During Reagan ([[Christina Applegate]]) and Chris's ([[Will Arnett]]) first New Year's Eve game night, Reagan's competitiveness comes out causing Chris to become embarrassed. Meanwhile, Missy ([[Jennifer Hall]]) brings an unexpected date along to the party and, Kevin () starts to feel as though Ava ([[Maya Rudolph]]) may be ashamed of him.
"New Year's Eve" received mostly positive reviews from critics. According to the [[Nielsen Media Research]], "New Year's Eve" drew 4.28 million viewers and received a 2.0 rating/5% share in the 18–49 demographic, marking a 5% rise in the ratings from the previous episode, "[[First Christmas]]". It ranked third in its timeslot and was the second highest-rated NBC program of the night after [[The Office (U.S. TV series)|]].