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'Girl Meets World' fan recap: Tell-tale Hart

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Girl Meets the Tell-Tale Tot” | Aired June 5, 2015

Aaaand we’re back! Following a brief hiatus, Girl Meets World returns with a new episode. Tonight’s offering takes a cue from Edgar Allan Poe, as Riley’s conscience takes the form of a speaking tater tot. However, the bigger lesson at the end of the day isn’t that lying to your parents is wrong (it is), but that accepting the truth and choosing not to lie is part of growing up.

The episode starts off with Josh Matthews arriving at Cory’s place bearing nothing other than a response to his NYU college application. Maya tries to play it cool and leave for school with Riley, but curiosity (and her massive crush on “Uncle Boing”) brings her back, eager to know the answer. (Interesting that no one pointed out that it was a “big envelope,” and therefore most likely an acceptance.) In any case, it is a yes, which means that Josh will be spending the next four years on the show in New York.

To celebrate the good news, the future freshman decides to get a jump start on his first year of college by attending a party that very same night so he can make a few friends. However, this doesn’t sit well with Maya, who is afraid he’ll fall in love with a college girl, so she decides to sneak out and attend said party. Riley, being the loyal friend that she is, decides to tag along.

Unfortunately for her, Maya doesn’t trust her BFF’s ability to keep their plan a secret, so before they can set off on their “caper,” she puts Riley to the test by making her eat a tater tot she steals off of Cory’s plate and keep it secret. Riley does so, only to make her conscience take the form of a large—and extremely fluffy—tater tot. (Side note: Is it just me, or was it voiced by Mr. Farkle Minkus himself, Corey Fogelmanis?)

After dinner, the girls retire to Riley’s room, where Maya stuffs some pillows under the bed covers to make it look like Riley is asleep. Alibi all set up, the girls leave out the window, ready to crash attend their first college party. Only it’s nothing like what they expected.

Riley immediately takes to college life, bonding with some sports fans and pledging a sorority (ironically, the two least popular activities at NYU)—where she gets voted “Best Friend to Have.” Meanwhile, Maya sees that Josh has made some friends, one of whom is a girl he seems to like as more than a friend. Disheartened, she asks to leave. But Riley, being the great best friend she is, tells her to take a chance and gives her a push into the room where Josh is instead.

For his part, Josh isn’t too happy to see his niece and her best friend there, but the college kids seem fine with this interruption. One of the kids, Andrew, even shows a romantic interest in the girls, until they remind him they’re in middle school, at which point he backs off. At this point, Riley gets kidnapped by her soon-to-be sorority sisters, prompting Josh to try to rescue her, and giving Maya and the college girls a chance to talk.

What follows is a sweet heart-to-heart where Maya reluctantly tells the older girls, Jasmine and Cynthia, about her crush on Josh. They give her some of the best advice this show has produced: “It’s not the big gestures that we do for other people that help us grow, but the small choices you make for yourself.

Unfortunately Josh doesn’t really want to look at Maya differently, once again citing their three-year age gap. A newly rescued Riley then asks what it is Maya specifically likes about him; this is where things get a lot more interesting.

At first Maya says it’s because he’s a part of Riley’s family, which she loves. But later on, she admits it’s because of all the little things Josh does. Like driving all the way from Philadelphia so he could open his college response with his brother. Or always making time for Auggie. By the time she’s listing all of Josh’s great qualities, even Andrew wants the guy to give her a chance. When Joshua tries to argue, both Jasmine and Cynthia threaten to ensure that no girl at NYU will ever date him (which is a lot of girls). Conceding defeat, Josh decides to walk Riley and Maya home. (Side note: I appreciate how each of these kids wishes someone would make a big romantic gesture for them. It’s surprisingly earnest.)

The next day, Riley wrestles with her conscience, but as it turns out, she doesn’t need to worry for long, as Maya tells Cory and Topanga all about their night out. For their part, Riley’s parents are both calm and understanding, acknowledging that both Joshua and Maya made mature decisions—him forgoing the party he’d been excited for, her choosing to come clean to them. This offers an interesting parallel between their stories, with Cory recognizing that his baby brother is much older now, and Joshua realizing that Maya is more mature as well.

Much as with Shawn’s storylines on Boy Meets World, I quite enjoy episodes where Girl Meets World explores Maya’s emotional baggage. Not only do they give Sabrina Carpenter a chance to unpack her character’s issues (which she does quite well), but they also allow Rowan Blanchard to display Riley’s best qualities—namely, her loyalty and wackiness. More than that, it lets the show delve into some of the deeper topics that made its parent show so meaningful. That said, I don’t think Boy Meets World could have pulled off a talking tater-tot puppet quite as well.

Girl Meets World Meets Observations:

  • Considering this season marks the start of a new school year, doesn’t this mean that Josh is getting his college acceptance in early September/late October? Did he apply Early Early Admission?
  • Zay is still here! And it turns out he knows his Poe. I know it was previously established that Zay isn’t a good student, but it would be nice to see someone who isn’t Smackle give Farkle some academic competition in class. Even Minkus had Topanga.
  • Of course Farkle faked his kindergarten naps.
  • Riley’s excitement about college was reminiscent of the time Shawn’s brief stint “auditing” a college class got him all pumped up about higher education too.
  • The alternate title for this recap was: “Are you there, Tot? It’s me, Riley.”

What about you? What did you think about tonight’s episode? Do you think Joshua is right about the age difference? Or should Maya set her sights on someone younger? Let me know down below!

Girl Meets World airs Fridays 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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