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The Beard
Season No. 2
Episode No. 11
Original Airdate 1994-12-09
Written by Jeff Menell
Directed by David Trainer
Guest starring Haylie Johnson, Molly Morgan, John Capodice, Lenny Wolpe, Joshua Weiner


Amy is looking to buy a new car but is having some difficulty choosing. Cory and Eric suggest she should buy a flashy sports car, but she opts for a practical minivan instead.

In school, Shawn has a dilemma as two girls, Linda and Stacey both pass notes asking to go out with him. Finding it impossible to choose between them, he has a plan to date one of them, while Cory dates the other, keeping her off the market until he's ready for her, but can't choose who to pick.

Eventually, Cory goes out with Linda and they strike it off. They go to Chubbie's and as the evening goes on they really get to like each other. This makes Cory feel very awkward, especially when Shawn and Stacey also arrive at Chubbie's.

Back at home, Alan surprises Amy by having bought the minivan that Amy had described she wanted. To his surprise, rather than jumping for joy, Amy is very cross that Alan rushed into the purchase. Cory asks Eric for advice. Eric makes Cory see that everything is great as it is, provided Shawn and Stacey don't break up.

The next day, Cory witnesses Shawn and Stacey breaking up. Unable to reconcile them there and then, he catches up with Stacey later at Chubbie's where he begs her to go out with Shawn again. Linda comes in and points out that this is exactly how Cory took her away from Shawn. Cory tries to explain himself but both girls now think he is a disloyal friend and a schemer. Shawn comes in and the girls show their sympathy for him as they leave. Cory and Shawn have an argument because Cory liking Linda was not part of the original plan. The girls come back and hear the argument, and realizing what had been going on, decide to dump them both.

Alan and Amy go back to the car lot to return the van, and the car salesman starts acting like a marriage counselor.


  • This episode and Wake Up, Little Cory are the only episodes to receive a TV-PG-D rating in syndication on ABC Family.
  • Turner teaches the class about Hamlet, which Cory and Shawn briefly learned about in sixth grade.

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