Boy Meets World

Season 6 Episode 5

Better Than Average Cory

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 23, 1998 on ABC

Episode Recap

New teacher, Mr. Feeny, is taking his class to an art museum. Cory, Shawn, Topanga and Angela gather to empart good news: Shawn got into the photography program, Angela got an A on her paper, and Cory...found a penny.
Cory volunteers to analyze a painting, which he assumes has a negative meaning. When a younger girl corrects him, he mocks her, until she reveals that she is the artist of the painting, Alexandra Nechita. Mr. Feeny calls her a cultural icon, but Alexandra just wants a friend, so Cory takes her home to meet Morgan.
Cory complains to Shawn that he has no talents. He has nothing going for him that separates him from anybody else. He's upset because no one helped him figure out what he was good at when he was younger.
Downstairs, Morgan isn't entering a talent Show because, even though she's a good singer, there's another girl who always wins. Amy and Alan attempt to changer her mind, but when Morgan refuses, they don't press the issue. Coming downstairs, Cory admonishes them for grooming another "8th-placer". He blames them for his mediocrity, and asks why they didn't want him to be better. "Better than me?" Alan asks. Instead of backing off, Cory confirms this. "Yeah, better than you."
Back in his dorm room, Cory finally begins to feel bad about what he said, but he also says that he meant it. Topanga, Angela and Shawn encourage him until Alan shows up and takes him to slummy looking building, where he first worked. "Why are you so ashamed of being average?" he asks Cory. "Look at this place, touch it. Get some dirt on your hands. Try and see what average looked like from here. To me, average, average was a dream."
At the talent show, Morgan is hesitant to follow a fire-juggling act, but Alexandra tells her that if she's lucky enough that God gave her a gift, then she should share it.
Morgan sings "Wind Beneath My Wings", and in the middle of it, Cory gets out of his chair and sings, awkwardly to his embarassed father.
When the show is over, Cory apologizes to Alan. "I know it's up to me to make my life something to be proud of."
Meanwhile, Eric is afraid to leave Jack and Rachel alone together. Eventually the urge to go to the bathroom overtakes him, but when he leaves, Rachel starts to choke. Jack performs the Heimlich maneuver. Convinced that Jack saved her life, she says she will give him anything he wants. Eric is dismayed because he thinks Jack will ask for something "personal".
In the end, Jack asks for a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, so that Rachel won't feel like she owes him anything. In the tag, Eric pretends to have been electrocuted by a toaster, in hopes that Rachel will rescuscitate him. However, he quickly gets up when Rachels tells Jack to give him mouth-to-mouth.
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