This episode mirrored the real-life of Michele Lee who was going through a divorce from husband James Farentino. She and Farentino separated around the same time Lee's onscreen husband,Don Murray, left the show. Lee revealed that when her character took off her wedding ring in a 1982 episode, she was taking off her real wedding band as a symbol of moving forward.
Even though Sid's death was due to an off-camera contract dispute, this episode started a classic Knots Landing trait used throughout the series. The "untimely death" that was a sudden surprise mid-season and not used as a cliffhanger. Knots Landing became known for some of the best mid-season cliff hangers ever written. Other examples include, but aren't limited to: Season 11 Episode 24 "Only Just Begun" when Pat was run over. Season 12 Episode 3 "God Will" when the last shot is a pan up through a swimming pool to Danny's lifeless body. And Season 13 Episode 3 "Eye of the Beholder" when Linda's throat was slit right before the closing credits.
The famous "Sliding Squares" opening sequence makes its debut with this episode, along with a new arrangement of the theme. The original version of the sequence would last until the end of the 1986-1987 season.