The Matthews brothers, having been on the road all summer, are finally headed back to Philadelphia; but Eric, afraid there's nothing waiting for him at home, decides to stay in Pottstown.
Meanwhile, Alan wins the Grocie Award. Having reached the pinnacle of his profession, he's still not happy.
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.
When Alan quits his job without discussing it with Amy, she promises that she too will make a unilateral decision that affects the entire family, and tell him about it afterward.
Meanwhile, Shawn teaches Cory to be poor, just in case.
Shawn's mother is back in town. She's staying in a motel across from the trailer park, but she won't come home until she knows that Chet wants to work to make a real, healthy family.
Meanwhile, Cory learns to appreciate loved ones when Brenda the lunch lady passes away.
Eric takes a cheerful musician out to lunch. He thinks that she is cute, but her perkiness begins to wear on him. When he tells her doesn't want to see her anymore, she writes a scathing song about him that gets played on the radio. Meanwhile, Topanga and Cory argue about parenting after Topanga babysits and Cory lets the kid stay up late.moreless
Shawn and Cory get jobs over winter break, in order to buy Christmas presents. When Shawn informs Cory that his new, cushy job isn't exactly legal, Cory quits. Shawn, who's job at the docks is terrible, takes over, hoping to make some easy money before he quits too. However, Shawn finds it difficult to leave. Meanwhile, Eric says he'll drive Lonnie 500 miles to be with her family for Christmas.moreless
Eric is on a business trip in Boston when he runs into Mr. Feeny, who reveals that he is there to meet a woman, with whom he has a long-distance relationship. The two discuss true love and the importance of friendship. Meanwhile, Shawn turns Mr. Feeny's house into a Bed and Breakfast.moreless
Eric sees Shawn kiss Topanga's cheek at Chubbie's. He reports the upsetting news to Cory. Shawn assures Cory that the kiss was innocent and consolatory, but when Cory finds out Topanga is moving to Pittsburgh, he realizes he has bigger problems than he thought.
When Eric discovers that Kelly, a girl he's dating, has a son, he thinks he's ready for a more adult relationship; but he's not as prepared as he thought. Meanwhile, Cory, Shawn and Topanga study for the SAT.
High School Quiz, a once unpopular educational game show, gets a new life with the arrival of Cory, Shawn and Topanga. The questions are purposefully dumbed-down to accommodate the camera friendly trio, and the show is more popular than ever. However, the educational aspect has completely vanished, and the future of generations to come looks bleak, to Mr. Feeny.moreless
When Alan fires Eric from the wilderness store, Eric gets a job as a security guard. Concerned that he is taking the easy way out, Mr. Feeny tells him to apply himself, and re-take the SATs. Meanwhile, Cory and Topanga try to convince Shawn to take Feeny's SAT prep course.moreless
Feeling that something is missing, Shawn joins a cult that promises not to judge him. But when Mr. Turner is in a motorcycle accident, Shawn learns it's real relationships with people who care about him, that matter.
Eric passes up an interview at Pennbrook, to visit a sure thing at Beach State. When he realizes that Beach State won't challenge him, he has a tough choice to make. Cory, Shawn and Topanga are supposed to go with Eric, but Topanga announces that her aunt won't let her be alone with Cory for a weekend. At Beach State, Cory meets Mary Beth who is attracted to him. When he finds out that Topanga lied about her reason for not going, Cory has a decision to make as well.moreless
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