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.
It is stated that Thelma used to babysit Kenny and first met him fifteen years ago when he was four. At the end of the episode, she tells him that if he still has romantic feelings for him, she will go on a date with him five years from now (meaning she would then be 39 and he would be 24 and graduated from college).
Thelma's age is given as 34 in this episode (while the handyman is 19). At the beginning of season one, she was 31.
This is an early appearance on TV by Cuba Gooding. Gooding would win a supporting actor Oscar for his work in the film 'Jerry McGuire' starring Tom Cruise.
Elsa Raven joins the cast with this episode in the recurring role of Inga, the deacon's new Swedish maid.
When the deacon is sprayed by the skunk, it is obvious that a hose has been hidden behind one of the rocks for the effect.
This is Tony T. Johnson's first appearance as Chris. On the scout trip, the deacon doesn't know who Chris is and must be introduced to him by his older brother. However, in later episodes, it is established that Chris' family lives on the same street as the Fryes.
The paper on which the deacon's acceptance speech is printed is supposed to be a Publisher's Clearninghouse letter. However, it looks like it was actually printed on stationery by the prop department.
In this episode, the reverend raves about Thelma's food. She has suddenly turned into a good cook. But we know this does not last, because the writers exploit her propensity for culinary disaster in many other later episodes.
Thelma and the deacon discuss her irrational fear of flying. However, when she had plans to go to Jamaica in the first season episode 'Your Christmas Show of Shows,' this fear was never mentioned.
Jackee would return as a different character in an episode at the beginning of season 4.
Again, we see the title of the episode (underscoring the fact that the producers considered this a special two-part broadcast).
This episode begins differently than any other episode of 'Amen.' There is a prologue scene in which Jackee's character is introduced when she goes to Ernie's law office to seek legal representation. After he agrees to take her case, the opening credits and theme song begin. Then, when the first scene of act one begins, the title of the episode appears.
During the courtroom scene, when Telma Hopkins' character attacks the deacon, it seems like she literally does pull off his clothes. He appears semi-nude for the rest of the scene covering his genitals with a hat and his backside with his briefcase.
Jester Hairston does not appear in this episode.
All the characters are still alive in the future year of 2023. It is revealed that the Hetebrinks never got married, and that Ernie has been the deacon the entire time. The reverend has also led the congregation all these years, but he has plans to hand the reigns over to his son Reuben Jr. Since we know that Reuben Jr. was probably the son born at the end of the series in 1991, that means he would be 32 years old. When 'Amen' premiered in 1986, Rolly was mentioned as being 81. That means he would be 119 in the last dream. Sadly, actor Jester Hairston who portrayed Rolly passed away in 2000.
The episode begins with Thelma and the deacon commemorating the fact that it would've been his 35th anniversary to her mother. It is 1988. We can assume that in Thelma's fantasy, she and Reuben are married as soon as possible, probably still 1988 (although they don't actually get married until 1990). The second fantasy is twelve years later, and that would be 2000. Then, it is stated that the third dream scene occurs in 2023, which would be 35 years into the future from when Thelma and the deacon began to look at the old photos and reminisce.
In the first dream scene (Thelma's dream), Thelma and Reuben have just been married and are honeymooning in Hawaii. When they finally do get married in season 4, they are scheduled to go to Hawaii, but they are fog bound and instead have their honeymoon at a hotel in Philadelphia. So Thelma's fantasy does not exactly come true.