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  • In one episode after breaking up with Winnie, Kevin comes home to see his dad working in the garage. After trying to say he doesn't want to talk about it, the scene ends with Kevin crying while his dad just hugs him.
  • Wayne wrecks the car and with a totally freaked out expression turns and asks Kevin if he's okay. Narrator Kevin says it's the first time he'd ever asked him that.
  • "A Very Cutlip Christmas" has the usually tight-fisted and mean-spirited Coach Cutlip playing jolly old Santa Claus at the mall. That alone is worth a mention.
    • Also when Kevin accidentally lets the secret slip, his schoolmates find it hysterical and go to the mall to heckle Cutlip. But they only see a warm and friendly Santa, never recognising their teacher.
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  • Kevin and Winnie's first kiss in the first episode. He goes to the woods to comfort her after finding out her brother died in Vietnam, and apologizes for insisting he didn't even like her when Wayne was giving him a bad time about it.
  • Kevin and Winnie finally becoming a couple in the second season, after a year of dancing around each other.
  • An early episode has Kevin bonding with his father after being curious about his job and overall life, with Kevin learning from him that life almost never turns out the way you want or hoped but that you have to make do and go on.
    • And later, Jack Arnold eventually quits his soul-crushing job and starts his own successful furniture business, which his sons even get involved in. Talk about Earn Your Happy Ending.
    • The big turning point with the furniture factory is Norma coming around to the idea. Soul-crushing as Norcom has been for Jack, she's always tried to put a positive spin on it for his sake. Eventually though, she realizes how miserable he is and agrees to support him no matter the risks.
    Kevin: What about Norcom?
    Jack: I figured your mom was right. It’s time to take a chance. Norcom was killing me. So I left.
    Kevin: (shocked) What’d they say?
    Jack: They said goodbye.
    Kevin: Dad, aren’t you scared?
    Jack: Nah. (Beat) …Yeah.

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