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Editors’ Note: As our love for spin-off series Girl Meets World grows, John Hanlon recaps the original series that ran from 1993 to 2000, reminding us why we fell in love with Cory Matthews, Topanga Lawrence and Shawn Hunter in the first place.

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” | Aired Jan 14, 1994

Love is in the air in the 13th episode of Boy Meets World. Not the love that keeps the marriage fresh between Alan and Amy Matthews (which was the subject of the previous episode), but the love that blooms at a younger, more impressionable age.

Minkus is the first hit by the love bug. When the episode begins, Topanga finds a paper rose (which Minkus says is a white camellia) on her desk. Minkus isn’t up-front about leaving it for her, but Cory and Shawn see his affection for her in his facial expressions (“The only time I’ve ever seen a look like that was just before Bambi’s mother caught that bullet,” Shawn says).

Love is a fickle thing, though. When a high school boy walks into the classroom to teach the students about the next step in their educational lives, Topanga falls in love as well. The object of her affection is Eric, Cory’s older brother. Eric’s lesson to the class is superficial, and focused on “being cool” in high school and the excitement of having a car.

Mr. Feeny, while amused, isn’t pleased.

In a classic sitcom ploy, there’s some confusion about the object of Topanga’s affection. When she starts bringing brownies over to Cory’s house and offers to watch Godzilla Goes to College with him, Shawn suspects that she’s in love with Cory. Rejecting the possibility of romance with Topanga (“We can name our children Chewbacca and Plankton,” Cory later jokes), Cory kicks her out of the house.

But Topanga’s eyes remain on Eric as she watches him take out the trash. Eric stops briefly to speak to Feeny, who tells the teenager that he wished Eric had been more serious during his talk to the class, noting that Eric became a role model to the students the “moment [he] stepped into that classroom.”

When Minkus discovers Cory’s betrayal (how dare he romance Topanga?), Cory is surprised. He doesn’t like Topanga (not yet, anyway), and soon discovers that Topanga doesn’t like him (not yet, anyway)—after Shawn reads through Topanga’s journal and discovers that she wanted to become Mrs. Eric Matthews, not Mrs. Cory Matthews.

After discussing the situation with Eric, Cory—who admits to his father he’s a bit “confused”—advises his older brother to let Topanga down (“Tell her that we both think she’s scum,” he says). Eric talks to Topanga, who notes that his “aura was glowing” during his class presentation. Eric tells her that the romance is not to be, as relationships need to be based on more than looks.

After that heartbreak, Eric returns to Feeny’s class for another lesson. Because he made the easy choice earlier, he makes the harder choice now, telling the students that they will face peer pressure and plenty of new feelings (Topanga blushes) in high school.

It has taken Eric, following in his brother’s footsteps, a lesson from Feeny to realize how to make the right choices in life.

Life lesson: Falling in love for the first time is a painful experience.

Memorable quote: “Aren’t you forgetting the trip to Acapulco?” —Minkus, reacting to Cory downplaying his relationship with Topanga by simply stating that she makes him brownies and they’ll be watching a video together

Note: It’s here that we first learn about and meet Topanga’s older sister, Nebula (Krystee Clark).

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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