|“|| Auggie: Joshie!|
Josh: Auggie! Come here!
[hoists Auggie up on his shoulders]
Auggie: I love it up here!
HistoryAlan and Amy Matthews, yet he saves his most enthusiastic welcome for their son, his Uncle Josh, who immediately lifts an overjoyed Auggie up on his shoulders. A little later, Josh has convinced Auggie that decorating a sleeping Alan with some extra tree lights and ornaments would be a fun holiday prank. While they do so, Auggie asks Josh what the difference is of having a younger father and an older one. When Josh answers that younger fathers don't fall asleep during a party, Auggie merely jerks his thumb over his shoulder to where his father, Cory, is yipping in his sleep. Soon dinner is called by Auggie's mother, Topanga, but before Auggie reaches the table, his grandfather manages to hang an ornament on his back. To his mother's utter amazement, the entire feast is consumed within five minutes, and Auggie and Josh share a chuckle between them. Throughout the day, Auggie's sister, Riley, and her best friend, Maya, had been pestering the visiting old childhood friend of their parents, "Uncle" Shawn Hunter, and he finally rises from the table, heading for the door. Halfway, he calls for Riley to follow. As Auggie and Josh are helping clean up, Riley and Shawn return, and his sister demands that their father and his best friend go to her room, which the pair reluctantly comply. Some time later, Auggie, once again riding on Josh's shoulders, enters his sister's room to deliver a message from his mother to the others, that they are about to open presents. Josh takes the opportunity to improvise a mocking theme song for Cory and Shawn, and Auggie comments that he would never watch such a show.
After Josh helps Auggie with some final touches on the tree, Shawn makes the sudden offer to take Auggie and his sister on his next assignment, in upstate New York. Auggie is eager at the chance to finally spend some time with Uncle Shawn, but Riley adds the condition that Maya is to come as well, which Shawn approves. Maya on her own initiative, then invites Josh, who also agrees to come by stating, "Cool."Farkle and Lucas to join them as well. Reluctantly, following Topanga's advice, Cory allows them to play the Family Game with the Matthews (and Maya). After the game has been set up, partners must be chosen, and Auggie asks Josh to be his, which he agrees. However, Maya abruptly rises up and grabs Josh's hand, insisting he should be her partner and engages in a tug-a-war with Auggie utilizing Josh as the unwilling rope. Auggie correctly points out that Josh is his uncle, but a maniacal Maya proclaims that Josh is her "husband," causing the somewhat mystified boy to let go, and offer less-than-heartfelt, "congratulations." The doorbell rings bringing Matthews neighbor, little Ava Morgenstern into the mix. With the arrival of his "woman," Auggie informs his uncle he now has to fend for himself. Having been sufficiently creeped out by Maya's advances, Josh instead volunteers his services as the Game Show Host. Throughout the evening, the game serves as a backdrop for the conflicting viewpoints on the importance of friends versus family being championed by Riley and her father. To unite the group, Riley decides that they should all, for the very first time, explore playing the long game option together, to which the teams of Riley and Maya, Cory and Topanga, Farkle and Lucas, and Auggie and Ava, and Host Josh, agree is a fine idea. Hours later, Auggie needs to roll a two to finally bring the game to a close, but Ava simply moves their piece two moves forward, and hits the button signalling victory. At first, nothing appears to happen, but then the center of the board begins glowing with miniature multicolored lights, and the playing pieces seem to arise, on a rotating platform in a very impressive holographic effect, before resuming its normal appearance. The group concludes that the long game is life itself, with the ultimate lesson being that friends can become family, and family can become friends.
Similarities and differences
- They are both the youngest child in their family.
- They both have an older sister.
- They are both male.
- They both have brown hair.
- Both are close with Cory;
- Unlike Josh, Auggie has no brothers.
- Auggie is younger than Josh (by ten/twelve years; Josh is born in 1999, while Auggie is born in 2009, yet Auggie is said to be 5 years old in season 1 while Josh is 16-17).
|“||What's the difference between having a younger daddy and an older daddy?||”|
—Auggie to Josh
|“||Younger daddy doesn't fall asleep in the middle of a party?||”|
—Josh, as Auggie jerks his thumb at a sleeping Cory
|“|| They're two grown men in a girl's bedroom window, |
and nobody thinks that weird. A wink.
—Josh singing an improvised mock theme song
|“||I would never watch that show.||”|
|“||Family game night, now with extra family.||”|
—Auggie bringing Josh home with him
|“||Would you be on my team, Uncle Josh?||”|
|“||Try and stop me.||”|
|“||He's my uncle.||”|
—Auggie trying to tug Josh away from Maya.
|“||You're on your own, pal. My woman's here.||”|
—Auggie to Josh as he places his hand on Ava.
|“|| If Auggie Matthews can roll a two, then we will finally |
find out what happens when you win the long game.
—Josh acting as the game night host
- Auggie loves riding on Joshua's shoulders.
- Auggie is the only one who calls Josh "Joshie."
- Unlike Riley, Auggie rarely calls him "Uncle Josh."
| The image gallery for Auggie and Josh may be viewed here.