Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1997-01-17
Writer: Jeffrey C. Sherman
Director: Jeff McCracken
Capsule Summary: Cory gets his driver's license.
Extendo Summary: Cory, the last of the trio to turn sixteen, is having the fateful birthday, and looks forward to getting his license and going to see R-rated movies (both of which may or may not be possible, depending on the Pennysylvania state laws in 1997).
Alan is excited to take Cory down to the DMV to take his test, but Cory shows up having already taken and passed the test earlier that morning with his friends. Alan is disappointed, but since he and Cory never had any formal plans to celebrate together, there's not much he can do. Cory asks for the keys so he, Shawn and Topanga can drive to Atlantic City to see an R-rated Van Damme movie. Alan promises to give him the car after he runs a few errands, but his errands end up taking all day, and by the time he gets back, it's too late for the road trip.
When Alan gets back he tells Cory he can only have the car until his birthday dinner, which Cory knew nothing about. Cory says it's not even worth it, and they argue.
The mood at dinner is strained, and ends up with Cory, Shawn and Topanga ditching for their road trip. On the road, Cory goes in general incredibly slowly, but is arrested as soon as he hits one mile over the 25 mph speed limit. He is brought to trial in front of a creepy judge, and calls Mr. Feeny, who tells Alan what's going on. Alan arrives on the scene and they talk things out. The "speed trap" metaphor is abused. Then they go home.
"What?! --What kind of road trip would it be without good old Mr. Matthews? ...was what I was gonna say... and now I'm done." --Shawn
"Cory, the first thing I learned on the street is that any judge who spontaneously makes you balloon toys will, at the end of the day, actually hang you." --Shawn
Rant: Didn't Alan know when the driving test was? They treat this like you can just go whenever you want, drop-in driving tests. Not only am I certain that they're scheduled, but it seems unlikely, with the DMV involved, that Cory would be able to simply nip by and snag his license before breakfast.
- Eric tells Cory that Alan didn't react as poorly when Eric first got his license.
Cory: "Cause he likes you better."
Eric (casually, opening a can of pop): "Yup, he does, he does."
- After Eric tells Cory that Alan places a lot of importance on Cory's milestones because Cory is his last son, Cory tries to make Morgan more manly by forcing her to play football.
- Cory argues that he is an adult, until the waitress gives him a Clown Burger.
Waitress: "I told them it was your birthday and they put on an extra hat!"
Cory: "Woo-hoo! (solemnly) I mean, woo hoo."
- Eric gets all the way through his improv birthday song before opening his eyes and noticing that Cory is gone. "Happy happy happy birthda-ay... Happy! Happy happy birthda-hay... It's his day! His day of birth! Yeah, that's right, his first day on earth! Happy bir-ir-ir-irthday, yeah!"
- Cory is a slow driver. Ha ha.
Shawn: "Cory, can you drive a little faster? Cause there's like twenty cars jammed up behind us."
Cory: "Shawn, I happen to be cruising at--what's it say? I can't look down or we'll crash."
Topanga: "Eighteen miles an hour."
Cory: "I'm up to eighteen? I hope this thing has airbags!"
Shawn: "Cory, a bicycle just passed you."
Cory (waving): "Come around me. Come around me, please."
Shawn (taken aback, grinning, improv-seeming): "No, it's already g-- it's already pa-- yeah."
Wonder Years Crossover Event! The dad from The Wonder Years plays the judge at the speed trap. Home movies of Ben Savage are passed off as those of Cory.
Episode Themes: Whiny Cory
Rating: 1. Cory. Alan. Shut up, both of you.Back | Back to Season 4 Episode Guide | Next