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Girl Meets Father 

Corey has trouble accepting the fact that Riley is growing up. Maya copes with receiving an 'F' on her paper.

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Cory struggles with Riley growing up when he learns she'd rather go to the school dance than participate in their yearly tradition of riding the Coney Island roller coaster. Simultaneously, he is dealing with the outcome of giving Maya an "F." Written by Anonymous

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Topanga Matthews: Wait, your dance is Friday?
Riley Matthews: You're doing that thing with your voice.
Topanga Matthews: But Friday is the last night of the Coney Island Cyclone.
Riley Matthews: But it's our first dance! And Dad takes me to ride the rollercoaster a bunch of times, right?
Topanga Matthews: Your father thinks of it as a tradition.
Riley Matthews: How bad is this?
Topanga Matthews: Your father thinks of it as the reason he wakes up in the morning.
Riley Matthews: Maybe he won't remember it this year.
Cory Matthews: [bursting through the door] Three days 'til Cyclone Day!
Topanga Matthews: When is my birthday?
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As Riley feels she has outgrown Cory, Maya seems to depend on his investment in her more than ever.
27 July 2014 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

I sometimes have such a hard time watching this show because just as much as Riley and Farkle seem like your run of the mill Disney kids, then there are moments in which they interact with Cory and it brings this sense that as superficial as things may seem, it is how everyone copes. Be it how Riley talks with Lucas, and how Maya corrects her; How Cory expresses the sadness of Riley growing up; or Maya, whose story continues to get sadder and sadder to the point I damn near cried this episode. Truly, you can see that as time goes on the creators/ writers are really trying their best to balance the Disney image with what fans expect in the long run.

Topic 1: The Supporting Characters – Auggie and Topanga

Both Auggie and Topanga play supporting roles in the story, mostly by helping Cory deal with the fact Riley is growing up, is interested in makeup, and is slowly going to rely on Topanga more for things she needs to know. But, even with that said, Topanga tries to help Riley understand why Cory is so hurt by her saying she can't learn anything from him anymore, much less that she'd prefer a school dance to her and Cory's roller-coaster tradition.

As for Auggie? Well, he is just the cute little sarcastic brother. He tries, in his own way, to make Cory feel better, and in the end talks about how come he and Cory don't have any traditions? Which upon him mentioning that, I realized there really is see a real split when it comes to this family. Cory focuses on Riley, and Maya, far more than he does Auggie, and while Topanga and Riley are on good terms, she pretty much only has a focus on Auggie life and fills in Cory on the details.

Topic 2: Breaking Tradition – Cory & Riley

With Riley's first school dance opportunity coming, she strangely isn't as nervous as you would think. If only because Maya is so deep into her relationship with Lucas that it is hard to tell if Maya is trying to make things easier for Riley or flirting with Lucas herself. Either way, despite how Riley usually is, her dancing with Lucas doesn't lead to her usual antics. If anything, dealing with Cory is the problem.

You see, for a couple of years now they have gone to this roller-coaster ride and Cory has relished the moments when Riley holds onto him as the coaster goes down and he can feel like her knight in shining armor. However, between boys, her wanting to put on makeup, dances, and etc., he is slowly losing his little girl and finding in her place a young woman. One who, from what she says, doesn't have as much to learn from him anymore. Which, as you can imagine based off how Cory has acted in the past, hurts him deeply. To the point he gets a bit immature with how he handles her, though naturally in a comical way. But all ends well for rather than break tradition, they simply change it. So while they don't go on the roller-coaster, they do have a father/ daughter dance at the end of the middle school dance. One which Maya joins, leading me to wonder, as time goes on, will either Auggie or Riley possibly get jealous of the attention Maya gets? For Riley does remind Cory he is her father and, with Maya having a similar background to Shawn, you can see he increasingly is investing time and effort into her. Be it the pencils and cell phone he gave her, or just him being a surrogate dad. I mean, we know Riley and Maya are bound to fight over something, so between Lucas and Cory I wonder which it will be.

Topic 3: Time and Patience - Maya

Since the beginning of the show Maya has been the character that has kept hope alive. For every moment Farkle has had which makes you roll your eyes, for every time Riley was just a tad too goofy, Maya represented, in my opinion, the adults watching who just wanted Riley to act like she got some sense, and to make Farkle come off just a little less out there. But, alongside her being the one to give people a reality check, she has also been the one to really give this show some depth and bring out the lessons.

Such as the one she presents in this episode which deals with how grades make kids feel. Maya gets an F on a paper and with F meaning fail, she identifies as a failure and decides to leave class and skip school. Something which doesn't seem to be a big deal to her folks since her dad has a new family, and who knows what her mom is doing. But, with her getting an F on her paper I think she feels it explains her father's abandonment. Leading to Cory, once again, showing her that despite the way her parents maybe, she is loved, wanted, and very much invested in. He reminds her that she knows what was required to get a better grade, it is just she didn't put it in the words which were required.

Leading to perhaps the teary eyed moment at the school dance when Cory goes to Maya first for the father daughter dance. And I swear to you, I don't know if it is the story or the abilities of Sabrina Carpenter, but either way I was getting very emotional. To the point I think I am going to be cursing at the screen whenever we meet Maya's parents, if I'm not bawling on the floor because of something cruel they say or do.


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