The Wonder Years

Season 2 Episode 9

Loosiers

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Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1989 on ABC
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Paul likes to play basketball, but he's really bad at it. Kevin doesn't like to see his best friend humiliated during physical education class.

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    Larenz Tate

    Larenz Tate

    Team Captain

    Guest Star

    Salim Grant

    Salim Grant

    Patkus

    Guest Star

    Matt Norero

    Matt Norero

    O'Hara

    Guest Star

    Robert Picardo

    Robert Picardo

    Coach Cutlip

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • At the end of this episode where Paul was picked last for gym basketball, a scene is shown of an older Kevin and Paul is still playing basketball many years later and Paul still throws it over the backboard like he did so often that episode. However, compared to episode 54, where Paul plays on the basketball team and becomes a much better player.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: It's hard to imagine being twelve years old... and going without certain things. Like three months off in the summertime. Or a good bicycle to cruise the neighborhood on. More than anything though, it's hard to imagine being twelve years old...and not having a best-friend like Paul Pfeiffer. Paul was the nicest kid I ever knew. He would have done anything for me - I know it. And I would have done anything for him. At least, I always thought I would.

      • (Playing basketball.)
        Narrator: And then it happened. It was the miracle. It was the impossible. It was the dream come true. (Paul shoots a wild hook-shot, which hits Mr. Cutlip on the head. He stumbles backward as he makes a face, squeezes his arms across his chest and spits out a red jellybean. He bends over holding his throat as he coughs and walks away. They guys start to laugh.) In that instant... that brief ping of rubber against steel... basketball... became fun again. Well, we still got slaughtered. But for the first time in a long time, it just didn't seem to matter. And Paul and I got back to the way things used to be. The way they would stay... for many years to come.

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • On the news in the Arnold's living room, they watch Russians rolling into Prague. This happened in August 1968, not February 1969 when this episode takes place.

      • The 1949 version of Sweet Georgia Brown by Brother Bones and the Shadows was obviously chosen for a special reason: The Harlem Globetrotters, the comedy basketball troupe uses the same version as their theme song.

      • The episode title, Loosiers, is a play on the movie Hoosiers, which tells the story of a small-town basketball team that makes it to the state finals.

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