The Wonder Years S03E08 – The Pimple

The pimple story is probably the default coming-of-age story (assuming you exclude boyfriend-girlfriend troubles). I can’t count how many times I’ve seen some iteration of this story.

In many ways, it’s also the most idiotic, because teens on TV and in the movies almost never have acne unless it’s the focus of a plot. It’s actually comedic to me when TV characters flip out over a single zit. But The Wonder Years took it one step further: It made the zit nearly invisible. Seriously, look at that minor bump. It could pass as a mole. I couldn’t buy that anyone would single him out and taunt him for such a harmless pimple.

If you can swallow that level of absurdity, then this episode proved amusing enough. A bunch of scenes made me laugh out loud, other people’s reactions moreso than Kevin’s increasing desperation. Winnie’s line about how much it must have hurt getting hit right in the pimple and Paul’s “icckk” come to mind. (I watched the latter about ten times, and laughed at every one of them.) I also dug Tony Barbella as the bully who speaks about himself in the third person.

And then there’s Ben Stein, who is always the funniest part of the episodes he’s in. His dry presentation of horribly dark, apocalyptic material always works, no matter how many times the show uses it.

It was pretty clear from the start that Gina was going to have acne of her own, but I actually would have appreciated the episode spending more time in its denouement, recognizing that pimples happen to everyone and that he and Gina got along just fine in spite of it, at the expense of some of Kevin’s desperation at being seen, which grew pretty tired by the end.

I really liked the opening of the episode and I appreciated the horror movie comparisons. I’m always impressed when the show can manage to tie together a bunch of parallels, but it didn’t prevent The Pimple from being a shallow and predictable if amusing affair. This far in the run, The Wonder Years has been exemplary more often when it’s focusing on its dramatic elements than its comedic elements. Still, the show has had some truly great lighter outings, which makes it more disappointing when they feel routine.

Dan and Brian from Earn This now have a film review site and podcast:

The Goods: Film Reviews

The Goods: A Film Podcast

Available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and more.

16 thoughts on “The Wonder Years S03E08 – The Pimple

  1. The ending to this one was awful. Of course Gina would have a pimple of her own, but they don’t even acknowledge it while speaking. Kevin’s conversations with girls make me think he has problems. (Every time he sees Winnie, we get a virtual ping pong match of “hi” for ten seconds) They make small talk and then go watch a movie downstairs, and Gina still likes Kevin, evident by her grabbing at his arm. I would have preferred more of a romantic angle to this episode, as “Summer Song” featured a brief fling and did it well. This time, Kevin and Paul freaked out over Gina coming to visit and then nothing happened.

  2. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  3. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

  4. Normally I do not learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great article.

  5. hello!,I like your writing very much! percentage we be in contact extra about your post on AOL? I require a specialist on this area to solve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Having a look forward to peer you.

  6. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  7. hey there and thank you for your info – I have definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this website, as I experienced to reload the web site lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot more of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again soon..

  8. I get pleasure from, result in I found just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  9. I intended to send you a very small observation to say thanks the moment again on the awesome thoughts you’ve featured in this article. It has been so shockingly generous with you to provide publicly what many individuals would’ve sold for an electronic book to end up making some bucks for themselves, particularly considering the fact that you could have tried it if you ever desired. The thoughts likewise served to become a fantastic way to know that other people have the identical zeal the same as mine to see a good deal more when considering this condition. I’m certain there are millions of more pleasant times in the future for individuals that read through your website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *