The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1119  Tuesday, 10 November 1998.

From:           Richard A Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 09 Nov 1998 19:12:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Boy Meets World

In a two part episode (the first aired tonight; the second airs on
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30 EST) of the sit-com _Boy Meets World, a copy of
the sonnets comes up twice.  The main character, Corey, who has a
girlfriend, tries to set up his best friend, Shawnee, with a aerobics
instructor.  Shawnee is into high culture-Vivaldi's Four Seasons and
Shakespeare's sonnets-he cites the line from sonnet 116 "love is not
love / Which alters when it alteration finds- but his date is distressed
by this.  Shawnee leaves.  He got his copy of the sonnets out of a purse
he carries around that he recently found and has posted a notice for.
When its owner calls and leaves a message, Corey encourages Shawnee to
meet the owner who may after all be the girl of his dreams (since the
contents of the purse impress Shawnee).  He does so, but the girl who
picks it up turns out to already have a boyfriend. Shawnee is crushed
his father was dumped long ago by his ex-wife and has never been able to
keep a girlfriend since).  But as it turns out, the girl who picked up
the purse was not its owner, but the owner's friend.  The owner is
delighted to get her purse back and her copy off the sonnets.  "Can't
live without them," she says.  Followed by a to be continued.  This girl
is black and Shawnee (and everyone else) is white, so Shakespeare is
here apparently going to mediate a marriage of true minds which
transcends race.

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