Trivia: Ruby, a barmaid who both Malcolm and Trip were in love with ("Shuttlepod One"), appears in this episode. She is portrayed by Brigid Brannagh.
Trivia: This episode reveals how/when Archer and Trip met.
Trivia: The episode reveals the meaning of Commander Tucker's nickname "Trip". His father and grandfather are both named Charles Tucker, thus he is Charles Tucker III (the third, or Triple, shortened to "Trip").
Flight Controller: We just got a call. New Berlin's detected the NX Beta.
Flight Controller: Internal sensors show it's still in the hangar.
Forrest: Has anyone bothered to look?
T'Pol: The readings could be misleading.
Archer: As Doctor Phlox would say, optimism.
T'Pol: Optimism doesn't alter the law of physics.
Robinson: (to Archer) You're a great pilot. Maybe as good as me. But you're never gonna get out into deep space by playing it safe. When the first warp 5 starship is built, it's captain won't be able to call home every time he needs to make a decision. He won't be able to turn to the Vulcans... unless he decides to take one with him.
Archer: You remember what Buzz Aldrin said when he stepped on the moon?
Archer: Nobody does because Armstrong went first.
The director of this episode, LeVar Burton, previously played Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The 602 Club seen in this episode was named after a tavern that had been in business from 1951 to 1994. Students at UW-Madison often spent time at the place, including Rick Berman during his college days.
Archer's rival, A.G. Robinson, is named after actor Andrew G. Robinson, who played Garak, the Cardassian spy/tailor in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Although credited, John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Dominic Keating (Lt. Malcolm Reed) and Anthony Montgomery (Ensign Travis Mayweather) do not appear in this episode.
Trip mentions working on an engineering team headed by a Captain Jefferies. The unseen character was named after Matt Jefferies, designer of the original Enterprise from The Original Series, and whom the Jeferries Tubes are named after.
The cockpit of the NX-Alpha/NX-Beta is a redress of the cockpit from the Phoenix, Cochrane's warp ship from the film Star Trek: First Contact.
Co-stars Kathy J. Grant, James D. Frey and Thomas P. Hunt served on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise during filming.
Buzz Aldrin's First Words on the Moon
Archer asked Ruby what Buzz Aldrin's first words were, to imply no one remembers because he was second on the Moon. But Aldrin's words were, "Looks like the secondary strut had a little thermal effects on it right here, Neil."