Riley and Maya give schoolmate Smackle a makeover to attract Farkle. Meanwhile, Farkle recruits Lucas to his debate team in an attempt to distract arch nemesis Smackle, and Auggie is in despair over a break-up with his "girlfriend" Ava.

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Riley and Maya give schoolmate Smackle a makeover to attract Farkle. Meanwhile, Farkle recruits Lucas to his debate team in an attempt to distract arch nemesis Smackle, and Auggie is in despair over a break-up with his "girlfriend" Ava.

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Lucas Friar: [opens a wrapped up package] "Get-out-of-detention-free."
Maya Hart: Oh, I could use one of those! Give me that, and I won't call you Ranger Rick all week.
Lucas Friar: Here you go.
[does not hesitate to give Maya the card]
Maya Hart: Thanks, Ranger Roy.
Lucas Friar: Let me guess. Ranger Roy is filling in for Ranger Rick?
Maya Hart: All week. And now, you...
[looks at Cory]
Cory Matthews: Oh, something gonna happen to me?
Maya Hart: Yes, it is.
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What is beauty, who decides, and is there an alternative?
21 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***MINOR SPOILERS***

There was a scene from the 1996 female Cyrano de Bergerac remake known as "The Truth About Cats & Dogs," where Uma Thurman takes Janeane Garafolo out for a makeover to give her the look of the '90's, and she becomes so horrified by it she bursts into tears at a water fountain near the mall food court. I'm with her on this, but that's another story.

Cory tries to teach his class the meaning behind the Trojan Horse, by using a fake presents with disappointing surprises. Just after the opening theme we get a debate competition between John Quincy Adams Middle School, and some nearby prep school for genius kids named "Einstein Academy." A girl from that school named Isadora Smackle (Cecelia Balgot), who we saw in the episode "Girl Meets Popular," straight up trounces Farkle in the debate over whether school uniforms should be mandatory, and he's devastated. However she's also madly in love with him, but can't get him to reciprocate the affection. Noticing that he has a crush on Riley and Maya, she requests a makeover from them.

Meanwhile, Lucas wants to join the debate team too, although the other nerds reject him at first, convinced that he's too much of a pretty-boy/jock to have anything to do with them, but Farkle talks them into letting him in. Later they set Farkle up on a date with Smackle at "Svorski's Bakery," however he knows that her request for a makeover is an attempt to win an upcoming debate over whether or not beauty is skin deep. In spite of this, Smackle is still willing to discuss their makeover on her and can't seem to make heads or tails behind the existing beauty standards. "Four red nails and one blue one. I don't know why." When new debate team member Lucas Friar casually walks in, suddenly his arch-nemesis is on the verge of getting as hormonal as a fangirl for boybands, and he tries to use Lucas against Smackle. Both debate captains realize she is too distracted by the cute boy who just joined Farkle's team, but we may find out she's not as distracted as the nerds of John Quincy Adams hopes.

The B-story involves Auggie and his childhood crush on Ava Morgenstern. He barges into the Matthews apartment like a G-rated version of Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and grieves over the fear that they may not be together forever. He seems to think that just because Cory and Topanga were childhood sweethearts, that he should have the same destiny, and is devastated when he realizes that may not happen. I don't know how many people can relate to that, but I can. I always thought that there should be a girl in my life that I should've known from childhood, officially dated when I was old enough to do so, and marry when I reach legal age. It never happened, but that doesn't mean there aren't real-life couples who grew up that way.

Either way, Smackle's impassioned speech recognizing how superficial our world is, and urging us to look beneath the surface is a decent message that few of us truly live by, and admittedly, I'm not that much of an exception. Finally, there's Farkle's reply to whether he would be in love with the two main characters of this show if they weren't attractive. It was sweet, it was heartwarming,... but it wasn't true. Riley and Maya are polar opposites, and Farkle knows this. So, while the previous user has an interesting theory, I'm still convinced his crush on the two of them is primarily over their appearance.


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