Narrator: Young love is really pretty simple. It's about sharing little inside jokes when the teacher isn't looking. It's about passing notes in the hallway between classes. It's about all the really stupid things you share. It's about going through it, together. Winnie Cooper and I had been through it all. The good times, bad times, the ups and downs. And we were still together. We'd known each other since we were kids. And to me she was still the girl next door - even though she didn't live next door anymore.
Madeline: We think the stars are fixed in the sky, but they are not. I think sometimes we have to learn to give in to change, to the new things.
(in science class)
Mr. Cantwell: Things grow old and die. This week will be continuing our study of paleontology. Specifically, the extinction of species. Very sad.
Narrator/Adult: Fact is, by the middle of ninth grade, life had become pretty routine. No shocks, no surprises.
Mr. Cantwell: Class, this week we will be conducting a joint field trip with Lincoln Junior High.
Narrator/Adult: Just the occassional miracle.
Mr. Cantwell: We'll go to the natural history museum...to gaze upon the bleached bones of animals which have preceded us into extinction.
Narrator/Adult: Scientifically speaking, it meant one thing.Kevin: Winnie gets to go with us!
Paul: Oh, right. Cool!
Mr. Cantwell: It will be gobs of fun. (He chuckles)
Narrator/Adult: It was the best news I 'd had all year. Me and my baby were going on a field trip.
(in the museum)
Doug Porter: Know what I heard? This museum is supposed to have an exhibit of an Indian tribal village. And I heard that a lot of the Indian women ... aren't wearing any tops.
Paul: I just can't believe they're ever going to let us see that!
Randy Mitchell: Yeah? Well I know something even better than that!
Doug Porter: What could possibly be better than that?
Randy Mitchell: Well, my cousin told me that up on the fourth floor they have a room the public isn't allowed into. And in this room they keep something you'll never believe. You ever hear of that gangster, John Dillinger?
Now, I think we all know what Randy Mitchell was talking about here.
Randy: ...anyway, they put it in jar of formaldehyde, and saved it.
(Kevin chases after Winnie who's running after finding him alone with Madeline)
Kevin: Winnie! Wait! Can we talk about this?
Winnie: I don't know.
Narrator/Adult: I wanted to tell her that she was the only one. That she had always been the only one. Ever since we were kids. Ever since she lived across the street.
Winnie: I didn't know what to say to you.
Kevin: Winnie, it's not what you think.
Winnie: I never thought this could happen to me!
Kevin: Believe me. Nothings happened.
Winnie: Yes. It has. (she starts crying) Kevin...I've met someone!
Winnie: Oh, Kevin. I'm sorry.
(Beach Boys: "God only knows" starts playing)
(Winnie is helped on the bus by her new boyfriend Roger)
Narrator/Adult: Back there on our seat - The ride home in the dark seat. There it was. The ring I gave to Winnie. The one she was giving back to me. I looked for her in the other bus, but I couldn't find her. She was already lost in the crowd. I knew then, the girl next door was gone. And my life would never be the same again.