Mr. Turner promises not to test the class if they read The Grapes of Wrath. Mr. Feeny insists on more traditional testing methods. When the kids feel they've been duped, Cory and Shawn lead the class in a strike, causing Management (Feeny) to take a hard line.
The first party of the school year is getting nearer and nearer; Cory's reputation hangs in the balance over whether or not he'll be invited. Cory is relieved when he finally does score an invite but is shocked when Shawn does not.
Cory is terrified he may be turning into a werewolf after he's bitten by a strange animal. He visits a fortune teller and, instead of offering advice, she confirms Cory's suspicion and warns him about three prophecies. Including one in which he kills a girl who deeply loves him.
Cory and Shawn create a fake band for themselves to impress the girls in school. Their plan works perfectly but the guys end up having to back up all their talk when Mr. Feeny books their band for the upcoming school dance.
Due to a fear instilled in him by Eric as a joke, Cory crashes and burns at a makeout party where he was forced to "7 Minutes of Heaven" with Topanga. Believing his high-school career is ruined, he tells his parents of the tragedy, who then inform Eric that if he doesn't fix this, he won't go on a date until Cory does.
Shawn is interested in two girls but can't decide which one to date exclusively. Since Cory isn't a threat, Shawn has Cory "babysit" Linda while he goes out with Stacy. The plan starts to unravel when Cory starts falling for Shawn's back-up girl.
Shawn and Cory are strong-armed into helping Frankie charm Gloria, the girl of his dreams. Their tips help Frankie score a date with Gloria. The problem is Gloria just happens to be Harley Keiner's current girlfriend.
Cory and Shawn are a hit on the school's radio show with their new matchmaking show "Lunchtime Lust". Mr. Feeny thinks the show is in bad taste; he cancels the show and fires the boys. Cory and Shawn aren't happy with being silenced and fight the system any way they can to get back on the air.
Eric and Jason's plans to tour Europe may be ruined if Eric can't get his grades up in time. He enlists the help of a tutor who, instead of offering study tips, offers Eric the answers to an important test. Eric must decide whether to cheat and ensure his trip to Europe or to use his own intellect and risk failure.
Shawn starts hanging out with a dangerous crowd after being dumped because of his social standing. Shawn decides his place in life is on the streets with bullies and criminals instead of in school with his friends. Cory sets out to prove to his best friend that a person's honorability is not determined by his birthplace. Meanwhile, Eric lies about how good a skater he is so he can go out with a girl named Valerie.
Cory joins the wrestling team to make a name for himself, but eventually realizes that he doesn't have to prove anything. Cory and Topanga's mutual interest in each other is revealed for the first time.
It's career day at the high school! Everyone has a parent visit the class to explain their occupation. Cory's dad Alan is embarrassed to give a speech about being a grocer and he succeeds in boring the class. Shawn's father Chet makes a surprise appearance and steals the show. Later, Chet tells Shawn some bad news: his mother Verna has run away with their trailer again. Chet is preparing to go after her, leaving Shawn behind to fend for himself.
Shawn is invited to stay with the Matthews after Chet takes off. He starts to feel like a burden and sneaks out. Shawn ends up on Mr. Turner's doorstep yet again, where Turner gives him a lecture about finding direction in life.