On the most recent episode of Girl Meets World, Maya wants something, Riley loses something and Cory loves tacos.
Crazy right? Well, considering the writers are clever, and they often add allusion to other pieces of literature, films and use symbolism to tell a "behind the scenes" story this episode took the cake!
We start with Maya and Riley preparing for the big day at Pacos Tacos. Maya is really excited about those tacos, and she really wants Bobbi the Bobblehead. Riley promises that there won't be any "stops in Rileytown". She cuddles Barry the Bear before going to sleep, but when she wakes up, the bear is gone!
As Maya mourns the delay in getting The Bobblehead, Riley mourns the loss of Barry.
Boy was this symbolic.
Just a few episodes ago, Maya gave up something and Riley replaced someone in her life.
This all goes back to the dreaded Ski Lodge where it all went terribly wrong.
Lucas and Riley promise to have important talks and be officially together. But Riley has replaced someone that she actually has important talks with.
Farkle, who has been there for her since childhood.
Zay asks Farkle and Lucas why they switched characters in this episode. The exact opposite of subtle.
I'm convinced that the bear Riley lost represents Farkle, because Riley says this:"A teddy bear is a source of joy, and comfort and security and love. Barry was my childhood. Everything he went through, I went through."
That sounds like Farkle because he's known Riley since childhood:
He was bullied in Girl Meets Flaws:
That's just one reason I think Barry represents Farkle. Let's not forget the episodes where Farkle wears a bear shirt.
This is also the episode where Farkle kisses Riley.
The next bear shirt is in an episode that I think foreshadows the entire story: Girl Meets Commonsism. Farkle tells Riley that he'll always be on Riley's team.
The kids lose their individuality and create a wall to seperate them from the rest of the world. This foreshadows Girl Meets Yearbook where Farkle changes first to "Donnie Barnes" and Riley changes to "Morotia M Black". Both are negative characters that appear to be the exact opposite of who Farkle and Riley appear to be. In an attempt to save them, Maya changes to "Riley". Lucas gets upset, just like he is upset in Commonism.
Farkle has wanted Riley's attention hasn't he? Since the first episode if I remember correctly:
Barry was first mentioned in Girl Meets Forgiveness, when Riley couldn't forgive Auggie for tearing off his face.
She's never been able to let that go. I wonder why?
In Girl Meets Smackle, Topanga says something really interesting, and it ties in with my Romeo and Juliet theory. The idea of Cory and Topanga as both a couple and individuals appear to be idolized by most of the characters in the show. Auggie bit the face off, so what does that mean?
Auggie and Ava appear to have a Cory and Topanga love story going on. That's interesting.
Not to mention a certain other word that is constantly brought up by an upset Farkle:
So Farkle calls Lucas a face all the time. And apparently Lucas is supposed to be the "Topanga" to Riley's "Cory".
Well . . .
The Matthews family knows how important Farkle is to Riley.
This is why Auggie asks Farkle to the movies at the end of the episode. ( A supposedly comical moment that really wasn't. Does Farkle look happy? I don't think so)
Cory has an entire lesson about how we shouldn't take people close to us for granted, and Farkle is the main topic:
But Farkle doesn't have a "face". He's "not part of the story", so Riley is blind to his pain:
This is clearly displayed in Ski Lodge.
But we also know that Riley cares for Farkle, and once she is able to make decisions for herself, without the influence of others, Farkle is the first person she goes to.
Right now, Riley is distracted by the idea of a Cory and Topanga story. She's not even aware of her own story.
She needs to go back to the beginning: