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Mar / October 1st, 2015 / 11 Comments

GMW

This episode was by far my favorite of the season. As someone who has been bullied both in school and online, I appreciated it so much that they touched on this topic in Girl Meets World. The acting in the episode was fantastic as the actors really outdid themselves. Rowan Blanchard especially showed us what she can do and her acting had me tearing up.

The episode starts out with Maya coming to Riley’s room before school. When Riley doesn’t want to get out of bed Maya is confused and tries different things to get her to get her moving. When Maya makes a comment about her being in Rileytown, Riley gets upset and calls her a bully leaving Maya even more confused than she was before.

While in class, Cory is doing lesson on Conflict Resolution: Hamilton vs Burr when Riley’s cell phone goes off. Cory tells her that she shouldn’t be texting during class and Riley agrees before putting her phone away. She tells Cory that she needs to learn how to resolve a conflict and when Cory asks what it is Maya explains that Riley thinks she is bullying her. Cory says that a bully isn’t someone who says something you don’t like ,that they are someone who uses power and intimidation to hurt others. He explains there is a difference and to not throw that word around. As Maya and Riley continue to go back and forth Riley finally stops and asks Maya why they have to keep talking about it. Cory explains because the way to solve conflict is though words. Instead of talking it out Riley challenges Maya to a duel.

After school Riley, Maya, Lucas, Farkle and Zay go to Topanga’s Bakery. Riley and Maya begin to duel it out with Ice Cream but Riley ends up leaving after Maya says to Riley that she’s a sweet weird little goofball and that she loves her just the way she is. After Riley leaves Maya realizes that something more is going on with Riley. She tells Cory and Topanga that they have a conflict but wants them to stay out of it so they can resolve it on their own. Maya, Zay, Lucas and Farkle are all in Topanga’s Bakery talking when Farkle tells Maya that Riley wants to be left alone or be heard because a bully is making her feel like a nothing. Maya doesn’t understand why Riley won’t talk to her. Farkle tells her the reason Riley is yelling at her is because its her way of trying to get her to hear her.

Maya goes to the Matthews and confronts Riley on what is going on. She tells Riley that it doesn’t matter if they have a conflict that they will always work everything out because that is what friends do. When Maya asks her why she didn’t come to her when someone was bullying her Riley starts crying and tells her it was because she was humiliated. Riley and Maya end up talking things out and working out their little conflict which is what Cory was trying to explain in the lesson. Riley broke down crying and it was making Maya cry as well and Riley showed anger towards the bully. Maya comforts her and Riley finally tells her what is going on.

Zay and Farkle fill Lucas in on what is going on with Riley which in turn makes Lucas angry that Riley didn’t tell him. In the meantime Riley and Maya built a wall hoping that Lucas couldn’t get in but he did anyway. He tells her was angry that she didn’t tell everyone what was going on. There was a hilarious line with Zay saying it is impolite to just walk in whilst holding a bowl of cereal that he got.

The next day in school Cory confronts Riley saying that he knows something is going on and that he hasn’t told him. Cory explains to the class that there is always someone you can turn to if you are being bullied. You can confide in your teachers, friends, a parent, or another adult. He then names all of the students in the class by their name. He stresses that he is always there for her and the whole class if they ever need anything.

After school they are hanging out in Topanga’s Bakery again. Lucas tells Riley he can help take care of the situation if she wants. Riley is trying to figure out what she has to do about this cyber bully who is putting videos of Riley online. In the next scene Riley is confronting the bully at school. She tells them she will continue to be who she is and that the bully won’t stop her from being herself. She also says that she will do the dance now in front of the school. The last scene was a very strong message as it shows that you shouldn’t let the bully win and you should never stop being yourself. In the very last scene Cory is telling the kids at Topanga’s Bakery that whatever conflict happens next they will figure it out.

How did you like the episode? Discuss it below!


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I'm Mar and I'm the website owner of BMWSequel.com. My favorite shows include: Once Upon A Time, Girl Meets World, Switched at Birth, Baby Daddy, Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars. In my my free time I love working on this website to keep you all updated on everything Girl Meets World, the cast projects what the writers are up to. I also love spending time with my family and two cats. My 4 year old nephew is my whole world. <3 Side Note: I've been able to visit the set of Girl Meets World twice now and that cast is SO wonderful and welcoming. They are the most kindest people I have ever met. 🙂


  • kevin riley

    2 ppl deserve most of the credit. Rowan Blanchard for her great acting & Lauren Otero with the script. Rowan did not just break the fourth wall she demolished it. A problem I have with Disney channel is that their promos for GMW hardly match what the episode is actually about. Because @ first I thought one of those she doesn’t know what to dfo about Lucas episodes.

  • Anthony Thomas Baker

    Kevin, I would agree, except I would have to add Sabina. What took place between them in the Bay window was amazingly well done because Sabrina’s tears were as real as Rowans. As Maya, she is the good and faithful friend of Riley, because that friendship is as real as the friendship between Sabrina and Rowan.

  • Luis Torres Lamboy

    This was such a touching episode, acted beautifully,

  • Pajamaparty

    This was perhaps the best episode of the series. Bullying and cyberbullying is horrible and so many kids go through it. I know that in my case I was bullied in high school by a few people (not many but a few). I was kind of gangly back then, my complexion wasn’t great, etc. But then when I got to college, I grew into my looks, my skin cleared up and I was popular in college so it can change. However, no one should ever have to endure that and online has made it even worse.

  • I had many issues with the episode, I didn’t like the way Riley handled things at first – though I thought the confrontation scene was pretty great. One of my big problems is that the episodes don’t occur in a vacuum, they are telling an over all story and just last week Riley was proud to be unique and now she had this regression that was so big and jarring. I liked the reactions her friends had to the situation, even telling her that she doesn’t have to and shouldn’t just takE It alone.

  • Holly Fulton

    I was Never Bullied But I’m against it and this was THE BEST EPISODE I’ve seen and you rock Riley

  • Laura Morrow

    Also my favorite episode of the season. It’s nice to see some touching, sad stories, whether they relate to me or not. I, thankfully, was never bullied, but I know many who were. This and “Girl Meets Farkle” were absolutely amazing!

  • Scott Ward

    That was an amazing episode. I really felt the emotion, especially when Riley started crying, and than got Maya crying too. It really didn’t feel like merely good acting, I really felt when Riley started crying, after explaining to Maya what the bully was doing, that it was not acting at all, I felt like the actor Rowan was remembering something in her own life that made the scene so emotional; what? I don’t know, but I think Rowan definitely had some kind of trigger that got her emotions as Riley going……….. I remember when I was taking theater classes, one thing we were taught as actors is in difficult scenes (usually those that involve crying), that it is good to have some kind of trigger of some event in your own life that can bring those emotions up for the character you are playing. A trigger that only you know about, and don’t share with anybody else. A kind of secret weapon so to speak. I think Rowan definitely did that…………..This episode definitely brought tears to my eyes, I could really feel what Riley was feeling.

  • Michael David

    I’ve been bullied in real life. And I feel that the emotions and feelings were spot on. And I loved the fact that you didn’t actually see the bully, because it also played on the perceived anonymity of online bullies. And yes, when you stand up to them with words and not fists, you win. And they really do get smaller.

  • Valerie Millikan

    I was blown away by Rowan’s acting in this episode. BLOWN AWAY. Everyone acted supremely, but we’ve seen tears from Sabrina/Maya and we’ve seen powerful emotion from Peyton/Lucas. But this was the first time that Rowan’s character was able to be seen as vulnerable and she handled it BEAUTIFULLY. Made me cry. I wanted to give her a hug, to tell her it was ok, to tell her that we love her. She completely pulled me into her character. I didn’t feel like I was watching a show, I felt like this was my friend or my daughter’s friend or my niece or someone and I wanted to make it better for her. It was also really amazing to see the new dimension to Riley’s character. Loved this episode. I think it should be shown at schools to help with bullying. I like that we never saw who it was the bullied Riley, because it did not put a face on bullying. Bullies aren’t always big punks in leather jackets (aka Harley Keiner) Bullying had many faces. It doesn’t matter what the face of bullying looks like, its still not ok.

  • Timothy Schafer

    best show to date.

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