This episode's opening footage shows a clip of baseball player Joe DiMaggio during his famous hitting streak of 1941. The footage depicts DiMaggio wearing jersey number 9. However, he only wore that number during his rookie season of 1936. For the rest of his career, including 1941, DiMaggio actually wore number 5.
The old family photos in the beginning of this episode has Dan Lauria, and Alley Mills (Jack and Norma Arnold) airbrushed in the photographs.
Norma answers the rotary dial telephone in the living room. If you look closely, the receiver has a modular connector. They didn't have this in 1970. Modular connectors were introduced in 1976 on telephones.
When the family is in the kitchen and Norma is admiring her new stove, the advertisement on the back page of the Los Angeles Free Press newspaper Karen is holding reads, "THE STEVE MILLER _AN_ SAILS INTO THE WHISKY _ _O-_O," and, to the right, it says "2-6." Some characters (represented by underscores) are blacked out, and the paper should read, "THE STEVE MILLER BAND SAILS INTO THE WHISKY A GO-GO." The Steve Miller Band did play at the Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood, California, on October 2-6, 1968 - two years before this episode takes place.
When Kevin goes to the jewelry store to buy another ID Bracelet, he gets the salesman to show him a tray of bracelets, they flash to Kevin looking at the bracelets, then flash to the salesman, where you can clearly see the tray of bracelets still on the display shelf behind him!
At the Labor Day picnic, Wayne smashes into the Arnolds' family car, and Jack gets hit in the forehead with a batted baseball. The next morning, as the family prepares to send Karen off to college, the car is undamaged and Jack's eye has completely healed.
The ball hit by Kevin hits Jack in his right eye, but later on we see Jack wearing a patch over his left eye.
Kevin refers to himself as being 13 years old, but if you figure it out, he should be 14 by this time.
This is Fred Savage's favorite episode.
After Kevin's first hit at tryouts, Paul says "you swung so late, you put it in the opposite field." However, Kevin actually pulled the ball into the outfield between second and third base. If he had been late, the ball would have landed toward right field. Also, during his home run trot in the final scene, Kevin does not touch third base.
The Apollo 13 explosion occurred on the night of April 13, 1970. In this episode the next morning after the explosion is a Saturday. However, April 14, 1970 was actually a Tuesday.
Paul is chronologically out-of-sequence when they tell their autobiographies.
Kevin comes home from school to watch the liftoff of Apollo 13. Apollo 13 lifted off on Saturday, April 11, 1970.
Take a good look at Hobson's neck during the lunch scene where Robbie Hudson invites everyone to his party. He seems to have a rather large hicky on his left side.
Carla hits Paul in his right cheek when they are in the cafeteria, but when Kevin sees Paul in the hall, Paul is holding his left cheek.
Robbie Hudson walks away from Kevin and Winnie after giving them the invite, but in the next shot he is standing there again.
How could there have been school on Valentine's Day (as well as a history test the next day, which Kevin asked Winnie if they wanted to study together for), because it fell on a Saturday in 1970?
Paul says he's been dating Carla for 3 months. Didn't Paul start dating Carla last season?
Kevin enters in the lunch hall and looks at Susan Fisher. In the meantime his shoulders (with his recognizable dark green shirt) appear behind Susan in the nearest table. In the next sequence Kevin is still on foot at the entrance.
In science class, Kevin takes off his protective glasses. He turns around and then in the next shot he is wearing them again.
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