When Ray and Debra go in for the conference with the twins' teacher, you can totally tell that it's the same room used two years ago, in Season 4's "Left Back." For that matter, it seems that the same sets were used for all the kids' classroom scenes throughout the series. For instance, it was Ally's fifth grade classroom in Season 7's "Homework," and her seventh grade room in Season 9's "Ally's F."
After the family returns home after the open house, the kids are seen running into the house first through the kitchen before the adults enter. If you watch closely, you will see one of the twins trip and fall as he is running into the living room.
The timing of this episode is way off. In season 4 episode "Left Back," Ray and Debra decide to leave Michael and Geoffrey in pre-school one more year. This would mean that they were in preschool again in season 5 and in kindergarten during season 6. However, it's a first grade open house.
Debra: The stories were supposed to be a surprise for the parents.
Ray: I think a surprise is like, you get to the school and there's an open bar. This was more like an ambush.
Robert: I wasn't even mentioned in that book.
Ray: You're insulted that you weren't insulted?
Robert: I'm insulted that you've brainwashed your children into thinking that the only thing I'm good at is to hold up a piñata.
Robert: I'm gonna write my own book.
Ray: (Kicking Robert out of the house) Get out.
Robert: That's the title.
Debra: I'm pretty sure that most of the leading characters in that story were from the Barone side.
Ray: Yeah, okay. But the loud part I'm thinking is probably you.
Debra: So you're blaming me? You are completely free and clear?
Ray: I'm sorry, but I am not the yeller.
Debra: YOU ARE THE REASON FOR THE YELLER!
Marie: I've never gotten looks like that in my life!
Frank: You oughta look at me more.
Debra: Hey, listen, Michael. We really loved your story, and we learned a lot from it.
Michael: Yeah, I like that cartoon.
Debra: What cartoon?
Michael: The Monster Maniacs. They're really funny. They're always yelling.
Michael: (reading his essay) The daddy was mad at the mommy. The mommy was mad at the daddy. The mommy and daddy were very mad at the grandpa...and the grandma got mad at everybody.
Marie: I did not!
Debra: (talking to the twins' teacher) Eileen, you have no idea what I have to put up with. When I got married, I didn't just get a husband. I got a whole freak show that set up their tent right across the street. And that would be fine if they stayed there, but everyday, every day, they dump a truckload of their insane family dreck into my lap. How would you like to sit through 2 people in their 60's fighting over who invented the lawn? The LAWN! And then the brother, "I live in an apartment. I don't even have a lawn. Raymond has a lawn." But you can't blame him when you see who the mother is. She has this kind of sick hold on the both of them. And the father is about as disgusting a creature as God has ever dropped on this planet. So no wonder the kid writes stories. I should be writing stories. My life is a gothic novel, and until you have lived in that house with all of them in there with you, day after day, week after, year after friggin' year, you are in no position to judge me!
This episode was included on the Emmy Award 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season. It came as both a DVD and VHS.
When Ray is standing against the wall in the classroom, it is his real wife standing to his right.
This season premiere, like many other shows, was originally scheduled to air September 17 but CBS pushed it back one week due to the coverage of the September 11 attacks.
Starting this season, the credits are layered over the first scene of the episode.
The 6th season premiere aired the same day that the show went into syndication.
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