The Wonder Years

Season 3 Episode 4

Mom Wars

3
Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1989 on ABC
9.3
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Mom Wars
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Kevin thinks his mother is being over-protective when she tries to stop him from playing tackle football after school.

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  • Struggling during the throes of inevitable change in their relationship, Mom and Kevin feel the pain and make it universal.

    9.8
    So many of the episodes made me tear up at the end...but Mom Wars made me bawl. It was a beautiful illustration of the painful separation between mother and child. Oh, it still gets to me when I think about it.

    For the first time, I saw the Mom character as a full person, saw her pain as she let her son go, and she watched him break those bonds or cut those strings, pick the metaphor.

    And I saw how he saw her pain but still had to continue to cause it, it was poignant.

    And funny, at one point, in order to get Kevin to miss the football game, she forces him to come shopping for pants with her. Do you remember the scene in the department store, she notices that the crotch area in the pants is too roomy and, in a quick fantasy, the PA system announces, "Attention all shoppers, plenty of room in KEvin Arnold's crotch."

    I laughed, I cried, etc.moreless
Fred Savage

Fred Savage

Kevin Arnold

Alley Mills

Alley Mills

Norma Arnold

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria

Jack Arnold

Josh Saviano

Josh Saviano

Paul Pfeiffer

Olivia d'Abo

Olivia d'Abo

Karen Arnold

Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern

Narrator/Adult Kevin Arnold

Jim Bullock

Jim Bullock

Pants Salesman

Guest Star

Sean Baca

Sean Baca

Craig Hobson

Recurring Role

Michael Tricario

Michael Tricario

Randy Mitchell

Recurring Role

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Mr. Cantwell

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    • Narrator: Every war has its casualties, and every victory its price. But life goes on.

    • Narrator: When you're a little boy, you don't have to go very far to find the center of your universe. Mom. She's always there. It's a pretty good arrangement - when you're five. But around age thirteen, there starts to be... a problem. The problem is...she's always there. And I mean always. Now a mom has to be a mom, but a guy's gotta be a guy. And when an irresistible force meets an immovable object... Sooner or later - something's gotta give.

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