Girl Meets I Do-An in depth review

This episode was absolutely beautiful and filled with so much emotion!!! A huge round of applause to Mark Blutman for bringing a happy close to Shawn’s lifelong search for love. Another round of applause to Ben Savage for superb  direction. 

This episode opens with the reality of the approaching wedding, we see Maya who is unsure of it all and Riley of course trys to cheer her up with her overwhelming optimism. 

“And here comes the dragon to burn down everything.””Hi Girls” “The weddings off I knew it, I mean hi.”

Shawn and Katy are so cute together. They really are perfect for each other. (Can I just say that I love the fact that Shawn hasn’t changed from his charismatic and poetically thoughtful character. I grew up on reruns of Boy Meets World and eventually found a connection with Shawn.)

Next Maya’s insecurities really take over and she begins panicking, causing her to wake up in the middle of the night. “Riley Matthews!” “I am plagued by doubts.”

Learning that as a child, from age 4, Maya has been trying so hard to protect her mother pulled hard on my heart. Learning that Katy spent her nights crying didn’t help either. Gosh I love the character Maya has grown to become, and how her multiple layers change with her. 

Cory and Shawn together is a riot!!! Hilarious. “I set you free my little Shawnee-bird. Fly, fly away.” “Don’t go””Slumber Party back on!”Absolutely loved the pillow fight

This scene with Katy,  Topanga and Riley and Maya was great and really played to their friendships. 

What if it makes him look go from “I do” to “what I do”.  

Through all the hard times Katy has become content with her life and wouldn’t change it. While Maya still isn’t sure.haha love the door bit with Riley and Maya! Ma how

“Why do you want to marry my mother?” “Because I love her Maya.” “Words. Those are just words.” “Yeah they are. But I don’t say those words a lot alright. I was never even sure what they meant. Now I am. They’re the best words I got. So they’re important. I want you to understand them.”

Riley trying to sneak into her room was great physical comedy!! Sorry Riles, Maya seems to be on a mission. 

I love Shawn and Maya’s relationship so much.and how we see in this scene between the two, and later on adding Katy, how much Maya truly means to Shawn. 

“I already asked you for your blessing and you gave it.” “Yes. That’s why words aren’t enough.” “Look I feel different. I feel scared.” “Of what?” “Of why this needs to happen at all.”

Maya is letting her fear out. Her fear of change. We know Maya has never liked change. This next step is huge for her and all she wants in the world is for it to go right. 

“Why get life involved in a big ceremony?!” “Because your mother and I want to invite life To this ceremony Maya. We want life to change us for the better.” “Promise me this will work.” “No I can’t. I can promise that I want it to. And I can promise that you’re a big part of it. Ask me why.” “Why?” “Because I never want to let you down.” Shawn has made note of this many times, even when he first meets Maya in Girl Meets Home for the Holidays. He says he doesnt want anyone to grow up like he did.  He even reconnects Katy and Maya in Girl Meets Master Plan. 

“We respect your tragedies Maya, we do, we’ve had our own. But we’re taking a leap of faith here. You wanna jump with us?.” Shawn recognized what was going through Maya’s head. He understands that she is still hurting. Maya hasn’t had a father really active in her life since she was 4 years old , and we already know she doesn’t take change well, even if the change is good. For Maya she needs proof to solidify everything.  

Awww Shawn has had this ceremony planned the whole time. “What do you want to do tonight? Dinner, movie, get MARRIED.” It’s happening and he wants Maya to be a part of it. ūüôā 

 It’s happening but not in those clothes! “No, we have to. The guy who’s marrying us gets here in an hour. You’re gonna love him.” I’ve always adored Shawn’s relationship with Mr. Feeny. Shawn knew exactly who he wanted at his his impromptu wedding.

This scene between Shawn, Cory, Topanga, and Katy showed the best friendship in television history was still very much alive. hehehe and it also showed that while both are ready to get married, Katy and Shawn each have their concerns.

“Will I make a good husband?” If you’re getting cold feet I will drag you up there myself.” “No I’m marrying the woman I love today, I just need to know if Im gonna be a good husband for her?”

Haha Cory “Should I return the boutonni√®re ?!”

Oh the worry on Katy’s face!  

“I’ve been looking for you.” “Why” “Um before we do this, no matter what the future brings, I want to you to know how much I want to be a good wife.” “That’s all I’ve been thinking about.” “Do you think I could be a good wife?” (Katy is plagued with doubt too) For Katy, her marriage fell apart out of nowhere. She doesn’t want that this time around. She wants a strong marriage and wants to be the best wife she can be, because she didn’t get that chance before. 

Cuteness overload!! Auggie and Ava both hilarious and adorable. So good to see Maya happy. Feeeennnaaayyyy!!!!!

 Of course Shawn would bring Fenny in. He means so much to him and is the only person that could get the job done. (I recently watched the BMW episode called City Slackers. This is where we learn Shawn’s middle name from non other than a Feeny himself. We see the heart he has for Shawn and how much he wants him to succeed, despite how Shawn thinks he’s seen.) 

Hahha “who’s mr. Feeny?” “I think he’s my grandpa?” 

“I’m a lot of things to many people.” “Grandpa!!” “No!” Best line 

Another classic Cory and Shawn moment. Aww Cory giving Katy away just had to happen. 

“We are gathered here today to witness the joining of two souls. Shawn Patrick Hunter and Katy Grace…Cleeterboosky” “Its Clutterbucket.” “Yes I know, I’m just trying to give you some dignity.” LOL

Classic Shawn, Cory, Feeny moment. Yes. Get that assignment I quick Shawn.

Umm these vows are everything! Omg Ava and Auggie at it again. The old married couple giving their blessing. hahaha 

Maya watched her mom struggle for almost a decade and now she found love and is trusting it. Maya wants to a part of that too. “Wait before this happens. I’m with you. I’m jumping with you.” “Thanks kiddo” Love his little nickname for her. “I’ve always been with you.” Oh Maya yes you have and your momma appreciates it so much. “Proceed” 

And she goes from Katy Grace Clutterbucket to Katy Grace Hunter!!!!!! 
The Tag, ahhhhh the Tag!

“We did it!” “Wait is Shawn my father now?” “Not officially. He’d have to adopt you first.” “Get on it!” “I’m all over it!” Ummmm Yes! This better happen. 

Ohhhh Fiji!!

 “You ready?” “For the rest of my life” “Um, am I your daughter now?” “Well it’s how I’d like to think of you, if it’s okay.”  “That is the most okay thing that has ever happened for me.” 

The past doesn’t escape you, the pain of our past remains. It is what makes us who we are, but it also helps us grow. It is the importance of learning to move forward and grow with life that is key. 

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Ski Lodge: Human Nature at its finest


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.



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


Friendship with these two will always come first. ūüôā 


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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 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…


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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Influence…How does it shape us?¬†

This was yet another great episode with an even more important message. Thank you Joshua Jacobs. Ben did a wonderful job directing and Rowan and Sabrina shined as always.

 Girl Meets Triangle

The dramatics were turned up for Breakup Monday!! I guess you can’t have a little drama without jazz music.¬†¬†Those two girls in the bathroom are just like Riley and Maya and look what’s happening to them. Even the boy can’t escape the drama.

This Art teacher doesn’t mess around.

“What is that?” “That’s not who you are.” “I painted what I’m feeling, what’s wrong with that?”¬†“What’s wrong with this is I don’t know what you’re trying to say.”

What? Maya deviated from the assignment?? She hasn’t done that since 7th grade!

¬†“Why’d you pick that bench?” “I don’t know I just did.” “Well clearly it influenced you.” “What are your influences? Why are you the way you are?””When I look at this picture, this is what comes out.” “Artist have influences. Sometimes those influenced help them discover their own unique voice and sometimes those influences turn you into a copy cat.”– Truth- We are always going to be influenced by those around us. Some are good influences and some are bad but they always teach us something.¬†“I’m going to call this incomplete, because that’s what this says about you.” And Maya is just got torn apart.

The girls bay window conversations are deep. Riley is trying so hard with Maya. She certainly isn’t the strong¬†willed fighter¬†she was before.

“Maya?”¬†“What?”¬†“Where are you? Where did you go?”

 The boys are back and they have jelly beans and a scale!! I knew immediately where this was headed as soon as Zay picked the bag of jelly beans up. Love the BMW Easter eggs hidden in this show.

Cory and Topanga are the best at giving advice so of course they can do something about this right??

Katy is back!!!! . “I shouldn’t be here, this is about my daughter.” ¬†“We only raise Rileys” “Katy I need you to be ¬†strong parent”¬†Oh Katy does try so hard “Maya!” “That’s all I got.”

“Maya, I know who you are. Even your art teacher says that this isn’t you.”¬†“Wait a second you’re having a problem in art, how is¬†that possible?” Katy knows her daughter and knows that Maya is a great artist, so something must be wrong. ¬†“Those influences help you become who you are” “Good influences are only good influences when they help you find you.”¬†“I am me!”

Back in the Bay Window…

“Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to be you.”¬†“Why?”¬†“Because you were always stronger than me and than¬†you just proved it.”¬†“How?”¬†“Maya I only talked about it, but you actually did it. You became me.”¬†“What’s wrong with who I am now?” ¬†“My voice is still my voice Riley. You’re going to need to show me a lot more than clothes and hair and a boy before I believe that it isn’t.”

¬†I’m tellin ya Maya gets me all the time.¬†

Ohh Monet, I love Monet! It’s all about perspective. You can’t always just look at things close up. Sometimes you need to look at he whole picture.¬†“A painting can sometimes¬†be recognized for what it truly is by changing perspective. This may also be true with people”¬†“I owe you an apology Ms.¬†¬†Hart.”¬†“Everybody does”¬†“I Took another look at your piece.” “Your work is absolutely saying something.”¬†She painted the Purple Cat!!!¬†“You haven’t lost your voice. You’re screaming Ms. Hart.”

And so there we have it Maya is Riley. What happened? Is she really Riley or is she being convinced that she is?

“I’ve only ever benefited from the things you guys have taught me.” “I’m lucky to know you.” ¬†“Ma, they messed me up.”¬†“Yea I know babygirl, I gotta pay attention.”

Katy is hilarious.

“I’m her, I’m gone.”¬†“I’ve always looked forward¬†to seeing who the real Maya Hart turns out to be?” ¬†“So have I”¬†“You gonna take that away from us?”

“Thunder” “Lightning” “help me”

I love these two girls. They have the best friendship.

Awwwwwww ¬†the bench. Riley has a huge impact on Maya’s life and I know she will find a way to help her.

As for the ending of the episode all I can say is WHAT?!

Anyway thanks for a great episode about influence and its impact on our lives. There are so many things that can influence us in our lives. We have to pick and choose those influences carefully. I know I have had many people influencing my life and what I do. 


See you all in 2 weeks  on July 8th for Girl Meets Upstate!! Shawn is back!!!

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You are your permanent record

I know I give shout outs every time, but the writing, acting, and directing are just that good. So shouts to Teresa Kale and Rider and Shiloh Strong for a great script and direction. A wonderful job all around to the cast as always. Rowan did excellent in this episode.

Ohhh Spanish class. It’s so great to see the different classes the kids go to other than History class.

Hola Roberta! “Today I Ama wearing sandals.

So Maya is good at English (class), Art and Spanish. hmm Maya is smart when she wants to be.

“An A is an A wherever you go.”¬†“Yay!!” ¬†“Spanish”¬†“Gooooaaall!”

Oh no a D!! *gasp* Ay-ay-ay

“Riley. It’s only¬†one grade.”¬†“Yeah you know how many D’s I got in middle school. One time I got 5 D’s in one day.”¬†“You’re cinco de Maya” “Haha oh I don’t get it”

“I must’ve¬†been at this table a thousand times and a thousand times you ask “how was school” but you haven’t done it yet today.¬†Why is that? Why?”¬†“How was school?!”¬†“Welcome to the first ever in her life, Maya refrigerator ceremony!”¬†“Maya!”¬†“How you do that Maya?!”¬†“I did it myself with¬†my own widdle head.”¬†“No cheating”¬†“All brainy”¬†“Yaaaaayyyyyyyyyy”¬†“Maya that’s an A! Let me smell that.” “That’s real baby.”

Maya sure is proud of herself. Look she even made it on the Matthews fridge.(I can’t get over how they treat Maya as a part of their family. I love their¬†relationship. ūüôā )

Oh boy Cory trying to fix this situation.

“Riley you’ve always been a good student. You go to school, I’ll talk to your teacher.”

“Cory do you think you’re the best person for this?”


Well that didn’t go very well, but glad he’s learning from it too.

The next 3 years only get harder and what comes after that is ridiculous.”¬†“Right so¬†why not build their self-confidence?”¬†“Because if we’re good teachers we can get them to do that themselves.”¬†“Yeah,¬†I have the tremendous disadvantage of loving her.” “I love them all.”¬†(I’m living the ridiculous life right now and let me tell you it isn’t easy at all!¬†Post grad life is a journey with MANY ups and downs.)

¬†Zay and Maya’s handshake. Winners vs Losers.

Smackle¬†“Don’t hit on me in front of Lucas!”¬†“Smackle!”¬†“Don’t hit on me in front of Farkle!”¬†“Smackle!”¬†“You, me, Lucas, and Zay. We’re better than a triangle. We’re a quadrilateral.”¬†“What’s that?”¬†“It means a square. Over here we say square.”

CHEWBACCA nice Boy Meets World reference!!

Topanga is the best mom ever! Looking out for her daughter and husband. Aww

“She wants to talk to me” ” I’m going to get killed.”¬†“Riley, we’ve always taught you that life would present its challenges. That’s what life is. You got a D on your Spanish exam, what are you going to do about it.” ¬†“Before I leave¬†to be your teacher. go get em'” ¬†Auggie was great in this scene. “This is all for her benefit isn’t it?”

Loved this heart to heart between Riley and Farkle. ¬†“You’ve always been Riley.” “That’s your permanent record.”

Back in Spanish class Riley put forth her best effort.

“Thank you for pushing me to raise my avocado.”¬†“The potato am a good sailboat.”¬†“That’s my girl Roberta!” “The potato am a good sailboat.”¬†“Sit down!”

“You know what I’ve known all along. Even though I just learned it right now.” “Good teachers look down the road to someones possibilities.” (This reminds me of something my 1st¬†grade teacher always said to us. “Use what you know and you’re good to go.” She passed away when I was in 2nd grade but¬†this has stuck with me for 19 years. Though we are always learning something new, when we use what we know good things will likely¬†happen)

Cory is still crazy and has his way of trying to help is  great. Topanga is still a strong personality who values her kids and their accomplishments. They are the best parents and look out for their kids  and Maya and I absolutely LOVE that.

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What’s Valuable…

Girl Meets Jexica

This episode had me in hysterics!! There were so many hilarious multi liners that had my sides hurting. Shouts to newest GMW writer Mackenzie Yeager for a side splitting script. The whole cast was spot on but Rowan shined in this episode with her comedic timing.

Haha Maya is embracing her full name and Riley thinks no one will like her, typical Riley. Riley gets one husband and of course she gives Maya five.

“Why do you care what people think?”¬†“That’s all I do.”¬†“Honey just write down something you like and stop being so dramatic.”¬†“Okay I am the least dramatic person that ever roamed the face of the earth”

The guys’ answers were the best!!!!!

Favorite movie-Lucas “Oh Butch Cassidy” “Empire Strikes Back,” “The Notebook” “love never dies man.” Okay favorite song. oh “Desperado” “Anything by Celine Deon” “The sound of my computer turning on”

Hello to alter ego it’s like Jessica but x-ier”

I didn’t like not having the same schedule as my friends either, so I totally get Maya and Riley.

“I turned to talk to you in class to tell you about this little dry patch and I realized I was talking to Yogi.” “Hey you try that eucalyptus girl?”

The way the comments were read was great.

“You have a friend from Nairobi?” “Well we’re in the early stages of our relationship and he wants to give me money, so I say we’re besties!”

“Honey they don’t even have a real identity, they’re just trying to gain your trust.”¬†” I do trust prince Baji he does so have an identity.””he sent me a picture”¬†“That’s Morgan Freeman” “it’s always Morgan Freeman?” “How can you not trust that face.”

1,2,3 Trick Me’s are the best!¬†¬†Ahh yes Boy Meets World flashback!!

The Sneezing Panda, and Charlie bit my finger!!!! YES

Social networks can be a trap. What’s the real value? It is so true that we get caught up in the likes and comments and favorites. We shouldn’t post things to gain attention or make up an anonymous accounts. We just have to be true to who we are as individuals.

“And that bothers some people but not me because I’m too busy answering every odors private requests for advice.” of course Maya would attack Riley. ¬†“Hi Jexica, my name is Lucas Friar…”

Clever move. Of course he knows. And of course Maya knows that he knows. But Riley is Riley and she would step it up to the next level and do something out there.

Oh hey there Jexica!

“It’s me Maya”¬†“I know who it is nimrod! Why does everything have to get so out of hand?”¬†“You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Cory and Topanga disagreeing is the funniest thing ever. Don’t think Cory can ever win with Topanga. I’d love to see the day.

And…..everyone is Jexica! “I am Jexica!” “Yogi?” “Jexica”

“We’ll be right back after this with our lesson.”

They even added the transition to commercial into the episode. Brilliant. 

Matthews was right. Things changed and the piano playing rabbit took over.

“What’s valuable?” “Who you are isn’t measured by today or¬†tomorrow, but by a whole bunch of days of what you do.” “The great thing about evolving is that we continue to grow and feel.” “Don’t be influenced by somebody else’s likes, or clicks, or favorites.”

“Who should determine what you think?” “Wikipedia”¬†Gosh I love Maya.

The Bay Window is always a good place to go

“Lucas told me that you are Jexica.” Oh Zay¬†“Guys I want us to last forever.”¬†“Welll, how do we do that?”¬†“By finding out that friends who¬†know who you are, is the most real thing there is”

Great now I have a new cute video of a puppy to watch. Who’s Your Best Friend….Pizza

I’m pretty sure my sides hurt from laughing so hard in this episode. I love an episode that is funny yet has a great message that needs to be heard in our society today. Thank you for writing such relevant lessons. It’s so easy to get lost in the digital world now.¬†

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