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What I Meant to Say
Season No. 3
Episode No. 3
Original Airdate October 13, 1995
Written by Mark Blutman
Howard Busgang
Directed by David Kendall
Guest starring Anastasia Horne as Christy


Cory, enjoying a date with Topanga, tells her that he loves her. Topanga does not know how to react to that, and ends the date. Later, Cory tells Shawn about it, who becomes convinced Cory has ruined dating at John Adams High because now every girl will want to hear it, and the boys will lose the power to choose where to go on dates.

To test this, he tells Eric and his girlfriend what happened. Eric acts horrified, and tries to get away before his girlfriend becomes enraptured by the idea. But it is too late, and Eric excuses himself to practice saying "I love you."

Shawn tells Cory that although he may have ruined dating for the rest of them, Cory will get to enjoy Topanga's delight. However, Topanga gives him the cold shoulder until lunch, when she tells him their relationship is over.

Meanwhile, Eli Williams, wating for his interview with George Feeny, gets into a fight with "a little mustached man," who turns out to be Feeny. Despite the animosity, Feeny hires him as the new media arts teacher. Jonathan Turner, a friend of his, helps him get acclimated to the classroom.

After school, at Chubbie's, Mr. Williams sees Cory moping and asks what's wrong. Cory explains what he knows, and Mr. Williams advises him to find the real story behind what Topanga told him, comparing it to his former job as a reporter.

Loved and lost

Shawn gives Cory advice in French.

He shows up at her house, apparently to take back the jean jacket he gave her. However, he confronts her about it. She explains the real reason she ended it was because she was scared of the idea of love. After talking about it, Cory starts to leave, when she tells him she loves him too. Cory smiles and leaves.

Back at the house, Eric tries to tell his girlfriend that saying "I love you" can do no good, using Cory and Topanga as an example. However, Cory and Topanga then walk by, obviously back together. "I love you, Eric Matthews," gushes his girlfriend. Eric starts to respond in kind, but it soon becomes obvious he does not know her last name.


  • Shawn tells Cory he is an idiot savant, and demonstrates this by reciting a couple phrases in French. However, when questioned of the meaning, he explains he merely speaks the language without understanding it. In season 1, however, Shawn had difficulty pronouncing French words.

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