Steven enters a private country club wearing a flannel shirt and a baseball jacket, and walks right over to Alex's table. It seems highly unlikely that such an exclusive venue would allow him full access, especially as a non-member, dressed in such a way.
Steven reveals in this episode that the family car is a Volvo.
The song Steven has playing in the living room is a protest song called "Days of Decision" by folk singer Phil Ochs.
Elyse suggested to Steven that a romantic evening would include Johnny Mathis records. Johnny Mathis occasionally sings the Theme Song with Deniese Williams.
At the Carlton Country Club, a waiter offers Steven an hors d'oeurve called "rumaki," and Steven requests some without liver. Essential ingredients of rumaki include water chestnuts and chicken liver, wrapped in bacon.
During the father-son reconciliation scene, Steven compares his unusual relationship with Alex to the relationship he had with his own father, Jake. Grandfather Jake will be introduced and featured in Episode #5, I Never Killed for My Father.
In this episode we learn that Jennifer is 9 years old, Alex is 17 years old.
The Keatons were married 20 years ago. They will celebrate their 20th anniversary again, five years later, in episode #142, The Anniversary Waltz.
Eric Morrison is reputed to be the Captain of eight varsity teams. What this means is unclear, as the school year contains at most three sports seasons.
Steven and Elyse deliberate about whether to continue the 20-year tradition of re-honeymooning with the Davises. Such deliberation proves pointless in Episode 19 when the Davises terminate their marriage.
When Jennifer's mother enters her room, Jennifer is reading a copy of Sports Illustrated with baseball players on the cover. The cut scene then goes to her mother asking her if she is going to clean her room anytime soon. The camera then cuts back to Jennifer for a response. Now she is holding a different Sports Illustrated with tennis on the cover.
Episode #11 reveals that Jennifer was born November 7, 1972. She celebrated her 10th birthday in this episode, air date October 4, 1982. Give the writers credit for being fairly consistent.
The first wave of party guests included 5 boys and 6 girls. (Ultimately, there would be 10 boys.) All the boys entered first, and the girls followed. Rarely do that many home party guests arrive simultaneously, and in that organized a manner.
Elyse and Mallory come home from the grocery store with "bulgur." Bulgur is a wheat grrain that has been parboiled (pre-boiled prior to cooking another way), dried in the sun, and de-branned.
Tina Yothers' character Jennifer had 67 lines in this episode, about three lines per minute. Tina was 9 years old when the episode aired.
Alex's favorite economist was Milton Friedman. Friedman was a Nobel Prize-winning Economist who supported laissez-faire capitalism. He was influential in Ronald Reagan's policy of supply side economics.
When Stephanie invites Alex to spend the night, Alex at first declines noting that he only lives a 10-minute drive away. But when Alex returns home from his aborted second date with her, Steven commented that he had only been gone 11 minutes. In that 11 minutes, Alex drove to Stephanie's, spent nearly 3 minutes in her apartment, and drove home.
This episdode marks Alex's first day working at Adlers Grocery. He delivers groceries while wearing an apron lettered with "Adlers Grocery." Episode 9, Death of a Grocer, expounds more fully on his responsibitities at Adlers.
The episode never discloses what Jake is dying of.
Steven and Jake disagreed over where the felt tip pen was invented. Jake said it was invented in Russia; Steven disagreed. Steven was correct. The felt tip pen was invented in 1953 by Sidney Rosenthal from Richmond Hill, New York.