Cory and Shawn have a lot of growing up to do as friends, first with Shawn succeeding more naturally in business then Cory, and the resulting jealousy that involves, then Shawn not feeling super confident, and Cory learning to let Shawn rely more on himself, instead of Cory always propping him up.
Shawn and Jack also grow closer as brothers, with a only a bit of strife to go along with it, along with wrestling…lots of wrestling.
Eric continues his slow slide to crazy town, with a few lucid moments before that happens, which I’ll highlight in the video section.
And then we have our big thing. Cory and Topanga. Things had been going along swimmingly, with Cory doing something stupid, realizing it, and they forgive and move on. That is, until the senior ski trip. Cory fails in getting off the bus, and has to skip the first day of skiing with a sprained ankle. He and Lauren(boo, hiss) stay up all night talking, and eventually even kiss. Cory lies to Topanga about it, but she finds out, of course. And so, our favorite couple has split up, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth as we wait for the final third of the season.
There were many many great moments throughout the season, and here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.
How to Succeed in Business(S5E9)-Eric and Amy are in the same creative writing class, and Amy is writing stories about her early relationship with Alan. Eric is not impressed, until it’s about him.
Last Tango in Philly(5E10)-The guys fail at listening, and after they figure it out, decide to surprise their lady-friends with a dance.
A Very Topanga Crhistmas(S5E11)-Cory and Topanga are more alike than Cory realizes.
Raging Cory(S5E12)-Cory and Eric want different relationships with their dad, and Eric sums up the dilemma via an abstract piece of art. Eric has a flash of inspiration, and knocks it out of the park.
The Eskimo(S5E13)-Shawn is trying to win Super Bowl tickets, but there is always an Eskimo in his way.
Also: Eric and Jack find a couple of girls…but who goes where?
Heartbreak Cory(S5E14)-The infamous Lauren makes her first appearance.
First Girlfriends’ Club(S5E15)-More like first Vultures’ Club. Shawn’s exes try to dissuade Angela from dating him. After this bit in the clip fails, they move on to more drastic measures.
Torn Between Two Lovers (Feeling Like a Fool)(S5E16)-Eric has an unorthodox method of teaching a citizenship class, but will Mr. Feeney approve?
And thus the middle third ends, with Cory and Topanga broken up, and the rest of our crew struggling to find themselves. How will this season end? Stay tuned next week to find out!