The Wonder Years

Season 4 Episode 8

The Sixth Man

Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1990 on ABC
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The Sixth Man
Kevin is worried that Paul will look foolish when he's drafted to the basketball team, but it appears that Paul is only at his worst when he plays Kevin.

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  • Out of the Cocoon into Full Flight

    So far to me this is the best episode of Season 4. Paul is often Kevin's dupe, and this time the wheel turned.

    It was refreshing and great to watch the caterpillar turn into a butterfly.

    Paul's determination and his overcoming of Kevin's derisiveness and caustic comments was a beauty to behold.

    This was a well written episode and easily one of my favorites.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode's opening footage shows a clip of baseball player Joe DiMaggio during his famous hitting streak of 1941.  The footage depicts DiMaggio wearing jersey number 9.  However, he only wore that number during his rookie season of 1936.  For the rest of his career, including 1941, DiMaggio actually wore number 5.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Narrator: That night, Paul Pfeiffer and I played the most important game of our lives. We both played hard. And we both played to win. And no game ever mattered more. To both of us. Maybe change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go. But that night... after seven-hundred ninety consecutive loses... Paul finally beat me. Paul made the basketball team that year. And he had some loyal fans. But his biggest fan... was also his best friend. I guess sometimes you have to grow apart... to keep growing together.

    • Narrator: There are a lot of great records in sports. Rocky Marciano fought to victory in forty-nine straight heavyweight prize-fights. The University of Oklahoma won forty-seven college football games in a row. But in the annals of sports... there was one record that surpassed them all. One destined to go unbroken for time immemorial. I had beaten Paul Pfeiffer at basketball - as near as I can remember - seven hundred eighty eight times in a row. Give or take a hundred. It was a streak that went all the way back to kindergarten - maybe even before. Not that I was some kind of all-American. It's just... I was me. Whereas Paul... Paul was - Paul.

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