J.J. is reading Ebony magazine at the beginning of the episode. On the front cover is the cast of another Norman Lear sitcom, The Jeffersons.
Although he is mentioned as being Thelma's date to the prom at the start of the episode, Thelma's fiancé Larry does not appear.
Proms are generally held in April, but this 2-parter takes place in the beginning of January.
When Michael asks Henry about the places he's traveled in the world, instead of naming renown cities, he oddly names continents.
Ironically, John Amos' character's name on Maude was Henry.
In a serious scene Ralph Carter (Michael) wants desperately to crack up after Cleatus is apprehended by James.
The song played on the stereo is "Once You Get Started" by Rufus & Chaka Khan.
Goof: When J.J. and Michael are lying in bed, J.J. wakes Michael so they can talk. Watch Michael (Ralph Carter), as he covers his eyes BEFORE J.J. turns on the lamp.
Before they eat the roast, Willona says the roast "looks delicious and smells gorgeous." It sounded like she got her line backwards, because nothing can "smell gorgeous."
If you look closely at the ad behind Mr. Gage in his office, it is for Ralph's Supermarkets. However, Ralph's is a chain in California, not Illinois.
In the scenes outside the grocery store manager's office, the background of the scene which is supposed to be the inside of the store is obviously a photo... because it's in black & white! Was the budget really that tight?
In this episode, Michael tells his mother that being "another Thurgood Marshall" was always his parents' dream and not his. But, in Season 1's "Michael Gets Suspended", Michael declared quite definitively that he wanted to be a Supreme Court justice.
Notice all of the locks on the door in this episode. Did the neighborhood suddenly become safe because after this episode all of the extra locks are never seen again.
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.
When Michael come in the apartment to ask James and Florida about helping Ned, If you look behind Florida and James you can see that award that Flordia wins and hangs up on the wall at the end of the show, already hanging on the wall. And then when Thelma come in the Living Room to open a window the award isn't there anymore.
Sixteen minutes into the episode in the scene where the family is sitting at the breakfast table lamenting JJ's absence, actor Ralph Carter (as Michael Evans) offers the blessing and is seen in his stocking feet wearing yellow and blue pajamas and a green plaid bathrobe, but a few seconds later is suddenly wearing a buttoned dress shirt, brown pants with a leather belt and shoes. Norman Lear routinely filmed two performances of his programs and edited together the best parts from each to produce an episode, but obviously missed this glaring error in continuity.
In a rare moment for the early episodes of the series, Thelma actually stands up for J.J. and even says how much she misses him after he leaves.