Steve Brewer is confirmed dead, marking him the 2nd half brother of Greg's to be killed. (Although the 1st, Peter Hollister, had faked his relation to Greg.)
Larry Riley (Frank) does not appear in this episode.
Bruce Greenwood ("Pierce"), Mark Soper ("Joseph") and Stuart Pankin ("Benny") join the cast and make their first appearances on the series in this episode.
Producers Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick left Knots Landing to create the ABC series, Homefront, which premiered during this season.
In the previous episode, Joseph Gian ("Tom") re-appeared and was supposed to continue his role this season. However, Gian and the show's producers could not agree on terms of his contract. Gian only wanted to return for a limited number of episodes while the show wanted to sign him to a long-term contract.
Kathleen Noone (Claudia) & Stacy Galina (Kate) are added to the opening credits.
The episode title is an allusion to The Sun Also Rises, a novel by Ernest Hemingway.