From Lady Gaga’s Smelly Cat Rendition To Paul Rudd’s Absence: Here Is Everything That Happened During The Friend Reunion Episode
After a really long wait and several speculations around the episode, Friends fans finally saw Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer reunite for one last time. The cast along with host, James Corden, sat on the iconic orange sofa and talked about everything that happened in the past decades. Friends: The Reunion was a nostalgic trip for the cast, and seeing them back, reminiscing about the good and the bad days, made all the fans feel a lot mushy as well.
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer talked about certain scenes in the show, took the iconic Friends quiz, re-enacted a few scenes from the show, and made some huge revelations. James Corden, who is a huge Friends fans as well, asked some interesting questions. The highlight became when Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer answered one of James Corden’s questions and revealed that they had a crush on each other. Seeing Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc chill on the sofa, Courteney Cox fixing the apples, Lisa Kudrow shouting, ‘My eyes, My eyes’ surely brought a smile on everyone’s face.
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Apart from this, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai also made an appearance on the episode. While fans loved to see the supporting cast of the show return for the special, many were missing Paul Rudd the most. The actor essayed the role of Mike, Pheobe’s husband on Friends, and many expected Paul Rudd to be arriving on the show too.
Talking about others, Cara Delevinge, Justin Bieber, Cindy Crawford stole the ramp with their sexy walk. Cara Delevinge arrived at the stage wearing Rachel’s iconic dress from Barry and Mindy’s wedding, and returned at the Holiday Armadillo as well. Cindy Crawford turned up the heat as she arrived wearing a pair of leather pants just like Ross did in an episode. Justin Beiber walked the ramp as Sputnik, the costume that Ross wears during a Halloween episode. While Cara Delevinge and Cindy Crawford stole the show with their amazing ramp walk, Justin Bieber’s arrival as Sputnik was an epic moment. Matt LeBlanc also dressed up as Chandler and recreated the scene where he wears all his clothes for the fashion show.
And while you are thinking that this is it, Friends: The Reunion cannot get any better, you get to see Lisa Kudrow perform Smell Cat with Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga arrives at the coffee shop where Kudrow is sitting with her guitar. They both began to play and Lady Gaga gives her own musical twist to the song. The two croon the entire song once again, and we clearly can see Lady Gaga fangirling over Kudrow as she plays her guitar.
In all, the episode was work the 17-year-long wait. However, many could not come to terms with the fact that Paul Rudd was not a part of the Friends: The Reunion episode. Director of the reunion special episode, Ben Winston, told The Wrap the reason behind Paul Rudd’s absence and said, “Well, we couldn’t have everybody on, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes. And you’ve got to pay attention — the main nub of the show has got to be about the six cast members. So you can’t have too many cameos because of course, there were hundreds of amazing people who were in Friends over the years. Sadly, we couldn’t get everybody in.”
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer also served as executive producers for Friends: The Reunion. They reunited with Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, executive producer Kevin Bright, and director Ben Winston for this episode.