Boy Meets World

Season 4 Episode 19

Quiz Show

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 21, 1997 on ABC

Episode Recap

John Adams High is set to compete in High School Quiz, but the bus breaks down. Topanga, being driven by Cory and Shawn, is the only one to arrive. With no other option, Feeny is regrettably forced to substitute Cory and Shawn at the last minute.
The boys answer no questions correctly, but the crowd loves their goofy demeanor. The show director notices that the boys attract an audience because they're cute and fun to watch. When a rogue advertising executive wanders on the set, he tells the director that he will sponsor the show if the camera-friendly John Adams team is retained. Seizing the opportunity, the director switches the academic questions with pop culture trivia, during a commercial break. Cory and Shawn are in their element, and they lead John Adams to victory.
By the next episode, the show has changed it's name to Knowledge Fever. More popular elements are introduced and the questions remain dumbed-down. Topanga isn't sure about the new format, but in the end she like the attention.
The next day in Cory and Shawn interrupt Mr. Feeny's lesson on Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, as they give autographs to ates. They're proud to be champions, but Mr. Feeny tells them that their victory is meaningless, because the show is no longer academic.
The show continues to degrade, as the original, old announcer is replaced by sexy, Kiki. The name is changed to Huh, That's Cool, and the questions are dumber still. When asked how much the moon weighs, Shawn replies, "It doesn't weigh anything, 'cause if it die, it would fall on us."
Now that the show has attracted a broader audience, the trio expresses their wish for the questions to hold educational value. The director is afraid of losing the viewership and the sponsor, so instead of replacing the questions, she brings out surprise challengers: surfer-teens from California.
The game is tight and comes down to the final question, which goes to Shawn: "Who invented the printing press?" Shawn thinks hard, but is forced to confess that he doesn't know. "I don't really know anything. I'm just cute and fun to watch."
The next day in class, Shawn tells Mr. Feeny the correct answer, and the three express their desire to learn useful information.