Boy Meets World

Season 4 Episode 8

Dangerous Secret

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 08, 1996 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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  • Cory basically tries to take it to the next level with Topanga,though they both aren't ready. He only does this because he thinks Shawn is sleeping with this girl,Claire when hes just hiding her because her father abuses her.

    This was a good episode. It shows they're all growing up. Shawn, by being responsible and trying to hide Claire when her father is abusing her, Cory by trying to take a step up with Topanga (even though they aren't ready) and Topanga, saying no to Cory cause she doesn't think it's the right time. They are all very much grown up from season one, when they were just awkward 6th graders.
  • Mediocre Episode

    This is an OK episode, but it feels more like an after school special than a sitcom episode.

    There are some funny moments in the scenes where Cory is trying to "steal ninth base" with Topanga, but overall the episode has a serious tone. To be fair though, this should be serious. It deals with a very serious topic -- child abuse.

    The episode is very well-acted by all, and Rider Strong and Ariana Richards give especially convincing performances.

    This episode is made well, but I always feel cheated when I sit down to watch a sitcom, and it ends up being a public service message.
  • Good!

    Cory and Shawn's classmate Claire is abused by her father, so Shawn has her stay at his place. Cory gets involved and soon so does his parents, who make them go to the police. The episode ends with Shawn giving a number to tell the viewer to call if they know someone who is being abused.

    A good, emotional, serious episode. It also has some good humor but I find the seriousness of the final few moments to be great. Too bad we never saw Claire again, could have been a great reoccurring character. Anyways, overall grade is an A+
  • Child abuse and teen sex issues.

    Well other than this episode being caked with drama, it was a really great episode, that had a lot of development. At first you think it's going to be about sex and your "first time". Since Shawn had Claire Ferguson spend the night at his house. Cory assumes their having sex, so he tries to have sex with Topanga. She gets upset, and leaves. As the episode continues, Cory finds out that Claire & Shawn weren't having sex. She had to stay at his house because her father was abusing her. Shawn doesn't want to go to the police throughout the whole episode. Until the end, when they get consolation from Cory's parents. I liked the Eric & Cory conversation. Really brotherly. In the end, it's happily ever after for Claire, since she escapes her father. Even though it takes longer to escape from that than it did in this episode, it was still good. Cory says he is fine not having sex yet. Topanga agrees to go to second base. It summed up pretty well. Good episode.
  • Cory gets jelous when shawn has a girl spend the night, but things arent what they appear to be.

    Cory gets jelous when shawn has a girl spend the night, but things arent what they appear to be..

    Cory finds out that a girl stayed over with shawn all night, he gets jelous but shawn makes him sware not to tell and tells him that its not what it appears to be. Cory then ( awakardly I might add) trys to get topanga to go further the she wants and she ends up leaving. He tells shawn what happen and he gets mad. It turns out that the reason the girl stayed over was that her father was abusing her, Cory tells shawn he should have her go to the police but she refuses and shawn dosent think theyd help because he had SO much trouble with them in the past. In the end she ends up staying at corys and they put her on a bus to stay with her aunt. Cory and shawn come back to corys house and his parents catch them they tell them what was going on and they convince shawn that the best thing to do is to call the police. At the end they have a public service announcement about child abuse.

    This is one of my favorites episodes, it is so sad but it was really good to see a show like this that is usually just funny to have a episode about something REAL. Its a sad episode but it, In my opnion was one of the best.