5x13: the eskimo

Boy Meets Men

The central relationship of Boy Meets World is Cory and Toganga’s love story.  …Right?

I grew up watching and loving Boy Meets World, but my wife had never seen it. So to share it with her, I recently bought all seven seasons and we watched them together.

As we followed Cory’s journey from sixth grade to college, I began to notice something I hadn’t before. Topanga might be the central relationship in Cory’s life, but she’s not necessarily the most influential.

Instead, many of the episodes focus on other relationships—Cory’s friendship with Shawn, Mr. Feeny’s mentorship of Eric, Cory’s relationship with his dad and even Shawn’s relationship with God.

It’s these masculine relationships in Cory’s life that prove to be most important as he grows up. And I think that’s what Boy Meets World is really about.

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There might be a reason why Cory said that the body wants “Soup” in GM SDLM...

It’s a callback to two BMW episodes.

The first “Soup” reference is in S05E13, “The Eskimo”…

^^In this episode, Mr. Feeny gives Cory, Shawn, and Topanga a special assignment:

a. Shawn needs to find a way to get Super Bowl tickets.
b. Topanga needs to butt out of it.
c. Cory needs to help them both succeed, or he fails.

Interestingly enough, in this scene, we see an aspect of the “Control Freak” that Topanga can be.

The second “Soup” reference is in S06E10, “And in Case I Don’t See Ya…”…

^^In this episode, Eric decides to seek popularity by putting on a campus-wide version of The Truman Show, a movie about a man who, unbeknownst to him, is the star of a reality TV show. The unsuspecting subject in Eric’s show is Rachel, due to the fact that she is extremely beautiful and the guys of Pennbrook love to watch her. Of course, things get out of hand, with Eric’s need to control Rachel’s environment, and he learns an important lesson. Above is a scene of Eric’s show that involved him teaching his fellow students students “How To Eat Soup”…

It’s very interesting how soup was involved in two episodes where “Control” was a big theme. 😉💜