The Wonder Years

Season 2 Episode 1

Heart of Darkness

Aired Unknown Nov 30, 1988 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The bag Kevin had contained beer and cigarettes. Today, if you are caught with beer in school, you get expelled and arrested.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: As seventh grade wore on, I began to have nightmares. I'm walking into a sort of a - a cave. A long dark tunnel. I think Paul and Winnie are with me. But then - then - they're not. I'm all alone. I don't even want to go into the cave - I'm, I'm terrified. But I just know that I have to keep going - deeper, and deeper. So deep, it's like I can't even remember what the daylight is like anymore, and suddenly - I'm in second period math class. In pajamas. With feet! I guess I was under a lot of stress. There are a lot of things about junior high life that might seem simple to an outsider... but they're not. Take the fifteen minutes before homeroom every morning. What you do with those fifteen minutes says pretty much everything there is to say about you as a human being.

    • Narrator: When I look back on it now, I feel sorry for Gary. When all was said and done, he was just a little kid, and I guess he needed friends. But all Paul and I knew that night was - that we wanted to go home.
      Norma: Kevin! What are you doing here? Did something happen? Are you OK?
      Kevin: Yeah, we're fine. We just felt like coming home.
      Narrator: It was the truth. But not the whole truth. And looking at my mom and my dad - standing there in their bathrobes, worried about me - I felt a little sick about that. I don't know why, but that night - for the first time in a long time - I didn't have a single nightmare.

  • Notes

    • This episode's production was delayed due to the 1988 writer's strike, hence the late season premiere date.

    • Featured Music:
      "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors
      "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream
      "Here Comes the Sun" by Richie Havens

    • Olivia d'Abo (Karen Arnold) and Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold) don't appear in this episode, although they are featured in the credits. This marks the first episode of the series not to feature Karen or Wayne.

  • Allusions

    • Raiders In The Storm by The Doors did not come out until 1971 on the L.A. Woman album, not 1968 when the show was supposed to take place.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the Joseph Conrad novella of the same name.