- Oh my god, Riley. Speaking with a Spanish accent isn't Spanish sweetie.
- Yay Maya got an A!
- And Riley got a D, yikes.
- D for Disgraced!
- Cinco D Maya!
- I'm so on board with Zayadora to be honest...
- Maya talking to the A is adorable!
- No, you hang up!
- No cheaty, all brainy!
- I like this Spanish teacher! She's a good teacher!
- Maya and Zay's handshake, damn that's cool.
- Loser side of the room!
- Over here we say square. (Isn't the first, won't be the last time we hear about a square rather than a triangle.)
- Oh my god, that Chewbacca noise haha.
- Yes Cory finally, stop sugar coating. She needs to make herself improve.
- Where's my cake, ya monsters!
- This episode is so good at teaching things! It's so real!
- Aww Riarkle. (Wift your head Wiley!)
- The potato am a good sailboat!
- Onto the fridge we go.
- Keep growing, keep learning my girl Maya.
I really enjoyed this episode! It felt very real and honestly, I wish I'd had a show like this to watch and inspire me when I was a teenager. I guess I was like the 'Farkle' in school, and then when I got to college I slowly went backwards, and then even moreso when I was in university. The smarter everyone else got around me, the less special I felt, and I shouldn't have. I should've tried harder to be better, not lost my confidence in my abilities. I was dealing with other personal issues, but my motivation to be the best was way down, instead it became a motivation to make it through, to keep going. Seeing Riley's panic at the D going on her permanent record and possibly affecting her getting into college years before that step of her life comes was both so relatable and so terrifying. One grade can change the whole course of your life, if I'd have gotten a B in A Level English instead of a C, I'd have gone to a different university, studied something different, and my life would probably look quite different now, and not necessarily in a good way, but I'll never know what could've been.
I loved seeing Maya be good at something academic! We know Art is her primary talent, but there's no reason why she shouldn't learn and grow and find other things that she excels in as well. Her conversation with the A was so adorable and I loved seeing that motivation to do well bleed into other classes like Cory's as well. I don't want her to take two steps back again, but I know it's going to come. Maya needs to find her confidence in who she is and what she's good at, she deserves fantastic things and everyone should tell her that.
The scene where Farkle comes to talk to Riley really highlighted why I think they'd make a wonderful endgame couple. They're completely real with one another. They build each other up when they need someone to. And despite how the season started with the group abandoning Riley and Maya, they're incredibly loyal and honest with one another the majority of the time. The scenes in which Riley shows the most growth both as a character and maturity-wise always include Farkle or Maya. I think that's an important distinction to make in opposition to her fantastical relationship with Lucas. Whilst I think they make great friends, I don't think they work as a romantic pairing. Lucas was content to call himself and Riley losers, whereas Farkle was intent on reminding Riley that who she is is her permanent record. (Wift your head Wiley, he's right in front of you!)
I also have to point out how amazing Rowan and Sabrina's comedic timing was in this episode. They continue to improve and really shine like stars in this show. They're going to be incredibly successful in their careers as they age and I can't wait to see what they do. I actually think their comedic work is some of the best on television right now, but I'm not sure if that's just because I think too many comedy sitcoms are badly written and have too much filler and not enough progress in their stories.