- Awesome Music: "Hey There", "Once-a-Year Day", "There Once Was a Man" and "Steam Heat".
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Act 2's opening number, "Steam Heat". It has nothing to do with the rest of the musical, and contains some of the weirdest choreography in any musical at the time.
- Fridge Horror: Hinesie's violent outbursts of jealousy are indicative of an abusive relationship. Especially horrifying when you consider how women weren't exactly considered equal partners in the era this story takes place in.
- After the scene in Hernando's, Prez takes a very drunk Gladys home. Prez. The serial sexual harasser is left alone with a semi-incapacitated woman. The script doesn't even go there (see below; it never treats Prez as actually dangerous, just quirky), but imagine what could have happened. And who'd have believed Gladys?
- Values Dissonance: Prez basically sexually harasses every woman he works with (it starts before the first song does!), but it's written as a lovable quirk. During "Her Is", him chasing an increasingly uncomfortable Gladys around stage is Played for Laughs. Same with Brenda's "don't go down in them woods, honey" line after he pulls her offstage and she returns—it reads like he groped her, but it's a joke.
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