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The Wonder Years: The Phone Call

Paul tries to find out if Lisa Berlini likes Kevin or not, leading him to find the courage to call her on the telephone.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: B88104
Airdate: Tuesday April 12th, 1988

Guest Stars
Kathy WagnerKathy Wagner
As Lisa Berlini
Linda HoyLinda Hoy
As Mrs. Rivto
Paul PrincePaul Prince
As Mr. Katz
Main Cast
Fred SavageFred Savage
As Kevin Arnold
Dan LauriaDan Lauria
As Jack Arnold
Alley MillsAlley Mills
As Norma Arnold
Olivia dOlivia d'Abo
As Karen Arnold
Jason HerveyJason Hervey
As Wayne Arnold
Danica McKellarDanica McKellar
As Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper
Josh SavianoJosh Saviano
As Paul Joseph Pfeiffer
Daniel SternDaniel Stern
voiced Adult Kevin Arnold
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesI'm a Believer 
Nino RotaTheme from Romeo and Juliet 

Episode Quotes
Narrator: I realized then, that there were special things a man says to a woman.
(Kevin dials a phone number)
Kevin: Ugh!
(He slams down the phone)
Narrator: I also realized I had no idea what those things were.

Kevin: Dad, I'm calling about returning a tie.
Narrator: As he looked at me, I knew we both sensed the cycle of family history poignantly repeating itself.
Jack: Since when do you wear ties?

Episode Goofs
Kevin fakes being sick with the flu and stays home from school before finally getting the nerve to call Lisa Berlini, the same night that Apollo 8 entered its orbit around the moon. Apollo 8 did that on Christmas Eve, 1968. School would have been out and there should have been Christmas decorations all over the place, not to mention some kind of holiday celebration at the Arnold home. Not to mention we find out in later episodes that the Arnold's have an annual Christmas party.

Kevin mentions that "Tuesday the 8th" was the day he bumped into Lisa Berlini in the hallway. In 1968, "Tuesday the 8th" was in October, and if the show did actually take place in December of that year, then Dec. 8, 1968 would have fallen on a Sunday. This is also 2 weeks before the Apollo 8 mission.

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