Boy Meets World

Season 2 Episode 9

Fear Strikes Out

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 18, 1994 on ABC

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  • There's a make-out party, and Cory's a nervous wreck.

    This was an important episode in the relationship between Cory and Topanga.

    The kissing game they play is called Seven Minutes in Heaven. A boy’s name and a girl’s name are picked randomly, and they go into a closet alone for seven minutes. It’s assumed that they make out while they are in there, but nobody could know for sure.

    After talking to Eric, Cory thinks of every bad thing that could happen while he's in the closet, from flatulence to his allergic reaction to wool. Shawn assures him that he’s with him all the way, however, Shawn “deserts” him when his name is called. Shawn comes out seven minutes later with a smile on his face and wearing a different shirt. Cory’s name is called next. He hopes in vain that they’ll call his name twice and he can go in the closet with himself, then Topanga’s name is chosen. They spend most of the seven minutes talking. They consider pretending that they kissed…Topanga could muss her hair and Cory could get a dopey look on his face, but then they decide they might as well go ahead and kiss. Just as they pucker up the door is opened…their seven minutes are up.

    Everyone seems to know what happened, but it’s not confirmed until Topanga defends Cory the next day at school. “Anybody could just kiss a girl…Cory’s a nice boy.” Cory sees her declaring that he is a “nice boy” as the end of his social life forever. He tells his parents that he was nervous after Eric told him how many things could go wrong. Alan and Amy catch on to the fact that Eric made Cory more nervous. They confront Eric, who admits to “playing with his head.” Amy and Alan tell Eric that since Cory won’t be going out on any dates, Eric will have to stay home too, and keep him company; in other words, no dates for Eric.

    Eric tells Cory he has to date again—a safe double date with Eric and a girl. Eric takes them to a small club where aspiring poets recite their work, assuring Cory that it’s a safe place—very unromantic. Topanga admits to Cory that she, too, was nervous in the closet, and they settle down to listen to poetry. When the next poem read turns very sensual in nature, Cory and Topanga end up kissing.

    Cory and Topanga’s conversations are very sweet and real. The characters must have been a little bit in love even then, though Cory later dates other girls before asking Topanga to go steady with him. Eric is portrayed as a typical older brother, teasing Cory, but really caring about him. This episode should be included in any Cory and Topanga collection.