Ross must decide whether to continue dating a girl he must travel two-and-a-half hours to see or a girl much closer to home but much less fun. He eventually decides to see the girl from Poughkeepsie, but he falls asleep on the train and ends up in Montreal. Chandler tries to set Rachel up with a guy from his office, but couldn't succeed. Phoebe tries to write the perfect Christmas song about her friends. Monica starts her new job as head chef at a restaurant, but since her unflattering newspaper review resulted in the previous head chef being fired, the kitchen staff hate her and torment her constantly. On Chandler's suggestion, she hires Joey as a waiter with the purpose of firing him to intimidate the other staff into obeying her; the plan falls through initially after Joey receives good tips from patrons, and he is reluctant to lose his job. However, after the constant bullying almost reduces Monica to tears, Joey steps up and allows her to fire him, frightening the staff.