Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (210)

  • Doug: What about the baby? She doesn't want the baby. Kate: If I got rid of a baby every time I thought I didn't want it, we wouldn't have much of a family.

  • Buddy: I'm the only girl in my class who's not... grown. Willie: Hey, look, if you're talking about your flat chest -- forget it... They'll grow, don't worry. Buddy: I wasn't talking about a flat chest! I was talking about height.

  • (looking through an array of t-shirts) Laura: What about "Keep on truckin'"? Buddy: I don't even know what that means.

  • (playing checkers) Buddy: This is boring. Willie: If you learn how to play chess, then we could have some fun. Buddy: Fun? Bobby Fischer doesn't look like he has much fun... Willie: I don't think you'll have Bobby Fischer's problem.

  • Salina: Willie... It's true. I am pregnant. Willie: Whose baby is it? Salina: It's mine!

  • Willie: You're such a terrific cook, mom. Kate: Coming from someone who can only distinguish between hot, cold, and greasy, I'm not sure that's a compliment.

  • Doug (To Kate): In many ways, you and your mother are exactly alike -- you're both opinionated, determined to be the one who's right... My god, we'd probably starve to death around here before you agreed about which cereal to buy.

  • Willie: How was the flight? Hattie: Bumpy. The way I like it.

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Notes (7)

  • Also known as: The Best Years

  • Final episode to feature Elayne Heilveil as Nancy Lawrence Maitland.

  • First episode to feature Meredith Baxter Birney as the second actress to portray the role of Nancy Lawrence Maitland.

  • Also known as A Christmas Story.

  • Quinn Cummings guest stars in this episode as Marcy Williams. Quinn will later join the series in a different role, Annie Cooper Lawrence.

  • Quinn Cummings joins the cast as Annie Cooper.

  • Meredith Baxter Birney & Michael J. Fox later starred together in the hit comedy series, Family Ties, where Meredith played Michael's mother.

Trivia (3)

  • At one point Nancy tells Doug that she's having "another baby". Over the course of the series, Nancy and Jeff have only one baby, Timmy. No mention is ever made of another baby.

  • At 46:05 you can noticeably see a large housefly land on the left lapel of Doug's jacket, at the right of the screen. It moves around for a second or two than flies off.

  • The character of Laura, although played by a different actress, is the same one who appeared in the episode Monday is Forever. In that episode, Laura is moving to Detroit, but in this episode it's Chicago.