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Girl Meets Farkle (formerly known as Girl Meets Normal and Girl Meets I Am Farkle) is the fifteenth episode in season 2 of Girl Meets World and the 36th episode overall. It aired in the U.S. on September 11, 2015 to 1.9 million viewers.
IQ tests results cause Farkle to question who he really is and where he belongs. Later, another student teaches him a lesson in compassion.
While Cory talks to his class about how people and atoms are unique, Ms. Oben, the school guidance counselor, arrives with test and aptitude results for Farkle and the rest of the class. She tells Farkle what he already knows, that he's a genius, but then says the school will want to run some more tests on him. Depending on the new test results, another more specialized school might reach out to Farkle. As his friends eavesdrop from outside the classroom, Farkle insists he would never leave his friends behind.
That evening at Topanga's, Stuart Minkus and his wife Jennifer throw a party for Farkle to celebrate his now-official status as a genius. Smackle crashes the party to congratulate Farkle and to suggest that he consider transferring to Einstein Academy where his talents could be better nurtured.
The next day at school, Cory tells the class that the results from the IQ and aptitude tests don't define a person, and that they should not put themselves into categories, but instead focus on what they put into the world. Ms. Oben comes in again and asks to talk with Farkle alone; Farkle leaves somewhat nervously, and the others in the class begin to look concerned.
Later at the Matthews' home, Farkle announces to everyone that the school is running more specific tests to see whether or not he has autism, particularly Asperger's Syndrome, which Farkle believes he may have, though the others think Farkle's behavior is simply Farkle being himself. Jennifer and Stuart explain that Farkle's only concern was that his friends were all a part of what's going on; Cory notes that Farkle's loyalty to his friends is what he sees in his classroom every day.
After school, Farkle, Riley, Maya and Lucas sit in the Bay Window where Lucas uses a laptop to research some of the symptoms of Asperger's: social awkwardness, narrowed interests, discomfort with physical touch or receiving affection, and difficulty understanding emotion or love. Despite Riley and Maya's protesting, Farkle is convinced he has all of these symptoms and asks them to promise that they'll never let him not understand love. Meanwhile, Stuart and Jennifer are talking with Cory and Topanga in the living room bay window; Jennifer explains that she used to be fearless, but now that she's a mother she lives in constant fear that something could happen to Farkle. Cory and Topanga offer their support to Stuart and Jennifer and reassure them that they'll get through this.
At Topanga's bakery, Farkle asks if they would mind if he transferred to Einstein academy; they say they would, but it wouldn't change their friendship. Smackle shows up and, revealing that Farkle took a tour of Einstein Academy, has him try on one of her school's green uniform blazers; she admits to finding Farkle even more attractive in the blazer (calling him a 'hunk') and suggests they get a table outside alone, clumsily flirting with him on the way out the door. Noticing Smackle's desire to be Farkle's girlfriend, Riley and Maya tell Farkle to go sit with Smackle. He reiterates that he's loyal to them, but the girls remind him that he wanted them to help him to continue to understand love and that being a genius he should find out some things on his own, so he follows Smackle outside.
The two are awkwardly quiet at first, but then Farkle opens up about what's going on with him; when he explains to her that he may have Asperger's, Smackle seems intrigued. Farkle admits that the possibilities scare him and thinks that this may be too much for Smackle, and would understand if she were to leave, but Smackle stays. Taking hold of her hand, Farkle thanks Smackle for accepting him for whatever he is.
The next day, Smackle joins Farkle and the others at JQAMS to observe Farkle in his habitat. Just as class is about to begin, Ms. Oben again enters and asks to speak to Farkle alone in her office. When Farkle returns to class, he talks about autism and Asperger's syndrome. Farkle talked to the counselors for a long time; to his relief, the counselors told him not only that he does not have Asperger's, but also that they don't know what to make of him, which he likes. Riley, Maya, Lucas and the others are pleased to hear the results, but Smackle is disappointed. Cory repeats that atoms are as unique as people, and that the only label a person should wear is their name. Farkle thanks his friends for being his friends, and for studying up on Asperger's, which surprises Cory. Smackle then speaks up saying that observing Farkle in Cory's class was to be her proof that he belongs at Einstein Academy, but noticing the many friendships in the class, she admits she is wrong about her hypothesis, and that while Farkle belongs in Cory's class she feels she should leave, casting a sad look toward Farkle before walking out.
That evening, Stuart and Jennifer join Cory and Topanga for dinner. Recalling their time together in high school, Jennifer says her self-assertive behavior (which is what scared Cory) was borne of the fact that she was always comfortable with herself, never caring what others thought of her. Stuart says that even if Farkle had been diagnosed with anything at all it wouldn't have made any difference in the the way he and Jennifer love him. After Jennifer thanks Cory and Topanga for being there for them, Cory says he's not scared of her any more.
Sitting in the bay window with Riley and Maya, Smackle is convinced that Farkle doesn't want her; Riley wonders aloud if it's because he doesn't have Asperger's like Smackle does. Surpised that they know, Smackle admits that she was diagnosed with Asperger's when she was five years old and that she still struggles with it. Riley and Maya explain that science dictates that Farkle and Smackle can be together now that they're no longer "like forces that repel". When Farkle comes through the window to talk to his ladies, he refers to Smackle as his arch-nemesis, and then tells his "fake wives" that he wants a double divorce, so Riley and Maya go sit on Riley's bed so Farkle and Smackle can sit together. When Smackle begins to explain she has Asperger's, Farkle says he already knows, and wants to show her the same compassion and understanding she showed him; Farkle asks to hug Smackle which she agrees; she says she doesn't like it, but then tells him "Don't stop".
At Topanga's, Farkle shows Smackle that Riley, Maya and Lucas are all his friends, and that they make him feel like he could rule the world. Riley and Maya suggest that Smackle should transfer to JQAMS instead, saying that she would have good friends there and as such she might not struggle so much with her Asperger's. Lucas puts his letterman jacket on Smackle, and then Riley asks for a show of hands as to who's normal, to which no one responds. When she asks who wants to be normal, Smackle raises her hand, but then slowly puts it down, showing that she has confidence issues.
- Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews
- Ben Savage as Cory Matthews
- Sabrina Carpenter as Maya Hart
- Peyton Meyer as Lucas Friar
- Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle Minkus
- Danielle Fishel as Topanga Matthews
- Lee Norris as Stuart Minkus
- Kristanna Loken as Jennifer Bassett Minkus
- Cecilia Balagot as Isadora Smackle
- Cyrina Fiallo as Ms. Oben
- Sarah Carpenter as Sarah
- Darby Walker as Darby
- Nicholas Jabonero as Yogi
- Yindra Zayas as Yindra
- Hunter Wickham as Dave
Cory: Hey, Monster.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Yeah?
Cory: You don't scare me any more.
Stuart Minkus: Thank you for my son.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Thank you for marrying me.
Stuart Minkus: Yeah, well you told me to.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Remember when we were in high school and you thought I was a monster just because I was bigger and different than everybody, and I handcuffed Shawn to a boat house.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Well it never mattered what people said about me. I've always been comfortable with myself, no matter what anybody else called me.
Cory: I think that's a good way to go through life, monster.
Topanga: No matter what they tell you, he's Farkle and we love him.
Topanga: Of course I'm sure, Stuart. I mean you are almost as smart as me.
Maya: Can you please give us one of your classic Maya pick me ups?
Riley: Whatever happens, at least you're in better shape than Maya.
Maya: Well, that wasn't what I was going for, but sure, let's turn on me.
Riley: You think you've got stuff? This is a bag of cats.
Maya: Okay, there, little helper.
Cory: Riley, what are you?
Riley: Bunny farmer.
Riley: Then don't go into my room.
Farkle: Are you suggesting my dumb-dumbs are holding me back?
Riley: I am a blob fish.
Farkle: And science never makes a mistake?
Riley: Really? Have you never seen the blob fish? Why science? Why?
Lucas: Riley Matthews?
Lucas: Would you-
Lucas: Do me the honor-
Riley: Any time at all.
Lucas: Of becoming-
Riley: Whatever you want.
Riley: Do you not understand yes?
Lucas: Farkle Minkus?
Riley You're gonna be there right?
Farkle: A yes is a yes. Here's your ring.
Farkle: You get two penguins.
Farkle: Maya, marry us quick while she's still distracted by the sparkles.
Cory: Hey, Minkus. Great party. Nice shirt. I don't care about any of that. You married Jennifer Basset? Did you know that?
Stuart Minkus: We fell in love. She told me.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Stuart and I want to thank Farkle's friends who care about him. You're all he ever talks about.
Stuart Minkus: We hope you'll keep encouraging him to be as unique as he's always been. The Minkuses have always been simple, incredibly rich people. I hope you'll enjoy our party, and please don't forget your complimentary penguin.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: I hold in my hand, the answer to the question everyone's been asking. Is Farkle a clone, a robot, or a real boy?
Farkle: Real boy. Real boy. Real boy.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: This is the birth certificate of Farkle Minkus, real boy.
Farkle: Thanks for having me, mom.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Any time, kiddo. You make me proud every day.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Hi, Cory!
Jennifer Basset Minkus: Nothing's ever been out of our control before. We usually control everything with money and, penguin.
Stuart Minkus: Welcome to our Farkle Genius Party. I'm Stuart Minkus, the original genius, very proud to welcome my son to the club. I'm sure his mother, who's unexceptional, would like to say a few words representing her people.
Jennifer Bassett Minkus: Yeah, I'm unexceptional. Who does what I say?
Stuart Minkus: Everybody.
Riley: [hugging Smackle] Still having trouble with the hugging thing, aren't ya?
Smackle The average middle schooler spends nine minutes a day in hugs. Do you know what I can accomplish in nine minutes?
Smackle: Ask NASA
Miss Oben: One more thing, Farkle. It's important not to react to your score in anyway that might make your friends feel-
Farkle: Inferior? Of less value? Like dumb-dumbs.
Cory: We're talking about my daughter.
Farkle: Whose fault is that?
Miss Oben: The rest of the class falls within more traditional careers. Although, we did get one bunny farmer.
Riley: (off-screen) Yay!
Miss Oben: And arm-pit sniffer number five in a deodorant factory.
Maya: (off-screen) I got a job!
Farkle: And my aptitude test says I should consider a career in?
Miss Oben: Ruling the world. Never seen that one.
Miss Oben: Farkle, I have the results of your-
Farkle: Of my IQ and aptitude test? I'm a genius, right? You know how I know? Because I'm a genius. It's not conceit when it's true, Mr. Matthews?
Cory: I wouldn't know. I'm barely literate.
Riley: Are you finally taking him away?
Maya: He goes, we go.
Lucas: I'm here so it's not just the girls.
Farkle: Belgium 1831.
Cory: Okay, everybody, it's happening right now. Under your desks. Farkle's gonna blow.
Farkle: I know everything except Belgium 1831, and once I know that I'll know everything, and then my name goes on the board with those three idiots.
Lucas: Narrowed interests. Going on about a subject, even if the people he's talking to don't have a shared interest
Riley: Farkle, were interesting in everything you're interested in.
Farkle: Belgium 1831!
Maya: Stop doing that! He's gonna stop doing that.
Farkle: Isadora, I'm a single man now.
Smackle: Farkle, before we continue, there's something I need to tell you. I have—
Farkle: I know you do. I also know you showed me understanding and compassion.
Smackle: Of course
Farkle: Please let me do the same. May I hug you?
[Farkle hugs Smackle]
Smackle: I don't like this.
Farkle: I know.
Smackle: Don't stop
Cory: A. Every human being is a unique collection of atoms. B. Some of you in this room might be human beings. C. When you mess with atoms or human beings, they blow up.
- September 3, 2015 (Canada)
- March 21, 2016 (Israel)
- May 18, 2016 (Poland)
- June 9, 2016 (Latin America, Brazil)
- August Maturo (Auggie Matthews) does not appear in this episode.
- This was the first episode of the show to go below 2 million viewers.
- The episode premiered in Canada on September 3, 2015, a week before it aired in the U.S.
- This is Smackle's fourth appearance on Girl Meets World. The others being Girl Meets Popular, Girl Meets Smackle, and Girl Meets Farkle's Choice.
- Three experts: Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D, ARTHUR Pober, Ed.D.; and Shiela Wagner, M.Ed., consulted on the episode to help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families.
- The episode was directed by Willie Garson, who becomes the fourth BMW/GMW cast member to have done so.
- Shawn is mentioned in this episode.
- This marks the first appearance of Jennifer Bassett Minkus in Girl Meets World.
- Cory refers to the boathouse incident from the Boy Meets World episode "First Girlfriends Club".
- Farkle is the protagonist in this episode.
- Anthony Tyler Quinn and Fred Savage attended the taping as guests of the production team.
- The episode title was renamed from "Girl Meets Normal" and "Girl Meets I Am Farkle".
- This episode aired on Nicholas (Yogi) Jabonero's 13th birthday.
- The original airing contains a Disney title card with a link to a website on autism. The version shown on iTunes does not contain this title card.
- Student wagers on Farkle being a real boy:
- Riley bets with Yogi
- Lucas bets with Maya
- Sarah bets with Darby
- Yindra bets with Jade
- Haley bets with Jade
- It is revealed that Lucas had a varsity letterman jacket.
- Smackle seems to like the fact that Cory's class includes "Farkle Time."
- The series running gag since Girl Meets Home for the Holidays about Farkle not being a boy has been answered with confimation from Jennifer that Farkle is a real boy.
- This episode was nominated for a WGA TV Writing Award.
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