But back to the Wonder Years, there was something else I noticed in these first two episodes. Brian Cooper was an actual character. There are one or two scenes in the pilot where he's with Winnie and/or working on his car. And in the second (or "first", depending on whether or not you consider the pilot episode 1 or episode 0) he's back as an Obi Wan Kenobi type ghost.
The character was only introduced briefly and then killed in the end of the pilot. But still, it was a character. Brian Cooper is mentioned a few times through the series (I think) but I never realised that there was an actual actor who portrayed the character.
He was played by a guy named Bentley Mitchum, grandson of Robert Mitchum and son of Christopher Mitchum. I never heard of Christoper Mitchum but apparently he was an actor. Even Robert Mitchum, I only know the name. There's also James Mitchum but I don't know him either.
But apparently, one is able to eek out a living from acting for three generations just from being the progeny of one old tyme actor. It's interesting.
Also interesting is how things get credited. In this Swingers episode of the Wonder Years, there are two book store attendants: one an old man and one a young woman. The man get mentioned in the closing credits but the woman doesn't.
What makes this all the more peculiar is that the man doesn't even have any lines but the woman has one or two lines.
Indeed, there are 7 people mentioned at the end in the "featured" section. They're all males. And three of these actors were simply Kid 1, Kid 2, and Kid 3. Maybe one of them had a line, "Kevin is getting horny" but the other two didn't. They were on screen very briefly and not in any way central to the story.
The bookstore clerk had a pivotal role. Kevin and Paul didn't want to buy the salacious book from a woman and she had some "banter" with the boys.
I'm not here to discuss the patriarchy but it does seem an odd choice to credit all of these bit player over this woman who had a much larger role. There's clearly politics involved. The kids don't appear to have Jewish names but maybe they've been changed.
Oh. I went on that rant for nothing. The woman is in the credits. She has the unusual name of Bobbie, so I assumed it was the man. She did some soap operas in the early 2000s. She's married to a Jew.
Anyway, I think this video works now:
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