Narrator: On the afternoon of March 21, 1973, at exactly 2.15 PM, a rare astronomical event occurred - a total eclipse of the sun. As the sun, the moon and the earth began to move in line... so did we. A field trip. It was a chance to bring education to the unwashed masses of the junior class. Like Harlan Abramson, McKinley's living monument to polyunsaturated fats. Or Mary Jo Genaro. Senior year, she became the first girl at McKinley to take her parole officer to the prom. Louis Lanahan. When mankind discovered fire, they had not quite counted on Louis. And so, in a cloud of smoke and a mighty Hi-ho, Silver!... we were on the way to the Nierman planetarium. Thirty-four students and one teacher on the road to higher education - such as it was. All in all it was the lead opportunity to exchange ideals outside the confines of the classroom. To expand the boundaries of higher education. To go where no man had gone before.
Narrator: I guess you can say that the laws of nature aren't always predictable. Still, when it came to matters of cause and effect... I think we managed to learn a thing or two. Perhaps that day, despite all the chaos, there really were cosmic forces at work. Forces so powerful, so profound, they defied all our attempts of rational explanation. I mean, hey, it had taken only five-thousand years to understand the moon... So, maybe, we were making progress. Then again, when it came down to it, may be, we learned enough for one day.
Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold), Alley Mills (Norma Arnold), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold) & Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer) do not appear in this episode even they are featured in the opening credits.
This episode was filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA.
"Truckin'" by The Grateful Dead
After Louis blows up the plumbing of the museum, you can hear him say "Top of the World, Ma!" This is a reference to the movie White Heat and James Cagney's character "Cody Jarrett" who says something very similar just before a spectacular explosion at the end of the film.
Winnie tells Kevin that he reminds her of Beaver Cleaver, a reference to the starring character of the show Leave It To Beaver which aired in the late 50's and early 60's.