We learn that James's nickname during childhood was "Patches."
J.J. appears different outfits in separate scenes in 1) a shower cap and towel, 2) formal movie usher gear, and 3) a red-based tuxedo.
Betty Bridges who plays "The Wiggler" is the real life mother of Todd Bridges, known as Willis from Different Strokes
In this episode, we learn that Florida dropped out of high school in the 10th grade and James dropped out of school in the 6th to support their families.
Goof: When Florida and James leave the apartment to go see about the department store job, someone is seen walking into Willona's apartment door, and Florida and James walk towards it instead of the elevator.