Executive producer Paul Feig had originally planned to do a storyline based on the wrenching real-life process of integration that his high school went through. When NBC nixed this idea, a subplot where Sam and an African-American student compare their histories of suffering was written; the network gave it the OK.
A reference is made to the death of John Bonham the legendary drummer of Led Zepplin. He died on September 25, 1980 so the approximate date of this episode is a week later around October 2 or so.ETM Harold made a wisecrack about the Sex Pistols which made it sound like the band was still active. The episode was supposed to be set in 1980, but the Sex Pistols had already broken up in early 1978.ETM How can Cindy be a designated driver? She is in the same grade as Sam, so she couldn't be older than 15. ETM