5-23 Things Change
Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1998-05-08
Writer: Bob Tischler, Matthew Nelson
Director: Alan Myerson
Capsule Summary: Things change.
Extendo Summary: Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and Angela open their letters from Pennbrook College together. Everyone gets in except Shawn, who is waitlisted. Cory is disappointed. He wants them all to go to school together, and he resolves to get Shawn into Pennbrook by convincing other kids not to go.
Shawn doesn't mind getting waitlisted, though. Somehow, and for some reason, Shawn seems to have this job which involves photography. He really enjoys it, and it's a sure thing, unlike college. "It's smart to consider other options."
The group gathers at Chubbie's again later, and Angela tells Cory and Topanga that Shawn has been offered a permanent position at the photography studio after he graduates. He has also received a letter which informs him of his acceptance in Pennbrook. "I think I'm gonna take the job," he says. Cory is furious, and barely hears Topanga when she tells him her news: she has been waitlisted at Yale.
Cory tries to get Jack to talk sense into Shawn at the studio, but Jack is immediately seduced into a modelling career. As Cory broods over this latest failure, Topanga tells him she was accepted to Yale.
Cory is depressed that everything is changing: his friends dispersing, his room being redecorated for his parents' impending baby. When he discusses this with Mr. Feeny, he even learns that his beloved teacher intends to retire.
Cory thinks Morgan is the only person left he can count on, so he takes her to Chubbie's. He is alarmed to discover that they are changing Chubbie's into a "Pegleg Pete's", a pirate theme restaurant. He is so depressed that he stays at the booth for hours, whining and crying about his losses.
At a loss, Morgan decides to rectify the situation the only way she knows how: by getting Eric. In his own idiot-savant way, Eric makes Cory realize that he can't stop change, and that he must be happy for all the good things that are happening to his friends. Cory, calmed down now, is able to spend an evening enjoying Pegleg Pete's food with his friends. He tells Topanga it doesn't matter if Yale is on the other side of the moon--they'll still be together. Topanga is calmed by this, but assures him she intends to go to Pennbrook with him. Shawn still seems determined to take his job, but Cory seems okay with that, now, too.
"Now, ya see, duckies are good, because not only do they give you that non-threatening sense of security, but you can feed 'em crackers and you can ride 'em! See, duckies are the horsies of the ocean." --Eric
Oh, for gay!
- Cory: "If I was your father, Shawn, I'd spank you! Because that's what you deserve! A big spanking! Now take down your pants!"
- Shawn eats a Buccaneer Burger out of Cory's hand.
- Amy and Alan pick out wallpaper for the baby's room. Eric keeps interrupting the discussion by exclaiming, "Duckies!" Apparently he wants the ducky wallpaper. When Alan chooses another pattern, he says "Was that duckies? No. Garbage!" Later, he adds, "DUCKIES RULE!" and insists that he had duckies when he was a kid, and (blink, twitch) he turned out all right.
- Shawn's boss dresses Jack up in a black tight shirt and jeans and gets him to model with different expression--wist, angst--before the camera. Cory has to carry him, wedding style, out of the studio.
- Feeny and Cory discuss Shawn's decision to work.
Feeny: "I gave him my blessing."
Cory: "What are you, the Pope?"
- The Peg Leg Pete's waitress asks Cory to "scoot over to this barrel over here" (I see no barrel!) while the workers "piratize" his booth.
Cory: "Oh yeah, right! Like it would take just a few seconds to change the booth where my girlfriend and I reunited eight different times! To change the booth where my best friend Shawn and I dressed up as women(!)-- to prove a point or something, I forget! So I doubt very much, Missy, that you can change that much history in just a few seconds!"
(He is wrong, of course, and frowns as a waiter plops a tri-cornered hat on his sad, sad head.)
Fun Fact: Shawn's boss at the studio is named Jonathan. I guess he has a thing about male authority figure role models named Jonathan.
Episode Themes: Whiny Cory, Morgan
Rating: 4. Several good moments, and on the whole above average, although Cory is rather annoying throughout.Back | Back to Season 5 Episode Guide | Next