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.