"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 doesn't work, and he doesn't get the part.
Monica and Ross's cousin, Cassie, 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 ogling requires her to stay at Ross' apartment instead. Ross can't help ogling 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.
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
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.
- 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 that he was circumcised.
- Phoebe thinks in her head about asking Cassie out. This hints that Phoebe may be bi-sexual.
- Cassie tells Ross the last time she saw him was when he was setting up his tent to wait in line for the for Return of the Jedi. This could have been either the world premiere in 1983, or the Special Edition premiere in 1997 (in both cases people waited in long lines to see the film). Ross points out that she pretended not to notice him, presumably because he was a nerd and she was embarrassed. Monica mentions that Cassie is 25 and we know Ross is over 31 at this point. With real-time dating, Cassie would have been 7 when Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, but 22 when the special edition premiered.
- The story about forgetting to invite Monica to her wedding shower is similar to the episode "The One With The Baby Shower"when Monica and Phoebe forget to invite Rachel's mother.
- Ross and Cassie watch the film "Logan's Run". This is a sci-fi film from 1976 starring Jenny Agutter and Michael York. Also appearing in the movie was Farah Fawcett who had a much copied hairstyle in the 1970s (akin to the Rachel hair of the 90s) and who was married to Lee Majors from 1973 to 1982. Lee Majors is mentioned by Phoebe when the gang learn of Joey's feelings for Rachel in "The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath".
- At the bridal shower, when Monica says "...a bunch of people I don't even like" a guest appears from hiding behind the chair immediately in front right of the camera. Less than a minute earlier when Monica enters at the apartment, that same chair is visible from a different angle and there is nobody hiding behind it.
- Joey says he never rents a movie without full frontal nudity but he obsessively rents Die Hard.
- Transcript of the episode including the deleted scenes
- "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin" at the Internet Movie Database
"The One With Joey's Award"
|Series Seven Episodes||Followed by |
"The One With Rachel's Big Kiss"
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|#01||"The One With Monica's Thunder"||#09||"The One With All The Candy"||#17||"The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress"|
|#02||"The One With Rachel's Book"||#10||"The One With The Holiday Armadillo"||#18||"The One With Joey's Award"|
|#03||"The One With Phoebe's Cookies"||#11||"The One With All The Cheesecakes"||#19||"The One With Ross And Monica's Cousin"|
|#04||"The One With Rachel's Assistant"||#12||"The One Where They're Up All Night||#20||"The One With Rachel's Big Kiss"|
|#05||"The One With The Engagement Picture"||#13||"The One Where Rosita Dies"||#21||"The One With The Vows"|
|#06||"The One With The Nap Partners"||#14||"The One Where They All Turn Thirty"||#22||"The One With Chandler's Dad"|
|#07||"The One With Ross' Library Book"||#15||"The One With Joey's New Brain"||#23||"The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding, Part 1"|
|#08||"The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs"||#16||"The One With The Truth About London"||#24||"The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding, Part 2"|