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It's obvious from the way this episode ended that it was intended to be a season-ending cliffhanger, rather than a series finale, but ABC canceled the show.
Goof: In the fourth episode, "The Musical," it was established that Alex couldn't sing... at all! In this episode, her performance during "Children of the Corn: The Musical" isn't as horribly out of key.
There is a different principal in this episode then in the previous episode.
This was the third episode to be produced. The therapy scenes were subsequently added to explain the fact that the main story took place only "a couple months" into Alex and Patrick's relationship.
Show Runner Marco Pennette wrote in the character of "The Therapist" to give episode 19 "punch" for it's final presentation and airing, after the first version of the episode was shot (originally without "The Therapist").
Jonathan Slavin, played 'pinch hitter' for Pennette, and was called four hours before shooting episode 20, to create the character for "The Therapist". The two had previously worked together on the ill fated series Union Square, where Slavin was a Series Regular, which had resulted greatly in part to his succesful Recurring Guest Star on Caroline In The City, which led Slavin to a string of Guest Starring roles for NBC.
Goof: At the end of the episode (when Patrick is telling Alex that he doesn't need her protection in his life), the shadow of the boom microphone on the principal's door is visible.
Cheri attends the Oscar Night as a seat filler because empty seats look bad on TV. You can check for yourself how bad it looks: When the ceremony starts all the seats in the background are empty.
In this episode, we learn Alex was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her movie "September Song."
In this episode, we learn that Alex is a former smoker.
In this episode, we learn that Wladziu Valentino Liberace (aka Liberace) was the original owner of Alex's house.
In this episode, we learn that Patrick was married to Laura Malone for 24 hours in high school.
In this episode, we learn that Patrick graduated from high school in 1989.
In this episode, we learn that Patrick dated a fellow teacher named Wendy (Dorie Barton), who is now obsessed with him. Wendy was supposed to have appeared in an earlier episode, but ABC broadcast several episodes out of order.
In this episode, we learn that Alex used to date the lead singer of Coldplay.
In this episode, we learn that Cheri's birthday is December 26th.
In this episode, we learn that Patrick attended Harvard Law School for two years, and then dropped out.
Robert Englund makes his entrance from behind a stand-up Freddy Krueger Nightmare on Elm Street figure - his most famous role.
Stevie (Danny Comden) refers to his hair as "salad." In the 2001 film "Sol Goode," which was written, directed by and co-starred Comden, his character repeatedly referred to his hair as his "salad."
Music: "Jump Jive An' Wail" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra; "Have A Little Faith In Me" by Bring The Family.
Goof: Patrick got bitten by the dog when he reached to pick his bag from the floor. In the next shot, the bag is on a chair.