4-1 You Can Go Home Again
Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1996-09-20
Writer: Howard Busgang
Director: Jeff McCracken
Capsule Summary: Eric doesn't want to return from his summer road trip.
Extendo Summary: We join Cory and Eric on their road trip. Cory is keeping an audio travelogue for Topanga, his constant discussion of whom he has been annoying Eric for two months throughout forty-eight states. Three hours from home, Cory is ready to head back to his family and friends--not to mention access to clean underwear--but Eric doesn't feel ready to go back, and dawdles in Pottstown, the home of the world's largest yogurt cup.
Eric makes a date for the evening with a pretty blonde working a counter at the gift shop. Cory complains that he wants to get home because he has a life waiting for him, to which Eric responds "That must be nice, huh?" Not having gotten into college--left behind by all his friends--Eric feels that he has no reason to go home.
Meanwhile, Alan wins a "Grocie," an award for an outstanding grocery store manager. Having reached "the pinnacle of [his] profession" doesn't make Alan happy, though; he feels that he has been trapped in the grocery business while he was trying to figure out what he really wanted to do. Amy tells him she wants him to be happy. Mr. Feeny comes over and suggests that Alan find a new job.
Back in Pottstown, Eric tells Cory that he intends to stay in Pottstown. Everyone there thinks Eric is smart and important. "Back home I'm just a loser who didn't get into college. Here, I could be king." Cory calls Alan and gets him to talk some sense in Eric.
Eric tells Alan "it's too late to change who I am," and Alan tells him "It's very easy to find a place that's comfortable and stay there." And "One day you'll realize that all you've done is settle and you will not like yourself." And blah blah blah blah. Eric finally says he's afraid to go home, and Alan says he never has to be afraid to go home, and Cory still wants to go home, so they all go home.
Shawn bathes in Cory's house.
"Are you happy Eric? Your brother's wearing yogurt pants. And let me tell you, one size does not fit all." --Cory
"Mom and Dad will be so proud. I'm the Prince of Sprinkle-land." --Cory
- Cory goes to the "Parade of Sprinkles" without goggles, and when he looks up sprinkles shower down upon him. "Ahhh! My eyes!"
- Cory wants to drive home, despite not having a license. Eric says, "Okay, fine, let me just check if you have the right keys." When Cory gives him the keys, Eric laughs and confiscates them.
- Alan tells Amy he only kept his grocery store job to support "you and the-the-the-the-" He waves his arms as if trying to remember. "Kids," Amy finishes helpfully.
- Feeny comes out while Amy and Alan are both gazing off into the distance, and turns his head and squints to see what they are looking at. Then he walks intrusively over to the bench they're sitting on and sits down, making them scooch over.
- Mr. Feeny says he teaches because it's fun for him and advises Alan on changing careers. After he is done, Alan says "Thank you, George, you've taught me something." "And it was fun for me!" Feeny crows.
- Cory tries hitchhiking; an Amish guy offers to give Cory a ride as a far as "that farmhouse, there."
- Shawn and Topanga argue briefly about which person Cory will want to catch up with when he first sees them; Cory solves this by talking only to Shawn in between kisses with Topanga.
- Alan is 42. That means he was born in 1954!
- The withered old guy who has stayed in town forever is the same withered old guy who is Shawn and Cory's boss in the mail room in Season 5's "How to Succeed in Business".
Episode Themes: Dumb Eric, Eric's Potential
Rating: 3. Sappy, but has its good moments.Back | Back to Season 4 Episode Guide | Next