The One With Ross And Monica's Cousin
Season 7, episode 19
165th overall episode of Friends
"She's your cousin, she's your cousin" – Ross' inside thoughts.
Episode Information

April 19, 2001

Written by

Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen

Directed by

Gary Halvorson

Episode Guide

The One With Joey's Award


The One With Rachel's Big Kiss


"The One With Ross And Monica's Cousin" is the nineteenth episode of the seventh season of Friends, which aired on April 19, 2001.


Joey is very excited when he gets a Catholic Italian immigrant part in a rising director's next film, until his agent tells him it has an essential full frontal nudity scene. Just as Monica has convinced him a movie career is worth the nudity scene, Joey finds out that he can only get the part if he is uncircumcised, which he is not. Monica comes up with ways to make it look like he is, deciding on using silly putty. When Joey has to show the director however, the silly putty falls off and he doesn't get the part.

Monica and Ross's cousin, Cassie Geller, stays with Chandler and Monica until their wedding, but as the little girl has grown into a gorgeous woman since they last saw her, Chandler's oogling requires her to stay at Ross's apartment instead. Ross can't help oogling her as well, and while watching a movie convinces himself that she "wants it" too. He makes a move and Cassie's negative reaction leaves him speechless.

Joey's audition goes awry.

Rachel and Phoebe realize that in two days they have to throw Monica a bridal shower. Arbitrarily calling people from her address book results in a weird crowd neither of them knows and they both forget to invite the bride. Later on, Cassie moves on in Phoebe's apartment, but Phoebe has the same reaction as Chandler and Ross, and thinks she should asks her out as she is not her cousin.

Cast and Crew

Main Cast

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

Supporting Cast

Denise Richards - Cassie Geller
Mo Gaffney - The casting director
June Gable - Estelle Leonard
Scott Adsit - The director
Cindy Lu - The accountant


Directed By:
Gary Halvorson

Written By:
Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen


The sub-plot where Joey auditions for the role of an uncircumcised man was originally written for "The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding" but the story was changed on the advice of network censors, who thought it was tasteless.


  • Joey says he never rents a movie without full frontal nudity, this is obviously false since he obsessively rents Die Hard.
  • When Monica shows up to Phoebe's apartment for the bridal shower, the apartment number on the door says #16. In "The One With Joey's New Brain", while giving directions to the guy with the cell phone, Phoebe says she lives in apartment #14.
  • The song during Cassie's hair flip scenes is Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby".
  • Monica expresses surprise at the fact that Joey is circumcised, however in The One With The Flashback, she saw him naked and would have seen his Foreskin, (if he had one).


  • In this episode, Cassie tells Ross the last time she saw him was when he was setting up his tent to wait in line for the grand opening of Return of the Jedi. Ross points out that he said hi to her and she pretended not to notice him, presumably because he was a nerd and she was popular. However, earlier in the episode Monica mentions that Cassie is 25 and since we know Ross is over 31 at this point, she couldn't have been older than 12 when they had this encounter. With real-time dating, if Cassie is 25 when this episode premiered in 2001, she would have only been 7 when Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, implying that she either was a very cool seven year old or else there's an issue with the chronology on this fictitious encounter.

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Preceded by
"The One With Joey's Award"
Series Seven Episodes Followed by
"The One With Rachel's Big Kiss"