By Emily Rome
Updated June 06, 2013 at 02:16 PM EDT
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Lisa Kudrow wrapped the final episode of Friends about nine years ago, and she’s now making her first return to multi-camera, studio audience TV since then, with her episode of Nickelodeon’s Wendell & Vinnie next week.

Kudrow’s involvement in the show was an opportunity to work with her close friend showrunner Jay Kogen, who she’s known since junior high school. She plays Natasha, a rival memorabilia collector to Vinnie (iCarly‘s Jerry Trainor).

“She used to be Vinnie’s boss. He apprenticed under Natasha. I think she’s a little bitter he’s gone off and done well without her,” Kudrow told EW.

During the episode, the show’s odd couple — goofball Vinnie and Wendell (Buddy Handleson), the very mature kid who came into Vinnie’s care after his parents’ unexpected death — learn a few lessons about lying.

Check out an exclusive promo featuring Kudrow and some Friends-impersonating characters from Wendell & Vinnie below:

That George Lopez jab? It’s a bit of an in-joke, a nod to Kogen’s resume, which includes George Lopez and other comedies like The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle.

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The Kudrow, Lennon, and Spiner episode will air on Nickelodeon Thursday, June 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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