Cory asks Mr. Feeny for advice about Topanga moving to New York. She rejected an internship at a law firm, and Cory thinks it's because she would be moving away from him. Mr. Feeny uses a metaphor to convey that Topanga may be hindering her growth by staying in the same place, even if she is flourishing there.
Coach McGinty asks his team to share their deepest fears. Intially, they think of their small fears, such as insects; however, he encourages them to think deeper. Shane cites the fear of quicksand as a metaphor for not being prepared.
Leo asks Josh about his day with Stanley, a psychotherapist. He uses a metaphor to describe Josh's PTSD situation and states that he'd like to help him. After Josh leaves the office, the carolers trigger Josh's PTSD.
A tired, worn-down soldier sees a butterfly through the gaps in the sandbags that protect him. He is shot in the process of reaching for it.The butterfly represents the beauty of the world; beauty that war is not afraid to tarnish.