Anita Barone had auditioned for one of the three female leads in the show, but didn't get the part. The producers then offered her the recurring role of Carol. However, after only one episode as Carol, Barone decided that she was looking for a more full-time role and left to look for other opportunities, being replaced by Jane Sibbett beginning in "The One Where Underdog Gets Away." This is the first of two times a character on Friends has been played by two different actors. The other is Mindy, Rachel's maid of honor.