Episode: Boys II Mensa (1×06)
Production Code: B607
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Janette Kotichas Burleigh
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Jane Carr, Marty York, Sam Horrigan, Dusty Gould
Original Air Date: October 29, 1993
Way to be literal, Cor!
Mr. Feeny is handing back class assignments. This time, it’s book reports, and I can only hope that most of the class did theirs on Peter Rabbit. While Mr. Feeny is talking to the class, Cory is wearing a clown nose and pulling grotesque faces. Mr. Feeny calls him out by using a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer quip, as Cory grins sheepishly. Cory says it’s the wrong holiday for that, as Halloween is will be here soon. He explains that he was experimenting with the clown nose as a potential costume. Mr. Feeny decides to go the Shaming route of discipline and says Cory must wear the nose for the remainder of the morning. As the students giggle at their exchange, Mr. Feeny resumes handing back papers. Minkus’ featured a haiku with the subject being Captain Ahab’s preoccupation with Moby Dick. Ugghh. I’m having unpleasant flashbacks to Junior Year, right about now. Minkus emotively recites his haiku:
“The calm, blue ocean
Sun lights up the monster’s eye
He sees me–whale food.”
He should submit his work to Dot’s Poetry Corner.
Mr. Feeny gives his appraisal: “It works on so many levels.” Shawn calls Minkus a “brown noser,” and Minkus calls Shawn a “troglodyte.” Mr. Feeny hands Cory’s assignment back, saying it wasn’t one of Cory’s finest achievements. Cory looks at the paper, then asks Mr. Feeny why, although he and “Rick” both got “C’s,” “Rick” got good feedback but Cory got negative feedback. Mr. Feeny asks “Bozo” to approach the “center ring.” At the front of the room, Mr. Feeny quietly tells Cory that “Mr. Lewis” put in a lot of work just to get the “C,” earning his respect. He says Cory diverts his resources into class clowning instead. Cory asks why Mr. Feeny picks on him so much, and never on, say, Minkus. Incredulous at the completely stupid question (yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question, and this is a prime example), Mr. Feeny reminds him that Minkus would earn higher than an “A,” if possible. Cory mutters that he supposes that is how Minkus gets away with everything, as he returns to his desk. Mr. Feeny asks what Minkus gets away with. I should point out that every single student is intently studying during this entire, loud, interesting, two-way conversation. And that is how you know you’re on a TV show, folks! Cory asks why he gets detention for throwing paper airplanes (as he demonstrates his prototypical triangle-shaped model), when Minkus doesn’t. Camera cut to Minkus, who has fashioned a bi-plane (I think it’s called, anyway), complete with propeller. Cory soberly says, “I withdraw the question.”
I think that paper airplane design is precisely what was used in the Flying Down to Rio finale.