As the Geeks go to leave the Iron Horse, Maureen approaches and puts her finger on the blackboard and starts to rub out part of one of the menu items. But in fact on close inspection there is actually already no letter where she starts rubbing, as when she puts her finger onto the blackboard it already says "Pan Fried ass", so she doesn't actually rub any letter out. As Maureen leaves, she points at the blackboard, which still says "Pan Fried ass". After she has left the Geeks immediately go up to the blackboard, which now says "Pan Fried Butt". Presumably the joke had originally been to have a menu entry of "Pan Fried Bass" get altered by rubbing out the "B", but the resulting word must have been considered too offensive and been changed to "Butt". In either case, Maureen never goes anywhere near the blackboard with chalk in time to change it.
When the freaks go to the clothing store in the mall to ask Howie Gelfand about getting fake ID's, Howie makes a reference to how tall Nick is by referring to him as Bill Laimbeer. Laimbeer was a basketball player who was about 6'10" tall. He became fairly famous as a player for the Detroit Pistons (the hometown team for these Michigan students)
But Laimbeer didn't join the Pistons until 1982. In 1980, Laimbeer was an obscure rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howie would have no idea who Laimbeer was at that point, and wouldn't make that comment to refer to Nick's being so tall.
As he accosted Vicki for reportedly disliking Three's Company, Eli began to explain why Mr. Roper didn't want Jack Tripper living with two women. However, Mr. Furley had been the trio's landlord for over a full season by this point. Norman Fell and Audra Lindley left the series in the spring of 1978 for the spin-off The Ropers.
In Millie's cousin's house there's a poster on the wall of Pink Floyd's "The Wall." This movie didn't come out until 1982. In an earlier episode, Nick mentions seeing the film as well. So this makes two times "The Wall" film is out of sync.
(After Maureen changed the menu to read "Pan Fried Butts")
Bill: How are we not supposed to be in love with her?
Neal: Had to bring the big rocket, didn't you?
Bill: What... I got a big rocket, what am I supposed to do, cut it in half?
Fake ID Guy: Now I just have to memorize your faces… Let's see… Brown hair, brown eyes. Brown hair, brown eyes. Brown hair, brown eyes. Brown hair, beautiful brown eyes.
Jean: Nobody's home. You wanna have a little sex?
Harold: Sex?! Well, okay.
Harold: You can hardly stand to be around us. When you two were kids, you used to run around naked and lay in bed with us all night. We bathed you and we cleaned your butts when you pooped and we loved it. Now, we try to pat you on the head and you run for the hills. Well, I'm fed up. We are going to be close from now on whether you like it or not. We're going to spend quality time together, and we're going to enjoy it, damn it!
Daniel: I hate astrology. What, everybody born in the same month is gonna have the same life?
Ken: I just want to be older so I can go to bars. Everything fun in this world happens in bars.
Goof: Neil tells Maureen that his father drives a Coupe D'ville which is wrong because later in the season we learn that Neil's father drives a red Corvette. Neil's father's red Corvette actually becomes a major plot device in the episode "Garage Door".
Music: "C'Etait Toi (You Were the One)," "Rosalinda" and "Don't Ask Me Why" by Billy Joel; "Stomp!" by Brothers Johnson; "18" (Alice Cooper) and "American Band" (Grand Funk Railroad), performed by Dave "Gruber" Allen and Feedback
Joel Hodgson created Mystery Science Theater 3000 and starred as Joel Robinson. Trace Beaulieu co-starred as Dr. Clayton Forrester and the voice and puppeteer of Crow T. Robot. Freaks and Geeks writer-producer J. Elvis Weinstein played Dr. Larry Erhardt and was the original Tom Servo.
In spite of poor ratings, NBC ordered an additional four episodes the day after this airing (bringing the grand total to 18).
The freaks end up going to Millie's cousin to get better fake ID's than the ones provided by Howie Gelfand. Millie's cousin tells Daniel he can come in for his ID first, saying "McMurphy, you come in first." Daniel is wearing a knit skullcap, so calling him McMurphy is a reference to character Randall McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson, in the Academy Award winning 1975 film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Nicholson spent much of the movie wearing a knit cap like Daniel wore in the episode.