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'Girl Meets World' fan recap: Cosmos, a Riley Matthews odyssey

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Girl Meets Gravity” | Aired May 11, 2015

Summer vacation might be just around the corner, but the school year has barely begun as Girl Meets World kicks off its second season with five straight nights of new episodes. But Riley and Co.’s first day back ends with us bidding someone good-bye in what might be one of the strangest, but sweetest, episodes yet.

The day begins with Topanga trying to convince Riley (and later Maya) to leave for school; only the young girl doesn’t want to go for fear that Cory will be her teacher … again. However, she needn’t have worried, as when she and Maya roll into class, they discover that there’s a new—and very attractive—teacher waiting for them.

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Sadly, this doesn’t last long, as Riley quickly chases him off with a boop on the nose—though not before he goes meta on the class, calling out how no teaching gets done. Clearly someone didn’t attend the Feeny School of Life Lessons and Patient Subtext. (Side note: I am genuinely concerned for Riley’s ability to interact with humans who aren’t her friends or family.)

When this reinstates Cory as their teacher, Riley and Maya transfer to an alternate universe/another class, where they are made to sit apart and the focus isn’t on them. This leads to one of the wackiest and most self-aware moments of the episode, as the two girls attempt to get the camera to focus on them. It isn’t long before their shenanigans get them kicked out, returning them to Cory’s class.

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After school the girls go to Svorsky’s, the bakery the Matthews now own, only to find Topanga there, having just visited Mrs. Svorsky, who convinces her to find an employee to run the bakery part-time. Topanga’s answer is none other than Katy Hart, Maya’s mother. Of course, neither girl is happy about this development, seeing as they’re looking for some space from the adults in their lives. However when they express as much, all three parents understand perfectly, even taking a step back.

Suddenly we’re taken back to Riley deGrasse Tyson as she goes on to compare herself and her friends to planets revolving around the sun, while various images of space swirl around her. Turns out these recurring images, along with her Our Town quote, are part of her eulogy for Mrs. Svorsky, who has passed away, confident that her bakery is in good hands.

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And it seems that Riley’s words strike a real chord with Cory, who later that night calls none other than Mr. Feeny, just to say hello and confirm that he is not dead. This last scene is a perfect reminder of the close, meaningful relationship that Cory and his mentor built over all those years. (From “sixth grade to college.”)

One of the things that made Boy Meets World such a great show was that it knew when to pull on our heartstrings. And this episode of GMW captures that spirit, quickly trading in Maya and Riley’s hijinks for a more somber tone as we bid Cloris Leachman’s character farewell.

Overall, it’s a very strong return for the show on several fronts. It seems that not only is Cory a better, more confident teacher, but it looks like we’ll be seeing more of Topanga and Maya’s mother. It seems like there’s a real possibility that Shawn could become Maya’s dad.

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Girl Meets World Meets Observations

  • The lessons being taught in the episode were a nice touch, from continuing the Belgium lecture we never heard last season to the parallels to Riley’s storyline found in the lesson on the Gold Rush.
  • Riley hasn’t talked about kissing Lucas—not even with him. Looks like the awkwardness continues …
  • Hands down the best use of “Farkle” as a verb is: “You gotta Farkle, you gotta Farkle.”
  • It was great to see Riley and Auggie have a scene together. Hopefully they’ll hang out with each other a little more as the season progresses. Ditto for Cory and Topanga.
  • I’m disappointed to see the new teacher go—he added a splash of much-needed diversity to the cast. Not to mention it would have been interesting to see Cory have a friend on the teaching staff—kind of like Mr. Turner was for Mr. Feeny.

What about you? What did you think of Girl Meets World‘s return? Did you tear up at Mr. Feeny’s brief return? Sound off below!

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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