Jennifer's friend Crissy is referred to for the fourth time: first as a friend in crisis in the pilot; second as the one whose parents had hosted a neighborhood watch meeting in Have Gun, Will Unravel; third as the friend who accompanies Jennifer to the movie in Oops, and now as the friend that Jennifer may have left the poker game to visit. We never meet Chrissy, even at Jennifer's tenth birthday party in I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend.
When Ron comes back to resume his relationship with Suzanne, this marks the second episode in a row that someone terminated a relationship, and then changed his mind. In I Gotta be Ming, Alex terminated his Big Brother relationship with Ming, only to want him back later.
When Mrs. Tanly notes that she has heard a lot of nice things about Steven and Elyse, Elyse drapes her arms over Alex's shoulders, and says, "Thank you, Alex." When she clarifies that most of it came from Ming, Elyse's hands circle Alex's neck. Alex must remove Elyse's hands from his neck to speak his next line without choking.
It is not clear where Alex and Ming met during the early stages of their Brother relationship. It wasn't at the Keaton's: for when Mrs. Tanly came to the Keatons, she had to be introduced to Alex's parents and sisters. And it wasn't at the Tanly's: for remarks such as "This is your bed" betray that Alex had never been there before.
Though Ming claimed he enjoyed the lecture at the library, "The Dewey Decimal System and You," when Ming continues his account of the time with Alex, he resumes, "When Alex woke me up...."
As Mrs. Tanly grants Alex entry, the dart that Ming had thrown onto Alex's poster is visible.
The producers must have had some good rating data about Alex's line, "My work there is done." in Death of a Grocer. In this episode, after getting Mallory and Jeff to talk, Alex leaves saying, "My work here is done."
In a chess game between Alex and Steven, Alex plays the Nimzovich Defense, a strategy intended to tempt White to overplay the center. The opening move for Black is the Queen's Knight. When Steven says that the Defense can be countered with the King's Gambit Declined, he means that by refusing to capture the Pawn that Black offers, White can better maintain control of the center - all important during the opening moves.
Actor John Dukakis is left-handed.
Mrs. Obeck is back next door again. In Have Gun, Will Unravel, the Obeck family was across the street.
Steven and Elyse were married May, 1964.
The episode begins with Mallory watching CHiPs. CHiPs was a Highway Patrol show that aired from 1977 to 1983. It was in its final season when this episode aired. When Mallory advises Alex that Erik is cute, she's talking about Erik Estrada, who played Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
The milk in Stephen's glass goes from completely empty in one shot to partially full in the next.
While Elyse and Steven were talking at the table the door and Mallory entered room back door was open. When she walked across room the door was closed. Then again when Mallory left through pantry the door was once again opened.
When Cindy ran away, she saw Annie two-and-a-half times. The Aileen Quinn remake of Annie was released in the United States June 18, 1982 - about six months prior to the episode's initial airing. It was possibly at its peak popularity when the episode was filmed.
In this episode, it is revealed that Alex was born in Africa, and the year was 1965.
As Elyse and Steven were in the hospital to deliver Jennifer on Election Day, 1972, Steven wondered if their votes might have put McGovern over the top. In fact, Nixon's margin of victory was 520 Electoral Votes to 17.
Jennifer was born Election Day, 1972. Election Day was November 7 that year. Tina Yothers' actual birth date is May 5, 1973.
Steven credits Elyse for being able to sleep through any crisis. But in episode #15, The Fugitive (2), it is Elyse who cannot sleep, and goes through great effort to wake up Steven.
The Keaton neighborhood gets filled in:
- The Barkham family lives next door (this episode).
- The Obeck family lives either next door (Big Brother is Watching, The Fugitive (2), and The Fifth Wheel), or across the street (this episode).
- The Handelman family lives at an undisclosed place in the neighborhood (Death of a Grocer).