The One With Joey's New Brain
Season 7, episode 15
161st overall episode of Friends
Ross plays the bagpipes.
Episode Information

February 15, 2001

Written by

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (teleplay)
Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer (story)

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

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"The One With Joey's New Brain" is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season of Friends, which aired on NBC on February 15, 2001.



Dr. Ramoray receives a brain transplant.

Joey's character on Days of our Lives will finally come out of the coma after they transplant a woman's brain. When Joey consults the woman about how to best play her character once he is supposed to "become" her, she did not know she was being killed off and flips out. She then agrees to help him because she owes it to her character, leading the two to eventually hook up. Ross says that he has a surprise for Monica and Chandler's wedding, and when they hear someone playing the bagpipes extremely badly across the street they realize that Ross intends to play them at the wedding. Chandler and Monica convince Ross that he cannot do this, but he insists on performing the song "Celebration" to convince them. Rachel and Phoebe notice a cute guy has left his cell phone at the coffee house, and compete over who will get to return it to him. When the owner of the phone shows up, it turns out the cute guy was an older man's assistant and the 60-something year-old is the real owner of the phone. Rachel thinks it's funny but Phoebe still wants to go out with him, so Rachel pretends she is doing Phoebe a huge favor by letting her have him.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courteney Cox Arquette - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting Cast

Susan Sarandon - Cecilia Monroe
Eva Amurri - Dina
Jack Betts - Tom
George Stults - Fredrick
Jeffrey Asch - Writer (uncredited)
James Michael Tyler - Gunther (uncredited)


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Written By:
Sherry Bilsing, Ellen Plummer, Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen


  • In "The One With Frank Jr." Susan Sarandon is referenced as a possible choice on Ross's "freebie" list. Chandler convinces Ross to swap her out because she is "too political".
  • In the DVD Version of the episode Rachel didn't say to Jessica You seem really, really nice, followed by Joey saying Ok, Bye-bye and Rachel finishing and you aren't fake at all, like some famous people. Instead, after Monica was trying to get slapped by Jessica, Joey takes the girls out of the apartment, while Rachel screams You're So Beautiful! and Monica says It was so nice meeting you.
  • This was one of the 4 "super-sized" episodes that was longer than usual as a promotional stunt for the network in order to compete against Survivor. The DVDs present these episodes as first aired, however, the Blu-ray presents them in their edited syndicated cuts. (though the original supersized versions are available as a special feature)
  • Matt LeBlanc was nervous at performing with Susan Sarandon. Similarly, Kevin Bright was cautious about directing, as Tim Robbins attended the studio recording.
  • Eva Amurri, who portrays Jessica's daughter in the Friends version of Days of our Lives is the real life daughter of Susan Sarandon, who plays the actress that portrays Jessica.
  • Susan Sarandon co-starred in Thelma and Louise (1991) in which Brad Pitt, who was married to Jennifer Aniston at this time, also starred.
  • There is no final scene in this episode, footage of the fountain dancing is played over the theme music instead.
  • During Ross' performance with the bagpipe near the end of the episode it's clear that Jennifer Aniston cannot contain her laughter over the bagpipe and Lisa Kudrow's imitation of it. However, it isn't entirely unreasonable that Rachel would find this amusing and laugh as well, and she looks straight at the camera while laughing.
  • When Ross says he has a surprise for Chandler and Monica, he winks at them and Rachel. Joey lets slip that Ross hasn't had sex in 3 and a half months and Rachel winks back at Ross. From the look on their faces it's clear they're enjoying flirting with each other. This ultimately leads them to sleeping together two and a half months later.
  • The cellphone Rachel uses was actually Jennifer Aniston's real phone and in a blooper for the scene, it rang through to a real person.
  • When Phoebe and Rachel are discussing dates and sex, Phoebe said her date three days ago was "just friends getting together for sex". This may have put the idea into Rachel's head about sleeping with Ross which occurs two and a half months later.


  • When Ross, Chandler and Monica are discussing bagpipes in Central Perk, the book Ross is holding changes from open to closed and back again several times while they're talking.
  • If you look closely right when Rachel enters her apartment where Joey is talking to Susan Sarandon's character the door clearly closes, but in the next shot the door is semi-open.
  • When Joey is talking to Cecilia Monroe, as the shot changes she is holding a glass, then a cigarette then a glass again, with no time to change objects, let alone anywhere to put the other. Prior to this, after asking if he is the fan that's dying, she take a drag from her cigarette almost immediately after the previous one.
  • When Joey is getting a glass in the face by Cecilia Monroe, you can see her laugh as she is getting away from Joey.
  • Phoebe's address is given as 5 Morton Street, apartment 14. However, this puts her on Morton Street between 7th Avenue South and Bleeker Street, which is about five blocks from the apartment on Grove and Bedford. In previous episodes, Rachel has said that Phoebe doesn't live close to them, and in "The One on the Last Night", Monica said that Phoebe's apartment is twenty blocks away.
  • If Cecilia Monroe has been playing Jessica Lockhart for 20 years, it seems as though she would have remembered Joey who was a regular member of the cast as Dr Drake Ramoray. While it is certainly conceivable that she would not remember his name (noting that she refers to the writers as "Bald" and "Tall"), she should at least recognize his face.

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Preceded by
"The One Where They All Turn Thirty"
Season Seven Episodes Followed by
"The One With The Truth About London"