The Wonder Years

Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Unknown Dec 14, 1988 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof:  The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour clip that features Cher in the opening sequence of the episode did not air until December, 1969, a year after this episode was to have taken place.

    • Karen wears glasses in this episode and this episode only.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: I don't even remember what I got for Christmas that year. But Dad gave Mom a bracelet that knocked her socks off. Oh, yeah... and he did get us that color-TV... two years later. For me, that year Christmas stopped being about tinsel and wrapping paper, and started being about memory. At first I was disappointed. Until I learned that memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you wish to never lose. And I learned from Winnie, that in a world that changes too fast, the best we can do is wish each other Merry Christmas. And good luck.

    • Narrator: That Christmas of nineteen-sixty eight, my brother, Wayne, and I fell in love. With color-TV. It was more than love. We were witnessing a modern miracle. And we worshipped it like aborigines from the black-and-white stone-age. It was the first thing we ever agreed on. Even Mom and Karen tended to mist up in the presence of that almost-living color.

    • Wayne: Hey, I wonder if I shut my eyes almost all the way, and pull my Santa hat over them, I'll see everything in color. (Pulls the hat down) Hey, I think it's actually working a little!

    • Wayne: Hey, that guy's eating a gray banana.

    • Wayne: Hey, I wonder what color the ocean is?

  • Notes

    • This episode, the first holiday themed episode in the series, is available on DVD along with the final Christmas episode Let Nothing You Dismay.

    • Featured Music:
      "Silent Night" by Glen Campbell & Cher
      "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" by Tchaikovsky
      "Twelve Days Of Christmas" by Tchaikovsky
      "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms
      "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby
      "River" by Joni Mitchell
      "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

  • Allusions

    • Jack reads the sports page in which the headlines read: "Dancer's Image Proclaimed Derby Winner". The Kentucky derby takes place in May, not December. Along with this, the winner in 1968 was actually Forward Pass. Dancer's Image finished first but was disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited medication.