Get ready to make peace–not war (to quote a certain karaoke king, what is it good for?)!–with Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World fans. If you weren’t already as in love with the spinoff show as Topanga is with making lipstick hearts around her face, Cinefilles has learned–straight from Cory and Riley Matthews!–that an upcoming episode will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and flashback in time.
As fans saw in the somewhat Sabrina the Teenage Witch crossover episode “No Guts, No Cory” (Cory is transported back to the ’40s, black and white and Casablanca references and all) and “I Was a Teenage Spy” (Cory is transported back to 1957 and, yep, mistaken for a Russian spy for knowing about the future), Boy Meets World kinda sorta had a thing for era-hopping. And according to Ben Savage and Rowan Blanchard, the actors who play Cory and Riley, Girl Meets World is carrying on that time travel-honoured legacy.
When speaking with Savage and Blanchard on the phone recently, Cinefilles wondered if Girl Meets World had plans to do any fun one-off episodes like ones mentioned previously, or even in the style of horror movie tribute episode “And Then There Was Shawn” (more on that a couple of times in the next few minutes). That’s when the duo revealed that there’s an episode set in 1961 coming right up like a freshly made Chubbie’s hamburger and shake.
“We actually did an episode where we didn’t exactly go back in time, but we kind of did like a flashback episode,” Blanchard said. “It’s called ‘Girl Meets 1961’ and we go back and we play our great grandparents.”
Although Blanchard would have to go back in time herself to experience watching Boy Meets World‘s ’40s and ’50s episodes live (she was born a year after Cory and the rest of the class got dismissed), she has watched the entire series on her own time (her top episodes are “Cory’s Alternative Friends,” where Cory and Topanga first meet, and–Callback No. 1!–“And Then There Was Shawn”) and got as excited as this reporter and Worldly woman would have at the thought of an homage to them.
“Those were some good episodes!” the actress told Cinefilles excitedly. “When I saw them, I knew I wanted to do something similar because that would be so fun.”
Judging by his response, Savage didn’t quite do the Cory squeal when he found out about “Girl Meets 1961,” but for good reason. He sees the first season of Girl Meets World as a map for the series, which, thanks to a recent renewal (side note: Savage said he was at his nephew’s birthday party when he got the news, which obviously got us thinking about how Eric Matthews would work as a father), will see at least two seasons on Disney Channel (in the U.S.) and Family (in Canada).
“I think the concept episodes are a lot of fun,” he explained. “But I think the first season was about establishing these characters and the relationships, giving the audience hints and clues of where we’re going to go with the show, and letting our old audience know that it’s okay to watch this one and that they’re going to be happy with it.”
He added, “As far as concept episodes go, I think we’ve got time. ”
For now, however, Savage looks back on Boy Meets World‘s specially themed instalments super fondly. Particularly “And Then There Was Shawn.”
“Boy Meets World was just non-stop laughing,” he told Cinefilles. “We were laughing from the second we got to set to the second we came home and I really think that came across in the episodes. That episode in particular, we were constantly laughing and making each other laugh. But that’s just how the show was. And we’re hopefully creating that with Girl Meets World as well.”
Cory Ben. Time and time and time and time and other time again.
Girl Meets World airs Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Family and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.