Punky Brewster

Season 3 Episode 15

The Anniversary

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Nov 17, 1987 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Notice that the cemetery sets used at the end of the episode are embarrassingly fake. You can tell that it's a lot of cardboard and painted backgrounds, and nothing real.

    • This is a very heavy episode that showcases the shocking talent of young actress Cherie Johnson. Her emotional range in the cemetery scene makes you wonder why this girl's acting career wasn't more extensive--she clearly has a rare talent for emoting for the camera.

  • Quotes

    • Betty: Everyone handles grief in their own way. I cried for months after I lost my son and daughter-in-law, but Cherie keeps it all inside. I don't think that's good. I wish she could talk to somebody.

    • Cherie: (at her parents' gravesite) Punky, I don't know what to say!
      Punky: Just say what you feel.
      Cherie: Say what I feel. Hi. It's me again. (crying) Gee, there's so much I want to say to you. I don't even know where to start. Mom, I've been trying to eat all my vegetables, but it's really hard sometimes. Every time I look at a brussel sprout, I gag. And Dad, remember how you always said you wished you'd gone to college so you could be an architect? Well, that's what I've decided I want to be when I grow up. I'm gonna design big, beautiful buildings. And Grandma says I have a decent shot, because I'm good at drawing. (cries harder) You know, I miss you guys real bad, but you shouldn't have died! I needed you! And sometimes at night, when I'm in bed, I get really mad at you for leaving me, because a little girl shouldn't have to go without her parents, you know! And then I think that it's not you I'm mad at! It's me, because your accident would have never happened if you weren't on your way to pick me up from school. I just want you to know that I would have traded places with you if I could! Anyway, I'm sorry it took so long for me to come and see you, but I just felt so bad that I couldn't. But I'll be comng more often now with Grandma, okay? Good bye. (turns around, then turns back) I love you.

    • Punky: How dare you walk so fast!
      Cherie: What's going on?
      Punky: That's what I'd like to know! Why were you walking around in circles all day?
      Cherie: You were following me?
      Punky: I was trying to!

    • Cherie: Will you just please leave it alone?
      Punky: No, you went off by yourself last year, too. How come?
      Cherie: Punky, it's private!
      Punky: Cherie, I--
      Cherie: STOP IT!
      Punky: No! What's the big deal about May 9?!
      Cherie: IT'S THE DAY MY PARENTS DIED! (runs out in tears)

    • Cherie: It's none of your beeswax.
      Punky: We're best friends, we're supposed to share our beeswax!

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