Not only did the special bring all six main cast members together in the same room for the first time in 17 years, but it also welcomed a long list of celebrity cameos. Many high-profile celebrities delivered pre-recorded segments discussing their love of the show and favorite scenes, like Kit Harington, Malala Yousafzai, BTS, David Beckham, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon, who actually played Rachel’s younger sister Jill. But the true cameos came with the celebrities who showed up in person.
James Michael Tyler
Wearing a Central Perk baseball cap, Tyler discussed how everyone was wonderful on the show and his time on there playing the long-time waiter who not-so-subtly pined for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), were some of the best years of his life. Indeed, the character lives on through tons of Gunther memes that are all over the Internet.
For those who don’t recall, he was the blackjack dealer in Vegas during the show’s season five finale, who Joey believed was his “identical hand twin.” Playing to this role, Matt LeBlanc looked at and felt three sets of hands poking out through a curtain to decide which one belonged to his true “hand twin.” After choosing the right one, Lennon poked his head out to say a quick hello.
Hankin showed up in a full bathrobe with the same sourpuss face fans came to know and love from him almost two decades ago. Hankin, by the way, hasn’t slowed down his acting career one bit: keen-eyed viewers might recognize him as the junkyard owner Old Joe from Breaking Bad and its sequel movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
During a fashion show segment towards the end of the special that highlighted some of the most memorable looks from the show, the pop star strutted down the runway with the frumpy potato sack and satellite on his head as if he were wearing expensive designer clothing.
She’s a model as well as an actor and singer so it’s no surprise Cara Delevingne did a great job modeling not one but two hideous outfits from the show. The first was the bright pink bridesmaid dress Rachel was forced to wear at her friend’s wedding. The second was another Ross Halloween “miss” costume, the Holiday Armadillo, which he created in an effort to help combine both the Christmas and Hannukah traditions.
What made Maggie Wheeler’s appearance so amazing was not just that she did the Janice voice that fans came to know and both love and despise at the same time (it can even be heard through internet memes!), but she also did that iconic laugh.
Her appearance came just after a discussion about that very episode where LeBlanc praised David Schwimmer for his performance in scenes like that one, where his physical comedy was so well orchestrated. Naturally, Cindy walked the catwalk like a professional and the leather pants fit like a glove.
Many fans might have forgotten that Tom Selleck was on the show as Monica’s tall, handsome, and dapper boyfriend, Dr. Richard Burke. In fact, as Selleck reminded Courtney Cox when he popped in to read a trivia question, she left him for Chandler! While fans loved them together, the reality is that they were doomed from the start.
Elliott Gould And Christina Pickles
They talked so nicely about their time on the show, including how welcome they felt every time they went on set to film scenes. They also talked about how they truly worried about the cast at times as if they were their real parents, and spoke fondly of the many scenes they filmed and interactions with the cast.
It was a given that Lisa Kudrow would sit down at the remade Central Perk café with a guitar and sing “Smelly Cat.” A reunion show would not be the same if she didn’t. But what shocked and excited viewers was when Lady Gaga popped in and asked if she could sing along, too. As they sang together, almost certain to spark a new set of Smelly Cat memes, a full choir appeared behind them. Combined with Gaga’s amazing voice, they made the song sound like a number-one chart-topping hit.