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The Wonder Years: Summer (1)

Kevin chases after Winnie who has taken a job at a out of town country club as a lifeguard.


Episode Info


Episode number: 6x21
Airdate: Wednesday May 12th, 1993

Director: Michael Dinner
Writer: Sy Rosen


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Guest Stars
Allen Bloomfield
As Al Bloomfield
Recurring
Andy Berman
As Chuck Coleman
Recurring
Andy Milder
As Howie Needleman
Recurring
Billie Bird
As Woman
Recurring
Brad Naso
As Eric
Recurring
Carlos Cervantes
As Band Member #2
Recurring
Giovanni Ribisi
As Jeff Billings
Recurring
Hector Elias
As Band Member #4
Recurring
Jonathan Del Arco
As Ted
Recurring
Katie Wright (1)
As Jane
Recurring
Kim Robillard
As Mr. Dexter
Recurring
Miguel Perez
As Band Leader
Recurring
Peter Asle Holden
As Nick Sadowski
Recurring
Peter Billingsley
As Micky Spiegel
Recurring
Peter Spellos
As Band Member #3
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
Episode Notes
This episode aired as a one-hour special which included the next episode "Independence Day (2)".



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blue CheerSummertime Blues 
Brian HylandSealed With A Kiss 
Creedence Clearwater RevivalUp Around The Bend 
Percy SledgeWhen A Man Loves A Woman 
Vivaldi1st Movement from Spring 


Episode Quotes
Wayne: Hey scrote! Pick up the slack will ya?
Kevin: Shut up Wayne.
Wayne: That's no way to talk to your supervisor.
Kevin: You're not my supervisor.
Wayne: If I'm not your supervisor, why am I wearing a jacket and a tie?
Kevin: Got me.
Wayne: Uh huh.
Narrator/Adult: In what had to rank as the dumbest career move in history I traded my job at Chong's Chinese for a future in sawdust.
Jack: Kevin, you're checking the machine after every load, right?
Kevin: Right, dad.
Jack: And you're being careful?
Kevin: Yeah, dad.
Narrator/Adult: The worst part was for some inexplicable reason everything my father did irritated the heck out of me.
Kevin: Dad what are you doing?
Jack: Checking the machine.
Kevin: I just told you I checked it.
Jack: I heard ya.
Narrator/Adult: And vice-versa.
Kevin: So why did you ask me in the first place?
Jack: What did you say?
Kevin: I didn't say anything.
Jack: Alright let's just get back to work. Pay attention to what you're doing.
Kevin: I always pay attention. (Kevin grinds the wood into the sander)

Kevin: Winnie, are you sure you want to do this?
Winnie: Well it's a good job.
Kevin: What being a lifeguard at some stupid resort?
Winnie: Kevin, my uncle went through a lot of trouble to get me this job. Besides what's wrong with being a life guard?
Kevin: What, nothing. Just you're going to be so far away, and...and...
Narrator/Adult: Of course what I wanted to say was how much I would miss her.
Kevin: It's gonna be just so inconvenient.
Winnie: Inconvenient?
Kevin: Whose stupid idea was this anyway?
Winnie: I think it was yours.
Kevin: Mine?
Winnie: You're the one who said we should spend the summer finding ourselves.
Kevin: I didn't say that. What I meant was we should find ourselves but you know still be together. Uh, keep, our space, only not really.

Jeff: We're leaving.
Kevin: What?
Chuck: We're driving cross country. We take off in three days.
Kevin: You're kidding!
Jeff: Well, we're going to New York, then New Orleans and then San Francisco.
Chuck: This town is closing in on us
Kevin: Great. I guess it's just me and you this summer.
Paul: Yeah except uh I'm gonna be busy with advanced summer school courses.
Jeff: Oh yeah, I was going to do that too, but I decided to have a life.
Kevin: Terrific. What am I supposed to do now?
Jeff: Well why don't you come with us?
Chuck: Yeah, what do you say, Kev?
Jeff: Y-yeah, we'll be on the road.
Chuck: Living by our wits.
Jeff: We'll go where ever we want to go.
Chuck: Do what we want to do.
Jeff: If we want to wake up in Kansas City...
Chuck: We'll wake up in Kansas City.
Jeff: Think about it...
Narrator/Adult: And faced with the call to the open road, the song of the high way, the lure of total irresponsibility
Paul: You're dreamin' You're parents are never gonna let you go.
Narrator/Adult: There was really only one reply...
Kevin: I'm in

Kevin: (calling Winnie at the Country Club) Winnie.
Winnie: (answering the phone from poolside) Kevin is everything ok?
Kevin: Yeah, yeah I just wanted to talk to you. I really miss you.
Winnie: Well, I really miss you too.
Kevin: You do?
Winnie: Of course I do.
Narrator/Adult: Yeah.
Eric: Winnie!
Narrator/Adult: That's what I needed, a loving voice, a sympathetic ear...
Kevin: How's the job?
Winnie: Great!
Kevin: It is?
Winnie: Well its pretty good, you know there's a lot to do over here.
Kevin: Oh that's good I'm really happy for you.
Winnie: So how are things with you (man yells from pool "Hey Winnie", splashes water)
Kevin: Working for my dad isn't exactly...
Winnie: (to man in pool) Hey cut it out... quit splashing (Eric yells "Winnie come on...")
Kevin: Winnie, what's going on?
Winnie: Oh it's nothing Kevin. But I've got to get back to my job, ok?
Kevin: Oh, yeah, sure, work.
Winnie: I'll talk to you soon.
Kevin: Sure, I just hoped...(Winnie hangs up) Great. Just great.

Kevin: Dad get off my back!
Jack: What?
Kevin: You're on top of me every second telling me what do with me life. Do this! Don't do that! I hate this job.
Wayne: What's going on here
Jack: You know what your problem is?
Kevin: Yeah, I can't stand it here.
Jack: Uh uh, you think you're too good for this job.
Narrator/Adult: And that's when it happened. I looked at those guys and all I saw was mediocrity, and hard work and being chained down for the rest of your life.
Kevin: Yeah, that's right, that's right, maybe this job is good enough for you, but it's not good enough for me.
Jack: Fine. You don't want to work here, I don't want you here
Narrator/Adult: And after seventeen years of living under my fathers thumb...
Kevin: Ok I quit, I'm out of here (Kevin throws protective goggles on the floor)
Narrator/Adult: That next morning I took my life's savings of a hundred and thirty bucks and packed my bag.

Parking Attendant: Welcome to the Cascades, will you be staying?
Kevin: Take care of my car.
Parking Attendant: Yeah, its a classic.

Winnie: I can't believe you're here.
Kevin: Me neither.
Winnie: You just got in your car and drove all this way?
Kevin: Well, yeah. I wanted to see you.
Narrator/Adult: It was what you might call a hero's welcome...
Winnie: Oh!
Narrator/Adult: Almost
Kevin: I mean, you're happy to see me, right?
Winnie: Of course I'm happy to see you. I'm very happy to see you.
Kevin: Good.
Winnie: I just can't believe you're here that's all.
Kevin: Yeah, well, things kind of blew up at home. I uh, I had a fight with my dad, and I kind of quit my job.
Winnie: You did?
Kevin: Yeah.
Narrator/Adult: Hey hey.
Winnie: Kevin, that's awful.
Narrator/Adult: Hey hey
Kevin: Well not exactly. You know I thought that maybe we could be together and maybe I could get a job here.
Winnie: Here?
Kevin: Yeah. Maybe you could put a word in for me or something
Winnie: Well maybe, but I don't really know anybody (several people walk past and greet Winnie)
1st Boy In Lobby: Hi Winnie, How ya doin'? See ya at the pool.
Woman In Lobby: How ya doin'?
2nd Boy In Lobby: See ya at the pool.
3rd Man In Lobby: Hello Winnie!
Narrator/Adult: Hmmm...
Kevin: Listen Winnie, if you don't want to do this
Winnie: No. Of course I do. Maybe I could help. What kind of a job would you want?
Kevin: It doesn't matter. You know I could be a life guard, or a caddie, or an assistant tennis coach, or you name it, what ever.... Hey watch it!
Narrator/Adult: Tennis anyone? In another dazzling career move I'd gone from sweatshop lackey to bottom of the barrel busboy.

Narrator/Adult: Maybe it was best to let sleeping dogs lie after all I hadn't come up here to investigate the wonders of plumbing. I'd come up here for just one reason. (Kevin sees Winnie) That would be it. (Eric sits next to Winnie and whispers in her ear. Winnie laughs) Hmm. Not that I was concerned or anything.
Kevin: Winnie, hi.
Winnie: Oh, hi Kevin. Kevin, this is Eric he's the head lifeguard here.
Kevin: Hi, I'm the new golf pro.
Eric: Oh that's a joke, right?
Kevin: Yeah.
Eric: I'm gonna go for a swim, ok?
Winnie: I'll watch the pool.
Kevin: And don't forget to take off your sunglasses.
Eric: Gotcha
Narrator/Adult: Yeah, ten-four
Kevin: So, this is the pool, huh? (Stands up on the side of the lifeguards chair)
(Winnie blows whistle)
Narrator/Adult: Great, a woman with a whistle.
Winnie: Listen Kevin, employees aren't really allowed around here during the day.
Kevin: Sorry, (gets down from lifeguards chair) but uh I'll still see ya tonight, right?
Winnie: Sure.
Kevin: Great.
Winnie: Except, the lifeguards are kind of having this meeting by the lake, and I kind of promised that I...
Kevin: Winnie, is it just my imagination, or am I spoiling your plans or something?
Winnie: What are you talking about?
Kevin: You know I came all the way up here to see you, and now I'm not gonna see you. You know I just feel like I'm getting in the way here.
Winnie: No, it's not that.
Kevin: Then what is it?
Winnie: I was just really surprised to see you, and its really busy around here, you just gotta give me a chance to get used to it.
Narrator/Adult: Of course the way she said it, it sounded reasonable enough.
Kevin: Ok, sure.
Winnie: Thanks, I really appreciate it.
Kevin: Yeah, well you know I gotta unpack tonight anyway. So I'll just hang out with the busboys, ok?

Kevin: (Kevin walks down to the lake looking for Winnie) Excuse me.
Boy: Huh?
Kevin: Have you seen Winnie Cooper?
Boy: Winnie Cooper, yeah I think she's with Eric, right?
Girl: Um yeah, Winnie and Eric are right over there.
Kevin: Thanks.
(Kevin sees Winnie and Eric kiss)



Episode Goofs
The movie The Natural from which the theme was played as background music while the narrator described what happened to Kevin, his family, and everyone else did not come out until 1984, eleven years after the episode took place

In the beginning of this double episode Kevin remarks that in July 1 was working in my dad's furniture factory. Then in next episode the show and series ends with the 4Th of July parade. During this time quite a lot happens. Kevin leaves work and drives to the Country Club, gets a job there, finds Winnie with another guy kissing, Jack shows up bringing clothes and cookies, Kevin quits his job and loses his car in a poker game, walks all the way back home, including spending the night in a barn with Winnie and arrives back home by the 4Th of July. Seems like an impossibility all these events could happen in a few days.



Cultural References
In the beginning of this double episode Kevin remarks that in July 1 was working in my dad's furniture factory. Then in next episode the show and series ends with the 4Th of July parade. During this time quite a lot happens. Kevin leaves work and drives to the Country Club, gets a job there, finds Winnie with another guy kissing, Jack shows up bringing clothes and cookies, Kevin quits his job and loses his car in a poker game, walks all the way back home, including spending the night in a barn with Winnie and arrives back home by the 4Th of July. Seems like an impossibility all these events could happen in a few days.

The scene of Kevin and Winnie getting a ride while hitchhiking and bickering the whole way, until being told to "get out" by the driver, was taken directly from the movie The Sure Thing, released in 1985.



Warning: The Wonder Years season 6 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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