Thomas Schlamme won the 1999 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. This episode was the one submitted for judging.
When Natalie comes into Isaac's office when he and Dana are talking, you can see the boom mike dipping rather obviously into the picture.
The subplot about Isaac being unable to remember the lyrics to "How are things in Glocca Morra" was cut from the first season episode which bore that name due to Robert Guillaume's real life stroke.
The issues between Dan and his father in this episode become a continuing storyline for Dan's character and tie to the first season episode 'The Apology' where Dan admits guilt (as he feels he was a poor role model) over the death of his younger brother.
The Kyle Whitaker of the title is Dana's little brother, and his two sacks were on Monday Night Football.
When Dan is doing the teaser and gets frustrated when he can't properly say "Yevgeny" (Kafelnikov) during the extended patter, he takes off his headphones and shoves them onto the mike, causing it to point downward and for the protective foam pad/tip to fall off. A fraction of a second later, when the camera cuts back towards Jeremy for the reverse angle after Dan has left, the mike is pointed back upwards and the foam tip is back on the end of it.
Episode "Dear Louise" it is revealed that Dana went to all girls schools ... so how is it that a guy named Cab Calloway got into her spanish class?
Sam Donovon ends his tiny speech to the crew by saying "I won't make fools of you," which is also the last thing Dan says to Rebecca to get her to date him in "Dana and the Deep Blue Sea."
This is not the first time Dan hasn't worn dress pants during the show-within-a-show Sports Night broadcast. In the pilot, the opening scene shows him in shorts, and in the closing scene he wears jeans.
Casey:I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Danny. I have information most people don't have. It's my cross to bear.
Phi Beta Kappa is considered by many the most prestigious honour society for arts and science undergrads.
They have houses in such places as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and other Ivy League Colleges.
Continuity Gaff: During the final scene, Casey, Dan, Jeremy and Natalie are talking and drinking. Casey is holding two different coffee mugs -- sometimes a Yahoo! branded mug, sometimes a plain white mug.
Editing Gaff: At the end you see Dan, Natalie, Jeremy and Casey talking. Casey is standing with the other three around him. Natalie says: "The thing is with you Casey I never heard it." Casey says "Heard what?" Natalie turns to Dan and asks if he heard it. The camera shot changes and you're looking at Casey, Dan, and Jeremy from Natalie's point of view. For some reason Jeremy starts to talk. Although you can't hear it, you can see his lips moving. In fact he looks exactly the same when he finally does talk a few seconds later.
Natalie: Good News! Pluto isn't being demoted as a planet.
This has since actually happened. As of August 2006 Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
This episode carried directly over from the episode of SPIN CITY that aired before it. Sports Night (the fictional Sports news program the SPORTS NIGHT takes place at) is on a TV screen at the end of the Spin City Episode "INTERNAL AFFAIRS", with Casey doing a story, that scene continued without interruption. The camera pulled into a closeup of the TV screen and then when Sports Night began, it panned off the screen (which had become a studio monitor) to reveal Casey and Dan in the studio.
Dana's fear of fish is a subject of comment. The technical term for this is ichthyophobia.
It seems odd that Tennessee Western University would be in Chattanooga, as the city of Chattanooga is in the far south and eastern part of the state.
In this episode they list the show's website as "www.csc/sportsnight.com" which is, of course, not a possible web address, as slashes are not allowed where shown.
Jeremy's reasoning as to why Natalie can't have a full house is flawed. He mentions how she has 3 7's, but Dan folded one of the 6's she needed and he had the other one. But of course there are many ways to have a full house. In addition to the 7's, any pair would do, not just 6's.
Isaac mentions leaving his 1.5 acre property in New Canaan, Connecticut, and coming to work in a 54-story glass high rise. Although the show's exteriors are always the late World Trade Center's Twin Towers, Isaac's description means the studio is not in the towers.
This episode reveals more details about the characters. Besides the 16-year-old daughter described in the last episode, Isaac has an older daughter Cathy, who is married to Douglas, a radar officer in the navy. They live in San Francisco.