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The Wonder Years: Christmas

Wayne and Kevin try to convince their father to buy a color TV for Christmas and Kevin has to find a perfect present for Winnie after receiving one from her.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: B88503
Airdate: Wednesday December 14th, 1988

Director: Steve Miner
Writer: Bob Brush

Guest Stars
Michael LandesMichael Landes
As Kirk McCray
Gary McGurkGary McGurk
As Tree Man
Liz TorresLiz Torres
As Mrs. Gambino
Mary GregoryMary Gregory
As Woman
Robina SuwolRobina Suwol
As Perfume Lady
Tyde KierneyTyde Kierney
As TV Salesman
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
Episode Notes
This is the only episode in which Karen wears glasses.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bing CrosbyWhite Christmas 
Bobby HelmsJingle Bell Rock 
Glen Campbell & CherSilent Night 
Joni MitchellRiver 
TchaikovskyDance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy 
(Unknown artist)Twelve Days Of Christmas 

Episode Quotes
Narrator: For me, that year Christmas stopped being about tinsel and wrapping paper, and started being about memory. At first I was disappointed. Until I learned that memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you wish to never lose. And I learned from Winnie, that in a world that changes too fast, the best we can do is wish each other Merry Christmas...and good luck.
(Kevin opens the gift from Winnie which is a 4-leaf clover)

Episode Goofs
Kevin and Wayne ask Jack for a color TV for Christmas but in episodes 1x4, "Angel" and 1x6, "Dance With Me", the Arnolds watch a color TV.

In the end the audio clearly doesn't match the visual. It is the scene where the family is laughing because it has just started to rain on X-mas eve. Kevin's laughter on the audio track does not match the visual.

Jack is sitting on the couch reading the sports page on Christmas eve. The headlines read: "Dancer's Image proclaimed Derby winner," or something to that affect. The Kentucky Derby is run in early May.

Cultural References
Paul: Why don't we just pick up the phone, and ask Winnie what it's called?
Kevin: We can't.
Paul: Why not? We can disguise our voices. We could be Avon calling.

'Avon calling' was the slogan used in several commercials for the Avon line of cosmetics.

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