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'Girl Meets World' fan recap: Stardust and memories

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Girl Meets Pluto” | Aired May 14, 2015

Forget the DeLorean, and put away your TARDIS. Turns out the fastest way to take a blast to the past is by taking a long walk down memory lane. And that’s just what Cory, Topanga, and Shawn did in tonight’s episode of Girl Meets World. But while the adults were revisiting their old lives, Riley and her friends set out to capture a few memories of their own.

The big adventure starts when Cory realizes that it’s been 15 years since he and his friends buried their time capsule. So he buys a bunch of shovels and calls Shawn over, telling his BFF that it’s a “matter of life and death.” For his part, Shawn rushes over to make sure that both Cory and Topanga are okay. When he discovers the real reason he was summoned, he nearly strangles his best bud. Turns out Shawn was already in Philadelphia.

This actually works out for the better, as it allows Shawn to run into Maya’s mother, Katy, while she’s working at Topanga’s. (“I’m kinda liking this movie.” Me too Shawn, me too.) Unfortunately, Cory ruins the moment by bringing up Angela. Things cool considerably at the mention of Shawn’s ex, especially when Farkle asks if seeing mementos might bring back any old emotions. But because everyone totally ships Shawn and Katy, they try to shut it own—Maya and Riley even decide to go with to go to Philadelphia so they can keep an eye on Shawn’s possible feelings.

But when they get to Mr. Feeny’s backyard, they realize that no one remembers just where they buried the time capsule. As it turns out, they could have saved hours of digging by just keeping an eye on Riley, who didn’t recognize that the big metal box she found in the ground was what they’d been looking for. (Cory might need to step up his teaching game.)

Having found the time capsule, they attempt to clean up their mess, but Mr. Feeny walks in on them and pointedly threatens to send Cory and Shawn to “big boy detention.” (Ahh … old times.) Instead, he has his former students try to fix his dug-up flowers while he talks to Riley and Maya and questions them about Cory’s abilities as a father (“Is he a good father, you poor, poor little girl?”) and a teacher. It’s especially sweet when you realize that in a way, Cory, Topanga, and Shawn are Feeny’s personal time capsules, the living result of years teaching and guidance. Yeah. I didn’t ask to have these feelings either.

Just before they leave Mr. Feeny, Cory asks him for any advice he might have. Feeny simply replies, “It’s been a long time, and you’re still together. What else do you need to know?”

Back in New York, they finally open up the time capsule and unleash a whole lot of emotions. Topanga finds the jean jacket from the time Cory told Topanga her loved her for the first time, and Cory finds a note from Lauren (aka, the girl who nearly split them up) saying she thinks they might have a future together. Seeing her husband’s understandable confusion, Topanga explains that while Younger Cory was so sure they’d still be together 15 years later, Younger Topanga wasn’t. So she’d put the note in there, hoping she’d have the chance to rip it up with confidence—which she promptly does.

Meanwhile, Shawn retrieves what are basically the contents of Angela’s purse from all those years ago: a book of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a Vivaldi concerto, a ticket stub to a Van Damme movie and some lip gloss. This prompts him to question if he’ll ever find love, with Topanga suggesting that perhaps he needs to try something different.

Elsewhere in the episode, Maya refuses to put anything in their time capsule (because she doesn’t want to give herself false hope), and Riley refuses to believe that Pluto isn’t a planet (because she’s Riley). Maya’s issue comes into focus when Shawn comes and plants himself on Riley’s windowsill and the younger Matthews asks him why he’s so afraid to fall in love again, since he’s already loved someone before. Shawn’s response to this is to go over to Maya and tell her he’ll be there for her.

This conversation inspires both Shawn and Maya. He sits down and has a chat with Katy at Topanga’s, and Maya contributes something to their time capsule: a photo of Shawn, her mother, and her taken on her birthday last year. This joins Riley’s model of Pluto (a symbol of her unwavering belief), Lucas’s transfer slip (a symbol of his new possibilities), and Farkle’s orange turtleneck (a reminder not to forget who he is).

Like other episodes this season, this episode has a message as well: While you can’t change the past, you can try to move on and hope for something different—a lesson that’s relevant to all our characters tonight (except perhaps Cory and Riley). Shawn had to move past Angela, Maya had to let herself dream, and Topanga had to trust her relationship with Cory. Even Lucas and Farkle learned to picture brighter futures. And though Mr. Feeny didn’t stay long, his brief time on the show was perfect. As they say, less is more.

Girl Meets World Meets Observations:

  • I really like having Katy work at Topanga’s. It gives Maya a chance to spend time with her mother, which as we saw last season, the both of them need.
  • Who is looking after Auggie?
  • Considering that she and her friends had been building their own time capsule a few hours earlier, shouldn’t Riley have recognized the metal box she found as one? I guess this is why she has the Riley Squad.
  • Riley and Maya’s Feeny call was sure something. Wonder when Eric had the chance to teach them that? I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!

And how about you? Was Mr. Feeny’s return everything you thought it would be? Do you like the idea of Shawn becoming Maya’s dad? Sound off in the comments 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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