Director Caleb Deschanel is married to Mary Jo Deschanel, who plays Mrs. Hayward. They have two daughters, actress Zooey Deschanel (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and actress Emily Deschanel (Bones)
This episode takes place on: Wednesday, March 1 - Thursday, March 2
GOOF: The episode begins with a shot of a half-moon. However, in the previous episode (ie: the previous evening), the moon was shown as full. The moon could not have cycled so quickly.
Cooper: Do you like to gamble Ed?
Big Ed: Well, I went to Reno once but I never felt too lucky.
Cooper: You're gonna be lucky tonight. This is ten thousand dollars of the bureau's money. Whenever I gamble with the company's stake I always like to bring back a ten to fifteen percent return. How much would you like to start with? How about three hundred? And Ed, the suit is perfect.
Big Ed: Nadine, there's plenty of patent attorneys. We're just gonna have to keep on looking until we find one that understands drape runners.
Cooper: Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it, don't wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair or (gesturing at two cups of coffee) two cups of good hot black coffee. Like this.
Truman: A present? Like Christmas?
Cooper: (Taking a sip) Ah, man that hits the spot. Nothing like a great cup of black coffee.
Laura: (On tape) What's up doc? Just a few words before I go to sleep. I feel like I'm going to dream tonight. Big bad ones. You know, the kind you like. Its easier talking into the recorder. I guess I feel I can say anything. All my secrets. The naked ones. I know you like those doc. I know you like me too. That'll be my little secret, okay? Just like your coconut. Why is it so easy to make men like me? And I don't even have to try very hard. Maybe, if it was harder...
Cooper: Now I'm going to go down and get us two malts and some fries downstairs. Then I want you to tell me all your troubles.
Audrey: That could take all night.
Cooper: The night is young. Now I'm going to get the food and you're going to get dressed.
Audrey: I can't tell you all my secrets.
Cooper: Secrets are dangerous things Audrey.
Audrey: Do you have any?
Audrey: Laura had a lot of secrets.
Cooper: Finding those out is my job.
Log Lady intro:
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet there are those who open many eyes. Eyes are the mirror of the soul, someone has said. So we look closely at the eyes to see the nature of the soul."
"Sometimes when we see the eyes--those horrible times when we see the eyes, eyes that ... that have no soul--then we know a darkness, then we wonder: where is the beauty? There is none if the eyes are soulless."
Waldo the Bird: Laura... Laura... Don't go there... Hurting me... Hurting me... Stop it... Stop it... Leo no... Leo no...
This episode was included in Sherilyn Fenn's Emmy nomination in 1990.
When this episode was rebroadcast by ABC in the summer of 1990, it was combined with Episode 5 for a two-hour special.
Rating: 10.6/7; Number 40 for the week.
A.K.A. "Realization Time"
The aliases assumed by Cooper and Big Ed at One Eyed Jack's, Barney and Fred, are a clear reference to The Flintstones, a popular children's cartoon.
Audrey's spying on Battis through the slats of the closet is very similar to the scene in Lynch's "Blue Velvet" where MacLachlan spies on Dennis Hopper's character from inside a closet.
When Cooper enters the police station near the beginning of the episode with his pennywhistle, he plays part of the flying saucer's "tune" from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
The insurance salesman, Mr. Neff, is named for the character in the classic noir film Double Indeminty.
Blackie: "I read the Scarlett Letter in high school just like you, sweetheart."
Audrey Horne takes "Hester Prynne" as her undercover name at One Eyed Jack's. this is the name of the lead character from the classic novel The Scarlet Letter.