The Wonder Years

Season 2 Episode 17

How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation

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Aired Unknown May 16, 1989 on ABC
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How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation
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It's the end of seventh grade for Kevin and a summer full of changes in his life. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are breaking up and Miss White announces she is going to get married.

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    Ben Slack

    Ben Slack

    Mr. Ermin

    Guest Star

    Ian Fried

    Ian Fried

    Nerd

    Guest Star

    Risa Littman

    Risa Littman

    Girl

    Guest Star

    Wendel Meldrum

    Wendel Meldrum

    Miss White

    Recurring Role

    H. Richard Greene

    H. Richard Greene

    Mr. Cooper

    Recurring Role

    Ben Stein

    Ben Stein

    Mr. Cantwell

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Cantwell sings (if you can call it singing!) to a record of La vie en rose, a popular song from Paris in the 20s.

      • Last day of school and the start of summer holidays, so when the school bell rings for the last time at the end of the school day the kids come running out the door if you look closely you will also see a dog running out if you don't see the dog you hear it bark.

      • When Kevin tells his mother he wished they could go away, she says maybe next year. In the very next episode (the season 3 opener), Summer Song, the Arnolds are in New Jersey. It looks like Norma didn't want to wait the extra year.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Narrator: Ever since I could remember, the Coopers' annual barbecue had been the first event of summer. It was a neighborhood tradition, the herald of good times. Japanese lanterns glowed in the dusk. And warm breezes carried the smell of burgers sizzling on the grill, and the sounds of kids having the time of their lives. But maybe the best thing about it was that it happened the first week of summer vacation, one day after the last day of school. It was kind of a solemn moment. Eight months of relentless education were finally erupting in a blast of summer madness.

      • Narrator: She wasn't helping her parents, she wasn't doing anything, she was just standing there. OK, enough was enough, the game was over, let's lay out the cards. And then, for the first time that night, I looked around. The music was playing. Couples were dancing, holding each other tight. But not everybody. And suddenly I began to understand. I wanted to tell Winnie I understood what was happening to her family. I wanted to say something that would give her comfort, something incredibly wise...
        Kevin: (quietly) Sorry.
        Winnie: Will you write to me when I'm away?
        Narrator: That summer, kids everywhere swam, water-skied, and sailed, while Winnie Cooper struggled to keep her head above water, in a family torn apart by anger, and grief.

      • Narrator: It was amazing. It was our first kiss since that day last fall in Harper's Woods, the day Winnie's brother Brian died. I'd been waiting to kiss her again all year. And now that it had happened, I felt as confused as ever. There was only one thing I was sure of... I was a man on fire.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Featured Music:
        "A Summer Place" by Percy Faith Orchestra
        "Light My Fire" by The Doors
        "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by The Platters
        "Never on Sunday" by Chordettes
        "I Only Have Eyes For You" by Flamingos
        "Scarborough Fair" by Simon & Garfunkel

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • There are deliberate references to the movie The Graduate in this episode. The overhead shot of Kevin lying on the lounge chair with goggles on, and the scene at the barbecue where Jack introduces Kevin to Mr. Ermin (the guy with the big lawn), have direct points of contact with scenes from Dustin Hoffman's breakthrough film. Of course, the inclusion of Simon & Garfunkel's music nails down this inference.

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