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Kevin gets Paul to throw a party as a ploy to get back with Winnie.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x12
Airdate: Wednesday January 30th, 1991



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Guest Stars
Art Hoffman
As Roger
Recurring
Josh Peden
As Short Kid
Recurring
Julie Condra
As Madeline
Recurring
Michael Bower
As Kid
Recurring
Main Cast
Fred Savage
As Kevin Arnold
Dan Lauria
As Jack Arnold
Alley Mills
As Norma Arnold
Jason Hervey
As Wayne Arnold
Danica McKellar
As Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper
Josh Saviano
As Paul Joseph Pfeiffer
Daniel Stern
voiced Adult Kevin Arnold
Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Fontella BassRescue Me 
Mouth & McNealHow Do You Do 
The StylisticsYou Are Everything 
Wilson PickettMustang Sally 


Episode Quotes
Narrator/Adult: Winnie Cooper was my first real love. She grew up in a house across the street. She was the first girl I'd ever kissed. And now...She'd broken up with me. But it wasn't until the next day that I understood what it all meant.
Kevin: This is all a mistake.
Paul: Huh?
Kevin: What happened - with Winnie and me?
Paul: Oh, that.
Kevin: It's just a big understanding, right?
Paul: Well...
Kevin: She's probably just mad at me. Don't you think?
Paul: Kev.
Kevin: Yeah?
Paul: It's over.
Kevin: What?
Paul: Well, I'm sorry, but that's what I think. I mean it's pretty clear. She met this guy...she likes him better...
Kevin: Who asked you?!
Paul: Well, you did. Remember?
Kevin: That's not the point.
Peter: Hey, Arnold! Heard the "Super Cooper" dropped you like a rotten egg. Sorry!
Kevin: Great.
Narrator/Adult: One little tiff with my girlfriend, and suddenly I'm headline news.

Norma: Kevin, guess who I ran into at the grocery store today? Doug Porter's mother. She mentioned that you and Winnie are going through some tough times?
Narrator/Adult: Great! I'd made the big leagues...the supermarket checkout line.

(Wayne slams the phone down from Kevin's hand)
Wayne: Don't do it.
Kevin: What?
Wayne: You're going to call her, right, hmm?
Narrator/Adult: Darn! I'd been picked up on my brother's misery antenna.
Kevin: I wasn't going to call her.
Wayne: Good. Because it's a "losers" move.
Narrator/Adult: 'Course, Wayne had been dumped by every girl in the tri-county area. So he did speak with a certain authority.
Kevin: OK, then what should I do?
Wayne: You keep your distance...
Kevin: Uh huh.
Wayne: You make her suffer...Otherwise you're just some road kill on the side of the highway, waiting to get run over a second time.
Kevin: Wayne, this is none of your business.
Wayne: Fine! Do what you want. But if you do call her back, may as well hang a billboard up saying "Winnie, come back, please." Better yet, maybe you should throw a party for her. Uh-hhehhe.
Kevin: Huh. Talk about stupid!
Narrator/Adult: The very thought of a party - talk about ridiculous! What would I do - invite her, get her alone, work a little magic on her?

(in classroom)
Madeline: Hi, Kevin!
Kevin: Hey.
Madeline: Did I hear that Paul Pfeiffer is having a party at his house tomorrow night?
Kevin: Well, sort of. Kind of. Anyway, I'm not going.
Madeline: Well that's a surprise!
Kevin: What do you mean by that?
Madeline: It's just I know you're one of Paul's best friends...and I just...expected...
Kevin: Well I decided not to go. It's gonna be stupid and boring... and there are going to be a lot of people there that I don't want to see, anyway.
Madeline: Winnie?
Narrator/Adult: I must have been as transparent as a piece of cellophane.
Kevin: Uh, no. Uh, yeah. She was thinking of maybe coming by.
Madeline: can imagine that must be hard.
Kevin: What?
Madeline: Going to a party alone that she's going to be at.
Narrator/Adult: Now wait a minute. What was this girl saying here? Why couldn't I go to my best friend's party? And who said I had to go alone?
Kevin: Madeline?
Madeline: Yes?
Kevin: Do you want to go to a party?

(at party)
Winnie: Kevin, I care about you. You mean a lot to me.
Kevin: I do?
Winnie: And...I need you...
Narrator/Adult: I wanted to take her right there and tell her how much I missed her.
Winnie:...to...be my friend.
Kevin: Your friend?
Narrator/Adult: The words cut my heart out. I couldn't have been more unprepared. I said the first thing I felt.
Kevin: I don't want to be your friend. I got enough friends.
Winnie: Kevin...
Kevin: Winnie, let's just do both ourselves a favor and keep away from each other.
Winnie: You really mean that?
Kevin: Of course I really mean that!
Narrator/Adult: I guess I was hurting her, but I just didn't care anymore.
Kevin: I'll tell you another thing, Winnie. This whole thing's stupid. It's really not that big a deal. And to tell you the truth our relationship didn't mean that much to me, alright?
Narrator/Adult: It was the biggest lie I ever told. And she believed every word of it.
Madeline: So how' d it go?
Kevin: Fine, fine. Piece of cake.
Madeline: I'm glad. I never saw what the big deal about Winnie Cooper was anyway.
Narrator/Adult: And that left just one thing to say.
Kevin: Madeline!...Get lost!



Episode Goofs
"You Are Everything" by The Stylistics is played at Paul's party. The song was not on the charts until late September 1971, several month after this episode took place.



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