- Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
- Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc
Ross meets an amazing girl from Poughkeepsie on the train. Rachel hates to be alone around the festive season. She doesn't necessarily need a real relationship but would love to have a fling. Monica is still being picked on at the restaurant. Chandler promised Rachel to fix her up with someone from work and the guys at work all suck up to Chandler because they want to go out with Rachel. Monica hires Joey only to fire him again to show the others at the restaurant who the boss is. Ross can't decide between the girl from Poughkeepsie and another girl who isn't as fun but lives in the city. Rachel goes out with a guy named Patrick and really liked him but is furious when she finds out that Chandler told everyone she was looking for a fling. Joey refuses to be fired because he makes so much money with the tips he gets. Ross decides to break up with both women because he is so exhausted from seeing the one in Poughkeepsie and doesn't really like the other one. Patrick breaks up with Rachel because Chandler told him Rachel was thinking about getting serious with Patrick. Joey lets himself be fired and the people at the restaurant finally respect Monica.