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Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Girl Meets New World” | Aired May 13, 2015

Tonight’s Girl Meets World continues showing off how much the series has improved from last season. The episode sees Riley and Lucas brought in front of a jury of their seventh-grade peers as they finally discuss their little lip lock at the end of the season one finale. Of course, they’re not the only couple that’s redefining their relationship; Farkle finally makes Maya an offer she can’t refuse.

The episode builds on last night’s awkwardness, with Riley still refusing to talk about the kiss she and Lucas shared despite Maya’s best attempts. This allows the show to go meta once more, commenting on how its storylines usually tend to work out. But once that’s over, Riley is as tight-lipped as ever. (Side note: I’m so proud of her for that. Had this happened last season, she’d have spent all episode replaying that moment over and over. Talk about character growth!)

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We eventually discover why the next day at school, when, after an awkward history lesson with an oblivious Cory, their entire overly invested class forces the pair together so they can talk about the next stage in their relationship. But as it turns out, neither Riley nor Lucas knows what the next step is.

Even so, they become boyfriend-girlfriend and go on their first date. This doesn’t last long, as they quickly discover that they can’t seem to talk the way they used to before they took up these labels. Lucky for both of them, Topanga is great at fixing things. She quickly talks some sense into the duo, telling them that they should move at the pace they want because too much pressure can ruin a relationship.

So Riley and Lucas quickly break up, before attempting a second hangout. This time, the words really flow, as Riley reveals that she is quite the Knicks fan.

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Elsewhere in the episode, Farkle proposes to Maya with his mother’s super-expensive diamond ring. Unsurprisingly, she says yes … to the ring. And because diamonds are this girl’s best friend, she even goes so far as to marry Farkle.

Meanwhile, Topanga meets Auggie’s newest friend: Dewey. Unfortunately for Auggie (and Cory), the young lad insists on pronouncing his name as anything but “Doy.” This leads to long, drawn-out battle of wills, where even Topanga’s sweet explanation of what his name means can’t change Dewey’s mind. The episode even closes on yet another face-off between the two.

Girl Meets World Doy

While last night’s outing proved quite meaningful, I actually feel like this episode’s message is a stronger one—not just for Riley and Lucas, but for the show in general. As Girl Meets World loves to point out, it isn’t—and can’t be—Boy Meets World, and tonight is a good reminder of that. What might have been good for Cory and Topanga (e.g., dating at a young age) is not necessarily suitable for Riley and Lucas.

This makes their choice to pursue their friendship, instead of a relationship, a much stronger one, as it allows them to get to know each other better as people—something that carries over into Farkle and Maya’s storyline as well. Even though Farkle is happy that Maya accepts his proposal, he does question the fact that she only has eyes for the ring and doesn’t care for him much as person.

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Girl Meets World Meets Observations

  • This season is getting insanely meta. As much as I enjoy it, I hope it doesn’t get to be too much, since we’re getting a new episode almost every day this week.
  • Maya Penelope Hart.
  • Can we have an episode dedicated just to these kids’ health class?!
  • I’m not the biggest Ava fan, so Dewey is a huge step up for Auggie, friendship-wise. An added bonus is his steadfastness in the face of a determined Topanga.
  • “I was making a 400-pound man confess to his crimes. Do you think I can’t handle you?” This show really needs to show us Topanga in her lawyering element. Perhaps a “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” episode is in order?
  • It didn’t take long for Svorsky’s to get an entire makeover and transform into Topanga’s. Though is it just me, or does this new hangout look a lot like Cory and Topanga’s college bookstore? I was really expecting Plays With Squirrels to walk in and drop some relationship advice. Alas, I’ll have to wait until Thursday for that.
  • For a local college hangout, there are shockingly few laptops in sight.

And how about you? How do you feel about Riley and Lucas’ decision? Are you counting down until we finally reunite with Plays With Squirrels again? Let us know!

Girl Meets World airs daily at 8:30 p.m. ET 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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