The Wonder Years

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Unknown Mar 22, 1988 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Even at Brian's funeral, all Kevin can think about is Winnie. The much anticipated "sex education" begins at school, but it doesn't give them enough information; the boys want to learn more--so they steal a book.

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  • another perfect offering

    what i liked- Brian's ghost appearing to Kevin, Paul's idea to steal the book about sex, Kevin and his brother fighting after he took the book from them, Kevin running out of the bookstore after giving the lady working a 20, the gym teacher drawing what a 'woman' looks like (couldn't stop laughing at how he drew a 'woman'), Kevin and Winnie hanging out on the swings to close the episode, amongst other things.

    Another perfect episode. Had some good laughs and a great plot. A+moreless
  • A funeral and sex education.

    The first episodes of this series are so depressive. There is not much humor, although the episodes are good and pace very well. This episode is no different. The humor, I think, comes from the fact that Kevin and Paul are trying to learn about sex on their own while at the same time the sadness thanks to the death of Winnie's brother lingers in the air causing this episode to have a very strange taste. Heh, the kids look so very young in this episode and they are all around the same height!

    One of the strangest episodes of the series but very enjoyable.moreless
Bentley Mitchum

Bentley Mitchum

Brian Cooper

Guest Star

William Bogert

William Bogert


Guest Star

Bobbie Eakes

Bobbie Eakes

Bookstore Clerk

Guest Star

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Neal Marlens went to Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington. The maroon and white "Wildcats" mascot and logo that is used in "The Wonder Years" is the same as that of WWHS.

    • In this episode, Kevin says he has known Paul since Paul was 36 hours old. However, we later find out that Paul's birthday is March 14th and Kevin's is March 18th which makes that impossible.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Narrator: Maybe we both realized that growing up doesn't have to be so much a straight line as a series of advances and retreats. Maybe we just felt like swinging. But what ever it was, Winnie and I made an unspoken pact that day to stay kids for a little while longer.

    • Narrator: And then with an air of authority that only an idiot or an older brother can have, Wayne proceeded to elaborate a baseball metaphor that changed the way we looked at women, and baseball, for ever.
      Wayne: And I'm telling you, everybody gets to at least second base by the seventh grade.
      Narrator: This was a lot of pressure! Especially since most of the girls we knew had no second bases!

    • Narrator: In one of those quirks of scheduling, my first class was gym. That meant I had to wake up in the morning, shower, get dressed, go to school, get undressed, run around, shower and get dressed all in the space of about 45 mintues.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Winnie's parents appears just once at Brian's funeral and they don't seem to be H.Richard Greene nor Lynn Milgrim who play them later. Their names do not appear in the credits.

    • Featured Music:
      "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield
      "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
      "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville
      "In My Life" by Judy Collins


    • This episode takes place in September 1968. Kevin and Paul steal a copy of the book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex: But Were Afraid To Ask by David Reuben, M.D. from the bookstore. However, the book wasn't published until June 1969.

    • The Beatles poster on Kevin's wall is from The White Album that was released in November 1968. This episode took place in September 1968.