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'Girl Meets World' season finale fan recap: Date and switch

Season 1 | Episode 20 | “Girl Meets First Date” | Aired Mar 27, 2015

All season long, Girl Meets World has been highlighting the similarities between Shawn and Maya, even going as far as having them talk about it. So it doesn’t come as a surprise when Maya (unknowingly) pulls a page from Cory’s best friend’s playbook and asks out her own BFF’s crush.

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This has the intended effect (though unbeknownst to Riley at the time), as it “lights a fire” under Lucas and prompts him to ask Cory permission to date his daughter. (This might be his Ranger Rick-iest moment on the show so far.) Cory, of course, freaks out, as it is the moment he’s been dreading all season. After all, this man only eased into the idea that his daughter might want to spend time with her friends instead of her family a few episodes ago. So, you know, baby steps.

Lucky for Riley, Cory is married to the divine goddess that is Topanga Matthews (nee Lawrence). She inserts some much-needed levelheadedness into the situation—not that it matters, because Farkle enters the apartment and reveals that he‘s there to ask Riley out. All the young Minkus needed to choose between the girls he loves so much was for someone else to ask one of them out.

That’s when things get slightly Shakespearean. Cory declares that Riley can go on her date with Lucas … but only if it’s also a double date with Maya and Farkle. (Has he been watching 10 Things I Hate About You?) However, Maya wipes the grin off Cory’s face a few minutes later,when she puts on her best-friend boots and reluctantly accepts Farkle’s invitation.

With that settled, everyone prepares for their big evening. But while Topanga is regaling Riley with stories of her many, many first dates with Cory (and one of his with Shawn), her husband is outside watching Auggie, their five-year-old son, marry his girlfriend Ava—using Topanga’s wedding ring, of course. Wow, do these Matthews men settle down young.

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Meanwhile, Maya climbs in through Riley’s window, totally dressed to impress. When Topanga and Riley point it out, she explains that while she may not consider this her first date, Farkle does, and that means she’s going to put in some effort. (It’s 84 percent, to be exact.) I’m with Topanga and Riley on this one: Maya is fierce.

With that, both girls take on the double-dating world. Understandably, both boys are blown away by their dates. Farkle in particular can’t believe Maya isn’t rocking a cat T-shirt and sweatpants. (Aah. A girl after my own heart.) Lucas, however, gazes into Riley’s eyes and drops this doozy of a line: “There are some moments you know you’re gonna remember forever. This is one of ’em.”

If Riley wasn’t head over heels for him already, this line would have lifted her up and flung her off that cliff. That said, I’m extremely proud she didn’t swoon or faint, like she might have earlier this season. Though Farkle did look like he was extremely close to it. (Nervous Farkle might be my favorite shade of Farkle. Though Belgium-loving Farkle is a very, very close second.)

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Unfortunately for the double date in progress, Josh—Cory’s younger brother and Maya’s current crush—is on the train getting romantically rejected by his pre-college NYU tour guide. (“It’s my job to be nice to high school kids.” Ouch.) Much like he’d told Maya earlier, she thinks three years is too much of an age difference. (Side note: I’d like to clarify here that most NYU students are actually really nice people.)

This parallel in particular is a nice touch. Not only does it reveal that Maya really does put herself out there each time she shows a romantic interest in Josh, but it also gives Riley a chance to step in and support her best friend—even if it means ending her date early with Lucas. Though in a way, it makes perfect sense. After all, it’s the kind of thing Cory would do for his best friend. And as this show likes to remind us, if Maya is Shawn, then Riley is 100 percent her father’s daughter (with Topanga’s hair, of course). What makes this moment better is that Lucas (possibly our Topanga-in-training) understands that this is something Riley needs to do in this moment, and he lets—if not encourages—her to do so.

It’s a nice ending to the season, as everything comes full circle. Only this time, Riley doesn’t need the help of Maya (or physics) to go after what she wants. Instead, when life throws her in Lucas’ lap, she seizes the moment and kisses him—a huge move for someone who couldn’t even talk to the boy coherently in the pilot. Maybe she’s a lot more like her mother than she thinks.

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Girl Meets World Meets Observations

  • Any mention of Cory and Topanga’s long romantic history is an instant win in my book.
  • I’m 1000 percent behind this Farkle-Lucas friendship.
  • Riley is catching up to “Uncle Josh” in the height department. I will also never use that term in reference to Josh Matthews ever again.
  • Topanga and Riley’s “Keep it chill” moment is proof that Rowan Blanchard and Danielle Fishel need more scenes together. They jump between sweet and funny effortlessly.
  • Speaking of which, Topanga’s appreciation of Maya reminded me of how much the young girl needs a good female role model in her life. So I really hope these two share some scenes together next season as well. Because I really believe that younger Topanga and Maya would be best friends.
  • I have never wanted Shawn to become Maya’s father more than when she mentioned how she stores her daddy issues (and nightmares of ballerinas?) in her dungeon of sadness.
  • I love Rowan Blanchard’s reading of “I got you” at the end there. While Cory and Topanga’s was a clear affirmation of their unending support and love for each other, hers came off as a promise to have her best friend’s back.
  • Was anyone else hoping Jackee Harry’s “Crazy Hat” would show up and ask for an update? Because I was. If only to hear her call Lucas “sweet potato pie” again.

Girl Meets World will return with a new episode on April 16 on Disney Channel.

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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