The Wonder Years

Season 3 Episode 1

Summer Song

Aired Unknown Oct 03, 1989 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Summer Song
Kevin enters unchartered waters when he meets an older girl during his summer vacation.

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  • The Arnolds go on a small vacation down the shore.

    This episode is the perfect portrayal of a child's summer. It has all those feelings that one gets when he or she has to leave their vacation to go back to reality. It really brings back all those good times you have with your family. All those silly fights with your siblings and the first time your parents trusted you to go off on your own are also revealed in this episode. This is a wonderful episode filled with summer love and great music! The Wonder Years really brings back the great memories of childhood that one sometimes forgets. This show and episode will bring those memories back!moreless
  • Typical early Wonder Years - that is, brilliant.

    I will remember to the day I die my original viewing of this episode. At the end, the narrator speaks of keeping his letter from Terri in a shoebox. At that point, I muttered: "It's the only one he ever got". This was immediately followed by the narrator saying: "It's the only one I ever got". My 13-year-old son turned to me in amazement and said "How did you know?" I replied (truthfully) "I've been there!"

    Absolutely superb and realistic episode. The Wonder Years was good to the end, but the first three years was the best television there ever was.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the previous episode, Paul says he won't be back from his summer vacation until Labor day. But in this episode, he goes with the Arnold Family on summer vacation long before Labor day.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Narrator: When you're thirteen, it's a long way to Albuquerque. Teri told me about getting her learner's permit, and taking her first drive with a stick-shift. She wrote of our night at the beach. She told me she missed me so much that she cried herself to sleep at night. And she promised to write to me, until we saw each other again. I keep that letter in an old shoebox. It was the only letter she ever wrote me.

    • Narrator: A lot happened on the beach in Ocean City that summer night in 1969. And of course, none of it was permanent.

    • Narrator: I knew at that moment, that life was not fair. Sure… I'd write to [Teri], and maybe she'd write me - then what? Could we really wait for each other for the next ten or twelve years? It was hopeless. I'd never felt pain like this before in my entire life. It felt…wonderful.

    • Narrator: By the end of that summer of 1969 a lot of things had changed. The Mets were headed for first-place, Woodstock was a household word, and Winnie Cooper's dad had moved to Chicago.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat & Tears
      "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
      "Woudn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys


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