6-1 His Answer
Summary by: Laura
Orginal Air Date: 1998-09-25
Writer: Bob Tischler
Director: Jeff McCracken
Capsule Summary: Cory and Topanga decide to elope.
Extendo Summary: The episode opens with Cory's voice saying "previously--and absolutely unbelievably--on Boy Meets World..." I'll thank you to keep your comments to yourself, Mr. Matthews. The previously recounts (1) Alan revealing Amy's pregnancy; (2) Feeny announcing his retirement; and (3) Topanga's proposal.
Hours later, when the rest of the graduates have abandoned the bleachers, Cory and Topanga sit there still, gowns, robes, and all. Cory looks shocked, and at first doesn't know how to answer. But Topanga (whose robe is somehow much shorter than Cory's) gives him a big sexy kiss, and he grins, "So you got a ring for me, or what?"
Later, they discuss the details. Topanga wants to get married right away. Cory is less sure: his parents, he says, are incapable of understanding, and so he doesn't want to tell anyone until they've got things more figured out.
Of course, Shawn and Angela (and probably the rest of the Class of 1998), by virtue of having been right next to them while it happened, already know. They give their friends different advice; Angela: "You're crazy! At our age, we're supposed to be having fun, not getting married." Shawn: "You're crazy if you don't think you've been married to her your whole life. Might as well get presents."
Shawnie has some news of his own: having decided that "there's more to life than photographing naked ladies," he's going to be taking some classes at Pennbrook and living at the dorms. Barring Topanga-related living arrangements, he and Cory plan to room together.
Of course, this leaves Jack and Eric in a lurch, with a three-person apartment and only 2/3 of a rent check. They complain that it cannot be done, that they have very particular requirements--just as a very tall and very beautiful redhead tearfully moves out of her boyfriend's apartment down the hall. "I give up a scholarship to Yale (note: PARALLELISM!) to move to Philadelphia with you and you tell me you're going to Corpus Christi to find yourself!"
Eric and Jack, of course, give the girl, Rachel, a place to stay right away. When Shawn sees the situation, he can hardly blame them, and moves out ahead of time so they can be with her. There's no real resolution about where Shawn's staying for the time being. But who cares about Shawn when there's tons of Eric and Jack competing for a girl's affections ACTION?
Later, Cory and Topanga assure each other that they haven't told their best friends about their engagement--because they love to lie, I guess. But it soon comes out that both Shawn and Angela know--and soon, they trap themselves into telling Cory's parents.
Just as Cory predicted, they don't take it well. Cory and Topanga are too young. It's crazy. Angela sides with the parents, and Shawn, of course, a Cory-Topangashipper to the very end, takes the young couple's side. Somehow, Shawn and Angela and Amy and Alan each get sidetracked into their own little couple-arguments, and neither they nor spectators Morgan and Eric notice that Cory and Topanga have sneaked off.
By the time Morgan points out their absence, Cory and Topanga are in the car, on the highway, sneaking off to a quiet little wedding chapel in the country. At home, everyone sits around guiltily, figuring they drove them to elope. In the end, the big lament isn't "I wish they weren't getting married"--but "I wish we could be at the wedding."
Meanwhile, Cory and Topanga have headed to a local judge's house to get their ceremony done. When it comes to the vows, Cory immediately says, "I always have, and I always will. I do." But when it comes to her turn, Topanga freezes.
"There is no more to life than naked ladies. Except maybe naked ladies that wear really tight shirts and really tight pants." --Eric
- Jack tells Eric to be more supportive of Shawn--before Cory tells Jack that Shawn will be living on campus.
Eric: "I support that."
Eric: "I support that."
Jack: "I don't believe that!"
Eric (dropping to his knees, hugging Shawn's legs): "I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!"
- As Rachel finishes arguing with her boyfriend and leaves her apartment, Eric tells her, "I think you did a wonderful job, and I support you."
Rachel: "Now I don't have anywhere to go, I don't know what to do."
Eric (laughing priggishly): "Oh-oh-oh, man, I don't envy you!"
- Shawn redefines "supportive".
Shawn is upset that the guys are moving him out two months before he's ready to go.
Shawn: "I'm going to have to tell this guy that he can't move in here until I'm good an ready to move out!"
Rachel (emerging from the bathroom in a short silk robe): "Hey, do you guys have any toothpaste I can borrow?"
Shawn (taking in all that is Rachel, then taking his bags): "Let me help you here."
He helps Eric and Jack throw the last of his stuff out into the hall, then stands in position as the boys throw him onto the pile.
- Immediately after assuring Topanga he didn't tell Shawn about their engagement, Alan tells Cory congratulations--"Shawn just told us the big news."
Cory (to Shawn): "You told him?"
Topanga: "You told Shawn?"
Cory: "Oh, of course I told Shawn."
- In the middle of a tense moment with Cory, Topanga, Shawn, Angela and the parents, Eric bursts in the room: "Got this new roommate she is FINE!"
- At that point Alan gets up, saying he'd like to know to know what's going on now--and he and Eric exchange this really weird smile and nod of acknowledgement/greeting. Looking at Eric, it seems to be some sort of normal ritual between them. Looking at Alan, you are aware of a great deal of hatred and contempt, and it chills your marrow. Huh.
- Eric's reaction shots in the background of this argument are priceless. He truly is a brilliant thespian.
- And where does Eric fall in the Cory-Topanga debate? "I think they should get married."
Eric: "The chances that Cory could find a woman like Topanga are like, one in a million."
Shawn: "There's nobody better."
Angela: "Well, that's true..."
Amy: "We all love Topanga. That's not the issue."
Eric: "Yes, but in a few years she's gonna dry up. She's gonna get all wrinklay. He might as well just grab her while she's smooth, am I right there, dad!" He punches Alan playfully. We now understand the look of contempt.
- Eric makes a big speech about how they have to support Cory and Topanga rather than pushing them out of their lives. He ends with, "They love each other and they belong together." He adds, "Just like me and Rachel."
- Eric walks in to find Rachel straddling Jack. She's proving she can beat him at wrestling. Eric tells Rachel about calming down his parents ("I said, 'Calm down, you.'") and she says his attitude--accepting the young couple rather than pushing them out of their lives--is romantic. Eric makes a face at Jack.
Jack: "But she's not sitting on you, is she?"
Eric (pointing to his head): "Oh, in here she is, Jack, in here she is."
Rachel: "You know I can hear everything you guys are saying, right?"
- Feeny recounts a story from the vault.
"You can't tell Cory and Topanga what to do. I've been trying to do that since the first grade. I remember when I tried to separate their desks. She kicked me, he bit me, and some little punk kept saying, 'Leave 'em alone. They should get married.'"
Wait. Feeny was a first grade teacher?
- Feeny: "I think they'll be fine, because they've been well brought up."
Alan: "And well taught."
Shawn: "Well, I--I've done the best I can."
Oh, for gay!
- Cory: "You and me together--that's two proposals in one day, Shawn. I must be the luckiest boy in the world!"
- Rachel tells Eric and Jack she's glad there's no chance of a relationship with either of them--"We're gonna be just like girlfriends!" "Girlfriends," Jack laments when she has left the room. "Hold on," says Eric. "From what I understand, girlfriends sleep together, bathe together, and even get to see each other naked!" "But we already do that," says Jack, and Eric puts a finger in front of his lips in a "shhhh" motion.
Continuity, Schmontinuity: Yet another version of the story. "We've been together since we were two," says Topanga. I've heard everything from birth to six years old from these people, and I still say it didn't happen until they were at least twelve.
Also: Can Cory and Topanga elope? Are they 18? They both had 16th birthdays in mid-season 4. Since this is all continuation of a cliffhanger from last year, we're still in the same time frame as season 5 right now. Still, though, KNOWS how many years have elapsed.
Rating: 3. Mostly Cory-Topanga stuff, but they're in love and not mad at each other, so it's not too annoying, and there's some good Eric moments.Back | Back to Season 6 Episode Guide | Next