This episode "completes" the Doogstruck episode (season 3, episode 8) where Doogie attempted to reach Chicago to see Wanda on her birthday. We find out what happened after the episode ended.
Personal journal of Doogie Howser, M.D.: DECEMBER 1, 1991… Spent Saturday night proving the art of conversation is not dead… maybe just a little more expensive. A small price to pay for finding a new best friend.
Actors appearing in the credits but not in the episode are Belinda Montgomery as Katherine Howser, Lawrence Pressman as Dr. Benjamin Canfield, Kathryn Layng as Nurse Curly Spaulding, and Markus Redmond as Raymond Alexander.
The German episode title is "Das Grausamkeits-Gen",meaning "The Cruelty Gene".
When Doogie says, "I dial, therefore, I am," it is an allusion to "I think, therefore, I am," which is an is a philosophical statement proposed by René Descartes.
Episode title "Doogiesomething" is a play on the title of contemporary ABC series, Thirtysomething, which had finished its network run earlier that year.