The Wonder Years

Season 2 Episode 6

Pottery Will Get You Nowhere

Aired Unknown Feb 01, 1989 on ABC
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Pottery Will Get You Nowhere
Norma begins taking a pottery class but receives no support or encouragement from Jack.

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      • Narrator: The silence that filled our house that night - was like ice. My dad didn't come home till after midnight. (Next morning, Norma burns her hand on the iron and starts to cry. Jack gently puts his hands on her shoulders. She turns around and they hug.) I know it sounds strange - but that was the first time... I'd ever seen my parents alone together. I guess sometimes the ground can shift beneath your feet. Sometimes your footing slips - you stumble. And sometimes, you grab what's closest to you, and hold on... as tight as you can.

      • Narrator: In all the years I spent growing up at my parents' house, I don't think I ever heard them use the word "relationship". Not once. "Indigestion"... "taxes"... "damn" - these were words you heard a lot. I guess my mom just expected my dad to be a good man - honest, loyal, a good provider... hopefully possessed of good table manners. And my dad expected my mom to be a good woman - honest, loyal, a good mother. And hopefully a good cook. And that was about it. But if my parents didn't know much about relationships, they knew a lot about marriage. Like how to make a joint-decision. Mom would choose what she liked... Dad would choose what he liked...then they'd settle on something no one of our species could like. They could completely disagree about something, without directly contradicting each other. One thing my parents would never, ever do... is yell at each other in front of the kids.
        Jack: Kevin! Wayne! I told you to knock it off!
        Norma: Boys! That's enough!
        Narrator: Course, they had no problem yelling at the kids in front of each other. I guess I never really thought of my parents as being in love. But maybe that's the best thing for a kid - to never have to think about it. It's just always there. Like the ground you walk on.

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      • When Mr. Cantwell talked about "the destruction of earthquakes in Tokyo and Missouri," there is truth to the latter-named place as an earthquake prone-area (although it is in the Midwest, away from continental plates). In southeastern Missouri, the New Madrid fault can be found, which runs from Marked Tree, Arkansas to Cairo, Illinois. This fault experienced what many scientists have regarded as the strongest quakes in the US (based on the Richter scale) in late 1811 and early 1812.

      • The title of this episode alludes to the expression "Flattery will get you nowhere."