After four seasons as an attorney (and many attempts to improve his career), the deacon finally gets promoted in this episode.
Ernie makes it seem like this is the first case he's ever won. But we know that he did win an earlier lawsuit regarding tainted macaroni salad served at the church. That was back in season 1's 'Frye for the Defense.'
At the end of the episode, the cast sings 'Joy to the World.'
William Windom starred in the television version of 'The Farmer's Daughter.' Also, at the time of this episode, he had a recurring role as Jessica Fletcher's friend Seth on the CBS detective drama 'Murder, She Wrote.'
Ron Glass is best known for his role as Det. Ron Harris on the long-running hit 'Barney Miller.'
Nicholas Rutherford joins the cast in the recurring role of Tommy.
The idea for Ernie's daycare, 'Deaconland,' is obviously inspired by Disneyland.
The storyline of Thelma and Reuben attempting to buy their own home will be revisited later next season in 'Deak-Scam.'
The Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles are featured in this episode.
Selections in this episode include: a rap performance of 'Bust a Move,' by the deacon and Chris; a skit of 'The Warden of PS Eighty-Three' by Amelia and most of the cast; a poetry reading of Langston Hughes' 'Madam' by Cassietta; a comic interpretation of 'Swan Lake' by Thelma; a special tribute to Mother Hale sung by the reverend; and the entire cast performing a spiritual hymn led by Rolly.
It is clear that Anna Maria Horsford and Clifton Davis do their own stunts along the outside ledge of a real hotel for the exterior shots involving the jumper. Of course, they may not be up 14 floors, and the ledge looks rather wide and safe. The only goof is that it seems to have been filmed during broad daylight, and the episode is supposed to occur on the night of the honeymoon. When we see close-ups of the characters on the ledge, the studio lighting is much darker to signify evening.
During Thelma's trial, Ernie says Rolly has known Thelma all her life and introduces him as 'Corporal Rolly Forbes, retired.'
When making the bread, Thelma accidentally uses a recipe for 600 people and puts five pounds of yeast into the dough. As the bread bursts out of the oven and rises to where it fills up the whole room, it looks as if a large inflatable balloon or raft has been pumped up with air.
A dough boy is slang for an American infantryman. Since Thelma is in the U.S. Army, she is considered a female version of that: a dough girl.
Thelma's serial number in the military is 111382595.
When enlisting, Thelma gives her address as 5791 Livingston Street.
Jackee previously appeared in the season 2 finale, 'A Slight Case of Murder' in a different role.
Three reasons for a mistrial are given in this episode: jury tampering; judicial prejudice; and attorney incompetence.
It is mentioned that the Fryes live at 5719 Liberty, and their zip code is 19198.
The deacon says he's four credits short of earning his law degree. But in an earlier episode he was visited by an old law school classmate, and it was mentioned that he did graduate, despite not doing well academically.