Yearbook

Please, no Addams Family jokes.

PLOT

At school, Riley and Farkle bring out a box of their new yearbooks to hand out to their classmates. The kids read through their “Most Likely to …” pages. Farkle is “Most Likely to Be Farkle”, Riley is “Most Likely to Smile Herself to Death”, while Lucas was voted “Most Likely to be Okay With Whatever Happens”. Riley and Farkle are upset to hear their awards are their classmates making fun of them. While Riley says she has a dark side, she recognizes you can’t just turn around and be a different person. Farkle disagrees takes his turtleneck off to reveal his new outfit and a hat, proclaiming Farkle is gone.

Farkle goes to class and tells everyone to call him “Donnie Barnes, regular guy”. Freaked out by seeing how his best friend is changing to please other people, Lucas asks Cory if he has a lesson for them. Cory talks to the class about Greenland and Iceland and how their climates are actually the opposite of what their names suggest. Cory tells the kids that people will always say things about them, but the important thing is not to react. Just as Riley feels comfortable she won’t change her personality based on what other people think, a new background character (she’s listed as Yindra in the credits) congratulates Maya and Lucas on being voted favorite couple. When the whole class is revealed to be fans of Lucas & Maya as a couple, Riley says she’s going to react.

Back home, Riley sits in darkness wearing black. When Maya tries to come talk to her, the bay window is unusually locked. Riley explains she is now “Morotia M. Black”. Despite Maya and Topanga’s efforts to cheer Riley up with stories of cute animals, she stays in her depressed funk. When Topanga doesn’t think there could be anyone more ridiculous than Riley, enter “Donnie”. Maya and Topanga leave “Morotia” and “Donnie” in their darkness.

At Topanga’s bakery, Maya asks Katy to help her become Riley. Maya recognizes they need somebody who fixes things, like Riley used to. Katy warns Maya that by getting inside Riley’s soul, she might learn something about Riley that even she doesn’t know. With Riley and Topanga in the bakery, Katy gives an actually good performance imitating Riley, which impresses her.

Lucas turns up for class hoping Farkle is back to normal. Unfortunately for Lucas, he’s not and things are about to get worse. After Lucas meets “Morotia” for the first time, Maya shows up dressed and talking like Riley. When Cory arrives, he’s horrified to see “Raya”. Lucas realizes it’s time for him to talk to his friends, telling his friends they were already the best people they can be. As Lucas tries to talk Maya, who he thinks is the most confident person in the class, out of acting like Riley, he inadvertently mentions her troubled home life. After “Donnie” agrees that they should just be the best people they can be, “Raya” feels that “Morotia” is the best person for her to be.

Back at Topanga’s bakery, Topanga and Katy talk about the kids. Topanga hopes they’ll be okay since finding your identity at that age can be difficult. After Katy says she went through it and Cory and Topanga probably did too, Topanga admits she was weird and Cory was “celery” at that age.

Back at school, Cory continues his lesson, telling them not to listen to everyone else, just the people who actually care about them. Lucas is still not okay with his friends acting like different because of what their classmates say about them. As “Raya”, thanks Lucas for his nice speech, she gets inside Riley’s head and figures out why she likes Lucas so much. “Raya” says Lucas and Riley are like two rays of sunshine from the same sunshine family, and he’s like a brother to Riley. After learning something that Riley herself doesn’t even know, Maya goes back to acting like herself, assuring “Morotia” that nothing happened between her and Lucas, remember this.

“Morotia” is still in darkness when Maya stops by. Maya rips down “Morotia’s” curtains to make her see there’s a lot of light in the world, something that Riley taught Maya. Maya says they need Riley back and, if she wants to listen to people, she should listen to the right people like her. When Riley asks Maya if she found out a secret about her that she should tell her, Maya says she didn’t.

Later, at the bakery, the girls come in, with Riley back to normal, but, Farkle is still wearing his dark clothing. Riley and Maya say they know who they are and Farkle knows who he is. Farkle tells them he’s not coming back. People change and he thinks it could be a good thing. He doesn’t want to be called “Donnie Barnes”; he is still Farkle Minkus, but he’s also growing up.

Lucas goes outside to talk to the new Farkle. Lucas thinks everybody should have a best friend like Farkle, but they don’t and he doesn’t want to lose his. Farkle wonders where being a nerdy, little scientist genius is a bad thing. Farkle promises to stay the scientist that he is so long as he can do tests: he needs to be allowed to grow, and Lucas supports his decision.

REVIEW

This was an enjoyable episode, I like how  they took the usual “Be yourself” message, and flip it around by having Farkle maintain his new outfit. Cory’s lesson tied-in to the story exceptionally. The kids were outstanding, with Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, and Cory Foglemanis, and even Cheryl Texiera giving the best performances. While it was good, the one thing I really wasn’t crazy about was the hints at a relationship between Maya and Lucas, it was nice, and would play a huge plot point in the Texas Trilogy, but it seemed unnecessary here. Overall, a nice episode, with an impressive update to go with it.

Next time, School dance, Sam Col… I mean Jack Hunter, and Eric. GER-ONIMO!!

Also, Girl Meets World is renewed for a third season, WHOOO!!!

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