The Wonder Years

Season 3 Episode 19

The Unnatural

Aired Unknown Apr 17, 1990 on ABC
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The Unnatural
When Kevin keeps making the cut for the school baseball team, he worries about whether it is because of his talent or because his dad saved the coach's life in Korea.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After Kevin's first hit at tryouts, Paul says "you swung so late, you put it in the opposite field." However, Kevin actually pulled the ball into the outfield between second and third base. If he had been late, the ball would have landed toward right field. Also, during his home run trot in the final scene, Kevin does not touch third base.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Narrator: There's a dream that's as old as natural grass, and nickel hot dogs... and being young. It's a dream every kid shares. The one big moment. Hero time. Of course, when you're five... that dream doesn't seem out of reach. Everyone plays the game about the same. Bad. Still, for all your short-comings... you've got the one thing that matters most. Potential. Then... as springtime rolls into fall, and Little League gives way to summer jobs... somehow the dream gets left behind.

    • Narrator: As I stepped back up to the plate... all the cares, all the worries, all the burdens I'd carried around for the past few days just disappeared. Suddenly, the outside world fell away. It was just me. And baseball. My moment had arrived. And I knew what I had to do. I'm not sure how I did it. My memory begins with the crack of the bat, and the sight of the ball rising. Maybe that's not exactly the way it happened. But that's the way it should have happened, and that's the way I like to remember it. And if dreams and memories sometimes get confused well... that's as it should be. Because every kid deserves to be a hero... every kid already is.

  • NOTES (0)


    • The episode title is a pun of The Natural, the classic 1952 baseball novel by Bernard Malamud later made into the 1984 film of the same name, which starred Robert Redford.

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