Last season, Ruthie started pre-kindergarten. In this episode, Ruthie enters first grade, which means she didn't attend kindergarten. This was never explained in the series.
Teacher: No hats in school, Ruth.
Ruthie: My name is Ruthie. Ruthie Camden.
Teacher: Why don't we call you by your proper name, Ruth?
Ruthie: Ruthie is my proper name. It's the name my Mommy and Daddy gave me. And that's the hat they gave me!
Sgt. Michaels: Hey Reverend.
Eric: Hey Sergeant.
Sergeant Michaels: Your kids' school have been trying to reach you. I guess your beeper's off.
Eric: (Eric looks for his beeper in his pockets) I don't even have my beeper.
Annie: Which school? Which kid?
Sgt. Michaels: All three schools, all five kids.
Mary: What's wrong Luce?
Lucy: God hates me.
(Lucy walks to her next class. Matt comes up to Mary)
Matt: Hey, what's wrong with Lucy?
Mary: God hates her.
Matt: You'd think after 13 years he'd have moved on to someone else.
Mrs. Rainy: (In reply to Ruthie not listening to her about taking off her hat) Ok, Ruth, time out.
Lynn: Can I have a time-out too?
Mrs. Raint: Ok, time out for you too.
Principal Russell: (when Matt, Mary & Lucy are in her office) Ok, I'll give the family rate, one day suspension each.
Matt: You'd think after 13 years he'd move on to someone else.
Lucy: You'd think that having dad as a minister, God wouldn't hate me so much.
Taran Noah Smith, who plays Peter McKinley in this episode, is best known for his role as Tim Allen's youngest son, Mark Taylor, on the 1990's sitcom Home Improvement, which lasted eight years and was entering its seventh season of production when this episode of 7th Heaven aired. Interestingly, for both of these roles, Smith portrayed a misfit who had social problems at school, although those issues were more intense with the character of Peter.
Bobby Brewer was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his performance as Buck in this episode. He is listed as a co-star.
In Germany this episode is known as, "The First Day of School", translated.
Debra Jo Rupp (June McKinley) and Mila Kunis (Ashley) who both guest-star in this episode of 7th Heaven later worked full-time together on the Fox sitcom, "That 70's Show".