The set in the pilot is different from the set used in the rest of the series. For example, the foyer is deeper and has an entry closet. Also, the inside steps continue around the door rather than ending at the bottom of the staircase. Outside the front door, brick from the side of the house and part of the Sugarbaker's sign is visible. In the seating area, Julia's desk, instead of being in the back next to the staircase, is in the foreground.
Raydon mentions having a sister named Carlene. Charlene then says she has sisters named Darlene, Marlene and Harlene, but does not mention her sister Carlene who takes over her job in the last few seasons.
In this episode, Suzanne says she was Miss Georgia-World 1976, but in later episodes, she says she was Miss Georgia 1975. Also, in this episode Julia says Suzanne gave an eloquent answer to the question "How would you prevent war?" with an answer involving patriotism and diamond tiaras, but in a later episode, Suzanne says she blew the question with an answer involving wanting her own TV show.
In this episode it is mentioned that Julia is 14 years older than Suzanne. However, by the season four episode, "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence", that age difference drops to 12 years!
In this episode, Charlene notes that she collects thimbles.
The Thanksgiving dinner represents the first time Suzanne has ever attempted to cook.
In this episode, we are introduced to Charlene's high school girlfriend, Monette Marlin, who is now a madam. She will be a recurring character in two more episodes.
Charlene's high school team was the Poplar Bluff Mules and their school mascot was a jackass.
Mary Jo's house has been changed from the previous episodes. The placement of the fireplace and staircase have changed with the addition of walls separating the foyer and dining room from the living room. Last Season her house had a very open and cottage like appearance. The redesign is not aknowledged until the episode, "There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner".
The character of Mr. Tyson was mentioned in the pilot episode. It was stated there that he had returned some lamps. The reason for the return was that the lamps illuminated the nudes in his paintings in a way that was too titillating.
This is the first time that Julia mentions the last name of her first husband, Hayden. It is McIlroy.
The condo where they are staying is said to be owned by Reese's daughter.
This is the only time in the series that Suzanne talks about J. Benton Stonecipher, her 3rd husband.
This is the last appearance of Noel, Suzanne's pig.
The song the girls perform for Charlene at her wedding shower is "Wedding Bell Blues" by the Fifth Dimension.
We learn Charlene's middle name is Olivia, the name which she later gives her daughter.
Millicent Collingsworth, who plays the blind self defense instructor, is blind in real life.
There was no mention of Charlene's pregnancy in the last episode of the 3rd season, yet she is very pregnant in this episode.
In Episode #2 "The Beauty Contest", Suzanne is referred to as the winner of the 1975 Miss Georgia World pageant. In this episode it's Miss Georgia US.
The phone number to Sugarbaker's is identified as 1-404-555-8600. There is a second phone number for the business, 1-404-555-6878.