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 8: Boy Meets World – Santa’s Little Helper

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I love Boy Meets World. It might just be my favorite television show of all time. I remember hearing the word of Girl Meets World and being the happiest guy on the planet. I figured Christmas would be a good time to revisit my favorite show. This episode is from the first season and is the first of a few Christmas episodes on Boy Meets World. The first season of Boy Meets World is far from my favorite season, but there are a lot of good moments. Plus the first season has Minkus! I’ve been watching some One Tree Hill recently. Don’t judge me! Lee Norris who plays Minkus on Boy Meets World has a big role on that show as the character, Mouth. He’s a bit of a nerd in both, but he’s awesome either way. Time to review this episode.

The Plot

It starts with Mr. Feeny (the greatest teacher ever) reading A Christmas Carol to his 6th grade class. It’s a bit of a Christmas tradition on Boy Meets World to have Feeny read the Dickens classic. Cory and Shawn do their typical make fun of the Feeny book of the week routine which makes Feeny have Topanga switch seats with Cory. This is the first season so Topanga is a total weirdo. One thing I forget about in the first season is that it has a theme song with opening credits. It’s the most elaborate of all the Boy Meets World openings, but I like it. After the theme song, Cory and Shawn talk about what they are getting for Christmas. Shawn says he’s getting a shitload of stuff while Cory brags about getting a basketball. Cory also complains about wool in this episode a fair bit. Cory notices that Shawn has a packed lunch today which is unusual. Cory shows Shawn that he’s saved up five bucks to buy a net for his ball. Minkus asks Shawn for five dollars to pay for Feeny’s class gift, but Shawn says he doesn’t have the money yet. Minkus says that he has been putting off paying him for a couple of days now. The youngest daugher, Morgan, who is maybe  4 or 5. I’m not sure. She went to visit Santa Claus where one of the elves was possibly a mobster. She sat on Santa’s lap and he had a heart attack. She’s now locked herself in the bathroom because she thinks that she has killed Santa. Alan, the father, thought it was hilarious when he heard the story. Cory comes in and checks under the Christmas tree for presents. He immediately finds the wool present. Cory goes to tell Shawn when his dad stops him. His dad tells him that Shawn’s dad got laid off from work and that Shawn won’t be getting many presents this year. Yes, I do believe this is the first “Shawn is poor” episode. Cory believes that giving Shawn one of his presents will make things better. It goes wrong with Shawn not wanting Cory’s charity. Mr. Feeny listened in on the conversation and he told Cory that Cory only gave Shawn the gift because Cory wanted the thanks from it. Mr. Feeny is a smart man. He always delivers good advice. The next day at school, Minkus demands Shawn to give him the money but Shawn still can’t give him any. Minkus tells him that he will not get his name on the card and he will look like a deadbeat. Shawn leaves, but Cory comes to the rescue. Cory tells Minkus that Shawn loaned him five bucks and Cory pays off Minkus. In class, Minkus gives Feeny the present. Feeny reads all the names including Shawn. After class, Shawn thanks Minkus for putting his name on there when Minkus tells him what happened. Shawn finds Cory back at his house and he gives him an old net he found in his garage. The two are best friends again and all is well. Morgan has spent the episode in the bathroom until she is bribed out by Eric (older brother) and her mom. She is happy until the mobster elf comes and scares her some more. The episode concludes with Mr. Feeny dressed as Santa Claus to convince Morgan that Santa is still alive. I think Feeny does a bad job since he doesn’t even put the beard over his mouth. Morgan even figures it out wondering why Santa looks like Mr. Feeny. The End!

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Final Thoughts

It’s pretty good for a first season Boy Meets World episode. I’m more partial to season 2 myself. While the “Shawn is poor” stuff gets a bit tired throughout the seasons, it’s nice to see where it all begins. Mr. Feeny is in top form in this episode. He gives out his usual advice and comes through as Santa in the end. He’s awesome. Cory seems like an idiot throughout the episode caring only about getting gifts that aren’t wool. He shines at the end though finally learning his lesson. I didn’t mention Eric much in this episode since he has a small role. He has the best line though when talking to Morgan in the bathroom. He tells her Santa is on the phone and that he said, “Ho Ho Hoohohoh” imitating a heart attack. I got a good laugh out of that scene. Shawn does well hiding that he’s poor, and it’s easy to see why he’s upset when Cory gives him a charity gift. I like that he knows in the end that Cory was just trying to be a friend. Boy Meets World is nothing without the Cory/Shawn bromance. Overall, it’s a fun Christmas episode and I would gladly watch it every Christmas. I might need to track down the other Boy Meets World Christmas episodes to compare. That sounds like a plan.