T.V. Series Review: Girl Meets World Season 1

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Girl Meets World Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Girl Meets World

In her bedroom, Riley Matthews and her best friend, Maya Hart, try to sneak out her window to ride the subway, but are stopped by Riley’s parents, Cory and Topanga Matthews. Cory and Topanga give them the permission to ride the subway, but only if they make the world theirs, instead of their parents. On the subway, they meet a handsome boy named Lucas Friar, whom Riley immediately develops a crush on. In history class, Cory assigns the class to write an essay on something they would fight for. Riley and Maya decide to fight for no homework, which leads to accidentally setting off a fire alarm sprinkler. Riley winds up choosing to fight for friendship instead, and Cory and Topanga understand Riley is growing up and they need to be there for her.

Season 1, Episode 2: Girl Meets Boy

When Cory’s plan to get his students to communicate face-to-face fails, he takes away their cell phones and assigns the class to prepare a discussion about whether technology has made people better. The whole class has trouble communicating, except for Maya, who is the only one in the class without a smartphone. The group goes to the library to do their research, where Riley and Lucas connect by talking about their interests and Maya discovers that she is a talented artist when given just a pencil and paper. When Riley tells Cory about her conversation with Lucas, he desperately tries to keep them apart and attempts to do so by returning their phones, once he realizes it was he who prompted these emotions into Riley. Cory gives Maya a smartphone, and says to use it to communicate to him if anything beautiful happens in Riley’s life. Cory also buys Maya an art kit, so she can express herself the way she wants to in life

Season 1, Episode 3: Girl Meets Sneak Attack

Riley becomes jealous when a girl named Missy Bradford starts flirting with Lucas. Consequently, she enlists the help of Maya and Farkle to help her learn to grow up, in hopes that it will make her competition for Missy. After many failed attempts of flirting, Riley discovers that she should enjoy her own age and not hurry to grow up. Meanwhile, Auggie starts acting grown up to impress a girl down the hall named Ava, but Cory and Topanga are not ready for him to grow up yet. Riley tells Auggie that he should enjoy his age and not hurry to grow up either.

Season 1, Episode 4: Girl Meets Father

Cory struggles with his emotions when Riley wants to attend her first school dance instead of continuing the tradition of the two of them riding the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, which they have done every year since Riley was young. Making matters worse, Cory agonizes over Maya’s quitting school after he gives her an F on a quiz. When both girls tell him there is nothing more he can teach them, Cory feels he has lost them, though Topanga assures him that his intentions are good, and he will never give up on those he cares about. He asks Maya to sit down and talk, and shows her that she actually knew all of the answers on the quiz. Cory advises Maya to have confidence in herself, and that she does not need to act as if she does not care. Cory then chaperones the school dance and for the last dance, he chooses to do a father-daughter dance with both Riley and Maya.

Season 1, Episode 5: Girl Meets the Truth

After Riley lies to Farkle that he did a good job in the school play of Romeo and Juliet, Maya tells her that she needs to learn to tell the truth, even if it means hurting others. Soon after, Maya begins wearing a gold locket. When Maya refuses to tell Riley the truth about where it came from, Riley assumes she stole it, which leads to Maya feeling hurt. After Riley finally tells Farkle he was bad in the school play, he thanks her with an unwanted kiss. Soon after, Lucas comes in and tells Riley that Farkle did not steal his first kiss moment with Riley, because his moment will come. Maya admits that she took the locket from a lost and found, and returns the locket to the little girl to whom it belonged. Meanwhile, Topanga antagonizes Cory after he insults her cooking.

Riley gets invited to her first boy-girl party, and expects this to be her ticket to popularity, only to find that it is a “geek party”. When Riley realizes that she is adored by the nerds, she decides to become their “queen”. By doing so, she reinvents herself to make her something that she is not, only to be popular. Meanwhile, Topanga is knowingly on the wrong side of a case, and channels her inner-former self for motivation to do the right thing.

Season 1, Episode 7: Girl Meets Maya’s Mother

Riley and Maya’s art teacher, Ms. Kossal, comments on Maya’s art work and suggests she show it at the upcoming art fair. On career day, Stuart Minkus, Farkle’s father, visits their school and a battle ensues between him and Topanga. Maya’s mother, Katy Hart, fails to show up until the next day to Maya’s embarrassment, and reveals she is a waitress but aspires to become an actress. When Riley suggests that Katy attend the art fair to see her daughter’s art work, Katy fails to appear again. Riley learns that Katy is afraid of embarrassing Maya; in response, Katy gives Riley a tuna melt from the diner because she knows Riley will give it to Maya, because it is her favorite.

Season 1, Episode 8: Girl Meets Smackle

Isadora Smackle, a debate champion from a rival school, seeks the affection of her nemesis, Farkle, but he does not share in that feeling. Smackle turns to Riley and Maya to make her beautiful, but Farkle thinks the makeover is an attempt to get an edge on the upcoming debate on beauty. Even with Lucas joining the debate team to help him out, Farkle soon realizes from Smackle how wrong it is to assume. Smackle quickly realizes that Farkle loves Riley and Maya for who they are and not because they are beautiful.

Season 1, Episode 9: Girl Meets 1961

Cory’s teaching about the 1960s fails to inspire Riley, Maya, Lucas and Farkle, so he assigns his class a project to research their ancestors of the time. Riley finds out about her great-grandmother Rosie McGee who kept a journal and always saw good in other people. Lucas discovers his great-grandfather Merlin Scoggins was a country singer. Farkle’s research points him to the manager of Greenwich Village’s Café Hey, named Ginsburg, his great-grandfather. He discovers that his grandfather photographed Rosie, Merlin, and a blonde named May Clutterbucket, a young woman whom Maya reluctantly reveals she is related to, because May gave up on things. The four realize they had ancestors who all met that one afternoon, and what they learn about their 1960s counterparts resparks their interest in history. When recording in her journal that May intends to travel to Topanga Canyon, Rosie opines that it is a nice name for something one loves; implying that, 20 years later, Rhiannon named her daughter Topanga as a result of Rosie’s encounter with May.

Season 1, Episode 10: Cory Meets Crazy Hat

Cory splits the class up into two fake companies. The two companies run on completely different principles, one on customer happiness and one on profits. Riley and Maya meet a businesswoman on the subway, who they first assume is a crazy lady, but when she visits them in class, they discover that she has a building named after her. The girls then make a real company, and learn that helping people is better than profits.

Season 1, Episode 11: Girl Meets World of Terror

On Halloween, everyone must confront their greatest fears. Farkle must play baseball in gym class despite being terrified of the ball. Riley goes to a sleepover at Maya’s house despite Maya constantly pointing out that Riley has never stayed for a full night before. Meanwhile, Auggie confronts the monster under his bed. In the end, they all realize that what they are afraid of may not be so frightening after all.

Season 1, Episode 12: Girl Meets the Forgotten

In an effort to teach his students to remember “the forgotten”, Cory assigns Riley, Maya, Lucas and Farkle their school service elective when they show a lack of respect for lunch norms. The girls are assigned cafeteria duty and work with Geralyn Thompson, the cafeteria director, while the boys receive janitorial duty and work with janitor Harley Keiner. The four friends quickly learn that these jobs are less than glamorous, and those who do the work every day are not appreciated. After a week of experiencing these jobs, the four become more appreciative. Riley realizes this lesson about the forgotten also extends to home, and thanks her parents for caring for her and Auggie.

Season 1, Episode 13: Girl Meets Flaws

Graduation and Awards Night is coming up, and Riley is shocked that she has not been nominated for any awards while her friends have. When Farkle is not present to receive his award, everyone becomes concerned because he never misses class. Suspecting that Farkle is skipping class, Riley, Maya, and Lucas learn that Farkle is being bullied by another student named Billy Ross. To help Farkle, Riley comes up with the idea to have everyone write a label on their forehead, describing their “flaw”, and Billy is the only one without a label. After the group confronts Billy over his flaw, he allows Farkle to imprint his label and apologizes to him. The group learns that everybody has something that makes them unique, and these qualities should be respected. On Awards Night, Lucas wins the Athlete Award, Maya wins the “Griff Hawkins Totally Cool” Award, and Riley wins the Spirit Award.

Season 1, Episode 14: Girl Meets Friendship

Cory teaches about government as the election for seventh-grade student council nears. Farkle, Riley and Lucas decide to run, but under different forms of government: Farkle as a dictator, Riley as a princess, and Lucas as a president. Soon, their friendship is put to the test when Maya begins revealing secrets from Lucas’ private life, including that Lucas misses his previous home in Texas. Riley strongly disagrees with Maya’s intentions, and in the end, before the election result is announced, Riley and Maya show a video featuring two of Lucas’ friends from Texas, to emphasize the importance of their friendship. Meanwhile, Auggie’s difficulty sleeping worries Topanga. They quickly realize that he is not sleeping because he wants both of his parents to be there to tuck him in at night, but they both work.

Season 1, Episode 15: Girl Meets Brother

On Cory and Topanga’s 15th anniversary, Auggie needs a babysitter so his parents can have a date night. Meanwhile, Riley is encouraged by Maya to rebel against her parents so they treat her more like an adult. When Riley comes home and says she wants a later curfew, and should be treated more like an adult, Auggie suggests that Riley could babysit him. When Cory and Topanga are unable to get on the subway, they decide to return home to spy on the kids. They find Maya has come over and Auggie and Riley are arguing, because Auggie wants to play with Riley who wants to watch TV. Cory and Topanga sneak into the apartment and watch to see if Riley can make it up to Auggie.

Season 1, Episode 16: Girl Meets Home for the Holidays

Cory’s parents, his teenage brother Joshua, and his best friend Shawn Hunter visit for Christmas. Topanga tries to make the perfect holiday dinner to satisfy the guests, especially her mother-in-law. Maya develops a crush on Joshua, while Riley wants to know why Shawn avoids her every time he visits. He admits that after she was born, he felt left behind because his best friend started a family, so he decided to leave New York City. Riley later has Shawn discuss his feelings with her father, and Cory encourages Shawn to find someone and “begin” his life. Riley then puts Shawn and Maya together to figure out their life problems, causing Shawn and Maya to realize how much they are like each other.

Season 1, Episode 17: Girl Meets Game Night

Family Game Night is a monthly tradition at the Matthews’ apartment, and Cory, Topanga, Riley and Auggie are set to play, with Auggie inviting a special family member, Uncle Josh. Riley’s friends-first attitude gets her into deep trouble, when she invites Maya, Lucas and Farkle to the occasion. Ava eventually shows up as well and takes part in the game with Auggie. Cory stresses the importance of family with the game night, but is agitated over the four extra guests. Maya, on the other hand, is delighted over Josh being there; he decides to emcee the game after she gets too close. As the game progresses, it becomes evident how the friends interfere. Later, Riley has a chance to win, but realizing from Maya the value of simply playing with her family, she decides to go with the longer version of the game, where even the friends prove to be valuable in getting through it. The group discovers the “long game” actually is a game which parallels life.

Season 1, Episode 18: Girl Meets Master Plan

It is Maya’s fourteenth birthday, and Riley and the others have something special planned when Shawn comes to visit. They want to set Shawn up with Maya’s mother. When Maya hears this, she dislikes the idea because she thinks her mom just drives men away and fears this will happen to Shawn. This changes though when Shawn urges Katy to reveal the truth of what happened with Maya’s father.

Season 1, Episode 19: Girl Meets Farkle’s Choice

Farkle is nominated for a Buggie Award, and is faced with the dilemma of taking either Riley or Maya with him to the ceremony. After he goes on a date with both of them, the girls compete in an attempt to influence him. When it reaches the point which they are fighting over him, Farkle chooses to attend the award show alone because he does not want to see them fight, and both girls are left ashamed by their actions. In the end, Riley and Maya show up at the ceremony to support their friend. As for the award itself, Farkle finishes second to Smackle. Meanwhile, Topanga starts a children’s book club; with Ava and her mother Judy in attendance, and Topanga finally sees where Ava has picked up her attitude and manners.

Season 1, Episode 20: Girl Meets First Date

Cory embraces the idea of “first love” at the end of the school year, until he realizes Riley is among those experiencing it with Lucas. As Cory desperately tries to keep them apart, Lucas decides he wants to go about things right by asking Cory and Topanga for their blessing to date their daughter. Feeling that Riley is too young to be dating, Cory agrees to the date on the condition that it is a double date, with Maya and Farkle accompanying the two. Meanwhile, Auggie and Ava quickly get “engaged” and then “married”, but Topanga escorts the “bride” out of the Matthews’ apartment. Uncle Josh also pays a visit with plans to attend a pre-college program at NYU all summer. He takes an interest in a tour guide from the university, but being three years older than him, she turns him down. Maya understands what he is going through after experiencing same rejection from him. After Josh leaves the train that Riley, Maya, Farkle, and Lucas are going to their dates on, Riley sees how sad Maya is and Lucas notices too, telling Riley to go comfort her. After, Maya pushes Riley into Lucas’ lap, paralleling the scene in the first episode.

Girl Meets World Season 1 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A spin off of Boy Meets World with new lessons, love and laughter that the whole family can enjoy.

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