7 of the Best Partial Cast Reunion Moments from ‘An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows’

Wherefore art thou, Chandler?

So maybe all of the Friends and Will & Grace cast members weren’t entirely present at NBC’s Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows on Sunday night, but we’ll take what we can get (for now). Here are 7 of the Best Partial Cast Moments from the James Burrows Tribute.

1. Jennifer Aniston’s heartwarming rub on Matt LeBlanc’s knee to mask Matthew Perry’s previously announced absence from the taping.

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2. LeBlanc’s PSA that Perry was not there, in case you still hadn’t noticed, followed by a:

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3. Five-sixths of the Friends cast remembering their daily bonding rituals, including a daily “Jennifer salad” for lunch and a poker game in Burrows’ dressing room.

“Right in the very beginning, from the pilot in Stage 5 over there, I remember we had a piano backstage and Jimmy would sort of play the piano,” recalled LeBlanc. “He really encouraged us all to sort of get along and get to know one another, and be kind to one another, and support one another, and watch one another, and help one another—”

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4. The cast revealing how they processed Burrow’s compliments, which usually referenced characters from his previous sitcom hits. 

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5. Lisa Kudrow slowly coming to the realization that she might have been the only one who auditioned for Burrows.

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6. Will & Grace’s Eric McCormack describing his favorite moment in filming with Debra Messing, who was also not present, during the series’ most dramatic scene.

“We had this serious scene that really ended with the two of us telling each other to go to hell. We rehearsed it once, and Jimmy said, ‘We’re not touching that again’,” said McCormack. “When we did it that first take, it was fresh and it was great, and at the end of it there was silence. There was just a hush over the crowd and I heard Jimmy say from the darkness:”

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7. Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally recalling their favorite “Jack and Karen” moment from set.

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