Boy Meets World

Season 5 Episode 18

If You Can't Be With the One You Love...

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 06, 1998 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In an effort to forget about Topanga for a night, Cory steals a bottle of whiskey from Alan. He invites Shawn to partake, and Shawn discovers he likes it a little too much.

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  • @catlover18

    this also shows topanga's jealousy. why is cory apologizing for the way he is acting? he is telling funny stories and flirting with other girls,but not in an inappropriate way and people are really warming up to him. O wait, that's the problem. topagna is jealous that he is not at home pining over her, but instead being at a party and having fun for once. topanga and her parents have martial problems, as we find out in later episodes, and we also see that outside of shawn, cory, and later angela and a few other people, through cory, shawn and angela, she does not really have alot of friends on her own. before they dated, cory had alot of little girlfriends and was kinda popular, but got as awkward as topanga when they started dating. she was seeing that he was attractive to other girls, first lauren, the reason they broke up for this season, and then the other girl at the party that night. and instead of doing his own thing, maybe without alcohol, he wusses out and apologizes for doing nothing wrong. topanga never really dates anyone besides cory and is jealous when others are liked but not necessarily her. overall, the episode is not really realistic. you wouldn't become an alcoholic in a week and if you are drunk enough to pee on a cop car, you would feel a hangover the next day. but it is funny in parts, so i say 6 of 10moreless
  • perfect

    cory drinks to get rid of the depression he has been having, and shawn starts too. they agree to stop drinking, but shawn continues behind his friends' backs. what will happen when it is revealed he still drinks?

    good episode but i do not get why disney never aired it. it's not like the episode is all "beer is good drink it" or anything; it's about a mature topic, yes, but it can help parents deal with kids who might drink. Anyway, good episode, serious with a good grain of comedy, this episode gets an A+ from me. perfect episodemoreless
  • When Cory starts drinking to ease the pain of his break up with Topanga it is up to Shawn to stop him. But when Shawn starts driking too they run into real trouble.moreless

    This is one of my favorite episodes. I especially liked that Cory was the one who drank first, it showed that he isn't perfect and it also let us see another side of Shawn. The only problems I had with it was that Shawn was addicted within a week. While it is like him to do something like that I don't think it would happen that fast. The other thing is that they don't really show the physical effects, they mention that Shawn threw up on Cory's shoe but you never see them sick or hung over. I think it would have made it a little more believable. But I also loved the kitchen scene because after Alan screams at them he apologizes to Shawn and Cory tells his parents the real problem.moreless
  • Definately one of the best Boy Meets World episodes ever!

    This episode was great in so many different aspects. The obvious fact that they touched upon alcoholism was key in the show stepping outside of the box and doing a story on something dangerous. It was a risk that paid off IMO. It also showed the negative effects of drinking and that drowning your sorrows with a bottle isnt the answer. It was also nice to see Shawn being the good guy for once. The way he took the wrap for Cory when Mr. Matthews blamed him for Cory drinking was noble. It showed that Shawn really does appreciate all the times Cory was there for him. All in all it was one of the best Boy Meets World episodes of all time and i dont understand why this episode is banned on certain networks.moreless
  • Aside from Shawn's incredibly quick descent into alcoholism (what - a week?), this episode is more than worth the watch just for the kitchen scene.

    This episode is one of my favourites. Not because of the ridiculously unrealistic snap of time it took for Shawn to become an alcoholic (although, some of his scenes are very smotional to watch), but because of the scene where Alan and Amy lecture the guys for underage drinking. This is some of the best character acting we've seen of Cory's Dad and from Shawn as well. Watching Alan say he's "sick of overlooking the influence Shawn has on his kid" and looking at Shawn's heartbroken face brings tears to my eyes. Amy and Cory's horrified faces just add to it. Then, watching Alan chew Cory out to the point that Cory is afraid of him brings it even further! From a pretty surreal comedy series, this was a powerfully acted episode. Even if (like me) you find Shawn's lighting-quick addiction to be unrealistic, watch this episode just for that amazing kitchen scene.moreless
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