The Wonder Years

Season 4 Episode 20

The Accident

Aired Unknown Apr 24, 1991 on ABC
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The Accident
Kevin sees Winnie for the first time since they broke up. He discovers that she a Roger have split up, too. When Winnie is in a car accident, Kevin rides over to see her at home, but her parents say she doesn't want to see him. Kevin leaves, but returns and climbs up to Winnie's bedroom window. They tell each other, "I love you."moreless

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  • "I Love You" Awwwww...

    Man what a sequence. Winnie is turning a bit crazy and of course Kevin, like all men through history, is helpless to stop it. When she gets busted up in a car crash Kev's right there, worried sick about her. When he's looking in her window, sure there's a small creepy factor but the innocence of it makes it ok, and Bob Segars "We've Got Tonight" is wafting up louder and louder, boy it just hits you right in the soft spot of your heart. When they whisper "I love you" which I believe is the first time they say it, it's a moment rarely achieved in TV history. Still gets me a little vaclempt.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of this episode, Kevin appears at Winnie's bedroom window and they mouth the words "I love you" to each other.  It is known from Season 1 that Winnie wears contact lenses, which she would have removed before going to bed (if not earlier, when the doctors were treating her facial wounds).  However, she is able to recognize Kevin from a distance and even read his lips without squinting.

    • The song "We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seger is used in this episode. This song was first on an album in 1978, well after this episode takes place.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Narrator: I don't know why I pursued [Winnie]. Maybe it was because I wanted to help her. And maybe it was because I wanted to know she needed my help.

    • Narrator: Okay, so I didn't know what I was feeling. Love does that to you. Especially when you're 14.

    • Narrator: And I guess that's when I finally understood. I'd been part of Winnie's past, a past she wanted to forget. And now... there was nothing to do... but go. Only I didn't. I couldn't. There are things in a life that matter, things in a past which can't be denied. Winnie Cooper was part of me, and I was part of her. And no matter what, for as long as we lived, I knew I could never let her go.

    • Winnie: Kevin, let me go.
      Kevin: No! Why are you acting like this?
      Winnie: Because when I act like myself, everything goes bad!
      Kevin: What?
      Winnie: I just want to forget the past three years!
      Kevin: What about me?
      Winnie: You just don't understand.
      Kevin: Well, what do you want me to say?
      Winnie: Nothing!
      Narrator: The funny thing is, those three years had been the best years of my whole life.

    • Narrator: There are things about your childhood you hold onto... because they were so much a part of you. The places you went, the people you knew. Somewhere, in every memory I had, was Winnie Cooper. I knew everything about her. What I didn't know was that she was falling apart.

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