funny and just awesome. One of the best episode in season one. I could watch this episode over and over again.moreless
  • Chandler: Hey, that monkey's got a Ross on its ass!

    9.8
    Ross arrives at the New Year's Eve party with his new companion, a monkey named Marcel, who seems to take no interest in Ross at all. 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. IWhat can I say about this episode? I love it so much, everything about it is so funny and just awesome. One of the best episode in season one. I could watch this episode over and over again.moreless
  • Fine.

    9.4
    Okay. This was a really important episode for Phoebe and for Ross. There are 3 storylines in this episode, they are; Phoebe meets a shy physicist named David, and falls totally in love with him, and him with her. His colleague, Max gets himself and David a fellowship in Minsk, and David has to face a difficult decision whether or not to take it and leave Phoebe behind in New York. Ross is feeling lonely, living by himself for the first time in his life, he decides it isn't cool to get a room-mate, so instead gets a monkey. Everyone except Monica loves him. Meanwhile, its New Years Eve and they all make a no-date pact which everyone except Ross breaks, but none of them turn out. Chandler with Janice, they break up. Monica with Fun Bobby, who turns out to be not so fun. Joey with Sandy, who makes out with someone else. Rachel with Paolo, who abandons her. Phoebe with David, the love of her life.moreless
Vincent Ventresca

Vincent Ventresca

Fun Bobby

Guest Star

Sarah MacDonnell

Sarah MacDonnell

Sandy

Guest Star

Wayne Pére

Wayne Pére

Max

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Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

David

Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

Janice

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler

Gunther [uncredited]

Recurring Role

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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.

  • 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!

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

    • Joey: You seen Sandy?
      Chandler: I don't know how to tell you this but she's in Monica's bedroom getting it on with Max, that scientist geek. Oh, look at that I did know how to tell you.

    • Janice: Oh my God. You listen to me, Chandler, you listen to me. One of these times is just going to be your last chance with me.

    • Phoebe: David's like, you know, Scientist Guy. He's very methodical.
      Monica: I think it's romantic.
      Phoebe: Me too! Oh! Did you ever see An Officer and a Gentleman?
      Rachel: Yeah!
      Phoebe: Well, he's kind of like the guy I went to see that with.

    • Monica: Do you always have to bring him here?
      Ross: Look, I didn't wanna leave him alone. All right? We ... we had our first fight this morning. I think it has to do with my working late. I said some things that I didn't mean, and he threw some feces ...
      Chandler: You know, if you're gonna work late I could look in on him for you.
      Ross: Oh, that'd be great! Okay, but if you do, make sure it seems like you're there to see him, okay, and you're not, like, doing it as a favor to me.
      Chandler: Okay, but if he asks, I'm not going to lie.

    • Ross: Par-tay! (Ross enters Monica's party with Marcel on his shoulders)
      Monica: That thing is not coming in here.
      Ross: That thing? This is how you greet guests at a party? Let me ask you something, if I showed up here with my new girlfriend, she wouldn't be welcome in your home?
      Monica: I'm guessing your new girlfriend wouldn't urinate on my coffee table.
      Ross: Hey, he was more embarrassed by that than anybody. And for him to have the courage to walk back in here like nothing happened...

    • Janice: I love this artichoke thing! Oh, don't tell me what's in it, the diet starts tomorrow! (Laughs her annoying Janice laugh)
      Chandler: You remember Janice.
      Monica: Vividly.

    • Rachel: Pheebs, I can't believe he hasn't kissed you yet. I mean God, by my sixth date with Paolo, he had already named both my breasts! ...Ooh. Did I just share too much?
      Ross: Just a smidge.

    • Phoebe: So you guys, I'm doing all new material tonight. I have twelve new songs about my mother's suicide, and one about a snowman.
      Chandler: Might wanna open with the snowman.

    • Ross: It's been kinda quiet since Carol left, so...
      Monica: Why don't you just get a roommate?
      Ross: Nah, I dunno ... I think you reach a certain age, having a roommate is kinda pathet- (Realizes) ... sorry, that's, that's "pathet", which is Sanskrit for "really cool way to live".

    • David: ...and then I said that while Daryl Hannah is beautiful in the classical sense, you are beautiful with a delicate grace. And that's when you started yelling.

    • Ross: That would be Marcel. You wanna say hi?
      Monica: No. No, I don't.
      Rachel: Oh, he is precious! Where did you get him?
      Ross: My friend, Bethel, rescued him from some lab.
      Phoebe: That is so cruel! Why? Why would a parent name their child Bethel?

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

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