Ski Lodge: Human Nature at its finest


SKI LODGE Part 1

A great start to the end of the non-existent triangle! Teresa Kale wrote another hilarious episode and as always Rider and Shiloh do an excellent job directing. So happy to see Uriah Shelton back as Josh Matthews!!

A lesson in Nature as Mr. Matthews leads the nature club on a little field trip to
Mount Sun Lodge “The leaves seem to scream out” “Hey,look at me!””You think I’m pretty,but I’m actually dead!”

NATURE  Cory’s already freaking out and they haven’t even left yet.

The other kind of nature is the human kind. Apparently Maya has everything in check when it comes to her human nature. So she thinks.  “My human nature is completely under control and there’s nothing or nobody who can ever change that.”

Enter Josh Matthews aka Uncle Boing. “Hey kiddies!”

“I’m wrong” Maya’s reaction to Josh is still the same. She is more in control but still a giddy mess. Ha she is so thrilled that Topanga invited him.

Haha great chaperone selections Cory. This should should make for an interesting trip!

When we get to Mount Sun Lodge  history looks to be repeating itself. Like daughter like father. Riley can’t seem to get off the bus either. She really is Cory with Topanga’s hair.

“Lauren did not age well, I’m just sayin.” Hahaha

Hahaha Smackle. “When’s the first nature hike dreamboat?” Smackle do you even know who this is?” “He’s Maya’s Boing” “Then why would call him dreamboat?” “Look at him!”

Really Cory? Couples Weekend? Great Job!

This group of friends are great together. They are all different but that makes then hilarious together.

The Triangle Must Die! “Seasons change. It’s nature. Nature knows the triangle needs to die.”

“Okay triangle over. Our mothers told us that you made a choice.” “Yeah I did but this shouldn’t be my choice, it should be a decision that we all make.” Ha guess Maya is clearly over it. “I got no pride, let’s flip a coin and get a pizza.”

movie night!! movie night!! coward!! Hahaha

Stepping into fantasy world. In Maya’s fantasy of danger and adventure.  “They call him Bond, Huckleberry Bond.”

We enter the world of The Purple Cat Club. Purple territory is not a place to be.  Meow

We have The Bomb, Huckleberry Bond, Crybaby, Uncle Boing, and of course The Purple Cat.

“We’re the power couple of the year and there’s nothing that could ever tear us apart.” “Who dat?” “The names Boing, Uncle Boing.” Haha love Maya’s little whimper.

Haha the class is waiting for some more entertainment. They’ve been waiting for 2 years!

Riley introduces herself to Lucas and he tells her he wants to be a veterinarian.

Meanwhile Maya reveals a bomb set to explode and then proceeds to argues with Lucas and eventually the bomb explodes in a Riley  way.

Next we enter into Riley’s Fantasy.  A world of romance where nothing “bad”happens. Love the added romantic music in Riley’s Fantasy scene.

“Jumpin Johosaphat” haha

Auggie as cupid so everyone can be in love because in Riley’s world everything is perfect.

The interchange between reality and fantasy with these fantasies is great.

Uh oh Maya’s (Dr. Hart) here to interrupt her fantasy  with Josh (Dr. Boing). So of course something funny and horrible has to happen.

The results of this interruption are a diagnosis of GSD ( Gooey Sap Disease)  Josh seems to be stuck on the 3 year thing in fantasy too. 

And of course Riley caused the death of everyone else, so naturally she’s next.

“And now the Riley death scene!” “I wanna be in it! “Oh”

“Where are you going I’m dying!” “Riley please don’t leave me, there isn’t anybody else in this world.” “cause we’re the perfect couple?” “no because there isn’t anybody else in this world.” “except for her, but she’s with him.” “hey no she’s not with me I’m older than her.”  Haha this whole scene is hilarious. The end of the world is inevitable.

No fighting with this triangle because they still have a lot to think about.

“Maybe my dad was right. Maybe we can’t decide this. Maybe only nature can, because nature’s what’s stronger than us.”

“So our lives are going to depend on whatever nature decides it’s going to do with us?”  “Or what we do with our human nature.” “Aren’t we smart enough to know what to do?”

“Who is in control of your life?”  Haha Cory tried to sneak that lesson in there only to be shut down by Topanga. Love these two, Cory can never win with her.

**gasp*** Stars, ambient light because of the whole living in the city. Clever

Well you know what they say about nature and relationships, you’ve just got to let nature take its course.

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SKI LODGE Part 2

Aaron Jacobs has written a beautiful episode. Rider and Shiloh did another wonderful job directing, and the cast held very strong performances and their growth and chemistry shines.

We start off with Riley and Evan continuing their talk into the morning. Naturally Riley flips out because she can’t talk to another guy. As a result we get a jealous Lucas and Maya who comes to the rescue.

While sitting in front of the fireplace. Maya approaches Lucas trying to understand why it bothers him that Riley talked to another guy all night. “Look I know you loose your mind over me in front of the firelight, but is it cool if I sit down?” Hahaha

Next there is the great moment between an Uncle and his Niece. Can we please have more of this please?! Riley goes to Josh asking about when it is that we understand our feelings?  Josh even points out that it’s easy to notice that Maya hasn’t been herself lately. Riley asks why she did this and Josh gives a wonderful explanation.

“Everything you do is to protect each other.” “When she gave up who she was, you went looking for her, you brought her back, you protected her.” “Yeah, but why did she get lost in the first place?”

After a conversation between Riley and Maya, we learn that Maya has been trying to protect Riley and to make sure of what she was feeling. Maya wanted to make sure Lucas is the right guy for her because as they are growing up and letting boys into their lives and they don’t know what will happen next.

Haha Josh messing with Lucas. 

And now this brings us to The official guide of who belongs with who. 

LOL Cory “No!” “That book is evil!” “The first question is, If you could change your mate into one animal what would it be. And the only answer is the falcon.” “Because I am the falcon!”

Let the game begin!

1. The most important part of any meaningful relationship is?It’s not romance, It’s not adventure, It’s ConversationWithout conversation what else is there really?

2. How do you know if you love someone? And with that Maya is done with this game. Let’s get down to the conversation.

Evan is just trying to help people reach places they never thought they could reach before. Evan is pushing because of Riley.

Maya and Josh’s conversation is wonderful. So much meaning and clarity!!  “What I have observed about you, is that you are the best friend anyone could have.” “Maybe it’s cause your dad left, maybe it’s because you never felt that love.” “But it gave you the greatest capacity for love that I have ever seen.”Awwww how could your heart not melt with that compliment? I know mine did.  

“When You’re Riley its hard not to like him” “that was the first thing I found out.” 

Oh now it’s totally clear Thank You Uncle Josh
In the beginning of the conversation Josh says that what he is going to say to Maya might be bad for him. Now Maya asks him why their conversation was a bad thing? In which Josh replies “That it isn’t Lucas who you like?” “That you remember who you are now?”

“That conversation is the most important part of any relationship.” “That you and I just had another amazing one.”

Maya is very observant and always has been. She knows just as much about Josh as Josh knows about her. How else would she have observed what she did about Josh in that dorm room (prior to that really)  in Girl Meets Tell Tale Tot hmmmm?

“Maya can you name one thing you know about him that you love.”  “He’s part of your family Riley, I love your family.”  “What about Josh in particular?” “Yeah Maya you don’t even really know me.”  “Yeah” ” You’re right” I don’t pay attention to anything you do” “I don’t know that you would drive from Philadelphia to New York, not even looking if you got into NYU just so you could open your acceptance letter in front of your older brother because you love him and want him to be proud of you.” “And I see the way you are with Auggie. A little kid who looks up to you who you always make time for.”  “And I know you’d rather stay here with these girls, but your going to walk Riley and me home, because that’s just the kind of guy you are.” “I like you.”    It may have been one-way, but it sure got Josh to stop and think. I mean even his friends could see what was there “Dude what was wrong with you?!” 

Meanwhile during this conversation Josh has not let go of Maya’s hand. We all know the way Maya sees it  “What’s 3 years in the history of love?”  cavemen… footprints…..hold hands. ūüėČ Josh may not know everything, but what he does know is pretty insightful. 

Love that Maya is back to her ways of pushing Lucas. Haha “I don’t want a nice guy? Yikes” -Josh is a pretty nice guy

After seeing the conversation between Maya and Lucas, Josh decides to share a little more. He realizes he can’t let Maya get away.  “For me to ever think that I don’t need a friend like you in the world just because I’m a little older, that’d make me a lot less mature than I want to be.”  

While Maya’s deal is funny, holding hands for 6 weeks, I have to say I like Josh’s deal a lot better. 

“You once said you were playing the long game.” “I like you Josh, it’s you I like.” after a slight pause “I like you, too” Awww finally “And I’d never want you not to be in my life.”  If that isn’t sweet, I don’t know what is.:)  

“Now, how about we try this?” “Boyfriend and girlfriend right now!” “No” ” Boyfriend and girlfriend eventually?” “…..” Aww he’s so flustered  “You’re not saying no.” “You have to say something.”

“I’ll play the long game”  “Live your life,  I’ll live my life. I know you’re out there and…I’m out there too” This  reminds me of an certain older brother and sister- in-law from when they were kids. (BMW season 3- Thrilla in Phila) 

Lucas and Riley’s conversation is just adorable.  “Well I was think if we were together a little more, that you would only talk to other people a little bit and you would talk to me… a lot.” “That’s what you were thinking?” “Yeah I think about it all the time.” Riley’s response to this was so quirky and cute. “And maybe if you went to get a sandwich or something you’d think to get me one too?” “And a drink. And cake!” 

Hahaha Riley calling out for backup.

After asking what the purple jellybean means Lucas explains and than makes his decision.

“It means you Riley.” ” I choose you, and I really want you to choose me.” ” I do” ” I always did”

She gave him the leaf. ūüôā 

“We have this one little life, and for a lot of it we just blow around in the wind. But if we’re lucky and we believe that life know’s what’s best for us, sometimes we land on the right someone to talk to.”

Aww Topanga saw Riley and Lucas/ Josh and Maya’s conversations. At least that’s what I assume. 

“You can come here anytime you want.” “Hey Mr. Matthews, my mother says hello.” ” I am never coming here again.” LOL

“Nature!”

Friendship with these two will always come first. ūüôā 

Thunder…Lighting…Forever 

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A little bit of hope and a lot of good. 

Matthew Nelson thank you for writing a wonderful episode that pushes this show to another level and Danielle did a great job directing as usual, I can’t wait to see what else she’s directing this season. Huge shout to Reginald VelJohnson!!!(Carl Winslow)
The episode opens with Riley in the Bay Window. Riley is singing a silly song whilst brushing her hair.as only she would do, and Maya enters announcing she is planning on doing something bad because she’s Maya and being the rebel she’s known to be something bad has to be done.

At school Cory is beginning to teach a lesson on Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii a beautiful city ruined by a volcano. How the longer it sits the worse it’s explosion will be.

Meanwhile at the Matthews Topanga is trying to take care of a little incident with Doy and Auggie. Stealing candy to a 7 year old is a serious crime folks. Doy’s conscious has gotten the best of him and according to Auggie “you’re stuck your whole life.”

At Topanga’s Maya is still trying to figure out who she is, while Riley, Farkle, and Lucas are goofing around. Until she finds herself completely, she doesn’t feel like she fits with her group of friends. The next moments in this scene are just the beginning of Maya splodding.

Katy (who is wearing her engagement ring!!) comes over to the kids asking them who took the $100 dollars that was missing from the cash register, obviously forgetting she put the money under the cash drawer and forgot about it. Haha I guess staying school makes them less forgetful?? Riley immediately assumes; in a quirky, silly,overly enthusiastic riley way, Maya did take the money and that doesn’t sit well with Maya at all.

“You think you know what I’m capable of?” “You have no idea what I’m capable of.” “You guys want the Maya back, the Maya I really am? you got her.” Things are about to get serious.

It’s Officer James, a local police officer looking out for his community, aka Carl Winslow!! (The 90s are back haha I loved Family Matters as a little kid) ¬†he’s really “drilling” Doy.

Back in history class, with a missing Maya, the lesson on Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius continues. Cory has written “Why live next to a volcano then huh?” Out of ashes comes beauty. What I really liked about this was Maya’s friends know whatever Maya is doing skipping school isn’t her and she is better than that. “Deep down Maya is beautiful.” I love this lesson. ¬†“Places, like people offer wonderful peaks and valleys.” With these peaks and valleys comes the occasional explosion which is only natural.

Now night time we see Maya in a rundown park unloading a hammer, a brick, and some paint from her backpack. Soon she is confronted some old yet familiar faces, who are bad just as she is supposed to be because she’s Maya Hart. Though when the girls take a jab at Riley and call Maya soft, weak and shove her around, things quickly change. Maya’s got the brick and the hammer and goes into defensive mode because she knows who she is.


Love Cory’s advice to Riley. “The job of being somebodys best friend is to make sure that even when you’re not with them, you’re still there.”

We learn that she gets taken by the police for vandalism! She blames Riley for changing her. Officer James decides to show everyone the “damage” Maya’s has done to the park, where they find a beautiful mural of HOPE¬†

Officer James let’s Maya off with warning. Telling her that he’s going to write her up and put her incident in a folder and than misplace that file. He see’s the good in her and tells her he has hope for his park as well.

All that good in Maya’s life has given her hope and acknowledgement that she, like the statue she used to view as small child and question the friendship of her future, has a great group of friends only bring out the best in her.

The friends we choose can have the most profound influence on our lives.”

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Upstate: The influence continued…

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YAY!!!! Best episode of the season, dare I say series so far.  Thank You Mark Blutman for a brilliant script and Joel Zwick for excellent direction. Shouts to Cheryl, Rider, and Sabrina  for very strong performances.

The search continues where Girl Meets Triangle left off… Riley has taken Maya on an adventure to find herself, which¬†leaves Lucas surrounded at the table being confronted by the parents. ¬†Who all want to know who he likes more Riley or Maya?

When the girls arrive at Shawn’s cabin there are details that clearly highlight who he is a photographer. He makes the assumption that Maya has runs to him, but it was Riley who made that choice. While there are things that scream Shawn Hunter there are some that don’t. ¬†What’s up with the tea and Swedish butter cookies??

As Riley explains, Maya is broken because of him. She used to be tough and edgy just like he is….was? He asks “What happens when you meet a good influence and they start to change you for the better?”

In explaining the good influence Cory is to him he tells the girls about Cory wanting to be like him just as Maya has done by become Riley. ¬†We get a wonderful little BMW flashback and he points out that Cory had (has) everything he didn’t (doesn’t) have; the wife, the family, the kids.

“I’ve got trees and that squirrel I talk to, Hi Stevie”¬†“Cory Matthews messed up my life.” “And I’m not going to let that happen to you because of some second generation Cory Matthews.” ¬†¬†“You’re going to protect me from her?” ¬†“Didn’t I say id always be there for you?”¬†“Like Pluto”¬†“Be quiet baby Cory.”

“I didn’t meet you til I was 32, but you’re the reason Maya, that I believe I can be a father some day” What a powerful testament for Maya to hear. Even she has influenced Shawn. “And that’s not because of Cory Matthews.” ¬†“That’s your own unique voice saying you care about me. You should listen to it more often.” ¬†“Maybe I should.” “So you came to see me because you disappeared a little?”

“Let’s get you back. We will pinpoint the exact moment you stopped being Maya and you’ll see it had nothing to do with me.”¬†As the girls dump out the clothes that Shawn spent his savings on for Maya. That has everything to do with him. Haha

Lucas who is still hangin with the parents makes a comment to Katy that Maya is influenced by her is the way she is because she (Katy) is a wonderful mother. Learning the girls went to Shawn seems to put everyone at ease.

Awww it’s Maya’s 14th birthday picture. The one she put in the time capsule, but only she knows that. The pictures that is her hope. Maya claims to not remember what she wishes for but Shawn knows. This extra special wall of photos includes a picture from his first date with Katy which he is bashful of because not only does it show he cares for Katy but Maya as well, because he did something on her 14th birthday that he was proud of.

“I know what you were wishing for Maya,I’ve wished for the same thing my entire life.” “I care about your mother, I hope that’s okay.”

This next moment between Shawn and Maya is so precious.After hearing that Shawn is very fond of her, Maya runs into his arms and engulfs him the tightest hug, she then admits she’s very fond of him as well. Riley pushes Maya to sell her clothes because they aren’t her. Her hope was never in clothes it was in Shawn.

Cory is called in by Shawn and questions why only to be tackled by Shawn because Cory destroyed his life. ¬†“You turned me into you!”¬†“That’s crazy!” Eventually Shawn admits that it’s possible Cory had too much of influence on him. Maya asked how she can change back in which he responds that he wants what he is supposed to have not what Cory and Topanga have.

At the Matthews things are very calm for Katy Hart. She knows that Shawn will say the right thing to her daughter and she has nothing to worry about. Topanga shares with Katy that she’s never seen Shawn’s eyes light up as much as they do when he is around Katy and as she is explaining this Katy is quick to blame it on Maya but is letting her wall down until it crumbles. “I love somebody and somebody loves me.” ¬†She admits with a shaky voice. This is coming from a woman who got married and was left with a 5 year old daughter to provide for and raise up on her own. This is a woman who gave up on glory, long ago, she gave up on her dreams. But then she found Shawn and her world changed.

Shawn is back in his leather jacket, but clothes don’t change a person. Their perspectives have to change too. Leave it to the BFFs to lend a helping hand. Speaking of hand, after Cory reminds Shawn of his spontaneous personality and how he lived in the moment. (This is the best way to live, in my opinion) we get the handshake!!! Oh that was so awesome!

Upon learning that Shawn feels differently Maya wants to know what that is and asks Riley to help her find herself quickly. Which transitions to the school art room where things get messy, in more than one way.

This paint fight revealed so much about the action behind Maya’s change, just as Shawn revealed earlier. ¬†“I was a little girl and I climbed through an open window because I heard singing. I was attracted to what I saw inside.¬† It was someone safe.”“Hello”¬†“This little ray of sunshine who didn’t have a care in the world.”¬†“You had everything. Family meals around a table. I wanted that.””How was your day Maya, it was great dad. You had that.”¬†“You went to bed with a smile on your face every night, while I went to bed wondering if my father was going to be at the breakfast table in the morning, I wanted that.”¬†“I wanted what you had, ¬†everyday was a new adventure …..” ¬†” I did my job!” ¬†“I did my job too” “No! You let me become too much like you!” (Maya found herself by painting her feelings and those feelings were of anger of what she didn’t have)

In Maya’s painting that is full of anger and betrayal. ¬†Mr. Jackson who walks into what he assumes is an empty art room, see’s “a unique voice who’s learned to appreciate the influence of hope.

 

Lucas who has been in the bay window alone for 5 hours waiting and ready to make his decision about this Riley and Maya triangle he has found himself in is confronted by the girls and of course Maya doesn’t give him to chance to decide because she knows¬†that she has let Riley influence her and needs to find out what she feels once she’s found herself completely.

 

As Riley and Maya are talking to Topanga and Katy about the whole triangle nonsense. Maya admits that “We’ve decided we’re going to take a breathe first and find out who we all are.”

Being the spontaneous person that Shawn is known to be, he burst through the door with this grand gesture.

“I’ve been reminded that you can’t help but be influenced by the people or the events of your life. And these can cause you to loose a part of yourself sometimes. Or forget who you are for a while. Or what you need to be who you’ve always wanted to be.” Telling Katy that he loves Maya and that he’s in love with her, Shawn does what he wants in his life, what he knows is right in his heart. He gets down on one knee and asks Katy to marry him. With a teary eyed Maya and the Matthews surrounding them Katy says yes and Maya’s hope¬†come true of a family is just beginning.

Girl Meets Upstate= the essence of people changing  people. How is it that the messages of this show just seem to seep into my life at the moment I need them?!

 

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