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There is a continuity error. Claire brags that for last year's Halloween she pulled off a stunt so scary that it hospitalized someone. This would be the incident of answering the door and pulling a fake bleeding heart from her chest. But in order of the show's episodes, this incident must have happened 3 years ago since in season 4 Claire dresses like Little Bo Peep in a kid friendly attempt at Halloween because of her almost scaring someone to death the year before.
This is the first episode of the series not to have a credits scene. Instead, an extended version of the theme song is played during the credits.
Haley's photo of Claire staring at Gloria's breasts is a recreation of the infamous photo of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield, where Loren stares at Mansfield's cleavage in a low-cut dress.
The football game watched by Jay and Phil at parents' night was old footage of a Canadian Football League (CFL) game between the Toronto Argonauts in dark blue jerseys and the Montreal Alouettes in white with red and blue trim.
The title Suddenly Last Summer refers to the events of the summer of 2013 when California approved gay marriage laws.
The cutaway involving Phil, Claire and the alpaca is a continuation of a flashback cutaway from the Season 3 episode, "After the Fire."
Continuity error: While Claire and Cameron are each trying to get Pam to support their position regarding a backyard water feature, Claire first had her arms crossed, suddenly was holding a water bottle, then had her arms crossed again, and then picked up the bottle.
Towards the end, when Phil gets a call from Claire and gets scared, the camera moves so that a picture of a skull hanging on the wall behind him can be seen. The picture is actually Charles Allan Gilbert's painting All is Vanity, which shows a woman sitting in front of a vanity-mirror, but from a distance looks like a skull.
In the end tag scene when Luke is handing back Claire and Phil the mail, the following episodes are referenced: "Dude Ranch," "Disneyland," "Treehouse," and "Virgin Territory" (twice!!)
The sporty black convertible that plays a feature role in the episode storyline is an iconic Porsche in spite of having its famous badges removed from the front rear and interior. It is always referred to by generic terms even when it seems awkward to do so. In contrast, Andre mentions Phil getting his usual Cadillac lease at the start of the episode.
Ellen Barkin (Mitzy Roth) goes on to play a real estate agent in The New Normal too.
We find out that Cam's birth date is 02/29/1972 and that his favourite movie is The Wizard of Oz.
This episode reunites series lead Eric Stonestreet with guest star Marc Vann best known for their recurring roles on C.S.I. respectively as lab tech Ronnie Litre and Under-Sheriff Conrad Ecklie. Stonestreet and Vann however only worked together on C.S.I. twice, first in Ellie (Season 2) and Nesting Dolls (Season 5).
This episode was titled "Guns and Dolls" but the name was changed to "Virgin Territory"
Goof: When Mitchell first places his award on the mantel, the camera then cuts away to Alex, but when the shot returns to mantel, the award is in a different place.
In the season one episode Benched, Phil states, "It's like walking a tightrope, which by the way I can do because I went to trapeze school", however in this episode he hadn't walked a tightrope and it was a dream of his.
At the beginning of the episode, the television in the backround the tv was playing the commercial Lily filmed in Chirp.
When Gloria is looking through the kitchen drawer for birthday candles, everything she finds in there is from previous episodes:
• The keys that she lost -- she even says "I've been looking for these!" -- and the BB gun from Manny Get Your Gun
• The "Baby Jesus" from Halloween
• The Froot Loop Necklace from Mother's Day
Almost all of the video segments in the home video reference past episodes:
- Haley is wearing her cat costume from Halloween
- Gloria is aggravated over the barking dog next door from Unplugged
- Mitchell is rehearsing for the flash mob he joined in Manny Get Your Gun
- Phil is preparing for his Valentine's date from Bixby's Back
- Cam is dressing up as Fizbo for Lily's birthday party in Princess Party
- Claire is carrying one of the signs she was posting around the neighborhood in Slow Down Your Neighbors
- Luke was wearing the space helmet he wore in the episode Chirp, and you can hear the smoke alarm
Continuity Error: Jay is shooting pool with his brother and holding a glass partially filled with scotch, in the next shot, Jay's glass is only filled with ice cubes
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parents and children, large family, ensemble cast, Family Comedies, Mockumentaries