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Girl Meets Farkle 

Riley, Maya and Lucas emphasize the beauty of being unique as they rally around their friend Farkle Minkus, who may be on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, his friendship with another student, Smackle, grows fonder.


Willie Garson


Michael Jacobs (created by), April Kelly (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Rowan Blanchard ... Riley Matthews
Ben Savage ... Cory Matthews
Sabrina Carpenter ... Maya Hart
Peyton Meyer ... Lucas Friar
August Maturo ... Auggie Matthews (credit only)
Corey Fogelmanis ... Farkle Minkus
Danielle Fishel ... Topanga Matthews
Lee Norris ... Stuart Minkus
Kristanna Loken ... Jennifer Bassett Minkus
Cecilia Balagot ... Isadora Smackle
Cyrina Fiallo ... Ms. Oben


Riley, Maya and Lucas emphasize the beauty of being unique as they rally around their friend Farkle Minkus, who may be on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, his friendship with another student, Smackle, grows fonder.

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Music



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Kristanna Loken reprises her role as Jennifer Bassett, now the wife of Stuart Minkus (Lee Norris) and the mother of Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), from Boy Meets World: An Affair to Forget (1996) and Boy Meets World: First Girlfriends' Club (1998). See more »


[Smackle invites Farkle to transfer to her school]
Isadora Smackle: We are both geniuses now.
Farkle Minkus: Yup. That makes us even more alike that we were. And as we both know...
Isadora Smackle: [sadly] Like forces repel. Yes, science says we may never be together.
Farkle Minkus: And science never makes a mistake.
Riley Matthews: Really? Have you seen the blobfish?
[shows them a picture of one and pretends to cry]
Riley Matthews: Why, science? Why?
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References Girl Meets World: Girl Meets the Secret of Life (2015) See more »

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The secrets of Farkle revealed, and best of all, CYRINA FIALLO!
25 January 2016 | by Ddey65See all my reviews

Cory is teaching a lesson on the dangers of disrupting people's nature, but all Farkle seems interested in is the never finished lesson about the Belgian Revolution. Suddenly, the school guidance counselor walks in, and this counselor is named Miss Oben played by the irresistible Cyrina Fiallo, who just two years earlier played Teddy Duncan's awkward sad-sack friend Vonnie on "Good Luck Charlie." Isadora Smackle comes to visit the "Farkle Genius Party" organized by Stuart Minkus and his wife who is revealed to be Jennifer "Monster" Bassett (Kristanna Loken), and who also reveals evidence that he was born through conventional means, rather than being a test tube baby or a clone, or something of that nature. Smackle spends much of the episode trying to persuade Farkle into transferring to her school, Einstein Academy, partially to develop his mind, and partially so she can spend more time with him.

A second visit from Miss Oben seems a little more ominous, because she reveals that he may suffer from Asperger's Syndrome. This scares him, because he fears it may be true. First because he's convinced he has all the standard traits, and second because he has passed every test he's ever taken, and is worried this may be no exception. In fact, he's so worried he calls his parents and all his friends to the Matthews house about it. Clearly the Minkuses trust Cory and Topanga a lot!

After Smackle reveals that Farkle spent the day on a tour of her school, she invites him on a date, which Riley and Maya push him into going along with. Earlier he urged them not to let him not understand love, and while on this date, it seems like the two geniuses might hit it off. But after the third meeting with the guidance counselor, when Smackle finds that her would-be suitor isn't in the slightest bit autistic, she suddenly becomes disappointed. My original plan for this review was to name it "Girl meets Farkle... and a heartbroken Smackle." And I could've gotten away with it too, because that disappointment IS heartbreaking. However, though I won't give away any spoilers, let's just say that things might not work out so poorly for the former academic rivals after all.

Corey Fogelmanis wanted the audience to see this as something other than a shipping episode. Unfortunately, as understandable as his sentiment is, that aspect is kid of hard to ignore. Cecelia Balagot's character has been know to have a crush on the little Minkus as far back as "Girl Meets Popular," even if she can't find a way to get him to reciprocate those feelings. And the two have far too much in common. One notable trait is that they both end their grandiose speeches with catch phrases. Farkle tends to end his with "Thank you! I am Farkle!," although this time it's a little more toned down, while Isadora Smackle ends hers with "Smackle, the one and only, out." I could just as easily end this review by writing "Farkle and Smackle sitting in a tree,..." On second thought, I won't go that far, because they're in middle school and for someone my age to finish the rest the way I want would be kind of creepy. However, I really hope that Michael Jacobs and April Kelly find some excuse to bring Cyrina Fiallo back to play Miss Oben.

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