“Girl Meets World” Season 1 Episode 9 “Girl Meets 1961” aired on Friday, Sept.19, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. on the Disney Channel. In this episode, Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) got his class to relive the 1960s by having them researched on their great grandparents who lived during that time. This episode also featured flashbacks of the group’s grandparents in 1960s New York. Read on to learn more about this episode.
In present-day New York, Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) tried to teach his class about history, specifically the 1960s. However, the class was bored as they could not see how this would be relevant to them, especially as they were not physically present during that time. Cory then told them every decision they made and that other people made in the past and present did make history. He went on that history always has an effect on the present. He also mentioned that history is all about missed opportunities, and whatever happened in the past affected them today. To illustrate the matter further, he assigned them to research about their great grandparents who lived during the 1960s and to report it in class.
In a flashback to 1960s New York, at Café Hey in Greenwich Village, a young girl dressed in black approached the counter, where the beatnik bartender asked who she was, as this was her first time there. She introduced herself as Rosie McGee (Rowan Blanchard). Ginsberg (Corey Fogelmanis), the beatnik bartender, took her picture for posterity and later on recited a free verse poem on stage. Afterwards, he asked Rosie why she was there, to which she replied that she wanted to meet a new friend. He then directed her towards a table where a blonde girl with a flower headband and a guitar was sitting at. He looked at the thick journal she carried around and called her a “deep chick.”
In the present day, the four friends sat at a restaurant in Greenwich Village. Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) revealed that she was doing research on her great grandmother, Rosie McGee, as she had left behind a thick journal and a guitar. Lucas’ (Peyton Meyer) father was sending him some stuff about his great grandfather Merlin, while Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) revealed that his grandfather’s name was Ginsberg. Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter), on the other hand, was browsing through an art book that their teacher had lent her, but it only made her depressed as she did not believe that she was capable of doing any good art, like the great masters. Lucas then told her that she would not know that because the other artists went ahead and said it. Before they left, Farkle decided to take a picture of the three of them for posterity. However, Maya, as she was a little depressed, decided to leave behind the art book.
Back in the 1960s, the blonde girl with the guitar, May Clutterbucket (Sabrina Carpenter), asked Rosie why she carried around a journal. She found out that Rose recorded everything so that she could remember everything that happened that night and so she could write about it someday. May revealed that she was only there because her bus to California had broken down. She was heading to a place where everybody played music and made beautiful art. She was heading for Topanga Canyon, and Rose, who liked the name, wrote it down. Ginsberg then invited May to sing on stage. Afterwards, a cowboy fellow named Merlin Skoggins was asked to perform on stage, after which he sat down with Rosie and May. May introduced Rosie as an “observer of humanity.” After a little while, Merlin decided to leave and told Rosie to keep on observing humanity and for May to keep on playing. However, May, depressed over the fact that she would not be able to change the world with her music like Merlin, started to give up. Then again, Merlin told her that she only knew that because he went ahead and said it somewhat similar to what Lucas in the present day had said. After he left, May gave her guitar to Rosie and disappeared.
Back in the present day, both Riley and Lucas gave their report on their great grandparents. Lucas’ great grandfather, Merlin Skoggins, became a one-hit wonder country singer and played his record for the benefit of the class. He then told them that Merlin afterwards made some bad choices and ended up in jail for some time. When asked by Cory on why that happened, Lucas shrugged and said that Merlin turned “left instead of right” and that he probably did not have the right friends.
Riley revealed that her great grandmother, Rosie McGee, left behind a journal and a guitar and wrote a poem about a friend she made who left her that guitar who disappeared from her life that night — May Clutterbucket. After reading the poem, she looked at Maya and continued. She then told the class and her father that the lesson was that they were all continuations of history, just like Rosie had given birth to her grandmother, who had given birth to her mom, Topanga. She then encouraged Maya to continue on with her art and gave the guitar to Maya, who proceeded to compose a song making fun of Lucas, calling him nicknames about him as a true blue cowboy.
Back at the restaurant, Maya decided to get back the art book. Meanwhile, Riley revealed to her mother that the reason she got her name was because of the place that Rosie’s friend, May, was supposed to go to.
The next day, Farkle ran inside the classroom, excited. He told the class that everyone forms a piece of a puzzle and that puzzle forms a picture. He then said that they would not believe the picture that he found. It turned out that Riley and Lucas’ great grandparents had both visited New York on Dec. 14, 1961 at a Greenwich Village café called Café Hey, the same café that Ginsberg, Farkle’s great grandfather, ran. He asked Maya what she knew about her great grandmother, and she revealed that her great grandmother was May Clutterbucket. Lucas was overjoyed by the fact that he could now tease Maya with her very own nickname. Cory then mentioned that them not becoming friends was a missed opportunity and that they all should learn from the past so that they could avoid the mistakes that their ancestors had made. Farkle then revealed that his great grandfather was so hard to research on because he was always taking pictures. He then showed them a picture of Merlin, May and Rosie — all seated at the same table at that night in December 1961 at Cafe Hey. The screen then changed to an image of Lucas, Riley and Maya seated together, with Farkle in the background taking their picture.
The next day, the four who learned that history does matter decided to show up early at class, where Cory proceeded to lecture them on 1963 and Marin Luther King Jr.
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