Game: In this episode the gang is trying to name all 50 states. If you'd like to try your own hand at naming them all in less than 10 minutes, click here (opens in separate window).
Trivia: Phoebe is trying to name the different types of celery but keeps coming back to "regular celery", implying that there is only one type of celery. Actually, there are two: "regular celery", which is more properly known as pascal celery (there are several variations), and celeriac, also known as turnip-rooted celery, since like turnips, it grows beneath the ground. This second type is also called celery root.
Goof: At the end of the episode in the scene with Rachel and Tag, you can see Jennifer Aniston's tan mark from her wedding ring.
Continuity: How can Chandler dislike dogs when he was so calm around Phoebe Sr.'s puppy in "The One with the Phoebe's Uterus"? He also agreed to babysit three adorable puppies when Phoebe was asking him and Monica to help her babysit the triplets in "The One with Joey's Porsche".
Continuity: In this episode, Ross states that he hates ice cream. But you can see him enjoying ice cream in "The One with the Thumb", "The One After the Super Bowl (2)", and "The One Where Ross Dates a Student".
Goof: Chandler refers to the dog as "her" and then "him" in the same sentence.
Goof: When Chandler sneaks into Ross's apartment to bring the dog back, and the camera angle moves from the dog's basket to the door, a crew member is visible.
Goof: Monica finds out about the dog because she sees Joey feeding the dog stuffing from Ross's apartment. Since the dog was on the couch and Ross's apartment is set lower than her apartment, this is impossible.
Goof: When Phoebe tries to sneak the dog out of the apartment and the gang says her bag keeps moving, you can clearly see that her bag is not moving at all.
Goof: When Monica sneaks the dog back into her apartment, you can see and hear her whispering "up!" to the dog, to get it to lift its head out of the bag.
(The gang has been trying to name all the states in less than 6 minutes)
Joey: Say hello to the new champ of Chandler's dumb states game.
Ross: Wow, how many you got?
Joey: (with great self-satisfaction) Fifty-six!
Ross: Done! With time... to spare.
Chandler: Ooh! This might be a new world's record!
Ross: Y'know, I hate to lecture you guys, but it's kind of disgraceful that a group of well-educated adults... and Joey, can't name all the states. Have you ever seen a map or one of those round colorful things called a globe?
Chandler: Uh, Magellan? You got forty-six states.
Ross: What?! That's impossible!
Joey: (smugly) Forty-six! Well, who's well-educated now, Mr. I-Forgot-Ten-States?
Monica: Hey! Did you guys know that your oven doesn't work?
Joey: But the drawer full of take-out menus is okay, right?
(Ross is still trying to name states but Chandler and Monica have to leave)
Chandler: ...and Joey, do not let Ross look at any of the maps or the globe in your apartment.
Joey: Don't worry, Chandler, it's not a globe of the United States!
Phoebe: (about her bag) It's just my knitting. That's all. (the dog sticks its head out of the bag) Yes, I knit this. I'm very good.
Joey: Look, Chandler, I told you, never tell anyone about this dog thing. It's like Ross not liking ice-cream.
Phoebe: You don't like ice-cream?
Ross: It's too cold! (aside to Phoebe) It hurts my teeth...
Ross: How can I not get this? I'm a college professor. I got 1450 on my S-A-T's!
Ross: Damn. I forgot you were here.
Joey: (to Rachel about Tag) If he doesn't like you, then this is all a moo point.
Rachel: Huh... A "moo" point?
Joey: Yeah. It's like a cow's opinion.... Doesn't matter... It's "moo."
Rachel: Have I been living with him for too long, or did that all just make sense?
Chandler: (about the dog) What if it attacks me?
Joey: Chandler, It's like a big gerbil.
Chandler: And that doesn't scare you?!
Ross: I hate America! When I finish this game, I swear I am moving.
Ross: (seeing Tag at the door) Tag, you're going? We didn't even get a chance to talk. So where did you say you're from again?
Ross: Enh... what good are you.
International Episode Title:
France: Celui qui n'aimait pas les chiens (The One Who Doesn't Like Dogs)
This episode runs 24:04 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There's one extra scene where Chandler wears the pink sweater so Monica will move the dog to Ross's place.
Chandler: (to Ross) Uh, Magellan?
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer whose voyage to the Pacific in the early 16th century resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
Joey: How is New England not a state? Huh? They have a sports team!
This is a reference to the New England Patriots, a professional football team based in Massachusetts.