He’s probably best known for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of James Novak on ABC’s Scandal, but of similar note actor, writer and producer Dan Bucatinsky is also a Friend of Friends. In 2002, Bucatinsky appeared in the fifth episode of season nine, The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner, playing a snotty waiter at Phoebe’s disastrous birthday gathering. It might have been a small role, but for Bucatinsky the chance to get to work on-screen with one of his real-life best friends was a dream come true. “I knew Lisa before doing the Friends episode as we’d became production partners,” he told MediaVillage in an exclusive interview at the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association tour. “It was the year we started the company. My husband (Don Roos) wrote the movie The Opposite of Sex, in which Lisa appeared, and she and I actually went to college together years ago ... only we never knew each other in school.