The Wonder Years

The Powers That Be

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 1/23/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Trouble begins in the Arnold household when Grandpa Arnold arrives and gives Kevin a dog - a responsibility Jack doesn't think Kevin can handle.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fred Savage

    Kevin Arnold

  • Jason Hervey

    Wayne Arnold

  • Alley Mills

    Norma Arnold

  • Dan Lauria

    Jack Arnold

  • Josh Saviano

    Paul Pfeiffer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Narrator: And for some reason, maybe the way he said it, I began to understand. He wasn't giving me an order. My dad, was asking me for help. That morning, as I stood with the man who was my father... The son of my grandfather, the man who would one day be the grandfather of my son's...I realized something. That not all gifts are simple. That some battles are fought out of love.

    • Jack: I think we need a dog. You, me, gramps...I think we need to do this.

    • Narrator: I wanted them to tell me why they were fighting. Why they kept hurting each other like this. Why it was that the two men who meant the whole world to me...had to act like - children. But most of all, I just wanted them to stop.

    • Narrator: From the pawn...through the established ranks...to the lord and master of all things great and small. But one week out of the year, a force would blow into town that even my father could not control... Grampa Arnold.

    Notes (3)

    • Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) does not appear in this episode, although she is featured in the opening credits.

    • Guest David Huddleston received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category for his work in this episode.

    • Featured Music: "Walkin' the Dog" by Rufus Thomas "Turn! Turn! Turn!" The Byrds

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode title: The powers that be is a phrase used to refer to any group that holds power over a certain entity: politicians, television and film writers, CEOs, etc. It actually originated from the Bible (Romans 13:1).

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