In this episode we learn that The Los Angeles Tribune has been producing a paper without interruption for 64 years.
A lot of comedy is derived from the fact that Billie's father is called Paul Newman and that he seems unaware of his name's implications.
Goof: Lou refers to Carly Mitchell as a twelve-year old though it is mentioned that the studio pretends she is ten.
Art Donovan claims to have dreamed as a child to dine at Baby Duarte's Cantina, but didn't he grow up in Honolulu?
We discover that Billie is a vegetarian.
The appearance of Harold Gould (as Dr. Duncan) creates a continuity problem in the Lou Grant universe. He also plays Rhoda's father in a different spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Note that the Tribune newsroom has replaced all of its old typewriters with new computer monitors from this season on. No more editing with a pencil.