|“||Riley, I've already met the world. It's your turn.||”|
When Maya leads a rebellion in class, Riley tries to emulate her by joining in, much to the dismay of Cory.
Riley Matthews and her best friend Maya Hart are sitting in the bay window in Riley's bedroom discussing whether or not they should sneak out the window to go to the subway. Riley thinks she's ready to walk by her parents, but the two decide to sneak out the window instead. Moments after climbing out, they climb back in followed by Riley's father Cory, who reminds them that it's not yet their world or else Maya would have already had Riley on the subway thinking that they had put something over on him. Riley asks how long she has to remain in Cory's world, to which he responds "until you make it yours"; Cory then entreats Riley to make the world hers, but she wants to be sure that Cory will still be there for her, which is when her mother Topanga comes in and says they'll both be there.
Riding the subway, Riley now fancies herself to be just as cool as Maya, but Maya challenges Riley to maintain her newfound coolness when she looks at a boy sitting nearby, which causes Riley to giggle excitedly. Maya offers to teach Riley everything she knows about boys and girls by sitting down next to the boy and do a "speed relationship" with him before getting up and walking away, leaving the boy confused. Maya asks Riley if she still wants to be like her, which she does, so Maya releases Riley's grip on the safety bar just as the train is braking; the centrifugal force pulls Riley right into the lap of the boy, who introduces himself as Lucas. Just as Riley slides into the seat next to him, an older woman comes up looking for a place to sit; Riley gives her seat to the woman and goes back and thanks Maya, but then starts pondering as to whether or not she'll have any more exciting experiences. Maya releases Riley's grip on the safety bar a second time as the train again brakes, again pulling Riley forward, only this time she falls into the lap of the older woman; after a quick scowl, the woman hands Riley over to Lucas saying "It's for you!"
At school, on the way into class, Riley and Maya are discussing their homework, which Riley has done, but Maya hasn't. Riley pleads with Maya to do her homework because she thinks that the teacher is a total nut job and there's something wrong with him; their teacher is none other than Cory, who chides the two for being late, but Maya gives them an excuse note supposedly from Cory himself, but was forged by Maya. Cory is about to give them their next assignment when a new student from Texas, Lucas, arrives from the subway. He takes a seat behind Riley, much to her excitement, and Cory's instant suspicion.
Cory begins class with a discussion about the Civil War, and gives the reluctant students their homework assignment: they are to read pages 1-48 of their textbook and then write a three-page essay on anything they believe in fighting for. Maya decides to protest against homework and leads the class in a revolt chanting "No homework! more freedom!" Maya offers Riley a chance to be like her, so after a hesitant look at a dismayed Cory, Riley joins in Maya's revolt. Continuing Maya's chant, the whole class marches out of the classroom, except for Lucas who seems befuddled, and Farkle, who cannot decide whether to pursue his education or be with "his women" (Riley and Maya), leading him to pass out and Cory catching him.
At home, when Topanga asks why Riley wants to be like Maya, Riley explains that Maya is cool, has a wild side, and does as she pleases. When Topanga points out that Riley is a good person, Riley is convinced that nobody cares about that, and walks to her room believing that her parents don't know her at all. In her room, Riley sits in the Bay Window questioning her personality and destiny, while her 5-year-old brother Auggie, sitting next to her, questions himself about bears, cakes, and his drawings. Riley wonders aloud if Auggie is mocking her, which he is not as he believes they're twins; when Riley says they're not twins, Auggie runs out of the room crying for Topanga.
The next day in the school cafeteria, Maya and Riley notice Lucas trying to find a place to sit; Maya opens up a spot between her and Riley, which Lucas sees and approaches, but Farkle beats him to it and briefly flirts with the girls before leaving. Seeing Lucas still looking for a seat, Riley and Maya again invite him to sit with them, but they are quickly joined by Cory, who doesn't seem okay with Lucas and Riley sitting at the same table. Riley is afraid Cory will embarrass her, but Cory claims he just wants to talk to Lucas about geography. Having never been to Texas, Cory asks what Texas city is closest to Mexico; when Lucas answers El Paso, Cory suggests they go there right now and drags Lucas, chair and all, out of the cafeteria as Lucas waves goodbye to a mortified Riley. Maya then asks whether or not Riley did her homework; Riley replies that she did hers and Maya's, but Maya doesn't want Riley to save her, but to just be herself.
In class, Lucas is once again seated behind Riley. Cory gestures to Lucas that he has his eyes on him, and then asks the class if anyone believes in something strong enough that they'd be willing to fight for it. Cory then asks Maya for her homework, which Maya didn't do; Riley, still believing that she's like Maya, falsely chimes in that she didn't do hers either, but Cory points out that the mere fact that Riley didn't do her homework doesn't make her the same as Maya.
With something to say, Maya asks for a few moments, which Cory gives. She then collects everyone's essays, including Farkle's, who made a large display depicting the burning of Atlanta complete with three already-lit sparklers; Maya grabs two sparklers, stands on her chair, and is about to light the essays on fire; her idea is that the burning of the essays will mean an end to homework, and therefore the rebellion. Cory grabs the papers from Maya right before she can set them ablaze, but then Maya holds the sprinklers high over her head and is just beginning her protest chant again when the sparklers set off the fire alarms and the sprinkler system in the classroom. The other students run out of the room while Lucas covers himself and Riley with his jacket asking Riley why she didn't stop her, to which Riley replies she was just letting Maya be herself.
Cory gives a despondent Maya detention, but Riley, claiming she wants to stand by her friend, wants detention as well even though she did nothing wrong. Cory argues that Riley was so busy trying to be Maya that she should have been herself and therefore failed to prevent Maya from getting into serious trouble. Cory then sends Riley and Farkle away so he can talk to Maya alone. Cory remarks about how Maya and Riley have been best friends for a long time, but then reprimands Maya for her tendency to go too far. Maya apologizes and sadly explains to Cory that she has nobody at home to help her with her homework, which Cory was evidently unaware of.
Riding the subway home from school, Maya tells Riley that she believes Cory won't let them hang out together anymore. When they reach Riley's stop (which is before Maya's), Maya sends Riley off the train and the doors close, but before the train can pull away Riley pushes the doors back open and reboards declaring that she won't let Maya abandon their friendship, and that if the world is to become hers, the first person she wants in it is Maya; Riley pulls Maya off the train with her and they go to Riley's apartment, where Riley confronts Cory saying she won't let him tear her and Maya apart, which Cory does not want to do. Riley knows Cory wants her to make the world her own, and that he wants her to do her homework, which she says she's doing now, in that she's fighting for something she believes in: her best friend Maya. Riley admits that Maya will continue to get them into trouble, but then says that she is determined to get them out of it.
The next day in the subway (with Maya, Farkle and even Lucas there) Cory ceremoniously gives Riley her very own subway pass, saying it's "a ticket to the world". When Riley asks if Cory thinks she's ready for it, Topanga answers "you showed us you are". Cory tells Riley that as he has already met the world, it's now her turn. As Riley and Maya are about to board the train, Riley reminds Maya that her curfew is at 5pm, but Maya is not worried saying Cory wrote them a note (another Maya forgery).
The girls return later that day to find Cory, Topanga and Auggie waiting on the platform for them. Cory says to them that "it's not easy handing over the world without making sure everything is going to be okay". On his own, Cory looks over at a nearby "Stay In School" billboard of Mr. Feeny and sees Feeny himself standing in front of it saying "Well done, Mr. Matthews"; when Cory looks at it again, all he sees is the billboard...
- 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
- William Daniels as George Feeny
- Jackée Harry as Evelyn Rand
- Kurt Collins as Dweezil
- Dominique Davis as Gretchen
- Aria Pullman-Ostrander as Model 2
Riley: Why do we have to sneak out of the house if we're not doing anything wrong until we sneak onto the subway?
Maya: Hi, I'm Maya. You're really cute. We should hang out sometime. You make me happy. You don't pay enough attention to me. This isn't working out. It's you, not me. We can still be friends, not really.
Evelyn: Perhaps someone would like to give their seat to someone older. (Lucas stands up) Not you, sweet potato pie.
Riley: This teacher's insane; a total nut job. I think there's something seriously wrong with him.
Cory: Okay, let me get back to jamming some learning in your heads, The Civil War.
Farkle: I've been in love with Riley since the first grade. But I'm also equally in love with Maya. Some might say the great mystery of the universe is who's gonna be the first Mrs. Farkle.
Farkle: Riley, is the sun. Warm and bright and lights up my whole day. Maya, is the night. Dark and mysterious. And the night has always been a mystery to me. Because I go to bed at 7:30. How can I love these two different women? How can I not? (Bows) Thank you, I am Farkle!
Maya: No homework, more freedom!
Topanga: Let's get married. Let's have a kid. Let's have another kid.
Riley: Am I the type of person who always plays it safe? Is this who I'm going to be for the rest of my life? Am I ever going to take a risk that changes my destiny?
Cory: You know, I've been to a lot of places. Never been to Texas, though. What part of Texas is the closest to Mexico?
Cory: Friends, family, and all you other subterranean mole people. We're here today to celebrate Riley being Riley. Now, some may call this a New York City Subway pass. But you, Riley, can consider this a ticket to the world.
Lucas: Hey, this isn't so different from Texas. Look, there's a pony.
Mr. Feeny: Well done, Mr. Matthews.
Riley: Daddy? What are you doing here?
- First appearance of Cory and Topanga since the series finale of Boy Meets World.
- Cory is the first Boy Meets World character to appear in Girl Meets World; Topanga appears a few seconds after Cory.
- Mr. Feeny is the third Boy Meets World character to appear in Girl Meets World although he's only a vision.
- The original pilot was filmed from March 20, 2013 to March 22, 2013 at Sunset Gower Studios, but the new pilot began filming on November 11, 2013 at L.A. Center Studios and all subsequent episodes of the series have been filmed there .
- According to creator Michael Jacobs, a set designer put a small rectangle blackboard on the chalk holder of Cory's large classroom blackboard with two words on it: "Do good." This is a reference from Boy Meets World's final episode, "Brave New World," in which Mr. Feeny told Cory, Topanga, Shawn, and Eric to "do good" before they left for New York.
- In the June 27th airing, the two lines of dialogue spoken as Riley and Maya as they were sneaking out the window in the first scene were erased from original airing on the WatchDisneyChannel App.
- This is the series premiere
- The Matthews live in Apartment 26 of their building.
- Cory lies when he tells Lucas that he had never been to Texas, as he and Eric took a two month road trip across the 48 contiguous U.S. states in the summer of 1996.
- Cory had seen an imaginary Mr. Feeny before in BMW's "I Dream of Feeny."
- First appearances of the primary characters, as well as Sarah, Darby. and Wyatt.
- At the end of the episode, Mr. Feeny says, "Well done Mr. Matthews," referring to how great Cory's doing as a father, as well as a reference to Boy Meets world.
- For the Afterbuzz TV review of this episode (with creator Michael Jacobs) click here.
- Maya protesting her homework is similar to the season 2 episode of Boy Meets World, "Me and Mr. Joad," in which Cory led his fellow students on strike for a test.
- This is the only episode to be aired in June of 2014.
- Mr. Feeny's appearance was imagined by Cory. Mr. Feeny's actual physical appearance was first in Girl Meets Gravity, and reunited with Shawn, Cory & Topanga in Girl Meets Pluto.
- The subway scene with Maya, Riley, and Lucas is mirrored in Girl Meets First Date.
- In this episode, Maya sits on Riley's right while in class, but in every other episode she sits on her left.
- When Riley and Maya are sitting by the bay window a pillow with a yellow and orange flower is the second pillow up but when Riley and Maya sit on the bed suddenly there's a purple pillow in front of it.
- When Cory comes in the window there's a green chair but when Riley and Maya leave to go to the subway it's gone.
- When Riley and Maya are in Riley's room her bag is black with circles but at the subway her bag is tan.
- In classroom scene Maya goes from having two books to one.
- The pilot is filled with quick clothes changing and disappearing students.
- When Riley and Maya are putting down their trays a sticker above them is facing towards them but when they change angles so does the sticker.
- When Farkle puts on his face mask a girl in the background is writing something down but when the camera zooms out she is staring towards Farkle.
- When Maya sets off the fire alarm none of the posters are wet.
- In the subway a lady looking at jewelry she turns around twice when the camera turns away from her.
- During the final subway scenes Riley's footwear changes.
- June 27, 2014 (Canada)
- July 26, 2014 (Latin America, Brazil)
- August 25, 2014 (Australia)
- August 29, 2014 (UK & Ireland)
- September 12, 2014 (Scandinavia)
- September 26, 2014 (Portugal)
- October 10, 2014 (Benelux)
- October 11, 2014 (Czech Republic/Hungary/Bulgaria)
- October 13, 2014 (France)
- October 22, 2014 (Poland)
- October 24, 2014 (Middle East/Africa)
- November 9, 2014 (Italy)
- November 14, 2014 (Asia)
- December 25, 2014 (Israel)
- January 3, 2015 (Japan)
- January 23, 2015 (Spain)
- January 24, 2015 (Portugal)
- March 15, 2015 (South Korea)
- May 11, 2015 (Germany)
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