Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 20: Boy Meets World – Santa’s Little Helpers

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You know I still haven’t gone Christmas shopping yet. I’m a terrible person, but I am back with another Boy Meets World Christmas episode to review. This episode adds an “s” to the end of the first season episode I reviewed to create a brand new sixth season episode. What has changed since the season 5 Boy Meets World Christmas episode? Cory and Topanga are engaged. Everyone is in college. Rachel has joined the cast. Shawn and Angela broke up. Well, they weren’t actually together before the last Christmas episode I reviewed so they got together and then broke up. I think we are all caught up so will this be the best BMW Christmas? I don’t know!

The Plot

Mr. Feeny really seems in the holiday spirit, but the janitor throws away his Christmas tree. “Happy non-denominational holidays!” Eric has been hired to be Santa Claus and he has made Rachel and Jack his Mrs. Claus and elfboy. Cory invites Shawn to his place for Christmas, but what he doesn’t know is that Topanga invited Angela. This could create problems. Cory and Topanga talk about it, but Cory sees this as an opportunity to put them back together. Cory is really funny in this episode. Eric gets into the holiday spirit as Santa, but a bus full of orphans comes in to make Eric’s job a little tougher. He starts to give presents to all the kids. Eric, Jack, and Rachel go out and buy shit for all those kids. Eric even gives Jack and Rachel his dad’s credit card to buy things.. I’m sure Alan is going to be none too pleased with that. Cory isn’t being too subtle about trying to get Shawn and Angela back together. He takes them to couples only skating and he makes them string popcorn together. They both know what he’s trying to do. Shawn and Angela kiss under the mistletoe adding more drama to this episode. Cory tells Shawn that Angela is still in love with him (she told him in another episode) and Cory also tells Shawn that he knows he still loves her (Topanga told him earlier after Shawn told her in an earlier episode). Shawn talks to Angela and Cory buggles things up more by telling her that Shawn still loves her. Shawn and Angela leave and go to the student union. Shawn says he’s not ready to love, and Angela ends it for good (until season 7). Eric has given all the presents away. He’s even stolen presents from his house to do it. A boy named Tommy comes to Eric and asks him for parents. Eric doesn’t know what to do about this. He even tries talking to God wondering why God sent him this kid. Eric says he will do what he can to make this boy happy. Back at the Matthews house, they open presents to reveal that Eric has left them cards saying their presents have been donated to orphans. Alan is not happy about losing is drill. Eric brings Tommy to the house and asks if it’s alright if he spends Christmas with them. Alan asks Tommy if he got his drill. It’s a nice little moment though that Tommy gets to stay. Another funny part is Mr. Feeny opening a box for a breast pump, but that’s for Amy and not him. Feeny also doesn’t get to put his Wise Santa ornament on the tree which was tradition. I noticed the tree isn’t aluminum in this episode! Damn you, Topanga! Feeny does read A Christmas Carol to close out the relationship. Right when he says Marley is dead as a doornail, Shawn and Topanga walk through the door and that line perfectly described their relationship.

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Final Thoughts

It’s not the happiest of Christmas episodes. The Shawn and Angela plot is totally depressing even if Cory is being funny throughout all of it. The Eric plot is also pretty depressing after it started as heartwarming. It ends heartwarming with Tommy staying with them for Christmas and Eric agreeing to be like a big brother to Tommy on weekends. There is another sad episode later in the season where Eric does try to become Tommy’s dad. Mr. Feeny even becomes depressing in this episode since his tree gets thrown away and he doesn’t get to put up his Wise Santa ornament. This episode is just a real downer. It has funny moments with Cory and Eric, but it doesn’t quite put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s probably at the bottom of my favorite Boy Meets World Christmas episodes, but it does advance the plot well. Not every Christmas can be happy so it’s more realistic in that way. I do believe there is still one more Boy Meets World Christmas to go! We’ll see when I get to that.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 14: Boy Meets World – A Very Topanga Christmas

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So happy to return to Boy Meets World! It never gets old! The 3rd Christmas episode of the series features the classic Christmas Carol theme. Of course! It’s a staple of television Christmas specials. I’m surprised Boy Meets World waited until the 5th season to do it. Main difference in Boy Meets World season 5 is the addiction of Matthew Lawrence as Jack Hunter. He plays Shawn’s half brother who lived with his mom instead of their dad. Jack came up in a rich family as opposed to Shawn. How will the two get along on their first Christmas? What about Cory and Topanga? Find out now!

The Plot

The Matthews family is setting up their Christmas decorations. They have their eggnog and their aluminum tree. Topanga is staying over for Christmas this year because her parents (played by various actors over the years) are assholes. Topanga does things very differently on Christmas. She likes her cider,green tree, and she likes to open presents on Christmas Eve. This causes a dilemma between her and Cory. Cory is surprised to learn how different he actually is than Topanga. Eric is constantly complaining to Cory about it. He even asks if Topanga still wants Christmas on the 25th. Topanga wakes up at 3 in the morning to talk to Cory because she gets up that early sometimes. Cory is not used to this. His father is also up at that time. Alan gets Cory a good father/son talk about being married and how it sucks. He doesn’t really say it sucks. The next morning, Cory flips out on Topanga about their differences. He heads over to Shawn and Jack’s apartment. I guess Eric lives there too but he’s not really there in this episode. Shawn and Jack are spending their first Christmas together and they are looking for something in common. They eventually come to learn they both love ice skating so they go do that after Shawn tries to talk some sense into Cory. Cory falls asleep watching A Christmas Carol on TV when Mr. Feeny as the Ghost of Christmas Future talks to him. Feeny was in the episode earlier wanting to read the story, but Topanga wanted the whole family to act out the thing. I probably would have run away from Topanga too. Feeny shows Cory his future where he is fat and being taken care of by bald Eric. He only eats Christmas tree pancakes because of Topanga’s love of them. Topanga on the other hand is married to Jack which is really weird. Cory learns his lesson and he gives his promise ring to Topanga who also gives him one. It’s all a happy ending and Feeny gets to read A Christmas Carol!!!!! They all fall asleep listening to him read it. Poor Feeny!

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Final Thoughts

I’d probably move this episode up to my favorite Boy Meets World Christmas episode. Christmas is the central theme to the episode and it has an important theme of two different people who love each other trying to find common bonds during Christmas. Cory and Eric are the best parts of the episode. I guess I can include Feeny in there as well. Shawn and Eric are good in their scenes, but no great laughs come from them. I liked seeing Topanga and Cory work out their differences for the good of Christmas! It’s just too bad they breakup in the next few episodes. Damn you, Lauren! It’s still a good episode though. Worthy of a Christmas watch!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 9: Boy Meets World – Easy Street

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Another day of Boy Meets World! I’m so excited. It’s like the first week of Christmas was about Power Rangers and the second is Boy Meets World! It’s just the way Jesus intended it to be. This is a fourth season Boy Meets World episode. A lot has changed since everyone has gotten older of course. Morgan is not in this episode since this may have been during her long timeout. I don’t remember. I should have rewatched the ending picture they took to make sure. No more Minkus who only appears one more time in the season five finale. This episode features the addition of Mr. Turner who made his debut in season two. Enough explaining things! On with the show!

The Plot

It’s not your typical Christmas episode. The episode begins the typical Boy Meets World way. Mr. Turner is discussing “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and Cory and Shawn are sleeping through class when Mr. Feeny arrives. In one of the best BMW scenes, they debate over which class they slept through. Feeny claims that during his class “Mr. Hunter does the yipping” while they sleep. Turner talks to them about choices and roads not taken. You know right away this will be our central theme for the episode. Cory and Shawn both have new jobs. Cory has a job at an Italian place where he basically gets coffee for the mob. Shawn works at the docks really early in the morning. Cory takes Shawn to his job where Shawn informs him he is working for the mob. Cory is too stupid to figure it out for himself. Cory quits his job for the funny mobsters. They really are highlights of the episode. Shawn then begins to work for them instead. Shawn feels happy he can buy Christmas presents for his friends even if he knows where the money is coming from. He happily gives Cory a watch, but Cory feels that because where the money is from that he can’t be completely happy about it. It’s a nice reversal from the first season BMW Christmas episode. Shawn is told to deliver a package on Christmas Eve where he waits until Cory tells him to come back to his place. They discuss roads not taken and it all ends with Shawn taking the right path. Woo! The Eric sideplot isn’t too much to write about. A girl he works with named Lonnie is lonely and wants to spend Christmas with her family. Eric tries to drive her there since he wants sex, but they end up in a blizzard. Eric bumps himself on the head which knocks him out. Maybe this is the moment where Eric becomes incredibly stupid the rest of the series. Lonnie later tells Eric back at Eric’s house that she had to strip them down naked to keep the warm. Eric was not pleased to hear this and he keeps trying to get her to do it again. It all ends with a happy Christmas picture! No Christmas Carol this time! Lame!

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Final Thoughts

I don’t think it’s as good as the season 1 episode which is interesting since I normally prefer season 4 over season 1. This episode had a big lack of Feeny. I think that’s what it was missing. He only appears in the first and last scenes. The parents aren’t given much to do either. Topanga is even barely used. Her role was basically the same as it was in the season 1 episode. That’s odd since her role on the show has grown big since that season. It is good to see some Mr. Turner in this episode. I’m pretty sure this is his second to last onscreen appearance. The next time we see him he’s in the hospital from a motorcycle crash. Quick Wikipedia search confirms that Morgan was in this episode. She must have been in that picture. This is indeed Mr. Turner’s second to last appearance. Poor guy goes out in the hospital. It’s a good thing Minkus mentions him in the season 5 finale or else we might think he’s dead. The Cory and Shawn stuff are the good parts of the episode. I’d argue the mobster guys got too much time, but they brought good comedy. My main gripe with the Cory/Shawn scenes are that it was too similar to the first season episode even if the roles were reversed. Plus A Christmas Carol works better for Christmas than The Road Not Taken. I didn’t really care for the Eric parts in this episode. It’s somewhat funny, but I guess I’m not a big fan of horny Eric. He’s reeking of desperation. Overall, it’s not a great BMW episode and it’s an average Christmas special. The Christmas focus was on the backburner for the Shawn choosing the right road story. I’m hoping the next BMW Christmas special is much improved.