Girl Meets World Recaps S1 E17 Girl Meets Game Night


At the Matthews’ Apartment, Cory’s very excited for tonight is Family Game Night, his favorite time of time of the month. Riley asks why he and Topanga make a big deal about tonight, Cory explains that there’s going to come a time where she’ll need to prioritize between spending time with her family and friends. Maya comes in, wondering if Cory’s freaked out about something she was supposed to tell him, when Cory asks about it, Auggie and Josh come in, and of course Maya’s very excited to see him again. Cory’s miffed because, he gave Josh $100 for him and Auggie to spend on whatever, but came back with just a dollar, but he doesn’t care since it’s Family Game Night and Josh is family. Farkle and Lucas buzz in, and Riley opens the door welcoming them to game night, much to Cory’s annoyance…

After the intro, Cory commands Riley to get rid of the boys, but Topanga asks why they can’t let her friends play with them, and Cory calls them interlopers. But he forgot that their kitchenette has no walls as the kids sit in the living room listening in, Lucas speaks on behalf of the kids, and offers to come back another time. While Josh meets Farkle and Lucas, Cory continues to complain about the kids hanging out with Riley, even going so far as pointing out that the titular game (“The Family Game”) is a game for families not friends (that’s a different boardgame all together). Topanga tells him that flipping out is just going to make matters worst than they need to, and Riley reminds him of his lesson on the American Revolution from earlier that day.

We flashback to earlier in class, Cory describes the Revolutionary War with England as a parent, and America it’s child, knowing it’s time to break away. Cory has the four put on a presentation about the Revolution, with Farkle as King George III (with his hamminess level up to 11), Riley as John Adams (whom she confuses for the school’s namesake, John Quincy Adams), Lucas (whom Riley briefly flirts with) as George Washington, and Maya (much to her embarrassment) as Benjamin Franklin, acting out how the Revolution began then…

We cut back to the present, where Cory and Riley continues arguing, with both Riley and Maya using his lesson against him. Cory tells the kids that his lessons don’t always apply to everything, but Lucas tells him that it does, all the time. Josh lets Cory know that the game’s set up, And while Auggie and Maya fight over who gets Josh for their team. Farkle explains the rules of the game (the rules are fairly similar to those in The Game of Life), and Lucas notices a circle on the bell, Riley explains that if one person goes in the circle they have to play a mysterious sub-game called appropriately called The Long Game, which fascinates Farkle. The doorbell rings, Augie answers it, and it’s Ava, who sees the game and asks to play too, again much to Cory’s annoyance. After his freak out, he finally decides to play with everyone.

After the break, Maya doesn’t have a partner and has to choose between Cory and Josh, but Josh decides for the sake of appropriateness to be the game show host, leaving her to work with Cory. Finally the game begins , with Cory deciding that he and Maya gets to go first, leading to another argument between him and Riley…

Which in turn, leads to another flashback, with Riley and Farkle continuing their presentation on the Revolution, complete with Farkle bringing in a big arse cannon (cause he has a cannon guy). Lucas asks if America would still be part of the British Empire if King George wasn’t being stubborn, Cory explains that, a nation (and a family) can only stay together if their leaders govern fairly. But Farkle doesn’t care, and decides to fire the cannon. He climbs inside and checks to see if the cannon’s loaded and Maya decides to launch the cannon with Farkle inside, but just as she’s about to fire…

We cut back to the present, where it’s Cory’s turn and he gets a daughter card, but Lucas explains that the daughter card is his and Farkle’s (of course Riley thinks Lucas is talking about something else). Cory asks Josh for a second opinion, but even he tells him he’s wrong, and he gives them the card. It’s Ava’s turn, and she doesn’t follow the game rules, Topanga asks Josh to make her stop, but he doesn’t want to because she amuses him. Ava picks up a card that allows her to send one person back to start, and of course she picks Topanga (I guess they’re still enemies). But Topanga’s hoping Riley can bail her out of this one since it’s her turn,  but because she got a “Go to Europe with a friend card” (which allows her and Cory to switch partners), she leaves her behind, leading her to have an outburst, much to Cory’s delight.

After the break, everyone’s taking a 5 minute break to plan their strategies, Riley and Maya are at the bay window talking, and Maya wonders why she’s obsessed with beating her parents. Cory and Topanga are talking at the other bay window, talking about loosing touch with their children. The girls come back, and Josh starts the game again…

Once again cutting to a flashback to class, with the kids wrapping up their presentation. Cory explains that after the war, their was a rift between the British and America, and that if it would have lasted longer if it wasn’t for the school’s namesake, mending the relationships of both countries.

Back in the present, it’s Riley’s turn and Cory’s hoping she doesn’t roll a 12, and she does, she has an opportunity to win, but decides to play The Long Game. Before they start, Riley apologizes to Topanga and tells her, she wants to be like her: A killer shark that always wins, and she forgives her. Josh explains that everyone is working together to win the game this time around. But before they start, Cory tells Riley that her friends are welcome to join in on their game night, and even offer to buy The Friends Game, and with that they start The Long Game. And long was an understatement as it takes them all night to play, everyone has blankets wrapped around themselves and are trying not to doze off. It’s Auggie’s turn, and if he rolls a two, they’ll win the game. He does so, and rings the buzz, which beeps a couple of times, until the buzzer rises from the board, with a spectrum of light spinning around, until it goes back in the board. Confused (along with everyone), Auggie wonders what The Long Game is, and Topanga and Riley explains that it’s not a game at all, it’s life. Josh explains to Maya that he’s too old for her, she knows, but she doesn’t care. And everyone, hugs and pats each other on the back for winning the game.

Our story ends with one more flashback, the kids talk about today’s lesson, and Riley invites everyone to game night, and they accept. As the boys leave, Maya asks Riley if she should ask Cory first, but Riley asks the age old question: “What could possibly go wrong?”.


This was an enjoyable watch, but the lesson was kind of predictable. While I don’t consider it a good follow up to Home For The Holidays, it still had some good moments. We get some devolpment for Josh and Maya’s (possible) relationship, the classroom scenes were very enjoyable, esspecially with Farkle’s King George, the idea of Cory and Topanga learning something rather than the kids put an interesting twist on the Status Quo, and the scenes with Auggie and Ava were hillarious. So yeah, decent episode, but a little predictable. The next episode however could be a different story.

And now, since this is my 90th post, as promised here is the first hint of what the 100th post is: It’s a movie. Yes I know that narrows it down too every movie ever made, but trust me the hints get better as we go along.


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