Victor French's final TV series. It has often been written that Michael Landon decided to end the series after French died of lung cancer. However, in actual fact it had already been agreed in June 1988 that the series would end because it was falling in the ratings.
Among Hollywood insiders, the show was known as "Jesus of Malibu".
In the clips from Part One at the beginning of Part Two, a clip from a scene between Mark and Leslie after Jonathan has brought Mark home after the fight outside the bar in which Mark voices his initial suspicions about Jonathan is shown. This scene was never shown in the actual broadcast of Part One.
The episode's title "Dust Child" refers to a name given to children born of American soldiers and Vietnamese women during the Vietnam conflict, but was used as a term of racial prejudice.
The comic book young Mark is reading on the bridge is Superman No. 1 (July 1939).
This episode was filmed at Hi Corbett Field, In Tuscon, Arizona; Home of the then-Tuscon Toros of the Pacific Coast League. The team name and logo was used and who were at the time, the top farm club of the Houston Astros.
The comic book Larry is reading in bed is Detective Comics #547 (February 1985).
Makeup artists Hank Edds, Gerald Quist, and Michael Westmore received Emmy nominations for their work in this segment. However, the names of Quist and Westmore do not appear during the show's end credits.
Bob Hope's last acting appearance on television or film.