When Carter calls Dr. Benton "Peter" just after they have said their goodbyes, it's the first time Carter has done so in all 8 seasons, despite their being friends for almost all of that time.
(Romano and Benton discussing a written agreement for reduction in Benton's work schedule)
Romano: To Whom It May Concern: No friggin' way!
Abby: There's only so much you can do.
Luka: Yeah, I guess. I just, uh...
Abby: Miss your kids?
Abby: (takes his hand) I'm sorry.
Luka: (pause) It's sort of worse at Christmas. (breathes in, then let's go of her hand)
Carter: Hey, Peter, I'm a good doctor because of you.
Benton: No, you're not. But keep trying.
Abby: When is she [Weaver] going on Christmas vacation?
Chuny: Scrooge? Never!
Romano: It's like sex, isn't it Peter?
Romano: Vascular surgery. Messy, fun, and when done right you leave satisfied.
Randi: You want me to work New Year's?
Greene: Someone has to.
Randi: Someone else.
Romano: (to Benton) Are you really going to do this? Throw away your career so you can play Mr. Mom? What a waste!
Romano: (to Benton) Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
Music: "A Long Way from Home," Joe Sample
This episode marks both Eriq LaSalle and Michael Michele's final appearance as series regulars.
La Salle would later return in the Season 8 episodes "It's All in Your Head" and "On The Beach," and in the Season 15 episodes "Old Times" and "And In the End...".
Michele would return in the Season 8 episode "On The Beach."
Although in the opening credits, Ming-Na does not appear in this episode.