Cory and Shawn's report does not impress Mr. Feeny, who theorizes that it is his own fault for allowing the two to work together. He allows them a do-over but assigns Topanga (in her first appearance) to be Cory's partner. Cory scoffs at this because Topanga and her friends are weird and the rest of the school makes fun of them. Shawn gets Minkus, to the chagrin of both.
Later, Cory overhears two girls discussing their disgust of a certain "Brillo-Head" causing Cory to become self-conscious. His attempt to straighten his hair goes horribly wrong and he becomes a weirdo himself. He tries to re-curl it to worse results. Being exiled to the "weird table", Cory begins to empathize with the other occupants. After he helps them with a petition to save Mrs. Rosemead's job, Topanga kisses him. When his hair returns to normal, Cory rejoins the guys but he'll never look at the geeks the same way.