The Wonder Years

Season 5 Episode 24

Broken Hearts and Burgers

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Aired Unknown May 13, 1992 on ABC
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Broken Hearts and Burgers
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Kevin is torn between whether to try getting back with Winnie or just enjoying his time at the diner with friends. Includes flashbacks of Winnie in the pilot, "Steady as She Goes," "Nemesis," "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation," among many others. There is also a flashback to Becky Slater in "Just Between You and Me and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky," to Lisa Berlini in "Dance with Me" and to Madeline in "It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World."moreless

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  • If only Kevin (or any 16 year old) see the forest instead of just the trees . . .

    10
    When I watched this episode the first time, I felt the frustration Kevin was going through with the ups and downs of dealing with Winnie. Seeing the episode again confirmed yet again this frustration and my feeling the smartest thing for Kevin would have been to drop Winnie once and for all.

    Oh, I understand why he wouldn't and why the writers wouldn't and hindsight is 20/20 (for the most part), but still if when you're 16 you could see the forest instead of just the trees, life would be so much easier.

    Maybe the reason why the viewership dropped off so much in the last two seasons was because of how the writers couldn't get past Kevin and Winnie fighting and making up. Maybe if the sixth season explored serious relationship issue, such as being gay the viewers might have come back and/or stayed around to see what was in the next episode (instead of feeling like it was same old, same old).

    Gay you ask for a series set in the 70's? Yeah, gay ... I'm a kid of the 70's -- leaving HS in '74 and going to college ... maybe my Mother was progressive, but she told me how she had gay friends from college (the 1950s). Yeah, other family members weren't as open minded, and there would be the issues and conflicts of the times. Besides gay, there was race, war (yeah, done, but could always look at it different, as in I remember having to register and think about my number coming up (even at 16 it was on my mind). All I'm saying is the series left stuff on the table by simply rehashing stuff viewers were over with and this episode certain helped this viewer see this clearly.moreless
  • Although basically a clip show, this episode contains many flashbacks that highlight the growing relationship between Kevin and Winnie. If you keep a tape with 6 or so of the most important episodes, this should be one of them.moreless

    9.6
    Although we should have known, most real fans of the show didn't realize (or refused to see) that the series was winding down by this point. Some may consider this just a filler episode, but many of the series most poignant scenes are included here. The happy ending continued to lead us to believe that Kevin and Winnie were destined to ride off into the sunset together (little did we know). Fred Savage and Danica McKellar virtualy grew up before our eyes, and the growth in their respective performances are highlighted well in this episode. It's a tearjerker for sure; even more so now that we know how the series ends (I challenge anyone to keep dry eyes during the last few minutes, if for no other reason than because of the song that's playing). Kevin's life during the 6 seasons of the show mirrored mine so much that I always found it almost spooky. Because of that, I've always had a special bond with the show. I hate to admit it, but I was stunned when I read that the series finale would have Kevin and Winnie basically go their seperate ways (which should have made no sense to anyone who watched all 6 seasons of the show). If ever two people were meant for each other, it was Kevin and Winnie (yes, I do know it was a TV show, but still). This episode, more than many, makes that abundantly clear. It saddens me even now, 15 years later, that the series ended the way it did. This is one episode that provides all the evidence one needs to see to realize that Kevin and Winnie should have stayed together (as I/we did and have for 33 years).moreless
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    • Narrator: By the time you've made it to age sixteen, you pretty much know all there is to know. About history, philosophy - the world. About life. There was virtually no situation you can't handle. Yeah, you're on top of your game - the pinnacle of poise, the essence of cool. No doubt about it - from the right thing to wear, to the right place to sit, to the right person to sit with. At sixteen, you pretty much learned it all. Well, almost all. OK. So there's one subject you're just as dumb about as you ever were. Yeah - love. Like I said, at sixteen - you've learned nothing. Nothing at all.

    • Narrator: Adolescence. The age of maturity, confidence, boundless self-assurance. And let's not forget... unutterable misery. Fortunately, in times of crisis, every teenager has a secret weapon. His friends. Yeah, that's the thing about friends. They're always there. With sympathy... support. But most of all, growing up... they're the guys that never fail you. Who never lose faith in you.

    • Narrator: After all there are some quandaries in a young man's life... that even his friends can't solve for him. Times when a teenager has to stand up and act from his heart.

    • Narrator: And there you have it - logic. Reason. Experience. When you're sixteen... none of it means a thing. And nothing counts but the way you feel... and the way you felt, the first day you ever really knew - about love.

    • Narrator: When you're twelve years old, and a guy, the whole subject of women tends to be pretty much... a mystery. Communications with the opposite sex are still kinda rudimentary. Still, little by little, you begin to catch on. You master the language of love. Until, by the time you leave junior high school... you're right back where you started.

    • Narrator: And there you have it. The awful truth, the bottom line. When it comes to love... there's no simple fix. You're out there, on you're own, and maybe all you can do is hang on...and hope for the best. And lead with your heart. When you're sixteen, passions run high. A simple misunderstanding becomes a matter of life or death. You live from moment to moment. And sometimes, when your sixteen, the only way to get your love back... is to take it.

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