Apparently, at the end of her junior year of high school, Ruthie is eligible to graduate. This is due to the fact that her semester in Scotland was finished with enough credits to graduate. She also went from pre-school straight to first grade between Seasons 1 and 2, although that jump was never explained.
When Eric was reading the map atlas, he mentions it was from 1996. That was the year the show itself premiered.
The RV is called the 7th Heaven, which is named after the show.
Goof: At the end of the episode, as everyone gets on the RV, Eric checks their three items. When he's looking at Savannah's items, you can see Lucy is behind her in line, but when Eric goes to check the next person's items, it's T-Bone who's next in line. Lucy is now in line behind Kevin and in front of Annie, where T-Bone had been standing in a previous shot.
Similar to last season finale's closing credits, the opening credits are changed just for this final episode. Pictures of Eric, Annie, Lucy and Ruthie are shown from seasons 1, 6, and 11. Sam and David get pictures from seasons 6, 9, and 11. Pictures of Kevin are shown from seasons 7, 10, and 11; Martin from seasons 9 and 11; and Sandy from seasons 10 and 11.
In this episode we find out that Ruthie still is not over Martin.
This episode contradicts the season one episode "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" where Eric and Annie are dead-set against their kids getting tattoos, yet in this episode, they reveal that they know their kids have tattoos, and also have tattoos themselves.
Eric and Annie each have a have a tattoo on their hip; Eric has a cross and Annie has a heart. Both Lucy and Ruthie have a tattoo on their lower backs; Lucy has a flower design, Ruthie has T-Bone's name and Ruthie's initials are tattooed on T-Bone's outer ankle.
Sandy gets to speak in front of the church.
In the beginning of the episode, as Lucy cleans out the refrigerator, she throws away an over-sized carton of eggs because they have exceeded their expiration date. Toward the end of the program, Kevin is on the phone with Lucy telling her he has loaded up their large quantity of surplus food from the basement and is donating it to the shelter before it expires. As Kevin talks, four large cartons of eggs can be seen on the kitchen counter behind him.
At the end of this episode, pictures are shown of the situation in Darfur, with Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer playing in the background.
Look really closely at the way Kevin, Lucy, Savannah, Ruthie, and the twins are standing at the very end of the episode when they say "Merry Christmas!" with their bodies and positioning, they actually make an image of a Christmas tree. Kevin stands in the back to symbolize the top of the tree; Lucy, Savannah, and Ruthie are in the middle; and the twins are in front. David gives it away by raising his arms to symbolize the branches.
List of the Presents:
Matt - Time (more time for family)
Mary - Eraser (to erase past mistakes)
Lucy - Courage (to have another baby)
Simon - Purpose
Ruthie - Dignity, Loyalty, and Beauty
Sam & David - Cooperation, Understanding, Respect
Ruthie and T-Bone kiss four times.
For the first time ever, we see Savannah standing on her own and she says the word "Pretty" when looking at Eric's Kilt.
Lucy said that Mrs. Beaker's son took one of Happy's puppies, but Dwight (Lucy's boyfriend at the time was Jimmy Moon and Jimmy's best friend was Dwight) took both of them and named them Simon and Ruthie.
In the trailer for this episode, it features a small clip from the episode, "You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til He's Gone".
Jane's husband appears in this episode but only the back of his body is shown.
The title of the book Lucy throws through the church window is called The Answer is Home. Conincidently, this is one of the lines in the shows theme song.
The trailer for this episode contains scenes from the episode "And I'll Take the Low Road".