This episode starts off with a brief recap of “Heartbreak Cory.” I haven’t covered this episode, so I’m going to direct you over to Sleepoverz if you want more details on the original. What’s particularly odd about this “recap” is that it consists of Riley telling all of her classmates about how her dad cheated on her mom at a ski lodge when they were in high school. And they’re all actually interested in this for some odd reason. I’m so glad that I don’t have any details on my parents high school dating lives or their dating lives in general. And in a total lack of parent/teacher boundaries as well as a total lack of creative originality, Cory offers this heavy-handed foreshadowing:
Okay then…Cory has also invited Topanga to come along with the “Nature Club” on their field trip to Mount Sun Lodge as a chaperone. He’s also invited his little brother Josh to chaperon who Riley’s bff Maya seems to want to date? I’ve clearly missed some backstory here but I think that’s a thing. Too bad he didn’t invite Eric to chaperone because I’m pretty sure that’s the only person I’m actually remotely interested in watching. But I guess Maya also knows she cannot date Josh since he’s an adult and she’s a child, and thus she and Riley both want to date Lucas. Ugh I don’t know. I don’t remember having a friendship where my best girlfriend and I both fell in love with our best boyfriend because I’m pretty sure friendships with those kind of stakes don’t usually last to long. But whatever. We should all know by now that this show isn’t very realistic.
There’s a scene jump and suddenly Riley has a walking boot on and is sitting alone in the bay wade at the lodge. Everyone else returns from a hike and there’s some sexual tension between Maya and Lucas. Then Riley tells them that the leaf that blew in through the bay window as she sat alone thinking is a sign that the “triangle needs to die” ughhhhhh.
There’s like six movies to pick from for movie night, yet everyone is more interested in watching Maya, Riley, and Lucas try to figure out their love triangle. Lucas suggests that they all imagine what their lives would be like together. Lucas’s life with Maya is a James Bond-esque movie. Here’s something somebody made on YouTube:
So then they acknowledge that all they’ve done here is waste 30 minutes of our time so that they could make this a much-buzzed-about 2-part episode. Everyone else goes to bed but Topanga let’s Riley stay up (alone and unchaperoned! special rules for the teachers kid!) and watch the night sky in the bay window. But then a cute guy comes in to work the night shift at the front desk. They drink hot cocoa and he seems like a romantic too. To be continued…
Very Special Lesson: Isn’t there a girl-code where you just both agree not to date the same guy? Why is this even a thing?? Also, am I supposed to root for team Riley-Front-Desk-Guy or feel like this is the beginning of a Law and Order: SVU episode??