The Wonder Years

Season 5 Episode 14

Private Butthead

Aired Unknown Feb 05, 1992 on ABC
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Private Butthead
While Kevin is asked to consider his future, Wayne makes a decision to leave school and join the army. Jack and Norma try to talk Wayne out of it, but he won't listen. Wayne and his friend Wart go together to the army testing station. Jack follows and apologizes to Wayne for not being a better father to him.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Kevin says that Waynes SAT score was 317. It was never possible to score below 400 on the SAT, and it was also never possible to score something ending in a digit other than 0. In addition, you would have to really, really try to get below 700. Even then.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: In nineteen-seventy-two, the war was still raging in Vietnam. Politicians kept talking. Soldiers kept dying. And no one seemed to know why. But, maybe because the war had gone on too long... or maybe, because it had caused too much pain... whatever the reason... most of us managed to keep it at a distance... and go on, with our everyday, normal lives. My brother, for example, was studying for his college entrance exams. Luckily, Wayne's draft lottery number was 312. Unfortunately, that was also his first SAT score. The thing is, the guy wasn't a total idiot. He was just... unconscious. But no matter how much of a problem the SAT's were... Wayne had an even bigger problem. A problem of cosmic proportions. A problem... that could block the sun. As Wayne inched his way towards graduation... Dad worried about everything he did. And his worries came out as complaints. Unfortunately, the more Dad complained... the worse Wayne did. It was almost as if Wayne thought he was expected to screw up. But even though the problem seemed clear enough... for some reason... the solution just wasn't that simple. Ironically... while the long arm of the future was reaching out for Wayne... the long arm of my guidance counselor was reaching out for me.

      • Narrator: Love is never simple. Not for fathers and sons. We spend our lives full of hope and expectations. And, most of the time... we're bound to fail. But that afternoon, as I watched my father sheltering his son... against a future that was so unsure... All I knew was... they didn't want to let each other down, anymore. A few days later, Wart left for basic training. He spent two months at Fort Polk, Louisiana. And then, David Wirtshafter... was shipped to Vietnam. A big goofy kid... who didn't know what his future would be.

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