Episode: Grandma Was a Rolling Stone (1×07)
Production Code: B609
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris (credit only), Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Rue McClanahan, Keri Russell
Original Air Date: November 12, 1993
Cory and Shawn are working in Mr. Feeny’s yard. Alan comes outside and asks what they are up to. Cory explains that they are hunting for snails to use as fishing bait on Sunday. Alan pointedly says that fish don’t eat snails. Mr. Feeny guiltily says that he made a mistake. Cory shames Mr. Feeny for manipulating innocent minds, although he doesn’t seem to mind much. The boys hop the fence to the Matthews’ side, and Alan starts demonstrating proper fishing technique to them.
Alan’s hook snags on one of Mr. Feeny’s flowerpots, making it topple over. Mr. Feeny, surprisingly, is not upset at this, and asks to give it a shot. Alan hands the fishing rod over to him, and Mr. Feeny casts the hook perfectly into a bucket sitting in the Matthews’ yard. Satsified, Mr. Feeny says that it’s just like riding a bike. Cory expresses his surprise that Mr. Feeny is a fisherman. This provides Mr. Feeny with an opportunity to tell an old fishing story (1956, small-mouth bass, Louisiana Delta). Alan half-heartedly says that this tale is incredibly interesting. Well, I’m interested! Mr. Feeny is using language that is quite descriptive and vivid. Plus, his fishing story is already at least 5x as interesting as Moby Dick is. Okay, okay, fine! It’s more like 5000x. Cory asks why Eric won’t be going along on this year’s fishing trip. Alan explains that Eric’s discovered girls, and once Cory starts liking girls, he’ll take Morgan instead. He calls it an “endless cycle of fishing.” Cory asks what he’ll do after Morgan gets too old. Alan says he’ll then be a fellow in a fishing hat who tells a lot of dull stories. He looks over the fence to his gardening neighbor, and experiences shortness of breath. Cory, concerned, asks if he just frightened himself. Alan says he did.