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'Boy Meets World' #TBT recap: Hormones and underpants

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 21 | “Boy Meets Girl” | Aired May 6, 1994

It’s finally arrived. After 20 episodes, Boy Meets World finally focuses on the budding romance between Cory and Topanga in episode 21.

Surprisingly, their much-heralded first date is fueled by jealousy and revenge. (Sounds more like an episode of Scandal than BMW.)

As the episode opens, Mr. Feeny shows his class a video about burgeoning hormones in the teenage body. Yes, the video is as bad as it sounds, offering sound bytes like, “Hormones: the telegraph system of the body” and the “morse code of puberty.” Both Cory and Shawn are appalled by the video and don’t know if the bodily changes featured in the video will ever happen to them.

It doesn’t take long for Shawn to experience them, though. Moments after the video ends, a dropped pencil leads to Shawn making googly eyes at a fellow classmate named Hilary (Breanne O’Donnell).

Hilary eventually invites Shawn to a movie, leading to two major events on the series. Firstly, it leads to Shawn—the soon-to-be ladies’ man—seeking romantic advice from Minkus. Seriously! Minkus, of course, acts like he knows exactly what women want. Better yet, he believes he does because he reads a women’s publication called Perky Magazine. With article titles like, “Shaving your legs: How high is high enough?” Shawn is instantly impressed. He borrows a copy of the magazine and even eventually seeks the advice of Cory’s older brother, Eric, about his dating prowess.

Cory feels left out of the hormones game, leading him to make a drastic decision—the second major event of the episode.

He asks Topanga out on a first date.

For those romantics who believe that Cory and Topanga’s relationship began with pure beautiful love, this episode proves otherwise. Cory just wants to compete with Shawn here and date a girl of his own. He simply decides to date the first girl he sees in a dress in the cafeteria. That happens to be Topanga. Cory invites Topanga out to dinner and after learning that she’s a vegetarian, he offers to take her out to the International House of Salad (Good old IHOS!)

After seeking advice from his parents, Cory realizes that he should cancel the date. He only asked Topanga out to compete with his best friend, he realizes. He fakes an illness and cancels, which only leads to Topanga coming over to his house with tea. When she arrives, he admits that he isn’t sick and Topanga kindly forgives him.

The two eventually bond after Cory tells Topanga about the laundry basketball game he was playing. He was simply running around the room and throwing socks into the laundry basket while offering effusive commentary about his performance. Topanga, after discovering his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles briefs in the basket, easily takes to the game and makes an awesome shot against Cory’s defense. They eventually end up talking about Mother’s Day and the gifts they are planning to give their moms. (After Topanga suggests that Cory give her something from the heart, he writes up a poem for her.)

It wasn’t the first date that Cory and Topanga were expecting but it ends with Cory laughing goofily, realizing that his hormones have finally kicked in. Let the romance begin.

Life lesson: Don’t compete in a game of romance if you aren’t actually attracted to someone. And, if you have a girl over for a date, make sure you don’t have any pairs of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles underwear lying around.

Memorable quote: “Simple. You open the door and say, ‘Get out. You’re bothering me.'” -Cory answering Shawn’s question about how you ask a girl out.

Note: Despite the fact that Cory and Topanga have locked lips before, this qualifies as their real first date.

What did you think of the 21st episode of Boy Meets World? Did you remember Cory and Topanga’s first date?

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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