In the first dinner sequence, the kitchen appliances are set up opposite from how they are throughout the rest of the series. The sink, oven, and counter are set up opposite from the the side with the kitchen door.
In gym class, the uniforms contain a different logo than they do in the rest of the series. In the pilot, the school logo is a wildcat standing for the "Kennedy Wildcats". After this episode, the school logo is an Indian.
Neal Marlens went to Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington. The maroon and white "Wildcats" mascot and logo that is used in "The Wonder Years" is the same as that of WWHS.
In this episode, Kevin says he has known Paul since Paul was 36 hours old. However, we later find out that Paul's birthday is March 14th and Kevin's is March 18th which makes that impossible.
Kevin watches a color television in this episode, though second season episode Christmas the kids bug their father to buy a color TV. Co-Producer and Story Editor Mark Perry posted this to alt.tv.wonder-years: "We've always attributed this to the fact that the adult Kevin's memory wasn't always 100% accurate. Too many drugs in the 70s???"
Kevin mentions that "Tuesday the 8th" was the day he bumped into Lisa Berlini in the hallway. In 1968, Tuesday the 8th was in October. The 8th of December would have fallen on a Sunday.
In this episode, Kevin is told that his parents had met when Jack called Norma when she worked at Macy's about returning a tie he had bought there. In episode 75, "Triangle", Norma says that they met a dance when Jack fought his best friend to win her over.
In this episode we learn that Kevin had a cocker spaniel which his mother had to put to sleep in 1964 when he was eight years old.
In this episode the mentioning of Carla Healey's name causes Paul to sneeze. This will not happen in the following episodes with her.
The bag Kevin had contained beer and cigarettes. Today, if you are caught with beer in school, you get expelled and arrested.
Karen wears glasses in this episode and this episode only.
At one point during the episode when Winnie is skating with Kirk, in the background, an Atari Pole Position video game cabinet is visible (with the ATARI logo disguised with black tape to make it say TATARE). Pole Position wouldn't be released until 1982.
When Kevin's family is razzing him about his new girlfriend Becky Slater, the narrator asks why moms' always talk about your love life at the dinner table, much like they feel it's their business to check the crotch area of your pants in the middle of a crowded clothing store and say "plenty of room in there." In season three, episode four, Kevin's mom makes a remark about how there's plenty of room in his crotch area when they are shopping for new pants. Kevin fantasizes about it, with a pa announcer saying "attention shoppers, attention all shoppers, plenty of room in Kevin Arnold's crotch area." This may have been a prelude of what's to come.
In the next shot after Wayne sucks the hamster into the vacuum, it is shown moving around in its cage in the background. That was the other hamster there were two in the cage. One hamster was named "weasey" and the other "puffy" for their project idea one hamster was given normal hamster food the other people food-cheese, crackers, root beer, etc. than they would put them in a maze one at a time and see which hamster on which food got to the end of the maze the fastest.
At the end of this episode where Paul was picked last for gym basketball, a scene is shown of an older Kevin and Paul is still playing basketball many years later and Paul still throws it over the backboard like he did so often that episode. However, compared to episode 54, where Paul plays on the basketball team and becomes a much better player.
Kevin Arnold's birthday is March 18th.
In this episode Paul's middle name is mentioned: Joshua.
In this episode Paul's bar mitzvah is set, according to tradition, for the first Saturday after his 13th birthday; set for March 18. This conflicts with Kevin's 13th birthday "party" that actually falls on that Saturday. Funny, March 18, 1969 was a Tuesday. March 18th does not even fall on a Saturday in 1968 or 1970.
Cantwell sings (if you can call it singing!) to a record of La vie en rose, a popular song from Paris in the 20s.
Last day of school and the start of summer holidays, so when the school bell rings for the last time at the end of the school day the kids come running out the door if you look closely you will also see a dog running out if you don't see the dog you hear it bark.
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pressures of high school, young love, Coming of Age, teen angst, parents and children