When John's icebreaker line to Suzanne is a marriage proposal, is strains belief that neither of Suzanne's two friends have nothing at all to say.
John: So, what do you want to do first, get married or go bowling?
Suzanne: Bowling first. That way, if the marriage doesn't work, it won't screw up my game.
John: In my mind, it's all connected. You get married, you have kids, you grow old and then you die. Somehow to me, if you didn't get married, you wouldn't die.
Mrs. Carruthers: We've always tried to instill in our daughter the good grace to conceal virtually everything from us.
Alex: She hasn't told you anything?
Mr. Carruthers: Not since 1971.
Bobby: Hey, you got rid of her, that's great.
John: No, we're staying married.
Bobby: Congratulations, she's a wonderful girl.
Alex (after reading Suzanne's "Dear John" letter to John): That's a nice letter. I read it nicely.
Dolph Sweet, who played Mr. Carruthers, is best known for his role as Chief Carl Kanisky on Gimme a Break!
10 years later, Judd Hirsch would play the title character on "Dear John".
The beer chugger in this episode, William "The Fox" Foster, appeared on the first season of Comedy Central's The Man Show as the beer chugging piano player and announcer. At the end of the first season of The Man Show in 2000, he passed away.