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“Cory's Alternative Friends”
Season 1, Episode 4
Air date

October 15, 1993

Written by

Patricia Forrester

Directed by

David Trainer

"Cory's Alternative Friends" is the fourth episode of season one of Boy Meets World, and the fourth of the overall series. It first aired on October 15, 1993. The episode was written by Patricia Forrester, and directed by David Trainer.


After getting it into his head that Eric's hair is what made him so popular, Cory attempts to straighten his own hair in an attempt to mimic his brother. With the help of Shawn (who borrowed hair straightener from his sister), they manage to make things go horribly wrong, as Cory leaves the hair straightener in his hair for far too long, making his hair look ridiculous.

Cory finds that his current friends, even Shawn, are not too accepting of him because of his hair, so he attempts to put the curls back in with ladies' curlers. However, this only makes his hair worse and he is met with more ridicule on the next day of school.

At lunch, Cory found that he had been voted out of his seat in the lunchroom, and instead of making a huge production, he decides to join the school's outcasts, a group of which Topanga Lawrence is a part of, though he still finds a few of them a bit unnerving. It is there that he finds that they are on a mission: to keep the school's librarian in her position, a position that the school board has decided to remove from her and give to someone else. He joins them in blocking the exit hall of the school at the end of the day, where he convinces a large number of his fellow students to sign their petition.

Topanga is particularly impressed by Cory's heroics and cleverness, and she kisses him.


Guest stars

  • Christina Leigh as School Girl
  • Megan Parlen as Barbara
  • Marla Sokoloff as Paige
  • Chris Owen as Ned
  • Marty York as Larry Williams
  • Sam Horrigan as Student #1

Topanga's Poem

Sun. The only. The one.

Doughnut in the sky.

Space. Big gaping place.

Without. Within. Our skin.

Doughnut in the sky.

Freon. Fluorocarbon.

Humpback whale. So pale.

Exhaust. Is all lost?

Doughnut in the sky.


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Topanga Lawrence.
  • Two scenes were used as flashbacks on the spin-off/sequel Girl Meets World; one in Girl Meets Popular and another in Girl Meets Brother.
  • Shawn mentions having a sister, Stacy Hunter, in this episode. This is never seen nor referred to again.

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