The Wonder Years

Season 1 Episode 6

Dance With Me

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Aired Unknown Apr 19, 1988 on ABC
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Dance With Me
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While passing notes during class, Kevin asks Lisa Berlini to go to the dance with him. She says okay, but she decides to go with Brad Gaines after he asks her. While eating lunch with Winnie and Paul, Kevin feels himself falling back in love with Winnie, but she is going to the dance with Kirk McCray. Kevin tries to make Winnie jealous by dancing with an unidentified girl.moreless

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Paul Price

Paul Price

Mr. Katz

Guest Star

Kathy Wagner

Kathy Wagner

Lisa Berlini

Guest Star

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Brad Gaines

Guest Star

Linda Hoy

Linda Hoy

Mrs. Ritvo

Recurring Role

Krista Murphy

Krista Murphy

Carla Healy

Recurring Role

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Mr. Cutlip

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode we learn that Kevin had a cocker spaniel which his mother had to put to sleep in 1964 when he was eight years old.

    • In this episode the mentioning of Carla Healey's name causes Paul to sneeze. This will not happen in the following episodes with her.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Narrator: And so Winnie and I had our one slow dance after all. But things wouldn't be the same between us. We were getting older. And whether we wanted it or not... the Lisa Berlini's and the Kirk McCray's... were changing us by the minute. All we could do was close our eyes, and wish... that the slow song would never end.

    • Narrator: October seventeenth, nineteen-sixty eight. I had assumed my standard homeroom position, drooling in the general direction of Lisa Berlini. But today... things were different between Lisa and me. You see, the night before... we'd spent very close to four complete minutes talking to each other on the telephone. Our relationship was entering the fast lane of the seventh-grade social scene and it was up to me to keep the ball rolling.

    • (Kevin is watching Paul and Carla dance.)
      Narrator: It was as sorrowful a spectacle as I had ever seen on the evening news. But then an amazing thing began to happen. Paul actually began to enjoy himself. By my third cup of punch, he was having the time of his life and I began to realize what a miserable time I was having. And it wasn't just Paul. Lisa Berlini was having the time of her life. Mrs. Ritvo was having the time of her life. Even Rodney the custodian was having the time of his life. I was in hell. And that's when Winnie Cooper entered the gym. I had never seen her look prettier than she did standing there in the doorway. Until Kirk McCray walked in behind her, then she looked beautiful. It was all so unfair. I mean, this guy already had everything. And now he had my Winnie. I wasn't gonna just stand idly by. It was time to do what any hot blooded twelve-year-old guy would have done ... (he pushes a kid out of the way) ... if he were in my shoes.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "The Letter" by Joe Cocker
      "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf
      "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz
      "Louie Louie" by Kingsman
      "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
      "There's a Kind of Hush" by Herman's Hermits
      "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
      "Cherish" by The Association
      "I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Otis Redding

    • Writer David M. Stern is brother to series narrator, Daniel Stern.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The episode title, Dance With Me, could come from either the 1959 song of the same name by The Drifters, or the 1975 song by Orleans, also of the same name as the title of this episode.

    • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' song, The Tears of A Clown, was played at the RFK Junior High dance. The song was recorded in 1966 and released in 1967. However, oddly enough, it did not become a worldwide hit until three years later. It is probably unlikely that kids would have discovered the song back in 1967 to play at a dance, unless the deejay was a huge Smokey Robinson fan.

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