Season 7’s Thanksgiving outing, “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs,” is probably the least memorable of all the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes because it pushes the usual hallmarks of the holiday’s festivities to the side. Instead, we get Ross (David Schwimmer) desperately trying — and failing — to name all 50 states, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) confessing her crush to her assistant Tag (Eddie Cahill), and the gang finding out that Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has been hiding a cute dog in Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) apartment for days.
The main drama revolves around the revelation that Chandler doesn’t like dogs, something he’s managed to keep a secret by claiming he’s deathly allergic to the furry creatures. It’s no real surprise then that when Chandler throws out an ultimatum that it’s either him or the dog at Thanksgiving dinner, everyone, including Monica, sides with the dog.
While the episode has its moments, it’s far from a standout. Still, it has one distinguishing feature: Joey’s (Matt LeBlanc) introduction of the concept of a “moo” point. While Joey’s idea is clearly based on his misunderstanding of the phrase “moot point,” his explanation has its own delusional logic. As Joey sagely explains, a moo point is “like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s ‘moo.'” In the world of “Friends,” outside of Joey’s unforgettable words of wisdom, this episode is “moo,” too.