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"If You Want Me To Stay" by Sly and the Family Stone (at the end of the episode)
Goof: Every deceased person's apparition that Allison has ever seen has appeared as they were at their time of death. This "rule" has even been explained in the show. When Allison dies though, she appears as she was 41 years earlier.
Scanlon says that the bathroom he inspected has one of those "environmentally friendly light bulbs" in it, and states that they make a buzzing sound like a bee. While it is true that they can make a noise like that, it's very uncommon nowadays, and if they are making a noise, they aren't working properly. Usually, the buzzing sound only applies to the typical long, tube-shaped florescent lamps that are used in commercial ceiling lights.
It is implied in this flashback episode that Allison is experiencing her first pregnancy, and that it's a girl (Ariel). This matches the backstory mentioned by Joe two episodes prior to this ("Will the Real Fred Rovick Please Stand Up?"). However, in the season two episode "Sweet Child O' Mine" it was revealed that Allison was pregnant before she married Joe -- but in that episode Allison's first pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, and she was pregnant with a boy she was going to name Brian, not Ariel (she came a few years later, after Allison was married). This is an especially poor oversight by those involved with the show, considering the fact that Allison's miscarriage with Brian was a major plot point in "Sweet Child O' Mine."
Joe reveals in this episode that he and Allison told people that they probably conceived Ariel on the weekend of their wedding, though they both knew that Allison was about five weeks pregnant when they got married. But in the season two episode "Sweet Child O' Mine" it was revealed that Allison was pregnant with a baby boy before Ariel was born -- so why would Joe and Allison bother lying to people about conceiving before marriage when they had already done so a few years earlier?
Joe: (talking about the novel his boss gave him to read) I should be grateful, at least he gave it to me the day before my performance review. I mean he can't expect me to read this thing in one night ... it's over 900 pages!
Joe says that he was given the novel the day before his performance review -- but Joe doesn't get his performance review the next day at work, he gets it two days later.
When Lynn walks around the corner in her apartment while carrying her baby, the baby is looking right and has a hand in its mouth. As the camera zooms in on the scene, the baby is suddenly facing left with its hands on Lynn.
This is the second time Ashton Kutcher's name is referenced to in relation to his reality TV show Punk'd. The first time was in the episode "The One Behind The Wheel."
When Allison is driving in the rental car, right after getting off the phone with Joe she pulls up to a red light in the center lane (next to the left turn lane). When the light turns green Allison goes straight through the intersection, but the car behind her turns left.
Patricia Arquette (Allison) was also afraid to fall asleep, fearing that if she died in her sleep she'd die in real life, in the 1987 movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors."
Somehow, Allison and Devalos do not notice the bite mark on Sipes' hand despite having spoken to him many times throughout the episode.
Goof: When Ariel is taking her practice PSAT in the library with her friend, there is a question about the age of a father and his son. It reads:
A father is three times as old as his son. After fifteen years, the father will be twice as old as his son's age at that time. Therefore, the father's current age is?
The actual answer is 45, but that does not appear as a choice.
In the letter addressed to Allison at the beginning of the episode, the address, as written when the envelope is sealed, is:
28807 Feather Star Road
Phoenix, AZ 88061
When the letter arrives to Allison the address is:
27801 Feather Star Road
Phoenix, AZ 85061
Both the street number and zip code are different. The 88061 is an incorrect New Mexico zip code, while 85061 is a Phoenix zip code.
Goof: From when Allison first hears the water until it shuts off, only about 25 seconds elapse. Despite the fact that it's a relatively low-pressure faucet, the bath tub the water is filling is more than half full.
Goof: When Allison wakes up from a dream to write down a license plate number, the letters and numbers span multiple lines on the paper. However, when she turns the pad towards Joe, the letters and numbers fit neatly on one single line, and are written in a different spot on the paper than they were before.
Goof: The morning after Allison dreams about Harmony arriving home to find Dylan wrapping a body in a blue tarp, she goes to Dylan's home. She surprises him by asking about Harmony, then lies about her name having come up in a conversation with Devalos. Allison could not have known Harmony's name though because in the entire dream sequence, her name is never mentioned.
Joe is watching the 1981 horror movie The Funhouse when Allison wakes up from her first dream.
While Allison and Joe are talking in the kitchen, Joe mentions that he left a potential new employee (Hal Monzel) a message and hopes he won't call back, but then a second later a phone rings. Joe says he may have spoken too soon, but then Allison says that she "thinks" it's actually her phone that's ringing. Allison has had the same ring tone on her phone for years now though, so it's not reasonable for her to say she "thinks" her phone is ringing, nor is it reasonable for Joe to think that it was his phone (unless he has the same ring tone as Allison, which would not make much sense).
Early on in the episode when Joe is telling Allison about his visit to the doctor, the clock next to Allison reads "10:17" the entire time, even though their conversation lasts almost two minutes.
The now-separated couples shown at the beginning of the episode are:
Guy Ritchie and Madonna
Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
Kevin Federline and Britney Spears
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