Goof: When they are sitting at Riff's, Paul's glass of iced tea goes suddenly from half full to completely full and back to half between angles.
Former NY Mayor Rudolph Giuliani did an epilogue assuring viewers that the events of the episode were entirely parodic and that New York was indeed a friendly place to visit.
When they are at the kitchen eating turkey, the turkey goes from half eaten to almost finished and back to half between different angles.
While this episode is known for it's inclusion of "Alan Brady" the fictional character from the "Dick Van Dyke Show" which brings the two fictional universes together in in their respective realities. In the past there are at least two instances of Paul referencing to the antics of Dick Van Dyke's character in the show (in one instance the classic tripping over the ottoman from the opening sequence), laying out the idea that the actual show not the fictional show was the one that existed.
Alan bases his Mega Void comic book character, Queen Talon, on Jaime. Among her powers/attributes are:
- she absorbs the life-force from her victims and causes them to melt
- she crushed the planet Cardigan in her thighs
- she has webbed feet
- she learned the power of transmogrification from King Bannik
- she gains her power from star-bursts
- she destroyed the province of Lannick for a silver key
The song Susannah and Ira perform in the club is "Where have you been all my life", a song written by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.
Paul's birthday is April 19th.
A short clip of the Beatles singing I Wanna Hold Your Hand plays as Yoko Ono enters.
When Paul and Jamie are sitting on the table eating while the other three men eat dinner, Paul and Jamie have an argument over the word "gyros".
Paul suggests that it is pronounced "g-y-u-ros" while Jamie says is "yiros". Jamie is the correct one as it is in fact pronounced "Yiros" (from the Greek word γύρος).
"Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Mad About You" are in a very long chain of cross-overs, so their universes are the same. However, Brad Garrett's characters in both shows are different.
When Paul goes to the refrigerator to get a soda, the line is, "Hospitals, as you know, are for sick people, and this is the act of a healthy, healthy man." But his lips don't match those words.
Also, there is a problem with the plot--if Paul had already made a "sample" he couldn't do the test again at the hospital on the same day.
This three part episode was intended to be the last episode in the series (Hense the title "The Finale"). Paul Reiser's plan from the start of the show was to end the series on a high note with the announcement of Jamie's pregnancy. However, NBC convinced him to continue the show. A number of MAY fans have voiced the opinion that Reiser should have stuck to his guns and ended it here, marking this as the point when Mad About You 'jumps the shark'.
Jamie says that one of the ER characters is based on Dr. Von Derphal.
Mel Brooks is the second actor from CAESAR'S WRITERS, THE 2000 YEAR-OLD MAN, THE GREAT STANDUPS, and THE MUPPETS GO HOLLYWOOD, that appears in MAD ABOUT YOU. The first was Carl Reiner.
When Paul's parents are talking about their first date, they tell the crew of "Buchman" - and in a few moments Paul - that mobster Frank Costello came to thier table to ask Paul's [future] mother to dance, Paul's mother then says Frank Costello died two days later.
Since Frank Costello died of natural causes in 1973, the elder Buchman's first date could not have been in 1973!
Further proof: The very next Episode, "Burt's Building" states that it was 1964 when Paul stole bubblegum from the soda shop, and that he was 7 years old at that time.
GOOF: In the scene at the old apartment, just when Paul starts looking for his father, you can see the microphone on the top of the screen.
Klarik's Department Store is named after writer Jeffery Klarik.
When Paul hurts his foot and goes to the hospital, the nurse repeatedly refers to him as "Mr. Burkman."
It's been revealed that Jamie's mom's name is Theresa. However, she's credited as "Jamie's mom".
At Roosevelt hospital, Jamie requests that Paul return home and retrieve Jamie's ring. Paul estimates that he could be back in 20 mintues, implying 10 minutes each way. Not in New York City. Even if the Buchmans lived next door to the hospital, merely leaving a 1000+ bed hospital, and negotiating the Buchman high-rise would require more than 10 minutes.
Sitcoms, Family Comedies, 90s