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"The One With The Monkey"
Friends episode
Ross arrives at the New Year's Eve party with his new companion, a monkey named Marcel, who seems to take no interest in him at all.
Season 1x10
Episode no. 10
Written by Adam Chase
Ira Underleider
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Guest stars Hank Azaria - David
Vincent Ventresca - Fun Bobby
Wayne Pére - Max
Sarah MacDonnell - Sandy
Maggie Wheeler - Janice Hosenstein
Dick Clark - Himself (uncredited)
Katie - Marcel the Monkey (uncredited)
James Michael Tyler - Gunther (uncredited)
Original airdate December 15, 1994
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"The One With The Monkey" is the tenth episode of the first season of Friends, which aired on NBC on December 15, 1994.


It's the holidays coming, and Ross introduces the guys to his new roommate, Marcel the monkey. Meanwhile, Chandler proposes a no-date New Year's Eve, which no one is really enthusiastic about. In the middle of her "suicidal" performance (suiting enough, as twelve of thirteen songs are about her mother's suicide), Phoebe notices two guys whose racket is disrupting her singing. On the other hand, one of the guys, David, has noticed how she's cute, which is enough for her to start going out with him.

Phoebe wants to bring him to New Year's at Monica's, which the guys find annoying as this will break the no-date promise. Ironically, Chandler is the first to break the pact by inviting Janice. After talking it out with him, Phoebe gets David to kiss her. Eventually, what with Rachel's Paolo catching an earlier flight, Monica inviting Fun Bobby and Joey hooking up with Sandy, Ross is the only one without a date for the Dick Clark festivity. Max interrupts the group with news - he and David have gotten the grant, full expenses paid, for research in Minsk for three years - and the departure date is January 1. However, David is not sure whether to go or not because of Phoebe, and when he decides to give her the power of decision, she makes him stay.

At the party, almost everyone is with their dates, but plans are not nearly as good as expected: Joey's date has brought her two children so that he couldn't even kiss her without them watching, and then ends up with Max; Janice keeps pulling out all of her features which made Chandler dump her in the first place; Rachel's Paolo misses his flight and Rachel is beaten up by a woman; following his grandfather's very recent death, Fun Bobby is far from fun; and Ross contends by bringing Marcel but doesn't stick with him for more than a couple of seconds. Just as Phoebe's night promises to be a good one, Max reveals to David how despite David's decision to stay, he's still going to Minsk. Broken-heartedly, Phoebe tells David how she believes his life is in and belongs to Minsk, and he'll have to go to fulfill his career. But as David doesn't know how to break up with her, she has to teach him that too. David does, however, promise her that he won't ever forget her, and that he loves her. Phoebe replies how she's going to miss him.

The friends find themselves keeping the promise they all strove hard to break - alone. Nobody's in the mood to kiss anyone, but Chandler is upset having no one to kiss at mid night. Joey kisses him so that he stops moaning.

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courteney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting CastEdit

Hank Azaria - David
Vincent Ventresca - Fun Bobby
Wayne Pére - Max
Sarah MacDonnell - Sandy
Maggie Wheeler - Janice Hosenstein
Dick Clark - Himself (uncredited)
Katie - Marcel the Monkey (uncredited)
James Michael Tyler - Gunther (uncredited)


Directed By:
Peter Bonerz

Written By:
Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider



  • This is the first appearance of Fun Bobby and David in the series.
  • This is also the first appearance of Ross's monkey Marcel.
  • This is one of two New Years Eve parties the gang host; the second takes place during "The One With All The Resolutions" (S5E11)
  • The song that plays during the party is "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M.
  • This is the first time in the series Chandler reunites with Janice. They later briefly reunite in "The One With The Candy Hearts" (S1E14), and start a relationship in "The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding" (S2E24).
  • This episode is the first to feature a shot of a kiss between two same-sex people (Chandler and Joey).
  • Max says that Minsk is in Russia but is actually in Belarus. However, Minsk only officially became capital of the Republic of Belarus in 1991, and the episode takes place on December 31, 1994, three years earlier. So it is possible Max was confused when he said that Minsk is in Russia.
    • However, Phoebe also implied that Minsk was in Russia when she said "I know" in response to Max, and later throughout the series, multiple people say the same thing.
  • Chandler mentions getting bitten by a peacock, which was first mentioned by Phoebe in "The One With The Blackout" (S1E7).
  • In this episode, Phoebe and Chandler are seen decorating Monica's tree, but in "The One With The Routine" (S6E10), Ross suggests that Monica never lets people help decorate her tree when he says "Wow, Monica's letting other people help decorate her tree! Did someone get her drunk again?"
  • Max tells Phoebe that the trip to Minsk is for three years; however David doesn't resurface until much later on in the series.
  • In the uncut DVD version of the episode, extra scenes during the party include Monica and Phoebe helping Rachel get ready for the party in her bedroom, Monica telling Fun Bobby she knows how he feels about losing a grandparent but asks him to stop dragging the party down, and Rachel trying to start a conversation with a guy at the party but ends up spitting wine out of her mouth due to her fat lip.

Memorable QuotesEdit

  • [Ross enters the room with a monkey on his shoulder] Chandler: "Look, that monkey got a Ross on his ass."
  • [Joey enters the room while wearing an elf's costume] Chandler: "Too many jokes! Must mock Joey!"
  • Ross: It's hard to accept that something that you love so much doesn't love you back."

Episode NavigationEdit

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Preceded by
"The One Where Underdog Gets Away"
"The One With The Monkey"" Followed by
"The One With Mrs. Bing"

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