The song Phyllis sings in Rhoda's apartment is "Ten Cents a Dance," a tune written in 1930 by Lorenz Hart and made famous by singer Ruth Etting.
In this episode Rhoda attests to having lost 20 pounds.
Goof: When Rhoda starts to tell Mary and Phyllis about the beauty pagent, the front door is open, when Phyllis says, 'I'm so glad that you said that about truth, Rhoda,' the door is closed, then in the next scene it's open again.
Phyllis: (giving Rhoda some of her old clothes to try on for the pageant) All right, let's try a nine. These could fit you. I bought these when I was pregnant.
Ted: (unwrapping his birthday gift that everyone chipped in to give him) Oh, cuff links! They're beautiful! Look how they match!
Lou: Price tag...price tag!
Ted: (examining the price tag) Wow, this is really...moderately nice of you.
Murray: I don't know how much you hate to eat alone, but here's a good chance to find out (gestures to Ted)
Mary: Ted? Why not?
Ted: (in a low voice)Why not what, Brown Eyes?
Mary: There's some fresh fruit if you want anything.
Rhoda: Nah, I'm still on my diet. Got any wax fruit?
This episode was filmed on June 30, 1972.
The shot of Phyllis hugging her fur coat would be reused as part of the opening credit montage for her spin-off show Phyllis
The opening credits used for this episode are from season 2.
A story idea born out of Valerie Harper's real life weight loss.