Mirroring the situation of the Novelette character, cast member's Trey Anthony, Ordena-Stephens Thompson and Conroy Stewart were all cared for by family members for a time, while a parent built a life for them in Canada and later sent for them.
The episode where Joy sells jerk chicken at Toronto's summer Caribana festival was actually shot on a cold day in October. Trey Anthony had to film scenes in a skimpy outfit while the crew wore parkas.
Trey Anthony only appears briefly in episode #7 because she had to miss days of shooting to fly to London, England for the opening night of the play. In the episode, the character of Joy is visiting her mother in Jamaica.