Okay, well, last week saw not one, not two, but five (yeah, I got lazy with the dramatic build up) new episodes of [i]Girl Meets World[/i], the spinoff sequel of [i]Boy Meets World[/i]. I only caught three episodes though: two of them were pretty good, but one of them had me laughing so hard that I had to pause and rewind the episode. If you haven't seen them, be warned that this recap will contain [b]spoilers for "Girl Meets the New World", "Girl Meets Pluto", and "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels"[/b]
So, first up is "Girl Meets the New World", when Riley and Maya enter a new grade and don't want Riley's father, Cory Matthews, to be their teacher anymore. They kinda hit a bit with the meta jokes, as fans of [i]Boy Meets World[/i] remembers that Mr. Feeny was the character's teacher from grade school to even college, so obviously there's some references here and there. It was cute to see Riley and Maya trying to get away with their usual antics with other teachers, and the moment when they made one teacher quit and Cory Matthews had to return not ten seconds later was genuinely funny ("This is [i]your[/i] fault!").
The main plot, aside from a couple of jokes, actually wasn't that good, and the subplot featuring the bakery was admittedly weak as well. But it was a good episode for one reason: they managed to merge both parts of the episode together in a damn fine finale. See, the point with the girls was that they didn't want to have their hand held by their parents, with Riley's dad as their teacher and Maya's mom working at the bakery they hang out at. Riley even does a narration about how she's not the center of the universe. However, when the [b]surprise ending[/b] (I especially don't want to ruin the reveal) shows that this whole time Riley was speaking an eulogy at a funeral, and how this death showed her that they need to still be close to their family, was very poigant. I even had my jaw open when it hit me, and the phone call cameo from Mr. Feeny ("Hey, you still there?") at the end really cemented the delivery.
"Girl Meets Pluto" was also pretty great, especially for all the old [i]Boy Meets World[/i] references. Basically, after a kid named Farkle gave the idea to do a time capsule, Cory remembers he had one with Topanga and Shawn and want to go dig it up. One part that had me slightly giddy was when Mr. Feeny made an appearance. Excusing the "apparition" in the very first episode, this was the first time he met the group face to face, and it was nice to see him again. It's a shame that it was ultimately too a short scene, but Riley's and Maya's attempt to do the Feeny call was adorable, although a bit contrived and forced.
The best part of this episode are all the references though. When Shawn came back and offered to take Cory to a restaurant when he thought Cory was dying, they did a nice callback to a scene they did when they were kids ("They WANT you to take the rolls!") However, when they opened the time capsule, they brought back significant knick-knacks from the previous series. Cory takes out the jean jacket he gave to Topanga when they were dating, which was also the first time they told each other they loved one another. VERY surprisingly, because it was one hell of an obscure (but important) callback, Topanga pulls out a love letter for Cory... written by another girl. This was Lauren, even mentioned by name despite having appeared in like two episodes, when Cory thought he had to date her in order to see if Topanga was truly right for him. In the original series, Topanga broke up with Cory because she hoped he would've known without dating Lauren; now, she takes the letter/ date as a test of their relationship, and how they succeeded. D'aww.
Heartbreakingly, Shawn placed the mementos of his ex-girlfriend Angela. I mentioned in a previous recap months ago that I disliked what happened with her and Shawn. I felt like it betrayed her character development (long story short, she had an emotional "revelation" where she didn't want to be like her mother who left her father... only to end up leaving Shawn anyway), and I'm hoping there's actually going to be a good reason for it. But anyway, Shawn even mentions the book of sonnets and the strawberry kiwi lip gloss. With realization that he may not fall in love again, it manages to drives the subplot between Shawn and Maya's mother. I'm not sure I want them together as I do Shawn and Angela, but all signs point to that considering Maya expressed wanting Shawn to be there for her.
Finally, "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels" was amazing because it brought back my favorite character in the series, Eric Matthews, in an amazing way. Referencing the "prank war" back in [i]Boy Meets World[/i], Cory knows that Eric is skilled at bringing people together, so when Riley and Maya have a fight, he asked for his help. Returning in a spectacular fashion, Eric dressed up as the "crazy hobo" "Plays with Mr. Squirrels" persona seen in a "dream" segment of the original series. He even had the beard hiding the lollipop necklace that he pops into his mouth! While he does take it off eventually, that entire scene was too damn funny: when Riley blew the "trouble" whistle (I'm sure you wouldn't call it a rape whistle in a Disney show), Eric pulled out one of his own to blow back. My favorite moment was when Eric started dancing, so Riley shut the door... only for Eric to open it a second later so he could continue. It was glorious, and the rest of the episode was filled with so many jokes that this is probably going to be my favorite.
The back half of the episode wasn't as funny, but it did have a sort of life lesson to it. Turns out, the fight between Riley and Maya was because Maya was called short and Riley didn't have her back, so Maya felt like she couldn't trust Riley. She then told Riley how Riley's a klutz, but will always defend her when people thought of calling her names. Riley didn't know about that though, and started feeling a bit depressed... however, others characters reveal certain aspects about themselves that they don't like, and how this episode kinda, sorta teaches them that you need to acknowledge and accept your flaws. I'll admit, I'm very short, and I never really saw that as a disadvantage. But then again, I never had sex before, and my favorite position is missionary, so you could see how that might be a problem... :(
Anyway, that's it for my babbling. On to the recaps!
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