No matter what you do, the truth always finds a way of coming out.
Cory to his class

Girl Meets the Truth is the fifth episode in season 1 of Girl Meets World. It aired on August 1, 2014 to 2.8 million viewers.[1]


When Riley lies to Farkle that his performance in a play was great, Farkle decides to quit his other activities and focus on his next audition.


Lucas and Riley are acting in the JQAMS' production of Romeo & Juliet. In the tomb scene, just as Romeo (Lucas) is about to give the unconscious Juliet (Riley) a final kiss before taking his own life, Farkle, dressed as a guardsman and brandishing a rubber spear, crashes the scene, essentially ruining the play. Later, Maya is ready to confront Farkle with the truth, but Riley undercuts her and convinces Farkle that he was a hit, which is when Farkle says he thought he himself ruined the play, but he would have believed Riley if she had said so, even though it would have hurt to hear it. After he walks away, Maya is worried that Riley's lie will go to Farkle's head, but Riley thinks it will all go away quickly, until they see Farkle tap dancing down the hall in top hat and cane still wearing the costume he wore in the play.

The next day in class, Riley notices Maya is wearing a new locket; Cory talks to the class about truth, particularly how throughout history people have suffered consequences for having the courage to tell the truth. After class, when Riley asks Maya where she got the locket, Maya claims her father sent it to her, but Riley doesn't believe her. Maya asks if Riley is calling her a liar, but Riley just wants her to tell the truth, which is when Maya confronts Riley about lying to Farkle.

As the Matthews sit down to dinner, Riley asks Cory if it's okay to tell a little white lie to spare someone's feelings; Cory answers that it's always important to tell the truth. But his philosophy is about to get him into hot water when Topanga brings dinner to the table: an atrocious looking chicken which Cory is reluctant to even touch. After he takes his first bite, Cory says he knows how the chicken died-- from eating itself. Topanga is naturally perturbed by Cory's comments.

Later, Maya visits Riley in her bedroom, and Riley again asks where Maya got the locket. Maya finally admits she saw the locket in the lost-and-found at the subway station store; the locket sat there unclaimed for months, so Maya claimed it for herself. But when Riley says it's still stealing and calls Maya a thief, Maya abruptly leaves. The next day at school, Riley is adamant that Maya needs to come clean and return the locket to its rightful owner, but when Maya again confronts Riley about lying to Farkle, Riley believes that it's no big deal-- that is, until Farkle prances into the hallway and loudly announces that he quit the Chess and Chemistry clubs to concentrate on his acting because Riley said he is an actor.

That night, Cory shows Topanga a picture cook book with numerous chicken recipes. Topanga gives Cory a chance to stop, but he continues, picking up Auggie's book of dinosaurs, opening up to a page about pterodactyls. When Cory points to one of them calling it Topanga's chicken, she finally snaps and locks Cory out of the apartment. Cory comes back in through Riley's Bay Window; Riley remarks about how the universe seems to be upside down, what with having lied to Farkle to make him happy, but telling the truth to Maya only to have her get mad. Maya comes in moments later, and Cory compliments her on the locket, but then remarks to both of them that an interesting thing about lockets is that it's what's on the inside that matters most to people. After Cory climbs back out the window, Maya opens up the locket revealing a picture of a married couple and their young daughter. Though she has no idea who they are, Maya likes how the three of them are together in the picture, and she still intends to keep the locket. Cory again climbs back in through the Bay Window, and Riley begins to think that she may have been wrong in protecting Farkle's feelings and also begins to think that maybe Maya should keep the locket; she begins to wonder if maybe it's her, not the universe, that's upside down. Cory tells them that the universe is a very confusing place, but if they listen carefully, they'll find out that the universe is paying attention and that it cares about their actions.

Auggie comes into Riley's bedroom with a plate of spaghetti for Cory; Though the food is cold, Cory thanks Auggie for the gesture, and Auggie remarks on how Cory said it so nicely, then asks him why he wasn't nicer to Topanga. It's then that Cory, Riley and Maya all begin to realize that what's truly important is how you treat people. Riley now realizes she needs to make things right with Farkle, so the next day she and Maya go looking for him at school, finding him in the auditorium dejectedly lying on the slab used in the Romeo & Juliet tomb scene; Farkle says that when he auditioned for the next play, he not only didn't make the cut, but he was even barred from being in the audience. Farkle remarks that Riley filled him with confidence, making him feel as though he could attain a goal which turned out to be unrealistic; Riley is about to apologize, but Farkle thanks her instead and plants a big kiss on her jaw before walking away. Maya then remarks that Riley's first kiss was with Farkle, and that it still counts even though he missed her lips. Lucas, who saw the whole thing, approaches saying he can't believe that Farkle once again stole his moment, but Lucas knows that his moment is still yet to come, causing Riley to giggle in anticipation.

Later, and with Riley's prompting, Maya is on her way to return the locket to the subway station lost-and-found; she remarks that perhaps the universe is too busy to notice that she's doing the right thing when Riley notices a family standing nearby waiting for a train-- the same family in the picture inside the locket. Maya goes up to them and returns the locket to the girl by putting it around her neck and telling her not to lose it. The mother thanks Maya for returning it, and Riley and Maya walk away with Riley quietly pointing out, "Cool universe, huh?" Back home, Cory and Topanga patch things up with a make-up kiss, which causes Auggie to walk away embarrassed.


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Guest cast


Riley: How'd you do that? (mocking the computer)
Lucas: Eyes, look your last (looks at Riley, lying down). Arms, take your last embrace. And, lips, oh, you the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss.
Farkle: (jumps from the side of the stage) Back off!
Lucas: What meanest thou? Spear carrier , who havest no lines.
Farkle: You tried to kiss my woman. This I cannot allow. Prepare to die!
Maya: Oh, I can tell him the truth. It's you who can't tell him the truth because you're afraid.
Riley: I'm not afraid. I'm nice.
Maya: You're saying I'm not nice?
Riley:No I'm afraid to say that.



Riley's and Cory's reactions to their first kisses are similar

  • This aired right before the season 2 premiere of Gravity Falls.[2]
  • In this episode, Lucas, Riley, and Farkle perform in the classic, Shakesperian play, Romeo and Juliet.  Mr Feeny previously had Cory and his classmates read the play in the Boy Meets World Pilot. However, Cory would apparently forget the plot details of the ending by the events of A Long Walk to Pittsburg:Part 2. Later on in the Season 5 episode of Boy Meets World,  Eric Hollywood, Eric starred in the play Romeo and Juliet.
  • Symbolically, the locket Maya claimed is heart-shaped.
  • First episode to feature a World History textbook, confirming that Cory teaches more than just American History in his class.
  • Spaghetti is also the favorite food of Auggie's grandmother, Amy.
  • This episode features the first kiss of Farkle and Riley.
  • Lucas says Farkle stole his chance of kissing Riley but he says he'll get his chance meaning the two will kiss in future episodes.
  • Farkle kissing Riley and her reaction is similar to when Topanga first kissed Cory in the Boy Meets World episode Cory's Alternative Friends.
  • For the Afterbuzz TV review of this episode click here.

International premieres

  • August 22, 2014 (Canada)
  • September 22, 2014 (Australia)
  • September 26, 2014 (UK & Ireland)
  • September 27, 2014 (Latin America, Brazil)
  • November 22, 2014 (France)
  • December 6, 2014 (Czech Republic, Hungary, Middle East, Africa)
  • December 7, 2014 (Italy, Romania, Bulgaria)
  • December 13, 2014 (Poland)
  • January 22, 2015 (Israel)
  • February 13, 2015 (Spain, Portugal)
  • February 22, 2015 (Japan)
  • May 15, 2015 (Germany)
  • July 19, 2016 (Philippines)


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