While Miss Rhode Island sings there is an audience shot with Merv Griffin visible in the front row. Merv Griffin is mentioned in other episodes.
When Elaine and Jerry are in Yankee Stadium at the beginning of the episode, Elaine is wearing a Baltimore Orioles hat. In "The Letter" (season 3, episode 21), Elaine was thrown out of Yankee Stadium for refusing to take off her Orioles hat.
Aside from the pilot; this is the only season opener that doesn't show the coffee shop.
Elaine mentions that they are looking for someone to replace Jackie Onassis at Doubleday. That would be a timely reference since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in May of 1994 and this episode aired in September of the same year. Jackie Onassis had worked as an editor for Doubleday since her husband's death (Aristotle Onassis) in 1975.
When Jerry tells George about meeting Miss Rhode Island he also mentions that he'll be going to Atlantic City for the weekend (where the pageant will be held). However, later in the episode, George asks Jerry where he's going and Jerry tells him, as if it's the first time, that he's going to Atlantic City.
This is the first episode where Jerry uses his famous catch-phrase: "That's a shame." And although Jerry continues to use it as his own through the rest of the series, George is the one who first says it at the end of this episode. Jerry then copies it just seconds later.
Kramer: These doves were murdered.
(watching Miss Rhode Island sing)
Jerry: It's like watching an animal get tortured.
Jerry: I'm going out with one of the Miss America contestants. You want to go?
Kramer: What state?
Jerry: Rhode Island.
Kramer: They're never in contention.
Jerry: Hot dog?
Miss Rhode Island: No thanks. I'm watching my weight.
Jerry: Oh. I'm watching my height. My doctor doesn't want me to get any taller.
Announcer: Mattingly just split his pants!
Jerry: Ah, that's a shame.
Kramer: (singing) There she is…Miss Amer-
Jerry: Oh, shut the f*** up.
Announcer #1: And the Yankees take the field!
Announcer #2: What is with the Yankees? They look like they're having trouble running, they can't move!
Announcer #1: It's their uniforms, they're too tight, they've shrunk! They're running like penguins! Forget this game!
Jerry: So you're Miss Rhode Island? I was almost named Mr. Coffee, they felt I was a little too relaxed.
Kramer: Let's try a few more questions, alright? If you were Miss America, and the U.S. was on the brink of a nuclear war, and the only way the conflict could be averted was if you agreed to sleep with the enemy's leader, what would you do?
Kramer: Now if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: poise counts! It's just as important as the others. Swimsuit! Evening wear! Talent! POISE!
(after Kramer has just shouted at Jerry for killing Karen's doves)
George: What was that all about?
Jerry: Oh, it was just Kramer. Apparently I killed Miss Rhode Island's doves with the bucket of water last night.
George: (with 100 percent apathy and insensitivity) Huh.
Elaine: I was a great admirer of Mrs. Onasis'...s...s.
Elaine: All right, all right. Look. I don't have grace. I don't want grace. I don't even say grace. Okay?!
Jerry: Goodnight Ollie.
George: Goodnight Stan.
Reference to early movie comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Jerry mentions Mr Coffee while sitting in Yankee Stadium. Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio found a second career as spokesman for the Mr Coffee coffeemaker in the late 60s to the early 80s.
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