This Friday is a big day for Girl Meets World and their fans. Friday night Girl Meets World returns from it’s mini hiatus on Disney Channel at 8:30/7:30c. However that afternoon, specifically 2pm central time, Ben Savage, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, and show creator, Michael Jacobs will be in Austin, TX for the fourth annual ATX TV Festival for a panel called Boy Meets Girl Meets World, where they’ll talk about the show and answer some questions from the fans.
I’ll miss out on the new episode (Don’t worry, I’m DVRing it!) but I’ll be attending the Festival and the Boy Meets Girl Meets World panel. I’ll be sure to get all the deets and share with y’all soon. Until then, I’m back with new parallels from the most recent Girl Meets World episodes during their week premiere in May. (You can read the first parallel series here, and the second here.)
BUT that’s not all! I got more fun Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World for you. Since the my last Boy Meets World guest stars on Girl Meets World post (you can click here to read it), more familiar faces have guest starred on Girl Meets World. I thought I’d mix things up a bit by not only showing you parallels, but also talking about some of our favorite Boy Meets World characters on Girl Meets World.
Parallel: What is Eric Matthew’s favorite game? (BMW 6×07 vs. GMW 2×05)
Mr. Feeny (Girl Meets Gravity and Girl Meets Pluto)
Mr. Feeny made another short and brief appearance towards the end in the first episode of the second season and I’m hoping this will be some sort of a tradition as he did the same for the pilot episode because although he’s not always on the show, he’s always around. He taught Cory everything he’s ever learned in life, not just in the classroom, but in the outside world as well. Now Cory is passing down what Feeny taught him to his daughter, her friends, and his students. So you see although he’s never physically there, he’s always around. The GIF set above shows that when Maya tells him even though she thinks Cory is the best teacher, she knows Cory is a great teacher because of Mr. Feeny. This is a very touching moment between Mr. Feeny and the new generation kids. It shows how two different generations and worlds can collide and be one.
Parallel: “They want you to take the rolls!” (BMW 2×15 vs. GMW 2×04)
Amy Matthews (Girl Meets Home for the Holidays)
During a special holiday episode The Matthews Family visited Cory, Topanga, and their family. Although Girl Meets Home for the Holidays was more focused on Shawn’s return and reunion with Cory after being apart for years, Cory’s parents, Alan and Amy, along with Cory’s youngest brother, Josh, were also apart of the episode.
Amy has always had a special and unique bond with Topanga. She’s watched Topanga grow up with her son since they were babies, fall in love over the years, and stood by them on their wedding day. Topanga has always been a like a daughter to Amy and it was nice to finally see their relationship grow more years after Boy Meets World. Amy was worried Topanga was going to ruin the dinner and won’t be as good as hers but Topanga surprised her by using Amy’s recipe for dinner. As Topanga told Amy, “because I wanted you to know even though the holidays are here now, you will always have a part in putting them together.” I’ve always enjoyed seeing them together and loved their scenes. I need more of these two together.
Parallel: Mr. Squirrels and his lollipop. (BMW 7×16 vs. GMW 2×05)
Alan Matthews (Girl Meets Home for the Holidays)
If you watched Boy Meets World then you’ll remember Alan’s storyline in season six episode twelve where he struggled accepting the news of being a father again at his age and told his wife, Amy, “there’s never been any question about how much I want the baby, Amy. I’m just worried about how much the baby is gonna want me. I’m afraid I’m gonna be, you know, too tired to play catch, or teach him how to ride a bike. I’m worried I’m not gonna have enough energy to run around with him the way we did with the other kids.”
In Girl Meets Home for the Holidays, we saw Alan had nothing to worry about. He has a very good relationship with his youngest son, Josh. Sure they joke around with each other about their age differences but it’s the fun kind of joking around. Alan was worried about his future with his youngest son, but it’s nice to know he didn’t have anything to be worried about because in the end Josh admitted he’s had his dad at his best.
Parallel: Defining the relationship, their relationship. (BMW 2×21 vs. GMW 2×02)
Eric Matthews (Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels)
When the writers of Girl Meets World said they couldn’t release the name of a certain episode until further notice, my gut was saying, ‘It’s going to be called ‘Girl Meets Mr. Plays with Squirrels.’ My gut was right even thought the title was slightly different from what I thought. I was beyond thrilled when the press announced Will Friedle would reprise his role as Eric Matthews and Mr. Squirrels on Girl Meets World. Then I couldn’t help but wonder, would he be back to teach his motto? The answer is yes.
Riley and Maya are at war with each other over something Lucas said to Maya, and they can’t seem to get past it. Cory calls his older brother, Eric, to fix the problem. As soon as Riley tells her uncle Eric she’s not talking to her best friend, Eric immediately says, “There will be no losing friends. Lose one friend, lose all friends, lose yourself.”
Eric cares about the people in his life and refuses to let them go over a silly fight. In college during Boy Meets World, the gang had a prank war that eventually turned into a huge fight and honestly could have ended their friendships, but Eric refused to let that happen. Eric knew it was bigger than just the pranks they were playing on each other, and he was right. Once he found on the problem with Riley and her friends, he again realized it’s more than just the name-calling. Eric really does understand people and how to fix their problems. Cory made the right decision of calling his big brother, Eric.
Eric Matthews is my favorite character, so seeing Friedle back was just great and his return as Eric was perfect. It allowed everyone around him to see and reminded those who know him the kind of person he is. Eric is silly, certainly not the brightest light blub, but he cares. That’s why I like him and I’m glad he still hasn’t changed over the years.
PARALLEL: “GET HIM TOPANGA!” (BMW 7×07 vs. GMW 1×20)
Harvey ‘Harley’ Keiner (Girl Meets the Forgotten and Girl Meets Flaws)
Everyone knows Harley. He was the big bully who gave Cory a hard time and his nickname, Johnny Baboon. Except, things have changed because people can change. In Girl Meets Flaws, Farkle gets bullied and Harley gives him insight on why kids bully, why it’s wrong, and how he’s been given a second chance with the kid he used to bully.
Meanwhile, Cory teaches them people can change and Harley is proof of it. Harley was a bully and loved giving Cory a hard time, but somewhere along the way something changed which caused him to change for the better. I like that Harley has changed because he knew bullying wasn’t going to get him anywhere and he’s thankful Cory has given him a second chance and help him get a job.
PARALLEL: “Feeny Call” (BMW 7×07 vs. GMW 1×20)
Shawn Hunter (Girl Meets Master Plan and Girl Meets Pluto)
Rider Strong had already returned as his role Shawn Hunter during Girl Meets World’s holiday special, Girl Meets Home for the Holidays. (Click here for that episode review.) Since that episode Strong has returned twice.
Growing up as a kid, Shawn Hunter was always left behind, with the exception of Cory. His mother walked out on Shawn and his dad. His father ran after her, leaving Shawn behind. Shawn never had the parents he always wanted. Maya feels like she gets left behind. Her mother always works to support the two of them since Maya’s father walked out on them. Shawn sees Maya and her mother as the ones that get left behind. He tries to change that by reconnecting Maya with her mother, and being there for Maya.
I really enjoy having Rider Strong back as Shawn. During Boy Meets World we got to see a troubled kid transform, change, and grow into something far away from what he’s ever known with the help of Cory. This time around on Girl Meets World, we’re seeing more of that, seeing more of that growth, and not only with the help of Cory but with Riley and Maya as well.
Sometimes things change and sometimes different is better. After Angela walked out on Shawn, he believes he’ll never find anything as good and isn’t destined for love. However in the Girl Meets Pluto episode, Shawn slowly begins to realize sometimes different can be good if you give it a chance. We’re seeing Shawn put his hurt and history with Angela in the past and possibly move on with something better with Maya’s mom and possibly turn into ‘the ones that get left behind’ into ‘a happily ever after’ for all three characters.
The Mayor who cares about his people. (BMW 7×23 vs. GMW 2×05)
Expect to see more parallels and more Boy Meets World characters such as Angela, Chet, Jack, and Mr. Turner, as the season continues. An all new episode of Girl Meets World will air this Friday, June 5th at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel.
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