The Wonder Years

Season 4 Episode 1

Growing Up

Aired Unknown Sep 19, 1990 on ABC
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Growing Up
The family attends Jack's company picnic. Kevin is not looking forward to seeing Mimi Detweiler, a girl who used to have a crush on him. Wayne's new girlfriend Angela annoys everyone but Wayne. Kevin beans Jack with a baseball at the father-son baseball game. Karen leaves for college.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • At the Labor Day picnic, Wayne smashes into the Arnolds' family car, and Jack gets hit in the forehead with a batted baseball.  The next morning, as the family prepares to send Karen off to college, the car is undamaged and Jack's eye has completely healed.

      • The ball hit by Kevin hits Jack in his right eye, but later on we see Jack wearing a patch over his left eye.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: That summer of nineteen-seventy my brother bought a car. My sister had been accepted into college. And I French-kissed Winnie Cooper under the bleachers at the Fourth of July fireworks. Things were changing. Sometimes it seemed like the whole world was exploding with new ideas. Reaching out for new experiences. Seeing through new eyes.
        (The guys watch a girl, lying face-down, untie her bikini top.)
        Doug: Wow...
        Guys: Oh...
        Narrator: Adolescence. It's never a pretty sight.
        Walter: She wants us... she definitely wants us!
        Doug: Definitely.
        Paul: Us? (Frowns.) Why us?
        Narrator: "Why us?" The battle-cry of the 14-year-old. Things were confusing, alright. Sometimes even crazy. Still, I wasn't crazy. Just... in love. Winnie and I had survived the summer of long-distance romance. In fact, her move across town had brought a new depth to our relationship. We shared everything, now that she was wearing my ring. Hopes, dreams... big plans. Yep, these were golden moments - in a golden summer. When every day was perfect, and you knew it would go on forever.

      • Jack: Don't ever get old, Kev.
        Narrator: I wasn't sure whether he meant me, or him. I guess we both knew it didn't really matter. We didn't have a choice. Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what's to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn't have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves... for growing up.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The book Karen is reading in the car is The Harrad Experiment about sexual experimentation at Harrad college. Also made into a 1973 movie with Don Johnson and Tippi Hedren.