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"Winnie" - Gwendolyn Cooper

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(Ep 1 - "Pilot")


football (Boys are playing football in the street. Kevin drops a pass and the ball rolls toward Winnie, who picks it up. They approach each other.)
It was a pretty hard pass.
Well, uh...yeah, I think it had sort of a reverse-spin on it...
(Wayne smiles at Kevin.)
Come on Kevin, stop gabbing with your girlfriend!
(Kevin takes the ball and returns to the game.)
She's not my girlfriend! (Frowns.)
(Winnie crosses her arms and frowns.)
This was true - Winnie Cooper was not my girlfriend. When we were very little we used to go down to Harper's Woods and catch fireflies but we really hadn't hung out at all together since we were about nine.
Uh-oh, think girlfriend's mad at you. Maybe you'd better go give her a big French kiss. (Smiles.)
Shut up, Wayne! (Frowns.)
*

tongues (At the bus stop, Wayne is measuring boys tongues with a ruler. Two older girls walk past Kevin and Paul.)
We seemed to have something of a height disadvantage, so we did out best to fit in.
(Kevin and Paul turn to look after the girls, with their tongues out. They spot a girl in the distance walking toward the bus stop.)
(With tongue out): Hooth that?
What an incredible stroke of luck, a new kid. A helpless waif who would be even more lost than we were. A helpless waif in fishnet tights, and gogo boots!
(Winnie approaches.)
Hi Kevin. Hi Paul.
Winnie Cooper?!
Gwendolyn. I don't want to be called "Winnie" anymore. My real name is Gwendolyn.
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(In the cafeteria, Winnie is looking for a place to sit.)
Hi! Do you guys mind if I sit with you?
Sure, Winnie. (Smiles.)
We were on our way. Our group was forming. And Winnie - I mean, Gwendolyn - was not chopped liver. Who knows, maybe we even had an outside chance to become the cool seventh grade group, if we could just remain inconspicuous until we picked up a few more members.
wetkiss (Wayne and Steve approach.)
Hey Steve, it looks like my baby brother and his girlfriend have found each other.
She's not my girlfriend. (Frowns.)
He thinks you are so...cute!
I don't think she's cute! (Frowns.)
He wants to give you a big...wet...kiss.
(Wayne makes sucking noises, and turns to Winnie.)
He told me.
You liar! (Frowns.) I never said that! I don't want to kiss her, I don't even like her! (Exits.)
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(Later, Kevin finds out Winnie's brother, Brian, was killed in Vietnam. Kevin finds Winnie in Harper's Woods.)
1kiss She was sort of hugging herself, and rocking back and forth.
There was a bit of a chill in the air and she didn't have a sweater.
For a minute I was scared to approach her.
I didn't know what to say.
I had the strangest feeling.
It was impossible for me to believe - Brian was dead.

I'm sorry, about Brian. And I'm sorry about what I said today - it wasn't true.
I know.

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(Ep 2 - "Swingers")


(At the Cooper's, after Brian's funeral.)
Hi.
Hi.
Hi, my mom wanted me to give this to you.
Thanks, I'm not really that hungry.
Yeah, you should eat though. Something.
What was she thinking? What was I thinking? I was so confused, she was so close I wanted to grab her, take her in my arms, feel her seventy-two pound body next to mine!
ham Try the ham.
OK.
Oh God, I was an animal! Watching her eat the ham, I felt, how could I be having these feelings? Did it show? Could people see through me? What would Brian think?
So!
notnow" (Kevin looks up to see a ghostly image of Brian Cooper standing in the doorway.)
You're at my funeral and all you can think about is jumping my little sister.
Of course he would think I was scum!
You're a man after my own heart. (Smiles.)
Wait a minute, that's right, Brian wasn't like that.
Kev...Kev, Kev! Not now...give her a little time.

*

(Another day on Kevin's street. Paul and other boys crowd around him as he reads a sex-ed book out loud.)
Chapter fourteen, the human reproductive system.
Lemme see it!
Hey! Come on!
Telling us not to read ahead was like telling a pack of wolves to stay away from red meat.
What's the matter Arnold. Are you horny?
Yeah, I think Arnold's horny!
Yeah, I think Arnold's horny?
(Kevin spots Winnie getting out of the Cooper's car.)
Shut up you guys!
(Paul snatches the book from Kevin. He and others scurry off.)
Oh my God!
(Kevin and Winnie meet in the middle of the street.)
Hi!
Hi.
Hi.
Whatcha doing?
Nothing.
Oh.
When are you coming back to school?
Monday.
Oh.
letsgo But, maybe we could do something tomorrow. I mean, if you want.
Yeah. I mean, sure! If you want.
Well, I'm going to my uncle's in the morning. But I'll be back around three.
Come on, Kev, let's go!
OK, well bye. (Smiles.) Seeya tomorrow.
OK, bye.
Bye.
(Kevin runs off to join Paul.)
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Wy02walk When Winnie got back from her uncle's we went for a long walk in the park. Neither of us said a word about it of course, but we both knew the park was where you went to make out. As we approached the baseball field I started to sweat. Nearing first base!...second base!...third!
Let's cut across the outfield.
OK.
I didn't know what to do, our first kiss had happened so naturally I couldn't even remember how I did it! Did I, did I breathe through my mouth or my nose? Well, I had to make some kind of move.
(Kevin hesitantly tries to put his arm around Winnie. He finally chickens out and slaps her on the shoulder.)
There was a bug on you.
Oh. Thanks.
Some move.
(Kevin and Winnie reach the trees and slow up.)
Well, there was no turning back now. We were here.
So, what do you wanna do?
I don't know. What do you wanna do?
I don't know. What do you wanna do?
I don't know...
(Kevin toes the dirt. Winnie picks a leaf. Kevin picks up a rock, inspects it, and tosses it away.)
The moment stretched out so unbearably...
(Winnie looks around, and toes the dirt.)
I thought we'd both explode. It was clear we were both stalling.
(Kevin scuffs the dirt.)
We knew what we were here to do.
(Kevin looks around.)
We both wanted it. One of us just had to come out...and say it.
(Winnie looks around.)
Do you wanna go on the swings?
Yeah, sure.
(They smile and run off to the swings.)
swings And in the end, that's as far as Winnie and I went that day.
Maybe we both felt we'd come too far too fast.

(They get on and begin swinging.)
Maybe we both realized that growing up doesn't have to be so much a straight line, as a series of advances, and retreats.
Maybe we just felt like swinging. But what ever it was, Winnie and I made an unspoken pact that day to stay kids for a little while longer.



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(Ep 4 - "Angel")


(In Miss White's class.)
Now! Where do we get...our values?
(Winnie raises her hand.)
Winnie.
winnie From school?
(Miss White gestures, then writes "school" on the board. She turns toward the class.)
Anywhere else?
(Kevin raises his hand.)
Kevin.
From our parents.
Yes, OK, very good, Kevin!

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(Ep 6 - "Dance With Me")


(Paul and Kevin are inthe hallway.)
You're gonna ask Lisa Berlini, aren't you?
I don't know. Maybe.
Then who am I supposed to go with?
I don't know. Hey, why don't you ask Carla Healey?
(Paul starts sneezing.)
No way. No way.
Why not? I hear she likes you.
Just stop talking about her, OK?
The words "Carla" and "Healey" had the same effect on Paul as seafood and grass pollen - severe membrane inflammation.
(Winnie approachs, and looks at Paul.)
thecword (To Kevin): What's wrong with him?
I said the "C" word.
Carla Healey?
(Paul sneezes violently.)
(To Paul): Are you gonna ask her to the dance or something?
No way, I'm not.
(To Kevin): You mean, you're asking Carla Healey?
No he's asking Lisa Berlini.
Lisa Berlini, huh?
Yeah. I don't know. I might not.
You know, you should. She's nice.
She's OK.
Well, I guess I'll see you guys later.
(Kevin watches Winnie walk away, then slams his locker and turns to Paul.)
What?!
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(Cafeteria.)
Tough break with this Lisa Berlini thing, huh? (Smiles.)
At least Paul was happy to hear of my rejection. It meant he wouldn't have to ask Carla Healey to be his date.
(To Kevin): Aren't you gonna eat your hamburger?
I'm not hungry.
I wouldn't eat it either. You see how they make the hamburgers? They put all this gross stuff in it.
It tastes all right to me.
I heard Eddie Obin bit into a hamburger and a bug flew out from under the bun.
No way.
That's what he said.
I don't believe it.
I do. It's documented fact.
Alright, that did it. There was only so much one guy could take.
First of all, there's no way a bug can breathe under a hamburger bun! And it probably would have suffocated before Eddie even bit into it.
That's right! And besides that, a bug is too quick to get caught in a hamburger to begin with.
Let's say it did get caught under the bun but didn't suffocate. It probably would have flown away when...
K & W:...Eddie put the ketchup on.

(Kevin and Winnie look at each other.)
Winnie and I always saw eye to eye on stuff like that. It was like we were born under the same sign or something.
Suit yourselves. I'm getting an ice cream sandwich. (Exits.)
Oh, is that the new lunch menu?
Yeah. Pizza boats, chilled pears, and carrot sticks on Wednesday.
sloppyjoes Maybe it was the buzz of the cafeteria, maybe it was the sting of Lisa Berlini, but sitting there across from Winnie, I felt a hunger burning within me.
Sloppy Joes, Tater-tots, and an orange wedge on Thursday.
I love sloppy Joes! (Smiles.)
Me too. (Smiles.)
Her message seemed clear enough. Behind the charade of the lunch menu recital burned the untapped rage of our secret passion.
On Friday it's macaroni and cheese, peanut butter cookies, and fruit cocktail.
Winnie, will you go to the dance with me?
Dance? I can't...(Frowns.) I'm already going with Kirk McCray.
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(At the dance, Kevin hooks up Paul and Carla, then mopes on the bleachers.)
And that's when Winnie Cooper entered the gym. I had never seen her look prettier than she did standing there in the doorway. Until Kirk McCray walked in behind her, then she looked beautiful. It was all so unfair. I mean, this guy already had everything. And now he had my Winnie. I wasn't gonna just stand idly by.
(Kevin gets up and walks across dance floor toward Winnie.)
It was time to do what any hot blooded twelve-year-old guy would have done if he were in my shoes.
(Winnie half-turns.)
Do you want to dance?
(A cute girl is standing next to Winnie.)
Sure!
(Kevin and girl walk onto the dance floor and start dancing.)
Try to make Winnie as furiously jealous as I was. The key would be to appear like I was having the time of my life and dance as I had never danced before.
(Winnie starts dancing with Kirk.)
Apparently, Winnie was playing the same game.
("Cherish" begins to play. Winnie and Kirk get closer.)
Do you want to keep going?
Sure, I guess so.
(Kevin and the girl dance closer. Kevin is watching Winnie.)
It all made sense at the time. This would be the moment when Winnie's eyes met mine across the dance floor and we'd both realize we were really meant to be dancing with each other.
(Winnie puts her head on Kirk's shoulder. Kevin stops dancing.)
Um, excuse me, I'm just gonna go outside for a minute.
(Kevin exits. Winnie notices him leave. Cut to Kevin sitting on the steps outside.)
Sitting alone outside the school, I kept wondering what it would be like if I had asked Winnie first. Had I meant anything at all to her? How could she have forgotten me so quickly?
("Boink!" sound effect.)
boink (Winnie as Jeannie): Oh, Master! Why so glum?
(Kevin looks up. Winnie, dressed as Jeannie, sits next to Kevin.)
Please don't be upset with me, Master! I only wish to please you!
(Sound of laugh-track, as Kevin looks confused.)
Huh?
I was only using him to make you jealous.
I knew it! You never even said a word to me all n-
("Boink!" sound effect as "Jeannie" is popped out of the scene.)
Well, you can't blame a guy for dreaming. But really, I knew I had blown it. First, I'd forgotten about Winnie, now she'd forgotten about me. I guess it was only fair.
Kevin? What are you doing out here?
Nothing. What're you doing out here?
I don't know.
(Winnie sits beside Kevin. They sit a few seconds in silence.)
Do you like him?
He's nice.
(They sit a few seconds again.)
Winnie, can I ask you one more thing?
dance (Cut to Kevin and Winnie dancing to "I've Been Loving You". They each look off, uncertainly.)
And so Winnie and I had our one slow dance after all.
But things wouldn't be the same between us.
We were getting older. And whether we wanted it or not...the Lisa Berlini's and the Kirk McCray's were changing us by the minute.
All we could do was close our eyes, and wish...that the slow song would never end.


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(Ep 7 - "Heart of Darkness")


(Winnie approaches Kevin and Paul in the hallway before school starts.)
Hi, you guys! (Smiles.)
Winnie, hi!
(Paul smiles at Winnie. Kevin looks away disinterestedly.)
Look, Kevin, it's Winnie!
(Kevin shrugs and looks away.)
It was Winnie, alright. Winnie - who had dumped me, stomped on my heart, left me in the dust for a lousy eigth-grader named Kirk McCray - but I had my dignity. I wouldn't let it show.
Hi.
Hi...So did you have a good weekend?
OK, now. Be carefree, yet restrained. Aloof, yet available at the drop of a hat.
Yeah, sure. It was fine.
Good...good...
winnie So...do you guys want to walk around?
OK, steady, boy. Steady!
Where's Kirk?! (Frowns.) Don't you want to walk around with him?!
(Winnie looks a little hurt.)
Ah, nice goin'. Very smooth.
You guys are still my friends.
Hey,Winnie! Hey, Winnie! Hey, Winnie! Come over here, I think Kirk wants to tell you something! Winnie, come on!
Uh, I guess you better go over there, or she might...pop a vein in her head or something. We wouldn't want that to happen.
Yeah...Well...I guess I'll see you guys later!
Yeah, later.
And that's when it hit me. This thing was bigger than Kirk McCray. Our Winnie was ascending like an angel into junior high heaven. Our Winnie...was becoming a "cool" kid.
*

(Later in the hallway.)
Hi, you guys!
Oh, hi.
(Kevin and Paul walk past Winnie without slowing.)
*

(Kevin has finally gotten over a series of nightmares. Now, Kevin and Paul are sitting on the curb in front of Kevin's house, looking at baseball cards. Winnie approaches, wearing glasses.)
Hi, you guys.
(Kevin and Paul glance up at Winnie, but are disinterested and look back at the cards.)
Hi.
Hi.
Are you guys mad at me?
What do you mean?
Well, yesterday in the hall...You just looked like you were mad at me.
I don't know what you're talking about.
Yeah. Me neither.
OK. Forget it.
(Winnie turns and slowly walks away toward her house.)
Hey, Winnie! (Frowns.) How come you're wearing your glasses?
Huh?
How come you're wearing your glasses?
Oh, I lost one of my contacts. (Frowns.) I look so stupid in these things.
(Kevin looks directly at Winnie.)
No you don't. You look good.
(Winnie frowns.)
I'm serious! You look much smarter.
(Winnie smiles.)
In fact, Paul and I were just saying the other day how dumb you look in contacts. Weren't we, Paul?
Oh, yeah. Tell me about it. (Smiles.)
No, really! I'm surprised your teachers haven't started grading you down just because you look dumb.
Oh, you're one to talk! (Smiles.)
youguys Hey, I'm just being honest. I would not lie about this.
Would I lie about this, Paul?

I've known him for twelve years, and he would not lie about this.
You definitely look stupid in contacts.

You guys!
Who's gonna tell you these things, if not your friends?

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(Ep 9 - "Christmas")

(School Hallway.)
Paul and I had a standing argument over who made out better on the holidays. Paul's lasted eight days which I thought gave him the edge.
Well, let's see. I'll give you an example. What's the one thing you really want for Christmas?
What's that got to do with it?
Just answer the question!
What did I want? What would make things absolutely perfect?
(Kevin smiles as he sees Winnie in the distance. "Winnie's Theme" plays, then grinds down as Kirk joins her. Kevin turns to Paul and shrugs.)
A TV. I guess I want a color-TV.
Kevin?
(Kevin turns to face Winnie.)
She was alone. She was wearing perfume.
winnie Hi...(Smiles.)
Hi! (Smiles.) I wanted to give you this.
What is it?
It's a present.
(Frowns.) Sure. I knew that.
I wanted to tear it open with my teeth.
But don't open it till Christmas. 'Kay? (Smiles.)
Of course not.
A thousand thoughts were barrelling through my head - a million questions, a billion -
Well, seeya!
(Winnie walks away.)
Wait - stop her! Stop her!
Uh, I - I got somethin' for you, too.
Good. A lie, but a - a good lie...
I just...don't have it with me.
(Smiles.) Oh, that's OK. You don't have to.
Maybe I can...bring it to your house?
I guess so.
Then I'll seeya.
(Winnie returns to her friends.)
In a matter of seconds, my whole life had been bent into a question-mark. What did this mean? Was it a message?
(Kevin looks toward Winnie and smiles.)
One thing I was sure of - Winnie Cooper had never smelled better.

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(Ep 10 - "Steady As She Goes")


I hear Kirk thinks Winnie likes someone else.
Big deal.
(Paul looks off and frowns.)
Oh, great. Now he clams up. What was he gonna make me do? Ask him?
So? Who does she like?
I don't know. But whoever it is, it'll be a big step down from Kirk McCray, I can tell you that. I mean, he's like the coolest guy in the whole school. I don't know who she thinks she's gonna get even half as good as he is, because he's like the top of the -
Paul, you should really stop worrying about Winnie Cooper's love life. (Frowns.) I mean, it's kinda pathetic.
I was just saying.
I'd been toyed with too many times to get excited about one measley rumor.
*

(Music Class. They are singing "Yellow Bird". Kevin sees Winnie looking his way while singing.)
Hold the phone. What have we here? That was no "I'm-glad-we're-still-friends" look. That was "Tony, Tony! Take me, I'm yours!" My God, it was a moment. Maybe those rumors about Winnie and Kirk were true.
(Singing, with V/O of Maria from West Side Story): Hold my hand, and I'll take you there!
(Singing, with V/O of Tony): Somehow!
(As Maria): Someday!
(As Tony): Somewhere!
WINNIE and KEVIN (As Maria and Tony) Somewhere!
(Paul taps Kevin on shoulder and directs his attention to door behind him, where Kirk holds a sign up to the window: "I'm sorry Winnie." Winnie smiles at Kirk. Kirk smiles.)
What'd I tell you?
*

(Skating Rink. Paul, Carla, and others are skating. Kevin watches from off the ice.)
Whatever happened to the pristine days of baseball cards and loogie contests? Since when did women start to rule our lives?
(Winnie skates up to where Kevin is standing.)
Hi, Kevin.
Huh-muh-nuh, huh-muh-nuh, huh-muh-nuh.
Hi.(Smiles.)
How come you haven't been skating?
Oh, I, uh, I hurt my...ankle.
That's too bad.
God, she looked beautiful.
Where's McCray?
(Rolling her eyes): Who knows?
What was this tone? Trouble in Paradise?
Something wrong?
No. Well, I was going to ask you something, but I didn't know you were hurt.
Uh, no, it-it's, uh, not that bad. It's feeling better already.
Breathe deep, little man. Here come's the big one.
This is really embarrassing.
Don't be embarrassed.
cometopapa Come to Papa...
Well...
Go ahead.
D-do you want to...do you want to...skate...with Becky Slater?
What?!
This is so embarrassing. Becky Slater? She kind of asked me if I'd ask you.
(Kirk skates by and grabs Winnie by the arm.)
Kirk! (Laughs.) Wait, I'm gonna fall!
It's hard to describe what I was feeling at that moment in time. Humiliation? Sorrow? Or was it more...intense hostility!?
skate (Kevin heads out on to the ice.)
Becky Slater!? Weeks of waiting in the wings...and all I get is Becky Slater!? I'll give you...
Becky Slater!
Yes?
You wanna go steady?
Sure!
Let's skate!
My first steady girlfriend.
*

(Cafeteria. Kevin and Winnie are sitting side-by-side at a table.)
Well, I suppose you could say that going steady with Becky Slater had gotten me closer to Winnie Cooper.
(The camera pulls back to reveal Becky next to Kevin, and Kirk next to Winnie.)
Although not quite the way I'd pictured it.
(To Winnie, through Kevin.): Did you hear about Susan and John Rodgers?
What about them?
Supposedly, Susan thought she saw John and Gina together, you know, like together. But they weren't together together, they were just studying together. But Susan might break up anyway.
No way!
I don't know - that's what I heard.
I - I can't believe it!
She's been giving him the silent treatment, so he's been spending a lot of time with Jessica, you know, like talking and stuff, but I mean...
Sitting there wedged between my dream girl and my significant other, one thought kept rolling back and forth through my mind - "Dear God, what have I done?"
*

(Kevin and Becky are at a table at the skating rink. Becky snuggles closer.)
I'm really glad we're going steady.
(They say the following lines at the same time.)
Look, Becky, we have to talk.
Winnie! Over here!
(Winnie approaches.)
Hi, you guys. Have you seen Kirk around? I was supposed to meet him here.
I don't think he's here. Why don't you sit with us?
I don't know...(Frowns.)
Hey, hey. What's this? The physical contact too much to take?
I don't think I should. But if you guys see Kirk, will you tell him that I'm looking for him?
No sweat. Right, Becky?
fries Sure.
Sure you don't want some fries?
No, thanks. I'm not hungry.
Well, take this.
(Kevin feeds a fry to Becky.)
And this.
(Kevin blows a sleeve off a straw. Kevin and Becky laugh.)
You guys make a really cute couple.
Boy, was she steamed. It's not the same without little Kevin Arnold to kick around anymore, is it?
(Kevin watches Winnie as she walks away.)

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(Ep 11 - "Just Between You and Me...and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky")


 hikevin (Near the athletic field, Kevin stands a short distance away, looking at Winnie in her field-hockey uniform.)
Uh...
Hi, Kevin.
(She swings a leg up onto a bench.)
Uh...
(Winnie massages her calf.)
(As voice of temptation): Grab her. Squeeze her. Kiss her on the lips!
(To inner voice): No!
What?
Nothing. I ran into Kirk McCray this afternoon.
Oh?
Yeah.
I didn't see him today.
Really?
Yeah.
He's a pretty nice guy.
Yeah.
kevhead Kirk wants to know if you still like him.
Huh?
Kirk wants to know if you still like him.
Why doesn't he ask me himself?
Because he's a coward and a fool, not worthy of your -
Um, because...I guess,um, he really likes you, and he doesn't want to make you feel weird.
He just wants to make me feel weird.
I don't know. Do you mean do I "like him" like him, or do I just like him?
The first one, I guess.
Well, I like Kirk. But I'm not sure I "like him" like him.
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(At Winnie's house, Kevin has given Kirk's all-star patch to her, but she won't take it.)
Kevin?
Yeah?
I think I have to break up with him.
Really?
I think so.
This may be none of my business, Winnie, but I think...you're doing the right thing.
I mean, there's no use dragging it out.
You are so right.
We can still be friends.
Absolutely.
You know, I really tried.
*

(Kevin is determined to find out who Winnie likes. At night, Kevin goes to see her after she comes home from skating with Eric.)
Hi! (Smiles.)
Hi.
Hi. It's cold. It almost feels like it might snow.
Yeah. (Frowns.) Look, Winnie, what are you doing?!
What do you mean? (Frowns.)
What are you doing with Eric?
We went skating. He's nice to talk to. He's just a friend.
Yeah, what about Kirk? (Frowns.)
I broke up with Kirk. (Frowns.)
Yeah, I saw the way you broke up with him. In the hallway...?
Oh...I don't know...I guess that wasn't such a good idea.
You guess?! (Frowns.)
Well, what business is it of yours anyway?! (Frowns.)
I'm your friend, that's what!
Well, if you're my friend, then why are you being like this?
Like what?
Like - oh, I don't know...
Look, don't get all upset. I have to ask you something.
What?
I just have to know if you like me or not. And don't give me any of that "like me" like me stuff.
Well, that was it - a straightforward, face-to-face, yes-or-no question. And I was going to stand there...until I got my answer.
I don't know.
"I don't know"! What do you mean you don't know?
(She is on the verge of tears.)
I mean I don't know! I really don't know! I wish everyone would just leave me alone. I don't know what I'm doing...
This was something new! I mean, I always figured girls knew exactly what they wanted. They knew - they had a plan. Or maybe they didn't. Maybe they were just as confused as we were. Isn't that great?! It - it's horrible - they don't know either. That means nobody knows...
You mean you really don't know?
No.
Oh...Well, I'm sorry.
What for?
I don't know...
As I stood there that cold night, I realized for the first time in a long time that Winnie and I were feeling the same thing. We were both...completely...miserable.
end Kevin.
What?
Knock, knock?
W-who's there?
Sam and Janet.
Sam and Janet who?
"Sam and Janet Evening"...
(Kevin is expressionless.)
You're supposed to laugh.
I am.
You are? (Frowns.)
Well, maybe I'm not "laughing" laughing. But I'm laughing.
OK, Winnie. Some enchanted evening. We'll see.

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(Ep 17 - "Nemesis")


In junior high school there were days when you felt like nothing was worth getting out of bed for. But the, you remembered...you were going to see her.
bus Your day was gonna have all these moments. Moments that were full of...possibility. When you were sure that something - something...
(Paul waves his hand in front of Kevin's face.)
Kevin?
Was going to happen.
(Cut to Miss White's class. Winnie smiles at Kevin. He smiles at her.)
And then, there were the moments that made you really, really...
becky (Winnie leans back. Becky is sitting next to her. Becky leans forward and glares at Kevin.)
Nervous.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." What do you think the poet is trying to say?
I don't know why, but ever since I'd broken up with Becky Slater, I felt uneasy whenever I saw her and Winnie together.
Throughout literature, we see images of women as avenging harpies driven by mad fits of jealous rage. In Greek mythology, there's Aphrodite, whose insane jealousy of Helen of Troy triggered a war which led thousands of men to gruesome, agonizing deaths.
I started to think - a dumpee could really do a lot of damage to a dumpster.
(Becky again leans over to Winnie and whispers something.)
A girl like Becky Slater could -
But is this a fair portrayal of women? Or, does it say something about men's fears and insecurities?
(Winnie raises her hand.)
I don't think women are like that. I think most women, when their feelings are hurt, just get really sad.
*

(Earlier, Kevin has said unkind jokes about different kids, including Winnie, to Becky. Kevin and Winnie are walking home.)
H-hey, Winnie?
Yeah?
How was your day?
Fine.
Well, just OK fine or good fine?
I don't know, it was fine! (Frowns.)
Oh, good.
This was not good. Winnie was giving me the cold shoulder. I had a bad feeling Becky had told her somethin'.
(Kevin stops and hold Winnie's arm.)
Winnie? Did Becky say anything about me?
Like what?
Uh...nothing. I don't know...Did she?
No.
You sure?
Yeah.
Well, then, what's the matter?
holdthese (Winnie looks thoughtful, then shoves her books into Kevin's hands.)
Hold these!
(She runs into her house, and shuts the front door. Cut to Winnie's bedroom.)
Winnie?
(Kevin walks slowly into Winnie's bedroom carrying her books.)
Winnie?
(Winnie comes out of the bathroom.)
I think I'm sick.
Oh, you're sick!
It was great! She was sick!
(Winnie sits down slowly on her bed.)
Becky hadn't told her anything!
That's terrible.
You should probably go.
Well, do you need anything? Do you want anything to eat?
No! (Frowns.) No, I'm not hungry.
Well, your mom's not here. Who's going to take care of you?
(Kevin sits down roughly next to Winnie.)
Don't bounce. (Frowns.)
Sorry.
(He puts his hand on Winnie's forehead.)
bus You got a fever alright. Uh, I'm gonna stay here until your mom gets back. C'mon, let's get you under the covers.
But I don't want you to get sick.
Don't worry. I never catch the flu.
(Winnie gets into bed.)
OK, what else do you need? You want me to turn the radio on or something?
Yeah.
(Kevin turns on the radio - "My Girl" plays.)
Kevin?
Yeah?
I have this...this quilt that, you know, my grandma made when I was little -
You have a blankie? (Smiles.)
It's not a blankie. (Frowns.) It's a quilt. It's very warm and I always use it when I'm sick, and -
Oh, oh, I understand. These things are very important. So where is this blankie?
In the closet. It's on the top shelf.
(Kevin spreads it over Winnie and tucks her in.)
Better?
Better.
Sitting there with Winnie I felt...electrified. Something was about to happen. Something big.
(Winnie sits up with a serious look on her face.)
Kevin?
Wow! What a look! She was makin' my knees sweat!
Yeah?
Kevin...
Yeah?
I think...I think...
Yeah?
I'm gonna throw up!
(She runs into the bathroom. Kevin smiles.)
Yes! This was goin' great!
(Cut to Kevin standing by Miss White's desk, collecting Winnie's homework assignment.)
It was a magnificent stroke of luck. Winnie was sick for a week. I brought her her homework assignments...
(Cut to Kevin bringing Winnie a bed tray with juice and crackers. They each eat a cracker.)
I took care of her.
(Cut to Kevin at the foot of Winnie's bed, with finger puppets on his hand. Winnie laughs.)
I entertained her.
(Cut to Kevin sitting in Winnie's bedroom, watching her sleep.)
We were closer than we'd ever been. And I was happier than I'd ever been.
*

(Becky has told all the other kids what Kevin said about them. Kevin has run from school and is on his street.)
OK, OK, if I could just get to Winnie's before Becky had a chance to - What did I say, anyway, "Little Miss Priss"? That's not so bad. A little something about forgetting to take the hanger out of her shirt?
(Kevin stops and looks at the Cooper house. The narrator is panting.)
Great, great, no sign of Becky -
(Becky comes out the front door.)
Oh, man!
(Kevin runs toward Winnie's house, and into Winnie's room. She is sitting in her bed, apparently doing some homework.)
Winnie, I don't know what Becky told you, but whatever it is, it is not true!
Are you saying Becky's a liar?
Well, no, but -
Because Becky's my friend! And I wouldn't want anybody to say anything bad about her if it weren't true!
Well, well, no, it's just that -
(Yelling): You know, some people think that if you can't say something nice about someone, you shouldn't say anything at all!
Winnie, listen -
You know Kevin, I just never would have thought that you could be...that kind of person.
Ooh, not "...that kind of person".
Winnie, it was just a stupid joke. I mean, I didn't even mean it. Really, I didn't. I mean, you know me better than that. It was just to be funny. Haven't you ever said something mean about somebody just to be funny?
(Winnie glares at Kevin icily.)
Eh, I guess not.
Look, Winnie, I'm sorry. I'm really, really sorry. I'm really...sorry.
That was it. I'd hang my head in shame, I'd lay my heart right there on her blankie. She'd have to forgive me.
Well, don't tell me you're sorry. Tell Paul and Carla and Kirk.
Huh?
I just know if you'd said something like that about me, I'd be really mad at you.
Oh.
*

(Later, Kevin gets the flu. Winnie visits.)
"Miss Priss"?!
Huh?
"Bride of the Mummy"?!
Winnie it was just a joke!
A joke! I'll show you a joke! "Hi, I'm Kevin Arnold. And I'm really nice to people's faces, and then I cut them down behind their backs!" Oh, are you sick?! Here, I'll take care of you!
winnie17 Ugh...Winnie...ughhhg...
What's the matter - stomach feeling a little queasy is it?! Feels like the least little thing might set it off?!
Ugh...Winnie, please...
Maybe I should get you something to eat! How about some...cole slaw! Liver! Fried squid!
Winnie...ugh...
Oh, you poor thing, you're not comfy! Let me fix your pillows!
Oh, you have fever, you're burning up! That's OK, I'll help you! Poor baby, now you're cold!
Well here's your blankie!!

I guess that's when it hit me - Winnie wasn't going to forgive me for the things I'd said. It could only mean one thing - she wanted me bad!

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(Ep 18 - "Fate")


(Kevin and Paul watch Winnie play field-hockey. She gives Kevin a nasty look.)
Boy, she really hates you!
She doesn't hate me. She's just mad.
Nope. She told Carla she hates you.
She really said that?
She said she never wants to see your face again!
(Kevin frowns.)
Hey, I'm just being honest.
I better go talk to her.
I'm telling you, she hates you.
Yeah, you said that.
(Kevin walks over to Winnie at a bench.)
OK, so Winnie and I had had a misunderstanding. Maybe I acted badly. But wishing she'd never seen my face? I don't think so.
beatit Beat it! (Frowns.)
Huh?
You heard me. Make like the wind.
Whoa! Only one thing to do - turn on the innocence.
Winnie! Why are you so mad at me?
OK, OK, don't worry. Just keep up that sheepish "what did I do?" look and her heart will melt like so much wet Jell-O.
Don't try to fool me, Kevin! You've changed. You talk behind people's backs! You're just not a nice person. Now leave me alone!
(Winnie walks off.)
Now wait a minute - "not a nice person"? "Not a nice person"?!
I am too a nice person! (Frowns.)
(V/O): Hah!
Hah? Hah?!
*

(In class.)
"Not a nice person" - that phrase rang in my head like a gong. How could she say that?! More important - how could I convince her she was wrong?
Kevin! The...root causes of war - name one.
I think, uh, uh...a root cause of war...is, uh...
(Kevin looks at Winnie. Sound of a gong.)
Misunderstanding! You know...war starts when people don't understand each other. Or-or when they hear...false information. Or, or, something like that.
You're referring to, say - different cultures?
Sure.
Hey, I was cookin' here! I was sounding... philosophical...smart...nice.
Elaborate...please.
Well...say there's this culture that's good. And there's this second culture that's also good. But then this third culture comes along...and tells the first culture that the second culture said something bad about them, when they didn't really mean it.
(Winnie drums her pencil.)
And then, when the second culture tries to apologize, and the first culture won't even listen to to 'em!
(Winnie turns away slightly, then bangs her fist and sighs.)
And pretty soon, everything gets misunderstood and out-of-control! And it's not fair, because - !
Mr....Arnold?
*

(Kevin and Paul see Winnie and Eddie in the hallway.)
shoulder Paul, what's he doing with her? (Frowns.)
We don't know, we don't care.
Paul, the guy's putting his hands all over her! (Frowns.)
Even worse - she seemed to like it! This didn't make sense, unless -
(Paul stops Carla as she walks by.)
Carla, what's going on with them?
You mean, Winnie and Eddie?
"Winnie and Eddie". The sound of it made my heart sink.
likes They've been going out since last week. Didn't you know that?
But... why? (Frowns.)
I don't know. (Shrugs.) Because she likes him.
And suddenly I heard the tumblers clicking into place.
Holy cow!
Suddenly I understood everything. The reason...The message fate had sent me loud as a brass band. The message that said -
Face it. You're doomed!
*

(Winnie's porch.)
I don't want to talk to you!
(She slams the door. Kevin rings the doorbell several times. Winnie opens the door.)
You have to talk to me!
Give me one good reason.
Eddie...Pinetti! (Frowns.)
What about him?
Winnie! He's a-a-a-a-...a goon! A maniac!
No he's not! He's a nice person.
Ouch!
He's just misunderstood.
Look, Winnie, this guy could really hurt you!
You mean you! That's what you're worried about. (Frowns.)
Alright, me and you, both of us!
W-well, you started it. (Frowns.) Eddie told me!
Now that was a picture! I could see the tears running down his cute little pock-marked cheeks.
Besides...he's not going to hurt anybody.
But I don't get it. I mean, what do you see in him?
Well...he's honest! And at least he doesn't talk about people behind their backs! And I really don't think this is any of your business, anymore. Goodbye, Kevin!
*

(In the hallway.)
Hey, listen. For what it's worth, I'm with you all the way.
Good old Paul - a friend in need.
Just that, I only have this one pair of glasses...and, well...
This wasn't Paul's problem. Besides, I was gettin' used to the idea of life without tonsils...without pride. Without Winnie.
(V/O): Stop that! Eddie!
stopit And then, fate took one final turn.
(Winnie enters, followed by Pinetti and his friends. She is wearing her field-hockey uniform. Pinetti holds her hockey stick, and is poking at her with it, trying to flip her skirt.)
Cut it out. Stop it! Cut it out, Eddie! Knock it off! (Frowns.)
Come on, you like it! (Smiles.)
I don't like it!
I didn't like it much, either. Even though it was really none of my business anymore.
(Winnie hops around as Pinetti tries to flip her skirt. She grabs the stick, and runs out. Pinetti smiles and shakes hands with his friend.)
Come on, let's go - she's OK now.
On the other hand...
Hey!
What did I have to lose?
Hey, look who's here. It's the twerp!
Except parts of my body.
*

(After Pinetti beats up Kevin and leaves, Paul kneels beside Kevin who is lying on the floor.)
Can you move?
Yes.
kneel (Winnie returns and kneels next to Kevin.)
Kevin? Are you alright?
Does it matter?
You're all such jerks. (Smiles.)
So I guess Winnie finally forgave me.
So...you guys going to help me up? You know, I think I'm gonna need a little help getting home.
*

end Did you really tell Eddie I was a jerk?
Maybe...But I was mad.
Well so...now we're even. I mean, uh, I-I did something wrong and stupid...and now you did something wrong and stupid back. Right?
I don't know what you're talking about!
Well...Rome wasn't built in a day!
It's fate, Winnie.
Huh?
Never mind.

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(Ep 22 - "Whose Woods Are These?")


(Kevin is mowing the front yard.)
Springtime, 1969. The grass was growin'...all around me buds were popping into bloom.
(Kevin looks toward Winnie's house. Winnie is spraying the front lawn with water from a hose. Kevin licks his lips and smiles. Winnie looks at Kevin.)
sap Yeah...The sap was definitely rising.
(Winnie smiles slightly at Kevin, then resumes watering. Kevin smiles as he pushes the mower past the camera. Sound of the mower making a racket. Kevin looks down, surprised, and tilts the mower over. A baseball drops out. Kevin picks it up, then looks toward Winnie. Jack approaches from the driveway.)
Hey! (Points.) Be careful, will ya? I paid twelve bucks to have those blades sharpened!
Right, Dad!
(Kevin looks at the baseball, then Winnie, and bites his lip. Winnie smiles slightly at Kevin, and turns away. Kevin looks at Winnie and smiles.)
The grass could wait. It was time to make my move.
(Kevin approaches Winnie and clears his throat.)
Hi!
(Winnie turns over her shoulder quickly.)
Hi!
She smelled like mist.
You smell like grass.
Really?
It smells nice...(Nods.)
(Winnie turns forward and resumes watering.)
Well...(nods)...I guess I'm gettin' kinda sweaty.
(Winnie looks over her shoulder and smiles slightly, then turns forward. Kevin takes a step closer.)
You-you need some help with that?
help No, I'm almost finished.
I don't mind.
(Kevin takes the hose and steps in front of Winnie and smiles slightly.)
Yep - it'd been a long winter for Winnie and me...but now things were goin' fine.
(Winnie smiles slightly.)
More than fine.
So, uh...you wanna take a walk?
That'd be nice.
Yes!
Where do you want to walk to?
(Kevin looks off and shrugs, then looks at Winnie.)
Phhh. Uh, I don't know...(shrugs)...anywhere, I guess.
(Kevin looks off again, and smiles slightly.)
Say, maybe...
Heh-heh.
Harper's Woods?
(Winnie smiles. Fade to Harper's Woods. Kevin and Winnie walks side-by-side, looking at each other occasionally.)
Alone at last, in Harper's Woods. It was where Winnie and I had had our first and only kiss. Centuries ago.
(Fade to flashback of kissing on the rock.)
Last September.
(They pull apart, then hug.)
That memory had haunted me.
(Fade to present as Kevin and Winnie approach the rock.)
wy22 And here we were...
(Kevin slows up and gestures toward the rock.)
Alone again.
(They sit down. Kevin looks at Winnie and bites his lip.)
Adam...
(Winnie smiles at Kevin.)
Eve...
(They look at each other as Paul runs across the background and trips.)
And Paul.
Paul!
(Paul lies face-down in the leaves and dirt, and sneezes. Winnie looks at him with concern. Paul jumps up and dusts himself off.)
Guys!
(Kevin frowns at Paul, then looks at Winnie.)
Great. Go for a little nuzzle in the woods, and what do ya get?
(Paul covers his nose with both hands and sneezes, then brushes himself off.)
An allergic best-friend.
I've been looking all over for you guys!
Yeah, well...(Frowns.) Ya found us...
Are you alright?
No - I'm trying to tell ya -
(Paul sneezes twice.)
Wow - a triple! We hadn't seen Paul this upset since the day his goldfish disappeared.
There's men, and trucks...all over the place!
What? We haven't seen any trucks. (Frowns.)
Nope. No trucks.
(Very close shot of Winnie's lips and nose.)
Just lips.
(Winnie smiles. The camera pans up to her eyes.)
Look, Paul! (Frowns.) If this is some kind of -
Kevin?
(Winnie looks off, concerned. Sounds of noisy vehicles. Two pickup trucks approach up a dirt road. Kevin takes a few steps forward.)
Then suddenly...we'd been invaded.
(Paul and Winnie step forward. The truck slows to a stop, and a man jumps out of the back, and another approaches behind him. The foreman has plans laid out on the hood, and is looking off.)
Alright - let's move it!
(A man walks between Kevin and Winnie.)
It was amazing. They'd just arrived, in our spot! Like they owned the place!
Hey!
(The foreman looks toward some workers.)
Oh, hey! (Points.) Start those stakes over there by that rock.
Like we weren't even there.
Hey, mister!
Hey, you kids are gonna have to get outta here...
Well, so much for introductions.
(The foreman approaches holding plans out in both hands, looking at the workers.)v
Hey, come on, guys! What - do I have to do it all myself?!
(He walks past Kevin.)
Come on, here!
(He pauses and turns to Kevin.)
I mean it.
(He glances at Winnie and Paul.)
Beat it, huh?
Wait a minute - this hippopotamus was kicking us out of our own woods?
(Winnie looks at the foreman haughtily.)
You can't do this!
Yeah! We have a right to be here, too.
(The foreman laughs and looks at Winnie.)
Is that so? OK, OK. You can stay.
(He smiles at Winnie.)
But just until the dozers get here...and then ya gotta go.
What?!
Did he say..."Bulldozers"?
You kids are standing on a construction site. Haven't you heard?
*

couch I can't believe it. My mom's all excited that there's going to be a Yarn Barn.
My dad said its been in the papers for months.
It was irresponsible. Thirteen is a busy age. Who has time to read the papers?
We depend on these people for information - and then they let you down.
Well, there's gotta be something we can do.
Hey! I wonder if old man Harper's heard about this?
(Kevin and Winnie look at Paul and frown.)
Isn't there an old man Harper?
(Paul looks off and sighs.)
There's no old man Harper?
The getting of wisdom is never a pretty sight.
Well we can't just give up. We have to think.
Winnie was right. We had three keen seventh-grade minds. We could lick this!
We'll make a list!
(Winnie picks up a pad and pencil from a board-game.)
OK. Who's first?
(Paul and Kevin look at each other. Cut to Karen's room.)
I'll tell ya what to do.
Well, any port in a storm.
This is a democracy, isn't it? Then exercise your rights!
Good. Good advice.
But how do we do that?
Simple. There's a planning board meeting every Sunday night, downtown. Julie's father's a member. You should go there and state your case! You should demand...to be heard. You should fight...for what's important! You have to take action! Kevin - we are the people!
I think we should do it. (Nods.)
Yeah...
Great! Let's go! (Smiles.) Can you give us a ride?
Not me...(Frowns.) I got a date.
*

(At the planning board meeting, a woman approaches them.)
May I help you? (Smiles.)
We want to make a statement. About Harper's Woods...
Oh...
(She looks at her clipboard and frowns.)
I don't have that on my agenda...but there'll be an open mike after the meeting.
*

(Kevin, Paul and Winnie fell asleep at the meeting. Now, Winnie and Paul are following Kevin through the school hallway.)
hall Hey! You fell asleep first!
I didn't.
I think you did, Kevin. (Frowns.)
Winnie - I did not fall asleep first!
(Kevin frowns and nods as they pause at their lockers. Paul starts to dial his combo.)
Something was happening to us.
Did so...
Just when we needed each other the most...Paul and Winnie and I were...falling apart.
(Winnie frowns and walks toward the lockers.)
We should pour sand down the gas-tanks...
(She bangs a locker.)
Of those bulldozers.
Winnie? Please...(Frowns.)
Hey, we could hijack 'em! Bet I could start one of those babies up! (Gestures.)
(Winnie steps between the boys and turn toward Paul.)
Paul, that is so lame. (Frowns.)
(She walks past Paul.)
Oh, you have a better idea?
I couldn't have a worse one... (Frowns.)
This had to stop.
Winnie, don't be so mean. (Frowns.)
(Kevin looks back at his locker.)
Just cuz it was a stupid idea...
What's wrong with my idea? (Frowns.)
Like we're really gonna hijack a bulldozer? (Frowns.)
It was like a fire...spreading in a forest.
What we should do...is sneak into their office and steal their plans.
Talk about stupid! (Frowns.)
Don't call her stupid! (Frowns.)
I can speak for myself, Kevin. (Frowns.)
Yeah! (Frowns.)
Shut up, Paul. (Frowns.)
You shut up!v
I don't need this! (Frowns.)
(She turns and walks off.)
I don't either! (Frowns.)
(Winnie and Paul walk away quickly.)
Great. All we wanted was for someone to listen. Now we weren't even listening to each other.
*

(Kevin is grounded for scratching Mr. Diperna's desk, but has snuck out to Harper's Woods. Kevin approaches through the trees, carrying a flashlight.)
That night, I went to say goodbye to Harper's Woods.
(Kevin is looking at the tree as a light shines across him. He turns over his shoulder quickly. A flashlight flares into the camera lens, then Paul lowers it. Winnie approaches and stands next to him. Kevin turns toward the tree. Winnie and Paul approach. They look toward the initials in the tree.)
row Remember when we carved those?
Yeah. Third grade.
(Kevin smiles slightly, and Winnie frowns slightly.)
I thought it was second grade.
No, it was fourth grade - I remember it distinctly.
Well, one of those grades.
We heard about what you did in Diperna's office. Pretty stupid.
Really stupid. (Nods.)
OK, I'm stupid - can you just forget about it?! (Gestures.)
(Kevin walks behind Paul to the rock and sits down.)
Kev? We have a plan.
(Paul holds up a bicycle lock, as Winnie sits on the rock.)
Huh?
It just might work. (Smiles.)
Really? (Smiles.)
See, first...we chain Winnie to the bulldozer. (Smiles.)
What?! (Frowns.)
Well, ya see, it works better if it's a girl. (Shrugs.)
Are you crazy?! (Frowns.)
And then tomorrow, when they try to start it up -
Paul! (Frowns.)
We...
Will you stop it?
Well, what? (Shrugs.)
Well, I mean...in the first place, it's not gonna work!
(Kevin gestures with both arms and steps away from them.)
And...
(Kevin waves his arm.)
They're just gonna cut that thing with bolt-cutters, then you'll be out two-fifty for a new lock. And in the second place...(Gestures)
(Kevin looks at Winnie.)
Winnie's gonna get in trouble. If she doesn't freeze to death, first! And in the third place...!
(Kevin pauses, then turns away.)
It doesn't matter.
Huh?
Well look around! It's just a vacant lot. (Gestures.) In a couple years, we won't even remember!
I guess I wanted Paul and Winnie to face the facts, too. Wasn't gonna be easy. Maybe growing up never is.
(Winnie leans against a tree and covers her eyes.)
One...Two...Three...Four...Five...Six...
What is she doing?
Seven - you better get going!
Forget it!
(Pauls takes a few steps.)
Come on!
I'm not gonna do this.
I'm only gonna count to twenty. Eight...
Let's go, come on!
Maybe every human soul deals with loss and grief in its own way.
Let's go!
Some curse the darkness...
Kevin!
Twelve...Thirteen...
(Kevin smiles, then runs off with Paul.)
Yes!
Some play hide-and-seek. That night, Paul and Winnie and I found something we'd almost lost.
(Winnie runs off.)
We found our spirit - the spirit of children. The bond of memory. And the next day, they tore down Harper's Woods.

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(Ep 23 - "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation")


(Lockers.)
So...uh, sign my yearbook?
Sure!
And...maybe, I can sign yours?
Give it back to me fourth period. I gotta go!
Yep! You could feel it in the air - hope, potential. Who knew what the summer breeze might bring?
(A bit of "Winnie's Theme" plays, then trails off as a girl walks up to Kevin. She is wearing full orthodontic headgear.)
braces Sign my yearbook?
Uh...sure.
(He takes her yearbook.)
We really had a great year, don't you think?
(Kevin gives her a sideways glance, and nods.)
Yeah.
There was one minor problem here. I didn't have the slightest idea who this girl was.
(Kevin looks at her again, but gets nothing.)
I had to think fast. (as Kevin writes) "Have a neat...summer." OK, it was cheap. But it did have a certain flair.
*

(Earlier, Paul told Kevin he was going away for the summer. Now, in the cafeteria.)
I was mad! Mad at Paul - how could he do this to me? He was ruining my summer! Wait a minute - I still had Winnie. Winnie wasn't the type to just up and leave you. She wouldn't pull a stunt like that - she was thoughtful. Look at her, mulling over what to write in my yearbook...carefully choosing her words.
Wait a second - this was serious mulling! Something was definitely going on here. Sure, we'd had our ups and downs, our mis-steps, but we were older, wiser. It was time to let her know how I felt. It was time to make poetry...

(Kevin writes.)
There! I had filled an entire page with phrases like "always stay the same, never change", and "good luck!". Still something was missing - it needed something more, something...

iloveyou

OK, it was a bold and reckless move, but I was a bold and reckless guy, and these were bold and reckless times!

(Kevin returns to Winnie's table.)
I'm finished! I tried not to hog up too much space.
Me, too. Here's yours. Well...I'll see you later...(Smiles.)
Yeah, seeya later! (Smiles.)
I couldn't wait another second - to read all those wonderful things Winnie had been too embarrassed to say in person! All those secret passions...and yearnings she'd kept bottled up inside for the past year.

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"Have a neat summer"?!
*

(Kevin's taking a break from cleaning the garage.)
So much for madcap summer vacation plans. I had finally hit bottom.
Hi, Kevin.
What are you doing here?
I was just taking a walk. It's a little hectic at my house right now. Do you need any help with this?
No that's OK, I can handle it. It's part of my "really neat summer".
Oh...
"Oh"? I'm dying of embarrassment - and she gives me "Oh"?!
Maybe we can talk about it tonight. At the party.
Yeah, well I don't think I'm going to be there.
Oh...
Boy! Now she was really making me mad.
Well? Did you show it to anybody?
Show what?
Well, the yearbook - you know, what I wrote?
Oh...
Yeah, well you can just forget about it! OK? 'Cause I didn't mean a word of it, and you can just rip out the page and throw it in the garbage, because -
neat (Winnie kisses Kevin.)
It was amazing! It was our first kiss since that day last fall in Harper's Woods, the day Winnie's brother, Brian, died.
I'd been waiting to kiss her again all year - and now that it had happened, I felt as confused as ever.
There was only on thing I was sure of - I was a man on fire!


*

(At the party.)
Hi.
Hi.
What do you say after a kiss?
What's that smell? (Frowns.)
Huh?
Smells like...a saddle!
Oh, I guess it's...my after-shave lotion...
Really?!
Well, I mean, I didn't actually shave...I just put some on. I can go wash it off -
Oh.
If you want me to -
No, that's OK.
So, uh...you want to sit down?
Win-nie!
(Winnie hands the tray to Kevin.)
Uh, can you take this to my dad?
Uh, sure.
Thanks.
(Winnie hurries into the house.)
OK, so she was busy, that was understandable. After all, it was her parents' party.
(Kevin approaches Mr. Cooper who is tending the barbecue.)
Hi, Mr. Cooper!
(He holds the tray out. Mr. Cooper takes the tray, and doesn't acknowledge Kevin.)
OK, so everybody was busy. No problem - the evening was young.
ermin (Kevin turns around. Jack and Mr. Ermin approach him.)
Mr. Ermin would like to talk to you.
Oh my gosh - Mr. Ermin. The Genghis Khan of lawn care. He had a lawn the size of Wyoming.
I understand you're looking for work, son. (Smiles.)
This evening was heading nowhere and fast.
(Cut to Winnie picking up some 45 RPM records. Kevin approaches.)
Winnie.
Hi.
Do you wanna take a walk with me somewhere?
I can't, I have to help out.
Come on, only for a minute.
(Mrs. Cooper approaches and hands a bag of hamburger buns to Winnie, while looking out the window.)
Winnie, would you take these to your father?
Ughhhhhh...
Mom, I'm changing the records.
(Mrs. Cooper gives Winnie a stern look.)
Honey, please!
(Winnie takes the bag, sets down the records, gives Mrs. Cooper a sharp glance, and walks away. Mrs. Cooper absent-mindedly rubs her chin and stares out the window.)
Um, I'll change the records! (Smiles.)
(Mrs. Cooper, turns and walks away, without acknowledging Kevin.)
Don't mention it. Just here to help.
(Kevin shakes his head, then begins sorting through the records. Then watches Winnie. Winnie approaches her dad, and he grabs the bag and walks off. Winnie quickly turns and looks after him, frowning.)
*

(Kevin is standing at one end of a ping-pong table, bouncing a ball. He looks toward Winnie and Mrs. Cooper behind the bar.)
In the course of the next hour, I watched Winnie wear a groove in the patio between her parents.
(Winnie turns and hurries across to her dad, who is loading up a plate of hamburgers off the barbeque.)
There was only one possible explanation - she was avoiding me.
(Kevin approaches Winnie.)
Wait a minute.
Hi!
Yeah, we'd already said that.
Listen -
Did you have a burger?
Winnie, are we gonna have some time alone or not?
Win-nie!
(Mrs. Cooper holds up some drinks.)
OK, I promise, in a few minutes. I gotta go.
*

(Kevin is sitting on a folding chair, holding a mostly-empty plate. He sets the plate down next to him, and leans back, looking dejected.)
Five burgers and three hot dogs later, I was finally fed up.
(Kevin looks over and sees Winnie standing alone in the distance.)
She wasn't helping her parents, she wasn't doing anything, she was just standing there. OK, enough was enough. The game was over, let's lay out the cards.
(Kevin approaches behind her. He pauses, but Winnie doesn't notice.)
What is with you, huh?! (Frowns.)
(Winnie turns suddenly. She looks sad and turns away.)
One minute you like me and then the next minute you don't! First you kiss me, and then...you act like you don't even know me. You've been doing this all year! (Gesures.) I mean, if you like me, then say so. But if you don't...then...(shrugs)...don't act like you do, OK?
(Winnie keeps her back turned.)
OK?!
winnie (Winnie turns around.)
Kevin, I have to go away this summer.
What?! (Frowns.)
With my mom. We're going to my aunt's in Maine.
(Kevin backs up and turns around. He throws up his hands in frustration.)
I don't believe this! I mean, what about my summer! Paul's going away with his parents... (gestures)...and now you're going away with your mom...(gestures)...and -
(Winnie turns around, looks at Kevin sadly, then runs toward the house.)
And then, for the first time that night, I looked around. The music was playing...couples were dancing. Holding each other tight. But not everybody.
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And suddenly I began to understand.
(Fade to Winnie sitting on the edge of the flower bed along the front porch, staring out toward the street. Kevin approaches, and stands next to her, with his hands together. She glances at him, then looks toward the street again.)
I wanted to tell Winnie I understood what was happening to her family.
(Winnie hunches her shoulders.)
I wanted to say something that would give her comfort. Something incredibly wise.
Sorry.
Will you write to me when I'm away?
Sure.
(Kevin sits next to Winnie. She turns to him.)
I miss my brother.
(She is misty-eyed, and looks over Kevin's face. Kevin looks down, then toward the street.)
Yeah...
(Winnie looks away. Kevin slowly puts his arm around Winnie, and she quickly looks at him as he touches her shoulder. Kevin keeps his hand on her shoulder, but they both look away. The camera pulls up and back slowly.)
That summer, kids everywhere swam, water-skied, and sailed - while Winnie Cooper struggled to keep her head above water, in a family torn apart by anger, and grief.
(Fade to the Arnold backyard. The camera pans down from the tree tops to the laundry hanging on the clothesline.)
I pretty much stayed close to home.
(The lawn mower sits in the grass.)
I mowed Mr. Ermin's lawn. I went fishin' with my dad.
hammock (Kevin is napping in a hammock, with his hands resting on his chest, and a comic book covering his face.)
I watched a man walk on the moon. I considered myself...pretty lucky.



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(Ep 24 - "Summer Song")


(The Arnold driveway. They are about to leave on vacation.)
I wasn't exactly looking forward to the trip...but, I was tired of the old neighborhood. And there was nothing keeping me here anymore. Winnie's letter had seen to that.
Kevin, we're almost ready to go!
'Kay, mom!
(Kevin looks at the letter.)
Winnie wrote about how bored she was in Maine with her mom...
"July 29, 1969 - Dear Kevin, Hi. Everything's fine here. My aunt's house is right on the beach, and Mom and I are very comfortable. We've been eating lots of lobster - echh! Dad calls every day and we talk alot. I'm getting...")
About how much she looked forward to coming home. But then...
(Kevin flips the letter over.)
She'd met somebody.
"I've met somebody. His name is Chip and he's a lifeguard at the club my aunt belongs to. He's also in training to be an Olympic diver when the next Olympics come. We've been..."
His name was Chip. And he was the All-State champ of everything. She deserved it - I guess. And even though I'd never met the guy...
(Kevin frowns as he puts the letter in his pocket.)
I was pretty sure I hated him.
*

(On Winnie's porch when Kevin returns from vacation. He has had a brief fling with a girl on vacation.)
Hi! (Smiles.)
Hi! (Smiles.)
Well after all, Winnie was my next-door neighbor...
How you doin'?
Fine. (Smiles.)
winnie Sorry about your dad moving to Chicago.
Well, yeah...
So, uh...How's Chip? (Frowns.)
Oh.
OK, maybe it was asking for trouble...
(Kevin frowns and squints at Winnie.)
But I had an ace or two under my own -
We broke up.
(She frowns, glances off, then back to Kevin and and shrugs.)
I guess it was just one of those...summer things.
(She nods slightly and looks Kevin over.)
Ya know?
Yeah. (Smiles.) I do.
(He looks off again and bites his lip. Winnie smiles and shrugs.)
So it's great, huh?
(Kevin nods. Winnie smiles slightly.)
I think it's gonna be good. (Smiles.)
Yeah! Yeah. Me, too. (Smiles.)
(Winnie smiles and shakes her head.)
(Both): Welcome home!
(Kevin smiles.)

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(Ep 28 - "On the Spot")


(In the cafeteria, man is standing on a chair as he smiles and glances around the room.)
weber Students, if I may - a moment of your time!
(The kids ignore him, and continue talking.)
Stu-dents!
Who's that?
That's Mr. Weber - the new dramatics teacher.
(Hobson looks over his shoulder.)
Geek. (Nods.)
Definite geek. (Nods.)
He's not a geek! He's just...dramatic.
(Sound of Mr. Weber clapping his hands together three times.)
The fall play this year...will be Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". Auditions...will take place this afternoon. I invite all of you to come, be a part of this...haunting tapestry...of memory, and dreams.
(The students resume their chat. Kevin smiles and wads up a piece of notebook paper, and turns toward Hobson behind him.)
At the buzzer - he shoots!
(Kevin throws the paper - lefthanded - over Hobson.)
doit Ya think I should do it?
Do what?
Try out for the play.
You're kidding, right? (Smiles.)
I'd had some experience in this field, myself...
(Winnie looks at Kevin quizzically.)
Last year in Miss White's class. So I knew whereof I spoke.
(Kevin frowns and shakes his head slightly.)
No...That'd be a bad idea, Winnie.
Why? I think it could be fun!
Fun? (Frowns.) Do you know how many speeches you have to memorize? I mean, it's like taking eighteen biology tests!
I'm a pretty good memorizer. (Nods.)
Not to mention it's horrible. (Frowns.) I mean, you're standing out there all alone. Your ears start to sweat - nah...
(Kevin frowns and shakes his head.)
Nah...I don't recommend it.
I probably wouldn't be good, anyway. (Frowns.)
(Winnie stands up and exits.)
OK - so I'd rained on her parade. I had to set her straight. No one in their right mind volunteers to be in a play.
*

(At the audition. Kevin has shown up to get out of seventh period. His part is spotlight operator. Paul is reading for the part of "stage manager".)
winnie Ahem! The name of our town is Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, just across the Massachussett's line.
Yep. Not for me, the pressures of auditioning. Heck - this thing wouldn't even be turned on till the night before the play.
The date is May seventh, 1901. The time...is just before dawn.
Thank you, Mr. Pfeiffer. That was...(inhales dramatically)...Unique!
Thanks! (Smiles.)
(Mr. Weber turns and looks at his paper.)
Ah! Gwendolyn Cooper? Reading for the part of Emily.
But wait a minute!
(Whisper): Winnie - what are you doing?!
(Mr. Weber and Winnie both look at scripts.)
For me, I'd rather have my children healthy than bright.
(As Emily): I'm both, Mama, you know I am. I'm the brightest girl in school for my age. I have a wonderful memory.
Well, she couldn't say I didn't warn her!
Emily, walk simply. Who do you think you are, today?
(As Emily): Papa - you're terrible! First you want me to straight, and the next minute you call me names!
Still, she wasn't awful.
winnie (As Emily): I just can't sleep yet, Papa. The moonlight's so wonderful. And the smell of Mrs. Gibbs'...
(Winnie pauses and frowns.)
Heliotrope.
(As Emily): Heliotrope. (Sniffs.) Can you smell it?
You had to admire her guts.
Thank you, Gwendolyn.
I just hoped she wouldn't take it too hard when she didn't get the part.
(Cut to the lockers.)
I got the part! (Smiles.)
Ya, well, uh...I figured you would...
Isn't it amazing?! (Smiles.)
Yeah...(Frowns.) Uh, I mean uh - no!
I have to go. (Smiles.) I have to call my mom at home, and my dad in Chicago! (Frowns.) What time is it in Chigaco? (Exits.)
Well, it was good to see her smiling.
*

(During rehearsal, Paul and Kevin are in the balcony. Paul is reading the spotlight manual as Kevin watches Winnie.)
(As Emily): I always expect a man to be perfect. And I think he should be.
Oh, uh, I don't think it's possible to be perfect, Emily.
My own opinion was, my dad had the right idea. What was the big deal about all this?
Candlepower!
Huh?
Ya know this baby pumps out 750,000 candles o' light?!
Paul, it's not even turned it on yet.
Yeah, but when she does...(smiles)...powee!
I should have seen it coming. Paul had found his calling.
Ya know, Kev...(frowns)...it only takes one guy to run this thing...(frowns)...and I was just wondering if -
Paul! You want to run the spotlight...(gestures)...fine with me.
Really?! You don't mind? Thanks, Kev! (Smiles.) I won't let you down! I'm gonna run the best spotlight the school ever saw. And you can still be my assistant!
Assistant? (Frowns.)
Darn it! I forgot my line again!
I guess Winnie was having problems of her own.
(Winnie looks Mr. Weber.)
I just can't seem to remember anything.
Just relax, Gwendolyn. Let's take it from, uh..."giving away my daughter".
I'm giving away my daughter, George. Do you think you can take care of her?
Mr. Webb, I want to - I want to try. Emily, I'm gonna do my best. I love you, Emily. I need you.
(As Emily): Well, if you love me, then help me. All I want is someone to love me.
I will, Emily. Emily, I'll try.
And I mean...
(As Emily): And I mean...(Pause.)
Forever.
(Winnie sighs and looks off.)
(As Emily): Forever. (Pause.)
Don't you hear, forever and ever?
(Winnie turns, throws up her hands, and sighs.)
Let's take five, people.
*

(Later at the lockers.)
Kevin? Did you see what happened today?
Come to think of it, everyone was taking this play too seriously.
I forgot all my lines...(Frowns.)
Yeah, well...
I never forget things - I'm a good memorizer!
Winnie, I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure you'll be fine. (Smiles.)
But what if I'm not? (Frowns.) What if it gets worse? (Frowns heavily.) What if I wreck the whole play?!
Well, Winnie, you don't have to do it if you don't want to. I mean it's just a play! And it's all just to get out of seventh period anyway. (Smiles.)
That's the most insensitive thing I've ever heard in my life! (Frowns.) You don't understand anything, Kevin! (Frowns.) You don't understand anything at all! (Frowns.)
(Winnie slams her locker and hurries off.)
Actors!
(Fade to the cafeteria. Kevin approaches Winnie's table.)
Over the next two weeks, I learned a valuable lesson about show-folk.
(Kevin sets his tray down. Winnie is reading her script.)
I can't talk now, Kevin.
They make lousy lunch companions.
*

(Another day at rehearsals. Kevin is supposed to be timimg Paul who is getting the emergency bulb.)
The fact was, with just a few days left, Winnie seemed more lost than ever.
(As Emily): Why can't I stay for awhile? Just as I am? Let's go away.
No, no, Emily. Now stop and think a minute.
(As Emily): Don't you remember what you used to say? (Pause.)
Heck - even I knew the lines by now.
All the time you used to say...
(As Emily): All the time you used to say...(Pause.)
(Winnie frowns and raises her arms.)
I can't do this! I'll never be able to do it! (Frowns.)
(Winnie hurries off stage.)
This wasn't just stage-fright. this girl was in trouble.
(Paul opens the door as Kevin is exiting.)
Kevin - what was my time?
I can't talk - I gotta go!
One thing, I ask of you! One thing!
(Cut to the hallway. Winnie hurries past, and Kevin trots after her.)
Winnie! Winnie, wait up!
(Winnie turns abruptly, frowning.)
What's your advice, now?! (Frowns.) Quit school?! Lock myself in my room?! Change my name?!
OK. (Shrugs.) Forget it! I'm...(gestures)...just tryin' to help.
Mr. Weber says it's quite natural. (Shrugs.) All actors go though this. Even Laurence Olivier.
Oh, well...that's good, I guess.
(Winnie glances down and sighs.)
You were right - I shouldn't have done this. I should just quit. (Frowns.) I have an understudy. I'm sure she'd be better than me. Let's face it - she couldn't be any worse. (Sighs heavily.) What do you think I should do?
I think you should...do whatever you want to do.
I want to quit! (Shrugs.)
Then I think you should quit! (Shrugs.)
I can't quit!
Why not?! (Frowns.)
breakleg My father's coming out to see me. He's flying in from Chicago just to see the play. Mom and Dad haven't seen each other for two months.
Oh...Is there anything I can do?
You can tell me to break a leg. (Smiles slightly.)
But the play's not for a week. (Frowns.)
No - mean really break a leg. That way I won't have to do it. (Smiles slightly.)
Then...(shrugs)...break a leg. (Smiles.)
*

(During the play, Kevin has has to operate the spotlight because Paul gets ill, and messes up badly.)
It was humiliating. I wanted to just walk away.
There, are the children...coming home from school already.
(Winnie comes on stage.)
But then...
(As Emily): I can't Lois. I've got to go home and help my mother. I promised.
Then I realized I couldn't walk away.
papa Emily! Walk simply. Who do you think you are, today?
(As Emily): Papa, you're terrible! One minute you tell me to stand up straight, and the next minute you call me names. I just don't listen to you.
("Emily" kisses Mr. Webb on the cheek.)
Golly - I never got a kiss from such a great lady before.
("Emily" kneels down, picks up a flower, and smells it.)
She looked beautiful.
(Winnie looks up toward Kevin.)
And terrified. And I knew she needed me.
(Kevin lines up the spotlight and turns it on, then moves it over to Winnie.)
Those next few minutes seemed to last a thousand years. Every moment was potential disaster.
(As Emily): Why can't I stay for awhile - just as I am?
We were both struggling.
(As Emily): Don't you remember what you used to say? All the time you used to say...(Pauses.)
And then, a weird thing happened. I was holding the light on Winnie, when everything got very quiet. And I felt something. I don't know what it was. I felt like I was holding her up with that light. That we were connected by the light. And I wouldn't let her fall.
(Whisper): Come on. Just keep goin'.
(As Emily): That I was your girl. There must be a lot of places we can go. I'll work for you - I can keep a house!
No matter what - I wouldn't let her fall.
(Fade to near the end of the play.)
(As Emily): Oh, mama - just look at me for a moment, as if you really saw me.
That night I learned something. About courage...and maybe about love.
(As Emily): Mama, fourteen years have gone by. I'm dead! You're a grandmother, Mama. But just for a moment now, when we're all together...Mama, just for a moment, let's be happy! Let's look at one another! I can't! I can't go on! It goes so fast! We don't have time to look at one another! Take me back. Up the hill to my grave. But first...wait. One more look. Goodbye...Goodbye, world! Goodbye, Grover's Corners. Mama and Papa...Goodbye, to clocks ticking...and mama's sunflowers...and food and coffee...and new-ironed dresses...and hot baths...and sleeping and waking up! Oh, Earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you!
hands (Mr. and Mrs. Cooper watch emotionally, and join hands. "Emily" turns to the stage manager.)
(As Emily): Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?
No. The saints and poets, maybe. They do, some.
(Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are watching, near tears. He rubs her hand. Mrs. Cooper leans over and kisses his hand.)
(As Emily): I'm ready to go back.
("Emily" takes a seat.)
Hmmm. Eleven o'clock in Grover's Corners. You get a good rest, too. Goodnight.
(The audience applauds then rises. The cast lining up on stage. Winnie smiles as she takes her bow, then smiles at her parents.)
roses I couldn't exactly say we made theater history that autumn evening...maybe we weren't even very good. The thing is, it didn't matter. We made it through.
(Mr. and Mrs. Cooper applaud and smile at Winnie, nearly crying.)
And the critics were kind. And a week later...Mr. Cooper moved back in with his family.

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(Ep 29 - "Odd Man Out")


(Kevin and Paul are at the lockers and glance at each other uncomfortably. Paul slams his locker and exit past Winnie, who approaches Kevin.)
winnie29 What's going on between you and Paul?
Why don't you ask him?
I did. He says you've really changed.
What's that supposed to mean? (Frowns.)
Look - I probably shouldn't get in the middle of this...but he says you said some pretty mean stuff.
Alright - so the four-eyes remark was a little over the top. I was man enough to admit it.
Well, he said some stuff of his own, too, ya know.
All I know is you guys are really good friends. You shouldn't be fighting.
So, what do you want me to do about it?
Just be nice if he's nice. OK?

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(Ep 30 - "The Family Car")


(Cafeteria.)
So, uh, Hobson...I heard you struck out with Penny Brubaker last night at the movies.
Who told you that?
winnie (Kevin looks at Winnie and smiles slightly. Winnie looks away guiltily.)
Oh, wouldn't you like to know?
(Craig looks toward Winnie, who squirms slightly.)
You guys are terrible.
(Winnie stands and exits.)

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(Ep 31 - "The Pimple")


(In the cafeteria. Kevin is hiding his zit under a band-aid.)
What happened?
Happened? (Frowns.)
To your face.
Well, ya wanna know the truth?
(Nods.)
OK - here goes.
I...got into a fight.
What?
I...got into a fight.
With who?
"With who?" With...
With...
(The camera pans some students in the distance, then pans back to a particularly large guy.)
Him. (Points.)
You got in a fight with Tony Barbella?
Heck - if you're gonna break a commandment, you might as well get a little mileage out of it.
Yeah...(Nods.)
Why? (Shrugs.)
He was just...(frowns)...saying some stuff. (Nods.)
What sort of stuff?
winnie31 Woops - get out, before you hang yourself.
Look - I'd rather not talk about this, OK?
Of course. I understand.
(Winnie looks off. Kevin smiles.)
That must have really hurt...
Yeah, well...(Shrugs.)
I mean, getting hit right on that pimple.

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(Ep 32 - "Math Class Squared")


(In the hallway. Kevin has been cheating in math.)
winnie "A minus." Kevin, I'm so proud of you!
It was all a little confusing.
I hear Mr. Collins is really hard.
Well, yeah...but it...
You're so smart.
I mean...where was it all gonna lead?
Maybe you could help me with some of my math.

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(Ep 33 - "Rock-n-Roll")


(In the cafeteria.)
So, you any good?
Look, Paul - we practiced once, awright? Do you think the Beatles sounded so great the first time they played?! (Frowns.)
I just hope you don't make a complete fool out of yourself.
(Winnie looks thoughtfully at Kevin.)
I don't know.
(Winnie looks at Kevin and puts her chin on her hand.)
I guess I could see Kevin as a musician.
Well, well, well. What have we here? Potential groupie material?
winnie33 You know, I think he kinda looks like Paul McCartney.
He does?
Yeah.
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Pfeiffer!
Actually, he looks more like Donnie Osmond. (Smiles.)
(With narr): Huh?
I just hope you don't make a complete fool out of yourself.
Ah, who needed friends, anyway? I had a band!
*

(Amy's back yard.)
I was back.
Yeah, Kevin made it! (Smiles.)
Yeah, right. (Smiles.)
I was calm. I was ready. I was a man with a mission.
Kev, is that you?
(Kevin takes off his sunglasses, glances around, and smiles.)
Yeah.
Heh-hey...what do you say when finally confronted by a hero of rock-and-roll - in the flesh?
Is that your sister's shirt?
(Kevin frowns.)
Good luck!

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(Ep 36 - "She, My Friend, and I")


Around the end of 1969, a funny thing happened. 1970. Not that anyone was paying much attention. Still, with the new decade on the books, maybe it was time to heal old wounds - get over old hurts. It was possible. After all, I'd gotten over Winnie Coooper.
(Fade to Winnie's locker. She dials her combo and looks at Kevin at his locker.)
Hi, Kevin! (Smiles.)
Hi! (Smiles.)
Yep. Winnie and I were friends, now.
I like your shirt!
Oh...thanks. Can you believe all this history homework were getting?
I know what you mean!
(Winnie smiles and turns to her locker. "Winnie's Theme" plays.)
That incredible smile. The way she tossed her hair. The heart-stopping lilt of her perfume...I was over that.
(Winnie slams her locker. "Winnie's Theme" ends. She turns to Kevin, and he turns to his locker.)
Really!
Well - seeya! (Smiles.)
Seeya! (Smiles.)
(Winnie walks away.)
special There ya had it - hello and goodbye. Winnie and I were just a memory now. Not like Paul and Carla.
(Carla says something to Paul.)
They had something special.
(Carla walks off. Paul doesn't move.)


*

(Carla has dumped Paul. Kevin has convinced Paul to date someone else. In gym, Kevin has just found out Paul likes Winnie. Now, Kevin is walking with Winnie on her way to field-hockey.)
Ask him out? You mean "ask him out" ask him out?
Well, yeah.
Why?
Well, it's kinda hard to explain - see, it's a long story. see, Carla dumped Paul, and Paul's feeling...dumped. And I think it would really pick him up to go out with you.
ask Well, does he know you're asking me?
Not exactly.
Well, why doesn't he ask me himself?
Well, Paul's kinda shy...
(Winnie gives Kevin a funny look.)
And...he thinks I still...(Nods.) You know, that you and I...(Nods.) He's got the wrong idea. Y'know, I tried to tell him! (Gestures.) But you know, it's Paul.
Oh. (Nods.) And you really think it's a good idea?
Yeah! I think it's a great idea! (Smiles.)
And I did! At least - I think I did.
OK then. I'll ask him to the movies tonight.
*

(Next day Paul has told Kevin he and Winnie are going out again. Now, Kevin is at Winnie's locker.)
Yes, we're going out again.
Really...(Smiles and nods.)
Why?
Nothing, it's just...I'm...surprised, that's all. (Smiles.)
Kevin, what are you getting at? (Frowns.)
Nothing! Just...Paul's feeling better, and...I know you don't like him...
Who says I don't like him? (Frowns.)
OK - wrong choice of words.
No - I know you like him...(nods)...it's just...speaking as his friend -
I'm his friend, too, ya know. He's a great guy - he's fun to be with! He's smart, he's funny, he's cute...
Cyoo-hoo-hoot?
Cute? (Frowns.)
Besides, I really don't see how this is any of your business. (Frowns.)
Oh, come on, Winnie! Remember? This was all my idea in the first place! (Frowns.)
Yes, it was, wasn't it? (Nods.)
Well...I just think ya oughta...
Aw, heck! Why beat around the bush? It was time to lay it on the line.
I don't think you should lead Paul on like this.
(Kevin frowns and shakes his head. They look at each other a moment, then Winnie closes her locker.)
Who says I'm leading him on? (Exits.)
*

(After three dates, Winnie dumps Paul. Paul tells Kevin she likes someone else.)
Did she say who it was?
I can't tell you. She made me promise.
Come on, Paul, I -
But suddenly I knew. He didn't have to tell me - it was written all over his face.
Sorry about that scissors-lock.
It's OK. I never felt a thing.
Yeah, right. I heard you wimperin'.
In your dreams!
I hadn't noticed what a beautiful night it was. Lit by starlight...the world smelled clear and clean. For a minute, I didn't feel like a kid anymore. For the first time in along time...
(Fade to Winnie's porch.)
I felt young.
(Kevin walks to the door and rings the bell. Winnie opens the door.)
Kevin! (Smiles.)
Hi! (Smiles.)
It all made sense, now. I loved Winnie Cooper. And she loved me.
Winnie? I just want you to know that I know that...(nods)...I know. You don't have to say anything. Just...know that I know. OK? (Smiles and nods.)
door Know what?
Winnie! Paul told me! And I'm glad he did -
Paul told you? (Frowns.)
Well, yeah! Isn't that great?! (Smiles.)
Paul told you?! (Frowns.)
He says you're crazy about me! (Smiles.)
(Winnie slams the door.)

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(Ep 37 - "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre")


(Flashback from the previous episode. At Winnie's house, Kevin has just told Winnie he know she likes him.)
Paul told you?!
He says you're crazy about me! (Smiles.)
(Winnie slams the door.)
Oh, yeah...
(Close shot of a valentine poster on a classroom wall. "All You Need Is Love" plays.)
Love. Once upon a time, it was...simple. If you liked somebody, you let 'em know. And if you didn't...you let 'em know. One way or another, you knew where you stood. But as you get older, communication gets more...
(Cut to the bus as the door opens.)
Complicated.
(Winnie exits, followed by Kevin.)
smug I told you - I never want to speak to you again!
Let me explain that. See, I knew Winnie was crazy about me. She'd said so to Paul. But for some reason, now, she was having trouble saying exactly how she felt.
You're rude, insensitive, thoughtless, and smug!
There! See what I mean?
(Paul approaches and stands next to Kevin.)
She didn't really mean it. Did she?
Don't ask me - I got problems of my own.

*

(Kevin's valentine for Winnie was put in Becky's locker by accident. Now, in the cafeteria with Becky.)
You haven't told anyone about this, have you?
Oh please, oh please, oh please!
Of course not.
Good. Now listen -
(Becky kisses him.)
I wanted you to be the first to know!
(Kevin looks around the cafeteria as kids start to whisper. He sees Winnie chatting with friends.)
The first maybe, but not the last.
Where are you going? Kevin?
First things first. Right now I had to beat the rumor-ripple to Winnie Cooper before she got the wrong idea.
(Kevins trips over Curtis and falls.)
Ugh...
Kevin? Winnie has a message for you.
She does?
I hope you and Becky will be very happy together.
*

(Library.)
Winnie? We have to talk.
I told you - there's nothing to -
Just listen to me, OK? ...Look -
Kevin? What time should I be there, tonight?
Oohhhhhhh!
I'll leave you two alone.
Winnie!
Kevin? What was that all about?
I have to talk to Winnie!
Kevin? I don't understand...
Becky, that valentine wasn't for you!
Oh...
Look, I'm sorry, but -
Here...I can be graceful about this. (Exits.)
I stood there, my heart in my hand. It was time to give it to it's rightful owner.
Winnie?
I don't want to talk to you.
Look, Winnie. I'm sorry everything got messed up, but we can straighten it out!
Just leave me alone!
Winnie. Winnie! I know you like me!
Shhh!
Kevin...I lied to Paul. I did tell him I liked someone else. He asked me who...and I said you. But I really didn't mean it. I just wanted to let him down easy. OK?
I never knew until that moment, how much it could hurt to lose something you never really had.
*

(On opposite sides of the street as they walk home.)
Your such a jerk!
Huh?
Why'd you have to embarrass me in front of everyone like that?
Me embarrass her?!
I didn't mean to!
Your such a jerk!
OK, I was a jerk! But I didn't have to take this. I'd suffered enough. It was time to tell this chick exactly what I thought of her.
I like you, Winnie!
(They pause.)
And, furthermore...
Do you...like me?
(Very long pause.)
I lied.
What?
About Paul. What I told him...was the truth. I like you.
(Long pause. Kevin pulls out the valentine and approaches Winnie.)
This is yours.
I don't have one for you.
That's OK. We can share this one.
There was only one thing more to say. The simple thing, the brave thing, the thing that was in both our hearts.
37end Wanna...study for our history test?
Sure. (Smiles.)
(He takes her books. They join hands and walk off.)
Face it. We were a long way from kindergarten. And maybe we were learning that speaking from the heart isn't always easy. That afternoon, Winnie and I chose to leave those words hanging warm and unspoken in the winter air between us. But I think we both knew they were there, and we would get to them someday. The thing is, we just didn't have to hurry anymore.

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(Ep 39 - "Glee Club")


(Paul is sitting behind Kevin and Winnie on the bus.)
winnie39 She made you sing? All of you? That I'd like to see. (Smiles.)
She said Kevin had passion.
Really?
(Winnie smiles and laughs slightly at Kevin.)
She made a total fool out of me - so can we just forget it? (Nods.)
Well, I think she sounds very sweet.
So do I.
(Winnie smiles and puts her hand on Paul's shoulder.)
Right gesture - wrong shoulder.
Winnie, the woman's a fruitcake , OK?
(Winnie frowns.)
In fact, somebody oughta...lock her up! (Frowns.) In fact, somebody oughta -
Kevin...that's not very nice.
Uh-oh.
What if it were me up there...standing there, scared out of my wits, teaching my first class?
Uh, well...
Is that how you'd treat me?
OK - this was tricky. Very tricky.
Maybe you should think more about things like that, Kevin.
It was pretty clear I was gonna have to find the moral highground, here.
(Winnie looks off.)
And fast.

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(Ep 40 - "Night Out")


(Clips from "Romeo and Juliet")
Everyone know what happens when you fall in love. You hold each other close, you kiss, and then...you live happily ever after.
(Romeo swings from a tree: "Oh this is but a dream.")
For Winnie Cooper and me, "happily ever after" had arrived.
(Kevin and Winnie approach each other at the bus.)
Hi...
Hi!
After years of waiting...we were ready to face the future, together. Passing notes in class...sharing Tater-tots at lunch...being a couple. It was all kinda...wonderful.
*

(Riding in the bus. Carla and Paul sit behind Kevin and Winnie.)
Well, I heard from Darlene Murphy that Johnny and Mary got back together.
No...really?
I heard from Susan Jacobs, that Darlene Murphy was lying, and that Mary and Johnny didn't get back together.
No...really?
Kevin!
(Winnie nudges Kevin. He smiles.)
movie Well, I heard that Mary said that Johnny said...
'Course, in eight-grade, part of being a couple is doing things other couples do, even if they are, well, kinda stupid.
Hey, you guys want to go to a movie Friday night?
(K&W) Sure! Great!
(P&C) Great!
And so long as we had each other, we were ready for anything. Well, almost anything. Anything, but -

*

(In the cafeteria. Kevin and Winnie, and Becky and Craig, sit on opposite sides of the table. Robbie stands at the end.)
hudson So! You guys want to come to a little party?
Robbie Hudson. RFK's answer to Hugh Hefner. When Robbie spoke, everybody listened.
My house. Friday.
Us?
Hey! You guys are the new couples in school, and my parties are couples-only. What do you say?
You have to understand, this guy was no ordinary ninth-grader. His parties made reputations.
(Becky smiles.)
We'd love to come, wouldn't we?
Count me in!
Pfeiffer, right? Carla Healey, right?
Right!
Groovy.
Groovy! Wait till I tell her! (Exits)
So. Ya in?
Of course they are! All the other couples are going...
Groovy! (Exits)
Groovy.
I can't believe he invited us, can you? Isn't this amazing?
Of course!
(Winnie gazes off in thought.)
It was quite an honor. There was just...one little detail.
Isn't that the party where they...
Where they what?
Nothing.
You mean, where they make out?
Bingo!
Craig!
Well, what's the big deal? You two make out, don't you?
And that was the one little detail.
(Winnie glances at Kevin, then back to Craig and Becky.)
Of course we do.
room There, of course we did - I knew we did! We just hadn't yet...in real life.
Well, then...you're going to love Robbie Hudson's.
See, he's got this room downstairs...and, uh...
We get the picture, Hobson!
Great, then it's settled.
(Kevin and Winnie look down.)
What could we say, except -
(They glance at each other and sigh.)
(K&W): Ho-kay...
slap Hey, I mean, everybody else was going. Even Paul and Carla.
(Paul and Carla are standing face-to-face, in the distance.)
You rat!
(She slaps him, spilling his tray. Kids laugh as she stomps off.)

*

(Kevin and Winnie are at her lockers. Paul walks up, holding his cheek.)
We're not going.
(Paul walks off slowly.)
Well! That settled that, for Paul, anyway.
You want to go? I mean, since they're not going?
I'm not sure. Do you?
Well, I mean, I would, it's just, you know, Paul might feel left out.
That's true, that wouldn't be very nice.
(Kevin sighs in relief.)
Good! So we weren't going.
It's just...I guess everyone expects us to show up.
Well, that's true.
We don't want to disappoint them!
So, we were going.
It's just, we kinda promised Paul and Carla that we'd go to the movies with them Friday.
Yeah! That's right!
OK, we weren't going.
(Paul and Carla approach, holding hands and smiling.)
Hey guys? Guess what! Carla changed her mind. Now we can all go together!
*

(Cantwell's science class. Kevin and Winnie sit side-by-side at a table. Paul is behind them. A science film is playing.)
The horny toad. A voracious predator. Devouring the innocent...
(Kevin and Winnie look at each other nervously.)
...the harmless...the defenseless.
So..Friday night, huh, guys? It's gonna be great!
Uh-huh. Great!
(Shot of an ant getting eaten.)
Look out, little angel.
You know, Winnie, we really haven't talked about this.
cantwell What do you mean?
The party. I mean...you really want to go?
I said I did. Don't you?
Well...I guess so. (Gestures.)
What do you mean - "I guess so"? (Shrugs.)
Well I mean -
(Kevin turns toward Winnie. She turns away.)
OK, this was getting out of hand. I mean, weren't we on the same side, here?
I just want to do what you want to do.
Then you're saying you don't want to go?
(The horny toad snatches a bug with its long tongue.)
Oops!
No!
I don't know...(she glances up and sighs)...lets's just go and get it over with!
"Get it over with"? What did she mean by that?
What are you saying?
It's just that, everyone expects us to go, so, we should go.
Oh. So...we're going...
If you think we should.
Y'I do. (Gestures.)
Then we should go.
Fine. Then we'll go.
Great!
Great!
So we finally agreed. As a couple. Ready or not, we were on our way to makeout central.
Note how the tongue darts like lightning.
(A a chameleon sucks up a bug.)
Flick!
(Kevin is looking at the screen, then down, and frowns.)
Yeah! This was gonna be some fun.
*

(Kevin and Winnie meet at the bus.)
Everyone knows what happens after you've said you're going to a Robbie Hudson make-out party.
Hi.
Hi.
(Winnie gets into the bus, leaving Kevin on the sidewalk.)
You kinda stop talking to each other.
(Kevin gestures with both arms. Cut to thhe cafeteria. Kevin and Winnie, and Becky and Craig are at a table. Winnie is talking only to Becky and Craig.)
The funny thing is, even though we were as close as ever...
(In class. Kevin holds a note out.)
Winnie!
(She ignores him. He frowns and crumples up the note.)
We'd never been so far apart.
*

(Kevin walks up to Winnie's door.)
Still, we were going to that party. It was...expected of us. And really, what was the big deal? It's not like there was anything to feel guilty about, here.
(Fantasy scene. Mr. Cooper opens the door.)
Hi Mr. Coop-
(Mr. Cooper picks up Kevin and shakes him.)
So, I hear you taking my little Gwendolyn to a make-out party! Arggggh!
door40 (Reality. Mr. Cooper opens the door and smiles.)
Evening, Kevin!
Hi Mr. Cooper.
Hi!
She looked so beautiful I wanted to kiss her. Until I remembered I had to.
Ahem. Hadn't you two..better get started?
Oh...yeah. (Smiles nervously.)
Bye, Daddy!
Have a nice time.
Easy for him to say. Well nothing to do but - get through this with our dignity intact.
("Execution march drums" as Kevin and Winnie walk toward the sidewalk. Each has their hands together in front of them.)
Uh-huh! It was kinda like going to an execution, or a funeral, or...
(Cut to the well-behaved party. "Hang On, Sloopy" plays.)
A church social. This was what we'd been worrying about?
Look who's here. Hey guys!
Hey...man.
You guys party. I'm just getting some cookies.
Cookies?
My mom makes 'em. She's upstairs with my dad, so hang loose!
Yeah, hang loose to you, too.
It was almost laughable!
(Paul is contorted in Twister.)
Hey, guys!
Twister?!
Hey, come on, you mean you've never played Twister?
Well, once. I almost broke my ankle. My left foot was on yellow, and my right foot was on blue. And then they called red, and I turned like this.
(Winnie spins around awkwardly.)
And suddenly, the pressure was gone.
(She looks at Kevin. He smiles, she smiles.)
Suddenly, Winnie and I were just having fun. We were a couple again.
(Winnie and Kevin join the group dancing to "Shout". Other shots of party activity are inter-cut. Twister, popcorn, limbo, etc.)
This was like every other eigth-grade party we'd ever been to. With cookies...and punch. And Twister, and -
(Robbie flips off the lights. The music grinds to a halt.)
Total darkness!
(Robbie flips off the lights. The music ends also.)
Party time!
I kept hoping maybe a fuse had blown, especially when I saw that -
(Robbie shines a flashlight in his own face.)
Spotlight!
But something told me this was no electrical problem.
Round and round she goes, where she stops - nobody knows. Let see, now - who's it gonna be?
(Shot of Paul and Carla as the light crosses their faces. Paul is grinning, Carla looks tense. Robbie continues to spin around.)
You thirsty?
Yeah.
I think there's some water upstairs.
Bingo!
Funny, I'd never won anything before in my life.
Arnold and Cooper! You know the rules...into the make-out room!
(Kevin and Winnie are motionless.)
Come on, guys.
(He gestures expansively. "Ina-Gada-Da-Vida" starts.)
This way...to heaven.
And suddenly Winnie was holding my hand so tightly, it could only mean one thing.
Do you...?
OK...
Groovy.
(They enter apprehensively, then sit nervously on beanbag chairs. Winnie sits stiffly with her hands on her knees, not looking at Kevin.)
You...comfortable?
Yeah...
Well, cuz, if you're not, I can get another beanbag...
No, that's OK.
bus Well, this was...nice. Kinda like - waiting for a bus.
Music's nice.
Yeah.
Come on, guys! Don't take all night!
I kept thinking that this was no big deal - that if we really belonged together, one of us would make the first move. And then she did.
(Winnie hurries out. Kevin follows her to the doorway and watches her leave. Everyone looks at him, as Hudson shines the flashlight on his face.)
Everyone was watching. I had to say something clever.
I guess my kisses have that effect on her.
(Kevin smiles half-heartedly. Paul and Carla are sitting on the couch. Carla gets up and hurries after Winnie. Kevin frowns and glances around.)
*

(Later. Kevin is in bed, and hears banging at the window. He looks up to see Winnie, dreamily back lit, with her hair flowing out, looking at him. She motions to him. He approaches, and puts his hand up to hers on the window.)
(Kev's inner voice) Please, please, please! Don't let this be one of those dreams where I can't get the window open!
(Kevin opens the window.)
Can you come out? Please?
Nope. This was no dream.
Let me put some pants on.
*

(Kevin approaches Winnie on the sidewalk. She turns around quickly.)
What are you doing here?
(Long pause.)
I don't know...
Oh.
Can we just walk?
OK.
(They walk up a bridge in the park.)
I guess I knew what was gonna happen - she was gonna tell me she hated me.
You must really hate me!
What?!
For making you go to that party!
Well...
I hated being in there with you.
I know.
(He looks away and makes a face.)
It was awful.
Then why'd you go with me?! Look, Winnie, let's just make it easy on ourselves. I mean there's no sense in -
I really hated it.
Winnie, why are you saying this?
Not that I really had to ask - it was all pretty clear now.
(Winnie sighs and turns to Kevin.)
Because you're my boyfriend.
(Kevin straightens up a little.)
Oh!
Who else am I gonna say it to?
Well, there was a certain logic to that.
bridge So, I'm your boyfriend. Except...you hated being there with me. Do I have that right?
(Winnie is looking off. She nods. Kevin frowns and gestures.)
And you hated being there with me, because you didn't want to kiss me. Do I have that right?
(Winnie nods again. Kevin sighs and looks away. Winnie turns toward him.)
I did want to kiss you.
(She shrugs slightly.)
Just not then.
(Kevin glances around, then looks at Winnie.)
Well then when?
(They look at each other a moment.)
I guess maybe that's when I first realized...that love was gonna be much more complicated.
kiss40 (Winnie moves in to kiss him. Fade to wider shot of them on the bridge as they come closer.)
And much...more simple...
(They kiss.)
Than I'd ever dreamed.
(Music "Seasons" - Elton John starts.)
(Close slow motion shot of them kissing for a few seconds.)
"For our world, the circle turns again"
"Throughout the year we've seen the seasons change"

(Kevin put his hand on her shoulder.)
"It's meant a lot to me to start anew"
(Fade to repeat shot of first kiss. Fade to close slow motion shot of Kevin as Winnie pulls away.)
"Oh the winter's cold but I'm so warm with you"
(Fade to shot of Winnie looking at Kevin softly.)
(Fade to normal speed shot of them walking down the bridge, hand-in-hand.)
"Out there there's not a sound to be heard"
"And the seasons seem to sleep upon their words"

(Fade to shot of them sitting face-to-face, talking and smiling.)
"And the seasons seem to sleep upon their words"
(Shot of the smooth pond water rippling as a pebble hits it. The camera pans up the water to show Kevin and Winnie's reflection.)
"As the waters freeze up with the summer's end"
(Shot of them from the waist down, as they walk along the edge of the pond, Winnie leading, with hands in pockets.)
"Oh it's funny how young lovers start as friends"
(Wider shot of the path and the park. Kevin and Winnie are walking away side-by-side. They pause and gesture at each other.)
"Yes it's funny how young lovers start as friends"
(Kevin runs off, and Winnie chases him. The scene freezes after they take half-a-dozen steps.)

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(Ep 42 - "The Unnatural")


(In the cafeteria after a lousy baseball practice.)
This was getting to be too much. What I needed to do was just sit down with my Jell-O cubes, my french fries...and my girlfriend.
Hi!
Hi...
What's wrong?
Um, it's nothing.
Kevin? If something's bothering you, maybe I can help.
Well, maybe I should tell her. If anyone would understand, it would be Winnie.
Well...it's try-outs. You see, I'm having this problem...
winnie42 Uh-huh...
And...I can't figure it out. I don't know what to do. And I'm really trying hard, ya know, cuz it's important to me...Do you understand anything at all I'm saying, Winnie?
I do. (Nods.)
OK, this was what I needed! A little dollop of feminine sensitivity.
Try choking up a little more. And widen your stance. That'll help you get the bat around quicker, and that way your swing won't be so late, and you can meet the ball out over the plate.
Great...Everybody's an expert.

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(Ep 45 - "Daddy's Little Girl")


(Jack and Karen are arguing.)
The fact was, whenever Dad had an axe to grind with Karen, he ended up grinding it on us.
(Cut to Kevin sharpening a pencil at school.)
winnie45 Kevin...you might want to leave some of that pencil.
Oh...sorry.
Not that I was gonna let family problems interfere with my social life.
Kevin, is something wrong?
Winnie, I can't go to the movies with you tomorrow afternoon.
Oh...
My dad's making me work in the yard, cuz he's mad at Karen again.
Oh. Well that's too bad.
You bet it was. Anyone with half a brain would agree that -
Your dad's being pretty hard on Karen.
Chicks always stick together.
Winnie, isn't it a little unfair? Karen stays out all night, and I end up raking leaves.
Yeah, it is unfair. Karen's too old to have a curfew.
No she's not. She's only eighteen.
Eighteen's an adult.
Fine - throw the law in my face.
She'll be in college next year.
So what's that mean? That she doesn't have to listen to my father anymore?
Well, does he ever listen to her?
Yeah, of course! (Frowns.)

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(Ep 46 - "Moving")


(The Arnold kitchen. Jack has found dry-rot in the basement.)
I oughta sell this dump.
Around our house it was an old refrain. We'd heard it a thousand times before. And it was nothing to worry about. Maybe there was sawdust in the cellar, but all in all, my foundations were sound.
(Cut to the cafeteria. Winnie is walking toward Kevin, Hobson, and Paul's table.)
More than sound. Winnie Cooper - the light of my life, the cornerstone of my existence. She was...
Cheap, fake, and dependable.
What?!
This. (A ring.) I'm giving it to Becky.
Why?
It's a tradition. Everybody's gettin' one.
How much did you pay for that?
Nine bucks.
Whoa! That's a lot of money.
Maybe. But you know what you get for nine bucks?
A ring worth two bucks?
Insurance. Summer's comin'. This'll keep 'em faithful. Hey, its a small price to pay, 'specially when you're dating Super Cooper.
That's ridiculous.
Of course it was. Winnie and I didn't need a ring. We had something...special.
I was hers...and she was...
(A boy approaches Winnie and starts talking. She glances at Kevin.)
...mine. All mine. Not to brag or anything.
Hi.
Hi.
I brought you some ice cream.
Neapolitan?! I hated Neapolitan. But Neapolitan ice cream in a paper cup from the gentle hands of the woman I adored? Well...
I love this!
And I did. The fact is, with summer on the way, things had never been better.
*

(Jack wants to talk to a real estate agent.)
Mom?
Your father just wants to see what his options are, honey. It's nothing to worry about.
Sure! Obviously there was no need to panic. Now all I needed was someone to convince me of that.
*

(At night on Winnie's front lawn.)
Trouble was, that someone was Winnie. And I couldn't tell her. It wouldn't be fair. Why should she be forced to deal with that pain, that agony? Nope. The best thing to do was keep it to myself.
Winnie, we're moving.
yard What?
She, of course, took it pretty hard.
I think we could work it out.
What?
Well...it might not be so bad.
Seemed to me she was failing to consider the ramifications of all this.
Winnie, don't you know that it's impossible to survive a long-distance relationship?
Well -
I mean, Susan Boluty and Jeff broke up just because they were put in different homerooms.
I would feel the same no matter where you lived. Wouldn't you? I mean, it's not like it's your fault that your parents make you move, is it?
The thing was, she was obviously trying to be supportive and understanding. But what I really needed was a heartfelt...
(Cut to class. Paul puts his hand on Kevin's shoulder.)
Please don't go, Kevin!
Right words, wrong neighbor.

*

(Arnold kitchen. Jack let it slip that the Cooper's are moving. Kevin runs outside.)
I didn't believe it. I had to find Winnie so she could tell me it wasn't true.
(Kevin hurries to the Cooper's front yard, which has a "for sale" sign on it. Winnie comes to the window, and they look at each other.)
*

cantwell (Science class.)
The death of galaxies. The collapse of stars. The destruction of the universe as we know it.
Somehow I understood just where this guy was coming from.
Here today, gone tomorrow.
My world was ending. The girl next door was moving away.
Poof!
(Cut to cafeteria.)
Not that I wasn't handling it like an adult.
(Kevin slams his tray on the table and sits down.)
I don't believe this. I just don't believe this! How come you didn't tell me?!
I didn't know. Not for sure. Maybe it won't be so bad. We're only moving four miles.
Four miles?!
In 13-year-old terms, approximately the distance from New York to Paris.
Winnie, you're gonna be going to to a different school next year. Don't you understand what that means? We gotta do something.
Like what?
Maybe we could...talk to your dad.
Sure! Sit down with the old man, state our case, lay out options, and - who was I kidding?
Kevin, we'll be alright, won't we?
I wanted to believe that. More than anything.
At least we'll have part of the summer together.
Sure.
Winnie?
We're moving in three weeks.
*

(Kevin has bought Winnie a ring. Now, they are in the school hallway.)
I'm gonna miss this place.
Yeah, well, it's not all that great, you know. I mean, I hear they got really great lockers over at Lincoln.
Uh-huh. And seventh graders the size of trees.
I hate this.
OK, so she was feeling down. Fortunately, I was in the possession of a cure.
I got this for you. It's not much, but...I mean, they had this really great one for 48 bucks...but, uh...anyway...it's stainless...and rustproof, and...I'd like you to wear it.
It was kind of a big moment. Here we were - two ships, tossed in the storm. But suddenly through the clouds a light was breaking - the light of hope. The light of love.
I can't take it.
And then the lights went out.
Beg your pardon?
I can't wear it.
Some thoughts that sprang to mind. Maybe she was allergic to semi-quasi-precious metals. Or...
Well...you know, it doesn't have to be purple. I mean, they come in all sorts of colors, uh...blue, pink, ye -
It's not the color.
Oh. Well, then...
Kevin, we have to be sensible.
What are you talking about?
Kevin, I've done a lot of thinking. About...us. About what you said - about long distance relationships.
Well yeah, but...that was just mostly...hypothetical.
We...
And suddenly it was clear. She wasn't just cleaning out her locker. She was cleaning out her life.
Winnie, are you breaking up with me?
But she didn't have to answer. Her silence said it all. It had the sound of moving on, the sound of "goodbye".
(Kevin puts the ring in his pocket.)
I understand.
I have to go.
I know.
(Winnie sighs, closes her locker, and walks away.)
And then she was gone.
(Kevin walks away, but stop and turns around. Winnie is at the other end of the hall looking at him. She sighs. Kevin throws the ring in the trash, and walks away.)
*

(Kevin finds Winnie in the moving van in front of her house.)
Hi.
Hi.
She looked...small. And lost. Like a little girl sitting in a moving van. Which...I guess she was.
Can I come in?
I guess so. Have a seat.
Uh...I can't stay. I've got Karen's graduation.
I'd been planning what to say for about two weeks. About life. About love.
So what did you get in English?...just asking.
Win-nie!
They're packing up my stuff. My brother's stuff, too. They're putting his in storage. I think this is gonna be good for my mom and dad.
Yeah. I think so, too.
Winnie, where are you?
So, I'll probably see you around.
(Winnie stands up to walk out of the van.)
ring But somehow, I knew I wouldn't. And not just because of a few miles or a new school.
It was because...things could never be the same.
These lawns, these streets, this place...Winnie Cooper was leaving.
Leaving her home. Leaving her past.

(Kevin and Winnie look at each other. Winnie starts to walk out, but Kevin grabs her hand.)
Leaving...
(Kevin looks down at Winnie's hand as she slowly opens it. She has the ring Kevin had thrown away. They look at each other.)
hug You.
(They look at each other, then hug tightly.)





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(Ep 47 - "Growing Up")


(At a community pool, the guys watch a girl undo the strap of her bikini top as she lies face down. Walter suggests dropping ice on her back.)
Things were confusing, alright.
Forget it, Walter. It'll never work!
winnie47 (Winnie approaches, follows Kevin's glance toward the pool area, then looks at Kevin.)
What'll never work?
(The guys act nervous.)
Uh...uh...
Sometimes even crazy.
Uh..
(Kevin shakes his head.)
Nothing.
Still, I wasn't crazy. Just...in love.
Can I walk you home?
Sure...(Smiles.)
(Fade to the sidewalk. Kevin and Winnie walk toward the camera, with Kevin's bike between them.)
Winnie and I had survived the summer of long-distance romance. In fact, her move across town had brought a new depth to our relationship.
(Winnie smiles. Kevin smiles.)
Want a piece of gum?
We shared everything, now that she was wearing my ring. Hopes, dreams...big plans.
You wanna go to a movie tomorrow night?
Sure...(Smiles.)
And then after that...
Uh-huh...(Nods.)
(She smiles and puts her gum in her mouth. Kevin puts his gum in his mouth.)
Yep, these were golden moments - in a golden summer. When every day was perfect, and you knew it would go on forever.

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11/25/14 18:27