Simon Oakland makes his first of three appearances as rival private investigator Vern St. Cloud.
Jim: Okay Vern, what's your problem? Rabies?
Vern St. Cloud: Why you're on a real crusade, aren't you. You're a regular Sir Guinevere!
Answering Machine: This is Department of the Army. Our records show you are the Rockford, James who failed to turn in his service automatic in May 1953. Contact us at once!
The title of this episode is from a saying; Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me). The meaning is that something that is said or written about you cannot hurt you as much as a physical assault or abuse.