Trivia: This episode marks the second time in the series where a reference is made to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. In "The One with the Stoned Guy", Chandler complains that he doesn't have any goals or dreams, to which Ross replies, "Ah, the lesser-known 'I don't have a dream' speech".
Magna Doodle: JOEY YOUR AGENT CALLED
Magna Doodle: (A drawing of a target)
Chandler (doing a crosswrord): Hey, do you know a six-letter word for "red"?
Joey: "Dark red"!
Chandler: Yeah, I think that's wrong, but there's a connect-the-dots in here for you later.
Joey (about Chandler & Monica): Aw, you guys are so cute.
Monica: I know!
(Ross and Rachel pick up a couch to carry it home)
Salesman: You two are really going to enjoy that couch...
Ross: Oh, yeah, we're ah... yeah, we're not together.
Salesman: Oh, okay... Yeah, something didn't quite add up there.
Ross: What's that supposed to mean?
Rachel: (impatient) Ross?!
Salesman: Well, you, her... I mean she's very... you know, and you're like... you know...
Ross: Not that it's any of your business but we did go out.
Salesman: Really? You two?
Ross: Yeah... Rach'?
Rachel: C'mon, I don't really wanna be doing this right now... I'm carrying a very heavy couch!
Ross: Then tell him quickly.
Rachel: Fine... we went out.
Ross: Not only did we go out, we did it... 298 times!
Rachel: Ross! Oh, my... Ach! You kept count?! You are such a loser!
Ross: (smugly) A loser you did it with 298 times!
Rachel: Don't you think you should maybe rethink the whole hiring movers thing?
Ross: No way! They're a rip off. And you know what else? They check out your stuff and come back later and steal it. It's true--I saw it on, uh... Dateline.
Rachel: Oh, I love Dateline! Y'know, Jane Pauley is the one woman that I would kiss... I don't know there's just something about--
Ross: Rach', can we concentrate?
Rachel: Yeah, fine. I listened to your dumb story!
Joey: I kinda had a dream, but I don't want to talk about it.
Chandler: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! What if Martin Luther King had said that? "I kind of have a dream... I-I don't want to talk about it."
Chandler: You had a dream about a girl that I'm seeing? Oh, that is so cool. (to Monica) I can't tell you how many times I dreamt about a girl that he was seeing... (to Joey) Anyway, we're talking about your dream. (to Monica) I love you. (to Joey) Your dream?
Joey: Look, don't worry... there wasn't any sex in it or anything. I haven't dreamt about her like that since I found out about you two... --ish.
Chandler (about Joey's dream): No, it could mean anything... like how you're jealous that I've become the apartment stud...
Joey: That sounds like your dream, dude.
Chandler: Well, Monica and I were friends before we started dating so maybe that's it.
Joey: Friends first? That's interesting.
Monica: You become friends after?
Joey: Nope, never done that either.
Rachel: Hey, do you guys have a tape measure?
Chandler: Yeah, it's in my bedroom.
Monica: Oh, that's right!
Phoebe: I don't think it's very nice of you to park here. You know you're blocking the entrance.
Gary: Don't worry about it. It's not a problem.
Phoebe: Well, it's a problem for me, which means it's a problem for you, 'cause (flashes badge) I'm a cop.
Gary: (slaps a flashing-light onto the roof of his car) So am I.
Joey: I was just over there talkin' to Monica and Chandler... Boy, they are really tight!
Rachel: I know...
Joey: That's not a bad situation they got going over there--I'm thinkin' of getting me one of those...
Rachel: What's up, Joe?
Joey: Well, the reason I think Monica and Chandler are so great... is because they were friends first, y'know? So I ask myself... who are my friends? You and Phoebe. And I saw you first, so...
Rachel: What are you saying?
Joey: I'm sayin' that maybe you and I crank it up a notch.
Rachel: Y'know, honey, um... as flattered as I am that you saw me first... uh, I-I just don't think we should be crankin' anything up...
Rachel: Y'know, honey, listen... I think it's a great idea to become friends with someone before you date them, but I think the way you do it is... you meet someone, become their friend, build a foundation, then ask them out on a date--don't hit on your existing friends.
Joey: But won't that take longer?
Rachel: Yeah, yeah... But once you find it, it's so worth the wait.
Joey: Yeah. I understand, I understand... Man, I wish I saw Phoebe first.
Rachel: (about helping Ross move a couch upstairs) I brought reinforcements!
Ross: You brought Joey?
Rachel: Well, I brought the next best thing. (Chandler walks in)
Ross: Chandler? You brought Chandler? The next best thing would be Monica!
Chandler: Normally, I'd be offended, but she is freakishly strong.
Ross: Look, I drew a sketch about how we're gonna do it. Okay, Rach'... that's you... that's the couch...
Rachel: Whoa, what's... what's that?
Ross: Oh, that's me.
Rachel: Wow! You certainly think a lot of yourself.
Ross: No! That's... that's my arm.
Chandler: Oh, I see... I thought you just really, really liked your new couch.
Ross: Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!
Chandler: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
Monica: Why did you run?
Phoebe: I had to... Y'know, impersonating a cop is like a class E felony--that's two to four years minimum... and I am not going back to that hell hole!
Rachel: Oh, my God, Phoebe... are you going to go to jail?
Phoebe: Well, if I go, you're all going down with me. Harboring a fugitive? That's one to three years minimum. ...Good luck, Chandler.
Monica: Joey, I thought you were gonna try to be friends first.
Joey: Hey, it's all your fault.
Rachel: What? Why?
Joey: Because you didn't give me advice, no... you gave me a pick-up line! As soon as I told her that I wanted to be friends... y'know, build a foundation first, I suddenly--through no fault of my own--became irresistible to her... and her roommate.
Monica: What about the closeness?
Joey: Closeness, shmoseness. There were three of us for cryin' out loud!
Gary: Okay, so it's a date.
Phoebe: Yeah! I gotta ask you though. How did you know where to find me?
Gary: Well, your fingerprints were all over my badge, so I just ran it through the computer and this was listed as your last known address... so, I just checked it out.
Phoebe: Oh, impressive.
Gary: Not as impressive as you. I gotta tell you, I looked at your record and you've done some pretty weird stuff.
Phoebe: ...Yeah, we'll talk at dinner.
Gary: Okay. So I'll come by in a couple hours and pick you up?
Phoebe: All right, I can't wait!
Gary: Okay. And don't worry, I'm not just gonna take you out for donuts.
(Chandler busts out fake laughing and everyone looks at him.)
Chandler: (to Rachel) He has a gun!
Ross: This couch is cut in half. I would like to exchange it for one that isn't cut in half.
Saleswoman: You're telling me this couch was delivered to you like this?
Ross: Look, I'm a reasonable man. I will accept store credit.
Saleswoman: I'll give you store credit in the amount of four dollars.
Ross: I will take it.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Policejní odznak (Police Badge)
Beginning with this episode, there is a new opening sequence. Besides the fountain shots, clips are added in from the first half of Season 5.
This is the first appearance of Michael Rapaport as Gary. Gary was in 4 episodes of Friends.
Lisa Kudrow and Michael Rapaport later co-starred in Lucky Numbers, a 2000 comedy.
David Schwimmer and Michael Rapaport costarred in The Pallbearer, a 1996 comedy.
David Schwimmer and Michael Rapaport were in the same episode of NYPD Blue, entitled "Brown Appetit".
Nicole Robinson, who plays The Smoking Women, will later work with Matthew Perry when he guest stars on The West Wing in three episodes:
"Evidence of Things Not Seen"
"Life On Mars"
"Separation of Powers"
In "Friends: The Stuff You've Never Seen", David Schwimmer claims that the filming of the couch-in-the-stairwell scene is the hardest that he's ever laughed in his life.
This episode runs 24:36 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). There is an extra scene where Rachel pulls the fire alarm accidentally and people start evacuating, destroying Ross's new couch.
Gary: I heard that kid from Silver Spoons is really good.
Silver Spoons was a American TV show about rich kids, starring Rick Schroder. Gary was referring to when Schroder replaced Sipowicz's partner on NYPD Blue.
Joey: I kind of had a dream. But I don't wanna talk about it.
Chandler: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! What if Martin Luther King had said that?
This is a reference to Martin Luther King, an African American civil rights activist who is perhaps most famous for his "I Have a Dream" speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Ross: I saw it on Dateline.
Rachel: Oh, I love Dateline. Ya know, Jane Pauley is the one woman I would kiss.
Dateline NBC is a primetime news broadcast on NBC.
Jane Pauley, an American journalist, was an anchor on Dateline for 12 years.
Phoebe: Do you know Sipowicz?
This is an allusion to Andy Sipowicz, the best-known character of ABC's long-running police series NYPD Blue.
Chandler: The last time Joey went to a meadow his mother was shot by a hunter.
This is a reference to the Disney classic Bambi, in which Bambi's mother is shot and killed in a meadow.
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