While Punky is trying to negotiate Spud's price for "101 Plot Outlines of Famous Novels" down, she was holding the book in her left hand. It mysteriously disappears while Spud is suggesting she change her name to Flunky, with nothing shown to suggest that Punky put it down or gave it back to Spud.
This episode was based on Soleil Moon Frye's real-life reaction to the Challenger space shuttle explosion.
This is the first and only episode where Punky refers to Henry as "Dad", at the part when she enters his room and assumes that he is adopting her. From here on out, she calls him by his first name.
Judith Barsi (Anna), who was seven years old when this episode aired, was the daughter of two Hungarian immigrants. Her father shot her and her mother to death in 1988, just a month and a half after Judith's tenth birthday. Judith did some other acting work, and you may recognize her as the voice of Ducky in the original Land Before Time film.
Notice when Margo is doing CPR on the dummy she isn't bending her arms. When Margo is doing CPR on Cherie she's bending her arms. Also notice when Margo is first doing chest compressions on Cherie she isn't pressing down on her chest.
Bonnie Urseth (Linda) also played the role of Sister Mary, in Season One's "Take Me Out To The Ballgame".
A full "Just Say No to Drugs" campaign was launched for kids to go along with this episode. On April 26, 1985, actress Cherie Johnson led a rally in California, and Soleil Moon Frye led one in Atlanta, Georgia. There were rallies going on all over the country that day, and thousands of children participated. Clips from Frye's rally were shown right after this episode and narrated by the actor who played Mike Fulton.
When Punky and Cherie are "inducted" into the Chicklets Club, they are forced to drink a concoction made up of one raw egg, ketchup, mustard, and horseradish. When everything is mixed together, it is a dark red color, as you can see on screen. But when the two girls drink it, it is more pinkish, obviously something tastier and drinkable for the actresses to consume on camera.
During the hilarious cheating scene, which was about 3 minutes long and almost completely devoid of dialogue, the classroom's clock was shown 4 times. The first time it appeared (when Punky looked at it at the beginning of the test), the time displayed was 11:30am. However the second time Punky looked at it, it was showing 10:50am! The third time, though, it displayed 11:58am...and the last time 12 Noon, when the bell rang and the test was over. Ooops.
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?
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.
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.
Allyn Ann McLerie, also appeared in part 3 of, "Punky Finds a Home".
Allyn Ann McLerie is George Gaynes's wife.
We don't have trivia for Play It Again, Punky (Punky In The Record Business).
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.
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.
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."
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.