It's fan theory time!
I love TV which means that I love wild fan theories as much as the next person. Probably even more than the next person, if I’m honest. I’ve spent so much time watching and re-watching my favorite shows that I can appreciate a well thought out theory from time to time. And, I’ve got to admit, Digital Spy’s newest Friends theory blew my mind a little bit. Not to mention it’s all about Joey, “Joey,” and Joey, which is a pretty great spin.
As many of you know (but probably never watched first hand… Because no one did), after Friends wrapped in the early 2000s, NBC inked a deal for a spin-off starring Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani after a big move to Los Angeles to further pursue his acting career. It was really short lived and widely panned, but it is important to the Friends-verse because without it, the “fake Joey” theory wouldn’t exist.
Digital Spy’s “fake Joey” revolves around the idea that Joey Tribbiani as we knew him in Friends doesn’t really exist, rather he was a character that was being portrayed by the actor, Joey Tribbiani, from Joey.
The theory doesn’t really set forward an answer to the biggest question it raises (“Why in the hell would this be the case?”), but it does give some pretty compelling evidence as to the fact that it might have happened…
It all comes back to…
That evidence all revolves around two cameos from Star Trek veteran, Brent Spiner, who appeared in Friends’ final season. Granted, his cameo was small potatoes—especially compared to some other star cameos the sitcom boasted over the years (Brad Pitt in the Thanksgiving episode, anyone). You probably don’t remember, but he played an executive interviewing Rachel for a job at Gucci.