During the 'what if' scenes, we see the following things would've happened if the characters had not attended college: Reuben would've been a waiter; Rolly would've been a cab driver; and the deacon would've been a maintenance man.
The reverend's undergraduate degree was in economics.
Roz Ryan sings 'What the World Needs Now Is Love.'
The cast peforms 'Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand).'
Eric Christmas returns for 'The Wedding,' playing the same character.
The credits for each musical selection appear during the episode. When the reverend introduces the final number, he says it was written by Dr. Jester Hairston. Jester Hairston, of course, plays Rolly.
Joy Hall was the Easter Seals poster child at the time this episode was produced. She tells the audience that she represents disabled children and goes around raising funds to send these kids to a special summer camp.
Music includes: 'Living in America' by Charlie Midnight and Dan Hartman (performed by the deacon and his deaconettes); 'I Could Write a Book' by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (sung by the reverend); 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' by Don Raye & Hughie Prince (lip-synced by Inga and the Hetebrinks with Rolly on horn and the reverend doing a few dance steps); 'Sonny Boy' by Al Jolson, B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson (performed by Rolly and the deacon dressed as a boy); 'Triplets' by Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz (performed by the deacon, Thelma and the reverend dressed as babies); 'I Remember It Well' by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (sung by Rolly and Leola); and 'Amen' by Dr. Jester Hairston (performed by the entire cast).
Inga returns to work for the deacon in this episode.
Ernie's nickname for the reverend's mother, Josephine Gregory, is 'Jo-Jo.' Her nickname for him is 'Sweet Cheeks.'
When Chris shows up with the food, Thelma takes her time going to the door. She says she can't answer the door like 'Flo Jo', a reference to 1988 Olympic running star Florence Griffith Joyner.
It is stated that the Beastie Boys, a popular rock group, are filming a video at Rev. Crawford's church, St. Martin's.
Thelma celebrates her 35th birthday in this episode.
As in prior episodes, it is mentioned that Reuben lived in Cleveland before moving to Philadelphia.
In this episode, Elsa's last name is given as Johannsen.
In this episode, we learn that Rolly is Thelma's godfather. He and the deacon have been friends since before Thelma was born, and they accidentally brought the wrong baby home from the hospital.
It is stated that Mrs. Frye was a nurse when the deacon first met her.
William Lanteau would appear again on the series, playing a judge in season 5's two-part holiday episode 'The Miracle on 134th Street.'
After several episodes as a recurring character, Tony T. Johnson's role has been upgraded and his name now appears in the opening credits.
In the episode, the deacon's donkey is named Lamont.