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The Big Quiet 

Little Pete attempts to deal with the death of Gary the Lizard, while Big Pete is stumped by his inability to have a conversation with Dad.


Tony Jacobs, Nicholas Jacobs (uncredited)

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Episode credited cast:
Michael C. Maronna ... Big Pete Wrigley
Danny Tamberelli ... Little Pete Wrigley
Judy Grafe ... Joyce Wrigley
Hardy Rawls ... Don Wrigley
Alison Fanelli ... Ellen Hickle
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Nona Mecklenberg
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maris Hudson Maris Hudson ... Monica Perling
James Lally James Lally ... Frank the crossing guard
Henry W. Laster Henry W. Laster ... Henry
David Martel ... Teddy Forzman


Little Pete attempts to deal with the death of Gary the Lizard, while Big Pete is stumped by his inability to have a conversation with Dad.

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Comedy | Drama



Release Date:

1994 (USA) See more »

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Wellsville Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Dad: [coming up on Pete and Ellen in the car] Hey you two, what's going on?
Big Pete Wrigley: We're playing... with a doll.
Dad: You mother doesn't know about this, does she?
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Not the most exciting show but one with a deeper meaning.
25 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

There are two stories going on in this one episode. First off, Little Pete favorite pet has died and the other is Big Pete having to ride for hours in the car with Dad. Both Pete's have a dilemma that they are going to have to work out.

Little Pete has a friend in the form of a lizard which he has named Gary. It seems that Gary was a special lizard and the two got along splendidly. One afternoon while crossing the road, Gary gets run over. Now, Little Pete is going to try to make the memory of Gary live on forever.

Big Pete is getting to that age where he cannot, or does not, want to talk with his Dad. It seems that Pete has nothing to say and feels uncomfortable talking with his Dad. One day Big Pete and his Dad are going to make about a two hour drive all alone in the car. Pete is dreading the ride and even gets his friends to make notes on what to talk about. It's going to be a long ride.

There is a nice story in both Pete's problems. One is having to deal with a friend, even a pet, that has died. The other is being a teenager and having to deal with parents. If we get one thing out of this show, it is 'do not take it so seriously'- it's life. As long as you feel good about the situation then all is well. A well written script with a deeper meaning of a teenager's life. Goods watch.

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