|Original Airdate||March 20, 1998|
|Written by||Barbie Feldman|
|Directed by||Alan Myerson|
|Guest starring||Matt Kirkwood as Paramedic, Robert Clohessy as Matt Frazier, Aubrey Morris as Profesor Cookmand, Deborah Kellner as Judy, Marshall Raduziner as Dylan, David Jacobs as David, Rachel Jacobs as Rachel, Joshua Jacobs as Joshua, Dylan McCracken as Dylan, Claire McCracken as Claire, Ron Harper as Man #1, Jordan Bowers as Man #2, Jake Thomas as Writer|
After the lead actor is crushed under a faulty set constructed by Eric, Eric inherits the role of Romeo in Pennbrook's production of Romeo and Juliet. He is a raving success, recieving great reviews and recruiters from RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company), Juliard, and ABC. Of course, Eric chooses to go film with ABC in their studio in Los Angeles with Mr. Feeny's accompaniment.
Once there, Eric learns he will be playing the long-lost brother on the hit show Kid Gets Acquainted with Universe, along side famous actors such as Ben Sandwich and Schneider Strong. He soon learns, though, that it isn't all it's cracked up to be. Ben Sanwich is an egotisticial head case, and Schneider is a timid wuss. When Eric begins to film, Matt Frazier, Eric's recruiter, quickly learns that all Eric can act is Shakespeare. Soon thereafter, Eric finds himself staring at a closing door on the lot. Feeny says if Eric wishes to be a serious actor, he could take classes and whatnot, but Eric says that next he wants to be heavyweight champion of the world. Feeny suggests they go home.
Meanwhile, Topanga cares for Shawn and Jack when they have chicken pox. Shawn is uncomfortable because he feels loyalty to Cory. Jack only makes it worse when he points out the obvious during a fever-induced delirium. After they've gotten better, Topanga confronts Shawn, calling him a jerk for being so loyal to Cory that he can't be friends with her. Shawn says he wants to be friends, and would be heartbroken if they couldn't.
The episode ends with one of the funniest tags ever. It is a scene of Eric looking for his lucky tubesocks (just like Ben Sandwich in Kid Gets Acquainted with Universe), and Cory explains he washed them and they shrunk, saying, "I don’t think they’re so lucky anymore..." Suddenly, out of character, Will Friedle yells that that isn't the line, trashing the set and walking away. Rider Strong, acting as Shawn, enters and says he blew up another mailbox (a reference to the season 1 episode, "The Fugitive") and notices that Will isn't there. Ben Savage says he'll be hard to replace, but they call offscreen to the banana boy and ask him if he wants to be a star.
- Will: (Out of character) That’s not the line.
- Ben: What?
- Will: The line was, “Honey, I shrunk the tube socks.”
- Ben: Oh, I know, I’m sorry Will, I was trying something new.
- Will: Oh, you were just trying something new, huh? Yeah. Well, why don’t you try this (throws laundry at hum), huh? Is this new?! (Throws basket on the floor) Does this look new to ya?! (Throws bowl on floor and tosses silverware that is on the table) (Yells loudly) NEW!! (Tries to tears a towel, then throws it) YEEAAHH!! It’s late, (Knocks over chair) I’m outta here! (Storms off set angrily)
- [Rider enters from outside]
- Rider: (Acting) Cory, Eric, guess what. I blew up another mail box. (Notices Will’s absence) (To Ben) What, Will flip out again?
- Ben: (Startled) Yeah, yeah he did. What’re we gonna do? I mean, he’s gonna be hard to replace.
- Rider: Yeah, you’re right. (They both look offstage) (Calling) Hey, banana boy! Wanna be a star? (Grins, then nods)
This entire episode is a parody of Boy Meets World itself. Obviously, "Kid Gets Acquainted with Universe," Ben Sandwich, and Schneider are plays off the show's title and stars. Also, when Ben Sanwich yells at the "young, hip" writers, they are actually the children of the writers and producers of the actual show.
- Favorite quote:
"Cory's my best friend... but I want to tell you to your face that if I knew that you and I weren't friends anymore... it'd break my heart too." Shawn to Topanga