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‘Boy Meets World’ recap: Shawn Hunter, the criminal

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 17 | “The Fugitive” | Aired Feb 25, 1994

The tell-tale heart beats strongly in episode 17 of Boy Meets World, entitled The Fugitive. There’s no one-armed killer in this episode— unlike the movie that was released only a few months earlier— but there is a boy (Cory) struggling with a lie to cover up his guilt.

In episode 16, Shawn taught Cory how to gamble. Before that (in episode 10), it was revealed that Shawn’s home life was a lot different and less reliable than Cory’s. It’s only in episode 17, though, that Shawn crosses a more serious line, blowing up a United States mailbox using a cherry bomb.

When Cory walks into his room before the opening credits, he’s complaining about how boring and mundane his life is. That changes when he finds Shawn waiting inside, drenched and confused and looking for a place to hide. Shawn notes that it was only hours beforehand that he lit a cherry bomb on fire and destroyed a mailbox. “No one can know I’m here, especially your mom and dad,” he states. Cory is torn between his affection for his best friend and his love for his parents.

He chooses Shawn.

At dinner that evening, Cory acts guilty (Alan even grounds him for two months because he knows his son is hiding something) and sneaks food up to Shawn. Eric suspects that Cory is hiding a dog, but later sees Shawn come in from the window. He takes advantage of the opportunity by blackmailing Cory into doing his chores to keep the secret hidden.

The following day at school, Mr. Feeny talks to the class about the incident when reading lines from Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Tell-Tale Heart. These lines speak directly to Cory’s predicament. Should he continue to hide Shawn, or should he tell his parents the truth, he wonders. At night, Alan—plopping down several times on the bed that Shawn is hiding under—speaks to Cory as well. Alan tells Cory that if he’s ever in trouble, he can always come home to his parents. They would, Alan insists, always understand. Cory gets the message, and after his father leaves the room, he tells Shawn to stop hiding.

Instead of taking his advice, though, Shawn runs away … this time, to Feeny’s classroom.

In the kitchen, Cory admits the truth about hiding Shawn to his parents. They already knew, they tell him—Mr. Feeny had called them. Alan tells Cory that he knows that his son will make the right decision the next time he sees his best friend.

A few moments later, Mr. Feeny walks into his darkened classroom knowing that Shawn is hiding under his desk. He talks to Shawn about how Shawn—who forced Cory to lie—did his best friend no favors. Cory arrives minutes later, and instead of arriving with the goods that Shawn requested, he offers Shawn an empty backpack and insists that Shawn go home to his parents. When Shawn notes that his parents will kill him, Cory doesn’t care: “We’re only twelve. We live again.” Shawn eventually comes around to Cory’s side and begrudgingly returns home.

The fugitive is no longer on the run.

Life lesson:  Even in the worst scenario, you can always return home. Once you cross a line to the dark side, it’s hard (but not impossible) to go back to who you once were.

Memorable quote: “I guess the room is empty. What a perfect time to set fire to my desk.” —Mr. Feeny, pretending that he doesn’t know that Shawn is hiding under his desk at school

Note: It’s revealed in this episode that Alan sees a little bit of himself in the rebellious Shawn. Alan also notes that while growing up, he had a best friend like Cory.

What did you think of the 17th episode of Boy Meets World? Did you realize early on that Cory’s parents knew that Shawn was hiding upstairs? Don’t you think it’s a little strange that they didn’t confront Shawn earlier?

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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