3-13 New Friends and Old
Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1996-01-16
Writer: Matthew Nelson
Director: John Tracy
Capsule Summary: Shawn and Cory befriend Frankie; Turner's ex.
Extendo Summary: The episode opens with Cory and Shawn in cheerleader uniforms. Apparently Frankie the Enforcer and Joey the Rat have burned their clothes and forced them to wear the girls' outfits. Mr. Feeny suspends Joey and instructs Frankie to find some better friends.
When Frankie goes to beat up Cory and Shawn for ratting out the Rat, Cory offers his and Shawn's friendship in exchange for their safety. Frankie agrees, and quickly becomes a burden on Cory and Shawn. They dislike him, but are able to justify using the power and intimidation he commands for their own benefit. When Frankie realizes they're using him, he is hurt, but offers them another chance to prove their friendship. Cory and Shawn succeed and the three of them walk off into the sunset.
Meanwhile Jonathan's ex-girlfriend shows up. He suspects that she will just criticize the choice he made to leave his rich upbringing--and her--to become a schoolteacher, but she surprises him. She has left, herself, and now runs her own bookstore. Hooray for middle-class idealism.
- Of skirts:
Cory: "There's something to be said for the freedom they gave."
Shawn: "You thought so too?"
- Shawn continually refers to himself as Jonathan's "little buddy".
- Of Jonathan:
Shawn: "I know everything there is to know about him."
Eli: "Did you know his parents were rich?"
Shawn: "He has parents?"
- Shawn says he dislikes poetry. In 5-7 "I Love You, Donna Karan", Shawn falls in love with Angela based upon their mutual love of, among other things, poetry; and in "Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield" (Season 6), Shawn's poetry is read aloud.
- Amy calls Frankie's dad Francis. In "Thrilla in Philla" (Season 2), Mr. Feeny says it's Leslie.
Episode Themes: The Bullies, Cory and Shawn Hijinks
Rating: 3. I'm going to give this a completely average score because I don't remember it very well, and my infuriatingly vague summary doesn't help.Back | Back to Season 3 Episode Guide | Next