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Goldstein is supposed to be a Marine, but his haircut is definitely not Marine Corps standard, or any military branch standard, even for the early 1980's.
Ken Howard is the only cast member to appear in every episode of the entire series. Kevin Hooks, Byron Stewart, and Timothy Van Patten appeared in every episode but one ("Reunion"-part one in season 3).
Byron Stewart would transfer his character of Coolidge to St. Elsewhere years later. It was explained that Coolodge got an injury and gave up basketball.
When Rutherford complains to Mr. Mackey that Gerald got a 91 on the history test and "hadn't cracked a book all year", it's funny Rutherford would know that when he and Gerald weren't in the same class.
In a discussion with Mr. Mackey, Coach Reeves refers to Rutherford as his "power forward." From observing his play in this season, Rutherford's skills seem to match more of that of a small forward (outside shooting, ball-handling, quickness). Eddie Franklin and Falahey seem more like power forwards.
This is the final episode of the series to contain any in-game footage of the Carver basketball team.
Rutherford dunks in the exhibition game against the PAL Cougars, making him the only Carver player to dunk in an game besides Coolidge and Franklin.
At the tim eof this episode, Christina Pickles was married to show director/producer Victor Lobl. They divorced in 1985.
When Salami goes to the motel to beg Nick to come back, Nick offers him water. In the very next shot, Salami has a glass of water, but we never see either him getting it or Nick getting it for him.
When Salami and Vitaglia find the part at the junkyard, the old man who runs the junkyard doesn't have the dog at this side. But, when Salami asks about a job, there's the dog.
Last appearance of Robert Costanzo as Mario Pettrino, Sr. Mr. Pettrino is the only "player's parent" to appear in all three seasons and be played by the same actor/actress.
This is the last appearance for Roosevelt Grier in the recurring role of Ezra Davis.
In this episode, Carver loses to Keeler without Coolidge, who had a hurt ankle. In the Season 1 episode "Bonus Baby", Carver lost to Keeler after Reeves kicked Coolidge off the team for getting too cocky about the pros. In the Season 2 episode "No Place Like Home", Carver lost to Keeler again without Coolidge, who missed the game on purpose after Reeves blessed him out for messing up his apartment. So, Reeves went 0-3 against Keeler (in the regular season) and Coolidge never played against them.
When Rutherford asks Bill Russell if he misses playing in Boston, Russell replies "no" in no uncertain terms. Even though Russell had such great success with the Celtics, he greatly disliked playing and living in Boston because of perceived racism.
This is the first episode of the series where somebody besides Coolidge dunks in a game (new player Eddie Franklin).
In this episode, Salami asks Bill Russell for an autograph and Russell refuses. Throughout his career, Russell was known for refusing to sign autographs.
When Vitaglia whines about blowing $300 of the $500 he won at the horse track on the record deal, Rutherford tells him to just try his horse-betting "system" again. Vitaglia replies, 'what am I gonna use, records?' Well, Nick, do the math. You have $200 left in that passbook....
As the team is waiting for Coach Reeves to arrive for the game with South, Salami gets up and imitates Reeves and says he was team captain last year. Seems he forgot that he started the year as captain, was ousted (thanks to Albert Hodges), and Hayward became team captain last year.
In this episode, Reeves denies the team permission to miss practice to record their record and says their game coming up is with "South." However, as the team is waiting for Reeves to get to the gym before the game, we see footage from the Season 2 episode "Albert Hodges" of the opposing team waiting for Carver to come out on the floor. The opposing team's jerseys say "Tremont."
The team sings "A Teenager in Love" by Dion & the Belmonts in the shower in this episode, with Salami singing lead.