Friends

Season 7 Episode 16

The One with Joey's New Brain

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 15, 2001 on NBC
8.8
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Ross plans a surprise for Monica and Chandler's wedding that is less than desirable. Drake Ramoray is coming out of his coma on Days of Our Lives. A diva will be killed off and her character's brain will be transplanted into Drake's. Phoebe and Rachel fight over a guy who left his cell phone in Central Perk.moreless

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  • Just an okay episode.

    7.5
    Probably the low point of the season. I don't think this episode deserved to be extended. But Susan Surandon guest stars. I don't get the romantic relationship with Joey & her. She was like 15 years older than Joey probably. So the plot with Joey, I didn't like too much. Ross playing bag pipes at the wedding was very filler. I didn't really find it funny. It was very uncharacteristic of Ross to do that. The good plot was Phoebe & Rachel fighting over the phone. Phoebe still thinking the man was cute after she found out he was way older. Was just weird. The whole thing was weird. Eh.moreless
  • funny

    9.6
    Ross plans a surprise for Monica and Chandler's wedding that is less than desirable when they see him practicing his bagpipes. Drake Ramoray is coming out of his coma on Days of Our Lives. A diva will be killed off and her character's brain will be transplanted into Drake's so oey goes over to talk to her as it is his favourite character and they end up sleeping together. Phoebe and Rachel fight over a guy who left his cell phone in Central Perk who was a hot guy, bit the real persons cell phone was an old mans, and rachaels lets pheobe go with him because pheobe liked him. a funny episode.moreless
  • joey get's a new brain!

    9.3
    Joeys character finaly wakes up from his coma to take another characters brain from Days of our Life. Ross has a hard time understanding how this can happen and Joey tells him "I thought you where a scientist?" I think thats the probelem. Becasue this could never happen. Espcially the way the woman dies is by being eletricuied. If that happen then her brain would be fried. Anyway, Joey learns how to become Jessica and learns how to slap other characters. While doing this Joey sleeps with her. Jessica is offered a part in a movie in Mexico and leaves.moreless
  • Ross plans a surprise for Monica and Chandler's wedding. Joey is coming out of his coma of Days of Our Lives. Phoebe and Rachel fight over a cell phone left but a cute guy in Central Perk.moreless

    8.9
    This episode wasn't as good as last weeks. I don't know why Rachel always gets the guys but Phoebe did get this one but like all the other times Rachel gets them. Its not like she is the best looking. Phoebe is! Monica and Chandler are sure taking their time with their wedding. Joey sleeps with that Jessica girl. He sure played her character good!
  • Ross practices bagpipes to play at Monica and Chandler's wedding. Dr Drake Romorey is getting written back into DOOL and Susan Sarandon's character is being killed off. Phoebe and Rachel fight over a cute guy's cell phone.moreless

    10
    This is one of my favourite episodes ever. The end, where Phoebe sings to Ross\' bagpipes gets me crying every time. In fact, the whole bagpipes storyline is hilarious. Ross rocks! Also, the cute guy/old man storyline is great. Phoebe\'s so funny when she strikes the deal with Rachel. And Susan Sarandon is fabulous. I also love the opening sequences when Joey tries to explain to Ross that his DOOL character, Dr Drake Romorey, is getting a brain transplant and Ross goes all \'sciency\' on him. Just a classic episode, reminds me why I love the series so much. I recommend this one to everyone.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: This is perhaps a silly observation considering the preposterous nature of the soap opera plot, but with Jessica's brain, Dr. Drake Ramoray would no longer have any medical knowledge or skills.

    • Goof: When Rachel is about to leave Phoebe's apartment, she has her bag on her left shoulder, but when the shot changes she has the bad in her left hand.

    • Goof: When Monica and Chandler hear Ross playing the bagpipes, Monica puts her spoon down in her bowl but is still holding the handle. When the shot changes, her hand is on the table and the spoon is gone from the bowl.

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe says that she lives in 5 Morton Street Apt. 14. However, in "The One In Massapequa" the number on her apartment door is 16.

    • Goof: When Ross, Chandler and Monica are in Central Perk discussing playing bagpipes, Ross closes his book to talk to them. A few shots later, the book is open in his lap. The in the very next shot, the book is closed again.

    • Goof: Rachel stifles a laugh when Phoebe begins singing along to Ross's bagpipe playing towards the end of the episode.

    • Goof: When Joey and Jessica are talking about the death of her character at the snack table she has a drink in her hands then all of a sudden she has no drink and she's crossing her arms.

    • Goof: When Rachel walks in and sees Jessica and Joey she slams the door behind her then when she runs out to get Monica the door is open.

    • Goof: When Joey and Jessica are first talking and she's sitting down on the set, she has a cigarette in her hands. When the camera angle changes, she has a drink in her hand and then it's back to a cigarette.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jessica: (Coming out of Joey's bedroom) Well, you certainly own that room.
      Joey: Actually, I rent the whole place... and I just got what you meant. Thank you!
      (Rachel comes in)
      Rachel: Hey.
      Joey: Hi.
      Rachel: (Sees Jessica) Oh, my God. Oh, my God! Oh, Jessica Lockhart! In my apartment! I am such a huge fan, I am such a huge fan!
      Jessica: Well, it's nice to know that your work-Rachel: Monica! Monica! (Runs out the door)
      Joey: That's my roommate, Rachel.
      Jessica: Oh, that explains all the women's underwear!
      Joey : Uh... sure.
      (Rachel and Monica come back in)
      Monica: Oh my god, it's true! You are so amazing! Can I just ask you to do me one favor?
      Jessica: Certainly.
      Monica : Would you slap me? Would you slap me right here in the face?!
      Jessica: I'd love to, but my lawyer says I can't do that anymore.
      Rachel: Wow. You seem really, really nice.
      Joey: Okay, buh bye.
      Rachel: I mean not fake at all, like most famous people. <Joey : Alright, here we go. (Starts pushing Rachel and Monica towards the door)
      Monica: Okay just one more thing, just one more thing. (To Jessica) You're a stupid bitch!
      Jessica: I really can't slap you.

    • Monica: You can not play bagpipes at the wedding!
      Ross: How did you know about that?
      Chandler: We heard you play all the way from your apartment!
      Ross: Were you the ones who called the cops?
      Chandler: That's not really important right now. What is important is, while we appreciate the gesture, we just don't feel bagpipes are appropriate for our wedding.
      Ross: Why not?
      Chandler: Because we hate them.

    • Ross: What? A brain transplant?
      Joey: Yes, its a highly controversial procedure.
      Ross: It's ridiculous!
      Joey: Well, I think it's ridiculous that you haven't sex in three and a half months.
      Ross: It's winter. There are fewer people on the street.

    • Jessica: (About her character's death) How does it happen?
      Joey: You get thrown from a horse into an electric fence.
      Jessica: Jessica hates horses!
      Joey: After this, I'm guessing she won't be too wild about electricity either.

    • Ross: (About to play the bagpipes) Now remember, you have to imagine me in a kilt.
      Rachel: I can imagine you in a short plaid skirt and knee socks.
      Ross: Do you wanna start telling secrets?

    • Jessica: It's a film in Guadalajara.
      Joey: The airport?
      Jessica: That's LaGuardia!

    • Monica: (About Ross' idea to play the bagpipes during the wedding) Why is your family Scottish?
      Chandler: Why is your family Ross?!

    • Joey: My character is coming out of his coma!
      Chandler: That's great!
      Joey: Yeah, and not only that, I'm gettin' a new brain!
      Chandler: So great things are happening at work and in your personal life!

  • NOTES (10)

    • International Episode Title:
      France: Celui qui avait un cerveau tout neuf (The One With A Brand New Brain)

    • Due to the Conan O'Brien special that aired immediately after this episode in its original broadcast, there is no tag scene in this episode. When aired in syndication, a repeat of the scene where Ross plays the bagpipes is shown. On the DVD, it is simply the cast dancing around the fountain, as is also used as the tag scene for most of the season finale episodes.

    • Susan Sarandon received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in this episode.

    • Kevin S. Bright was nervous about directing this episode, since Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon's husband, was in the studio.

    • Matt LeBlanc was nervous about performing with Susan Sarandon.

    • Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon will later play mother and daughter again in The Banger Sisters.

    • Eva Amurri is Susan Sarandon's daughter.

    • When filming the scene where Rachel talks into two cell phones at once, Jennifer Aniston's real phone was used for one of them. It rang at the right time, dialed by someone actually calling the actress. This outtake can be seen in the Season 7 gag reel.

    • This episode runs 28:38 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • When originally aired on NBC, this episode was 40 minutes long, as counter-programming to Survivor. Although the third "super size" episode aired, this was actually the first one written specifically for a longer time slot. The episode features three acts, as opposed to the normal two. The airing of a 20-minute special featuring Conan O'Brien interviewing the cast and showing outtakes from the series followed the airing of this episode.

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