"Winnie" - Gwendolyn Cooper
(Ep 48 - "Ninth-Grade Man")
(In the Pizza Barn.)
Well, I am.
Winnie, stop worrying. Everybody's gonna like ya.
That's easy for you to say. You're not starting in a new school. All the strange classrooms. The strange people. And you'll be so far away. You won't forget about me, will you?
Will you think about me?
Of course I'll think about you!
Think about me every hour. On the hour. And I'll think about you.
Promise? Every hour?
Sure. I'd promise her the world. Why not? I was ninth-grade man. And I was ready. For anything.
Ninth-grade man. Noble, upright, virtuous. I went into my last year of Junior High thinking I knew all the answers. And suddenly all I had were questions. Plus a dislocated thumb. It's funny. I remembered the time when I knew who I was. But that was eight hours ago. Suddenly I felt on the outside, looking in. Looking for...Winnie.
How was your day?
I wanted to tell her everything, every bit of it. All the setbacks, all the screw-ups.
Heck. I knew she'd understand.
How about yours?
After all when you're fourteen, you can't always put words to life. All I knew was - I felt home again.
(Madeline pauses in front of the table when Winnie has her eyes closed, then goes to the jukebox. Kevin looks uneasy.)
You don't know how hard it is to be the new girl in school.
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(Ep 51 - "It's a Mad, Mad, Madeline World")
(Close-up shot of a shiny silver bracelet as an engraving tool spells "Kevin Arnold" on it.)
You start out life with a clean slate. Then you begin to make your mark. You face decisions, make choices. You keep moving forward. But sooner or later there comes a time where you look back over where you've been. And wonder who you really are.
(Fade to the Arnold basement.)
(Winnie holds an ID bracelet in an open display case, and smiles.)
You like it?
I love it!
Winnie Cooper and I knew who we were. A couple. Together. Forever.
Look on the back!
(Kevin turns the bracelet over and reads it.)
"Love, Winnie". (Smiles.)
In a world full of twists and turns, we found our way.
Thanks! - What anniversary?
It is a year ago tonight that you wanted to ask me out, but you didn't.
(Kevin looks thoughtful.)
You don't remember?
(Winnie looks hurt.)
Of course we had our occasional misunderstandings. Still...
Oh, sure, I do. It's just...I thought that was tomorrow night.
No, tomorrow is the anniversary when you told Paul that you really liked me. (Smiles.)
Oh right. I always get those two mixed up.
Somehow we always managed to work things out.
Tell you what. We should celebrate. How about the movies tomorrow night?
Yep. We were solid, and nothing could come between us. Not time, not distance, not even raw temptation.
(Kevin is teamed with Madeline to cook chocolate mousse. Now he's in the Pizza Barn with Winnie)
I thought we 're going to the movies tonight.
Oh my gosh!
Oh, we are. I, I mean...we were. I mean we are. It's just this thing came up in French, I mean.
What kind of thing?
Well, it's cooking. You know, I'll just cancel it.
Don't be silly. I won't hear of it. We had the same kind of assignment like last week. And I know a bunch of people are counting on you.
The thing is she was being so sweet about it, so innocent...
Don't think you can fool me, Kevin Arnold. (Smiles.)
I beg your pardon?
You'd do anything to get out of doing your homework. But I think this is important.
School comes first. We'll just go another night. (Smiles.) I'm sure if I were in the same situation, you would say the same thing. Wouldn't you?
Maybe so, maybe not. What could I say, except of course...
OK, you win. (Smiles.)
(After running out of Madeline's, embarrassed, Kevin realized he left his bracelet at her house. Now, it is the next morning.)
There is nothing like an early morning bike ride to clear your head. I knew I was out that day looking for something. It could have been my ID bracelet - except I already knew where that was.
(Kevin approaches a small group of kids.)
So, maybe I was looking for something else.
(Winnie is standing at her bus-stop with two other girls. Kevin stops. Winnie turns to him.)
Kevin, what are you doing here?
I - I was just riding my bike. Guess I got a little lost.
Which was true in more ways than one.
Oh, I was thinking about you.
Which was true, too.
Well, that's nice.
And it was nice. It made me feel sure again. Made me feel brave.
So, how did it go last night?
(A flashback of the scene from previous night: Taste it!)
Made me feel like throwing up.
(Kevin looks away a bit guiltily.)
Uh, yeah, it went OK. Just a lot of cooking more or less. (Smiles.)
What did you make?
(Kevin tries to sound nonchalant.)
Nothing special. Just, you know, chocolate mousse.
Oh, that sounds delicious! (Smiles.)
Probably. (Adds hurriedly) But I-I didn't taste it!
(Winnie notices the bracelet is missing.)
Kevin, where is your bracelet?
And right about then I had a choice. I could be a man, and tell her everything...
I never wear it when I'm riding.
Or I could be a worm, and tell her nothing.
(Winnie's school bus approaches.)
I wouldn't want anything to happen to it.
But you'll wear it tonight, right?
Our movie night.
Oh, yeah! Of course!
(Winnie is relieved.)
Great. So, I'll see you then!
(Winnie kisses Kevin on the cheek.)
You're the best.
(She walks to the bus.)
But I didn't feel like the best.
(Kevin has gone to Madeline's, on a different night, to pick up his bracelet. She was not home. Kevin and Winnie are watching a movie. Kevin looks uneasy.)
There is nothing that compares to a good movie. The plot...the music...the total darkness. So far that night I'd kept Winnie from noticing the bracelet I wasn't wearing. But I knew sooner or later...
I was gonna have to come clean.
Want to have another licorice whip?
(He offers her the plastic bag.)
Or delay as long as I could.
How about some Milk Duds?
I'm fine. Really. (She smiles.)
OK, I was chicken. I needed time. Time to think.
(Kevin turns around to speak again to Winnie.)
Time to plan.
(Kevin sees Madeline entering.)
Time to bid life goodbye.
(Madeline looks at Kevin as she slowly makes her way down the main aisle. Kevin looks worried. Madeline makes her way across the row of seats behind Winnie and Kevin.)
(To other people): Excuse me, sorry. Excuse me...
(Madeline takes a seat just behind Winnie and Kevin. Winnie has not noticed. Kevin starts to breathe heavily. Winnie turns to Kevin, concerned.)
Kevin, are you alright?
You're all sweaty. Are you sick?
Maybe we should leave.
But at that moment I knew leaving wouldn't solve the problem. There was no escape from this. I had reached the dead end.
Listen Winnie, we have to talk. About my bracelet. You see, I, I kinda...
(A hand reaches out between them.)
(Madeline holds the bracelet.)
I think you dropped this.
(Winnie turns and takes the bracelet out of Madeline's hand.)
It's very nice.
(Winnie and Madeline nod in agreement.)
I gave it to him.
Well, it must be nice to have someone you love like that. (Nods, then exits.)
That was so nice of her, wasn't it?
(Kevin stares straight ahead. Fade to night in Kevin's bedroom. Kevin sits on his bed, fingering the bracelet.)
Life is a series of twists and turns. Things don't always turn out the way you have expected. Still, that night I knew I turned a corner. As for the future I wasn't worried. I had my girl, had my good name back, and I was gonna keep it locked on.
(Kevin puts the bracelet on.)
(Kevin looks at the bracelet as it slides off his wrist and falls to the floor.)
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(Ep 54 - "The Sixth Man")
(Kevin and Winnie are in the Pizza Barn as Paul enters with some basketball players.)
I don't believe it.
Hi, Paul! (Waves.)
(Paul appraches and sits down.)
Paul, where have you been?
I, I was...I was doing something.
Uh-huh. Like trying out for the basketball team?
Really? (Smiles.) How'd it go?
As if we couldn't guess. Crash, and burn.
I think it went pretty well. At least Coach Cutlip thought so. (Nods.)
You're kidding. (Frowns.)
Well, I mean, I haven't made the team yet or anything, but...(shrugs)...so far, so good. (Smiles.)
Well, I think that's great. I'm so proud of you! (Smiles.) Aren't you proud of him, Kevin?
Of course I was proud of him. That went without saying. I was proud enough to say...
Paul? How about getting us another pitcher of soda?
You got it! (Smiles.) This one's on me.
(Paul takes the empty pitcher to the counter.)
Hey, Woody, can you fill it for me?
Good old Paul. (Smiles.)
But suddenly, Paul was Paul...wasn't quite Paul. Something was different. Something was...wrong.
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(Ep 56 - "The Candidate")
Kevin, you didn't tell me you were running for election! (Smiles.)
Hey, I just mentioned it.
Yeah, well, forget it. I'm resigning tomorrow. (Frowns.)
Oh, that's too bad. I think you'd make a wondeful student-council president.
Look, Winnie -
Well, why not? We believe in you...
That's what I've been telling him.
Great. The support of a trusted friend wasn't bad enough - now I had the love of a good woman to go with it. This was getting intolerable.
Once and for all...it's a bad idea. I mean, give me one good reason why I should put myself through something like that.
I just came over to offer my congratulations.
Well, actually -
I must say, I'm looking forward to running against you.
This is gonna be fun.
What do you mean by that?
I'm gonna chop you up into little pieces, Kevin. I'm gonna destroy you.
Think of it this way...I always knew you were a loser - now, everybody else will, too. (Smiles.) Good luck! (Exits.)
And right then, I had my first taste of what motivates all really successful politicians - revenge.
What would I have to do?
Leave everything to me. I'll organize a campaign meeting.
Isn't this exciting?
We'll get the best minds at school behind you.
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(Ep 57 - "Heartbreak")
Young love is really pretty simple. It's about sharing little inside jokes when the teacher isn't looking. It's about passing notes in the hallway between classes. It's about all the really stupid things you share. It's about going through it, together.
(Kevin and Winnie are walking on the sidewalk. Kevin is pushing his bike.)
Did too! Would I lie about a thing like that?
Winnie Cooper and I had been through it all. The good times, bad times, the ups and downs. And we were still together.
OK, you're right. Satisfied?
I knew it! You can't fool me - I know that look on your face.
We'd known each other since we were kids. And to me she was still the girl next door - even though she didn't live next door anymore.
Hey, did you know Patsy Paddock broke up with Jim *Reed*?
Really? I didn't even know they were going steady.
Well, they are - I mean, or were.
Oh, then I guess it's too bad they split up.
Fact is now that we were going to a different schools, there were a few obstacles to overcome. Things like basic communication.
Brian Burns got suspended from school for two weeks for smoking in the boys' room.
No kidding?...who's Brian Burns?
(A group of kids gathers on the opposite sidewalk.)
Who are they?
Just some kids from Lincoln.
But even if our lives had changed, we knew it didn't matter.
I'm sorry. What were you going to say?
We'd been together too long to let time and distance come between us. And if Winnie had her life, well...so be it. After all...
I had mine, too. Life at RFK Junior High. It was hours of sheer boredom.
Broken only by moments of sheer horror.
So, I'll see you in French class?
Madeline Adams. She was beautiful...smart. Not to mention - totally dangerous.
Kev? You going to wear that to class?
OK, so I was tempted. But that's all. Nothing more. I was a one-woman man. Faithful forever.
(Mr. Cantwell's class.)
Class, this week we will be conducting a joint field trip with Lincoln Junior High. We'll go to the natural history museum...to gaze upon the bleached bones of animals which have preceded us into extinction.
Scientifically, it meant one thing.
Winnie gets to go with us!
Oh, right. Cool!
It will be gobs of fun.
It was the best news I 'd heard all year. Me and my baby were going on a field trip.
While Randy was peddling schoolboy legends, I was thinking about more important things.
(Fantasy scene of Kevin and Winnie snuggling in a darkened bus.)
More romantic things.
This is the best day of my life!
(They kiss passionately.)
And the great thing is, I knew she'd be thinking exactly the same thing.
(Cut to the Pizza Barn.)
Did you hear? We're going on a field trip together!
(Winnie seems unenthused.)
Almost the same thing.
Yeah! It's the natural history museum. It's a joint field trip with RFK and Lincoln. (Smiles.)
Are you sure? (Frowns.)
Well, sure I'm sure. It'll be great!
Yeah, that'll be fun.
Know what would be perfect? If we can sneak you on our bus. (Smiles.)
I could see us now. Nestled together, locked at the lips...
Well, I'd hate to let down the kids at my school.
How do you mean?
You know, by not riding on the bus with them.
Oh, you'll see them at the museum, besides, you see them every day!
Where as this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A plan made in heaven. It was - perfect. Flawless.
But how will I even get on your bus?
(Sound of a bus horn. Cut to the school bus area. Doug approaches as Mr. Cantwell counts students.)
I feel sick.
...eleven...twelve. What's that?
Well, maybe I'd better run and use the restroom, sir. Can I?
Alright, Mr. Porter. But don't come back if you're really ill.
Crude, but effective.
Now it's gonna be a gas.
Yep, all we needed now was a little split-second timing.
(To friends.) OK, I'll see you guys. Later...Bye.
And this whole thing was going to work out fine.
Talk about your basic fly-in-the-ointment!
I'm sorry. I was saving this seat.
Doug just snuck onto the Lincoln bus! And Winnie'll be here any -
Oh, my gosh!
So, uh, Madeline. If you don't mind...
Wow! You got 'em hanging all over you!
Maybe so. But the whole thing had been too close for comfort. And I certainly didn't want anything to spoil Winnie's good mood.
I'm not sure this is such a good idea.
Winnie, don't worry. It's going to be great!
Hi Winnie. How are you doing?
Well, nervous. I really hate doing this kind of stuff.
Tell you what. Next time I'll sneak on your bus. What are you doing?
Waving at some kids I know.
Well...I'm really glad you're here.
Yeah, I'm glad to be here, too.
And there it was. That smile. That magic. And the whole day ahead of us. You could sense big things were going to happen. On the way to the museum that day there was the usual chaos. But in the midst of it all...Winnie and I were right where we belonged. Together. No misunderstandings, no distractions...
(Kevin starts to throw a paper airplane and sees Madeline smiling at him.)
Not many, anyway.
(In the museum, during Mr. Cantwell's presentation, Kevin and Winnie look at each other and smile.)
Nope. The last thing on my mind was science. I was here for just one reason.
...a weakness, a vulnerability unknown to the dinosaur.
(Winnie waves toward friends.)
...unknown to us 64 million years later...
...what led to its utter demise...
Who are they?
Just some friends from class. That's Marsha and Sean...
Are you going to spend the whole day waving at them?
I mean, I just thought we were here together, you know?
I know, I'm sorry.
People, follow me to the next room. Please, no stragglers.
And even though we had gotten off to a bumpy start...I knew from here on out it was going to be smooth sailing.
(To friend): I can't believe it! Eddie Wheeler really did that?
You should have seen it! It was gross.
By lunchtime, we had sailed into a squall. Instead of being alone, Winnie and I were surrounded.
He at the whole hot pepper - even the stem. Then he went to math class and sneezed for twenty minutes!
I bet Mr. Kroy must have had a fit.
Who knew? More to the point - who cared?
You see, Mr. Kroy's this really weird teacher...
Ha, I get it. Mr. Kroy.
So, what did Kroy say?
It didn't seem fair. I was stuck with a bunch of saps from Lincoln Junior High, while over in my corner...
(Kevin looks over at Paul, Randy and Doug, who are looking at the museum pamphlet at another table. Madeline's lunch tray, and her torso, pauses in Kevin's line-of-sight. The camera raises to show Madeline. She gives Kevin a long look as she pauses there, then walks away. Kevin turns forward.)
We're gonna go check out the gift shop. Want to come?
Well, then, we'll see ya'll later.
We needed to talk.
But for some reason, we didn't.
Attention, students. Please assemble back in the lobby.
What were you going to ask me?
It's OK. Never mind.
Still, by the time we got back to fossils...
(Winnie waves to off-screen friends. Kevin walks up behind her.)
(To friends) Hi!
The whole thing was getting old.
It was time to straighten this out, one way or another.
I -...you have beautiful eyes!
And there it was. The old smile. The old chemistry. The old...
(Winnie's friends walk up behind her.)
So, see you guys in the ice age?
The old heave-ho.
Yeah! See you there.
I don't get it. What's so special about them?
(Exhibit film): The continents began to drift. And suddenly, the temperature fell.
I don't know. They're just real nice.
Yeah, real nice, real nice...They make a cute couple.
Except they're not a couple.
Couple, not a couple. Winnie, who cares? You don't see me talking to my friends, do you?
(Winnie looks offended.)
Hi, Kevin. Hi, Winnie!
New life forms began to appear.
OK, OK. Bad timing.
Great news! We found an elevator marked private.
(Winnie is behind Kevin. She is getting mad.)
That's got to be the way to the room on the fourth floor!
So what do you say? Are you going to come?
Uh, no... I can't.
I mean, no thanks. I don't want to.
OK, then...we'll let you know.
...others were facing the inevitable.
We stood there for about, oh, six days. The perfect couple. And then she said what I already knew she was gonna say.
Maybe you should go with them.
Then I said what I already knew I shouldn't.
And then I had nothing to do - but go. So I went.
(In the museum courtyard, Winnie found Kevin and Madeline together, and ran off. Kevin finally finds Winnie at the busses.)
Winnie! Wait! Can we talk about this?
I don't know.
I wanted to tell her she was the only one. That she had always been the only one. Ever since we were kids. Ever since she lived across the street.
I don't know what to say to you.
Winnie, it's not what you think.
I never thought this could happen to me!
Believe me. Nothings happened.
Yes. It has.
(Winnie starts to cry.)
Kevin...I've met someone!
Oh, Kevin. I'm sorry!
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(Ep 58 - "Denial")
(At the Pizza Barn.)
Seemed pretty clear if I was going to survive this, there was only one thing to do. I had to quell these rumors.
It was kind of a big moment. The first step toward making up always is.
How are you?
OK. How are you?
And they said we'd split up.
Hey! Don't give it a second thought.
No sense dwelling on the past. It was all behind us now.
Hey, Winnie. Our pizza's ready.
Kevin, you remember Roger.
How you doing?
I wanted to crush every bone in his hand.
Uh...It was good talking to you Kevin.
Yeah. Great talking.
(Kevin has convinced Paul to have a party and invite Winnie. Now, at the Pizza Barn.)
So what did she say?
She's gonna come.
And she thinks the luau thing is a going to be perfect.
You have any good recipes for spinach dip?
Paul! Did my name come up?
Oh, of course! She asked if you were going to be there.
Good...good. Did she seem happy?
Yeah...yeah, she was happy.
I knew it!
Well, uh, I'd better be getting home. Got a party to plan!
Paul tells me you're going to be at his party.
Well, yeah, yeah. I'm going to help him with some stuff.
It was so thoughtful of him to ask me!
Well, I had a little something to do with that.
I just want to make sure it was OK.
Sure it's OK. Yeah, it's gonna be a ball!
Yeah, everything was working out. Just a matter of hours now, and we'd be together once again.
Then we'll see you there!
Kevin, it's just so nice you invited us.
Either Winnie had become royalty overnight, or...
I was going to throw a party for the girl I loved...and her boyfriend.
(When Winnie and Roger show up at the party, Kevin takes Madelines hand.)
I want you to meet someone.
No sense in putting this off. It was time to fight fire with fire.
Hi, Kevin. (Smiles.)
Have you ever met Madeline? (Gestures.)
Of course...I knew it was a cruel blow.
Hi, Madeline. (Smiles.)
But I was merciless.
Madeline, this is Roger.
Nice meeting you. Hey.
And it was high time for them to turn tail and run.
(To W&R): Hi, guys! I'm glad you could make it - the spinach dip is amazing.
Oh, let me take your things.
Rats! Foiled by spinach dip. It was time to call an audible.
(Later, after Madeline has left Kevin to make his decision.)
Thought I'd spend some time with the washing machine...
Kevin, can we talk?
Talk about what?
We shouldn't be acting like this.
Well how do you want us to act?
I don't know...Kevin, I care about you. You mean a lot to me.
And...I need you...
I wanted to take her right there and tell her how much I missed her.
To...be my friend.
The words cut my heart out. I couldn't have been more unprepared. I said the first thing I felt.
I don't want to be your friend. I got enough friends.
Winnie, let's just do both ourselves a favor and keep away from each other.
You really mean that?
Of course I really mean that!
I guess I was hurting her, but I just didn't care anymore.
I'll tell you another thing, Winnie. This whole thing's stupid. It's really not that big a deal. And to tell you the truth our relationship didn't mean that much to me, alright?!
It was the biggest lie I ever told. And she believed every word of it.
Love makes you do funny things. It makes you proud. It makes you sorry.
I'm sorry about what happened tonight.
No. No, I'm fine. I'm gonna go home. I just wanted to stop by.
Well I'm glad you stopped by, Kevin.
Yeah, well. What was I gonna do? Never talk to you again?
Pretty stupid party, huh?
Yeah, pretty stupid.
That night we talked. About life. About our times together. Maybe we weren't the same two kids we had once been. But some things never change. Some things last. And even though I didn't know what was going to happen to us, or where we were going...I just knew I couldn't let her out of my life.
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(Ep 66 - "The Accident")
There are things about your childhood you hold onto...because they were so much a part of you.
The places you went, the people you knew.
Somewhere, in every memory I had, was Winnie Cooper.
She was a part of me, and I was a part of her.
By the end of ninth grade I knew everything about her.
What I didn't know was that she was falling apart.
The Moonlight Roller Rink. It was the place to be seen, a dividing line between junior and senior high school, between those who could skate...
(Kevin is bumped into the wall and falls.)
And those who couldn't.
(Paul helps him up.)
I'm getting out of here.
(Kevin pulls himself along the railing.)
Not that I didn't have my own style. In fact, I turned lack of balance into an art form.
(Winnie skates up to them.)
Winnie! Hey, stranger. (Smiles.)
How've you been?
It had been two months since Winnie and I broke up, but to me she was still the same.
You changed your hair! (Points.)
Yeah. And I got my ears pierced, see? (Smiles.)
Uh huh. They look good!
Do you really think so?
Fact is, she looked beautiful.
So. How's Roger?
(Winnie looks off.)
Roger Dikovian, her steady guy, her constant flame, her -
Roger and I broke up. See you guys!
(Winnie skates off.)
Needless to say...it came as a complete surprise.
(Kevin starts to fall down, pulling Paul with him.)
(Cut to the garage. Kevin is oiling his bike as Winnie approaches.)
But not as much of a surprise as when she showed up at my house the next day.
Are you busy?
Well...no...(gestures)...I was just...(glances off)...no. Why?
Can I talk to you? (Smiles.)
Sure! You wanna go inside for a soda?
After all, an occasion like this called for a little privacy.
(Cut to the kitchen. Norma is in the kitchen.)
Winnie! This is a surprise!
Hi, Mrs. Arnold.
Privacy being hard to come by when your mom's clogging up the kitchen.
Can I get you kids something to eat?
Uh, no, thanks, Mom. We're fine, really.
Oh, well...if you want anything...just give me a call. OK?
Thanks. It was really nice seeing you.
(Norma lingers and smiles at Winnie.)
Uh-huh. Especially nice seeing her go.
Want something to drink?
Have a seat.
And we were alone. Together. At last. Not that I knew why exactly.
So. What'd you wanna talk about?
You could see in her eyes it was something deep, important - possibly even philosophical.
It's really gonna be fun going to high school, isn't it? (Smiles.)
Yeah. I'm really looking forward to it.
Oh. Yeah. (Smiles.)
Yeah. High school.
I mean, it might be good to be in a new place, don't you think?
Me too. (Frowns.) I was kinda getting sick of junior high. I mean you feel like you're stuck with the way things are forever. You know what I mean?
Uh, definitely. (Nods.)
Never mind that I didn't have the foggiest idea of where this was going.
So. Is that what you wanted to talk about? (Smiles.)
Well, yeah. Kinda. (Smiles.) Anyway, I have to go.
(Winnie stands up. Kevin stands up.)
Well, wait, you didn't even finish your soda!
That's OK. Thanks for listening Kevin.
Sure. Any time. (Gestures.)
Well, see ya.
(Winnie smiles, turns, and exits.)
(Kevin is walking on his street.)
There was a time when Winnie Cooper lived on my street...when all I had to do was turn around and -
(Kevin turns around and sees Winnie on the sidewalk, looking at her old house.)
She'd be there.
What are you doing here?
Maybe Paul had been right! Maybe there was a reason she was here. Maybe it was me.
I don't know. Do you know who lives there now?
Just a family. (Gestures.)
Are they nice?
They're OK. I really haven't met them.
It was really nice talking to you yesterday.
Yeah. It was nice talking to you, too.
There aren't a lot of kids at my school I can talk to. (Frowns.) I don't think I fit in there.
What? Winnie, that's ridiculous! (Smiles.) You -
Kevin, it's just kinda hard to explain, OK?
It's funny. It doesn't even seem like I ever lived there.
The thing is, I knew I should say something. I just wasn't sure what.
Well, I'd better be going. My mom's expecting me home. So, I'll see ya.
It was strange. Suddenly she looked so out of place on the street where she'd spent her entire life.
Winnie? (Smiles.) You maybe want to go out sometime?
No thanks. I think I'd just rather be by myself. (Exits.)
And that was that. Simple. She wanted to be alone.
(Fade to the skating rink. Winnie is talking to older kids. Kevin and Paul are putting on skates.)
Except, the next day, she wasn't.
I don't get it.
Winnie. Look at her!
She looks OK to me.
Paul, those guys are juniors!
Paul, we're talking about guys with driver's licenses!
But it wasn't just the driver's licenses that bothered me. It was that smile on Winnie's face.
She didn't look like that yesterday.
Come on. Let's skate.
(Paul skates away.)
Easy for Paul to say. But for some reason I didn't feel like skating.
(Winnie enters the rink with some friends.)
It was time for a talk.
(Kevin enters and moves toward Winnie.)
How ya doing?
I...see that you have some new friends.
Yeah, they're really nice guys.
Well, Winnie it's just that when we talked yesterday -
You said -
I really don't think that's any of your business, Kevin.
Hey Winnie! Come on, we're doing a whip.
I'll be right there!
I couldn't understand it.
(Winnie looks at Kevin, then skates away.)
What was going on with this girl?
(Kevin skates after her as she joins a line of kids.)
Winnie? Is something wrong?
OK, get ready!
Don't be silly. Everything's fine.
Yeah, but -
Kevin, I told you I don't want to talk about it anymore!
And that's when I knew - something was wrong.
Alright, let's go.
Winnie Cooper was out of control.
(Kevin grabs Winnie's arm.)
Kevin, let me go!
(They start to skate.)
Kevin, let go!
(Kevin starts to lose his balance.)
Kevin, you're holding me back!
Winnie, I, ca - Whoa!
(Kevin crashes. Winnie continues to skate with her head back, laughing and screaming.)
This is great!
(Kevin approaches Winnie and Mrs. Cooper, who are unloading their car.)
I don't know why I pursued her. Maybe it was because I wanted to help her. And maybe it was because I wanted to know she needed my help.
Hi Mrs. Cooper! You need some help with that?
No, no, it's OK, I can handle it. (To Winnie): Honey, why don't you stay out here and talk? (To Kevin:) It's good to see you, Kevin. You should come around more often.
(Mrs. Cooper goes inside.)
And, we were alone again. Again.
Hi...I'm sorry about what happened yesterday.
It's OK. I just wanted to make sure you were alright.
I'm fine, thanks.
And she did look fine. Which left only one thing to say.
Winnie, does your mom know you're hanging out with eleventh graders?
Apparently, the wrong thing.
Well, it's just - Look, Winnie, you know when you know somebody, but then all of a sudden you don't, and you feel that you kinda missed out on somethin' because they're not being like the way you thought they would?
Kevin, what are you talking about? (Frowns.)
But it wasn't nothing. I just...couldn't say what it was.
New sleeping bag?
Well, you going on a trip?
Oh! Sounds like fun.
We go every year on Brian's birthday. The anniversary of his birthday. I hate camping. (Frowns.)
(Winnie's friends drive up and honk.)
Hey Winnie, come on! Let's go.
Yeah, come on, jump in!
Well I gotta go. So maybe I'll see ya?
(In the distance): Hey guys. How are you?
(To himself): Maybe I'll see ya.
(Another day at the skating rink.)
I decided to devote my life to skating. Skating was simple really.
(Winnie and boy skate by, and he bumps Kevin, who falls down. Winnie looks back at him.)
As opposed to, say, Winnie.
(Winnie approaches Kevin.)
Are you OK?
Yeah. I'm fine.
It was a pretty bad spill.
Yeah, well, thanks for asking! (Frowns.)
Can we talk?
And here we went again.
I guess you think I've been acting kind of weird lately.
Well, no...(Frowns.) Yes.
I wish I could explain -
Yeah, well why don't you try then?
And for a second I thought I might actually get an answer.
Hey Winnie! Hey, come on, we're goin' for a drive!
(To boy): Great! (Smiles.) (To Kevin): I gotta go...
(Winnie starts away but Kevin stops her.)
Kevin, you're scaring me!
What's going on? (Frowns.)
I don't know what you mean...
Winnie, I know you. Or I used to know you, and you're not acting like yourself!
How'm I supposed to act?
Like you! Like the Winnie Cooper I know!
Kevin, let me go.
No! Why are you acting like this?
Because when I act like myself, everything goes bad!
(Kevin releases his grip.)
I just want to forget the past three years!
What about me?
You just don't understand.
Well, what do you you want me to say? (Gestures.)
(She skates over to the juniors, and puts an arm around one of them. She glances at Kevin as they exit.)
The funny thing is, those three years had been the best years of my whole life.
(Outside Winnie's house. The Cooper's have returned from the hospital after her accident.)
Kevin, Winnie doesn't want to see you right now.
Wh...but that's impossible. I know she wants to see me.
Kevin...Please go home.
And I guess that's when I finally understood. I'd been part of Winnie's past - a past she wanted to forget. And now...there was nothing to do...but go. Only I didn't...I couldn't.
(Kevin rides off, but returns and climbs onto the roof. He approaches Winnie's window and looks in as Mrs. Cooper tucks Winnie into bed.)
There are things in a life that matter, things in a past which can't be denied. Winnie Cooper was part of me, and I was part of her.
(Winnie opens her eyes and looks around.)
And no matter what, for as long as we lived, I knew I could never let her go.
(Winnie sees Kevin outside her window.)
I love you.
I love you.
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(Ep 68 - "Graduation")
(Evening on the front lawn.)
We were witnessing the passing of an era. An era that lead directly from physical education...to love.
(Winnie looks at Kevin. He looks off slightly embarrassed.)
Ahem. Platonically speaking.
Kevin, what do you think's gonna happen to us?
Actually, I had more than a few thoughts on the matter.
All of us.
I mean, next year. In high school. You think we'll be OK?
How do you mean?
I don't know. Sometimes I wonder if the good times are really all gone. Whether they meant anything at all.
Good old Winnie - you had to love her. Those vulnerable doe eyes, reaching out for my manly reassurance.
Of course we'll be OK. It's gonna be great! We're all gonna be goin' to the same school - me, you...Paul...
God - that cast was driving me crazy.
Oh. Then...Paul hasn't told you...(Frowns.)
Tell me what?
No, what is it? Has he got a girlfriend? Getting contact lenses?
After all, the guy was my best buddy. There was nothin' he didn't tell me.
Kevin, he's going away to school next year. Prep school.
(Kevin and Paul are on his sidewalk playing catch.)
I couldn't really say what I did that summer. It passed in kind of a blur.
(Winnie approaches in the distance.)
(She kicks her leg out - minus the cast, and giggles. Kevin tosses the football to Paul and they take a few steps toward Winnie, smiling, as she approaches.)
What I remember are green lawns and sprinklers, and the smell of backyard grills. And the nearness of friends.
(Wayne steps out of the front door.)
Hey...butthead. (Gestures.) Dinner's ready.
In a minute.
(Wayne frowns and goes inside. They look at each other and smile.)
There was time. Ahead lay new places - other days. But for now...
So. Next year we get our driver's licenses, huh?
(Winnie looks at Kevin, and shakes her head and smirks. Kevin smiles at Paul.)
I never wanted it to end.
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(Ep 71 - "Day One")
(In the cafeteria, Kevin looks for a seat.)
Finally, something familiar - lunch. The trick was to desperately look for someone to sit with, without anyone ever knowing you were desperate. And that's when I saw her. Winnie - an oasis in sea of strangers. She looked so alone, I thought I'd go over and do the best I could to console her.
(Three football players approach the table, and put their trays down.)
Mind if we sit with you?
(One guy cuts Kevin off and takes his chair.)
Me, and half the varsity football team.
(Kevin starts to walk to another chair. A fourth football player takes his seat.)
Come on, Kevin, you can squeeze in!
(Kevin smiles half-heartedly.)
Uh, no thanks. See, I'm, I'm just gonna...walk around for awhile, and...build up an appetite. OK?
(Kevin nods and walks out of the shot.)
I mean, hey - I didn't need charity. I could manage on my own. Plenty of folks I could sit with. Good folks. Honest folks. Folks like, say -
(Kevin sits at a table, unknowingly across from Stuart. Kevin starts to take a bite of spaghetti.)
(Kevin looks up.)
Hey, Kev! Pretty neat cafeteria, huh?
(Kevin is walking up the crowded hallway.)
Friday afternoon. One week down, six hundred to go.
Kevin, wait up!
Oh! Hi, Winnie.
(Kevin pauses, and Winnie catches up.)
Where have you been?
I'm sorry about lunch the other day.
That's OK - no problem.
(Winnie taps Kevin sleeve.)
Are you alright?
Yeah! I just expected this place to be different, you know?
Give it some time...it'll get better! (Smiles.) Trust me! It's gonna be great. I'm going this way, so...I'll see you later, OK?
(Winnie smiles, pats Kevin's arm, and exits.)
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(Ep 78 - "Christmas Party")
(Lockers. Randy and Ricky have "other plans" for Christmas.)
My friends were deserting me. It was clear if I was gonna survive this vacation, I needed -
(Kevin turns around and sees Winnie approaching. A short bit of "Winnie's Theme" plays.)
Kevin, hi! (Smiles.)
Will I see you at my parents' party Saturday night? (Smiles.)
Yeah. Good old Winnie.
Gee, Kevin, I'm afraid my parents already made plans.
OK - a temporary set-back. Still, with the right sales-pitch...
You can come by yourself! (Smiles.) I mean, there's gonna be food, and...Twister...it's gonna be a blast! (Smiles.)
I don't know...(Frowns.)
Oh, Winnie - come on! What could possibly be more fun than that?
We're marching in a vigil to end the war in Vietnam.
(Sound of a plane screaming in.)
(Sound of the plane crashing.)
Maybe after Christmas. (Smiles and exits.)
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(Ep 85 - "Double Double Date")
(Kevin, Ricky and Chuck are admiring Inga, the Swedish foreign exchange student. Kevin thinks he might ask her to the dance.)
But face it, who was I kidding? A girl like that? A schlub like me? Nothing short of miracle could ever bring us together. Until, that is, fate stepped in. Fate in the form of...Winnie Cooper.
Triangles can be classified by the length of their sides. A scalene triangle has no equal sides...while an isoceles...
Winnie was my ex-neighbor, ex-girlfriend, ex-... well, just my ex.
(The bell rings. Kevin catches up to Winnie.)
And, like all ex's, we cared for each other...
And used each other for personal gain.
I, uh, saw you in the library today.
Yeah. You were with, uh, that new girl, uh, what's her name?
Oh, yeah, that's it. Inga. How do you know her, anyway?
Kevin, do you have the hots for Inga?
No! No, I just, saw you two, together, and, I - I...thought it was...interesting. That's all.
(Winnie starts to leave.)
Just one more tiny detail...
And, maybe you could fix us up?
Well, I just thought that maybe you could put in a good word for me. You tell her what a nice guy I am and everything.
Kevin, are you sure she's your type?
What's that supposed to mean? What's my type?
I don't know, I just thought you'd be going out with someone a little less...
Oh, yeah. You're right. It - it's a stupid idea. Let's just forget it.
Whatever you say. (Exits.)
After all, no sense beating a dead horse. If it wasn't gonna happen, it wasn't gonna happen. Period.
(Winnie squeezes between Kevin and his locker.)
Kevin, I talked to Inga.
You did? Really? What'd she say?
She said she'd like to meet you.
And suddenly all bets were on.
So, do you uh, think she'd go to the spring formal with me?
I'm not sure, but I do know that she doesn't have a date yet.
Thanks, Winnie. I knew I could count on you.
What a girl! What an ex! Always there for me. No strings attached...
Kevin? Just one thing...
You know, the new guy. He's in your history class?
You have the hots for Matt Stevens?
No. I just want to meet him.
Which of course was a reasonable request. Still...
Winnie, I don't think he's right for you.
What do you mean?
Well, he didn't even know when the War of 1812 started.
Kevin, come on. You know, I'm doing you a favor.
And of course, stated that way, what choice did I have?
(Cut to Matt and Kevin in the cafeteria.)
I really appreciate this, Kevin.
Hey, no problem.
Do I have anything in my teeth?
Your teeth are fine.
Now, I had no idea why Winnie wanted to meet this bozo.
'Cause you know, your teeth are one of your three most important characteristics.
That's what I hear.
Still, a deal was a deal. No matter how idiotic.
(Winnie and Inga enter.)
OK, there they are.
Whoa, she's gorgeous!
Yeah. She's Swedish.
No, I meant the brunette!
Oh, yeah, right.
Winnie, this is Matt.
And this is Inga.
Yep, no doubt about it. This was Inga.
And with those polite formalities out of the way, it was time for the main event. Time to play - "The Dating Game".
So, Matt. Um, how do you like McKinley so far?
Well, it's the kind of school, you'll never forget... forever.
So much for bachelor number one.
I know exactly what you mean.
So, Inga. Are you having fun in America?
Oh, ja. I like it.
Yeah. Me too.
Hey Winnie, what are your three favorite activities?
Well, I like to read, I like to play tennis...and I love to dance.
I love to do all those things, too!
Ja! Me too!
Oh, what a coincidence! (Smiles.)
It's amazing. (Frowns.)
OK, it was clear the time had come to dump the chitchat and get down to brass tacks.
(Kevin starts to speak.)
Hey, Winnie, would you go to the spring formal with me?
Sure, I'd love to.
So, we'll talk later, I gotta get to class.
Me, too. Come on, Inga.
Oh, yeah. Sorry Kevin.
Hadn't we forgotten something here?
Inga, you wanna go to the dance with me?
Yes! And with those two words, the deal was sealed. Winnie and I were on our way to the spring formal...
Hey, guys! Why don't we double?
(Kevin and Winnie look at each other uncertainly.)
(Cut to Winnie's locker.)
What do you mean you don't wanna double?!
Well, I just don't think it's a good idea, that's all.
Well I don't particularly want to, either.
Terrific. Let's not do it.
It's just Matt doesn't have a car.
Why was I surprised? The guy probably couldn't read a stop sign.
Well, Winnie, what if Inga and I wanna, you know...be alone...to "talk"?
Kevin, Matt and I wanna be alone too. To "talk". Did you ever think of that?
Wait a minute. Did she know what kind of "talk" we were talking about here?
Winnie, this is your first date with this guy.
Well it's your first date with Inga.
Well, that's different.
Different!? Kevin, don't worry, we're not going to cramp your style.
It's not a matter of cramping!
Even though we were cramping all over the place.
Well, we have to do it, so we might as well be adult about it.
(They walk away from each other.)
And so we did the adult thing. We doubled. Me, Miss Sweden, and the guys in the back seat. Not that I was resentful about it, or anything.
So Inga, how do you like school so far?
Oh, I like history, I like English.
I like lunch, heh-heh...It was a joke.
(Winnie laughs at Kevin.)
So, Winnie, who are your three favorite movie stars?
Um...Well, let me see...
Oh, I love American music, especially The Beatles.
Really? Yeah, me too! Hey, remember when the Magical Mystery Tour album came out?
I couldn't believe how many kids didn't understand it.
No, come on, something must be funny.
Well, it's just...you didn't understand the album, either.
What are you talking about?
You didn't even know who the Walrus was.
Well at least I don't buy every Donny Osmond album that comes out.
I don't listen to Donny Osmond.
Oh, come on! You have that huge poster of him hanging over your bed.
(To Matt) It was a phase I went through. It was a long time ago...
It was last year!
And there, in a nutshell, you had it - the double date from hell.
You know, Donny Osmond is the kind of the guy you'll never forget forever.
And the best part was...it was all just beginning.
(Outside the dance. They are walking toward the entrance.)
I hope the music's good.
Yeah, maybe they'll play a lot of Donny Osmond records.
Or The Beatles. You can explain them to everybody.
By the time we got there, we were close to all-out war.
(Kevin stops Winnie. Inga and Matt enter.)
Winnie, what are you doing?
I'm not doing anything. What are you doing?
I'm not doing anything.
Fine...We're both not doing anything.
(Winnie enters, and pulls the door closed in front of Kevin.)
And with that we headed on in for a night of pleasure, romance, and of course - let's not forget - fun.
(Fade to later. They are standing next to each other.)
Boy, it's really crowded here.
Yeah. Really crowded.
By a half hour into the festivities, it was clear Winnie and I needed to be on separate continents.
So, uh, Inga. Do you wanna get some punch?
Good idea! Let's all get some punch.
Not that getting away was that simple.
Matt, don't you and Winnie wanna go dance, or something?
Yeah, sure! Um...Winnie?
I'd love to.
(Matt and Winnie walk off.)
Do you ever get lonely here?
Ja. Sometimes I get lonely. But then, I tell myself, "Don't be lonely," and then I'm not lonely! (Giggles.)
And I guess that's when it hit me. When it came to brains, this chick was a Swedish meatball.
(Winnie and Matt return.)
Hi. How's it going?
My only consolation was, she looked worse than me.
Inga, you wanna dance?
If you don't mind, Kevin?
No. Why should I mind?
Hey, I'll even let you dance with Winnie.
Oh, I'm excited.
Sure, what the heck? This night was in the toilet anyway.
(To Inga) So, what are your four favorite colors?
Still in a way, it all made kind of sense.
So, we gonna dance or not?
After all, I'd ruined her evening, she'd ruined mine. We might as well finish this fiasco together.
(They begin to dance, not too closely, as "You Are Everything" plays.)
Winnie, what's your problem, anyway?
I don't have a problem. You have a problem.
Me? You're the one who keeps taking the shots!
Well you should hear yourself. You sound so phony.
What about you?
Yeah, did Matt get your five favorite breakfast cereals yet?
Boy, I was mad. Boiling. Furious. But as we danced, something strange started to happen.
Matt's a nice guy.
Yeah, well. Inga's "nice" too. She's just a little... empty.
Matt's a real dope.
Come on, he's not that bad.
Neither is Inga.
Yeah. She's got nice hair.
Matt's got nice hair, too.
(They get a little closer.)
They both have nice...hair.
Like I said...
(Winnie leans her head on Kevin's shoulder.)
(They continue to dance, and start to enjoy each other.)
I should get back.
(They slowly separate, but keep looking at each other as they walk away fom each other.)
I wasn't exactly sure what had just gone on out there on that dance floor. Whatever it was, it was crazy. It was confusing. It was dangerous.
(Winnie looks at him again.)
And I really, really liked it.
Hey, Kev. You going up to the point afterwards?
I'm not sure yet.
Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm not sure, either, I mean you have to kinda play it by ear, 'cause you know...
I knew Paul was talking - his lips were moving and noise was coming out, but my mind was elsewhere.
(Kevin and Winnie nod to each other to go outside.)
Suddenly, it was something beyond our control. Fate, destiny, magic...
(They look at each other across the room as they hurry toward the exit.)
Whatever it was, Winnie and I had become two runaway trains, two heat-seeking missiles, being inexplicably drawn back together.
(They meet at the doorway.)
You wanna go...talk?
Yeah. Let's talk.
(Cut to on the road in Kevin's car.)
I knew it was crazy. She knew it was crazy. And that car couldn't move fast enough for the both of us.
(Kevin's car screeches to a stop at "the point".)
Yeah, we're here. Do you think they know we're gone yet?
Do we care?
I can't believe we did this.
But we had no choice. It was as if the stars and the universe and destiny had bound us together.
(Kevin puts his arm around her shoulder.)
I'm stuck in your corsage.
My cuff link is stuck in your corsage.
Here, let me just try and get it.
(Kevin leans on her as he tries to get loose.)
Hmmm, no problem.
You know, I remember...hearing this story about those kids who...when they kissed, their braces got stuck together. And...they had to go to the hospital.
You didn't actually believe that story, did you?
Not until now. There. I can move.
Or...maybe I'll just stay here for a while.
You're so cute. You've always been cute.
I guess that's why you've been crazy about me since the day we met.
I was not. You were crazy about me.
And that's when it happened. At that moment, all the feelings that Winnie and I had been trying to bottle up, finally came rushing to the surface. We couldn't hide our passions anymore. So I leaned in closer...and kissed her...right on the eye. And then she kissed me...on my eye.
I'm not sure.
And the thing is, neither of us knew. Maybe our aim was off. Or maybe it was something else.
I was just thinking about the first time we ever met.
Yeah. You were wearing that...little yellow raincoat, and that...stupid, yellow rain hat.
You were soaking wet.
Wayne told me my folks got me a horse. When I ran outside, he locked the door.
And you came to my house to dry off.
Yeah. Right. So...you wanna try that again?
I'd like to think about it for a little while.
Yeah. Me too.
(Winnie puts her head on his shoulder.)
But the thing is, that was all we did. Maybe it was happening too fast. Maybe we wanted to hold on to what we had. Or maybe we both knew there were other things we had to find, before we found each other. All we really knew for sure was, as we sat there, looking out over the lights of town where we had grown up together, it all felt right. It all felt...perfect.
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(Ep 86 - "Hero")
(Winnie, Paul and Kevin are at an outside table at a diner, after a basketball game. Paul wants to go study. Winnie looks over her shoulder, then toward Kevin.)
Look! There's Bobby Riddle. (Smiles.)
(Winnie looks over her shoulder again. The focus changes to Bobby and his friends at the table behind her. Kevin looks toward Bobby. Winnie turns forward and looks at Kevin.)
You know him, don't you? (Smiles.)
(Kevin looks toward Paul then Winnie.)
Hmmm. Let's see, here. I had a choice. I could go home and cram...
(Winnie looks at Kevin expectantly.)
(Cut to Bobby standing in the parking lot as some teammates congratulate him.)
Thanks, man. (Smiles.)
Take it easy.
(Kevin, Winnie and Paul approach.)
Hang around and be a bigshot at the burger place.
Hey, Bobby! Great game.
Oh, hey. What's up?
Oh, not much. Oh, this is Winnie...(gestures), and...
Oh - we've already met. (Smiles.)
What's up, Pat?
When you're hot you're hot. And when you're not, you're...Pat.
I really thought the team was great tonight. (Smiles.)
Yeah, well...we were lucky. (Smiles.)
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(Ep 87 - "Lunch Stories")
(In the cafeteria.)
You have a minute?
Was she kidding? For Winnie - I had a lifetime.
See, I volunteered to run this drive for McKinley...and I really need people to contribute. But you know how people are.
Yeah, I know.
They're so...apathetic. So, I thought...
Winnie! Winnie...count me in.
After all, this was the love of my life. Potentially. The future mother of my children. Potentially. There wasn't anything I wouldn't do for her.
So...(shrugs)...what am I contributing?
(Winnie moves closer, seductively.)
Kevin? I wouldn't ask if it wasn't really important.
Oh, God - I was caught between sex and death! Sex-death, sex-death. Sex!
OK, I'll do it!
Great! See you after lunch.
(Kevin and Donnelly & Co are ditching class to see an X-rated movie. Dr. Valenti stops them in the hallway.)
Guess it was clear someone was gonna take the rap.
We were following him.
Yeah. Where were you taking us, Kevin?
And at that moment, I saw my entire academic career flash before my eyes. I saw my mother...wringing her hands. I saw my father...wringing my neck.
We...were just going -
(Winnie steps out of a room into the hallway.)
Kevin! You gonna donate blood now?
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(Ep 92 - "Back to the Lake")
(Paul has gotten a summer job. Now, at night, Kevin enters the diner where Winnie is a waitress.)
So my days would be boring.
(Kevin sits on a bar stool. Winnie is making a sundae.)
That just left me more room for...
Winnie Cooper. The very reason summer evenings were invented.
You almost ready?
What time is it?
It's almost eight. You get off in twenty minutes, right?
Well, not exactly. I have to work until eleven.
Eleven? Winnie, I thought we had a date tonight. (Frowns.)
Well, we did. But the manager asked me to switch shifts.
What! You mean every night? (Frowns.)
I hope you're not mad.
Hey, so we'd had a setback. We could work this out.
Winnie, just talk to him, OK? For us. I mean think about it. (Smiles.) We could take starlit drives...roll down the windows, turn up the radio...
Yeah, I was cooking here.
Maybe drive up to the point and...
(Winnie smiles bigger.)
Kevin, I can't. (Frowns.)
Fine, then! While you're working, what do you expect me to do? (Frowns.)
Oh, no. Not her. Not Winnie. Not my best girl...!
Maybe you should get a job.
(Another night in the diner.)
May I help you? (Smiles.)
Sure, I had a restless spirit. But I knew what was good for me.
Yeah. How about a shake.
I get off in twenty minutes. (Smiles.)
I'll be here. (Smiles.)
The way I saw it, the summer was young.
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(Ep 93 - "Broken Hearts and Burgers")
(Kevin orders food at a diner.)
By the time you've made it to age sixteen, you pretty much know all there is to know. About history, philosophy - the world. About life. There was virtually no situation you can't handle.
(Kevin picks up his food from the girl behind the counter.)
Can I get you anything else? (Smiles.)
No, it looks great.
I put the relish on the side.
That's just the way I like it.
Yeah, you're on top of your game - the pinnacle of poise, the essence of cool.
(Kevin walks away, then glances back at the girl. She winks and smiles.)
No doubt about it - from the right thing to wear, to the right place to sit, to the right person to sit with.
(Kevin sits down next to Winnie.)
At sixteen, you pretty much learned it all.
(Kevin sighs, looks at Winnie, and smiles. Winnie frowns and looks off.)
Well, almost all.
Are you sure you got enough relish, Kevin?
(Winnie looks at the counter-girl. She is looking Kevin's way, and smiles.)
OK. So there's one subject you're just as dumb about as you ever were.
Winnie! It's not what you think. I, uh, just, I, uh -
Well, I, uh, I just,uh -
I hope you're hungry! (Exits.)
Like I said, at sixteen - you've learned nothing. Nothing at all.
When you're sixteen, passions run high. A simple misunderstanding becomes a matter of life or death.
(Kevin and Winnie are at separate tables. Winnie looks at Kevin, frowns, and exits. Kevin exits after her.)
You live from moment to moment.
Winnie, can't we at least talk about this?
There's nothing to talk about!
Leave me alone, Kevin.
And sometimes, when you're sixteen, the only way to get your love back...is to take it.
Fine. You want to go home? Then go! But I'll tell you this - if you don't know how I feel about ya, how much I care about ya, then you don't know anything, OK? You're the only girl I ever think about. In fact you're the only girl I've ever cared about. The only girl I ever -
Oh, shut up! (Frowns.)
(She kisses him for a long time.)
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(Ep 94 - "Homecoming")
(In the quad with Jeff and Paul.)
Maybe you could bring your dad to the game.
Nah, then my mom will get all upset and I'll have to spend the rest of the week eating cold meatloaf.
Well, that sounds pretty dumb.
Oh, great, yeah. That's easy for you to say. I mean, your parents are still having sex together.
They are not!
Yeah, you had to like this kid. He was kinda like me...a wiseguy.
And then, there was Winnie.
(Cut to parking lot.)
I missed you today! I thought about you in chemistry.
Yeah, I thought about you in biology.
Winnie Cooper. The hair, the smile - the whole ball of wax. We did everything together.
So, can I give you a lift?
(Kevin gestures. Winnie hesitates as Kevin walks to the car.)
Well, almost everything.
(There is a Chinese dragon painted from fender to fender, and "Chong's Chinese" painted on the passenger side.)
Yeah. About the car...
Look, I told you - I didn't have a choice! Mr. Chong told me I had to put it on if I wanted the delivery job.
Uh-uh, pick me up at the side entrance. OK? (Smiles.) Thanks!
It was my first taste of what they call "the working man's blues". Not that I was complaining, you understand...
Mountain View Drive, also known as "the point". The final battlefield in the war between the sexes. Not that I had those kind of problems - I had Winnie.
(Kevin moves in to kiss Winnie.)
Wait! I love this song.
Wait! Can we roll down the window a little?
"Wait!" It was kind of her motto.
I have to get something from my purse.
You had to hand it to Winnie - when it came to safe sex, she was ahead of her time. She came armed with every device known to modern woman, including -
Course, in retrospect, I really admire her restraint. In retrospect.
Look, Winnie, are we really going to keep doing this?
Well...ya know, starting...stopping.
Don't you think it's time we went a little further?
What exactly do you mean - "further"?
Well...you know. I...we...(Smiles.)
And that was the great thing about the girl.
You know your car smells like pork lomein?
Her sense of smell.
Yeah. I knew that.
(At the homecoming game.)
Hey, guys! You're late!
Yeah, well...we had to park kinda far away.
The baseball field...
At least you're here...and it's gonna be a great game. Except for half-time when they fly that stupid owl around the stadium.
Oh, Right. Sorry. (Laughs.)
Yeah...this was some fun. Boola-boola.
Kevin? Aren't you gonna sit?
No, thanks. I'm gonna get us some sodas.
Figured I had all night to be laughed out of town.
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(Ep 96 - "Scenes From A Wedding")
(Wayne and Kevin are in the backseat on the way to the reception.)
What are you talking about? Don't you know weddings are the best places to meet babes?
Yeah, right. Like you'd know.
Heh. In order - weddings, uh, funerals, uh, airport lounges, uh, laundromats...
Wayne's field experience aside, that day I was looking to forget about women - well one, anyway.
(Flashback to "the point". Winnie looks upset.)
You know very well what you did, Kevin.
Honest to God - if you asked me today, I couldn't tell you what I'd done.
Winnie, what did I do? Just gimme a little hint.
Maybe if you just slowed down a little, you wouldn't need a hint!
But, Winnie, I -
And don't tell me you love me! It's not gonna work.
And there you had it - tried, convicted, and hung.
I took a moment to contemplate my good-fortune, my incredible luck, the remarkable turn of events that had brought me here. Sitting with a cold bottle of champagne - waiting.
Sitting there one hour later, three-sheets-to-the-wind, drunk as a skunk - watching my amazing hand.
(Winnie appears in the palm of Kevin's hand. "Kevin, you know very well what you've done! How could you?")
I had only one choice - attempt to play it straight.
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(Ep 97 - "Sex and Economics")
For teenage boys there were only two great issues - sex...and of course, economics. And let me be clear about this - by "economics" I mean cold, hard, cash. Not that I had any. Face it, poverty was ruining my good name, my reputation. Not to mention my credit-rating.
(At "the point".)
What's that sound?
Not to mention my love-life.
That one. There it is again.
It's my stomach. It's growling.
Not to mention my girlfriend's digestive tract.
I thought you said you were taking me out to dinner tonight.
Kevin, I'm really hungry. Can't we just...get something?
Well, uh, yeah I think...eating out is over-rated. And you know, the service is always slow. Plus the food is never that good. You know, I read somewhere that anything ya eat after nine o'clock goes right to your hips. Didn't you read that?
I think I'd like to go home now.
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(Ep 98 - "Politics As Usual")
(During a political debate between supporters of US presidential candidates in the auditorium, Jeff and Kevin look at something Jeff is holding and chuckle.)
Can't take him anywhere.
(In the hallway after the debate.)
There was something about that speech that grabbed us. Got us thinking. Wondering. Made us see politics in ways we couldn't help but respect.
(Jeff sees one debater, Mike, in the background, who is surrounded by a group of girls. Jeff taps Kevin on the shoulder.)
The guy probably gets the chicks like crazy.
Well, look at that. (Gestures.) They're all over him.
You had to admit...
(Two girls turn to leave, revealing Winnie standing next to Mike and smiling.)
The guy had charisma. The guy had charm. The guy had my girlfriend practically drooling all over him.
(Kevin glances at Jeff, then approaches Mike and Winnie.)
Why, you think it's a lost cause?
Well, no, I...
Some of the greatest victories in politics have come out of lost causes.
Maybe it was time to interrupt this little caucus.
Oh, hi, Kevin. (Smiles.) This is Mike.
Hey. Mike Detweiler.
(Mike and Kevin shake hands.)
Kevin Arnold. (Smiles.)
So, uh...what did you think of the debate?
I tried to restrain myself.
Well...it was, uh...interesting. (Nods.)
"Interesting"? I thought it was wonderful. (Smiles.)
Yeah? Think I'll have to agree with Kevin, here - I was gettin' pretty bored of listening to myself talk, too. (Smiles.)
Well, uh...it was really good meeting you. But, we gotta go.
(Kevin reaches for Winnie's hand. She hesitates.)
Mike was saying he could really use our help in the election.
You bet. (Nods.) What do you say?
Listen...just because you're not old enough to vote...that doesn't mean you can't help. Why don't you come down to headquarters sometime - check it out? (Shrugs.) Hey - you might even enjoy it. (Gestures.) Cold pizza, warm soda. (Smiles.) All the, uh...(gestures)...envelopes you can stuff.
Yeah, well, uh...(gestures)...we'll think about it. (Nods.)
Great. I hope I see you there.
(Mike turns away. Winnie looks after him and smiles.)
Yeah, I'd think about it. For about a minute and a half.
(Winnie is still looking at Mike and smiling as the bell rings.)
(Winnie glances at him.)
(Winnie glances toward Mike.)
Or maybe I wouldn't think about it at all.
(The Arnold's watch the news as they eat dinner.)
And there we were. All in all...a kind of a cross-section of America. Each of us with totally different interests. But all of us...interested.
(Cut to "The Point". Kevin and Winnie are facing each other in the car.)
You did what?! (Frowns.)
Well...all but one of us.
I signed us up to be volunteers. (Smiles.)
You did? (Frowns.)
He really needs us, Kevin.
Who, McGovern? (Frowns.)
No. Mike Detweiler.
(News comes on the radio.)
And on the national front...today's Gallup poll shows the president with an impressive twenty-eight point lead. Pollers across the country are showing...
(Winnie turns toward Kevin with concern.)
You see? (Frowns.) It's important for us to get involved.
W- fine then. Let's get involved. (Smiles.)
(He puts his arm around her shoulder. Winnie frowns, then turns forward.)
But I guess when it came to politics and humor...
Winnie...(gestures)...do we really have to do this?
I had a lot to learn.
(Doppler effect of one car horn, as another horn beeps twice. Cut to daytime. Kevin and Winnie walk on the sidewalk in front of a large building decorated with some red, white and blue banners and signs.)
Well, here we are!
And so I agreed to throw my hat into the ring. Not that I really had a choice in the matter.
(Winnie enters, followed by Kevin. Cut to inside the building. People and telephones are heard.)
Still, I kept telling myself this might not be so bad. In fact, I might actually learn something, here. After all, this was my chance to rub noses with people who cared.
(Winnie smiles at someone off-screen as they turn a corner around a desk.)
People like, say...
(Mike enters through an office doorway.)
(A young woman approaches with some flyers.)
Mike...these finally came in from the printer. I'll, uh, I'll put 'em in the back store room.
Thanks, Peg. (Smiles.)
(Peggy exits. Mike clears his throat.)
Peggy Kimball. She's, uh...been my right hand in this campaign. So, Kevin...I'm glad you decided to join us.
(Kevin gestures and looks off.)
Yeah, well...I just thought I'd -
You're doing it for Winnie, right? (Laughs.) Hey, whatever brings you in, it's cool. Everybody's got their reasons.
(Mike looks off and points.)
That guy's here...because he wants pot legalized. He doesn't give a damn about cuts in Medicare, which is why she's here. And neither of them could care less about subsidized housing...which is why she's here. Winnie's here 'cause she lost her brother...you're here because of Winnie...The only thing that really counts, is that together, we're all doin' everything we can to elect the one person that cares about all these things. See what I mean?
(Winnie smiles and looks at Kevin.)
And with that...there was nothing more to say, except...
(Cut to outside a supermarket. Kevin and Winnie face away from each other, holding some leaflets.)
Vote for McGovern!
(Kevin holds one out toward a passing woman pushing a shopping cart.)
Vote for McGovern.
(The woman passes him. Some people pass by Winnie, heading toward the door. She follows one of them for a couple steps.)
Take one. Please!
(Winnie holds one toward a passing woman.)
Vote for McGovern.
(A man passes by.)
Vote for McGovern!
(More people pass by.)
Vote for McGovern - he really wants to make a difference!
(Kevin holds a leaflet toward a small child.)
Vote for -
(Kevin and Winnie look at each other.)
That was great - I almost got the whole thing out that time.
Nobody said it was gonna be easy, Kevin. (Frowns.)
(Winnie holds a leaflet out toward an approaching elderly woman and smiles.)
Excuse me. Ma'am!
(The woman takes the the paper and glances at it.)
(She drops the paper and continues.)
I thought it was a coupon.
Still, after two hours of passing out leaflets...one thing seemed clear...
(Winnie turns toward Kevin.)
This is a total waste of time. I'm not going to stand out here and make a fool of myself. No one's paying any attention - no one cares!
Then we have to make them care! (Frowns.)
(Winnie turns and looks off. Kevin looks off and frowns.)
Vote for McGovern!
(Winnie turns toward a woman with two small children.)
Vote for McGovern - he really wants to make a difference!
(The woman passes by without acknowledging Winnie.)
Face it...my sweet innocent girlfriend was fighting a losing battle, here.
(Winnie gestures with a leaflet toward a man.)
This election may not seem important to you now, but what about your children? It's their generation that's gonna have to deal with all this stuff...(gestures)...if somebody doesn't start changing things now! Senator McGovern wants to stop the war.
(A few people start to gather around her.)
He wants to stop poverty. (Gestures.) He wants to stop pollution. He cares about people. People like us. He needs your vote.
I'll take one of those.
Let me take one of those.
Can I have one, next?
It was like finding out you were dating Joan of Arc.
(Cut to campaign headquarters. Mike is leaning on the table where Winnie is sitting.)
I am really proud of you.
Well, I just said what you told us. (Smiles.)
Then again...you had to wonder how Joan of Arc's boyfriend felt about it.
You're a good campaigner, Winnie Cooper. (Nods.) You're a natural. (Smiles.)
Well...Kevin helped, too. (Smiles.)
Oh, sure! (Nods.) Good job, Kev.
Yeah. Keep the change.
Keep up the good work, Winnie.
(Mike straightens up and turns away. Winnie looks after him.)
OK - let's get movin'!
Not that I begrudged her her moment of glory.
You know, uh...Winnie...(nods)...I'm really proud of you too. (Smiles.)
(Winnie looks up from her papers.)
OK...enough was enough.
So...(Gestures.) You want to go out and get a burger, or somethin'?
Uh, sure. I just have to...(gestures)...go ask Mike something about tomorrow.
(Winnie exits toward Mike with a paper and shows it to him.)
Um, I was just...
(Mike puts one hand on her shoulder, and holds the paper with his other hand.)
Maybe it was the way he looked at her.
Maybe it was the way she looked at him.
But suddenly...I realized something about this campaign.
Maybe the names on the ballots were Nixon and McGovern...but what we had here...was a three-man race.
(Another day at campaign headquarters.)
As the campaign moved in to its final week, tensions began to rise. There was a lot at stake, here. The future. The country. My girlfriend...
OK. People - listen up. Listen up! OK!
(Mike steps onto a chair.)
Uh...(laughs)...I know you're tired. I know you think you've given it everything you've got. I know you think you don't have anything left. And I know you can do it.
We're with ya, Mike!
Thank you. (Smiles.) Thank you very much. Keep up the good work!
(Winnie and others begin to applaud.)
And in the midst of it all was Mike Detweiler. Mr. Charisma. Mr. Politico. Mr. Snake-My-Date. It was clear I was in the race of my life, here. My opponent was ahead. And I had to do something to close that gap.
(Kevin approaches behind Winnie, as a man hands some papers to her.)
Here ya go.
(Kevin taps her on the arm.)
You know, Winnie...we've been working here non-stop for the last three weeks. Ya know, why don't we...(shrugs)...take off early tonight and do something?
(Winnie smiles slightly and shakes her head.)
There's a lot of stuff going on -
Yeah, I know, but...maybe we can just spend some time together...just you and me.
Maybe you're right. (Smiles.)
Winnie! Got a second?
Yeah, what's up?
Listen, uh...could you stay a little late, this evening?
(Winnie frowns slightly.)
(Kevin puts his arm around Winnie's shoulders and leans closer.)
Actually, uh...we're kinda busy tonight.
Oh. Sure. I understand.
Heh-heh. Take that, buddy.
I-it's just...that we're having a meeting of the core group tonight, and...with all the work you've been doin'...I, I...I thought you realy should be part of it.
(Winnie smiles. Kevin glances at her and frowns, then looks at Mike.)
Yeah, well, that's great. But like I said...
What do ya say, Winnie?
Well...if you really need me...(Nods.)
Course I need you. You're my right-hand guy.
(Mike nods, then walks off.)
I couldn't believe it.
"OK"? That's it? (Gestures.) What about our date? (Frowns.)
(Winnie hands Kevin a stack of papers.)
I'm sorry, Kevin.
(Winnie looks toward the table as she gathers more papers.)
But there're only four more days until the election, and you know how important this is to me.
(She picks up the papers and frowns as she walk past Kevin.)
I'm sure you understand.
What - was she joking?
(Winnie takes some papers from the black woman on the phone at the next table.)
You bet I understood.
(Kevin shuffles some papers together and frowns, then glances at the woman.)
Not that I'd ever actually come out and say it.
(Kevin leans on the corner of the table.)
You know, Winnie...
(Kevin points with the papers as Winnie looks at her clipboard.)
That guy's almost three times your age.
"Who"...Mike - that's who. (Gestures.) You know, the guy you've been practically hanging all over.
(Winnie frowns heavily.)
(Winnie walks toward another table. Kevin follows.)
Oh, come on, Winnie - figure it out.
(Winnie gathers some papers off the table and Kevin stops close behind her and leans near her shoulder.)
Why do you think he wants you to stay late, tonight?
It's a campaign meeting.
(She takes more stuff from the table.)
Yeah, and I'll give you one guess as to what he's campaigning for.
(Winnie walks toward another table, followed by Kevin.)
I don't believe you, Kevin.
(Winnie slaps her clipboard down and turns toward Kevin, frowning.)
The future of our country is at stake...and all you care about is your stupid ego?! (Frowns.)
Now keep in mind, I was half-crazed with jealousy.
(Winnie frowns and puts some leaflets on the table.)
So I said something I'd regret the rest of my life.
What's so bad...(gestures)...about president Nixon, anyway?
(Winnie looks at Kevin as the surrounding people fall silent and look at him. The phone rings. One black man walks slowly across the shot, looking at Kevin. Winnie looks toward the people, then at Kevin and shakes her head slightly as the phone rings again.)
Kevin, you sound like an idiot.
I may be an idiot, but at least I'm not blind. (Frowns.) I'm outta here. (Exits.)
(Kevin hears some encouraging about the election on the radio, and drives to campaign headquarters, where he sees "the big board" of election results.)
And there it was, in black-and-white. In the time it had taken me to drive down there...Senator McGovern's victory had gone from landslide...to mudslide.
(Mike stands on a chair.)
People! Listen up! OK...I just got off the phone with headquarters. And the senator is about to officially concede. But even though we lost...I know the senator would like to thank each and every one of you for what, what we've accomplished here. We fought a good fight. We did some good...and you guys should be proud of yourselves for that. I know I am. Thank you.
(The group begins to applaud. Some people hug.)
The funny thing is, at that moment...I knew I'd been wrong about the guy.
(Mike shakes hands with a man and taps him on the shoulder.)
I could almost understand what Winnie had seen in him.
(Mike approaches another man near Winnie and shakes his hand.)
Mike? How could this happen? (Frowns.)
After all...this man had held her dreams in his hands...her values, her ideals.
Hey, listen...it's nothing to kill yourself about - it's just politics.
Besides, we knew the guy never had a chance. Didn't we?
(Peggy approaches. Mike looks at her.)
Hey. Let's get a drink.
(Mike puts his arm around Peggy and looks at Winnie.)
Take care, OK?
(Mike looks at Peggy as they walk off.)
I hear Kennedy may launch in 'seventy-four. Maybe we should give 'em a call.
(Winnie looks forward blankly. Kevin approaches her.)
I guess many hearts were broken across America that night. But only one I really cared about.
(Winnie looks down, then at Kevin.)
I guess...(frowns)...you must think I was pretty stupid, huh? (Nods.)
But somehow, it didn't seem important, anymore.
(Winnie frowns, then looks off.)
Who was right, who was wrong. All that really seemed to matter was...
You, uh...(shrugs)...want to go get a sandwich, or somethin'?
(They exit, and walk to Kevin's car.)
After all, maybe in his own way, Mike was right. In politics, you live to fight another day. Sure, the 'sixties were gone, but sooner or later...there'd be other battles to fight. The thing is, that election forever changed the way my generation looked at politics. We discovered, no matter how painfully, that we could be part of the process. That we could believe. And even now, twenty years later, despite all the evidence to the contrary...
What a waste.
Nah...Wait'll next time. Then things'll be different.
I can remember that night. And still believe.
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(Ep 99 - "White Lies")
(At "the point". Wide shot of the city lights below. The camera slowly lowers over the parked cars.)
They say you can live a lifetime and never find love. So I guess I was lucky. Because true love crossed my path the first time I met the girl next door - Winnie Cooper.
(Cut to close shot through the windshield of Kevin and Winnie. Winnie is twisted around, and Kevin is holding her as they kiss. Winnie pulls away.)
Isn't it kinda hot in here?
Feels fine to me.
(He smiles again, and leans over to kiss her. They kiss passionately.)
Winnie and I'd been together longer than any couple I knew. Still, history only goes so far.
Kinda like Winnie.
What's the problem?
It's just that...(kiss)...if we don't stop now...(kiss)...I'm afraid I'm not gonna be able to later.
Well that's OK, isn't it? (kiss) I mean we love each other. (kiss)
Of course we do. (kiss)
And we've been going together, for what, six years now?
(More passionate kissing.)
Unfortunately, the mathematics of the situation were open to interpretation. To me, they led forward, to that great unknown.
(Kevin kisses Winnie's neck. She starts to smile.)
But to Winnie, they led...
(Brightly): Do you remember when we used to ride our bikes up here when we were kids?
Yeah...before they built it all up. Now they have all the lights down there, but it used to be all dark.
(He smiles and turns to Winnie. They kiss some more.)
See, the great thing about us was that we had this past together.
And we went down the hill - we didn't even pedal - we would just glide.
The bad thing about us was that we had this past together.
You know, Winnie, you just changed the subject.
(Winnie smiles and snuggles on Kevin's shoulder. Kevin is looking out at the lights.)
Not that I minded being part of Winnie's past. It's just, when it came to who I was...she seemed to regard me as a known quantity.
(Kevin walks up the hallway.)
So I had an empty house to myself. What were my parents worried about?
(Kevin sees Winnie at her locker. "Winnie's Theme".)
Suddenly - I understood their concern.
Listen. I was wondering if you wanted to study for the SAT's tonight.
Uh, yeah. I-I figured...it was about time...we started getting ready. For the test.
OK, where do you want to meet?
Uh, w-I don't know, anywhere...How about my house?
As long as it's alright with your parents.
(Sound of penalty buzzer.)
Just one little detail.
I mean, it would be if they weren't out of town.
(Winnie gives Kevin a questioning look.)
But, you know, it's not gonna be like the neighbors won't be around, or anything.
(Kevin walks behind her. She smiles.)
But who was I kidding? No way she was gonna fall for this pathetic ruse.
(Winnie turns toward Kevin.)
Sure! We're just gonna study, right?
Great! Then I'll see you tonight.
And with that - the date was made. The trap was set.
(Evening. Arnold living room. Kevin starts fire in fireplace, and adjusts lights.)
And so, I prepared a proper study environment. A veritable temple of academia.
And when I was finished...
Come in it's open!
Heh-heh. It was a call to romance no mere woman could resist.
(Fantasy shot of Kevin in smoking jacket, with pipe, looking "rico suave".)
It's kinda dark in here. Let's study in the kitchen!
(In the kitchen. Winnie sits at the table reading from the book. Kevin looks for snacks.)
OK, what's the opposite of parsimonious - "A" fastidious, "B" considerate, "C" generous, or "D" none of the above?...Kevin?
Want some pretzels, or something?
Kevin, you know you're never going to know all this when it's time to take the test.
Winnie, what's to know? I mean it's a stupid test! All you have to do is show up on time, and bring some sharpened number two pencils.
Kevin, it's a little more difficult than that!
Right. You have to fill in those little circles.
OK, so much for the small talk. It was time to get... dangerous.
Winnie. Let's...do something else.
(Kevin closes the book.)
Well, like...go in the living room.
(Winnie looks down, then smiles and turns to Kevin.)
(She folds her arms on the table and leans closer.)
You really didn't invite me over here to study, did you?
(Kevin makes a face and glances off, then looks at Winnie.)
No. It's just that we have this whole house to ourselves. And I thought that...
Look, Winnie. We've been together a long time, and...
...and the guys are starting to talk. Kevin, it isn't a secret - girls talk too, ya know. All the time.
Well, like...what do you say when you...talk?
Well, I say that we've been together along time, and that we care about each other, and that things between us are great...
(She looks neutrally at him.)
Why, what do you say?
I, uh...say the same.
Yeah. More or less.
(Later, they are watching "The Big Sleep".)
And so after all my attempts at intrigue, and danger, and seduction...
TV: Woman: "I like that. I want more." Bogie kisses her.)
Winnie and I ended up like we always did. Reminiscing.
Do you remember the first time we saw this movie?
I was sick with the flu, and you came over to keep me company.
Still, in a way, it wasn't all bad.
We must have watched five movies that week.
Seven. You visited me every day. (Smiles.)
(They snuggle closer.)
Fact was, it felt pretty good, sitting there, holding her, away from school, and the guys, and the locker room.
I should really call my parents. They don't know where I am.
No, let's watch a little more. You can call 'em later.
After all, there was no need to hurry - we had plenty of time.
(They fall asleep on the couch. Norma calls in the morning, waking Kevin. He then sees Winnie sleeping on the couch.)
I had to be calm - the voice of reason. I had to wake her gently, so she wouldn't -
Winnie! Wake up! It's seven o'clock! We slept in!
(Kevin is speeding Winnie home in his car. "Wake Up, Little Suzie" plays.)
Fear is a great motivator - terror is even better.
Kevin, slow down!
But I couldn't. All I could imagine what awaited us - angry parents, outraged neighbors, maybe even the National Guard.
(Kevin pulls up at Winnie's house.)
Or...maybe nothing at all.
There's no one here!
Who would be here at seven o'clock in the morning?
Well...you know, the mailman, the paperboy...
Well, should I come in with you?
No that's OK. It'd probably just make things worse. I'll take care of this. See you at school.
And at that moment, looking into those eyes - I knew things would be OK. I mean, hey, what was the absolute worst that could happen?
You told them?!
Of course I told them!
You mean you told them the truth?
I told them what happened. That we fell asleep on your couch.
Of course, I should have been relieved, but -v
I can't believe you told them that!
Jeez, we we're red-blooded teenagers. Hadn't they considered the possibilities?
What did they say?
Not much. They trust us.
What's that supposed to mean?
Kevin, they knew nothing happened.
And the funny thing was, just when I was supposed to feel off the hook - I felt insulted.
The truth was, they were really relieved to hear I was with you.
So I guess everything turned out OK!
I'll seeya at lunch?
(Kevin implied to the guys that he and Winnie slept together, and Winnie found out. On Jack's advice, Kevin goes to Winnie's house to apologize.)
I didn't go right away. Maybe I was too proud. Maybe I was too afraid. I kept telling myself, over and over, that what I had done wasn't really so bad.
(Kevin rings the doorbell, and sighs.)
But I guess I knew better.
(Winnie opens the door slowly, and stands silently in the doorway.)
I knew what I had to do - apologize.
Winnie, listen. I've given this a lot of thought, and...what I did was wrong.
(Winnie looks at Kevin cooly.)
It's just that...the guys were really getting on me - and I know it's no excuse...(nods)...but...I guess I...kinda let them get the wrong idea about us.
(Long pause as he looks off. He looks back and smiles embarrassedly.)
OK, I definitely let them get the wrong idea about us.
(Winnie has a hurt look.)
But ya gotta understand something, Winnie. When the guys get together, sometimes things get a little out of control...I mean...(shrugs and nods)...not necessarily in this case, but...sometimes...
You know what I mean. (Sighs) Anyway, I'll take care of it. I promise.
(Winnie looks at Kevin intently.)
How can you fix something like this?
Look, can we talk about this inside?
(Winnie is visibly upset as she slowly backs up.)
Sure! Because my parents aren't home. So if you want me you got me. Come on, Kevin! This is what you were in such a hurry about, wasn't it?
(She frowns and shakes her head slightly, then sighs and takes a step forward.)
Now's you chance.
(She is on the verge of tears.)
(She moves closer and hugs Kevin. Winnie is on the verge of tears.)
Winnie. Can't we just go back to the way things used to be, and just forget about all this?
(Winnie pulls away, and frowns.)
And after all the times I wanted to hear her to say "yes"...
No. We can't.
They say hindsight's twenty-twenty, and I guess it's true. Because as I stood outside Winnie's house that night, I suddenly saw it all so clearly. I'd sold both of us short - by taking something most people never have, and throwing it away for something less. I'd been in such a rush to impress people who really didn't matter, I'd torn apart the only ones who did. Us.
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(Ep 100 - "Wayne and Bonnie")
(Kevin and Jeff are watching Winnie play field-hockey. She ignores Kevin.)
I don't get it! I mean, what did I do, anyway?
Well, let's see. Off-hand, I'd say you embarrassed her, ruined her reputation, and lied about your relationship. But other than that, I'd say you were a perfect gentleman.
Never mind the details. It was true. Winnie and I were on the outs.
(Kevin approaches Winnie.)
What I had to do now was figure out a way to get her back.
Hi. How you doing?
So, uh, looks like you're playing field-hockey.
I gotta go.
And there you had it. After sixteen years of sharing everything together, overnight we'd become like...strangers.
Still, whatever Norma Arnold was cooking up, she was obviously on her own. As for me, well, I had a date - with destiny.
(Winnie's porch at night.)
Hey! How's it goin'?
Call it - "Triumphant Return, with Bear".
I could tell by the look in her eyes that she was impressed.
Oh, Kevin...you know Phil, don't you?
Uh, yeah. Hi.
We're studying for the SAT's.
We're on the vocabulary section now.
Yeah, well, uh...vocabulary's hard.
Yeah, it is.
It was funny. All of us knew that I was holding a stuffed bear. But none of us even mentioned it.
Well, uh...I better get going.
Hi. You got a sec?
That night I went back to Winnie's. I'm not sure why. All I knew was...what I said had to be perfect.
Nice night, huh?
Kevin, we've been through this.
I know. And I know that...I shouldn't even be here. And I know you don't even want to talk to me. Winnie, I know I did somethin' terrible. Somethin' horrible, and if I could take it back, I would. You know I just wish you'd do something aweful to me, and then we could be even. But, uh...you'd never do that. Anyway...never mind.
(Kevin turns away, then back.)
It's just all this stuff is happening! My brother - he left home, he's gone. And, and I...just need someone to talk about it with. You're the only one I could think of. You've always been the only one, Winnie...and I just wanted you to know that.
What happened to the bear?
It's...kind of a long story.
Maybe you'd like to tell me about it. You want to come in for awhile?
Yeah. I would.
It was that simple. And it was that complex. Love can kill you. It can tear you apart. But if you're very lucky, it can bring you back together. Sometimes love is unexpected, and unpredictable. Sometimes, you just have to go with your heart. And hope for the best.
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(Ep 101 - "Kevin Delivers")
(At work, Kevin dials the phone.)
Winnie? Hi, it's me. Uh, listen, these first deliveries aren't much, so, I figured it'll be a pretty easy night, and I'll be over at your house around nine-thirty, or so? Yeah...I love you -
(Mr. Chong approaches and takes the phone, holding it out.)
(Mr. Chong hangs up the phone.)
(Kevin has had a long night of deliveries. Now, he is at...)
216 Maple. Which in this case, turned out to be...a deserted park.
I don't believe this.
(A car honks (at Kevin?)
And to add Pepperoni to insult...
I should have known.
I dunno...maybe it was my destiny to end up on a lonely street, in a dead-end job, with no-one to share my sorrows with but -
(Winnie appears at the passenger window and knocks.)
Hi! Did you get my message?
This is your order?
I knew it was the only way I was gonna get to see you tonight. So, we still on for dinner?
(On a park bench.)
Got some plum sauce?
You got it.
And there you had it.
This is nice, isn't it?
Working for Mr. Chong certainly wasn't the best job I ever had. The hours were long, the money was poor, and employee-management relations left a lot to be desired. But in its way, each night held a promise - of riches.
You want some chow mein?
Uh, no thanks. I'm kinda sick of Chinese.
Well, maybe we could order some pizza!
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(Ep 102 - "The Test")
(At the "Point".)
Kevin, I'm worried.
Oh, no - not you, too.
It was bad enough having to face this in the cafeteria. But not in the front seat of a hot car.
Winnie, it'll be fine.
You really think so?
Maybe you're right.
(They start to kiss.)
Except what happens after the test?
Well, the SAT's are just the beginning. I mean, after that, we graduate and go to college. What if we end up at different schools? And, what if we're thousands of miles apart? What if we never see each other anymore?
Jeez. Now my girlfriend was turning into Paul Pfeiffer.
Well...Winnie, that's over a year away. Do we...do we have to worry about it now?
Of course we don't.
(They start to kiss.)
I mean, we'll still see each other at Christmas, right?
It was aweful. This one crummy test was poisoning my life. Plaguing my future.
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(Ep 103 - "Let Nothing You Dismay")
(At the mall, Winnie approaches Kevin and Jeff with a large gift-wrapped box.)
Oh! Hi, Kevin.
Ask a stupid question...
Winnie, what are you doing here?
Uh, just some shopping.
So, what'd you get?
Just some stuff.
It was pretty obvious that in that box was something large, for a medium-sized Arnold.
Well, I better get going.
Yeah, we're...gonna get going also.
Yeah, we got some stuff to buy.
(Cafeteria with Chuck and Jeff.)
What am I supposed to do? I think she's gonna buy me something really expensive.
Well, maybe you should go for it. Last year, I spent eighty-seven bucks on a gift - and she loved it!
Who was that for?
uh, just someone I know.
Oh, come on, Chuck. It was for your mother, wasn't?
I was just wondering - are you coming over Christmas Eve?
Oh, good...I can't wait till you see what I got you. It's really neat.
Well, listen, Winnie. I hope you didn't go overboard, or anything. I mean, I would love anything you got me. And, besides, it's just the thought that counts.
Don't be silly. It's Christmas. I can't wait! (Exits.)
Man, are you in trouble.
That Christmas Eve, I delivered egg rolls and pork lomein - for fifty cents more an hour.
(Cut to Winnie's couch. She holds up the sweater Kevin gave her.)
This is so beautiful. I can't believe this. (Smiles.)
(She looks at Kevin, suddenly more concerned.)
It must've cost a fortune.
Then I turned right around and squandered the profits - on cashmere.
I love it.
Still, I think it was worth it.
(Winnie picks up a flat, square gift.)
I hope you like this. It's not like yours, but...
(Kevin smiles and unwraps the gift.)
As for that big box, it turned out to be something much, much smaller.
The new Bread album. (Smiles.)
Do you like it?
Yeah, they're my favorite! (Smiles.)v
I hated it. I loathed it. I despised it.
Merry Christmas, Kevin. (Smiles.)
Then again, on the other hand...
(Kevin puts down the album, puts his arm around Winnie, and kisses her.)
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(Ep 104 - "New Years")
(The Arnold's and Winnie are at a supper-club, watching hula girls, and a bad comedian. Kevin wanted to go to a ski lodge instead, and is not happy, although the others are enjoying it.)
I'll tell ya, I wouldn't mind having those girls at my next luau...(gyrates)...if ya know what I mean.
He's funny, isn't he?
Yeah. A riot.
I feel like I'm on location with Jack Lord.
But it wasn't just the bad jokes and stupid hats...and the God-awful music that were gnawing at me.
Did ya hear the one about the peanut walking down the street?
There was something missing here. Something like...
Dad, where's Wayne?
Got me...probably hit traffic.
What - for an hour-and-a-half?
Don't worry, honey - he'll be here. This is his night.
But I wasn't so sure.
I bet he's went someplace good. Like a party.
Kevin, will you stop? Why don't you just relax, and have fun?
(The comedian holds his arms out.)
OK, ladies and gentlemen. Now we got a special treat for you! Straight from God knows where...*Zanik*- Let's here it - the Magnificent!
That's it. I'm calling Wayne.
(Kevin stands and exits. Winnie looks after him.)
But I'd had it. I was outta there.
(Bonnie has just told Kevin she dumped Wayne. She exits, and Winnie approaches.
Kevin - you don't want to miss this! (Smiles.) They're about to saw your father in half.
(A magician has Jack lying down in a large box.)
And now, ladies and gentlemen, for my finale - sawing a human body in half.
But somehow, I knew I couldn't stay to pick up the pieces.
Kevin, is everything alright?
No. We gotta find Wayne.v
(Kevin leads Winnie outside. Cut to on the road.)
That night we looked for Wayne everywhere. Bonnie's house...our house...six coffee-shops, four bars...even the bowling alley. But he was nowhere. It was like he...vanished. And then just when we were ready to give up...
Isn't that Wayne's car? (Points.)
We found him.v
Yeah, that's it.v
(They pull into a laundromat parking lot.)
Maybe you should go in alone.
(Inside the laundromat, Wayne is drinking beer and doing laundry. Kevin and Wayne talk a little, then Winnie enters.)
Kevin? Are you guys OK? It's almost midnight!
Say this for my girlfriend - she had timing.
(Shot of the Times Square count-down on TV.)
Another year, huh?
1972 was a memory. Like it or not.
(On TV, the big ball drops. "Happy New Year!")
Happy New Year...
The funny thing is...looking back now...
Happy New Year, Kevin.
Happy New Year.
What I remember most is how it ended.
So, butthead - you gonna kiss her or not? Come on - you're only young once...
Hell - the guy was right.
(Kevin and Winnie kiss. Snuffy's version of "Auld Lang Syne" starts and plays throughout.)
So maybe that New Year's eve, nineteen seventy-two didn't work out exactly like any of us planned. There was heartbreak we didn't anticipate...and events we couldn't have imagined. Still, it wasn't all bad. There was a magician. So maybe there was a message in it all. The future was calling us. And no matter what...there was no turning back now.
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(Ep 105 - "Alice in Autoland")
You have that wrench?
Yeah, here you go...
That winter, while everyone else was out partying, Winnie and I...
Maybe it's the alternator.
Were taking auto mechanics.
Why do you think that?
Cuz that's what it was last time.
Are we going to that party on Friday night?
Because I was thinking, um, maybe we could find somebody who will double with us.
Because it'd be fun...and we could go in their car.
(Chuck and Alice are slow-dancing.)
I never did get that car. I got my old one back from "Pistol Pete". But I guess I did learn a few things from this mess. When it comes to couples, mind your own business. When it comes to women, you'll never understand them.
(Cut to Kevin and Winnie looking at the motor of Kevin's car as he fans some steam away.)
And, when it comes to cars...
Right...I'll have this fixed in a minute.
(She nods and smiles. Kevin looks toward the motor, and Winnie frowns.)
Always bring a wrench.
(A car passes them and honks, and the guys in it yell.)
I guess we're gonna miss the party.
(Another car passes them with waving passengers.)
Hey, Arnold - get a horse!
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(Ep 106 - "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Rolling Stones")
(In the diner, Jeff joins, Winnie, Chuck and Kevin.)
Absolute confirmation! Alright, Gary Zerwinski's sister...she's a, she's a stewardess, right? She met Keith Richards on a flight to New York last year.
Yeah, so, so?
I don't believe this! (Frowns.)
Anyways, they got to New York, had a couple drinks - plural, and now the Stones are back in...the US of A, and who does Keith Richards want to see?
I'd had enough. I was the lone bastion of reason.
What?! You people are all crazy! (Frowns.)
Kevin! What's your problem?
I mean, what if it could happen? And what if we could be a part of it?
Now keep in mind this was my best girl. My one true love.
Think of it Kevin. A night we could share with each other for the rest of our lives! And, maybe someday tell our children about.
So, when she spun her dreams about magical nights, and miracles, and children...
I could never risk missing something like that.
What else could I say to those big brown eyes, except...
Who's paying for gas?
(The group has not found the Rolling Stones. They are going to try somewhere else. A cop flashes his lights behind Kevin.)
Pull your vehicle to the side of the road!
I don't believe this!
(Chuck stuffs a "stolen" telephone book page in his mouth.)
It was almost ironic. We had traveled halfway across the world to get busted for stealing page 219 of the Bell telephone book.
Kind of a jack-rabbit start there, wasn't it pal?
Uh, uh, no sir...I-I mean, yessir.
May I see your driver's license please?
And no amount of logic was gonna get me out of this one. I was stuck. Dead.
Officer? I can explain.
This is all my fault. Kevin is the best driver we know, and, he was gonna stay home tonight, but he knew that if he did...we may have gotten rides to...go see my grandmother in the hospital...with someone who isn't a very good driver at all. And, I know he was afraid that we might end up in some terrible crash - or worse! And...that he might spend the rest of his life wondering what might have been, if, only he had been driving.
It was the most obviously transparent clumsy piece of teen logic I had ever heard in my entire life.
OK, I understand. You drive careful, son.
And he bought it.
And take care of this young lady. And you - say "hi" to your grandma.
(The group has not found the Rolling Stones, again.)
Kevin, I'm really sorry.
Ah, forget about it.
What the heck. This wasn't the time for "I told you so's" or rubbing it in.
No, you were the only one who knew how ridiculous we sounded.
Ah, come on. I mean we came here, we had a good time...what more could you ask? Right guys?
It felt pretty good. I was was generous, I was non-chalant. I was...
(Kevin bumps into the car behind them.)
An idiot! Suddenly my goodwill ebbed.
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(Ep 107 - "Unpacking")
I had my own life...my own friends.
My own girlfriend.
Kevin, this is Ann Sheer. She's new in school.
My old girlfriend's new girlfriend.
Hi. Well, how do you like it so far?
Oh, fine. I'll see you guys in a bit. (Exits.)
(Winnie smiles at Kevin as they walk toward a table.)
She's cute, isn't she.
I guess so.
She's also a little lonely.
Uh-oh. I knew where this was heading.
Maybe we could fix her up with somebody.
There it was. "We" again.
Winnie, don't do this. I hate fixing people up - it never works out, and it always ends up being my fault. Besides, I don't know anyone who needs a date.
Hey, you guys! What's happenin'?
(Winnie looks at Kevin.)
Oh, no. No - forget it!
After all, the guy had a girl. No way he was gonna -
Hi! I'm back.
(She glances at Jeff and sits next to him.)
Ann, this is Jeff. Jeff, this is -
Welcome to the monkey-house.
You read Vonnegut?
Oh, sure...when-whenever I can.
Did you read "Slaughterhouse Five"?
Yeah, Billy Pilgrim and Montana *Wildcat*...
She and Billy were so much in love.
Yeah, but he time-travelled.
But they kept...coming back together.
It was kinda like being in the middle of a furnace. But then...
(Jeff gets flustered.)
Um, yeah - I gotta get going.
I just got some stuff to do...Anyway, it was nice talking to you.
Uh, I gotta get a drink of water.
Wow! Did you see that?
(At Peter Pan's Putt-Putt miniature-golf course. Kevin is in the rocks.)
Maybe you should just pick it up.
What - and take the penalty?! Forget about it.
(Winnie flinches as Kevin takes a big swing. He bangs his club in frustration and walks up the dirt hill. Winnie hurries off, up the path.)
So! Anybody for another round?
Yeah, you're right. There's no sense in fooling with perfection.
Well, maybe we could, uh...go somewhere else.
I don't know...the point?
Well, that sounds nice.
The Point. Where unofficial dates became...official couples.
Um, actually...(rubs forehead)...I-I-I...I can't. Uh, I should actually get home.
(In the library, Kevin turns down an aisle, finding Winnie and Ann.)
I dont know why...but I felt like I had to apologize for Jeff's behavior.
Listen, uh, about last night...(Gestures.)
It's OK. I thought about it, and Jeff's really not my type.
I'll see you guys later.
Translation - he'd broken her heart.
I really feel bad. I mean, I feel like it's...kinda my fault, or something.
It probably was.
Well, you fixed them up!
I knew it!
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(Ep 108 - "Hulk Arnold")
(At the point.)
How could you even call that a practice? I mean, first, I wasn't even ready. And the kid pulled this...pretzel-hold I've never even seen before.
I'd about had it.
Why do I put myself through this?
After one afternoon, I'd decided to put an end to my wrestling career.
That must really hurt.
(Winnie kisses Kevin's cheek.)
He also...mashed my chin. It'll probably look a lot worse tomorrow.
(Winnie kisses his chin.)v
And you should have seen the guy - he was a giant.
I never new what it would be like.
You know...dating a jock...
I just wish I could make it all better.
(Winnie snuggles closer. Kevin looks at the camera and grins.)
So, I decided to give the sport...another chance.
(The ref brings Kevin and Doug Gurney together.)
Gentlemen, shake hands.
(Jack is in the stands.)
Go get 'em, Kev!
I prepared myself to be torn to pieces.
Come on, you can take him, Kev!
Ripped limb from limb. And then, the impossible happened. I actually scored two points.
Two - take down, "red".
(Winnie claps and smiles.)
It was astonishing! It was a miracle!
Two points, "green", reverse.
It was temporary. And suddenly...this guy had me in a hold I'd never even seen before.
Come on, Kevin!
So I did what came naturally...
(Kevin struggles away and dives out of the circle as Doug grabs his legs.)
(Coach Silva is near the wrestlers.)
That's a warning, "red" - fleeing the mat. OK, "red", you're down.
It was embarassing, humiliating - but there was no way out. It was a living, breathing nightmare.
(The ref blows the whistle. Doug takes Kevin down.)
And that's when it happened.
Come on, kid. Give up - make it easy on yourself.
I was beaten. Finished.
Don't let him pin you, don't let him pin you...!
All I wanted to do was lay my shoulder against that mat...but for some reason...
I didn't. Something inside wouldn't let me.
Just lay down!
That's the way to fight him! Fight him!
No matter how many points this guy racked up...I wasn't gonna let him pin me.
Come on, do it!
That night - maybe for the first time in my life...I committed myself to something.
Come on, Kev! Do it! Do it!
I left the excuses, I dumped the alibis. I went for broke. I was a wrestler. And I gave it everything I had.
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(Ep 109 - "Nose")
(In the cafeteria, Kevin, Chuck and Jeff are making fun of Ricky and a girl with a very large nose, Hayley, whom Ricky likes.)
OK - what can I say? I knew we shouldn't be doing it, but...face it - it was funny.
(Cut to the hallway with Winnie.)
I don't think that's funny at all. (Frowns.)
(Winnie staples a poster to the wall.)
Unfortunately, some people didn't share my sense of humor.
Well, it's not "funny" funny, but...ya know, it's...funny. (Smiles.)
I don't think so.
Come on, Winnie...(Gestures.)
Kevin, you were making fun of someone's looks - why would you do something like that?
Well, who knows..."nose". (Smiles and gestures.)
("Brrp-pish" of drums as Winnie frowns and walks across the hallway.)
That is so shallow...
And of course, she was absolutely right.
Look. I don't see what you're getting so upset about. I mean, it's not like she heard us, or anything.
(Winnie staples another poster.)
Well, I can't believe that looks are so important to you.
Well, they're not. We were just...kidding around. (Gestures.)v
(Winnie turns and looks at Kevin.)v
Still, when it came to a sense of humor...
Did you know you have something really big stuck between your teeth? (Gestures.)
(Kevin works his lips around.)
Maybe we all needed help.
(Winnie smiles slightly and turns toward the poster.)
How does it feel?
That's really funny, Winnie. (Frowns.) And besides, that's not "looks" - that's..."personal hygiene".
Whatever you say, Kevin. (Shrugs.)
Look - we're just having a little fun about her nose, that's all. (Gestures.)
(Winnie turns toward him.)
Well, don't do it anymore...
(Winnie frowns, then walks off.)
Fine, we won't do it. OK? (Gestures.)
After all, did I look like an insensitive cretin?
(Cut to the diner. Kevin, Winnie, Chuck and Jeff are in a booth. Sound of a car horn.)
Can you believe the size of that honker?
(Chuck smiles and Jeff laughs under his breath.)
They were the insensitive cretins.
(Winnie frowns. Chuck looks off.)
They're walking in here right now.
Yep. Here comes the three of them.
(Jeff and Chuck giggle as Ricky and Haley approach.)
That was real funny, Kevin. (Frowns.)
Well, I didn't say anything. (Gestures.)
That's no excuse.
(Ricky and Hayley stop next to the booth.)
Hi. You must be Hayley.
Yeah. That's right.
I'm Winnie. It's nice to meet you. (Smiles.)
(Hayley talks about the movie they went to. Ricky says he asked her to the dance. Hayley winds up for an apparently huge sneeze, covers her nose and makes a small high-pitched sneeze, then smiles. Everyone relaxes.)
Well, ah...we gotta be going.
(Ricky waves slightly and they walk off.)
It was nice meeting you.
It was all we could do to keep a straight face, and hope that nobody would notice.
(The guys look at each other and laugh. Winnie frowns. Ricky looks over his shoulder in the distance.)
(At the point.)
By that evening, the infamous McKinley High "nose speech" had become a fairly hot topic. Not that it was anything to get all worked up about.
I have never heard anything so despicable in my entire life! (Frowns.)
I mean, what were you thinking?!
Come on, Winnie - it's not that bad...(Frowns.)
How would you feel if I had a big nose?
What do you mean?
I mean, would you still go out with me?
Of course I would.
(Kevin looks off, then back at Winnie.)
Oh, that's great, Kevin.
No, I really want to know. I mean, are we talkin' one foot, er...two feet, or, you know, like Jimmy Durante? (Smiles.)
(Winnie frowns and moves away.)
I mean, come on, Winnie - it was Hayley who read the speech in the first place. I mean, she was making fun of her nose.
And what about Ricky? He's your friend and he cares about her. How could you just laugh at her like that? What do you think that does to him?
(At the dance.)
Saturday night. Our annual Spring dance. Romance was in the air. Couples were in each other's arms.
Listen, Winnie...if we were any farther apart, I could get you punch...(gestures)...while we're dancing. (Smiles.)
Is that another one of your jokes, Kevin?
(Winnie pulls away and stops dancing.)
Well, most couples.
Winnie...is this about Ricky?
I can't believe he broke the date. And I can't believe he came here.
And the thing was, neither could I.
I'm gonna go powder my - (Frowns.)
Never mind. (Frowns and exits.)
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(Ep 110 - "Eclipse")
(On the bus with Chuck and Alice.)
Truth or dare?
Who is the best kisser you've ever kissed?
The best? That would be...you!
Are you going to play for real or not?
We are! I asked her an honest question, and...she gave me an honest answer.
I mean, no one is taking this seriously.
Yeah. You could really learn a lot from this game.
Maybe that's what they are afraid of. Right, Pooh Bear?
Uh-huh, huh, huh.
OK. Truth or dare?
Make it a hard one.
OK. If you had to change one thing about me, what would it be?
Now, of course, moments like this had to be handled carefully.
I wouldn't change a thing.
Come on, Kevin. There's gotta be something about me you want to change. You can tell me.
Forget it! This is joke.
Come on, Kevin. You can tell me.
Well, I am! I mean you're perfect. In fact, if I was absolutely forced to pick one thing, that would be it.
Well, I'd have to say, if anything, sometimes you are too perfect.
Come on, Pooky, we'll show them how it's done.
Chucky, what's the one thing you would change about me? Honestly!
I guess you would have to be, uh...your voice.
What do you mean? What's wrong with my voice?v
Not your voice. Ah, your hair.
You don't like my hair?!
No, I like it.
Oh, you ought to talk, Brillohead!
Come on, guys.
Pooky, this is just a game!v
Fine! My turn. Truth or dare? I choose truth! Who is the weasliest, most disgusting, grossest thing that I have ever laid eyes on in my whole entire life?
Maybe we should not play this anymore.
I'm glad I found out how you really feel about me. Get out of my way!
Move over. Move! I'm so mad I could explode!
Can you believe those two? Getting upset about that stupid game?
No, I can't imagine it.
Oh, come on, Winnie. You cannot be that mad...All I said was...
I heard what you said! In fact, I heard you...perfectly!
Alright, clearly it was time to put this fire out.
Winnie, I meant that as a good thing. I mean you are really a nice person. Well, I mean that as good thing, too. You are like...Mary Tyler Moore on TV. You know...perky. Winnie you gotta admit you've always been kind of...well-behaved. I mean, there are just certain things you wouldn't do.
Hmm, skipping the obvious...
Well, like that for instance.
(Kevin indicates a boy throwing spitwads at Mr. Plenitzer.)
But, I mean, that's not a bad thing...it's just who you are.
(Winnie tears off a piece of paper and chews it. Kevin looks surprised.)
It's just, I mean, you don't have to do that.
(Winnie looks toward Mr. Plenitzer.
(Winnie throws the spitwad and hits Mr. Plenitzer on his cheek.)
Ah! OK, that does it!
You were saying?
Excuse me. Miss Cooper! Miss Cooper, did ya see who threw that spitball?
I did it.
I admire your reluctance to turn in your fellow student. However...I will tolerate no more rowdy behavior on this bus!
And with that quantum leap forward in human dynamics...we moved on to more pressing matters.
OK, people, we are making an emergency rest stop for Mr. Abramson who suffers from a nervous colon. But I must ask the rest of you to please remain in your seats so we can reach the planetarium on schedule.
It was a thoroughly reasonable request. So, of course...we ignored it.
(Kids get off the bus.)
Alice, you have a beautiful voice! Like a nightingale.
Shut up, ratface!
I should have chose dare.
(Winnie stands near Kevin, perkily holding her purse.)
Excuse me, Mr. Grant, but I better see how Rhoda is doing.
(She hurries off.)
It seems there was something to be said for keeping higher education confined to the classroom.
(At the planetarium.)
The opponents were in their corners...
So, what do we wanna see...
(Winnie gives him a look. Kevin pauses as Winnie hurries off.)
The lines were drawn.
(In the gift shop. Winnie approaches Kevin, wearing a baseball cap.)
So, what do you think?
Well, you know...
I know. It's not me, right? Whoever that is.
No. Look, I love the hat. Here, I'll even buy it for you.
Kevin, don't bother. I...I think I'll just...wear it out. (Smiles and exits.)
(A saleswoman approaches.)
May I help you with something? (Frowns.)
No, we were...
I...I was...just, uh...
Let's call it...
(He hurries out.)
(Outside, Kevin catches up to Winnie.)
Winnie, are you crazy?
I don't know. Maybe.
Yeah, well, don't do it again! Next time you might get caught.
I wouldn't worry about it, Kevin. Besides it is your turn!
Yeah. You know, now, think about it...you're pretty well-behaved yourself.
Oh, get outta here, Winnie.
No, you are. You're nice, and you're sweet. And to tell you the truth, well, you have always reminded me of - Beaver Cleaver.(Giggles and gestures.)
Get out of here! I do not.
Kevin, you know, you talk a good game. But, I don't see you doing anything.
Fine! You want me to go shoplift something?
Hmmm. Well, I already have a hat. But I'm sure you'll think of something - Theodore. Bye!
(Kevin helped Louis put a cherry bomb in the toilet, ruining the eclipse-watching adventure.)
Still, when it came to matters of cause and effect...
I hope that you're all very proud of yourselves.
I think we managed to learn a thing or two. Perhaps that day, despite all the chaos, there really were cosmic forces at work. Forces so powerful, so profound, they defied all our attempts of rational explanation.
And then, finally, I jumped out of the truck and I ran all the way to the planetarium so that I could see y-
Chuck! Instead of making up all these idiotic stories, just be a man for once and say that you are sorry.
But I-I. I mean I did...I 'm sorry, Pooky.
I forgive you, Pooh Bear.
I mean, hey, it had taken only 5,000 years to understand the moon...
So, may be, we were making progress...
Kevin, I paid for the hat.
I knew that.
Then again, when it came down to it, maybe we learned enough for one day.
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(Ep 112 - "The Little Women")
(In the cafeteria, the guys are comparing SAT scores. Kevin looks at Winnie.)
So, did you get yours?
I don't think it's such a good idea to talk about them like this. (Frowns.) They're kind of private.
(Kevin pats her hand.)
Sure - I understand.v
"I don't want to talk about it". It was practically code for Ed's Junior College and Autobody Repair.v
I mean, besides, it is no big deal. I mean, after all, they're only numbers, right?
Sure, easy for you to say - you haven't got yours yet.
So what? When they come, they come.
After all, I wasn't worried.
(Three girls approach. A cheerleader and another girl are holding a second cheerleader, who is crying.)
Look at these scores - I'm gonna kill myself!
Not much anyway.
(School library. Kevin has his feet propped up on the table, with his hands behind his head, smiling.)
After all, intelligence, talent and brilliance just seemed to run in our family.
Not that I was gonna brag about it or anything.
Already? I thought it was just 11:30.
No, I didn't mean that.
What did you mean?
Well, since she asked...
Just uh...my...SAT scores.
You mean you got them? (Smiles.)
Six-fifty verbal, five-ninety math.
Kevin, that's terrific!
Well, you know, they're just numbers. Six-fifty...(gestures)...five-ninety...
Well, I'm really proud of you, Kevin. (Nods.)
And why not? After all, she was my girl. And I knew she understood that in some small way, my achievements were her achievements.
(A librarian approaches with books.)
Here we are, Miss Cooper. (Smiles.) Yale...Princeton...and Harvard. I'll have to look for Dartmouth. (Gestures.)
What are those?
Just some...college catalogues. (Shrugs.)
Funny. I never realized Ed's Junior College had made it into the Ivy League.
Winnie? What exactly did you get on your SATs?
(Winnie sighs and looks down.)
I don't really want to talk about it.
Winnie, come on. I mean you obviously did pretty well...(gestures)... so why don't you just tell me?
Seven-twenty-five verbal...(nods and smiles)...seven-fifty-seven math.
Seven-twenty-five verbal...seven-fifty-seven math.
Somehow I skipped "That's wonderful", and "I'm so proud of you", and cut right to the bottom line.
That's a fourteen-eighty-one. (Frowns.)
Well, it's just a number. Besides...(smiles)...it is a fourteen-eighty-two. (Smiles and sighs.)
I don't believe it!
Well, aren't you happy for me?
(Kevin frowns and looks up at Winnie.)
Are you kidding?
(Winnie frowns and looks a little hurt as the bell rings.)
OK, maybe that was dumb. But it didn't take a genius to figure out that instead of standing by her man...
(Winnie looks off and frowns as she stands up.)
See you in class.
My innocent unassuming sweetheart...my cute, adoring, supportive girlfriend...had left me in the dust.
And speaking of going to pot...
Are you just not in the mood?
Of course I'm in the mood. I'm always...in the mood. I'm just not a piece of meat, that's all!
What are you talking about?
There was no way that I was giving her the satisfaction of telling her.
You're upset about my SAT scores, aren't you?
What? Don't be ridiculous! (Frowns.)
I don't know why you should be.
Yeah, well, I'm not. I mean, how long have I known you?
Almost all my life.
Right. And in all the time...you never felt like telling me you were smart?
Good thing this wasn't bothering me.
Kevin, you knew I was smart!
In the fourth grade I knew that you were good at math, OK? I didn't know that you were some kind of Einstein or someone. (Gestures.) I mean, gosh, you think you know someone. And then - bam, you find out they're hiding things from you.
I didn't hide anything.
Oh? How come you didn't tell me about your test scores?
I don't know! I just...(looks forward and sighs)...I just thought that...(looks at Kevin)...it might hurt your ego.
Ego? Hah! That just goes to show how much you know - I don't even have an ego! Hah-hah!
Kevin, you're acting so stupid about this!
Now see, if I had an ego, a remark like that might have really really hurt.
Huh. So I'm stupid. (Gestures.)
I didn't say you are stupid. I said you're acting stupid!
Oh, but I guess if I were as smart as you...I'd know exactly what you're talking about, right?
All in all...you could say that I was handling this rather maturely.
I have an idea.
(Winnie pauses, shakes her head, then looks forward.)
Let's go home.
(Kevin starts the car, shakes his head and glances at Winnie.)
I couldn't have put it better myself.
Still, by the next morning, I was feeling pretty shabby about the way I had acted. I realized it was time to accept these in-roads being made by women. It was time to accept the realities of the 20th century. It was time to act like a liberated man.
(Kevin approaches Winnie at her locker.)
(Winnie looks at Kevin unenthusiastically.)
And crawl like a dog.
Hi. Listen, I feel really bad about what happened last night.
And, uh, well - I thought we can go out tonight. (Smiles.) So I can kinda make it up to you.
OK. Sure! That sounds good. (Sighs.)
I mean, no sense letting a few numbers come between us.
(Mr. Glavin approaches and puts his arm around Winnie's shoulders.)
Oh, hi, Mr. Glavin!
Congratulations on those SAT's. (Gestures.) Uh, the whole faculty's talking.
(Kevin is getting a little miffed.)
You know, there's a world of opportunity for a bright young lady like you.
Yeah, I'm really excited. (Smiles.)
I bet you are. (Smiles.) Uh, you will keep me posted, won't you?
(Kevin clears his throat and smiles.)
Uh...hi, Mr. Glavin.
Hey! (Smiles.) How's it going, Kelly?
(Mr. Glavin pats Kevin's shoulder and walks off.)
Kelly? It was a girl's name.
So where to?
Where do you want to go tonight? (Nods.)
How about, uh...
And that's when I heard it. A far-off call.
(Sound of jungle drums in the background.)
A primordial cry...
(Sound of a lion roar.)
It echoed across the savannahs of ancient Kenya. It thundered in the drums of ancestral tribes...And it said to me...
(Tarzan's yell): "Uh-uh uh-uh uhhhhhh!!"
(Cut to bowling alley)
Take the broad bowling!
(A lady puts bowling shoes on the counter in front of Kevin and Winnie.)
This was the ticket - bowling. It was almost inspired.
Isn't this great?
Yeah, I guess!
(They walk toward the lanes.)
Heh-heh. More than inspired. It was genius. The bowling alley - the last bastion of maledom. An island of stability in a changing world. It was about manly things, like unmuffled clamor, and uncurbed fashion. It was about sweat, and muscle, and grunting and belching.
(Kevin tosses his jacket onto the seat behind him, as Jack approaches from the lane next to him.)
A place that drew real men...like flies.
(Jack and Kevin look at each other as they meet near the ball-return.)
What are you doing here? (Smiles.)
I don't know, I...just felt like bowling.
Hmmm. It seemed Dad must have heard that same primordial scream.
Oh, hi, Mrs. Arnold!
Hi! Well, what a surprise!
So, you two wanna join us?
Sure! Why not? (Smiles.)
What could be better? A night at the lanes. Guys doing guy-things.
Winnie, I love your outfit! (Smiles.)
Thanks! (Smiles.) Oh, I really like your hair like that.
Chicks talking chick-things. Just the way the big guy upstairs intended it.
I heard about your SAT scores - I am really proud of you!
Wait a minute!
Thanks! Oh, and I heard about your job. That sounds wonderful!
Are we gonna bowl, or what?
Yeah, let's get started. Norma? (Points) You go first.
After all, there was no sense wasting time on idle chit-chat. There was a game to be played here.
Come on, Mrs. Arnold! Knock 'em all down.
(On the road in Kevin's car. "Stand By Your Man" is on the radio.)
Sorry, we beat ya so bad.
It's OK. (Smiles.) I had a really nice time.
That night, driving home, things seemed...right again.
I mean, you couldn't help but win. You're just so...good!
By the way...congratulations on your SAT scores.
I mean, no sense being pigheaded. The way I saw it - the world was big enough for all of us.
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