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According to this episode, Marie was not annoying or interfering until Robert's divorce. This is not true however. In "Ally's Birth" and "The First Time," Marie is just as interfering as always.
In "Why Are We Here?" Robert says Joanne divorced him because she caught him having fun without her.
Notice Ray Romano's face in the opening scene, after Robert grabs him and kisses him. Ray is trying to look disgusted, but it is clearly taking everything within him not to burst out laughing.
When Robert shuts off the pinball machine, the punk turns it back on about 15 seconds later and resumes playing without restarting the game or putting in more money. Pinball machines reset when shut off and would need to have more money put in to restart.
When Debra gets back from her three-hour shopping trip, Ray is complaining about how he had to make a peanut butter and jelly dinner for the kids. But what about the bags of take-out food he had brought in earlier?
In "The Gift" Frank celebrated his 65th birthday, but here he says he is 64 years old.
Marie says "Real cooks don't need recipes" which contradicts her having a box full of them that she heavily covets in "Marie's Meatballs" in season two.
Ally is described in this episode (and several other episodes this season) as being seven years old. But since she was five in the first season, she's actually supposed to be nine at this point in the show. Same goes with the ninth season: She was said to be 12 when she was really supposed to be 14.
At the beginning of the scene where the three Barone kids are singing along to the Hackidu song with Robert on the couch, the scene opens with a picture of the house from the outside, and it is light and not raining at all. Then, when Ray comes in minutes later, it is suddenly dark and pouring rain.
In "The Tenth Anniversary" it is snowing outside, but in "The Wedding Part 1" the date that they book for the reception is on the 17th of June.
The bedroom scene finds Robert sitting up in bed after getting home from the hospital with his upper thigh injury. If he really had a wound in that spot, there's no way he could sit like that. In the DVD commentary, Ray Romano and Phil Rosenthal acknowledged that this was an obvious plot hole, and a foolish mistake on their parts.
Watch for a nice non-scripted moment at the end of the episode, when the Barones are sitting at Church. Madylin Sweeten, who plays little Ally, gets something in her eye, and Patricia Heaton (Debra) gets a Kleenex out of her purse, wipes Sweeten's eye, asks if she's okay, and strokes the side of her face.
In the beginning of the episode the kids are playing a Nintendo 64 game. Debra comes down and turns it off by pressing a button on the controller. The only off button for a Nintendo 64 is on the console, which was on the coffee table.
Notice how the school bus is dead silent the entire time that Ray is riding on it. Anyone who has ridden on a bus full of kids knows that it is extremely rare for there to be absolutely no noise level.
In the first scene, Debra tells Ray that some kid on the bus was picking on Ally, and that's all she said--"some kid." But in the next scene, Ray tells Frank and Robert that it was a boy, and then they tell Marie that it was a boy named Todd Feeney. How would Ray know that? Debra never gave him the child's name.
Apparently, the school decides at Christmastime that it's best to keep the twins in preschool for an extra year. Why would they be determining the events of the following year now, before the kids have had a real opportunity to develop and improve? In reality, teachers do not begin official assessment until January, and in that case, the twins have not had a fair chance to be considered for kindergarten next year. Kids tend to learn and produce a great deal from January to May, especially at this age.
When Ray is in the kitchen with Michael at the beginning of the episode, helping him cut paper, look closely at the little actor playing Michael. There is a brief moment where he looks directly at the camera.
The scene at the car show, despite being mentioned in official summaries of this episode, was deleted and is only vaguely referenced in the finished episode.
Marie comes over with a cake shaped like a cross. In almost all the scenes where the family is sitting at the table different pieces of cake are missing. In some of the camera angles there are no pieces of cake cut from the bottom yet when the cake is seen from other angles there are.
In this episode, we learn that Bernie and Linda's last name is Gruenfelder.
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Family Comedies, Sitcoms, 90s