In the entire series, Henry's room is never shown.
Actress Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Punky Brewster, but she was unsuccessful. She and Soleil Moon Frye are very close friends in real life, and they even have children who are the same ages (Hart has two sons, and Frye has two daughters). Frye was on many episodes of Hart's popular series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
This is actress Cherie Johnson's favorite episode (she plays herself on the show). She enjoys watching it so much because it was her first acting job, and she was so young and inexperienced, she ended up shrugging her shoulders and waving her arms around a lot. Johnson fondly remembers how she "didn't know what she was doing" at the time.
We don't have trivia for Punky Finds a Home (2)
Watch for a funny moment in the courtroom scene, when Randi accidentally whacks Henry in the mouth with a stack of papers in her hands. This was an accident, obviously, but they decided to keep it in.
This is the first (but not the last) time that a regular 30-minute episode of Punky Brewster was replaced with two separate little 15-minute stories. This was done in case Monday night football ran late, and that way, they could show a 15-minute episode of Punky instead of cancelling it altogether.
When Punky thought that Henry abandoned her at the store, she walked back to the apartment by herself. How did she get in without a key?
We don't have trivia for Walk Pool / Gone Fishin'.
Bonnie Urseth plays Sister Mary in this episode. The actress can be seen again in a much more complex and heartbreaking role in Season 2's The Gift.
This is Ami Foster's first appearance as snooty recurring character Margaux Kramer. Foster actually auditioned for the role of Punky, and although they knew she wasn't right for that role, the casting crew liked her so much that they offered her the part of Margaux. Initially, Margaux's long-term role on the show was unclear, but they ended up keeping her in the cast for all four years.
Graduates of the Juan Epstein School of Fake Note Writing?
Punky's fake note to the school nurse reads: "Dear Nurse Williams. I am Punky Brewster's Foster Father, honest I am. Punky has never had any lness and does not need her booztor shott. Love and kisses, Henry Warnimont."
Cherie's note reads: "Dear Nurse Williams, Cherie is fine. See ya around! Betty Johnson."
Cherie Johnson, who plays herself in this episode, has said in previous interviews that she always had a huge crush on Andy Gibb. She even invited him to her birthday party the same year this episode was filmed, and he came and played miniature golf with the kids all day. He also gave Cherie a cross necklace as a gift, which she still has.
The look on Henry's face after Punky confessed to throwing out his favorite pipe (as revenge for Henry throwing out My earlier...a fantasy of many kids who've had a beloved old toy thrown away) is priceless, and he sounded dazed when he forgave Punky for it.
Allyn Ann McLerie is George Gaynes's wife.
We don't have trivia for Play It Again, Punky (Punky In The Record Business).
Allyn Ann McLerie, also appeared in part 3 of, "Punky Finds a Home".
It's a bit of a stretch that after a full month of dating, Maggie never asked Henry how he happened to have an 8-year-old foster daughter. It's a pretty big deal for an unmarried man in his 60's to take in a little girl, and yet it obviously never came up until much later.
Although Punky loathes Conrad in this episode, the actor who played him (Chad Allen) went on to play Punky's romantic interest in Season 4's The Dilemma.
Punky won the Doll, when Brandon picked the paper out of Henry's Hat
Betty says she can't go get the dolls for the girls because the hospital where she works has her on call. However, just seconds later, they talk Henry into going to the store for the dolls, and Betty offers to stay with the kids while he's gone. He ends up being away until nighttime. What happened to Betty having to work?