The opening sequence of the show (a department store being bombed on a crowded street scene), looks remarkably similar to the opening sequence of the movie Die Hard with a Vengeance.
Loretta Switt and Sally Kellerman played Hot Lips Houlihan on MASH; Loretta on tv, Sally in the movie.
The history behind the character name of Gordon Ganza is a long one. Its origins are connected with the writing team of Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon, with whom Goldberg & Rabkin worked on Spenser: For Hire. In ep #16 of The Cosby Mysteries (on which Goldberg & Rabkin worked as producers/writers), actor Jordan Clarke portrayed Gordon Ganza. Coincidentally, Clarke acted in an episode of Spenser:... penned by Gansa & Gordon.
According to writer Lee Goldberg, this episode was to be used as the springboard for a potential spin-off series called The Chief, which would focus on Fred Dryer's character of Police Chief Masters.
In this episode, Amanda says she is divorced from Colin. This is part of an inconsistency with Colin's character. In some episodes they are divorced, while in others he was killed in a plane crash.
Ron's first case with the FBI was the oklahoma City bombing.
HGH is not a anabolic steroid, but a combination of naturally occuring amino acids. Anabolic steroids increase testosterone in the body, HGH adds GH to the body.
The director of this episode was Christian I. Nyby, II who was also one of the directors of Emergency!. That's another tie in to Randolph Mantooth, Robert Fuller, and of course Jennifer Tighe.
Emergency! fans will recognize the engine numbers--Squad 51, Engine 110, Truck 8.
Former Emergency actors Robert Fuller and Randolph Mantooth appear in this episode along with Jennifer Tighe who is the daughter of their former co-star Kevin Tighe.
This episode featured several guest actors who played police officers in previous television series: James Darren from T.J. Hooker; Fred Dryer from Hunter; Martin Milner and Kent McCord from Adam 12; and Angie Dickson from Police Woman. Kent McCord also starred with Barry Van Dyke in the short-lived Galactica 1980.