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Arnetia Walker (Champagne Jones) sings "I've Got You Under My Skin."
This was scheduled to air on April 18, 2001, but CBS pulled it and subbed in an Everybody Loves Raymond rerun.
The final draft of the script is dated October 2, 2000.
This was scheduled to air on April 4, 2001, but CBS pulled it and subbed in a JAG rerun.
If CBS had actually aired this episode, it would've appeared completely out of order to fans of the show -- Pino had not yet met Meryl.
In this episode, Jason Batemen refers to "Parcher & Murphy." Parcher & Murphy would later show up in another series created and executive produced by Marc Cherry, Desperate Housewives, as the advertising agency where Lynette obtains employment.
The Burt Bacharach song, "This Guy's in Love with You," is used in this episode.
The final draft of the script is dated October 4, 2000.
The Fine Young Cannibals song "She Drives Me Crazy" is used in this episode (though it's performed by another artist).
CBS had no faith in this show, so this episode was aired on a special night, following "Everybody Loves Raymond." More than likely, this was aired to drive the final stake into the coffin (this was without a doubt the worst episode of the series -- so much so that the writers actually apologized to the cast for the bad writing). CBS was looking to cancel the series and the easiest way to do it was by airing a low-rated episode in a high-profile timeslot.
The final draft of the script is dated October 23, 2000.
The series is based on the 1997 movie "Kiss Me Guido". The title "Kiss Me, Guido" was considered for the series (as well as the working title, "Me and Frankie Z."), but eventually the name was changed to "Some of My Best Friends."
Two very different, yet very similar, versions of this episode exist. The original 24 minute pilot, "Kiss Me Guido," is nearly verbatim to the version that aired. However, the majority of the scenes were reshot and a different actress (Josette DiCarlo) played Connie Zito. The original version begins with Frankie in a confession booth, but his talk with the priest is soon interrupted by his parents. From then on, most of the scenes play exactly the same, with minor dialogue changes here and there. Peter J. Spears and Tim Maculan play the same guest-starring roles in both versions, but both actors have a lot of different dialogue in the unaired version. In addition, Meryl is simply the building manager, not Warren's sister.