A trio of celebrated actors guest star on the newest episode of Wendell & Vinnie. Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) all appear on the Nickelodeon show tonight, making for a “very surreal” time for Jerry Trainor, who plays Vinnie.
“It’s weird… I wish I could tell my younger self, ‘Yeah you’re gonna work with her one day. You see what they’re doing? You’ll be doing that one day, and it’ll be really great. It’ll be super fun.’ But then where’d the surprise be?” Trainor told EW, adding that Kudrow is “super sweet and super nice and effortlessly funny.”
Wendell & Vinnie creator Jay Kogen has known Kudrow since the two of them were in junior high school, and they finally had the opportunity to work together when Kogen wrote this guest role for the Friends alum. In tonight’s episode, Kudrow plays Natasha, a rival memorabilia collector to Vinnie. When the two collectors fight over a movie prop at a storage unit auction, Vinnie gets his young nephew Wendell to tell a lie to the prop’s owner about how much the prop and the movie it’s in means to him. Wendell — a well-behaved kid who’s much more mature than his goofball uncle — wants Vinnie to realize that he shouldn’t make him lie, so to get his uncle’s attention, he sells a prized possession of Vinnie’s to Natasha.