Nobody likes you, SEAN. The real deal is back in town.
I love this opening. It's fun. It feels very Boy Meets World. Cory's love of tacos is back from "Shallow Boy", one of my personal favorite episodes. I had completely forgotten about that, and I just watched Shallow Boy now to check. Topanga even asks Cory if he's going to feed tacos to their future child, so it's actually a double whammy of a callback. Nice catch. Oh wow it actually goes further, Topanga says back in Shallow Boy "If that taco is more important than our child, this family has 'dysfunction' written all over it." Looks like that lesson stuck through the years. In general, real good world-building for this Paco's Tacos place. I really believed it was a place. We got a lot of good details and specifics about it. 25-cent tacos really are a good deal. I'd buy 40. Eat'm throughout the day.
It does feel very Boy Meets World. The girls are planning an adventure that has nothing to do with soul searching, or romance, or life lessons. If only we had had the wisdom, the foresight, to consider the appeal of such a situation.
Cory and Maya wanting the same number of tacos was great. I can't tell if Cory's ability to express "eight and a half" as the perfect amount of tacos, but Maya was stuck between 8 and 9 was a joke referencing her inability to understand fractions. I'd like to believe it was, and if it is, it's very funny and it was nice they didn't call out. They make another joke about Maya not understanding fractions near the end, so I'm pretty sure it was. Mackenzie Yeager, man. She knows what she's doing. The Miguel Sapochnik of Girl Meets World. Except not directing. Shut up.
Riley becoming distraught over her own imagined three-legged puppy was great. "What, does he just fall over or what?"
Oof, a bad call back is Topanga's cheesy "Let's see what happens now." calling back the one dark stain on "Eric Hollywood", ANOTHER personal favorite episode of mine, the part where those kids are the writers, and the kids are all awkward and the worst. I believe one of the Jacobs boys who now write for this show is the guy who says that.
Is this bear that Riley's being obnoxious about (And Topanga makes a great point, they could run out and get tacos right now, and then look for the bear when they get back, so I think Riley's being obnoxious) the one from "Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project"? Good continuity if so. I think it is.
Yeah this is continuing my frustration with Riley. ONCE again, AS always, Riley's nonsense is more important than everything else. And I get it, sometimes you want to put your loved ones' interests before your own, but it's EVERY TIME with Riley. I genuinely feel sorry for Maya not getting her bobblehead :(
I like Zay wanting pancakes. And I also would probably choose pancakes over tacos most of the time.
Oh, hey flashback. Yeah, same bear. We've seen these kids as Miley before, right? Where? "Bay Window"?
WHOOOOOA. Okay. Clearly, this little boy they have playing little Auggie is August Maturo's younger brother or something, because he so resembles him. (And, I looked it up, and indeed, this kid is named *sigh* Ocean Maturo.) *Snrrrrrrkkkkkkkk* That said, this casting choice is preposterous. Riley and Auggie are about six years apart, but in this flashback they appear to be the exact same age (or maaaaaybe Miley are a year older). It's really jarring. Auggie in this flashback basically looks the same age as Season 1 Auggie, and yet Riley and Maya are like 6.
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Uh, Lucas? You're just going to peace? Not even going to try to pretend you can't be bothered to help this devastated girl find her bear and instead you just want to go eat tacos? Uh.... I'm no relationship expert, but you sure that's the route you want to go? Aren't you and Riley dating? No, I'm seriously asking, there's been no clear sign of it so far. Still, "Why'd you two switch characters?" was great. Zay's on fire in this one.
Like the brief Mrs. Svorski reference in the flashback. Continuity!
CONTINUITY CONTINUES! ALAN MATTHEWS WAS IN THE NAVY MOTHERFUCKERS! ALAN MATTHEWS WON SILVER GLOVES IN THE NAVY! OH MY GODDDDD, CONTINUITY IS EVERYWHERE. CONTINUITY IS IN MY DRINK.
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Farkle, don't say lines, don't act like you're a character on this show anymore. But anyway, while this journey of continuity... continues with a photo album featuring hippie Topanga, it's a little ridiculous that they act like there was someone there in the Matthews kitchen to take a photo when she did "Doughnut in the Sky." Yeah that's dumb. Right next to the picture of, what, Cory and Shawn doing their handshake?
This is a weird episode. There's no, like, story. Scenes just kinda happen. There's a kinda nice scene with Lucas and Riley. Now Josh has showed up. Everyone's just kinda cool with this 19 year old flirting with this 15 year old. It is weird. Peyton gives a... surprisingly convincing short monologue that makes Lucas a bit more real, which is always good. They saved up all the character and world building and continuity for one single episode, so whenever we complain about it in the future they can say "Uhp! Wait! Remember Meets Bear?"
Still don't know if Riley and Lucas are dating.
Am I crazy or did Uriah totally phone this in? I'm not getting any of his usual charm, especially since everyone else is doing so well. Sounds to me like Josh should have brought some pudding to college.
We're citing Mr. Googly? Man, this is clearly a concentrated continuity effort.
I want that bobblehead.
Whoa, Zay. Doin' a big public and yet totally casual and non-committal ask out of Maya at the end of the episode. Totally felt out of nowhere, but, whatever, not every couple begins with years of unacted-upon feelings. Sometimes a dude just asks a girl to the movies. Smooth moves Zay. Yeah he's a beast this episode. It's definitely not out of nowhere though, he's been attracted to Maya since forever. I really don't feel like I remember this. If so, I don't think it's been talked about in Season 3 at all, has it? Maybe early Zay I don't really recall? Try Girl Meets Triangle, he definitely mentions it. It's great, to be honest. We started out with creeper ass stalker Farkle. Stalkerkle. And Disney Prince Lucas who needs two years of friendship buildup and an entire arc to fucking date someone. But now we have Zay, whose actions actually resemble real life. That's good stuff.
Episode Review: B. There were a lot of really fun moments and I loooooved the continuity, but there wasn't much in the way of a story here. It felt like a bunch of isolated moments of continuity loosely strung together by Riley's missing bear. So, I gave it a B.
Episode MVP: Amir Mitchell-Townes, just because Zay was so boss in this episode. But Sabrina Carpenter also gave a really good performance.
Fun homework assignment: Compare the bottle episode strategies of that Community episode with this episode. Hint: They're all the same.
It's a bottle episode. But they use it to their advantage, delving into the characters and continuity when we've got no real story to tell. I can dig it. I... can't really think of any bottle episodes from Boy Meets World to compare it to. That's interesting. I mean.... And Then There Was Shawn was kiiiiind of a bottle episode? It did just use the school set. I feel like it's probably 15 minutes into the episode before we even leave Feeny's classroom. For all the hooplah, that was probably a dirt cheap episode to film. But yeah, obviously, with the horror movie spoof it didn't function as a bottle episode. But I'm a big bottle episode fan. My favorite episodes of Friends, "The One Where No One's Ready", is, I feel, the greatest example of a bottle episode I've ever seen.
Did Farkle really need to be in this? Not at all. He hasn't needed to be in, like, any episode this season. It's getting ridiculous. Did Josh? He was a little more relevant to the plot, but it was a little more random he'd show up, and he didn't show up until almost the end. I don't know, but Mackenzie Yeager has absolutely cemented herself as the best writer of this season. She has the two best scripts, this and Jexica (I feel like Permanent Record's still maybe the best episode this season. Still, yes, Yeager is great), which to be honest, both sound like garbage from their descriptions, but she still pumps out laugh out loud dialogue, and the casual light hearted interactions that this show lacks most of the time. What's she even competing with in the overall series, for dialogue and humor? Pluto, Semi Formal, Texas Part 1, Jexica, and Upstate? Maybe I Do? Jexica is obviously one of hers too, but the others are all Matthew Nelson and Mark Blutman, two long time BMW writers. Yeager is the real deal, she gets it, and the biggest reason I would want a fourth season of this show is to see more of her work. I know it's only a sample size of 2, but two excellent scripts tacked on to stupid ideas like this and Jexica is pretty damn impressive.
I agree that a B grade is about right because there's no story and I don't care about Riley's bear, but the script is an absolute home run, it's just fun. It's fun! And Jexica was fun, I vividly remember having fun. Yeager is the bomb. I am motivated to keep watching the show on the offchance she wrote another episode. Hot damn.