Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Emmett Clark makes his first appearance in this episode. Since Howard McNear left the series at the end of the 7th season as Floyd the barber, Emmett Clark now occupies the barber shop as "The Fix It Shop" for the rest of the series and the spin-off series Mayberry R.F.D.
The name of Mayberry's bowling team is The Mayberry Rollers. This name is never mentioned but you can see it on the patch on the front of their bowling shirts.
When Howard goes back on the second night to bowl his final ball, the opposing team comes back wearing their bowling jerseys, even though they are not bowling.
The second excerpt that Howard reads: "Mighty Casey has struck out" is final line from the poem "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer.
The first poetry excerpt that Howard reads: "If you can fill the unforgiving minute, With sixty seconds worth of distance run, Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, And – which is more – you'll be a man, my son." Is from the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling.