If Mary is still writing her dissertation, it would be hard for her to already have been promoted to associate professor.
Chris: (To Mary) Hey, sweetie, sometimes a dude's just gotta be a dude.
Mary: Your bad husband ruined my good one.
Tom: (Toasting) To evil!
Tom: This happens every time I toast to evil.
Susan: Tom, what you have to realize is that, this family is like a delicate ecosystem and the smallest of changes can produce ripples of much larger proportions.
Tom: That sounded really smart. That sounded almost like...
Mary: I'm going to take him home and give him an F.
Tom makes a joke about being concerned over Garfield's weight. At the time, Breckin Meyer was actually filming the Garfield movie where he played the cat's owner Jon Arbuckle.