|I Was a Teenage Spy|
|Original Airdate||April 26, 1996|
|Written by||Jeffrey C. Sherman|
|Directed by||David Trainer|
|Guest starring||Tom Bosley as himself, Anson Williams as himself, Pat Morita as The Wise Man, Christopher Darga as Slim, Don Sparks as Deputy|
When a power surge wipes out Cory's term paper on Sputnik and the space race, he begins to complain about how difficult his life is in the 1990's. He says that in the fifties, life must have been much easier without as many complications. Mr. Feeny tells Cory that, between Red Scare paranoia and the fear of the bomb being dropped, it wasn't as easy as he thinks. Cory shakes off this comment as he plugs in the microwave and is warped back to the 1950's.
In the 1950's Cory is at Chubbie's, which has the name Slim's, where he meets T.L., the fifties version of Topanga. She has giant hair and a snappy attitude. When he returns to John Adams High, everything is different. Shawn is Shawnzie Hunterelli, the cool-kid/troublemaker that plays pranks on the 50's version of Feeny. In class, Mr. Turner's subject is what life will be like in the future. Cory's predictions, although 100% accurate, are not believed. Cory's amusement of their "civil defense drills" draws ire from Turner, who becomes enraged when Cory says "butt". Shawnzie covers for him, though, but gets expelled as a result.
In the hallway outside, a 1950's version of Eric asks Feeny whether he should go to Harvard or Yale. T.L. also pleas that Shawnzie doesn't get expelled, which falls on deaf ears. Suddenly, Feeny rushes in and says that the Russians have launched Sputnik and it may be a spy craft. Cory, knowing all about Sputnik, calmly explains that it isn't a spy craft and that the Russians are just doing some experimenting. This, of course, makes everyone think that Cory's a spy and he must run away to home. At his house; however, his dad is Tom Bosley, who promptly reports Cory to the FBI.
Now captured and in jail, Cory is visited by the fifties versions of Alan & Amy. Although they seem wholesome, they are actually Russian spies that threaten Cory. After they leave, a siren sounds and everyone ducks and covers. Just then, Shawnzie and T.L. come in to save Cory and hide him in Shawnzie's apartment. Once there, they determine that Cory should find The Wise Man and seek advice.
The Wise Man, however, is a waiter at Slim's. He advises Cory to shock himself again with a microwave, but Cory points out that microwaves haven't been invented yet. The Wise Man shrugs and says "Oopsie!" and everyone comes in and calls Cory a spy, backing him into a corner. Cory then bonks his head, and wakes up in his house in the present, surround by Shawn and his family. Topanga enters, and Cory is relieved to see her, giving her a look that gives her the "heebie-jeebies."
- A good portion of this episode seems like a play of Happy Days, especially because Tom Bosley and Anson Williams were both regulars on the show.
- A character, non-canonically referred to as "Kissing Girl", appears in the episode uncredited.
- Tom Bosley at Wikipedia