The Wonder Years

Season 5 Episode 19

Carnal Knowledge

Aired Unknown Mar 25, 1992 on ABC
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Carnal Knowledge
Kevin, Ricky and Chuck plan on sneaking into an R-rated movie, while Paul decides he'd rather stay home and talk marine biology with a family friend's daughter. Kevin, Ricky and Chuck get thrown out of the movie theater where "Carnal Knowledge" is playing, while Paul is at home losing his virginity. Paul confides in Kevin, but his secret gets out the next day.moreless

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  • Paul loses his virginity in this epsiode.

    I didn't like that Paul lost his virginity. Especially in a one night stand. It honestly was really disturbing. Paul... Thats just wrong. Plus, he's way too young. And the way it happened was equally disturbing. I liked it better when they were all innocent and worried about calling girls.
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Guest Star

John C. Moskoff

John C. Moskoff

Alvin Pfeiffer

Recurring Role

Stephanie Satie

Stephanie Satie

Ida Pfeiffer

Recurring Role

Scott Nemes

Scott Nemes

Ricky Halsenbach

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Narrator: If there's one thing every kid needs growing up - it's a best friend. Someone you trust. Someone who trusts you. Someone you measure yourself against. You go through everything together. Important things... stupid things. Things that matter... things that don't. Paul Pfeiffer and I had been best friends since the day we were born. And in that time, we'd been through everything. Well, almost everything. Everything, that is, but...
      (In the cafeteria, Chuck slaps down a newspaper movie ad.)
      Chuck: Here it is, guys. Our invitation... to paradise.
      Ricky: What? "Bedknobs and broomsticks"?
      Chuck: Look again, doofus. "Carnal...knowledge".
      Narrator: In adolescent terms, it meant one thing. A three-letter word, starting with "S", ending with "X"... and sandwiched in the middle...
      Ricky: Ann-Margaret.

    • Narrator: It was the first time I ever realized how truly perilous love could be. And I guess at that moment it was clear. Some things never change. After all, Paul was Paul. And no matter what, the guy... needed... me. Growing up is complicated. Kind of a race against time. A search for identity. For love. And the outcome's always in doubt. Things happen fast. Sometimes too fast. But that night, with Paul... I knew one thing. We'd been through everything together. And from here on out... no matter what... we were gonna need each other... more than ever.

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