Andi Mack Recaps: S1 E2: Tomorrow Starts Today Part 2: Outside The Box

Nothing like a nice little fake out to relax you on your first day on a sports team.

PLOT

Things are still awkward at the Mack household. Andi’s finding it difficult to the fact the Bex is her mother, and and Celia is her grandmother. Celia doesn’t like the idea of being called a grandma, but Ham embraces it, and allows Andi to call him Pops instead of Dad.

Bex tries to be in Andi’s life, but at the same time struggles to get in on all the family activities such as memory games at dinner. At the same time he has to prove herself to Celia who seems unwilling to accept the new status quo.

Andi Stuggles to tell Buffy and Cyrus about her big revelation. She meets them at the frisbee field to tell them the secret. She decides to tell them the full story, along with the news that she’s frisbee partners with Jonah. After the game, Jonah notices Andi’s bracelet and likes it. Andi offers to make him one. Amber shows up moments later to scare her off.

Later in Andi Sack, Cyrus and Buffy are going through Andi’s stuff while Andi is making Jonah’s bracelet. Buffy warns Andi not to make he bracelet for Jonah since he has a girlfriend, but Andi tells her it’s just a bracelet, and nothing more. While trying to get Cyrus to back her up, Buffy sees Cyrus loking at a picture. He shows it to Buffy, Andi asks them to respect her privacy but they admit they already know. Buffy asks Andi when she found out about it, And tells them she found out on her birthday.

Buffy and Cyrus tell Andi that it must’ve been a huge shock for her finding out that her sister has a secret baby. Andi is relieved that they didn’t figure out that she is the secret baby. Bex urges Andi to tell Cyrus and Buffy the truth, but Andi isn’t ready. When asked about Andi’s father, Bex finds that she isn’t ready to tell her either. She even removed his picture from the memory box, so Andi can’t find him.

After practice, Andi ives Jonah the bracelet. He hugs her, but Amber sees them from a distance. Amber cries to Jonah, worried that she moght lose him to Andi. She notices the bracelet Andi made and pressures Jonah to give it to her.

At the kds’ hang out The Spoon, Buffy and Cyrus still have a ton of questions about the secret baby. Andi is too distracted to answer, because Amber just walked in, and she’s wearing the bracelet she made Jonah. While Andi’s making a big deal out of this. Cyrus and Buffy are more excited about the secret baby. Continuously asking, “Who’s the secret baby?”, “Is the secret baby a boy or a girl?”, “How old is the secret baby?”. Andi finally stops them from prying, by finally telling them she’s the secret baby.

This distracts Buffy and Cyrus from asking about the secret baby. They all turn their attention to Amber. Andi finds herself in an impromptu staring contest with Amber. While she wonders what she ever do to her, Buffy tells her Amber is insecure because she thinks Andi is trying to go after Jonah. Andi insists the bracelet meant nothing and the stare down continues.

Once Amber leaves, Cyrus and Buffy remember Andi just told them that she was the secret baby, and they both have a lot of questions.

REVIEW

This was an excellent continuation from part one, as I mentioned in the Plot, it deals the status quo begins to evolve for both the Mack family (most of them), and Andi’s friends. I loved the opening, where you assume Andi told Cyrus and Buffy about the shocking revelation, but it was actually her telling them about her joining the school’s frisbee team.  One problem I had, was the fact that Cyrus and Buffy disregarded Andi’s pleas to not look in Bex’s box. Overall, this was a good follow up to the first act of the story, and it only gets better as the story goes on.

Next, we’ll look at something I meant to look at three years ago…

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Andi Mack Recaps: S1 E1: Tomorrow Starts Today Part 1: 13

A birthday no one would ever forget.

PLOT

Buffy Driscol (Sofia Wylie) and Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush) are walkin down the street when a motorbike stops right next to them. They freak out and yell at the driver for his or her reckless driving. The driver takes off the helmet, and it’s revealed that the driver is not just a young girl, but their friend, Andi Mack (Peyton Elizabeth Lee).

Andi explains that she got the motorcycle without asking her mother, because tomorrow was her 13th birthday, and once she becomes a teenager, she gets to rebel. When the trio arrives at Andi’s driveway, Andi chickens out, and asks Cyrus to hold on to the motorcycle so that her mother doesn’t find out.

Suddenly, another motorcycle pulls into the driveway, Andi recognizes the rider, it’s her sister, Rebecca, or Bex for short (Lilan Bowden). Bex has been traveling all over the world. She rarely comes to visit. But she decided to come home to celebrate Andi’s birthday. Andi reintroduces her to Cyrus and Buffy, who she still remembers. When Bex asks about Andi’s motorbike, Cyrus says that it’s his, and takes it with him. As Cyrus and Buffy leave, Bex tells Andi that she came home as a surpirse and Andi is worried that their Mom won’t like it because she hates surprises.

Once they enter, their father Henry (his full name is Henry Andrew Mack) or Ham (Stoney Westmoreland) is thrilled to see Bex and happy that the family is together, but their mother Celia (Lauren Tom) isn’t as excited. Bex tells them that she wants to come home and settle down, but Celia isn’t impressed.

In Andi’s room, Andi and Bex catch up for lost time. Andi shows Bex (and the audience) that she’s very artistic as evident by some bracelets she’s made and how she can turn anything into a bracelet. She also shows Bex all the scarfs Bex used to send her from differnt places and how she’s turned them into amaing art. Anndi mentions a music festival where everyone got naked, and asks Bex if she ever got naked, Bex answers that she knows her better than that. Except, Andi feels that she doesn’t know Bex. This prompts Bex to show Andi her memory box, where she keeps all her old photos, but Celia doesn’t want Andi to know about the box, because it contains family secrets, the kind Andi migt not be ready to handle. Bex tells her she understands, but shows it to Andi anyway. They look through Bex’s photos, but while they do that, Bex notices a picture of a boy on Andi’s computer. Andi tells her that his name is Jonah Beck (Asher Angel) and she has a cruch on him. Bex leaves the room, while Andi looks at her picture of Jonah.

Andi’s brithday arrives, and Bex takes to the park and says she’s got a surprise for her. They spot Jonah running towards them. Bex says that er birtday gift is a frisbee lesson from Jonah. Andi doesn’t like the idea, but Bex insists that it’s a good idea to get to know her crush. Jonah arrives and after an awwar introduction, their raining begins. Jonah and Andi have a lot of fun playing frisbee together, while Bex takes some pictures. Jonah is impressed with how quick Andi caught on to frisbee, and asks her to join the schools, frisbee team.

Things seem to be going pretty good, until they hear a girl’s voice shouting “Amber Alert” twice. This is Jonah’s girlfriend Amber (Emily Skinner). Andi doesn’t recognize her, this is because, she’s a high schooler, while Jonah and Andi are in Middle School. Andi leaves, but not before telling Amber how her catchphrase is in very bad taste.
Andi confronts Bex for making her play with Jonah and ponts out that he has a girlfriend. She runs to her room, Bex follows her and apologizes. Andi tells Bex that she’ll never be as cool as her, and will never be in her memory box. Bex admits that she’s made alot of mistakes since Andi was born. Andi’s a little frightened by this, especilly after she notices the tone is starting to turn serious. Bex tells Andi that she is in the memory box, but in a secret compartment. Bex shows Andi the secret picture, it’s Bex on a hospital bed holding an infant baby. And tells her something she never expected:

“Andi, I’m not your sister… I’m your mother.”

Andi freaks out by this and calls her parents in. They both confirm that Bex is telling the truth. However, Celia is mad at Bex for telling Andi the truth when she wasn’t ready. Andi gets frustraated that that they’ve been keeping this huge secret from her all this time, and heads to her workshop/clubhouse, Andi Shack. Bex follows her, and apologizes for messing things up but asks Andi to understand. Andi admits that she isn’t really mad, but will need time to adjust to the new status quo. She asks Bex who her father is, but Bex tells she isn’t ready to reveal that just yet, but she does tell her his picture is in the box.

The next day, Cyrus and Buffy are ready to meet Andi before school. Cyrus brings over Andi’s motorbike but Andi admits she isn’t ready for it yet. Buffy wonders why Andi hasn’t responded to her texts. Andi tells her something big has happened on her birthday, but she can’t tell them yet. Cyrus mistakes it for something very, very personal (of monthly variety), and tells her she doesn’t have to tell them yet. The bell rings, and Andi heads to class.

After school, Celia sees Andi pull in on her motorbike, and tries to confront her about it, and assures her despite the shocking revelation, nothing has changed. Andi responds sure, nothing’s changed, Grandma.

REVIEW

This was a very unexpected breath of fresh air. When I first watched the pilot I thought this was gonna be a standard Disney Channel Sitcom, on par with most of the sitcoms that are currently on now, but once they pulled out that massive twist, I was instantly hooked. The cast are outstanding the standouts being Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Lilan Bowden, especially in their big scene. It was also great to see Lauren Tom in a live-action role for a change, I think this is her first live-action role since her guest spot in  Friends (though I might be wrong).  Overall, I was very impressed with how series starts off, and the best is yet to come.

Next we look at part 2 of the pilot, but first there’s something I’ve been meaning to talk about for since February.

Andi Mack Recaps: An Introduction

Long overdue, don’t you think?

It’s been over a year since Girl Meets World left ended. But while it still lives on Netflix, and late-night reruns (for now), it’s abilities to tell stories that doesn’t talk down to children, has lived on in the show Andi Mack.

Brought to us by Terri Minski, creator of another popular Disney Channel sitcom, Lizzie McGuire, the story follows our title character (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) as she navigates her life as teenager. But learns a shocking secret that turns her world upside down.

After GMW ended, I didn’t think the old House of Ideas would be willing to do another sitcom like it again, and then they post the first half of the pilot on YouTube and the first thing I was instantly hooked, though I had my reservations. The show has alot going for it, overarching storytelling, great acting, well paced twists and turns, and a subject matter nobody saw coming.

So join me, as we dive into the world of Andi Mack with the  first half of the pilot.

Also, if you haven’t watched the show on TV or on the Disney Now app, do so soon, because theirs going to be spoilers abound.

Girl Meets World Season 3 and Series Review

Until we meet again... ?
“No matter how old you get you never stop meeting the world.” – Ben Savage

Before we begin, I wish to apologize for lack of recaps for Season, between school, the year-long Star Trek event, along with some personal issues, I just didn’t have the time to tackle recapping the season. So with that said…

SEASON 3

So, this season sees the kids and Cory heading to high school, continuing to learn, grow, and expand on the kids friendships. But as the season progresses the kids’ lives change in some significant way. Riley for instance learns that sometimes her welcoming, happy-go-lucky behavior won’t work on everyone, that despite being a good person, you won’t always get your way with certain things. Maya finally has a family now that Shawn finally married Katy, and that her brief period impersonating Riley had more of an effect on her than she and Riley realized, and goes on a trip to rediscover herself, which also lead to Shawn rediscover himself  and realize that he’s in love with Katy. Farkle also get’s some development, during an episode about discovering their heritage and learning that he had a relative who survived the Holocaust, and was more than likely the only one of his family to survive. The only form of development for Lucas was the (godforsaken) love triangle which finally came to an end when Lucas chose Riley, and Maya and Josh decided to “play the Long Game” meaning their gonna wait for each other, and where did all of this happen, at the Ski Lodge, the very same Ski Lodge that nearly destroyed Cory and Topanga (“America’s Sweethearts!”), and who works at the Ski Lodge? a young man named Evan, who just happens to be Lauren’s son. Who’s his father? Unknown. Something surprising for me this season was that Ava got to have a storyline, and it was a great subplot, involving the split of her parents, and Auggie and Topanga (and at one point Maya and Cory) helping her cope with everything. While I enjoyed this, I kinda wished Ava and Maya would’ve interacted a little more, since Maya knows what she’s going through. Aside from helping Ava, Topanga didn’t have much of a subplot until the final episodes where she’s offered a high paying job in London.

The series didn’t see as many returning characters here, the biggest being just Shawn and a one episode appearance by Mr. Feeny, though it’s made up for it in the finale/penultimate episode (more on that shortly) where everyone form Boy Meets World, even the original actor for Josh came back. Though we don’t see all of them interact with one another (there was going to be a scene with Harley and Stuart that got cut). And I’d be completely remissed if I didn’t mention the new opening titles, which was a shot for shot recreation of the BMW (seasons 5-7) opening. As, per usual, the episodes are aired out of order again, this made evident, in the behind the scenes episode, which if you follow the production codes, is the actual series finale. Speaking of the finale, I thought it was very enjoyable, but it felt a little to similar to BMW’s finale, at least till the ending. Though I will admit, I did laugh my ass off at the Morgan scene.

THE SERIES ITSELF

This series was great, I remember when I first heard rumors circulating about a sequel series, I was excited, even if it wasn’t true, the idea of a continuation to Boy Meets World, and the idea of Cory and Topanga passing on what they learned to the next generation, however I was kinda iffy about Disney Channel airing it, as they’re not the best network to handle the things that Boy Meets World was able to tackle in its seven year run, not to mention back when they aired the series they skipped two episodes (an episode about underage drinking and sex and being friends with benefits. Yet they aired the parental abuse episode with no problem, go figure).To put it simply, they love to play it safe. But, I don’t know how they did it, but they manage to tackle parental abandonment, religion, autism, and politics in a way that didn’t involve talking down to audiences. I really hoped that GMW was going to be the show on the Disney Channel to go the distance, to break the “four season limit”, and go on for at least five or six years. But, the higher ups didn’t see it that way. There are varying reasons for why the series was cancelled ranging from lack of merchandising to the show outgrowing and alienating it’s target audience, personally, I think that’s crap. Was I upset when I found out, yes. Was I happy with the ending we got, yeah, but I still think Disney Channel should’ve stopped the whole random episode airing nonsense, and aired World Meets Girl as the actual final episode.

Oh, and if I didn’t mention it someone else will, there are campaigns to keep the series going on Freeform, or streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu of the like. While they showed interests, and the millions of subscribers kept requesting it, the Netflix campaign failed, why? because Disney doesn’t want to give up the rights. Michael Jacobs said he has said he’s working on saving the series, but only time will tell if that’ll work out or not. Personally, I hope it does work out, because the writers aren’t done telling stories about these kids, they haven’t moved on to the next stages of their lives, and we really want to see where they go. So let’s hope we’ll see them again.

REVIEW

Overall, this was an excellent season, and I’ve said before, I’m gonna keep saying it again, this was an outstanding series. Disney were complete fools for letting this show go. I mean, so what if it didn’t have much in merchandising, or that it was starting to outgrow it’s target demographic, THAT WAS THE POINT OF THE SHOWS! Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World, told the story of the trials and tribulations growing up and the things you learn as you grow. It’s like the header said, no matter how old you are, you’ll never stop meeting the world.

Lastly, to Michael Jacobs, April Kelly, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Peyton Meyer, Corey Fogelmanis, August Maturo, Ava Kolker, Ceci Balagot, Amir Mitchell-Townes, Cheryl Texiera, Uriah Shelton, Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danny McNaulty, Lee Norris, Will Friedle, Anthony Tyler Quinn, Betsy Randle, William Russ, Lilly Nicksay, Lindsay Ridgeway, Trina McGee, Matthew Lawrence, and of course, Mr. William Daniels.

Oh, can’t forget about Darby Walker and Sarah Carpenter.

Thank you all for three great years, let’s hope you’ll all come back again someday. And let’s hope it doesn’t take another 20 years to make it happen. Until that day…

Thunder. Lightning.

Done.

RANK: 5 out of 5

I am going to start recapping a new series soon, and I think you might be surprised what it is. In the meantime, come back when we pay tribute to one of the best shows on Cartoon Network.