4-13 B & B's B'n'B
Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1997-01-10
Writer: Howard Busgang
Director: Jeff McCracken
Capsule Summary: Shawn turns Feeny's house into a bed and breakfast while Feeny recieves love advice from Eric at a Boston hotel.
Extendo Summary: Eric is going to a camping convention in Boston, a business trip, I suppose. Mr. Feeny is also going out of a town, staying in a bed and breakfast, and the Matthewses are taking care of his house, watering his plants and the like.
In Boston, Eric runs into Feeny, who is meeting a girlfriend. Feeny conducts a long-distance relationship with the woman, Elizabeth, who is also a teacher; neither one wants to give up their local teaching careers, though, so they never get married, although they perennially ask each other.
Feeny goes to dinner with Elizabeth and when he returns, seeming troubled, Eric reluctantly gives up dinner and probably subsequent sex with the lady bartender in order to comfort him. Things have proceeded as usual--neither Feeny nor Elizabeth wants to sacrifice the lives they've made for themselves and find comfortable in order to be together. Eric says if they were really in love, they'd risk anything for each other, and Feeny surmises his risk-taking days are over. Feeny and Eric, having bonded, decide to spend a night on the town together.
Meanwhile, Shawn is having trouble with an economics assignment, which is to come up with a fake business and write a report about how it is run. After Shawn, tagging along to water plants with Cory, sees Feeny's house--three bedrooms, tastefully decorated, and six-foot round tub with jets--he gets the bright idea of turning the Feeny home into a bed and breakfast for the weekend.
At first, Cory is upset to find stangers staying in his house-sitting charge. He is alarmed to find Topanga acting as concierge. Grudgingly, he gives his consent to the scheme (as if he could do anything to stop it), provided Shawn and the guests leave the house exactly as it was before Feeny left.
Cory assists Shawn and Topanga whole-heartedly, but is certain that they will get caught. "The universe will catch up to us," he insists. It seems he really wants to be caught--he will feel too guilty if he is not outwardly punished for his shady dealings. And he cannot live in a world where the adults are not the supreme authorities for which he has built implicit trust. Later, he remarks, "Without punishment, my world loses both form and meaning."
But Shawn thinks they'll actually pull it off. The guests tidy up after themselves, and they manage to get them checked out and out the back door just as Feeny comes in the front. He looks around, sees the house in a good order; the plants are well-sunned, the trinkets all accounted for. Shawn and Cory are about to leave, unpunished, when Feeny asks, "How much money did you actually make?" It seems the cabbie has tipped him off. He confiscates the boys' earnings, but indicates that Shawn has done well on the project, and that he can have the money back when he's in college.
"My name is Dylan Hightower, I'm the CEO of a mid-size venture capital group. You might look for me on next month's cover of Forbies, it'll look something like this." (intense look) --Eric
"Oh, the cab driver! I forgot to deport the cab driver!" --Shawn
- Cory is watering plants when he hears Shawn screaming upstairs.
Shawn (descending from the stairhead): "It's okay, it's okay. I thought I saw a poster of myself, but it was just a mirror."
- Eric asks Feeny: "Why must you stalk me so?" So true, although more appropriate coming from Cory, Shawn or Topanga.
- The Timmers are handling Feeny's Ming vase.
Cory: "Put that down!"
Shawn: "Cory, they're Dutch. Allow me. (in Dutch) Throw it in the air and see how light it is!"
- Cory, at breakfast with his parents, schemes to help Shawn provide breakfast for his customers.
Cory: "I think it's only fitting that we say thanks for the meal in front of us."
Cory's parents regard him with suspicion, but they can't argue with that. They bow their heads.
Cory's parents shoot him glares, but then comply.
Cory (speaking in rhythm as he pulls flapjacks off the stack, one by one): "We say thanks for the meal in front of us." (He throws the remaining flapjacks backwards out the door, where Shawn is standing with a tray, catching them.)
- In a sweet tag, Mr Feeny knocks on the door of the honeymoon suite, asking to have his room back. He tries to reason with him, saying he sympathises with young people in love: "I was young once!" When the couple finally leaves, they are a pair of octogenarians. Feeny watches them, amazed: "Perhaps I still am!"
- Topanga briefly wears a French maid outfit.
Suspension of DisbeWha?: Mr. Feeny now teaches economics, too. And Shawn is taking it. Odd.
Episode Themes: Cory and Shawn Hijinks, Feeny as Human
Rating: 2. A little ridiculous for me, I'm afraid. Again, in more of a "makes me nervous" way than a good way.Back | Back to Season 4 Episode Guide | Next