2-7 Wake Up, Little Cory
Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1994-11-04
Writer: Glen Merzer
Director: David Trainer
Capsule Summary: Rumors fly that Cory and Topanga did it.
Extendo Summary: The class is discussing Much Ado About Nothing. Well, Mr. Turner's discussing it; the class is looking bored, even Topanga. Mr. Turner tries to play up Shakespeare: "Love! Sex! Scandal! Where else can you find this stuff?" Cory and Topanga bring up TV shows. Mr. Turner assigns a project: the class is to make documentaries on their friends' and families' attitudes about love and sex. Later, Mr. Feeny expresses his trepidation about the project, but Mr. Turner convinces him to see where the project goes.
There's a bunch of scenes of Cory and Topanga interviewing various people (chiefly bullies) about their attitudes. Mr. Feeny tells them "Not on school property." Mr. Turner says love is the only thing that makes sex worth having; Cory entraps him by asking first if he's ever been in love (no) and then if he's ever had sex (angry look). Eric tries to make the video into a dating service. Amy says sex is like voting. Janitor Bud postulates that the ladies are attracted to his uniform. Etc.
Cory and Topanga decide to work late in the editing room. They use each other's houses as excuses so their parents will let them stay out late. Alan falls asleep waiting up for Cory and so nobody realizes until the next morning that the kids have stayed out all night. Janitor Bud and Mr. Feeny find them lying side-by-side on the floor of the editing room, DEAD. Okay, no. Asleep.
Word gets out quick, and the boys of the school consider Cory their god for having scored. Cory enjoys his newfound status. Later, Topanga confronts him and tells him things aren't so good for her. In her nasal child's-voice she asks, "You want me, Cory? Take me." As long as everyone thinks they slept together, why not do it? Cory's taken aback. He just wanted to be liked. Topanga says she wants her reputation back.
In class, Mr. Turner shows the video. After some footage we've seen, it cuts to Cory in his kitchen. He publicly announces his lack of sexual experience and apologizes to Topanga. From behind the camera, Shawn accuses Cory of loving Topanga and makes kissy noises. Cory denies this and says they're friends. In real life, Topanga turns to Cory. They shake hands and make up.
- Mr. Turner: "That's a good point, Matthews."
Cory: "So am I done with my education? Can I go?"
- Shawn (on camera): "Love is really great. And it's even better if you love someone who likes you better than you like her, because then she'll pay for stuff. And if she's paying? Love is way cool."
Topanga: "That's disgusting!"
Cory (grinning and rubbing his hands together in glee): "He's my best friend!"
- Topanga: "I want my good name back!"
Cory: "Some people would argue that Topanga's not the best name to begin with."
- Harley's take on love, in typical Boy Meets World bully-as-literary-critic fashion:
Harley: "When we read these books in class, it seems to me that the authors construct scenes of love which to me do not seem based in reality."
Cory: "Well, what's your idea of reality?"
Harley (after thinking a moment): "A moonlit night; the backseat of my Chevy Impala; and the lilt of some sweet girl's voice whispering in my ear, 'Yer crushing my cig-a-rettes.'"
Episode Themes: Life Imitates Literature
Rating: 3. A good episode, and a memorable one; the interviews-on-tape were decent, and it was nice to shake things up visually and get weird close-ups and so forth, but it seems to me that they could have done a lot more with that concept than they did.Back | Back to Season 2 Episode Guide | Next