The Wonder Years

Season 2 Episode 4

Steady as She Goes

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Aired Unknown Jan 11, 1989 on ABC
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Steady as She Goes
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Kevin continues to pine for Winnie, but is becoming frustrated with being alone - especially as Paul has Carla. Even though he's just looking for someone to make Winnie jealous, he ends up boyfriend to Becky Slater.

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    William Lanteau

    William Lanteau

    Mr. Frace

    Guest Star

    Karin Woodward

    Karin Woodward

    Waitress

    Guest Star

    Robin Thicke

    Robin Thicke

    Boy

    Guest Star

    Michael Landes

    Michael Landes

    Kirk McCray

    Recurring Role

    Crystal McKellar

    Crystal McKellar

    Becky Slater

    Recurring Role

    Krista Murphy

    Krista Murphy

    Carla Healey

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • At one point during the episode when Winnie is skating with Kirk, in the background, an Atari Pole Position video game cabinet is visible (with the ATARI logo disguised with black tape to make it say TATARE). Pole Position wouldn't be released until 1982.

      • When Kevin's family is razzing him about his new girlfriend Becky Slater, the narrator asks why moms' always talk about your love life at the dinner table, much like they feel it's their business to check the crotch area of your pants in the middle of a crowded clothing store and say "plenty of room in there." In season three, episode four, Kevin's mom makes a remark about how there's plenty of room in his crotch area when they are shopping for new pants. Kevin fantasizes about it, with a pa announcer saying "attention shoppers, attention all shoppers, plenty of room in Kevin Arnold's crotch area." This may have been a prelude of what's to come.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: Well, that did it. I'd had it up to here with Winnie Cooper. It was time to lay it on the line, to force her hand. I was just going to walk right up to her and ask her once and for all what was going on with her and Kirk Mc-
        (Winnie and Kirk embrace and kiss.)
        And so it finally happened. My poor twelve-year-old heart finally crumbled into a little pile of dust, and blew away. It was over. I was never gonna to get her back. It was time for a little self-respect. It was time to let go. Time to move on. After all, who needed women? Who needed friends? I'd just walk alone from now on. Yep, that was me, Kevin Arnold - lone wolf. There was just one loose end I had to tie up.

      • Narrator: Once upon a time... a boy's popularity was based on kickball abilities... pea-shooting range... and how much of the alphabet he could squeeze off with one burp. For the same boy to acquire a comparable level of popularity in junior high school... he's gonna need a girl. The ceremony rarely strays from tradition. Fully unprepared for his certain someone to be surrounded by three giggling friends... boy grows thirsty... and proceeds to drink. He will continue to drink until the gaggle disperses... or his stomach explodes - whichever comes first. Girl... acutely aware of boy's presence... warns her friends that she will, in fact, die... if they abandon her. To no avail. She is forsaken, left to yell a meaningless...
        Girl: Uh, you guys!
        Narrator: After them... and tend to the business of rearranging her locker. Seeing his opportunity... boy prepares for final approach. He takes one last breath and lunges forward. Girl feigns surprise. And they engage in small talk. Feeling the full weight of the moment... boy realizes that those three gallons of fountain water have just funneled directly to his palms, armpits, and feet. Down to his final wisps of saliva... boy decides that the time has come to quote-unquote... "pop the big one."
        Boy: You wanna go steady? (Frowns.)
        Girl: Sure! (Smiles.)
        Narrator: And just like that, the ceremony is complete... leaving the newly-formed couple with... absolutely nothing left to say to each other.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • When Winnie talks to Kevin at the skating rink, he responds (through the narrator) with "Homina, Homina, Homina" a reference to The Honeymooners.

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