|“||Maya, you need to believe in things. Why won't you believe in anything?||”|
|“||We’re here to discover what it is we believe in. Different people believe in different things.||”|
Cory asks the kids to challenge one another’s beliefs to see if it changes their perspectives.
Maya finds a $5 bill on the floor of the school and picks it up. Riley argues that she should put it back, because obviously it belongs to somebody else who dropped it, but Maya keeps the money, believing she has the right to keep stuff she finds on the ground since there’s no way of knowing who dropped it. Riley asks Maya if she thinks a higher power is watching over everything she does, but Maya does not believe in that.
In class, Cory pairs the kids to work on assignments. Riley and Maya are paired up for an assignment on Thomas Jefferson, and Lucas and Farkle are paired up to study about Joan of Arc. Riley and Maya have a hard time because Maya doesn’t want to do any work, and Riley knows she will be stuck doing the whole assignment herself. They also start arguing about how Maya doesn’t believe in anything (notably God). Farkle and Lucas argue because Lucas believes that Joan of Arc had a vision when she heard the voice of God, whereas Farkle believes she had a medical condition and was therefore crazy. The pairs both get a little sick of each other and decide to switch around so that Riley and Lucas can work together and Maya and Farkle can work together.
When Riley and Lucas begin their assignment, they discuss Thomas Jefferson and realize they have all the same opinions about the man. That strikes them as a little boring, as there is really nothing to discuss. Maya and Farkle discuss Joan of Arc, and Maya says that she was just a goofy teenage girl who wanted to share what she believed with the world. Farkle points out how much that sounds like Riley, and suggests that Maya might admire her a bit. Maya tries to deny this, and says she is enjoying some time apart from Riley as they work on their assignments with different partners, but soon admits she does in fact miss Riley.
Riley and Maya decide they’re still better off not working together, so the kids switch around again so that Riley and Farkle work together and Maya and Lucas work together. Maya asks Lucas what it is that makes him and Riley believe in a higher power. She tells him she feels like Riley is pushing her to believe, but she doesn’t like to be pushed. He tells her not to expect something big, loud and obvious, and that most of what he believes comes to him when it’s quiet.
Later, in the bay window, Maya asks Riley whether she prays. Riley answers “all the time”, and Maya asks if she doesn’t think that’s a little greedy. Farkle agrees and asks if she doesn’t think she should leave something for someone else. Lucas sides with Riley and argues that everyone gets heard by God. Cory comes in and tells the kids that different people believe different things, which is okay, but it’s good to listen to your friends before you decide for yourself. Riley whines about people not believing in what she believes in, and Farkle rhetorically asks Cory to prove the existence of God. Cory asks Farkle whether he can see him right now; Farkle says yes, since the air is clear. After using a prism to refract the light surrounding the air into a rainbow, Farkle learns that just because you cannot see something does not mean for sure that it may not be there.
Through the assignment, the kids learn that Jefferson thought religion should be a personal choice, and that Joan of Arc, whether she really heard the voice of God or not, believed in something so strongly that it inspired an entire nation. Farkle states that while he's not sure anymore about the existence of a higher power, he is grateful that he and his friends are here together, thankful even if it was a higher power that assembled them together. Riley decides to let Maya’s beliefs be Maya’s business. Maya, however, decides to listen to Lucas, and reveals to Riley that she prayed, making Riley ecstatic that Maya now believes in God as well. Maya tells Riley that she prayed for all the people in the building across from her window and that she also prayed for Riley to have eternal happy days; but to Riley's surprise, she did not pray and ask anything for herself, since she didn't want to bug God about her. Riley then says "huh", as she realizes that this whole time, she's only prayed and asked about herself, and has never prayed for the sake of anybody else.
- Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews
- Ben Savage as Cory Matthews
- Sabrina Carpenter as Maya Hart
- Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar
- August Maturo as Auggie Matthews
- Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle Minkus
- Danielle Fishel as Topanga Matthews
Riley: There are no coincidences, Maya. A coincidence is just the universe’s way of saying, “Hi.”
Riley: Why doesn't everybody believe what I believe?
Cory: You mean they don't?
Cory: How dare they?
Maya: No. I don’t admire her. I don’t miss her. And I am quite enjoying my me time. I miss her. I love her. What did you do to me, Farkle?
Cory: We’re here to discover what it is we believe in. Different people believe in different things. But it doesn’t hurt to listen to the people we love before we decide for ourselves.
Maya: He strongly believed that in a truly free society, religion should be a personal choice.
Maya: I just need to take a break.
Riley: From what?
Maya: From you.
Lucas: Why we’re all up here is because we don’t know who’s with who’s anymore.
Maya: I’ll take any whose, I’ll take the who’s with the apostrophe because I never know which is right.
Riley: Did you ever think that when you look through a microscope you miss the bigger picture?
Lucas: Yeah. Look, don’t expect it to be big, loud, and obvious. For me, most of what I believe comes to me when it’s quiet.
Maya: Yeah? I don’t get a lot of quiet. What do you do?
Lucas: I don’t know. You just...you just listen.
Auggie: You think Daddy will be okay without you for a few more minutes?
Topanga: Yes. He's a big boy. He'll be just fine.
Cory: Topanga, I’m lonely!
Riley: How do you feel about Thomas Jefferson?
Lucas: Well, the more I read, the more impress-er he gets.
Riley: Right? Never once wavered my belief.
Lucas: I admire his strength for character.
Riley: So, we completely agree with each other.
Lucas: Looks like it.
Both: So, why do I need you?
Lucas: You know it is possible that you’re too close.
Lucas: I don’t think she really meant that, Riley.
Riley: She does.
Maya: Hey Lucas...what is it that makes people like and you have such a belief in a higher power? Riley of Arc is trying to push me there, but I’m not the type of person who likes to be pushed, you know?
Lucas: Yeah, I've noticed. I don't think that you can be pushed into something this important anyways. Even by Riley.
Maya: Yeah, Joan of Arc though she had a voice inside her head.
Maya: I said a prayer last night.
Riley: Can I say yay?
Maya: It was real quiet, I was alone in my bedroom looking out my window, and all those people, in all those buildings, I just-I want them to be taken care of.
Farkle: I’m fine with my face!
Farkle: Joan of Arc was the fiercest teenage girl there ever was, and I know some pretty fierce teenage girls.
Farkle: You have a better life because of-look at you! Your freak face is just a collection of cells and bone structure that was randomly and somehow so perfectly put together. That if there was a force that did that for you, I'll tell you right now: he hates me.
Farkle: Nobody hears voices inside their head, that's just crazy. It is so!
Lucas: Farkle, you did it. What I believe? All wrong. I really respect you. Your scientific mind has changed me. It either that or [blow raspberry]
Riley: You know why it’s a great day?
Maya: For you? Because it’s a day.
Maya: I want you to have an endless supply of great days.
Riley: Thank you. What did you pray for yourself?
Maya: Me? Nothing, I would never bug Him about me.
Maya: This is where our friendship ends.
Maya: Back then you could drive at 13?
Riley: Put it back!
Maya: This is my only source of income.
Farkle: The two of you can’t be apart; it shakes the whole foundations of the Earth. Some things are just true.
Maya: Can I ask you a very personal question?
Riley: Are there any other kind?
Maya: Do you pray?
Riley: All the time.
Maya: Isn't that sort of-
Riley: Greedy? How?
Farkle: Shouldn't you leave something for someone else?
Lucas: Well, I think everyone gets hurt.
Farkle: See, I just don't get how those things are possible. I mean, do you really believe he hears everything you say?
Lucas: Do you like computers?
Farkle: I do.
Lucas: Can't I find out everywhere you've been with just one click?
Lucas: God can't do that?
Maya: Join me at the beach Farkle.
Farkle: Is nothing real anymore?
Lucas: Riley, change partners?
Maya: Oh, of course you'll make it a square dance.
Maya: Maya's on vacation. Leave a message at the beep.
Farkle: There's no beep is there?
Farkle: We are somehow surrounded by the people we need in our lives. They are in front of me and I can see them. I don't know how it happened that the four of us are here together in this place at this time right now. That part is a mystery to me, but I am grateful that it happened.
Cory: You got a prism on you Farkle?
Farkle: No! Who would carry - Why would you think I - Yes.
Cory: Oh, uh, Lucas.
Lucas: I'm in your daughter's room?
Cory: So are you and Maya back together?
Maya: No, Riley and I have decided to separate our work lives from our bay window lives.
Cory: I’m sure that’ll keep the love alive.
Topanga: Please say "Hi for us
Auggie: I will. Goodnight.
Cory: Goodnight, Buba. (kisses Auggie on the head)
Topanga: Goodnight, you sweet boy.
- May 23, 2016 (Israel)
- June 17, 2016 (Philippines)
- June 24, 2016 (Italy)
- August 11, 2016 (Latin America, Brazil)
- This is one of the few Disney Channel shows that bring up the topic about God, belief and religion, but isn't the first.
- Tony Stark/Iron Man is mentioned by Auggie, who mishears "Joan of Arc".
- Mrs. Svorski is mentioned in the episode.
- This episode is similar to Cult Fiction from Boy Meets World; in fact, both episodes were written by Jeff Menell.
- This is the second time Cory chases Lucas out the window and grabs one of his shoes. The first time was Girl Meets Flaws.
- The plot of finding lost money was inspired by a real life incident between EP Michael Jacobs and one of his sons.
- Cory tells Maya that Thomas Jefferson died over 200 years ago. However, he died in 1826, famously dying on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Yogi finds the $5 bill Maya leaves at school.
- According to audience experiences, a scene was deleted in which Auggie ate something, which required on-set medical attention for actor August Maturo.
- The kitchen wall displays pictures of Auggie with Angela Moore, George Feeny, and Mrs. Svorski.
- This is the first episode not to feature guest stars.
- Maya listens to Lucas, who did not pressure her, over others, for the second time.
- Due to being aired out of order, Farkle is seen wearing his turtlenecks again.
- This would have been the last episode with him wearing turtlenecks if the episodes were aired closer to their production order.
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