Air date: June 4, 2016
New season, new intro, more episode recaps!!! (That new season three intro though, so perfect!!!)
The gang has made it to high school; Riley (Rowan Blanchard), Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), Lucas (Peyton Meyer), and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) in addition with Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes) and Smackle (Cecilia Balagot) enter the place where they will be experiencing the next four years of their lives. And it does not take long for them to realize that they are small fishes in a big pond, and in that big pond are also bigger fishes, much bigger. After an unfortunate initiation from the upper classmen, Riley and her friends are informed that they sit at the bottom on the totem pole, bottom like the hole it was put in.
The teenagers aren’t the only ones that are growing up, Auggie (August Maturo) in entering grade school too. And with Auggie, comes Ava (Ava Kolker) the mint size couple that seems to have the most relationship drama out of the whole show. Ava’s parents are fighting, and she is afraid that her and Auggie will break up too.
Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) didn’t stay behind in middle school; he too came to the high school with his daughter and her friends. And it is as much of an adjustment for him as it is for them. The school that the kids and Cory now go to is Abigail Adams High School, the wife of John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams (anyone seeing the resemblance here?). And like they stood together during the birth of their new country, so must Riley and her friends when navigating the new and rocky waters of high school.
But it wouldn’t be much of an episode if the gang agreed with everything that is happening around them. So we have Riley on the one side who is content with what is happening to her being banished to the stair well, while Lucas does not. This is not how he wanted to spend him in high school and wants to be able to stick up for himself and his friends. When the group ventures out of the stairwell, things don’t go well, which forces them to confront the person who they feel put them in this situation, Mr. Matthews.
But Mr. Matthews isn’t having the grandest of times either, realizing that his teaching techniques, which were successful in middle school, are not as impactful in high school (Anyone notice the sign above the chalkboard?). Mr. Matthews made the group feel important, like their lives mattered. But in this new school, they don’t feel that way. Everything that they new about themselves leading up to high school has completely changed in the little time they have spent in this new school. What they learned in middle school sadly may not apply to high school, and Cory knows that. Mr. Matthews asks the group why they feel like they were single out to the ‘hole’ and what they’re going to do about it.
Lucas wants to experience high school the way that he wants to, and not the way the seniors dictate to him that he can. Expressing interest in trying out for the football team, Riley shuts those dreams down. Which also shuts does Lucas’ image of Riley it seems. The girl who had all the faith in him and his abilities now put her faith in a group of people that are essentially strangers to her. With Lucas heading out of the whole, he brings Zay (fingers crossed for more Zay this season), and Farkle and Smackle. Them two also realizing that the world that they had known in middle school is not the same world they are in now. Which leaves Riley with Maya, good reliable Maya, seemingly the one thing that has not changed since the venture into high school.
Ava is learning the hard way what it’s like to grow up. Maybe sooner then she would have if her parents were not fighting. She asks Cory why people fight, he tells her that people grow and change, and that with changing comes new obstacles. Telling her the best she can do is to see the best in people, and to hope for the best. Which is a lesson he must apply to his new job at the high school too.
When the rest of the group doesn’t show up to their normal hang out stop, Riley understands that this fight may be more serious they she had thought. Realizing that her greatest fear of high school tearing her friendships apart may actually happen. Of course, within hear shot of this conversation are the seniors. Telling them the reason they were told to go into the stairwell was in hopes of them figuring out that they had to see the world as a little bit bigger now, and not stay in the same bubble that they had in middle school. When Farkle comes to say that everyone decided to do their homework at home, Riley and Maya aren’t happy. While Farkle expresses his disappointment in Riley trusting the seniors over her friends, Riley replies that she mad at him and the others for walking away. Because they abandoned the group, their friends, which is the one thing they had going into high school. Stating that she will be in the stairwell ‘hole’ the next day, and she hopes her friends will too. The next day, with Riley and Maya in the stairwell, no one else comes.
When Ava’s Dad actually leaves her and her mom, Maya is the one to help her out. Imparting what knowledge she has from her own experience of her father leaving, saying that this is when she will need her friends. In the last minute of the episode, consoling Riley after the rest of their friends chose not to join them in the stairwell, Maya says that people make their own decisions. You may not understand why, but you cannot be mad at yourself. And for the first time in Girl Meets World history, the episode ends with seemingly no resolution in sight for Riley and her friends.
FAVOURITE LINE FROM THE SHOW: “You know who goes to our high school? Thor.” – Lucas (Peyton Meyer)