Tyler McVey is seen again in the season 2 episode 'Close Encounters of a Heavenly Kind.'
Helen Hunt was primarily known as a television actress when this episode was produced. She would later become known for her role on the sitcom 'Mad About You' before going on to a very successful career in movies and winning an Oscar as Best Actress.
Richard Bull co-starred with Michael Landon during the run of Little House on the Prairie in the role of Nels Oleson. He returns as a different character in season 4's episode A Mother's Love.
The late Noble Willingham is best remembered as "Ranger C.D. Parker" on the hit series WALKER TEXAS RANGER. Willingham also portrayed an evil football team-owner in the movie THE LAST BOYSCOUT.
This episode is based on events from Michael Landon's own life. This is not the first time a Landon script has made use of these details. His telefilm from the 1970s called The Loneliest Runner covers similar ground as this episode. So does his 1984 feature film, 'Sam's Son.' Also, an episode that Landon wrote for 'Father Murphy' details a boy's bedwetting problem which is again used in this episode.
Eileen Heckart appeared in the season 5 episode of 'Little House' called 'Dance With Me.'
James Troesh returns in the recurring role of Scotty. He is the co-author of this episode.
John Lawlor is seen again in season 4's 'The People Next Door,' playing another role.
Ramon Bieri is billed as a special guest star in this episode.
David Faustino previously worked with Michael Landon in the season 7 episode of 'Little House on the Prairie' entitled 'The Silent Cry.' He would go on to star in 1987 as Bud Bundy on Married With Children.
Don Beddoe appeared in the season 8 episode of 'Little House' entitled 'He Was Only Twelve (Part 2).'
Charles Tyner appeared on 'Father Murphy' in the recurring role of Mr. Rodman.
Michael Landon produced four Christmas episodes for this series. Season 2 is the only year he didn't. It is likely that this one, from the show's first season, was rebroadcast during the second year.
Just two days earlier, on Monday December 17, 1984 NBC aired the final installment of 'Little House on the Prairie'-- a Christmas-themed episode entitled 'Bless All the Dear Children.' Victor French was the director and Michael Landon produced as well as provided narration. The reason these shows overlapped is because instead of airing this episode of 'Little House' during the 1983 holiday season, the episode was held back a year and was broadcast after 'Highway to Heaven' had begun airing.
NITPICK:When Joey introduces himself to Petros, his last name is revealed.
Goof: It seems very strange given how close they were in the pilot that Mark doesn't invite (or at least mention she was invited but couldn't make it) his sister Leslie to his wedding.
Daniel Davis is best known as "Niles," the wisecracking butler on Fran Drescher's hit TV series The Nanny.
Helen Kleeb appeared in a season 9 episode of Little House entitled Marvin's Garden
The opening credits say 'and introducing James Troesh as Scotty' which indicates Landon's intention of using him in a recurring role. He would be featured in several more episodes during the first few seasons of Highway to Heaven.
Ronee Blakley is billed as a special guest. Prior to her appearance on this series, she had been Oscar-nominated for her work as a country singer in the 1975 film NASHVILLE.