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“Teacher's Bet”
Season 1, Episode 8
Air date

November 19, 1993

Written by

April Kelly

Directed by

David Trainer

"Teacher's Bet" is the eighth episode of season one of Boy Meets World, and the eighth of the overall series. It first aired on November 19, 1993. The episode was written by April Kelly, and directed by David Trainer.


Convinced that teaching elementary school is an easy job, Cory makes a bet with Mr. Feeny that he can be the teacher for a week and have more kids than normal pass the test, Cory betting his bike and Mr. Feeny betting a fraction of his weekly paycheck. Cory, however, ignores the Diary of Anne Frank he is supposed to teach about, in favor of goofing around. He introduces himself to the class as Hey Dude, eliminates the dress code, allows Topanga to replace her desk with a yoga cushion and meditate, and assigns Minkus to get a life.

Alan, worried about Cory's bike, as it is new and was expensive, questions the exact terms of the bet. Cory realizes that since Mr. Feeny would be taking the test as a student, he would be at the top of the curve and more kids would fail. He tries to get his act together and teach the class, but finds it has gone out of control and gives up quickly.

Later, he watches Eric comfort his girlfriend Linda after some jerk called her a racial slur at the mall. Inspired by the event, Cory goes back to the class and makes a passionate speech against prejudice, tying it into the book. In the end, the same number of people pass as normally and the bet is a draw.


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