Boy Meets World

Season 4 Episode 2

Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Sep 27, 1996 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Topanga cuts a chunk out her hair to prove to Cory that looks don't matter. However, when she sees herself in the mirror she has to do something about her uneven locks. When she emerges from the beauty parlor, absolutely stunning, Cory feels even more self-conscious.

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  • Physical appearance.

    This episode was one of my favorites of the series, because it's a life lesson we can all learn from. In high school, everyone worries about their physical appearance. They play it out really well on this show. Cory is going through that awkward phase, and to prove a point, Topanga chops her hair off. She goes to the beauty parlor to fix it and she becomes like a different person, she starts caring on how she looks. The scene at the end with Shawn & Topanga was wow. Great motivational speech, Shawn! He got her to see what was really in the mirror. It was great moment between those two: memorable. Cory tries to fix himself up for Topanga, but by then she's already had her epiphany, and kisses Cory in the end. Also a good Cory/Topanga plot. Meanwhile, Eric is job-less and has been laying around the house all day, he comes in to self realization when he meets this girl who also didn't go to school, but she is by herself taking care of a kid. Eric then realizes he is really lucky to have his mom & dad supporting him, and he agrees to look for a job in the end. Both strong plots. Which made this episode amazing.moreless
  • I really liked this episode!

    In this episode, Cory obsesses over his hair. Topanga wants to show him that looks don't matter so she cuts of some of her own hair. I thought it was really cool how they did it because she really did cut her hair. It wasn't like a wig or anything. Eric was being really lazy and just sitting around the house. He decided he was going to be a detective. He even came up eith a really funny theme song.

    Oh when a crime breaks out all the cute girls shout

    Get the good looking guy

    When there's a crime out there he's gonna comb his hair

    Cause he's the good looking guymoreless
  • Good-looking guy!

    Cory is self-conscious about his appearance. Topanga tries to make him feel better by cutting some of her hair off. She then freaks out and goes to the salon. After all her talk of inner beauty not outer beauty, she starts to becomes obsessed with her looks. Cory and Shawn try to change her, but she won't listen until Shawn really talks to her. Eric just sits on the couch all day and eats cereal, so Alan and Amy tell him to get a job.

    This was a great episode! I'm glad about the message that was conveyed. Inner beauty is way more important than outer beauty. Eric was hilarious! This episode gets a 10!moreless
  • how cute! Boy meets world teaches us that it's the inside that matters, not the outside! haha.

    Topanga, in order to prove to Cory that looks don't matter, lops off her gorgeous hair. Then, she looks in the mirror. That's when the trouble starts.

    Cory had been feeling insecure about his hair, and since Topanga is practically a supermodel, tons of guys were hitting on her, which really bothered her.

    Topanga goes to a salon to fix her hair problem, and gets a sexy new look, which makes the issue of guys hitting on her even bigger. This bothers Cory even more, because now Topanga has become more superficial, and isn't the same caring and kind person she was before. So Cory plans to get a haircut by the same salon, but Shawn convinces Topanga that she's changed, and not for the better.

    So Topanga throws some water on her hair, and looks like a wet rat. Then, she rushes to the salon to stop Cory from getting a haircut. So Cory and Topanga come to terms with their relationship, and establish that, no matter the other looks, they'll always love each other for who they are on the inside. Aw!moreless
  • one of the best

    It goes to show you how much TOPANGA really cares about corry. even though it is something small and something that will grow back. it goes to show that every show had some sort of meaning behind it. this one says that no matter what you do, a true friend will be there to pick you up. Topnaga has been and shows in this film that she will be there for cory. as in many episodes she does this with cory. He is the most lucky kid on earth., topanga really proves that she cares about cory and how he really feelsmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode, Shawn says that Topanga's appearance is totally natural. Yet only a few episodes earlier, in "The Happiest Show in Earth," she has an entire trunk for her hair products. Also, when they were younger, Topanga's hair was extremely wavy. She must either straighten it now or have crimped/curled it then.

    • Mr. Turner refers to The Elephant Man as John Merrick. However, his real name was Joseph Carey Merrick.

    • For a long time, this was the only episode of season four to be officially released on DVD. It was included as a bonus on the "Complete First Season" set. In 2010, season 4 got released by Lionsgate.

    • During the scene where a guy gives Topanga his card, his hair changes between the shots. In one shot, there's a piece of hair in his face, when the camera cuts back to him it's gone, then during the next shot, it's back again.

    • In the beginning of this episode, Eric is having a dream about baseball, but in 'Truth and Consequences' it was established that he doesn't have dreams, or any brain activity for that matter, when he sleeps.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Morgan: (holding and waving a Mr. Potato Head toy) Hi, I'm Cory and for the next three years, I'm gonna look like a potato!
      Eric: (pushes Morgan out of the way) Morgan, you wanna get outta here?
      Cory: No. The child speaks the truth. I, Cory Matthews, am a po-tay-to.

    • Eric: Come on Cor. Every teenager goes through this gawky, awkward, "hate what they look like" phase.
      Cory: Well what about you?
      Eric: Yeeaah, you think that, baby.

    • Shawn: No, Cory; we've known Topanga all her life, okay? She doesn't wear makeup. She's never been to a beauty parlor. She's completely natural.
      Cory: So what's the big deal?
      Shawn: The big deal is, she was beautiful before without any body's help. Now, she's got professional help. She's gonna be mega-beautiful. We're not even gonna be able to look at her directly without burning our retinas.
      Cory: Shawn, come on; this is not Beverly Hills. It's a neighborhood beauty salon next to Old Lady Schneider's Donut Shop. I mean, they don't exactly do miracles here.
      (a woman gets up out of the stylist's chair)
      Shawn: Old Lady Schneider!
      Cory: It's a miracle!

    • Topanga: Cory, it's just a haircut, it's just some make up; it's not gonna change me. (looks at her watch) Gotta go.
      Cory: Where are you going?
      Topanga: This outfit with this hair? Hello, buh-bye; I am SO at the mall!

    • Alan: Eric, put down the Coco Puffs and get a job.
      Eric: Okay, okay. Send me out in my bathrobe. What kind of job could I possibly get in a bathrobe? night.

    • Cory: If anybody knows hair, it's me. When I get a haircut, it looks terrible for like the first six weeks. Then all of a sudden it looks terrific for like a day. Then it's time for another haircut. It's what I like to call the haircut cycle of shame.

    • Cory: Stop looking at her toes.
      Shawn: But they sparkle.

    • Eric: Check it out; I already thought of a theme song:
      Oh, when a crime breaks out,
      all the cute girls shout
      "Get the 'Good Lookin' Guy'!"
      When there's a crime out there,
      he's gonna comb his hair;
      cause he's the 'Good Lookin' Guy'.
      Book 'em good lookin'.

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    • Mr. Cellini: It's is very rare that on a Tuesday, our slow day, that Venus De Milo herself would sit in my chair.... The Venus De Milo is one of the most famous pieces of Greek sculpture. It is a sculpture of the Greek goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite, but her Roman name Venus.

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