Boy Meets World

Season 1 Episode 3

Father Knows Less

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 08, 1993 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

While Alan and Cory stay up late to watch a baseball game, Cory fails a test the next day at school, and Mr. Feeny refuses to let him make it up.

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  • Nice

    Father-bonding leads Cory to stay up all night, and fall asleep during a test the next day. But Mr. Feeny won't let him make it up.

    This wasn't the best episode. Mr. Feeny teaches Mr. Matthews a thing or two in this one. It had a very simple plot, but I don't remember a whole lot of funny dialogue right now. The plot however was very good, and of course, it was pretty well-written. This might be one of the weaker episodes in terms of comedy and funny lines, but overall it was pretty good. So, it gets a perfect scoremoreless
  • Great episode!

    Alan wants to spend more time with Cory. He wakes him up to watch a baseball game and they stay up past midnight. The next day at school, Cory fails a test because he was sleeping through it. Mr. Feeny, at first, tells Alan that it was wrong, but then he remembers a time where his dad wouldn’t let him stay up one night and he figures that it was okay for Cory.

    I thought this was a great episode! Spending time with family is really important. I think the act was both right and wrong. He had a good motive; it just wasn’t a good action. This episode was awesome, so I will give it a 10!moreless
  • Great Show, Great Episode, Great Lesson To Be Learned.

    Alan Matthews is a very busy man. he works long hours as a supermarket manager, fixes thing around the house, and somehow finds time to spend with his children. When he has to break a promise to cory, he wakes cory up late that night to watch a no-hitter. Cory falls asleep the next day and fails his test. At first alan blames mr. feeny, but soon realizes he was the one at fault. Alan also says a real mean thing, " Maybe if you had a son of your own you would understand,". i thought that was wrong, and Feeny was only doing his job as a teacher, there was no need to ridicule him. Mr. Feeny's story was very touching also. I had forgotten how great of a character he was.moreless
  • Cory stays up late to watch a baseball game with his dad and fails a test the next day

    Alan feels he and Cory don't spend enough time together, so he wakes Cory up in the middle of the night to watch a Phillies game with him. Cory then fails a test in Mr. Feeny's class the next day and Mr. Feeny won't let Cory re-take it, even when Alan explains what happened. Did anybody know that the same thing happened to Michael Jacobs, the producer of BMW? I found that out from commentary on one of the DVDsmoreless
Will Friedle

Will Friedle

Eric Randall Matthews

Ben Savage

Ben Savage

Cornelius A. 'Cory' Matthews

Rider Strong

Rider Strong

Shawn Patrick Hunter

William Russ

William Russ

Alan Matthews

Betsy Randle

Betsy Randle

Amy Matthews

Lily Nicksay

Lily Nicksay

Morgan Matthews (Seasons 1 + 2)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mr. Feeny: I used to ask my mother why I could only have butter on my toast two mornings a week, she said because of the war in Europe. And I wondered why there was never enough candy, she told me because of the war in Europe. Oh and I longed for a pair of sneakers, but I couldn't have any.
      Cory: Those European guys stole them, huh?
      Mr. Feeny: The rubber had to be diverted to the war effort. There was a version of the sneaker available; but it was made out of recycled tires and left black marks on the gym floor.
      Cory: Hey, you took gym?!
      Mr. Feeny: They made me.

    • Cory: Earlier tonight, Dad told me Mr. Feeny was right; and then later on Mr. Feeny told me Dad was right. At least that's what I think he was saying. Sometimes I can't hold my breath long enough to get down to where Mr. Feeny likes to swim.
      Amy: Well Cor, sometimes two adults can think two different ways about something and both can be right.
      Cory: Then how come I only think one way about things and I'm always wrong.

    • Alan: Feeny's a butt!

    • Cory: It's hard to imagine you as a kid. Did your parents call you Mr. Feeny?

  • NOTES (1)

    • According to executive producer, Michael Jacobs, in the season 2 DVD commentary, this storyline actually happened to him. His father woke him up late one night to listen to a Muhammad Ali fight on the radio, but Michael had a test the next day, and when he failed, his father "got into it with the teacher."