Topanga Lawrence-Matthews is Cory's girlfriend, and later wife. Like many characters in the show her personality changes as the show progresses. However, her change is probably the most drastic. From the first season to the second, she changes from an eccentric hippie with interests in the supernatural phenomena, to a calm and collected, mature teenaged girl. In the first season episode "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not," she has a sister, Nebula "Nebbie" Stop-the-War Lawrence, played by Krystee Clark. Also in that episode, she develops a crush on Eric. Neither the existence of her sister nor her crush on Eric are ever mentioned again, and Topanga’s only romantic relationship for the duration of the show is with Cory, with the exception of a boy named Ricky Ferris, an old friend from grade school, whom she goes on one date with after spending all day at the Van Gogh exhibit in the episode 'Starry Night'. She kisses him and realizes that a kiss can be just a kiss and forgives Cory for his feelings for Lauren and they reunite. Although Topanga is admitted to Yale University, she decides to attend Pennbrook College with Cory and their friends. She proposes to Cory during their high school graduation, and they marry during their sophomore year of college. Throughout the relationship, Topanga is generally the realist to Cory's idealist. When her parents get divorced, she is plagued by doubts and insecurities about their own relationship. In the end, she and Cory, along with Shawn and Eric move to New York for an internship for which she was accepted. Topanga was simply a recurring character during the first season, but for the duration of the series she was a main character.
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