Boy Meets World

Season 4 Episode 21

Cult Fiction

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Apr 25, 1997 on ABC
9.1
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10

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Feeling that something is missing, Shawn joins a cult that promises not to judge him. But when Mr. Turner is in a motorcycle accident, Shawn learns it's real relationships with people who care about him, that matter.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • In this episode, Shawn is lost and has nothing to believe in. He falls into a cult that just end up confusing him more.

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes of all time. It's so wonderfully done and it shows how lost someone is when they don't have anything to believe in. Showing the importance of having God in your life is sometimes a difficult concept to get across without sounding preachy, but this episode does just that and does it in a very memorable way. It's well acted, well written, full of emotion and still manages to be funny. It's tough to pull off a serious topic like this and still have it be humorous, but they did it. Two thumbs way way up.moreless
  • perfect

    10
    What I liked: Mr. Mack kicking Eric out of the Centre because he was only in it for the hugs, Mr. Alan telling Mr. Mack off at the end, Shawn deciding to leave the Centre at the end of the episode, and Shawn talking to Turner in the hospital.



    This is a really good episode. It is kind of low on laughs, but that is OK because the plot was dramatic and was handled in a really well and convincing matter. The ending is one of the more emotional endings of the show and it was very believable. This episode is definitely one of my favorites of the series. A+ episode, no doubt.moreless
  • I loved it!

    10
    Shawn feels that he doesn't belong anywhere and he feels alone. A girl at school takes him to The Centre, a place where young people go who feel the same way that Shawn does. Mr. Mac, the founder, seems very nice. Cory realizes that it's a cult and tries to help Shawn. Shawn says that he doesn't want any. Mr. Feeny hears that Mr. Turner was in a motorcycle accident. Everyone goes to see him and Shawn quits the cult.



    This was a sad, but great episode! Shawn and Mr. Turner have been through a lot! I really liked this episode, so it gets a 10!moreless
  • This is not the only classification to describe this episode.

    10
    This is one of the best episodes of any show ever. Shawn gets caught with the wrong crowd. I describbed it as painful to watch because of the end with Mr. Turner in the hospital. With Shawn\'s sequiloily at the end it was such a tearjerker and very very very painful. I just hope Turner lives. This is just beautifully written. Above that this episode was superly, superly, superly well acted. The scene with Turner and Shawn at the end will touch your heart and if it doesn\'t then you don\'t have a heart. That is all I have to say about this episode.moreless
  • This is the episode whre shawn goes to a cult and joins because he is feeling empty inside.

    8.5
    This is a very touching episode. It is one of the best. Shawn has some very hard choices to make and there are a lot of sad moents, like the part in the hospital.I like how they pulled it all to gether, but i dont like how they never mentioned Mr. Turner again, and only once in a goof episode in the fifth season.They should of told is in the next episode what was the diagnosis of mr. turner, other than thatthis is a very good and touching episode. there are ups and downs to the episode but mostly ups, i also like how cory went all out on shawn.moreless
Will Friedle

Will Friedle

Eric Randall Matthews

Anthony Tyler Quinn

Anthony Tyler Quinn

Jonathan Turner (Season 2 - Season 4)

Danielle Fishel

Danielle Fishel

Topanga Lawrence-Matthews (Seasons 2+)

Ben Savage

Ben Savage

Cornelius A. 'Cory' Matthews

Rider Strong

Rider Strong

Shawn Patrick Hunter

Lindsay Ridgeway

Lindsay Ridgeway

Morgan Matthews (Seasons 4+)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Topanga: Study hall?
      Cory: Make out?
      Topanga: Cory!
      Cory: Topanga!

    • Turner (handing papers back): Lawrence, good. Matthews, not bad. Hunter, bad.
      (bell rings)
      Shawn: Turner, bell.

    • Shawn: Alright. I always felt like there was this. . .hole in me, like I wasn't done, you know? And everyone could see it.
      Turner: I never saw that! If you'd just told me maybe I could have-
      Shawn: Lets not dwell on what people did or didn't do for me.
      Turner: Yes! Let's dwell on that!

    • Alan: Look, you're not dealing with gullible, little kids here now, buddy. Now, you brought Shawn down, thanks. Now why don't you just take a hike back to con-land.
      Mr. Mack: Now, do you see how judgemental these people are...
      Alan: No, no. listen! (shoves Mr. Mack against the wall) You see! A judgment I made a long time ago, is that Shawn Hunter is the best friend that my kid ever had; and I will kill to protect Shawn Hunter from people like you.

    • Cory: Eric, listen. I would not underestimate these people, OK. I mean, they did get Shawn.
      Eric: Cory, no offense to Shawn, or anything, OK? But it takes a pretty weak-willed and gullible individual to succumb to this kind of blatant scam.
      Alicia: Hi. I'm Alicia. Welcome to The Centre. (hugs Eric)
      Eric (hands Alicia his wallet): Here's my money. Where's my room?

    • Jonathan Turner: The Centre is filled with lost souls who have no belief system. Who are targets for some guy to bring over to his way of thinking.

    • Sherri: Mr. Mack says a hug is a burst of pure love.
      Shawn: Then I'm bursting with pure love right now.

    • Shawn: I like girls with no judgment.

    • Shawn: Cory! Cory! Leave me alone, OK? It's not like I'm doing drugs.
      Cory: It's just like you're doing drugs, OK? I mean, you're having your mind messed with, you're not the person I know, and everything you say is artificial.

    • Eric: Which one of you brainwashed nuts validates parking?

    • Eric: No, not Eric, not anymore. My new nut name is Sunflower Fortunado.

    • (the great speech at the end of "Cult Fiction"...)

      Shawn: John, how could you be in here? How could you screw up on your bike? I have never seen you screw up on anything. I'm the screw-up, remember? C'mon you remember...Don't do this to me, John. I don't do alone real good... I know you're in there but it's like you're not really here. You're not talking but I know you're here. So I'm just gonna talk, you can listen...
      John, even when I was at the Centre, it was all the things you taught me that made me wonder if it was the right place for me or not. But you didn't teach me enough. You, and Cory, and my parents, and the Matthews and the handful of people who really care about me, so don't blow me off, John! (Looks up) Don't blow me off, God! I never asked you for anything before and I never wanted to come to you like this, but don't take Turner away from me; he's not done yelling at me yet. God, you're not talking but I know you're here, so I'm gonna talk, and you can listen...
      God, I don't wanna be empty inside anymore.

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