Summary: Everyone makes a pact to not have a date for New Year's but everyone slowly but surely end up breaking the pact. Ross gets a new monkey names Marcel. Phoebe meets a man named David and starts dating him but David has to make a tough decision when continuing his work means going to Minsk and leaving Phoebe behind.
The Good: There were a few good moments in this. Phoebe's story was definitely the best and her romance with David was very well done. It was very well fleshed out in just 20 minutes and I bought into the idea that they fell for each other. Their last scene was decently emotional for a sitcom too, which is well done. Phoebe's songs at the beginning were funny too. I also enjoyed the idea to have a pact which is slowly broken as it felt a little realistic. Janice's return was good for some laughs too.
The Bad: This was for sure the weakest episode thus far. While Phoebe's story was really good, all the other friends had extremely forgettable storylines that hardly provided laughs. Fun Bobby was pretty boring for one. Rachel getting beaten up wasn't funny. Ross' monkey didn't feel realistic so even though it had some good laughs, I just couldn't buy it. Though I liked Janice's return, it definitely wasn't Chandler's best storyline. Joey's date received minimal time and not enough laughs as well. This episode was too packed and with only one engaging storyline, it made the episode rather disappointing.
Best Moment: Joey kissing Chandler at the end was the funniest moment.
Character of the Episode: Phoebe. It's her first episode where she has to carry the episode and she does an excellent job.
Conclusion: This was weaker than what we have gotten so far. There were still some laughs but a lot of storylines weren't very well developed.
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