The episode opens with Cory’s lesson on Money “paper we put our faith in.” While Cory explains the lesson. Stuart arrives to inform his son that they’re no longer rich thanks to an ill-advised investment, and has a mental breakdown in front of Cory.
After the intro, Auggie asking for his allowance. When Cory offers to pay him, Auggie turns him down, as Topanga makes more money than he does.
Later in Maya’s room, Farkle asks Maya for lessons on how to be poor. Maya shares her most important lesson with him: “I don’t really have much, but I try to appreciate what I do have.” Farkle is very fascinated by Maya’s ability to see and interact with her neighbors.
The next day, Cory has a new secret of life to share with the kids: kindness and charity change people. Their assignment is to think about who they would help if they had money and how. Stuart enters the classroom to announce that their money situation has been saved, but Farkle is humiliated by their excess of riches. Later, he talks to his father about giving up their money, since they have too much stuff and never see each other, asking Stuart “What good is what we have if what we have keeps us apart?”
Much later, Auggie apologizes to Cory for making him feel bad about his salary. The Parents Matthews assure him that both of them have the same value regardless of the difference in salary. Topanga’s lawyer job isn’t more important that Cory’s teacher job — both of them are in their chosen fields to help people.
The next day, Stuart takes his son’s request to heart and meets with Cory and Topanga about setting up the Minkus Family Foundation. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is at Topanga’s to help them choose the person who would benefit the most from the money. After Lucas and Riley fail to impress him, Maya spells out her plan: “I’m going to get an education from him, and I’m going to earn my own money and one day I’ll be in a place with good walls and a good roof…if I have enough, I’ll fix someone else’s roof.” Stuart grants Maya the money on the condition that she do something with it, and to not let it sit there.
Later, the kids seem to be hanging out in Maya’s room, but are actually in Farkle’s room with model of Maya’s room built in the middle of the room. While Riley’s singing a song about zombies, Farkle and Maya are watching her neighbors walk by via webcam.
This was an OK episode, the lesson was outstanding. but the first 15 minutes kinda rubbed me the wrong way, especially with Farkle asking Maya to help him be poor, I don’t know that just seemed a little rude. Lee Norris was wonderful and very touching as Stuart, as usual, and Mark Cuban was hilarious. Overall, while the episode started off a bit weak, it still had heart.
Next time, Danielle Fishel takes over the directors chair, in a story about communism.