Season 6 Episode 10

The One with the Routine

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Joey is beginning to like Janine more. She gets an invitation to dance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and invites Joey, Monica and Ross to join her. Monica and Ross are a little too happy about this, as it gives them a chance to finally use their "routine." While Monica is at the taping, Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler search for their Christmas presents.moreless

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  • Excellent!


    Season 6

    Episode 10: The One with the Routine

    Janine invites Joey, Monica and Ross to a New Year Event, where Ross and Monica try to get on camera by doing their "routine". Meanwhile, Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel search for their Christmas presents from Monica.

    I saw this episode again a couple of days ago and I didn't remember how good it is. Its extremely funny and was s awesome. Ross and Monica's routine was hilarous! The jokes been made by every body were really funny! The credits were hilarous! An amazing episode! This, with The One On The Last Night are my favorite season six eps!moreless
  • The sixth Christmas.

    They never run out of Christmas ideas, this Christmas episode was I think as strange plot. But it really worked. A surprising small cliffhanger. Finally Janine & Joey are together, and they kissed. It was sort of too good to be true in my opinion. My favorite plot was Rachel, Chandler, & Phoebe trying to look for the presents. I also loved the hysterical dancing between Monica & Ross, those siblings are very strange. I like how through the whole episode, their trying to get on camera. I also like how Joey got in a second grade fight with the Tall Guy. A good Christmas/New Year episode.moreless
  • Joey is beginning to like Janine more. She gets an invitation to dance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and invites Joey, Monica and Ross to join her. Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler search for their Christmas presents.moreless

    Good! I think this season is not really as good as the last couple. I thought that when Chandler found his present and learned that it was that and wasn't that good that Monica at the end would give Chandler another present and say that is the real one or she lied about the present and it wasn't really that. I also thought she would be more mad but at the end she didn't really care. Everything else was great! Joey putting water on the guy and making a joke about it was great! Joey and Janine! Finally and I wish they would get married later because they are so cool together but I know it doesn't happen.moreless
  • Great episode!

    "The One With the Routine" is a hilarious episode. Personally, I love the epsiodes that focus on the interactions between Ross and Monica, and this one is one of the best. Janine (Joey's roommate) is hired to dance in the "New Year's Rockin' Eve" show with Dick Clark, and invites Ross and Monica to come along when she learns that they are huge fans of the show. (Actually, they can barely contain their excitement when she tells them about it.) Hoping to get on TV, they decide to do a "routine" that they had performed in their eighth grade talent show. Of course, they look completely idiotic, but their periodic "nerdiness" is one of the things that I love about them.moreless
  • Brilliant!

    The One With The Routine was under a lot of pressure, following The One Where Ross Got High. It certainly isn't as good as the previous episode, but is brilliant nonetheless. Janine invites Joey, Ross and Monica to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which Monica and Ross have loved since their childhood. Rachel and Phoebe convince Chandler to help look for their Christmas presents from Monica. Joey plans to kiss Janine at fake midnight, but doesn't get the chance. Ross and Monica want to get onto the platforms and decide that the best thing for them to do is their routine from high school. The routine is the best and funniest part of the episode, it's hard to explain but you have to see it if you haven't already! Janine kisses Joey back at their apartment and Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler find Monica's presents. One of the best episodes of season six.moreless
Lex Medlin

Lex Medlin

The Tall Guy

Guest Star

Patrick Bristow

Patrick Bristow

The Stage Manager

Guest Star

Sybil Azur

Sybil Azur

The Dancing Girl

Guest Star

Elle MacPherson

Elle MacPherson

Janine Lecroix

Recurring Role

James Michael Tyler

James Michael Tyler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Chandler: Let me ask you, why is everybody using these tiny little lights nowadays? I remember when people used to use big lights!
      Rachel: That's a good story, grandpa.

    • Ross: Wow! Monica's letting other people help decorate her tree? Did someone get her drunk again, or...?
      Monica: Having a perfectly decorated tree is not what Christmas is about. It's about being with the people you love.
      Phoebe: That is nice and we're done, ta-daa!
      Chandler: I don't know what it is. It just doesn't quite feel like Christmas to me.
      Monica: Oh, yeah... (Monica rotates the tree to reveal the side she decorated)
      Chandler: See, now it feels like Christmas.

    • 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, four thousand years ago.
      Rachel: So, pretty much around the same time that you started telling this story.

    • 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.

    • Joey: (about Janine) I like her so much!
      Monica: Oh, I'm sorry, sweetie that she doesn't feel the same way.
      Joey: I know, and she's so sweet. I just want to feed her grapes and brush her hair.
      Chandler: You are aware that she's... not a monkey, right?

    • Ross: I am so over Janine. I mean... yeah, at first I thought she was hot but now, she's like old news.
      (Janine walks in)
      Janine: Hi, guys.
      Ross: (smitten) Janine!

    • (Janine is going to be a dancer on Dick Clark's New Year's Eve Special)
      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.

    • 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 ChapStick.
      Ross: It was a dry day.

    • 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!

    • 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!!

    • Rachel: Okay, Pheebs, you look in the kitchen. I will look in the back closet.
      Chandler: I can save you time, ladies. I'm right here.
      Phoebe: Yeah. Chandler, why don't you take a walk? This doesn't concern you.
      Rachel: We our looking for our Christmas presents from Monica.
      Chandler: What? That's terrible.
      Phoebe: No, no, we do it every year.
      Chandler: Oh, well, that makes it not terrible.
      Phoebe: No, yeah. We never find them. She's always bested us, that wily... minx.

    • Phoebe: Ooh! ooh! We have a live one!
      Rachel: Oh, it's a Macy's bag! (Phoebe tips over the bag and a beat-up old sneaker with a tag falls out)
      Phoebe: Ooh, who's it for?
      Rachel: (reading the tag) "Dear losers, do you really think I'd hide presents under the couch? P.S. Chandler, I knew they'd break you."

    • Ross: (to the dancers on the platform) Hey, what'd you guys do to get up on there?
      Dancing Girl: We learned how to dance?
      Monica: (sarcastically) Oh, yeah? Well when you learned how to dance did you forget how to put on underpants?

    • Chandler: (coming back into the apartment) I couldn't find anything at Joey's... hey, whoa, whoa, hey!
      Rachel: Yeah, we found them. They were in the guest room closet behind some coats.
      Phoebe: Yeah, and you have nothing to worry about 'cause they're all crap.
      Chandler: Those are my gifts. I got those for you.
      Phoebe: Ohhh... Thanks, Chandler... they're great!
      Rachel: Well, Chandler then what is this very weird, um... metal A-Z thing?
      Chandler: Those are bookends! That's a great gift!
      Phoebe: Oh, okay. I'm sorry. Thank you for my "AZ."

    • Monica: (to the snippy director about dancing on the platform) Excuse me, sir, would it help if I wasn't wearing any underpants?
      Ross: Monica!!... Would it?... (then playing a hunch) How 'bout me?

    • Joey: Hey, tall guy. Listen, I want to talk to you about that girl that you're dancing with.
      Tall Guy: She's nice, huh? To think I almost brought my wife to this.

    • Monica: Man, this sucks. If mom and dad don't see us on TV 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... (excited) Mom and dad are going to be so faced!

    • Phoebe: (walks in with the chick and the duck) I thought they could help us find where the presents are hidden.
      Chandler: Yes, if the presents are hidden south for the winter.

    • 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 I can get Monica that's as good as garbage.
      Phoebe: Hmm, how about my "AZ?"

    • Rachel: (knocking on the window seat bench) Hey, this is hollow.
      Phoebe: What?
      Rachel: This bench, it's hollow. I can't believe I never knew that. (Rachel opens up the lid) Oh! The presents!
      Phoebe: Oh, no! Don't look directly at them!
      Chandler: What?
      Phoebe: All right, no, we could look at them.

  • NOTES (4)


    • 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, considered a Holiday classic. In this TV animated movie, Linus gives a touching speech about the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Monica: Hold it! Are you talking about Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve?
      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.