Boy Meets World

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Quotes (1072)

  • Mr. Feeny: It's supposed to stink, Mr. Matthews. It's detention. You're being detained from whatever it is you'd rather be doing.
    Cory: Well I think it's a cruel and unusual life-sucking torture.

  • Mr. Feeny: Mr. Matthews, I spend 35 to 40 hours a week dealing with the perceived problems of whiny little people like yourself. Now this is my lunch period; my respite from the fray. I spend four hours with you every morning and three hours with you every afternoon, now for god's sake get out of my face!

  • Mr. Feeny: There is no greater aspiration than to have love in our lives, Mr. Matthews. Romeo knew it and died for it. Others know it...and prepare salads. And those who don't know it, will sit in detention for the rest of their lives.

  • Cory: Good morning, Mr. Feeny. Mr. Feeny: Good morning, Mr. Matthews. (Cory buys a candy bar) A candy bar? Doesn't your mother feed you a proper breakfast? Cory: Oh yeah, she does, but now I got to get the shredded wheat out of my mouth.

  • Mr. Feeny: Confused, Mr. Matthews? Cory: Yes I am, sir. Mr. Feeny: As it should be.

  • Cory: You and I had dinner together last night.
    Mr. Feeny: Really; I wasn't aware.
    Cory: I had chocolate pie and you had salad for two all by yourself.
    Mr. Feeny: How did you know that?
    Cory: Cause I slept in my tree house last night. You know why? Cause this love stuff has turned my whole family against me. And you're teaching us how it's worth killing yourself for when I know you don't really believe that; do you?
    Mr. Feeny: Well; You shrewd little observer of the human condition. How blissful it must be for you to have lived so little, and yet already reached your conclusions about the greatest wonder of the universe.
    Cory (now scared): You know what Mr. Feeny; keep the radio.
    Mr. Feeny: Shakespeare wrote plays and sonnets. The Greeks wrote tragedies and comedies. Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson, The Brownings examined the depths of human emotions. And do you know what each one of these poets, playwrights and philosophers have in common, Mr. Matthews?
    Cory: They all took your class?
    Mr. Feeny: Every one of them was older than eleven.

  • Eric: News flash... I'm not cool!

  • Feeny: The tragedy here, Mr. Matthews, is not about a dumb girl or the boy who kills himself because of her. It is about the all consuming power of love and the inevitability of its influence on each of our lives. Cory: Are you aware that I'm only 11 years old?

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Notes (66)

  • William Russ received an "and" credit in the season one opening credits.

  • This episode is also called "Boy Meets World".

  • Chauncey Leopardi (Nicholas) was originally intended to be Cory's other best friend, but he only appeared in this episode.

  • This episode was going to be scrapped, but Michael Jacobs really liked its "charm" and forced ABC to air it.

  • According to executive producer, Michael Jacobs, in the season 2 DVD commentary, this storyline actually happened to him. His father woke him up late one night to listen to a Muhammad Ali fight on the radio, but Michael had a test the next day, and when he failed, his father "got into it with the teacher."

  • The role of Topanga was originally intended for Christina Leigh. However; Danielle Fishel, who makes her debut in this episode, took over the role in a last minute casting change.

  • This is the first appearance of Eric's best friend, Jason (Jason Marsden).

  • Kelly Packard has appeared in three different Boy Meets World episodes as two different characters: Tracy & Candy.

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Trivia (257)

  • This episode is one of the few episodes in which we see Cory's treehouse. The treehouse is eliminated by the second season.

  • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, as Mr. Feeny tells Cory that there is no gravity in space, you can see Cory glance at the camera.

  • This episode uses a completely different classroom set from the rest of the season.

  • When Mr. Feeny takes away Cory's Walkman/Radio, he hits one of the top buttons. The top buttons operate the tape, not the radio.

  • Mr. Feeny tells Nick, who's playing Romeo, to stab himself. In the play, Romeo dies by drinking poison, and Juliet stabs herself.

  • Cory: What a major freakoid that Ed Poe must have been. Mr. Feeny: You have no idea how major a freakoid. Edgar Allan Poe was famous for writing dark poems and short stories. He married his 13 year old cousin, and was said to have had multiple diseases and personality disorders.

  • Cory and Topanga both get their first kiss in this episode.

  • Cory: I look like a Chia Pet! Chia Pets are a brand of collectible clay figurines that sprout chia, resembling hair or fur.

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Allusions (171)

  • Minkus: Go ahead, make me wet. This is a reference to a quote from the movie Sudden Impact: Harry Callahan: Go ahead, make my day.

  • Ellis:It'll blow your head clean off. This is a reference to a classic line in the movie Dirty Harry: Harry: I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

  • Episode Title: Father Knows Less The title of this episode is a parody of the title of a popular 1950's sitcom, Father Knows Best.

  • Morgan: It's Punky Brewster! Punky Brewster was a show in the 1980s about a little orphan girl being raised by a foster father.

  • Cory: Where are you spending your next recess? Playground, shooting hoops, playing ball? Shawn: So? Cory: So, let me tell you what I'm doing--I'm searching for Bobby Fischer! Cory is referring to the 1993 Oscar-nominated film, Searching for Bobby Fischer.

  • Mr. Feeny: I particularly enjoyed your haiku on Captain Ahab's obsession with the great white whale. Mr. Feeny is referring to the main character in Herman Melville's famous novel, Moby Dick.

  • Episode Title: Boys II Mensa Boyz II Men is a Grammy Award-winning R&B singing group from Philadelphia. Mensa is the most famous high-IQ society in the world.

  • Episode Title: Grandma Was A Rolling Stone The title is a reference to the 1972 Temptations hit, "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone".

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