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In this episode, Erin complains that her boyfriend, Chad, is having to build his mountain cabin all alone. Yet in the closing narration to The Elopement, we were told she spent most of her free time helping him build it.
When Zeb asks Jim Bob what is on the radio, Jim Bob tells him it is 'Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy'. Edgar Bergen was the actor who played Zeb in The Homecoming. He did indeed have a radio show in the late thirties in which he voiced a character named Charlie McCarthy.
One of the headstones on the mountain is for a Floyd Walton, who is named as the son of Henry and Martha Corinne. The inscription gives his year of birth as 1898, making him 28 years younger than his nearest brother, and making Martha Corinne 51 years old when he was born. None of the characters ever mentions Floyd, not even his own mother, and this headstone is the only evidence for him in the whole series.
We learn Ike Godsey's automobile license plate number is 39-4857.
Though uncredited, 'The Rhythm Kings' appear and perform in this episode.
The sign outside Yancy Tucker's house spells his name 'Yancey', even though the character has always appeared in the credits as 'Yancy'.
When Jim Bob and Elizabeth are in the barn, Jim Bob says "thanks" without moving his mouth.
Goofs: during the baptism scene there are several. First one is after corabeth returns to the bank and they cut to mamie and Emily if you look close the little girl getting dunked looks likes she's already been in the water the whole front of her is soaked though hair's not. Second goof is that Mary ellen doesn't get baptized. Third goof is when at the end if you look at the crowd erin looks like she has wet hair but she'd already been baptized according to a comment made earlier in the episode. Cora beth also looks like she's wearing something blue under her robe but it doesn't show except near her neck and not at all through robe,. What does show looks darker than what did before and not even really blue
Eduard Franz, who plays Colonel Linville in this episode, previously appeared as Olivia's Uncle Cody in 'The Courtship' (1x18).
The song Grandma wants Jason to play for her and which he later plays at the recital is "Carry Me back to Old Virginny". The next song at the recital is "Cindy (Get Along Home, Cindy, Cindy)".
While the family is outside watching the house burn if you look in the front door you can see a person moving about.
Jim Bob's date of birth is given as 13th January 1923 in this episode, yet in 'The Runaway' (3x05), it was given as 13th June 1924.
We learn Jim Bob was born on January 13, 1923 with his twin brother Joseph Zebulan, who died at birth.
In the episode "The Secret," there is a frame while Elizabeth is outside (with a basket) talking to Jim Bob about his possible "abandonment on the steps" or having been "left by Gypsies," where she is wearing a red sweater. When she goes into the house to talk to Grandma and her mother, she is not wearing the sweater. Later on, outside, she is wearing it again.
When Wade is in jail, John refers to him as Boon's nephew, yet in 'The Conflict' (3x01) Boon refers to Wade as his grandson.
A.J. Covington appears again, though the narrative that concluded "The Literary Man" indicated he was never heard from again.
When John and Ben drive into the Maddens' yard (at 43:41) a crew member in a bright orange jacket and cap can clearly be seen ducking behind an old van.
When Jason and Ben are teasing Jim-Bob and Porthos (the guinea pig) about where they are going to sleep, they tell Jim-Bob he can sleep in the barn with Chance. Chance died in season 2's "The Graduation".
The closing narration has John-Boy mentioning Mary Ellen is married to a college professor. In truth, she married a doctor and a veterinarian through the course of the series and reunion movies.
Correction - Mary Ellen's 2nd husband Jonesy, was a professor at Boatwright University :)
This is the only episode to date that doesn't end with the exterior of the Walton house and the family members telling each other goodnight.