Episode: Cory’s Alternative Friends (1×04)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Patricia Forrester
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Danielle Fishel, Marla Sokoloff, Megan Parlen, Katie Jane Johnston, Matthew Bartilson, Marty York, Chris Owen, Sam Horrigan
Original Air Date: October 15, 1993
Marla Sokoloff (her character’s name is “Paige” but that’s in no way as memorable as “Marla Sokoloff”) and… using process of elimination on the guest star list, I think it’s supposed to be “Hillary,” but they never say her name onscreen. So, “Hillary” it is. The girls are concluding a class presentation promoting biodegradable products. Said presentation involves dropping a fish into a beaker containing “lake water” and pulling it out seconds later…with nothing left but bones. Scary! Mr. Feeny compliments the girls’ hard work, and calls up Cory and Shawn to present.
The boys high-five each other as they walk up to the front. Shawn pulls down the classroom’s rollup map, and Cory announces that their topic will be the effects of air pollution on everyday life. Mr. Feeny comments that he likes their topic. The boys unfold pointers, and Shawn uses his to indicate “Denver”… which appears to be located in the Gulf of Mexico. Cory points to “Philadelphia,” which is apparently located in Iowa. The boys rattle off random geography-type facts related to each location, news magazine-style. Then, they turn the discussion towards Mile High Stadium (home of the Colorado Rockies, who had the highest run percentage) and Veteran’s Stadium (home of the Philadelphia Phillies). They conclude their presentation by saying that if Philadelphia would clean up its smog, the Phillies’ run percentage would become as high as the Rockies are able to achieve due to their cleaner air. This seems like a topic the stat geeks should explore. And then write meaningless blog and forum posts about their “findings.” Ahem. (Disclaimer: I don’t really hate stat geeks and think they’re quite useful and their findings are often quite interesting. Seriously.)
Cory asks Mr. Feeny if he enjoyed their presentation. Mr. Feeny didn’t and takes partial blame. He announces that the class would redo the assignment, and he would choose the partners. I don’t understand why Marla and Hillary would have to redo their project, because they did a great job. He pairs Shawn with Minkus. Both of them literally facepalm at this news.