TV RECAP: Girl Meets Legacy

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Air date: March 11, 2016

This episodes beings with Lucas (Peyton Meyer) climbing through the bay window, acknowledging that we have put this triangle romance storyline on the backburner as other episodes have gone one. Not one mention of it since Girl Meets New Year. But this is the graduation episode, the season finale, so surely we will get some answers right? Reading a prepared speech off cue cards, Lucas is afraid that if he makes a choice between Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) then things will change. But they have to face the reality of the situation and a choice ultimately has to be made. And unfortunately, Riley feels that the decision could have the power to change the friendship between her and Maya.

At the school, the lesson on the chalkboard is legacy, seemingly the last one that will be written. There is a goose in Farkle’s (Corey Fogelmanis) spot. Einstein Academy stole Farkle, and so they stole their mascot, the goose. Really this is just something to take our focus away from what we really want to know, Lucas’ decision. Graduation is approaching; Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) get the class to think about what they will leave behind.

Dinner at the Matthew’s apartment, Riley says that her father has not taught her enough. Topanga (Danielle Fishel ) advises Riley that the only way to solve the problem between her Maya and Lucas is to talk about it. Hoping that Riley will always come to her to talk things out in the future. Continuing to read off cue cards, Lucas comes to the Matthews apartment to say what he feels. Taking Cory’s guidance in not reading the cue cards, Lucas tells Riley and Maya that he wants this to stop. If they won’t make a decision then he will, and he decides that he just wants to be friends with them both. They mean too much to him to just pick one.

Back in the classroom, Cory continues his lesson on legacy but the class is not as focused on his lesson as he would like them to be. Trying to explain that a legacy is not just what one takes with them, but what they leave behind. With Cory attempting to bring the attention back to his lesson, the bell rings and everybody leaves. Except for Riley, expressing that she is not ready to leave. Maya uses her last moments in middle school to reach out to her art teacher, thanking her for believing in her. Her teacher advises her to continue to express her emotions in whatever way she can. Farkle does something similar with the science teacher, who also advises him to continue discovering what he can about the world. And then we have Lucas, thanking janitor Harley (Danny McNulty) for what he has done for him during his time at the school. Asking him for his advice in making life-changing decisions. He doesn’t quite get a straight answer from Harley, but is thanked for his appreciation of the work he does.

Riley does not want to leave. In conversation with her father she acknowledges the great time she had in middle school and her place in it. She also fears of what will happen next year and who she will be. Knowing that leaving middle school also means leaving her father as a teacher. She knows that she is not done learning from him, and she has an advantage of living with her teacher. But her classmates don’t have the luxury.

The core four pile back into their seats, to learn possibly the final lesson they will ever hear out of that classroom. Cory gives the gang some reassurance that they are ready to move on, that he himself has realized that they have outgrown middle school and are ready to move on. But they won’t be completely sure unless they pass one last test.

Cory questions them on the lessons that he has taught them over the last two years. What is the secret of life? People change people. Sneak attack? Pearl Harbor. Canada? Our greatest allies and the people right next to us. Within this test Lucas know that it is the people sitting in the room with him that have changed him the most. Knowing that he can always come to his friends in times of need. Riley and Maya call him out on this, asking how they can still be friends if they cannot even look at each other anymore. Lucas knows this is the truth, knowing that he has different feelings for them then when they first started as friends. Cory knows that it is this realization that makes them ready to leave, because he was wrong. In Girl Meets the New Year he taught his class that sometimes the smart thing to do is not to act on your feelings. But he knows that he cannot hold them back from what they are feeling.

To complete Cory’s final lesson, the gang decides to be guides for the incoming class of middle schoolers starting John Quincy Adams. The legacy they decide to leave behind is their bench, now known as the Friendship Bench. Where they had talked, laughed, cried, and grew up with each other. Some of the moments that made them the people they are came from that spot in the hallway, and now they leave it behind for new people to grow as well.

In cap and gown, everybody and their loved ones are on the rooftop. Including Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes), yay!!! With everyone together, the class decides to reveal their class prank on Cory. And here comes the tearjerker part of the episode. The class prank is that they are taking the school mascot with them to high school. And that mascot is Cory Matthews. Riley meant what she said in that her father was not done teaching her and her friends. So with help from the her classmates as well as their parents (what’s up Minkus?) Cory is pulling a Mr. Feeny and is going to high school.

We end this episode where is started, at the bay window, with Lucas sitting between Riley and Maya. Both still feeling the same way about Lucas; and Lucas still feeling the same way about each of them. And this is where we leave them, still trying to figure it out. See you in high school everyone!

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“You’re going to high school Cory, again.” – Topanga

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TV RECAP: Girl Meets the Bay Window

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Air date: February 19, 2016

If an episode of Girl Meets World hasn’t made you cry yet, then that might change. And if you have already cried from a previous episode then you may be adding Girl Meets the Bay Window to the list. We begin at the bay window where Riley (Rowan Blanchard) approaches Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) on the subject of changing the appearance of their favourite hangout location. Where all their important decisions are made, arguments resolved, and where they’ve discovered who they are. Riley believes that has they change; the bay window should do so as well. But Maya is adamant, no change. Feeling that the important things in life shouldn’t have to.

When Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) enters the scene, he tries to console Maya into believing that change can be okay. We witness the first flashback of the episode, to the moment when a young Riley and Maya first meet Farkle. When even back then be promised to love them both the same. Showing Maya that even though Farkle has changed over the years, even the seasons, he has never been anything less then their friend. Lucas (Peyton Meyer) climbs through the bay window to also express his attachment to the special spot, stating that because it is important to Riley and Maya it is important to him as well. There is a bit of confusion here between the gang because Lucas did not know them when they were younger. This confusion attempts to be cleared up with a weird flashback/musical number with Lucas being accompanied with a younger Riley, Maya, and Farkle. With Maya’s opinion not wavering Riley takes matters into her own hand and yanks the curtain off its rail.

With the bay window in complete disarray, Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) enter the scene. Providing another flashback for the episode, showing the time when Auggie was born into the Matthews family. This was a time when Riley resented change and did not want Auggie to alter her family. A young Maya, who was with Riley during this time, confronts the sad truth that she does not know where her Dad is or if he will be in her life. Present day Maya continues to be afraid of starting high school, that it has the potential to completely change the world around her, and the bay window she feels will be the start of it. If that constant in her life can change, then what else can?

The third and final flashback of the episode unfolds itself, showing the viewers the moment when Riley and Maya first met, and their friendship formed. And it was the same way viewers of the show met the character in the series premiere, with Maya climbing through the bay window. In the flashback, young Maya was drawn window by the colours of the curtains and a young Riley’s singing. All Riley had ever wanted at that time was for a friend to come through the window.

There is a moment that every person goes through when they say goodbye to things of their childhood, although not everybody notices as obviously as Riley and Maya have. And it’s not often just a one-time event. Riley and Maya saying goodbye to the old bay window also means that viewers of Girl Meets World also has to say goodbye to it as well. A setting where they had grown familiar watching Riley and Maya grow up and strengthen their friendship. Riley asks Maya to remember who they were when the were younger, causing their younger selves to appear in front of them. Allowing them to see who they were, and hoping that they will always be with them as they continue to grow up. The episode ends with a flash-forward, where present day Riley and Maya envision themselves older sitting at the bay window. As all the versions of Riley and Maya head out of the bay window together, they hope that they people they are now also will be with them as they head out and experience life.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“People get comfortable with what is familiar.” – Cory Matthews

“And when you get too comfortable you don’t allow yourself room to grow.” – Topanga Matthews

TV RECAP: Girl Meets Commonism

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Airdate: February 12, 16

On tonight’s episode of Girl Meets World we begin at the John Quincy Adams Honour Board (which has never been mentioned before and probably will only be relevant for one episode). To get a sense of what this honour committee does we see one of the best character’s return, Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes), appear in front of the judges that include Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Lucas (Peyton Meyer). Zay proclaims himself the Robin Hood of lunch sandwiches and as a consequence is stuck on cafeteria duty. The following people that appear in front of the committee are none other than Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis). Maya has gotten caught cheating off Farkle on the latest history exam. This, obviously, becomes very problematic. Lucas does not want to compromise the honour committee just because they are his friends, while Riley is willing to go easier on the both of them because she knows that cheating off Farkle is how Maya “learns” the lessons taught in class. Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) argues that Maya did not learn anything, even if she can still recite the answers she got from Farkle, This inability to compromise on the issue causes Riley to side with Maya and Farkle.

Back at home with Topanga (Danielle Fishel, who directed the episode) Auggie (August Maturo) is having difficulty in trying to figure out his identity. After Topanga tells him that the things worth doing in life are only accomplished through hard work, Auggie decides to be like his mom, despite that her job requires hard work as well. When he comes to school dressed as a lawyer he discovers that there is some work to being a lawyer, especially after his first “case” backfires drastically. Having his kindergarten well being threatened.

In history class, the lesson of the day is communism. Which has Cory describes it, is when everybody is the same and everyone gets the same thing. It differs from a free society because individual goals do not matter. This is enough of a pitch to go on for Riley, Maya, and Farkle to become communists.

At the honour board, with Lucas and Riley back with the judges, Topanga is called for the defense. She wants to figure out how Maya managed to cheat off of Farkle, insisting to recreate the layout of the classroom. With the seating arrangement of the classmates it is discovered that there is no way that Maya could of cheated off someone sitting behind her without Riley aiding the act. Riley admits that she is an accessory to the incident. Cory shows Riley that helping Maya cheat is not really helping her, and this shows when Maya starts to sound more like Farkle then herself. Reiterating again that a free society breeds individuals.

Auggie takes to being like Topanga a step further and transforms physically into Topanga, long blonde wig included. This again backfires. Auggie concludes that trying to be like is Mom is hard work so he might as well be something that he actually wants to be.

Continuing in history class, Zay and Lucas have created a wall around Riley, Maya, and Farkle. Wanting to separate those who want to share identities from those who choose to be individuals. Cory addresses the class again, in a third and final attempt in teaching the problem with communism. After returning tests to Lucas and Zay who both got 100% and an A letter grade; Riley, Maya, and Farkle are confused when they also get 100% but only a C letter grade. Cory explains that when you get everything right but you accomplish it with others it makes you average. Stating that, “An A divided three ways is a C.” This causes them to realize the individualism in themselves and how much better they are being different from one another as opposed to being the same. Recognizing the benefits they have living in America, which favours in the individuals.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

Topanga: “John Lennon was a Beatle.”

Riley: “Mom, just because his beliefs are different from yours does not mean you can call him a bug.”

TV RECAP: Girl Meets STEM

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Air Date: January 8, 2015

The episode starts off in a classroom that is not Cory’s, Mr. Norton’s science lab. With the lab partners being divide off as girl-boy pairs; Riley with Farkle, Maya with Lucas, Sarah with Zay (yay Zay), giving everyone the opportunity to analyze theses partnerships.

Mr. Norton (Jeff Douchette) explains to the class the experiment they must, drop a marble of unknown substance into a beaker of water and figure out what the sludge it turns into is, in order to make the water clear again. Noting to the class that not many students over the years have been able to figure it out. The procedure is that one partner drops the marble at a certain time, the other one figures out the contents of the sludge, but who does what? That, the science teacher says, is what the students must decide themselves. Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) immediately delicates Riley (Rowan Blanchard) to be the one to drop the marble and assigns himself to be the one to do the ‘science.’ This does not sit well with Riley, watching Farkle dominate the partnership stating he’s the best at science therefore she should do the easier part of the experiment.

At the end of the day, when the time comes for the students to drop their marbles, Riley with Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) is shocked to see that all the girl classmates from the partnerships have been the ones delegated to drop the marbles. When Riley expresses her disgust with the situation she is surprised when most of her fellow female classmates have no problem with being assigned the easier task and being excluded out of the harder work. Stating that each of them are propelling the social injustice of the female stereotype that women will allow men to do the hard work for them, instead of being able to do it themselves. Despite her mini sermon the girl classmates drop the marble anyways, including Maya.

The next day in class when the other partner is supposed to inspect the sludge Farkle faints when he discovers that Riley did not drop the marble into the beaker of water. When Riley tries to further sway her fellow female lab partners to not give in to allowing the boys to do the work for them, she calls for a class meeting by the bay window. A location that in normally reserved for Riley and Maya time has now been opened up to every girl in the science class. When Topanga (Danielle Fishel) sits in with the girls she tells them that around the time when girls reach their teen years girls seems to drift away from the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes. And if they want the perception of girls in those fields to change it will be a life long task.

The fight moves to Cory’s (Ben Savage) class, the girls sitting on one side of the classroom against the boys on the other. The boys wondering why all the girls are mad at them stating they have done nothing wrong. In Riley’s confrontation with Farkle comes the lesson from this episode. The boys are equally at fault for the problem as the girls are. As much as the girls did not argue their worth and ability to do the harder part of the assignment, the boys allowed them to coast by. They allowed the girls to do the easier part of the experiment instead of pushing them to reach their full potential. In order for there to be change in the perception of females in male dominated areas there has to be an effort from both genders.

Meanwhile with Topanga, Auggie (August Maturo) celebrates when he receives a participation trophy after his soccer game. When Ava (Ava Kolker) comes over to celebrate her team winning against Auggie’s she is confused as to why Auggie has the same trophy as her even though her team one. Feeling that the hard work he put into the same did not matter in the end if she was not getting recognized for it. Auggie does not understand Ava anger, giving trophies to everyone demonstrates good sportsmanship. While Ava explains to Auggie that if he knows that he will get a trophy no matter how he plays, he will no longer feel the need to improve.

Back in science class, Farkle figures out the marbles are just balls of dirt. Riley uses that information to explain her hypothesis for the experiment. If the marble got dropped into the beaker, the water would have turned into sludge. Mudding up what they think of one another. When looking at each other through the beaker, they would only be able to see one another if the marble had not been dropped. She believes the true meaning of the experiment was to show the gender roles in the STEM classes; and that in order for the water to be turned clear, the boys should have not allowed the girls to drop the marble in the beaker.

 

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “It’s beneficial for young men and women to realize right now the value of working together as equals in all things because when you do the results are clear.”

Mr. Norton (Jeff Douchette)

TV RECAP: Girl Meets the New Year

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Air Date: December 4, 2015

Girl Meets the New Year seems to pick up right where the Girl Meets Texas trilogy left off. Leaving us waiting these past few weeks with other episodes that never mention the events that had happened in these episodes. Riley (Rowan Blanchard) is left trying to figure out what happens now between Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lucas (Peyton Meyer).

In English class the gang is studying Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility because isn’t that how it goes, reading a novel that directly correlate what is happening with the characters’ lives. The novel tells of two sisters who have different approaches to love, one has sense and thinks with her head, while the other puts her feelings first and thinks acts with her heart.

Inspired by what she is reading in class, Riley wants to throw a New Years Ball for her and all her friends. Charlie Gardiner (Tanner Buchanan), whose shtick in this episode seems to be popping up unexpectedly, overhears and asks to be invited and explaining that the concept of new years is that whoever is with whom at midnight will be together for the rest of the year… Ahh, middle school logic. Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) after hearing about the ball asks Riley to be accountable to her feelings and threatens that if she doesn’t tell Lucas and Maya how she feels, he will.

With the kids attending their last classes before New Years, Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) tell them the sequence of events that occur when growing up, friendship, growth, and feeling. Stating that the presence of feelings and being unable how to understand or express them can ruin friendship and growth. Telling them that the secret lies in when to tell your feelings and when to not. While concluding their study of the novel Miss. Harper explains what they can learn from the character’s decision, that a person who puts feelings first will get you hurt, while a one who thinks too much before acting never really lives a true life.

At the new years party, with Farkle’s threat looming over Riley, the gang plays a couple’s game, which leaves everyone confused. As the night comes closer to midnight Riley chooses that she want to keep the truth of her feelings away from Maya, while Maya with the help from Cory and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), comes to the decision to be with Lucas at midnight. With Charlie’s attendance at the party Riley comes to the conclusion that although being with Charlie makes sense to her, she needs something more than that; realizing that her feelings aren’t there for him. Meanwhile Maya finds Lucas and asks him to stand with her for midnight.

The episode ends with the clock counting down, Riley by herself and Maya with Lucas, Farkle makes Riley’s secret known to everyone. Leaving Riley, Maya, and Lucas to put together the pieces that has shattered between them.

 

Favourite Quote:

“Every event in history comes from people feeling something, then acting on those feelings. Or sometimes being smart enough not to.” – Cory Matthews (Ben Savage)

TV RECAP: Girl Meets the of Secret Life

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Air date: May 13, 2015

Riley (Rowan Blanchard) does not want anything to change in her life; she likes things the way with no surprises. But when change with the name of Isaiah “Zay” (Amir Mitchell-Townes) comes swinging through the door as a new classmate from Lucas’ (Peyton Meyer) past, she may not have a choice. Learning the Lucas is not the same person here as he was back in Texas and that he got thrown out of his old school, Riley becomes upset because of secrets kept from her. It’s a clash of Lucas wanting a fresh start and Riley disappointed that he didn’t trust her enough with his secret.

In Cory’s (Ben Savage) class the lesson is Belgium 1961 (which seems to be the standing joke on the show) but after a spontaneous interruption from a small classmate it quickly turns to answering, “what is the secret of life?” Which any Boy Meets World fan will know is a throwback to an episode back in season one referring Al and Fred washing a car. Added bonus that is was Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis), Minkus’ son, who was told he was wrong (see below for clip). Cory tells the class that the only way to find out the answer is not through the calculator but to actually wash a car together. Only then will they find the answer.

During a failed attempt of a car wash that involved hose spraying, bucket dumping, and pant drying shenanigans Zay beings to see that he does not fit into Lucas’ new life in New York and that he has changed. But it seems Zay isn’t able to make the same changes that Lucas did and winds up repeating his old ways and gets himself into trouble, needing Lucas to bail him out again. But at what cost?

At a confrontation by the locker Riley, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), and Farkle begin to see what the old Lucas was like and how he could have possibly been kicked out of school. And some are more attracted to it than others. Lucas manages to come away from everything unscathed but tells Zay that he cannot keep bailing him out of trouble. He likes the person he has become at his new school and hopes that Zay will change here too.

Although we never find out this episode what Lucas did to get himself kicked out of school, the class does learn the secret to life. “People change people,” and that learning from the people you care about can be the most important thing. The relationships that Lucas made in New York made him not slip back into old patterns. This may turn into the theme of Girl Meets World but lets wait to find out.

Favourite Quote: “He’s going to be a veterinarian.”

Side note: Here’s the clip from Boy Meets World where Mr. Feeny asks the same car washing question.

TV RECAP: Girl Meets the New World

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Air date: May 12, 2015

Continuing with the premiere week of the new season of Girl Meets World, the second episode picks up where Riley (Rowan Blanchard) left off with Lucas (Peyton Meyer). The finale of season 1 had Riley get her first kiss from Lucas on a subway car, leaving them both now wondering what happens next.

Meanwhile, Auggie (August Maturo) has a new friend named Doi, or at least that’s what he would like to be called. Actual name: Dewey. Topanga (Danielle Fishel) intervenes to make him call himself by his given name but ends up for more than she bargained for. Making her come to realize that there are some battles that just cannot be won.

Trying to figure out the next step after a first kiss is hard, but it’s even harder when your classmates are telling you what you should do. After feeling the pressure from their peers Riley and Lucas decide to be “boyfriend and girlfriend,” but putting a label on it does not make it any easier for them. Seeing how Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) are acting after their first date also does not help matters.

After a failure of a coffee shop date, Topanga and Cory (Ben Savage) set them straight that outside pressure from others is not the way to start a relationship. Realizing that they want to do things their own way and continue being friends Riley and Lucas break-up. Knowing that the next time they decide to come together, it will be at a time they choose.

Favourite Quote:

Riley, “But sometimes the right pressure can turn you into a diamond.”

Topanga, “Yeah, and the wrong pressure turns you into dust.”

TV RECAP: Girl Meets Gravity

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Air date: May 11, 2015

To celebrate the new season of Girl Meets World, Disney Channel kicked off the season by having a 5-night premiere event. This season continues to follow middle-schooler Riley Matthews, the daughter of beloved Boy Meets World characters Cory and Topanga, as she tries to find her own way in the world.

After Riley and Maya (Rowan Blanchard) decide that they don’t want Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as their teacher again this year, they transfer to a different class. They discover students closely similar to themselves and are told to not talk about their lives inside the classroom.

Meanwhile Auggie (August Maturo) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) go to visit Mrs. Svorski’s (Cloris Leachman) bakery where she tries to convince Topanga to take over her bakery. Topanga is hesitant to do so because she has always known to the bakery to be Mrs. Svorski’s and cannot see it changing. But Mrs. Svorski is ready to move on and for her place to go through a change.

After getting kicked out of their new classroom Riley and Maya return to Cory’s class where they are welcomed back. They question why they’re allowed to talk about themselves in class if this is not the norm. It leads them to believe that they are at the centre of everything. But it is after the death of Mrs. Svorski that they begin to question how much of the world really circles around them and their problems.

The episode ends with Cory practicing what he learned and taught from his teacher when he calls Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) to check up on him and make sure he’s okay. The Boy Meets World nostalgia is just all over this scene and is the perfect way to end the first episode of the season.

Favourite Quote: (quoting Our Town by Thornton Wilder) “Just for a moment now we’re all together. Just for a moment we’re happy. Let’s really look at one another.” – Cory Matthews (Ben Savage)