TV RECAP: Girl Meets Goodbye (Series Finale)

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Airdate: January 20, 2017

The Matthews are moving to London! Well maybe… possibly… we don’t know yet, Topanga (Danielle Fishel) hasn’t decided. As Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) try to grasp what could happen to their friendship if Riley moves away they enter into Cory’s (Ben Savage) classroom and see the worst thing possible written on the chalkboard, Belgium 1831. You know, the lesson that Cory as tried to teach his class multiple times over the years but more important life lessons got in the way. Well, now it seems like life wants them to know it now. As Cory explains to the class, the Netherlands were a collection of states that thought they would be together forever (*nudge), until Belgium made the decision to leave (*nudge*nudge). Becoming its own independent country, ready to meet the world on its own (*nudge*nudge*nudge). Cory wanted to save this lesson until they were ready to learn about what it’s like to leave each other but, as life will have it sometimes, some lessons come earlier than expected.

Cory asks the class how would they know if they are ready to leave or stay? And of course there are two perfectly good choices, you realize what you have in your life right now and what it means to you. Or you consider the wonderful opportunities a new place can offer you. Neither option is 100% perfect, but they have the possibly of impacting one’s life forever. Cory tells Riley that he know Topanga will not make any serious decision like this without consulting everyone important in her life.

And everyone important in her life she got. When Cory, Riley, and Maya enter the Matthews’ apartment they are greeted by every great character that both Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World has introduced to us over both shows. So many emotions coming out in one shot. Topanga is determined to get the opinion of everyone in that room before she can come to a decision.
 

First, is Shawn (Rider Strong) and Katie (Cheryl Texiera). Shawn reminds Topanga about their decision to leave Philadelphia for New York City. How that choice changed is life forever. Because if he didn’t he would not have met his wife Katie, nor have Maya in his life. Someone he now sees as a daughter to him. For him, leaving was the best choice, he got to rewrite a bit of his history. With Mr. Turner (Anthony Tyler Quinn) in the room as well, Boy Meets World fans are able to witness this glorious reunion between the two characters. With Mr. Turner being a father figure to Shawn in high school, it’s beautiful for Shawn to show him what he has made of his life, to show that even after years have passed, the support he gave him was impact. Shawn gives Maya some paper, adoption papers to be exact. The Matthews get to witness a family being formed, one that included their greatest friends. Now that Maya and Shawn, the best friends, may be okay without them, maybe it can be okay to leave.

Next is the parental advice. Because no matter how old you are you never really stop needing guidance from your parents. They are still that much older than you to know more about the world than you do. There can be no surpassing them. Again, Cory and Topanga are reminded of all the times they have left, for college and NYC. But this may be the greatest move of all. Auggie (August Maturo) gets advice from aunt Morgan (Lily Nicksay, Lindsay Ridgeway -> remember they both played this character during Boy Meets World, so it’s funny that they are both back playing the part). Because they both share the role of being the youngest in the family, Auggie is told that his parents will not make a decision without considering what is best for him.

The Matthews turn to Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) for guidance next, because what important decision can be made without consulting the man that has been giving them life lessons from the very beginning. It was over the backyard fence in Boy Meets World and now it’s the kitchen table. Without really giving a position on where he stands whether they stay or go, he reminds Topanga that she has always been the best decision maker when it comes to important matters.

For some comedic relief, they send in Eric (Will Friedle). Always the one needed to lighten the mood, and boy was it needed after Feeney. But he also gives the best advice out of everyone, Eric in his infinite wisdom tells Topanga that listening to her heart will tell her what to do. That she needs to go to her quiet place, and decide what is best for her. And with that advice, Topanga leaves the apartment.

At Topanga’s the gang meets for a possible last time. Smackle (Cecilia Balagot) uses this opportunity to tell Riley that because of her and how she has changed because of her, she has come to understand sadness. Sadness because of how much she cares about Riley, an emotion she did not understand until then. Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes), the most underrated/underused character in the show, tells Riley that he will make sure Lucas (Peyton Meyers) is okay if she leaves. Riley tells Zay how much his friendship means to her, that she never felt her group of friends was complete until he came into their lives 😦 . Farkle expresses his feelings to Riley, that no matter where she is in the world, he will always care for her. Stopping the train of farewells coming out of everyone’s mouth, Maya tells them that “life” will not let Riley move away because she still needs her, that there is no replacement for Riley in Maya’s life. It is at that precious moment that “life” would have in-it-for-the-long-game-Josh enter Topanga’s to join them. Understanding the role that Josh could possibly play in her life, Maya comes to the realization that Riley could actually leave her.

Lucas excuses himself from the group so that he and Riley can talk outside. He tells her that no matter what happens in life, she will always be his first girlfriend. She tells him that he holds the same spot in her life. Showing the importance of firsts in one’s life. No matter how much time as passed, or how many people you date, you only get one first boyfriend/girlfriend. How you choose to hold that importance is up to you, for Riley and Lucas they take that title seriously.

It is time for Riley and Maya to move to the bay window, but they find it already occupied. Auggie and Ava (Ava Kolker) sit by the window, two young kids that are faced with the serious possibility that Auggie may have to move away. In a some-what similar position that Riley and Lucas are in, these two love birds will always remember each other because of who they were in one another’s life.

After that heart-aching goodbye, come Riley and Maya. The relationship between these two was really what this show was about. Boy Meets World focused on Cory and Topanga and how they managed to stay together during high school and college, but Girl Meets World chose to centre their show on the friendship between two girls. A relationship that can easily be torn apart because of high school, boys, or simply just growing up. But Riley and Maya made it through all of it. Every obstacle that could of potentially split them up they cleared by a mile. But now it seems they have reached a hurdle that no friendship can truly be unchanged by. This goodbye surprisingly hurt more than watching Cory and Topanga break up.

Cory, Riley, Maya, and Auggie all enter Topanga’s where they find, unsurprisingly, Topanga. This is where she chose to go after Eric told her to find her happy place. She tells them all the positives that can come out of moving to London, but with all those positives in going, she can only find one positive in staying. She tells Riley and Maya that she was envious of the bay window, and what that spot meant to their friendship. They grew up because of the conversations they had there, and she always wanted similar to that for herself. She tells them that she has always loved running the coffee shop, getting to watch Riley and her friends talk and plan what the next steps of their lives. Topanga’s coffee shop is Topanga’s bay window, and she does not want to leave it. The Matthews are staying in New York City.

Back in the classroom, Cory asks what Belgium 1831 has taught them. And since Farkle has always known what Belgium 1831 was and how it could play into their lives, it is fitting that he be the one to rub the lesson off the board. He knows that him and his friends are not quite ready to learn how to move on away from each other. And because Riley is staying in NYC, they do not have to.

With everyone now in Topanga’s Cory tells Riley and her friends the same speech he gave to young Josh during Boy Meets World. That the world is out there for them to become a part of. It can deal you some hard hands, but also can give you great friends and family. Those friends and family that the world gave give you help you find your place in it. Riley and Maya know that through everything the world will throw at them, they will always be together. Thunder. Lightening. Done.

 

FAVOURITE LINE(S) FROM THE SHOW:

(because it is the series finale, I think I can get away with more than one)

 

“I did my best. I hope you remember me fondly.” – Riley

 

“I hope that wherever you are, that you get to keep on being Riley.” – Lucas

 

Riley: “Girl meets world.”

Maya: “Now I get it.”

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TV RECAP: Girl Meets Bear

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Air date: August 26, 2016

Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) is on a mission, and that mission is tacos. And she will stop at nothing until she is first in line at Paco’s Tacos to get said tacos (either eight or nine) when the restaurant opens. Even having Riley (Rowan Blanchard) coming with her, which is likely to mean something will go wrong, will not deter her from her mission. She has everything prepared; they’re already in the next day’s clothes, nothing can go wrong, right? Please, have you even seen this show?

The following morning when the girls wake up to be first in line for tacos, Riley realizes that her childhood stuffed bear; Beary the Bear bear (yes very original) has gone missing overnight. And she will not leave for tacos until he is found. She calls a family emergency and enlists everyone’s help to find him. And when Lucas (Peyton Meyer), Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis), and Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes), come over in hopes of getting tacos they are forced to help find the childhood heirloom too. To encourage the gang to help her find her cherished bear, she tells them the story of how she was given the bear as a child. A younger Riley received the bear as a way to remember her parents when they were gone for the day at work. It’s enough of a tear-jerker to get everyone to help out.

As the group tears apart the apartment looking for Beary, Maya’s chance of getting tacos slips away. But Riley is her best friend (as she is reminded by visions of their younger selves) and also joins in the search party. Cory (Ben Savage) and Auggie (August Maturo) look in the kitchen for Beary and instead of the stuff animal Auggie finds a necklace with silver boxing gloves. Any fan of Boy Meets World will remember that this necklace was given to Cory by his dad in the episode ­­­­­­­­­­­“Kid Gloves.” They will also remember that Cory did not really care for the necklace, and in fact disliked it. But it was not until he lost it and realized how important it was to his dad that he had the necklace that he saw how special the gift was. Cory finds the necklace, and tells Auggie that the necklace itself wasn’t what was special, but the fact that it was his father that gave it to him. Just like Beary was given to Riley by Cory and Topanga.

Zay joins Maya, sitting the corner of the apartment and sad because of the lack of tacos in her possession. He reminds her of the first time they met (“Girl Meets the Secret of Life“), when he was sitting during the class car wash and Maya was nice enough to sit next to him to make him feel welcome. He tells her how much that meant to him, her making him feel like he belonged when he felt like an outsider.

As Farkle and Topagna (Danielle Fishel) are looking for Beary, Farkle comes across old scrapbooks. Inside are photos of a young Topanga, probably around the same age as Riley and her friends are now. Farkle asks Topanga about her old self, and how she outgrew her quirkiness (she no longer draws lipstick hearts on her face). Topanga tells Farkle that the old versions of yourself you carry around with you. They help you become the person you are now. Farkle recognizes that he has done this to with himself. Out of all the characters on this show, Farkle has definitely changed the most. And he’s recognizing that he is definitely not the same person as before.

Riley and Lucas are looking in her bedroom (this is Disney Channel get your head out of the gutter). While searching through her wardrobe, even though she was sleeping at the bay window and nowhere near her closet but whatever, she asks Lucas if he has anything from his childhood. He tells the story of his Papi Joe giving him a little sack of gold. He thought he was the most special kid, because he had this sack of gold. Until he say Zay with the same sack. Turns out that sack only had bubble gum in it. Although Lucas never opened his to find out if his had candy in it too. Instead he chose to continue the belief that there was gold inside. Reiterating the lesson that it was really the fact that his Papi gave it to him that made it feel like gold, even if it turn out to only be bubble gum.

Uncle Josh (Uriah Shelton) joins that party cause why not. Let’s make this teddy search party a complete family affair. Visiting from college to do laundry at the Matthews, Josh joins in on the search for Teddy. His presence in this episode is also to remind viewers of the moment that he and Maya shared at the ski lodge (“Girl Meets Ski Lodge Part 1,” “Girl Meets Ski Lodge Part 2”). Josh is adamant that Riley must find her childhood toy. As it turns out, Josh is not adjusting to college life well, and tells the gang that their time in high school will be one of the last opportunities for them to enjoy their childhood. Riley and Lucas leave to her room to continue the search.

Paco’s Tacos are completely sold out of tacos, and Maya has no tacos. And it’s at this time that the group begins to lose hope in the fact that they’ll find the teddy bear. Maya tells Riley that maybe she is ready to let go of Beary, and she knows it’s time to let him go too. Riley agrees, and brings out takeout bags from Paco’s Tacos, which she and Lucas got when they left to go look for Beary again. Inspired by the bonding that is going on between Riley and Maya, Cory gives Auggie his dad’s silver gloves. He knows that Auggie will eventually loose them, but knows how important it is to give it away anyways.

The gang believes that Beary knew Riley was ready to move on with her life without him. But knowing that she would never give up Beary herself, he did it for her. That sometime in the night, he packed up his things and said goodbye. Josh knows that he cannot hide out at the Matthews’ forever, that he too must pack up his things and return to his life in college. No matter how difficult it seems. That he might be missing out on a great opportunity to meet people, and for people to meet him.

Than the plot twist that came completely out of left field happens. Zay approaches Josh and uses what Josh has just realized about him missing out on his new experiences and applies it to Maya waiting for him. That she could really miss out on some great life moments if she constantly waiting for a time in her life when she and Josh can be together. Josh agrees, which gives Zay the courage to ask Maya to… well it’s not really to be his girlfriend. More like to be each other’s person. That when Riley and Lucas are out doing their thing, she knows that Zay will be there so she does not feel alone. He will always be there to sit next too.

Best Line From the Show:

“Sometimes it’s a little pack of bubble gum. But if the right person gives it to you, then it’s gold.”

– Lucas (Peyton Meyer)

“And if you really care about her you don’t want her thinking so much about later that she ends up missing out on now.”

– Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes)

 

** yeah so I couldn’t decide on one best line from this episode, so sue me J **

TV RECAP: Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 2)

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Air date: July 29, 2016

We return to the ski lodge, and Riley (Rowan Blanchard) is still up talking to the boy behind the check-in desk at the substitute bay window. The check-in boy, Evan (Curran Walters), expresses his desire to be a Sherpa of all things and to lead people to places they haven’t been before. Riley, who is always there to listen to her friends and encourages them to achieve their dreams, gives the same courtesy to Evan. As the morning dawn comes in they realize they have been up talking all night. Riley panics and tries to escape the situation without anybody noticing. This fails and ultimately the entire nature club knows that she spent the night talking to Evan, including Lucas (Peyton Meyer).

Trying to defend Riley in this predicament, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) goes to Lucas. As Maya tries to reiterate the fact that Riley was only talking to Evan it only seems to make Lucas more upset. While Riley talks to Josh (Uriah Shelton) for advice on how her and Maya ended up liking the same boy. Josh, who speaks with the wisdom that can only be achieved by being three years older then everyone else, points out that Maya’s wanting to protect Riley trumped her own need to be her own person. And only a best friend would do that for someone.

When the girls get together at the bay window. Riley asks why Maya was protecting her, with Maya claiming that as they get older they are experiencing new and terrifying things that they know nothing about. All which have the ability to hurt them. Maya’s attempt to be like Riley demonstrated that she was willing to give up who she was in order to make sure Riley would be safe with Lucas. While the girls are talking, Josh and Lucas are talking too. Lucas asks Josh for his opinion on what Riley staying up and talking to Evan means. Evan, who overhears the conversations joins in, and with him in the infamous game ‘The Official Guide of Who Belongs with Who.’

Yes, ‘The Official Guide of Who Belongs with Who,’ any Boy Meets World fan will recognize this game as the one that almost ruined Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danelle Fishel) forever. So, what damage could it do here? Evan states that this book is not the same one from when Cory and Topanga were teenagers, but a new edition. So this new edition couldn’t cause any problems, right? The first question from this new edition asks what is the most meaningful part a relationship. With the first two options being romance and adventure, tying into last week’s episode with each of those characteristics being associated with Riley and Maya. And as we learned from last week, each one of those options has a downfall. With those two options being vetoed by the group, Evan reveals a third answer choice, conversation. Being able to connect with a person and tell them anything, even if that means staying up all night to do so.

The aftermath of just the first question of the book leads the group to divide; Lucas goes away to let out some frustration, Maya leaves with Josh, and Riley goes away alone to think. With Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) and Smakle (Cecilia Balagot) alone with Evan, it is revealed that the book that Evan was reading from was in fact the version from Cory and Topanga’s teenage years. When confronted with the question of why he would trick them into playing this game, Evan expresses that it is his aim in life to make people discover things they hadn’t discovered before.

With Maya and Josh talking at the bay window, Maya asks Josh what he thinks about her and Riley’s situation. Josh says that while he has been observing Maya he had discovered what a great friend she is towards Riley. And in her attempt to become a great friend towards Riley, she was willing to give up who she was in order to figure out if Lucas was good enough for Riley. This observation makes Maya realize that she doesn’t like Lucas the same was Riley does, because when they both tried to have the same kind of conversations that him and Riley do she poured a smoothie on his head. Maya ultimately would never take anything that Riley had, because of how much she cares for her. Knowing that Riley would do the same. Maya makes Josh realize that the kind of conversation they are having is one that can form a meaningful relationship, and that the whole time they have been talking they’ve been holding hands.

Taking what she did from her conversation with Josh, Maya goes to talk to Lucas. Knowing that she is not the one that he wants to be with Maya urges Lucas to go find Riley and tell her how he feels. Josh watches this interaction and goes to Maya. Stating that it would be stupid of him to not have a friend like Maya in his life just because of an age difference. Let it be known that he said friend, and not girlfriend in this part. But Maya points out that there is a small window of time in the year where their age difference changes from three to two years. And they should utilize that time. But Josh has a different proposal. Just like Maya had said in ‘Girl Meets Game Night,’ with her feelings towards Josh she is in it for the long game. And Josh expresses his feelings for her and tells her he is willing to play too. The two shake on a someday.

Back to the wannabe Sherpa Evan, he tells Riley that when people go to places that they have never been before he likes the look on their faces. The look like the world has endless possibilities. Riley tells him that he will make a great Sherpa one day and they part ways, Evan to the check-in desk and Riley to the bay window. Lucas finds Riley and sits with her at the window. He tells Riley that talking to her is one of his favourite things. He says that she can talk to whomever she wants but he wants the important talks, the ones that make him like Riley, to stay between them. And the only way to endure that those conversations stay between the two of them is to be together. Lucas gives Riley the jellybean from ‘Girl Meets Upstate,’ claiming that it represents his decision to choose Riley. That she was always the one that he wanted to be with. Riley in return, gives Lucas the leaf that fell onto her lap from last week’s episode. Stating that you only have one life, and if you are lucky you will blow into someone that you want to talk to (DO YOU SEE THE SYMBOLISM BETWEEN THE LEAF AND RILEY AND LUCAS?!?! THE SUBWAY!!! MAYA PUSHING RILEY ONTO LUCAS’ LAP!!!)

The episode ends with Riley and Maya at the bay window back in New York. Both knowing that there are new things ahead of them and they don’t know how it will turn out. Riley tells Maya that you are lucky in life to have one great relationship. Her parents had it from when they were children and never let it go. She tells Maya she has no idea how her first relationship with Lucas will end. But she does know that it is her friendship with Maya that is her one great relationship in life. And that will never change.

Oh and Evan is Lauren’s son.

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW:

“I’ll play the long game. Live your life; I’ll live my life. I know you’re out there, and I’m out there too.” – Josh Matthews (Uriah Shelton)

This is probably going to be the Girl Meets World equivalent to this infamous Boy Meets World line:

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TV RECAP: Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1)

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Air date: July 22, 2016

Every Boy Meets World fan will always remember what happened at the ski lodge in season 5. It was almost the end of Cory and Topanga. So naturally, when the next two episodes of Girl Meets World are aptly called ‘Girl Meets Ski Lodge (Part 1&2), it’s a good guess that something just as monumental will happen as well. So guess where the high school nature club is going for their trip…. You guessed correctly the Mount Sun Lodge. While the nature club will be going up to observe the leaves change colour, what Cory (Ben Savage) really wants the gang to focus on is human nature. What they instinctively want to do, but probably shouldn’t (like kiss a girl that’s not your girlfriend). Also expressing the inherent tension that is this triangle between Riley (Rowan Blanchard), Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), and Lucas (Peyton Meyer). And he feels like the ski lodge is where it’s all going to be figured out. But Cory is not chaperoning this trip solo, with him comes Topanga (Danielle Fishel) and Uncle Josh (Uriah Shelton). This is going to get interesting.

When the gang gets to the lodge, Riley has fallen off the bus and hurt her foot (naturally) and finds a new bay window to sit at. While she misses out on the first club hike, she sits at the bay window to watch the leaves on the tree, and one falls onto her lap. When the group comes back from their hike Riley learns that Maya had broken the rules in order to help out Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) who had wondered off, and in doing so Lucas got roped into breaking the rules too. With the old Maya back she is back to her own ways, and she calls out Lucas for reprimanding her on a quality that he likes about her. But Lucas tells her that he’s not sure her rule breaking is hat he likes about her. Riley expresses her desire that the triangle be over; explaining that just like the leaf in her lap knew it was time to change and leave the tree, it is time that the triangle is over too.

Lucas has already made is choice, we saw that in ‘Girl Meets Upstate,’ but he feels that this is a decision that needs to be made together. Looking at Riley and Maya, he knows that he would have a different life with either of them. It’s just a matter of what kind of life he wants. Each girl imagines up a scenario what their life together would be like. Honestly this is the part of the episode where it went kind of weird and lost it for me, but the takeaway is quite obvious. With Maya he would leave an adventurous life and never have a dull moment; but Maya’s attraction to adventure also leads her to break the rules, which Lucas does not want to be a part of. And could potentially be the cause of their demise. With Riley, everything would be sunshine and rainbows, their romance one for the ages. But Riley’s tendency to let her emotions take over her completely, that too could be a reason for destruction between her and Lucas.

The three parties believe that they can come to a decision, and in a way that will not ruin their friendship. But how the choice will be made is the mystery. Do they decide for themselves or let their human nature control their lives? As the gang parts for the evening, Cory asks the group who controls their lives? While everyone stumbles into their rooms for the evening, Riley decides to stay up for a little longer and watch the star from the bay window. While the lobby empties, and Riley is by herself, a young mysterious boy comes into the lodge and sits behind the check in desk. And we all know that the person who sits behind the check in desk at the Mount Sun Lodge will definitely be involved in the lives of the Matthews.

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW:

“It’s not Yoby that I’m worried about anyway. Yoby’s forever.” Cory Matthews (Ben Savage)

TV RECAP: Girl Meets True Maya

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Air date: July 15, 2016

With this season’s theme revolving around the idea of people change people we witnessed in last week’s episode that Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) let Riley’s (Rowan Blanchard) influence on her effect her in such a way that she had lost a piece of herself, of her identity. Now, Maya is on a mission, to become her old self again, and she’s jumping in headfirst. To set up the lesson of this week’s episode we enter into Cory’s (Ben Savage) history lesson, on the city of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (**hint, hint**). Explaining to the class that volcanoes explode so that they don’t have a bigger eruption down the road (**hint, hint, hint**).

The b-storyline brings back a season 2 favourite Doi/Dewey (Cooper J. Friedman), who is hanging out with Auggie (August Maturo) again. Auggie bring Doi to Topanaga (Danielle Fishel) for her help after it has been discovered that Doi has been stealing candy from the local variety store without knowing that it was stealing. Now even though Do is a cutie, it will be hard for this storyline to pull the focus from Maya this episode.

Back with the gang, Riley wants Maya to have her rebellious eruption as soon as possible so that there is not a bigger one down the line. While Maya doesn’t seem to be on any timeline, instead she is trying to figure out herself and her place in the world. Including her place within the group of friends. While all these little incidents have been occurring around them; a false fire alarm, missing money, the blame went straight for Maya. Even though in every one of those incidents Maya was innocent, she seemed to let the perception of her friends as being the ‘bad girl’ effect her. So she’ll take that perception and make it true.

Continuing with Cory’s lesson, he asks the class, minus Maya, why the people of Pompeii would choose to live next to a volcano. They could live anywhere. Except for the fact that volcanic soil produces the prettiest flowers. So even though their home was dangerous to be around, the pay off was worth it. Cory explains that this applies to people as well. Everyone has great qualities about themselves, but they also have faults too. It is up to the people around them to choose whether it’s worth to be around them. Concluding that it is okay to explode, that is in people’s nature.

With that we find Maya, alone at night, outside a repair shop with a hammer, a brick, and some spray paint. While she stands outside of the shop looking at what she’s brought, two old friends join her, ones she had before she met Riley. Upon seeing that she has brought some toys for them to play with, the girls berate Maya about how she grew soft after spending so much time with Riley. Claiming that she should prove herself as being the old Maya and destroy what’s around her. One of the girls takes the hammer from Maya and chips away a piece of the sculpture standing outside of the repair shop. The sculpture being that of four people, standing side by side. Maya chooses to not participate in the destruction and stands up for herself and the sculpture, choosing to not be that version of Maya.

While it was discovered that Doi had stolen candy over the year, the police officer that comes to the Matthew’s house to find Doi appears again in the episode. But this time, he brings one Maya to the Matthew’s house. Claiming that she had vandalized in his part of the neighbourhood. Returning to the scene of the crime, on the wall next to the sculpture of the four people now is covered in all colours with the world ‘HOPE’ written across. Maya explains that she had come to a crossroads, when she was being confronted by those two girls from her past she could have easily joined them and continue to destroy the statue. But it was Riley’s influence on her that made her act differently, and will always make her do what is right. Claiming that having Riley in her life has made her stronger, not weaker. Of course, this makes the police officer turn the other cheek with the whole incident. Because he has hope for his neighbourhood too, and Maya is proof that it does exist.

The episode ends with the gang gathered around that sculpture that Maya saw be destroyed but also helped repair back to normal. Telling Riley, Lucas (Peyton Meyer), and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) that she would hang around this sculpture and hope to have friends like that. Wanting to know what made them so happy, and grateful to be in a position that she can figure that out for herself.

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW:

“You can’t be with her all the time Riley, the job of being someone’s best friend is to make sure that even when you’re not with them, you’re still there.” – Cory (Ben Savage)

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

TV RECAP: Girl Meets STEM

Recap, Television

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)