Written by Mar
Last night (May 11th) Girl Meets World’s second season premiered with an episode titled “Girl Meets Gravity”. This episode was fantastic and really hit close to home for me. The episode started off with Riley introducing herself and telling where she’s from as well as the name of her school which she says is where she and her friends are the center of the universe or so she thought. I thought that the writers were on point with writing how teenagers start acting around the age Maya and Riley are. They think everything should revolve around them, get embarrassed by their parents, and think they should be able to do things without their parents being involved. Riley and Maya of course starting 8th grade didn’t want Cory to be their teacher again. I mean really what 8th grade girl would want their father to be their teacher?
When the girls got to school they ran into Farkle and Lucas. Things were a bit awkward for Lucas and Riley because they hadn’t really talked about the kiss that they shared in the beginning of the summer. When the four of them entered the classroom they were rather surprised to see that Cory wasn’t their teacher. The girls were a bit smitten with the new teacher which I thought was realistic too. I can remember when my friends and I would think certain male teachers were cute. The girls kept trying to talk over the teacher who ended up having a enough of their disrespect and walked out. Cory came in and the girls told him they wanted to transfer so he let them which surprised the girls because they didn’t they think he would. The next class was with a female teacher who also didn’t tolerate them disrupting the class. Maya and Riley were acting again as if things should be about them and the teacher ended up kicking them out of class. It then shows Riley talking about how sometimes you think that the world revolves around you but it really doesn’t. We then get to see what Cory is up to in his class. He is telling the students that the lesson is going to be that you shouldn’t take what you have for granted. In the meantime we see Topanga and Auggie at Mrs. Svorski’s bakery. Mrs. Svorski talks Topanga into taking over the shop for her. Topanga doesn’t want to but Mrs. Svorksi eventually talks her into it by telling her that things change. The girls come there after school and are taken by surprise that Topanga is there. Cory shows up about 20 minutes later and Topanga tells Mrs. Svorski she has the perfect manager for the bakery when she can’t be around. The manager that Topanga hires is Maya’s mom! The girls tell their parents how they want to do things on their own and don’t want them to be around all the time. At the end of the episode it shows us that when Riley was talking it was in the bakery at Mrs. Svorksi’s memorial service. Riley and Maya learn that you should never take things for granted and always appreciate having your family around because you never know what can happen. The girls learned a hard lesson that not everything is about them and they need to appreciate what they have. The very last scene of the show is Cory calling Mr. Feeny to see if he is doing OK.
This episode really hit me hard and I was crying by the end of it. 3 years ago my family and I had an unexpected tragedy when my father passed away unexpectedly. My sister and I had breakfast with him that morning and then later on that afternoon he took a bike ride. He never made it back home. This hit our family so hard as we never expected it and especially because at the time my sister was 6 months pregnant with my nephew whom my dad never got to meet. The part with Mr. Feeny also got to me because it made me want to call my Grandpa to check in on him but I can’t because he needs a speaking valve in order to speak. I hope that all the teenagers who watched this episode learned an amazing lesson from it. My hats are off the writers and cast for such an excellent episode. I know that this episode is one that parents can relate to as well. I have a friend who has a daughter that is Riley’s age (she actually turns 13 this year) who just said the other day that having a teenager daughter is trying. Her girl is at that age like Riley and Maya where everything is about them. I told her to sit her daughter down and make her watch this episode because she’d learn an amazing lesson from it.
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