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'Boy Meets World' #TBT recap: The 'Risky Business' of being home alone

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 16 | “Risky Business” | Aired Feb 11, 1994

Gambling is the name of the game in episode 16 of Boy Meets World, appropriately titled “Risky Business.” Not only are Cory and Shawn gambling on horses here (thank Shawn’s Uncle Frank for that!), but Amy is also gambling on Cory’s babysitting abilities.

Feeny’s newest class assignment pairs classmates up and asks them to invest a fake $100 to help build a business or grow their personal finances. Minkus is teamed up with Topanga, while Cory and Shawn are together (per usual). While Cory and Shawn are ill-prepared when they are asked for a progress report on the project (Shawn says, “We have absolutely no losses”), they are prepared for a bet after class.

When Minkus dares them to bet their own money on who can earn the most in real life, Cory and Shawn accept the challenge. When Minkus notes that it’s a battle of wits between him and the dynamic duo, Topanga even offers to bet $300,000 on Minkus’ success—but Cory decides to only wager $10.

Shawn and Cory decide to bet their money on a horse race. With Uncle Frank’s help, they win big ($99, to be exact).

When Amy asks Cory to babysit Morgan a few nights later so she can go on a date with Alan (the two have been writing notes to each other about a rendezvous), Cory accepts the assignment, but tells his mother to keep her babysitting money. When you’ve just won 99 bucks, who needs 2 dollars more?, he seems to be thinking.

It’s Cory’s first time babysitting, so Amy is betting on her nearly 12-year-old son to do a good job. (How can this go wrong?)

Never letting go of a good thing, Cory and Shawn bet all of their money on another horse race and miraculously win again. (It’s to this show’s credit that instead of letting the kids lose all of their money, à la episode 3 of Good Morning, Miss Bliss, they keep winning here.) “We just won 680 bucks,” Shawn says. The boys celebrate by buying pizza. When Shawn is off buying the pizza, though, he spots Phillies player Lenny Dykstra. Cory abandons his sister (who, ahem, he was supposed to be babysitting) at his house to get the player’s autograph.

Cory offers a bet to Morgan that she can’t be alone at the house without causing any trouble (six cupcakes are on the line), then runs off to the pizza place. To his dismay, his instincts were right again. Morgan gets into trouble— throwing a doll and breaking a glass door while she’s dancing on the couch—while her brother is away. She runs and hides in the tree house after the incident, but when Cory and Shawn arrive back at the house, Cory sees the broken door and assumes that Morgan was kidnapped.

Mr. Feeny corrects the panicked Cory (Feeny saw her run into the tree house earlier), and Cory is eternally grateful that his sister is okay. He even vows to take responsibility for the broken glass. When Amy and Alan arrive home, they argue over their dinner reservations. It turns out that Amy—not Alan, who is initially blamed—forgot where the couple got engaged. Amy had gone to a different restaurant than Alan (turns out she’d received more than one marriage proposal), so the two didn’t have dinner together.

In Mr. Feeny’s classroom, it’s revealed that Cory and Shawn had the most successful venture of everyone in the classroom. (Eh … I’m sure Topanga is glad the duo didn’t accept her wager.)

“The bigger the risk, the bigger reward,” was Feeny’s previous lesson about their gambling habit. But just when you think there’s no other lesson to be learned here, Cory pipes in. “You should never gamble anything that you can’t afford to lose,” he states.

Feeny, who never taught this lesson, is pleasantly surprised that through their success, Cory has realized at least one important lesson without the teacher’s support.

Life lesson: Cory said it best with, “You should never gamble anything that you can’t afford to lose.”

Memorable quote: “I’m always eager to get romantic advice from a fetus.” Eric, responding to Cory’s offer of advice

Note: We discover in this episode that Mr. Feeny hides a Nerf gun in the bottom drawer of his classroom desk (was this confiscated from a student earlier?).

What did you think of the sixteenth episode of Boy Meets World? Did you suspect that Morgan had run away to Mr. Feeny’s house instead of the tree house? What other romantic secrets do you think Amy Matthews is hiding?

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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