List of A Different World episodes

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A Different World is a television spin-off of The Cosby Show set at Hillman College, the alma mater of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable. It ran for six seasons on NBC, airing a total of 142 episodes, including three hour-long episodes. The last three episodes aired in syndication, bringing the total to 145.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale Time slot
1 22 September 24, 1987 July 7, 1988 Thursdays at 8:30–9:00 pm
2 October 6, 1988 May 4, 1989
3 25 September 21, 1989 May 3, 1990
4 September 20, 1990 May 2, 1991
5 September 19, 1991 May 14, 1992
6 September 24, 1992 July 9, 1993 Thursdays at 8:00–8:30 pm (Sept. 24–Nov. 12, 1992; May 27–June 10, 1993)
Thursdays at 8:30–9:00 pm (Nov. 19, 1992–Jan. 21, 1993)
Saturday at 8:00–9:00 pm (May 8, 1993)
Friday at 8:00–8:30 pm (July 9, 1993)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1987–88)[edit]

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1 1 "Reconcilable Differences" Ellen Falcon Lissa Levin and Thad Mumford September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24)

It’s Denise’s sophomore year at Hillman. She takes up residence in Gilbert Hall and immediately clashes with her assigned roommate, Jaleesa Vinson. Ever tidy, Jaleesa simply cannot deal with the messes Denise creates. Denise quickly takes her cue and switches roommates. This time, Denise ends up with Whitley Gilbert a.k.a. the “Mouth of South”. Again, Denise clashes, but somehow Whitley makes Jaleesa look good. It’s Denise’s first test of the year: How to switch back to living with Jaleesa without ruffling Whitley’s feathers.

Notes: This episode was taped after the pilot to add additional characters and provide background for those in the pilot episode. Marisa Tomei does not appear.
2 2 "Pilot" Jay Sandrich John Markus, Carmen Finestra and Matt Williams October 1, 1987 (1987-10-01)

Denise and Jaleesa get a new roommate, transfer student Maggie. But Denise learns her checks for dorm fees bounced and they could be forced out of the dorm. Reluctant to ask her parents for help, she is determined to find a solution to the dilemma on her own.

Guest stars: Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam

Note: The Pit, the on-campus restaurant, makes its first appearance in this episode with a slightly-different design. The Pit also showcases a more racially-diverse student body at Hillman than would be seen in later seasons.
3 3 "Porky de Bergerac" Ellen Falcon Susan Fales October 15, 1987 (1987-10-15)

Denise and Maggie convince Jaleesa to face-off against Whitley in a campaign for dorm monitor, and Jaleesa wins. When new dorm rules to reduce littering in shared areas go into effect, Denise is embarrassed when she is forced to wear a fake pig nose on a first date.

Note: First recurring appearances of Kim Wayans (Alison) and Bee-Be Smith (Gloria).
4 4 "Those Who Can't...Tutor" Kim Friedman Susan Fales October 22, 1987 (1987-10-22)

Dwayne offers to tutor Denise in calculus after she scores poorly on an exam, but their session runs late and he misses curfew. Whitley's reputation is put on the line after Dwayne is caught climbing out of her window by Stevie.

Note: First appearances of Darryl M. Bell (Ron) and Sinbad (Walter)
5 5 "War of the Words" Ellen Falcon Joe Gannon October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29)

Maggie and Whitley debate over whether women can successfully balance a career and family life. But when Maggie's boyfriend visits and asks her to move to Washington, D.C. with him, the issues become personal.

Guest stars: Damon Wayans and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Note: first appearance of Marie-Alise Recasner as recurring character Millie
6 6 "Rudy and the Snow Queen" Ellen Falcon Cheryl Gard November 5, 1987 (1987-11-05)

Rudy Huxtable spends the weekend at Hillman–and winds up spending more time with Whitley, entranced by her glamour and charm, and neglects Denise in the process.

Guest stars: Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam
7 7 "Sometimes You Get the Bear...Sometimes the Bear Gets You" Ellen Falcon Thad Mumford November 19, 1987 (1987-11-19)

Denise concocts a plot with her roommates to be the first women to participate in the Homecoming tradition of stealing the head of the opposing team's mascot, not knowing that her visiting grandfather Russell intends to carry out a similar plan with Dwayne's help.

Guest star: Earle Hyman
8 8 "If Chosen I May Not Run" Ellen Falcon Thad Mumford December 3, 1987 (1987-12-03)

Coach Walter offers Denise a tryout for the Hillman track team, and she seems capable of the challenge—until she realizes the commitment required and the pressure from home to follow in the Huxtable tradition.

Guest star: Bill Cosby
9 9 "Romancing Mr. Stone" Ellen Falcon Scott Spencer Gordon and David Felton December 10, 1987 (1987-12-10)

A number of female students, including Denise, have more than science on their study lists when a new geology professor arrives at Hillman.

Guest star: David Alan Grier
10 10 "Gift of the Magi" Ellen Falcon Susan Fales December 17, 1987 (1987-12-17)

A Secret Santa program has Jaleesa and Maggie unwittingly each assigned to give to the other as Whitley wrestles with the news that her divorced father has a new, much younger girlfriend and wants her to spend Christmas with them in Switzerland.

Guest stars: Troy Beyer and Conroy Gedeon (as Whitley's father Mercer Gilbert)
11 11 "Does He Or Doesn't He?" Ellen Falcon Thad Mumford January 7, 1988 (1988-01-07)
The women of Gilbert Hall place wagers when a graduate student predicts that Dwayne couldn't know how to handle a woman who actually responded to his cheesy pick-up lines.
12 12 "Advise and Descent" Ellen Falcon Cheryl Gard January 14, 1988 (1988-01-14)

Denise works as a peer counselor during finals week, and while she is good at helping other students with their problems, she neglects her own work.

Guest star: Kristoff St. John
13 13 "The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic" Ellen Falcon Thad Mumford and Susan Fales January 21, 1988 (1988-01-21)

Leticia "Lettie" Bostic, a Hillman dropout with a colorful past, becomes the new resident director at Gilbert Hall, and the ladies are surprised when her straight-talking methods contradict her legend.

Guest star: Ron O'Neal as a Hillman faculty member; he would return for three guest spots as Whitley's father.

Notes: this episode marks the first appearance of Mary Alice as Lettie. It is also explained that Stevie, the previous resident director of Gilbert Hall, left the position to get married.
14 14 "Wild Child" Ellen Falcon David Felton February 4, 1988 (1988-02-04)

Denise befriends a student known as "Cougar" from her philosophy class, not realizing that her brilliantly intelligent classmate is hiding some secrets of her own.

Guest star: Raymond St. Jacques
15 15 "Dr. Cupid" Regge Life Deanne Stillman February 11, 1988 (1988-02-11)
Dwayne attempts to play Cupid for himself and others via his campus radio show, with unexpected results; Ron meets and falls in love with Whitley's devoted friend Millie, while Lettie receives a visit from a former suitor.
16 16 "The Show Must Go On" Kim Friedman Gary Dontzig and Steven Peterman February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18)
Denise and Whitley earn roles in Maggie's adaptation of the story of Adam and Eve and become real-life rivals for the actor playing Adam.
17 17 "Mr. Hillman" Matthew Diamond Margo Kaufman February 25, 1988 (1988-02-25)
Whitley enters the Miss Hillman pageant, but Denise — infuriated at the sexism of the pageant — convinces Dwayne to enter as well; Dwayne then has second thoughts when becomes looked at as an object on campus.
18 18 "Speech Therapy" Ellen Falcon Cheryl Gard March 10, 1988 (1988-03-10)

Jaleesa panics at the prospect of making a speech in front of her poetry class, Maggie obsesses over the money Denise borrowed from her more than a month ago, and Whitley gets Dwayne and Ron to fix her illegal humidifier.

Guest star: Roscoe Lee Browne in his first appearance as Dr. Barnabus Foster, a character he originated on The Cosby Show.
19 19 "Clair's Last Stand" Tony Singletary Thad Mumford March 24, 1988 (1988-03-24)

Denise's mother Clair visits and lectures Denise about her grades, putting the kibosh on her big summer vacation plans. Meanwhile, Whitley feels depressed and left out when everyone is too busy to remember her birthday.

Guest star: Phylicia Rashad
20 20 "If Only for One Night" Tony Singletary Susan Fales April 28, 1988 (1988-04-28)

Denise at long last accepts a date with Dwayne, but their evening out is interrupted by Whitley's desperate search for an alternative to going home for the summer.

Note: This episode was intended to be the season finale and was the last one filmed before Lisa Bonet left the show.
21 21 "Come Back, Little Eggby" Ellen Falcon Scott Spencer Gordon May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)

Assigned to take care of an egg in place of an actual baby, Maggie seeks out advice about the real thing from single mom Stevie. But when she leaves "Artie" with babysitter Jaleesa, "he" mysteriously disappears.

Note: This episode, postponed from earlier in the season, marks the last appearance of Loretta Devine on the series.
22 22 "My Dinner with Theo" Ellen Falcon Scott Spencer Gordon July 7, 1988 (1988-07-07)

Denise's brother Theo visits Hillman and gets the wrong impression about how much fun college life could be.

Guest stars: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Keshia Knight Pulliam

Notes: This episode was postponed from earlier in the season, and marks the final appearances of Lisa Bonet (as a regular cast member) and Marisa Tomei on the series. Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison do not appear.

Season 2 (1988–89)[edit]

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23 1 "Dr. War is Hell" Debbie Allen Thad Mumford October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06)

Whitley returns to the dorm and has to adjust to her new roommate, freshman pre-med student Kimberly Reese. Jaleesa's new roommate, free-spirited freshman Winifred "Freddie" Brooks, has developed a crush on Dwayne—who is trying hard to avoid taking a calculus class with Col. Bradford Taylor, an allegedly tough professor nicknamed "Dr. War".

Notes: Darryl M. Bell (Ron) and Sinbad (Walter) become regular cast members. First appearances of regulars Charnele Brown (Kim), Cree Summer (Freddie), and Glynn Turman (Col. Taylor).
24 2 "Two Gentlemen of Hillman" Debbie Allen Susan Fales October 13, 1988 (1988-10-13)

Dwayne and Ron try to write a philosophy paper together, but Dwayne gets infuriated when Ron takes the easy way out. Kim beats out Freddie for a job at The Pit as a short-order cook, leaving Freddie thinking she's unqualified to get any job.

Note: First recurring appearance of Lou Myers as Vernon Gaines
25 3 "Some Enchanted Late Afternoon" Debbie Allen Rob Edwards October 27, 1988 (1988-10-27)
Walter persuades Jaleesa to go out with him although she is involved with someone, and Dwayne and Ron start a new business: a personal wake-up service.
26 4 "Dream Lover" Debbie Allen Alicia Marie Schudt November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03)
A shared dance at a party stirs up feelings between Dwayne and Whitley, and jealousy for Freddie.
27 5 "Three Girls Three" Debbie Allen Jeffrey Duteil November 10, 1988 (1988-11-10)

In order to win a competition to sing backup for Gladys Knight, Jaleesa and Whitley join forces with an wanna-be opera diva who ends up trying to upstage them.

Note: Knight performs "Love Overboard" with Dawnn Lewis and Jasmine Guy.
28 6 "If You Like Pilgrim Coladas" Debbie Allen Margie Peters November 17, 1988 (1988-11-17)
Whitley and Kim devise a plan to have a nice Thanksgiving when they find themselves homesick after staying on campus.
29 7 "A Stepping Stone" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard December 1, 1988 (1988-12-01)
The women of Gilbert Hall prepare for the Homecoming step show. Choreographer Whitley's bossy ways turns off the others until a nonagenarian alumna's crusty demeanor gives Whitley a glimpse of her potential future. Dwayne faces a challenge when he is asked to tutor a football player in math before the big game against Hampton.
30 8 "Life With Father" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard December 8, 1988 (1988-12-08)
Dwayne has a new girlfriend, and everything is going well...until he discovers that her father is his calculus professor, Col. Taylor. Freddie, upset over not attracting Dwayne's interest, turns to Whitley for an image makeover.
31 9 "All's Fair" Debbie Allen Rob Edwards December 15, 1988 (1988-12-15)
Whitley objects to Kim spending so much time with her new boyfriend, especially as they start monopolizing the girls' shared room. Freddie alienates her fellow writers when she "improves" upon their work as the new editor of the literary magazine.
32 10 "Radio Free Hillman" Debbie Allen Jeffrey Duteil January 5, 1989 (1989-01-05)
When Dwayne plays an explicit rap song on his radio show, the dean cancels it. Furious, the other students stage a sit-in at the administration building, where Whitley gets trapped in with the protesters.
33 11 "It Happened One Night" Debbie Allen Susan Fales and Margie Peters January 12, 1989 (1989-01-12)
Kim learns she might be pregnant with Robert's baby.
34 12 "I've Got the Muse in Me" Debbie Allen Bud Wiser January 26, 1989 (1989-01-26)
Freddie gets drunk trying to write a paper; Walter takes cooking lessons from Lettie and Mr. Gaines.
35 13 "Risky Business" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard February 2, 1989 (1989-02-02)

Clair Huxtable returns to Hillman for a business seminar, bringing daughter Vanessa and her friend Kara, who proceed to get interested in campus men Dwayne and Ron.

Guest stars: Phylicia Rashäd, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner
36 14 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Debbie Allen Mike Scott and Daryl G. Nickens February 9, 1989 (1989-02-09)
Dwayne and Suzanne break up when she decides she's not ready to get serious so soon. Jaleesa tests Walter's loyalty with a phone call as "Jamaican exchange student" Sheila, who finds him apparently eager to date around, while Kim learns her boyfriend truly is being unfaithful.
37 15 "For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage" Debbie Allen Susan Fales February 23, 1989 (1989-02-23)

Whitley's mother visits to find Whitley a husband, despite Whitley's pleas to study.

Guest star: Diahann Carroll
38 16 "It's Greek to Me" Debbie Allen Jeffrey Duteil March 2, 1989 (1989-03-02)
Ron and Dwayne pledge to join a fraternity. Ron enjoys the process, but Dwayne bristles at taking orders from the older brothers.
39 17 "The Thing About Women" Debbie Allen Rob Edwards March 9, 1989 (1989-03-09)

Walter and Jaleesa examine their relationship as Jaleesa goes on a date with her ex-husband Lamar.

Guest star: Thomas Mikal Ford
40 18 "High Anxiety" Debbie Allen Thad Mumford March 16, 1989 (1989-03-16)

Overscheduled Kim begins dreaming of "Killer B's", while the Gaineses argue over the return of their seemingly shiftless son, Darnell.

Guest star: T.K. Carter
41 19 "Take This Job and Love It" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee March 23, 1989 (1989-03-23)
Whitley's ambitious nature finds a new channel when she takes a job at The Pit in order to pay for repairs to Mr. Gaines' car, but Kim finds Whitley's endless ideas a threat to her status as the favorite employee.
42 20 "No Means No" Debbie Allen Margie Peters March 30, 1989 (1989-03-30)

Freddie goes on a date with Garth Parks, a handsome new player for Hillman's baseball team. However, Dwayne discovers that Garth is hiding a sinister side.

Guest star: Taimak

Note: A disclaimer appears at the start of the program, advising parental discretion based on sensitive and mature content.
43 21 "Citizen Wayne" Debbie Allen Mike Scott and Daryl G. Nickens April 27, 1989 (1989-04-27)

Dwayne runs for student council president, but can't seem to get anyone else to care about serious issues. Political activist and former U.S. presidential candidate Jesse Jackson visits the campus and inspires Jaleesa and Kim in their search for the perfect gift for Freddie's 18th birthday.

Guest star: Jesse Jackson
44 22 "There's No Place Like Home" Debbie Allen Lynn Bunt and Lenore G. Bunt May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04)

The students' summer plans take unexpected turns: Dwayne and Ron's beautiful new apartment becomes an impossible dream, and Walter and Jaleesa decide to grant each other the freedom to date others over the vacation. Whitley battles to work rather than holiday with her mother, until Dwayne convinces her that she'll have a long life in which to contribute to society; the two nearly share a kiss but are interrupted by the party.

Note: This episode marks Mary Alice's last appearance as Lettie.

Season 3 (1989–90)[edit]

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45 1 "Strangers on a Plane" Chris Hibler Thad Mumford September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)
Dwayne looks different and Whitley likes the improvement! On the plane back to Hillman after summer vacation, Whitley runs into Dwayne wearing a fancy suit and looking fabulous. Impressed with the new, improved Dwayne, she makes a play for him. Once they’re back on campus, she continues putting the moves on him. Of course it’s not long before Dwayne’s back on familiar ground and back to the old familiar Dwayne. Gone are the hot suit and stylin’ looks Whitney fell for on the plane. Also gone are Whitley’s dashing fantasies that Dwayne might be the appropriate one for her!
46 2 "The Heat Is On" Debbie Allen Susan Fales October 12, 1989 (1989-10-12)
Whitley, now a senior, has avoided fulfilling her freshman math requirement and faces the possibility of not graduating. There is one option however, Colonel Taylor, a.k.a. ‘Dr. War’, insists if she enrolls in his course, she’ll graduate. What choice does she have? He’s not called Dr. War for nothing! Whitley soon finds out Colonel Taylor’s class is tougher than tough. Can she do it alone? Whitley's pride keeps her from asking Dwayne for tutoring, that is, until the eleventh hour. Can Dwayne rescue Whitley in time to pass, or will her math phobia get the best of her?
47 3 "The Hat Makes the Man" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard October 19, 1989 (1989-10-19)
Walter’s the new co-ed dorm director. He’s got no problem laying down the law and letting folks know who’s boss. When Jaleesa plans a romantic anniversary celebration for she and Walter, the two of them take opposing views on visitation rights in the dormitory. Walter pulls rank and informs Jaleesa that he’s the final authority. Jaleesa’s not so sure she likes Walter wearing this new hat. Once business and pleasure are mixed, it's rough sailing for the normally happy couple. Will Walter compromise for love or is there trouble ahead in paradise for he and Jaleesa?
48 4 "To Have and Have Not" Debbie Allen Kevin Kelton October 26, 1989 (1989-10-26)
Whitley volunteers to teach ballet at a youth center for inner-city children. It turns out to be a great decision. She develops a special relationship with one of her students giving him rides to the center and taking him on a tour of Hillman. Unfortunately, when Whitley's wallet disappears she suspects one of the kids has stolen it and refuses to return to “that place”. When she finds out it was her little friend who took her wallet, she’s hurt and disappointed. In her anger she becomes judgmental about poor people and the type of folks that live in “that kind of neighborhood”. It all leads Whitley to re-assessing her qualifications and purpose as a role model. Walter approaches Whitley to come back and continue her ballet class. When asked to think about how many people have already abandoned or walked out on the kids down at the center, it affects Whitley. Walter convinces her that returning might make more of a difference than she ever thought she could make with the kids.
49 5 "Forever Hold Your Peace" Debbie Allen Susan Fales November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02)

Whitley's father is getting married for the second time, much to her despair. Dwayne volunteers to drive Whitley to New York City for the ceremony. Since he’s on the way, he decides it's a perfect opportunity to drop in on Denise Huxtable and confess his love for her. The surprise ends up being on Dwayne! His visit backfires when Denise introduces him to her new husband. “The Cosby Show” regulars make special guest appearances.

Guest stars: Phylicia Rashad, Joseph C. Phillips, Raven-Symoné, and Lisa Bonet (her final appearance in the series).
50 6 "Delusions of Daddyhood" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee November 9, 1989 (1989-11-09)

Ron falls for an attractive student with her own apartment. He later discovers that she’s got a child. Ron attempts to play daddy but is he cut out for the role? Meanwhile, Hillman is sponsoring a benefit concert and Whitley and Dwayne are on opposing sides in choosing the performer. Whitley lobbies for an opera company while Dwayne and the selection committee want Heavy D. and the Boyz, a popular rap group. Dwayne wins the battle and Whitley is forced to open her mind and get a lesson in music appreciation. Heavy D. and the Boyz perform ‘Somebody to Love Me’ in the finale.

Guest stars: Theresa Randle and Heavy D and the Boyz, who perform the song "Somebody for Me"
51 7 "Wedding Bells From Hell" Debbie Allen Adrianna Trigiani November 16, 1989 (1989-11-16)
Walter wins a honeymoon trip to Hawaii and decides he'd like to take Jaleesa… as his wife! They decide to get married and everyone jumps in to help. Wedding plans are in full swing when, independently, the couple contemplate what they want out of life… Jaleesa wants the urban life: career and independence. Walter longs for suburbia: a family and security. Is there room for compromise? Is this trip grounds for a wedding or…? Jaleesa confesses to Walter that things might be moving a bit too fast for her, but there’s no time to put on the brakes and they forge ahead. When Walter and Jaleesa are on the altar, the preacher asks if anyone sees any reason for the two not to be wedded? Two people speak up: Jaleesa and Walter! They just aren’t ready. Meanwhile, Dwayne decides he’d like to tell Whitley of his feelings for her but she’s dodging his every move. Whitley wonders if Dwayne’s feelings are a passing fancy or the real thing? Mrs. Gaines tells Whitley its clear Dwayne is crazy for her and advises Whitley to grab him while she can. Love is definitely in the air, but where will it land? Dwayne is frustrated by Whitley’s dodges so he finally lands a big one on her! They admit their feelings but Whitley says she’s not ready for marriage.
52 8 "Great Expectations" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee November 30, 1989 (1989-11-30)
Kim and Freddie want to ditch homecoming so they can go to a rap concert instead. Kim’s overprotective father strongly forbids the concert. Kim decides to disobey her father’s wishes and the girls head out to the concert. The trouble begins when Kim's father pays a ‘surprise’ visit to the dormitory and Kim’s not there. He meets Whitley, who spends the entire day with every diversion tactic in the book to cover for Kim. Its no use, Kim’s father knows she’s not there and he’s furious with her. Will he ever let his little girl grow up? For the time being, is does not appear he will. Richard Roundtree special guest stars as Kim's father. Also, Dwayne and Ron fight for space when they both bring their hot homecoming dates back to the pad. The situation calls for an executive meeting as the boys excuse themselves out onto the terrace (the fire escape). Eventually they come back in only to find the ladies have shown themselves out!
53 9 "Answered Prayers" Debbie Allen Margie Peters December 7, 1989 (1989-12-07)
Whitley is trying to plot her way out of her math midterm by faking illness when Kim learns her father, a policeman, has been shot. Whitley, Dwayne and Freddie drop everything and rally together to get Kim to her father in the hospital. Once they arrive at the hospital, Freddie asks Kim what they can do to help. Kim asks Freddie to pray for her father. After hours of waiting and worrying Kim is finally allowed to see her father. They share a tender moment during which Kim’s father admits to having been too hard on Kim and she is able to tell her father she loves him. When Freddie goes to pray, she’s at a loss. Not clear of her feelings about God, she’s not sure how to speak to him. After an awkward moment, she simply speaks from her heart and asks God not to let Freddie’s father die. Freddie later learns that Kim’s father will live but may not walk and thinks God has played a cruel joke. It’s a lesson in acceptance for Kim and, oddly enough, its Dwayne’s point of view on God that facilitates her deeper understanding. Richard Roundtree special guest stars as Kim's father.
54 10 "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard December 21, 1989 (1989-12-21)
The joy of Christmas is in the air for everyone at Hillman! Everyone but Freddie and Whitley, that is. Freddie’s family is away and Whitley's mother prefers being in France with friends over being at home with her daughter. Whitley turns into a Scrooge. When Freddie suggests they make the best of things and spend the holidays together, Whitley explodes! That night, while Whitley dreams, she is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. During her journeys with the ghosts, Whitley learns the true meaning of Christmas, or at least how best to keep Dwayne from falling for Freddie! Diahann Carroll special guest stars as Whitley's mother.
55 11 "Under One Roof" Debbie Allen Kevin Kelton January 4, 1990 (1990-01-04)
Dean Hughes is hosting a freshman tea. She invites Whitley and Freddie to co-host and spend a nice weekend in her home. Whitley is over-anxious to be selected as Hillman's ambassador abroad and seizes every opportunity to display her cultural superiority. Freddie, totally out of her element, discovers she has much more in common with Dean Hughes than she assumed. Whitley's not happy about it! Luckily, Dean Hughes jumps in to save the day! Seems Whitley and Freddie have much more in common than they ever thought!
56 12 "Here's to Old Friends" Neema Barnette Thad Mumford January 11, 1990 (1990-01-11)
An old friend of Dwayne's comes for a visit and tries to convince him to dump Ron and Hillman; Col. Taylor and Mr. Gaines attend an Army reunion.
57 13 "The Power of the Pen" Debbie Allen Dominic Hoffman and Jasmine Guy January 18, 1990 (1990-01-18)
Dwayne, the consummate mathematician, gets frustrated by a poetry writing homework assignment. After spending much of the weekend in the library trying his best to write poetry, Dwayne falls asleep. He dreams Shakespeare visits him! William’s advice to Dwayne? “Write about your passion!” Dwayne wakes and writes a beautiful poem all about his first love: mathematics. When Whitley reads the poem she thinks it’s about her! Passion is passion, or is it?
58 14 "Pride and Prejudice" John Whitesell Yvette Denise Lee January 25, 1990 (1990-01-25)
Whitley shops for her father’s birthday present at an expensive store and is waited on by a condescending, prejudiced salesperson. Attempting to change the woman’s attitude by impressing her, Whitley spends extravagantly. When she returns to the dormitory, Kim, Freddie and Jaleesa advise her to discourage the woman's prejudiced behavior by returning everything she bought thus cutting the woman’s hefty commission. Reluctantly, Whitley returns her purchases and even though she’s dying to buy something, she overcomes the temptation to make another purchase… at least in that store! Meanwhile, Walter, Dwayne and Ron spend an invigorating weekend with Col. Taylor as he prepares students for military training. Walter loses a $50.00 bet with Col. Taylor when he learns the hard way just how out of shape he really is. Dwayne has an intimate moment with poison oak when his pride gets him lost in the wilderness.
59 15 "Success, Lies and Videotape" Debbie Allen Adrianna Trigiani February 8, 1990 (1990-02-08)
Clair Huxtable returns to Hillman to conduct a videotaped career development program designed to help the students prepare for upcoming job interviews. The students at Hillman are in for a surprise as they assess themselves with regards to their future plans and aspirations. Clair is somewhat caught off-guard by the lack of preparation some of the students display. Freddie flatly tells Clair she wants no place in corporate America and excuses herself to continue an archeology dig she’s in the midst of. When Freddie later shows Clair that she’s discovered an underground railroad shelter it evokes a powerful reaction in her. Face to face with her past, even Clair must admit that there's more than one way to be successful. Phylicia Rashad and husband Ahmad Rashad special guest star.
60 16 "A World Alike" Debbie Allen Susan Fales February 15, 1990 (1990-02-15)
Whitley is infatuated with Julian, a handsome and debonair transfer student who is organizing a boycott against a company with South African ties. Whitley volunteers to help out in the fight against apartheid until she learns that the boycott is against the company that has offered Kim a scholarship. A livid Whitley accuses Julian of dictating social responsibility and cancels their date. Meanwhile, Kim rejects the scholarship. Julian re-examines his position and the loving couple calls a truce.
61 17 "That's the Trouble With You All" Neema Barnette Thad Mumford February 22, 1990 (1990-02-22)
Insisting that she only wants to be friends, Whitley offers to help Dwayne find a girlfriend. When Dwayne pretends to like his date, Whitley's jealousy surfaces and she attempts to ruin their evening. Since when do “just friends” get jealous? Although she continues to deny romantic interest in Dwayne, Whitley finally admits his friendship is important to her. Even though both seem to have stronger feelings than friendship, they decide that they’ll let each other do as they please romantically. Meanwhile, Jaleesa and Walter make a bet. Walter insists that poker is strictly a man’s game but Jaleesa begs to differ! She bets him she can teach Freddie to play poker and beat he and a partner. It’s a deal and Jaleesa cleans Walter out! In fact, Jaleesa’s poker skills are so keen, and Walter’s ego so proud, he leaves with her having won the clothes off his back!
62 18 "A Campfire Story" Debbie Allen Kevin Kelton March 1, 1990 (1990-03-01)
The heater is broken in the dorm when Walter and Dwayne return home late from a recruiting trip. With all of Gilbert Hall huddled around the fire to keep warm, Walter and Dwayne share their recruitment adventure. Walter is competing with Cap, his former coach, for recruiting a star basketball player. En route to meeting the player, Walter and Dwayne are stopped for speeding and Walter is arrested and jailed. Once Walter is free, he refuses to be defeated. Walter and Dwayne plan to intercept the player who happens to be dining with Cap. Dwayne insults Cap’s wife and a fight ensues. Chaos, punches, and when the dust clears the boys are back in jail! Luckily, Colonel Taylor comes running to bail them out. Thinking he’s lost his recruit, Walter is very surprised when the star basketball player shows up at Gilbert Hall interested in hearing more about Walter’s pitch of Hillman!
63 19 "Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee March 8, 1990 (1990-03-08)
Graduation is near and the job search is on! Jaleesa has four offers and Whitley has… none. Frustrated and embarrassed, Whitley accepts a position with a cosmetics company as their “spray lady”. Realizing this isn’t exactly the career she had in mind when she went to college, Whitley must do some re-thinking. She eventually comes to terms with the fact that she’ll need to take additional courses to land a “real job.” Her decision? The five-year plan. Whitley’s back at Hillman for a fifth year!
64 20 "21 Candles" Debbie Allen Adriana Trigiani March 15, 1990 (1990-03-15)
Whitley fantasizes an extravagant 21st birthday celebration that has both Dwayne and Julian pledging their undying love. Back in reality, it’s a completely different story. Whitley thinks everyone has forgotten her birthday so she celebrates alone. Of course, who could forget Whitley? Kim has planned an all-girl surprise party while Dwayne and Ron plot to disrupt the party by kidnapping Whitley. The birthday girl is in for a couple of surprises!
65 21 "Sweet Charity" Neema Barnette Margie Peters March 29, 1990 (1990-03-29)
Dwayne and Ron are invited to film a TV commercial playing basketball opposite two basketball Hall of Famers, Rick Barry and Walt Hazzard. Their popularity with the women soars! That’s until they are humiliated by being cast as the weaklings against the Hall of Famers. Easy come, easy go! Meanwhile, Kim has secretly taken on extra work to pay school expenses. When the gang finds out and tries to help, Kim's pride is insulted. Mr. Gaines teaches Kim a lesson in receiving and allowing others to give.
66 22 "Soldier Boy" Neema Barnette Leilani Downer April 5, 1990 (1990-04-05)
The students of Hillman are making plans for an ROTC banquet saluting Colonel Taylor. The Colonel is beside himself as he tries to uncover the identity of the guest speaker who will honor him. Is it Colin Powell? Margaret Thatcher? When he discovers that the speaker is a soldier who was disabled in battle under his command, Colonel Taylor confronts some demons of the past. He blames himself for the soldier’s having lost his leg in battle. Meanwhile, Ron meets some demons of his own trying to decide whether or not he believes himself worthy of the “Cadet of the Year” award. Col. Taylor is deeply moved when he receives a touching tribute from the soldier who tells the banquet that without Col. Taylor he may have lost more than just his leg. Ron is also touched when he learns he’s won “Cadet of the Year”.
67 23 "Getaway: Part 1" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard April 19, 1990 (1990-04-19)
It's spring break and the gang heads to the beach for fun in the sun. What was supposed to be a quiet get-away to the beach soon turns into a life threatening adventure. Dwayne and Ron discover a suitcase full of money and drugs. Unknowingly, Freddie and Kim meet the drug dealers and practically lead them to Dwayne and Ron who have their bag! The chase is on!
68 24 "Getaway: Part 2" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard April 26, 1990 (1990-04-26)
With the drug dealers still in hot pursuit of their suitcase, Dwayne and Ron dress as women so as not to be recognized while they try to reach the police. Unfortunately, a rainstorm shuts the ferry down leaving them isolated, in drag and at the dealers' mercy. Just when the situation looks hopeless, Walter arrives with the police and saves the day!
69 25 "Perhaps Love" Debbie Allen Susan Fales May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03)
Dwayne’s mom makes a surprise visit and shows up for Dwayne’s induction into Hillman’s academic fraternity Phi Beta Kappa. She’s proud of her son and makes no bones about telling anyone who will listen! Meanwhile, Julian has told Whitley he’s got something important to ask her. She’s sure he’ll pop the question and propose to her. Julian doesn’t propose but instead asks Whitley to move in with him for the summer and give up her local internship. Julian calls her a princess and tells her that she needs to broaden her horizons. Hurt, Whitley goes in search of Dwayne's advice. She enters his apartment to find a woman there she assumes is the maid. She is mortified when the woman informs her she’s Dwayne's mother. Whitley spends the rest of Mrs. Wayne’s visit trying to make things up to her. She also realizes that even though its Dwayne’s big moment, he’s put aside his feelings to consider hers, something Julian hasn’t done. Patti LaBelle special guest stars as Dwayne's mother.

Season 4 (1990–91)[edit]

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70 1 "Everything Must Change" Debbie Allen Susan Fales September 20, 1990 (1990-09-20)

Whitley returns from her travels determined to begin a relationship with Dwayne; however, he has moved on to a romance with newcomer Kinu, a student at nearby Avery University whom he met while in Japan. Col. Taylor's son Terrence arrives from Germany, quickly earning the nickname "Pee-Wee Hormone" for his clueless pursuit of women.

Note: First recurring appearances of Alisa Gyse Dickens (Kinu) and Cory Tyler (Terrence)
71 2 "How Bittersweet It Is" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee September 27, 1990 (1990-09-27)

Whitley tries to make Dwayne jealous by accepting a date with Ron, who knows but hopes to change her feelings; students compete to win places in Professor Randolph's African-American History class, including Freddie and her cousin Matthew, a White student visiting from Avery.

Guest star: Roger Guenveur Smith

Note: First recurring appearance of Andrew Lowery (Matthew)
72 3 "Blues for Nobody's Child" Debbie Allen Judi Ann Mason October 4, 1990 (1990-10-04)
Freddie is moved by the difficulty of finding adoptive parents for older African-American children in the foster care system and makes it her mission to convince Prof. Randolph to adopt a child she has met through the community center.
73 4 "Whitley's Last Supper" Debbie Allen Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman October 11, 1990 (1990-10-11)

Whitley looks forward to a visit from her father until she learns he has come to cut up her credit cards and force her to live on a budget; Matthew and Freddie conspire to convince Kim to balance her MCAT studies with a social life.

Guest star: Ron O'Neal, in his first appearance as Mercer Gilbert
74 5 "The Goodwill Games" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee October 18, 1990 (1990-10-18)
Dwayne, Whitley, and Kinu participate in a College Bowl-type competition between Hillman and Avery, exacerbating the romantic competition the two women already are in. Kim is encouraged by Freddie to make way for a romance of her own, with Matthew.
75 6 "Tales From the Exam Zone" Debbie Allen Alonzo B. Lamont October 25, 1990 (1990-10-25)
Walter narrates a trio of tales, á la The Twilight Zone, about strange occurrences among the students as they prepare for midterm exams.
76 7 "Good Help Is Hard to Fire" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim November 8, 1990 (1990-11-08)

Ron and Whitley concoct a plan for her to earn money by cleaning Dwayne's apartment and further driving a wedge between him and Kinu.

Guest star: Patti Labelle

Note: The song prominently played during the anniversary party is Jasmine Guy's debut single "Try Me"; the video also aired during the final commercial break.
77 8 "Love Thy Neighbor" Rob Schiller Yvette Denise Lee November 15, 1990 (1990-11-15)
Now that Kinu and Dwayne have broken up, Whitley hopes her time has come. However, Dwayne is less eager to start a relationship than she had expected. Ron shows no sympathy during a class discussion about the homeless – until he crosses paths with an old friend.
78 9 "Time Keeps on Slippin'" Michael Peters Glenn Berenbeim November 29, 1990 (1990-11-29)

Freddie and Ron are made the chairs of a committee to decide the contents of Hillman's 1990 time capsule; Dwayne must find a way to be a good boyfriend while remaining a good student.

Note: The episode includes an early mention of a condom, although NBC did not allow one to be shown on camera.
79 10 "The Apple Doesn't Fall" Art Dielhenn Gary H. Miller December 6, 1990 (1990-12-06)

Ron wrestles with telling his father that he'd rather be a professional musician than a car salesman, and Terrence argues with his father over the Col.'s Taylor's interest in joining a previously racially-restricted golf club.

Guest star: Art Evans
80 11 "I'm Dreaming of a Wayne Christmas" Debbie Allen Judi Ann Mason December 13, 1990 (1990-12-13)

During a Christmas visit to Brooklyn with Dwayne and Ron, Whitley is anxious to change the negative impression that Mrs. Wayne has of her. But her efforts progress from bad to worse when she gets lost on the subway and arrives late for dinner.

Guest stars: Patti Labelle and Harold Sylvester (in his debut as Woodson Wayne)
81 12 "War and Peace" Peter Werner Dominic Hoffman and Jasmine Guy January 10, 1991 (1991-01-10)

Hillman alumnus Zelmer Collier visits his childhood friend Dwayne to break the news that his Army Reserve unit is being sent to the Persian Gulf; Dwayne, Freddie, and Col. Taylor each have distinctly different responses to the news.

Guest star: Blair Underwood

Note: This episode aired less than a week before combat started in the Persian Gulf War.
82 13 "Ex-Communication" Debbie Allen Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman January 31, 1991 (1991-01-31)

When Whitley's ex-boyfriend Julian arrives for a visit, she is hounded by the news that he is engaged to another girl who doesn't seem that much different from herself.

Guest star: Debbie Allen, in her first recurring appearance as Whitley's therapist
83 14 "Risk Around the Dollar" Art Dielhenn Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman February 7, 1991 (1991-02-07)
After dipping into her tuition money to pay rent, Whitley looks for a job. She and Ron throw a party to raise money, but their plans go awry. Meanwhile, Terrence converts to Islam.
84 15 "Love, Hillman-Style" Neema Barnette Gary H. Miller February 14, 1991 (1991-02-14)

Whitley organizes a "Men of Hillman" calendar and Dwayne is upset that it doesn't include him. Ron juggles three Valentine's Day dates while Jaleesa spends the holiday with Col. Taylor.

Guest star: Halle Berry
85 16 "A Word in Edgewise" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim February 21, 1991 (1991-02-21)
Kim does not see the value in Matthew's drama studies until he invites a troupe of deaf actors — and one deaf rapper — to stage a local performance.
86 17 "Ms. Understanding" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee and Judi Ann Mason February 28, 1991 (1991-02-28)

Sixth-year Hillman undergraduate student Shazza Zulu divides the campus along gender lines with his self-published book about the alleged shortcomings of Black men.

Notes: This episode marks the first recurring appearances of Gary Dourdan (Shazza) and Ajai Sanders (Gina). The episode is a thinly-veiled commentary on the controversy surrounding Shahrazad Ali's book The Blackman's Guide to Understanding the Blackwoman
87 18 "The Cash Isn't Always Greener" Neema Barnette Yvette Denise Lee March 7, 1991 (1991-03-07)

Dwayne tries to decide between a job at Kinishewa or graduate school at Hillman. Jaleesa's sister, impressed by Jaleesa's independence, contemplates some major decisions of her own.

Guest star: Vanessa Bell Calloway
88 19 "How Great Thou Art" Neema Barnette Jeanette Collins and Mimi Friedman March 14, 1991 (1991-03-14)

Whitley goes to her first art auction for her internship, then gets fired for bidding on a piece of art the firm didn't want. Freddie starts a radio call-in show, with little success until she invents an advice-giving Caribbean persona.

Guest star: Tisha Campbell, in the first of two appearances as Josie
89 20 "It's Showtime at Hillman" Debbie Allen Joe Fisch March 21, 1991 (1991-03-21)

Walter decides to arrange a telethon to raise extra money for the Outreach Center, and the Hillman students take the opportunity to showcase their individual talents.

Guest star: Kiki Sheppard

Note: This episode is a nod to Sinbad's role as the host of It's Showtime at the Apollo.
90 21 "Sister to Sister, Sister" Glynn R. Turman and John Rago Judi Ann Mason March 28, 1991 (1991-03-28)
When Kim becomes a sorority pledge under Whitley's command, the women's friendship is tested; Ron must teach fraternity pledge Terrence a sense of humility and brotherhood toward his fellow pledges.
91 22 "Monet Is the Root of All Evil" Marc Copage Ilunga Adell April 4, 1991 (1991-04-04)
Whitley organizes an exhibit of art by Hillman students, including starving artist Novian Winters. However, the sponsor of the exhibit considers Novian's painting to be blasphemous and demands its removal.
92 23 "If I Should Die Before I Wake" Debbie Allen Susan Fales April 11, 1991 (1991-04-11)

Challenged by a speech-class assignment Josie reveals that she is HIV-positive, prompting her fellow students to re-examine everything they thought they knew about AIDS.

Guest stars: Tisha Campbell and Whoopi Goldberg
93 24 "Never Can Say Goodbye" Henry Chan Orlando Jones April 25, 1991 (1991-04-25)

As Dwayne and Whitley prepare to graduate, Ron finds out he can't join them unless he passes the European history final. Meanwhile, Walter leaves Hillman to take a job at a community center in Philadelphia.

Guest stars: Art Evans and Robert Guillaume

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Sinbad on the series.
94 25 "To Be Continued" Michael Peters Glenn Berenbeim May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02)

Dwayne and Whitley evaluate their relationship in the face of a summer of separation in which she will work in New York while he remains at Hillman to teach; Kim and Matthew also are to be separated by her overseas study opportunity.

Note: Final recurring appearance of Andrew Lowery (Matthew)

Season 5 (1991–92)[edit]

  • Comprises 25 episodes
  • Gary Dourdan appears in five episodes as Shazza Zulu
  • Joe Morton appears in seven episodes as Byron Douglas
  • Jada Pinkett appears in 20 episodes as Lena James
  • Ajai Sanders appears in 12 episodes as Gina Devereaux
  • Cory Tyler appears in 15 episodes as Terrence Taylor
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95 1 "We've Only Just Begun" Debbie Allen Susan Fales September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)

Everyone's back and romance is everywhere at Hillman! There are rumors that someone got married and everyone thinks its Dwayne and Whitley. Only Mr. Gaines knows the mystery couple’s secret. Dwayne asks Whitley to marry him but when Dwayne asks Ron to do him a favor and pick up the engagement ring he picks up the wrong one. Dwayne doesn't realize the mishap until he’s given the ring to Whitley, a two and a half carat mistake! Of course, it’s just her size! She's ecstatic. Now Dwayne must figure out how to break it to Whitley that she can’t keep the ring and that the one he bought is much smaller. It's a day she will always remember...and one Dwayne will never forget. Finally the secret is out: Jaleesa and Colonel Taylor have been married! Everyone is elated for the couple, except for Colonel Taylor’s son, Terrence.

Note: First appearance of Jada Pinkett as Lena
96 2 "The Dwayne Mutiny" Debbie Allen Gary H. Miller September 26, 1991 (1991-09-26)
Dwayne's first day as a teacher turns into disaster when he tries too hard. He tells his students there will be a quiz every day throughout the term, starting with day one. Next, he singles Lena out for being one minute late and announces her quiz scores in front of the class. She leads a revolt, which most of her classmates and even some parents join in on. Colonel Taylor, head of Dwayne's department, eventually tells him to lighten up or he may lose his job.
97 3 "Home is Where the Fire Is" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee October 3, 1991 (1991-10-03)

When the dorm experiences electrical problems, Whitley and Kim argue over who has the responsibility to make sure everyone’s observing the dorm's ban on electrical appliances. Meanwhile, Lena is earning money on the side by cooking up her special gumbo and selling it. When a fire breaks out, Lena is caught and faces suspension. Can Whitley and Kim stop fighting long enough to save a friend?

Guest star: Roxie Roker
98 4 "Almost Working Girl" Debbie Allen Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman October 10, 1991 (1991-10-10)
Whitley refers her employer to Jaleesa's temporary employment agency when they need a receptionist. Against her better judgement, Jaleesa sends Freddie out on the job, in a business suit and straightened hair. Freddie does just fine... until she overhears the personnel director, Julia, tell a group of people that she is against affirmative action. Julia believes people should help themselves, the way she did. Freddie is appalled, confronts Julia, and is quickly fired, leaving Whitley with egg on her face. Meanwhile, Lena tries to get out of a difficult English assignment by renting the movie instead of reading the book.
99 5 "In the Eye of the Storm" Debbie Allen Susan Fales, Gary H. Miller and Yvette Denise Lee October 17, 1991 (1991-10-17)
Freddie is on the air at the campus radio station when she gets a news flash that a hurricane is headed straight for Hillman! She broadcasts the news and Col. Taylor tells everyone to meet at The Pit where buses will take them to a safer place to wait out the storm. Dwayne and Whitley's first anniversary celebration is ruined and Jaleesa panics, fearing she might die in the storm. Meanwhile, back at the radio station, Freddie and Ron are too busy arguing to notice the evacuation notice until it's too late. When the lights go out, their anger turns to fear and soon they're comforting each other, with the radio microphone still on!
100 6 "Rule Number One" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee October 24, 1991 (1991-10-24)
When Lena has trouble in Dwayne's math class he offers to tutor her. They get on well at first and she soon mistakes his attention for affection. She confesses to Dwayne that she’s been lonely, homesick and feels out of place at Hillman. Dwayne offers her understanding. Lena also tells Dwayne that he reminds her of her former boyfriend. Whitley, sensing that Lena is becoming interested, tries to warn Dwayne but he shrugs it off. That is, until he realizes he's wrong, Whitley's right and that Lena's falling fast. Dwayne has a talk with Lena and she agrees to see another tutor. She apologizes to Dwayne telling him that his reaching out to her was mistaken, although very appreciated. Also, Ron orders defective cosmetics from a TV ad but when Kim agrees to be spokesmodel (for a 30% cut!) the products begin to sell like hotcakes to the women of Hillman. Ron’s making bank, until the fine print on the products is discovered: products may cause discoloration, blotching and random hair growth. The girls want their money back!
101 7 "Baby, I'm a Star" Debbie Allen Orlando Jones October 31, 1991 (1991-10-31)
When Ron's band bombs, Dwayne suggests he get a singer, "a sister in a tight dress", to draw a bigger audience. After all, he can't take funk to a new dimension if he can't get work. He holds auditions and discovers a new singer with an incredible voice: Kim! She joins the band and becomes an overnight sensation. Unfortunately, it isn't long before the success goes to her head and her ego is an overblown sensation alienating her friends and fans. Will Kim come back down the earth before she’s the only one left singing her praises? Also, Col. Taylor hits midlife and starts worrying that he’s too old for Jaleesa. To compensate, he buys a Harley and begins dressing in leather and various other loud outfits. Jaleesa eventually gives him some news that changes his point of view about his age: she's pregnant!
102 8 "Liza Who-Little" Debbie Allen Dominic Hoffman November 7, 1991 (1991-11-07)
It's double trouble when Whitley's evil twin, her rich, look-alike cousin, Liza visits Hillman. Liza’s got one thing in mind: to find a husband. Whitley feels obligated to put up with her because Liza's mother has offered Whitley a job buying art for her large hotel chain. Liza decides Ron is her man, believing he's from the wealthiest family. Dwayne kisses her, thinking she's Whitley, and she kisses him back. It isn't until Whitley and Kim overhear Liza tell her mother that Whitley isn't right for the job that Whitley finally decides to teach her a lesson! At a cozy dinner, Dwayne and Whitley entertain Ron and Liza. Everything is lovely, until Ron’s scary wife shows up! She’s a skeezer, she’s the mother of his children, she’s receiving mental care and she’s Kim, dressed up! This spooks Liza and she runs away, saving Ron from her wicked clutches.
103 9 "To Tell the Truth" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee November 14, 1991 (1991-11-14)

Whitley is wound up tight, consumed by wedding plans and her parent’s imminent arrival. Dwayne is unhappy. He wishes they could just date again and have fun the way they used to. Then it happens: At a faculty gathering Whitley over-reacts when Dwayne spills punch on her and storms out. Moments later Dwayne collides with a pretty grad student, spills food on her and she handles it graciously. Dwayne likes her immediately. Against Ron's advice Dwayne asks her out. Confused by his emotions he decides he has to tell Whitley he went out with someone else even though he has no idea how Whitley will take it. Is this the end of the line for Whitley and Dwayne?

Guest star: Debbi Morgan
104 10 "Do You Take This Woman?" Debbie Allen Susan Fales November 21, 1991 (1991-11-21)

Whitley's angry with Dwayne for going out with another woman but they have no time to talk about it because both their parents are arriving for the engagement party that takes place that evening. Whitley's mother arrives with gorgeous gowns, flowers and a caterer. Dwayne's mother brings a cooler of catfish she intends to cook at The Pit. When both mothers try to arrange their own flowers, the battle breaks out! The party goes on as planned though, until Dwayne is asked to make a speech and is speechless. Whitley takes matters into her own hands and announces that the marriage is off!

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll, Patti Labelle, Ron O'Neal and Harold Sylvester.
105 11 "Mammy Dearest" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim December 5, 1991 (1991-12-05)
In an attempt to get over her break-up with Dwayne, Whitley throws herself into a new project, the dedication ceremonies for her residence hall. Exploring her new African image she assembles an exhibit of black women in History, from "Mammy" to Angela Davis. Her friends, especially Kim, are uncomfortable with the display of Mammy objects. But Whitley insists that Mammy be accepted as part of their past. That is, until she discovers her family once owned slaves. She then feels she no longer deserves to be a part of the sisterhood that’s putting on the dedication. At the ceremonies, however, a performance piece in which Kim dresses as Aunt Jemima, Freddie as a Mammy, and Lena as an African tribal dancer, wows the audience and helps Whitley find peace with her family's past.
106 12 "Twelve Steps of Christmas" Bruce Kerner Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman December 19, 1991 (1991-12-19)

Whitley can't get a flight home for the holidays until the day after Christmas. She's still blue over Dwayne, who left on a ski trip with a pretty girl from the dorm. Jaleesa, who's having her own problems with Colonel Taylor, invites Whitley over for Christmas dinner. Dwayne returns early from his holiday. Seems his date dumped him because he couldn't stop talking about Whitley! Without knowing Jaleesa has invited Whitley over for dinner, Colonel Taylor feels bad for Dwayne and invites him over for holiday dinner. In the meantime, Whitley visits a shrink to try and sort out her feelings for Dwayne. There’s likely to be fireworks this Christmas!

Guest star: Debbie Allen
107 13 "Just Another Four-letter Word" Peter Werner Gary H. Miller January 2, 1992 (1992-01-02)

Ron's dedication to his music has left him penniless, forcing Dwayne to kick him out of the apartment unless he can figure out a way to pay his share of the rent. His only hope is to win a band competition that will lead to a recording contract and money. The band has never sounded better and everyone is confident they’ll take first place, until they hear the kid’s group who go on after them. The kids win the competition and everyone in Ron’s band (except Ron) is ready to call it quits. Ron resorts to drumming for handouts in front of The Pit. Meanwhile, Freddie makes a fool of herself by hanging all over her new boyfriend, Shazza. He tells Kim she’s most beautiful when she’s silent. Whitley, Kim, and Lena help her realize she's turned into the kind of woman she hates, a Stepford Wife. Taking her friend’s advice, Freddie decides to hold out a little bit on Shazza. Not as willing to jump to his every command as she once was, Freddie now has Shazza’s undivided attention. When she speaks, he listens!

Guest stars: The Boys
108 14 "Cats in the Cradle" Peter Werner Gary H. Miller January 16, 1992 (1992-01-16)

Ron bets on a big football game when he finds out the rival quarterback has the flu. When he overhears some fraternity boys from the other school put Hillman down, he places a bet with them too. Hillman wins and when Ron goes to collect his winnings, he mentions that if the other team wants to win maybe they should have had more "brothers" playing for them. A fight breaks out, Dwayne jumps in to help and everyone gets busted by campus security. In jail, tensions continue to mount as each person is allowed to tell their own version of the story. After hearing each version it’s hard to tell who really started the fight. When one of the fraternity’s boys makes a racial comment towards Whitley, it’s clear someone has a problem with racial relations. One of the guys in the rival school, believing what they did was wrong, eventually confesses and turns his friends in. Creative sentencing by the judge puts everything in perspective. All parties involved are required to report for community service and must work together!

Guest star: Dean Cain
109 15 "Prisoner of Love" Glynn Turman Glenn Berenbeim January 23, 1992 (1992-01-23)
Freddie's pen pal, Jamal, gets out of jail and comes to Hillman where he falls hard for Whitley. On their first date she cooks him dinner and he confesses he's an ex-con. She bolts then gets embarrassed when he convinces her that all he needs is a chance to change. She makes another date with him. Deciding to get to know him on his own turf, she dresses in leather and tries to get him to take her to a tattoo parlor. When Ron discovers Jamal was in jail, he and Dwayne go through his personal belongings and find expensive cameras, gear, and cash. They suspect the worst, that Jamal is ripping off Hillman. They couldn't be further from the truth. Jamal is really a journalist who’s posing as an ex-con to research how ex-cons are treated once released. None the less, Whitley is not too pleased for having been duped, whatever the purpose.
110 16 "Bedroom at the Top" John Rago Susan Fales January 30, 1992 (1992-01-30)

Whitley has a chance for a promotion but finds her new boss is lewd and obnoxious towards her. She threatens him with exposure but he heads her off by telling his own boss that Whitley is coming on to him. Feeling trapped, Whitley turns to another woman in the office for support but she refuses to go on record even though she's experienced the same thing. Whitley decides to dress down and keep her distance but the abuse continues. At a loss, she decides to videotape their next meeting. Unfortunately the tape machine malfunctions as she’s egging him on and his boss walks in! Fortunately, the tape is running when Whitley asks her boss’ supervisor if he’d like to go on record about looking into her boss’ previous record. Turns out he’s been transferred three times within a year for the same behavior. Meanwhile, Colonel Taylor is elated when he learns that Terrence has finally chosen a career, until he finds out Terrence has chosen dance! Col. Taylor finally breaks down and takes a dance class with Terrence. He finds out that he’s not so hot a dancer but that his really is!

Guest star: Tom Wright
111 17 "May the Best Man Win" David Blackwell Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman February 13, 1992 (1992-02-13)

At a Hillman fundraiser, Byron Douglas III is impressed with Whitley's fundraising skills and enlists her help in his campaign for State Senator. At the same time, Mr. Gaines discovers he's losing his lease at “The Pit” because the Burger Barge Corporation has outbid him. The students are very upset and so is Byron Douglas III. It turns out that he used to work for Mr. Gaines when he was a student. He uses his rally to embarrass the executives from Burger Barge into underwriting the lease. The students are impressed, especially Whitley, who kisses Byron when they're alone!

Note: First recurring appearance of Joe Morton as Byron Douglas
112 18 "Kiss You Back" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee February 20, 1992 (1992-02-20)
Whitley and Byron Douglas III are getting serious. She wants to commit to Byron but has one tiny problem: she can't stop thinking about Dwayne. Although Dwayne doesn’t appear to care, Ron knows otherwise! Kim convinces Whitley to finish things off with Dwayne so she can get on with her life. Whitley invites him over for a talk but he puts her off. Angrily she packs away his pictures, gifts and momentos when he decides to show up after all. They quarrel but when they make up, he ends up staying the night! Also, Kim accepts a date with Ron but when every woman in the club seems to have been with him at one time or another, she walks out.
113 19 "Conflict of Interest" John Rago Glenn Berenbeim February 27, 1992 (1992-02-27)

Dwayne and Whitley have impulsively spent the night together when Byron, Whitley’s new boyfriend, knocks on the door. Whitley successfully hides Dwayne's presence from her new love but she and Dwayne are affected by their night together. Adding to the confusion, Charmaine and Lance from "The Cosby Show" show up on campus for a tour and Dwayne and Whitley are supposed to be their hosts. Charmaine has been accepted to Hillman and Lance is still hoping to be accepted. Later, when Dwayne tries to talk to Whitley about what happened the night before, she seems disturbed. They both take each other the wrong way, each believing the other only wanted one last night of passion. It seems there will be no end to the misunderstanding between them.

Guest stars: Allen Payne and Karen Malina White (in her first appearance on the series)
114 20 "Sellmates" Henry Chan Gary H. Miller March 12, 1992 (1992-03-12)
Ron hates his new job as a car salesman. He's only had it four days and already his friends are running from him. He finally gets a potential customer, a Harvard Business School grad who persuades Ron to let her take one of the cars for a test drive, leaving him the keys to her father's Mercedes. When an hour and half passes and she still hasn't returned, Ron panics and is fired. The girl finally comes back but there is no sale. She's a phony and there's no Mercedes either. Next day, she and Ron try to get his job back but it's too late. Perhaps Ron has met his match. Meanwhile, Kim is rejected from her last choice for medical school and fears no one will take her.
115 21 "Do the Write Thing" Otis Sallid James E. West II April 2, 1992 (1992-04-02)
Lena is not doing well enough to maintain her engineering scholarship. When Col. Taylor asks her why she chose engineering she tells him it was only for the scholarship money. Her future at Hillman is in jeopardy until she writes a moving account of her father's life as a Black Panther for her journalism class. Lena wins a $5000 scholarship award. As she accepts the award, her father shows up and blows her story. He's not a Black Panther, he’s a gambler. Unable to continue the façade, Lena must accept her father for what he is. Lena’s professor accepts her for what she is, an extremely creative writer. Also, Whitley shows up at a political fundraiser for Byron wearing a fur and he loses a substantial pledge of support from an animal rights activist.
116 22 "Love Taps" Kadeem Hardison Teleplay: Reggie Rock Bythewood
Story: Kadeem Hardison, Ron Moseley and Reggie Rock Bythewood
April 23, 1992 (1992-04-23)

One of the girls, Gina, has a new boyfriend, a rapper, whose lyrics should have warned her what he's really like: angry, jealous and abusive. He's very popular with everyone on campus. One night Freddie witnesses a woman being beaten by a man. She doesn't see their faces and doesn't know who they are, until Gina shows up with a black eye. Gina tries to make excuses for her boyfriend saying he's just nervous about an upcoming concert but this behavior has occurred before. The boyfriend’s anger increases when he realizes everyone has found out. He confronts Gina at The Pit and Terrence, his biggest fan, ends up reporting him to the police when Gina convinces him to go with him for “a talk.”

Guest star: Edafe Blackmon
117 23 "Special Delivery" Kadeem Hardison Dara Marks May 7, 1992 (1992-05-07)

As election day draws near, a stripper appears on television and claims to have had a rendezvous with Byron. Horrified, everyone assumes the stripper was hired by Byron's opponent to discredit him. Actually, she was hired by Byron's staff as a birthday present, to strip and leave, period! Byron refuses to discuss it. He says he wants to focus on the issues only. Whitley secretly hires the stripper to get at the truth and in the process uncovers some dirt about Byron's opponent. Byron still refuses to fight dirty. Byron wins the election and, in front of his entire staff, proposes to Whitley. Everyone is thrilled. Everyone, that is, but Dwayne. Also, with Freddie, Kim and the help of 911, Jaleesa gives birth! Is it a boy or a girl!?

Guest star: Larry Linville
118 24 "Save the Best for Last (Part 1)" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee May 14, 1992 (1992-05-14)

It's the night before Whitley's wedding and Dwayne has convinced himself he can handle it. Ron knows better. At the rehearsal, Whitley and Byron look like the perfect couple though Kim still has reservations. At the bridal shower, complete with male stripper, everyone seems to relax. At the bachelor party everyone has a ball, except for Dwayne. After the festivities are over, there's a knock on Whitley's door. It's Dwayne! He wants a few more minutes alone with her before she's Mrs. Byron Douglas! Is that all he wants?

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll, Bebe Drake-Massey, Orlando Jones, Barbara Montgomery, Ron O'Neal
119 25 "Save the Best for Last (Part 2)" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee May 14, 1992 (1992-05-14)

It's Whitley's wedding day and she wakes up confused by Dwayne's late night visit. Her mother tells her to put him behind her, the only men she should be thinking about are Byron, who loves her, and her father, who's paying! Dwayne is also confused. He tells Ron he can't go to the ceremony and asks him to cover by telling people that he's sick. For Whitley's parents and friends this is a great day, but Kim and Ron still harbor reservations. They keep them to themselves. The “Wedding March” begins and Whitley looks radiant as she starts down the aisle. Dwayne makes a last minute appearance. It’s speak now or forever hold your peace but Dwayne can’t muster the strength to say anything. When its time for Whitley to say “I do”, she can’t. Not to Byron, anyway. Dwayne seizes the moment and from the middle aisle begs Whitley to say “I do” to him. The wedding is turned upside down, especially for Whitley’s mother, when she agrees to continue the wedding and marry Dwayne!

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll, Bebe Drake-Massey, Orlando Jones, Barbara Montgomery, Ron O'Neal

Note: This episode marks the last appearances of Dawnn Lewis as Jaleesa and Cory Tyler as Terrence

Season 6 (1992–93)[edit]

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120 1 "Honeymoon in L.A. (part 1)" Debbie Allen Susan Fales September 24, 1992 (1992-09-24)

The new semester has brought some startling new changes to Hillman. Dwayne and Whitley are back… as a married couple! Having been deeply moved by their experience during the Los Angeles riots, the two are trying to get students to vote in the upcoming elections. Freddie surprises everyone by sporting a new conservative look as a law student and romance is brewing between Kimberly and Ron. The fast-talking Charmaine from THE COSBY SHOW is a freshman and the street-wise, militant Lena is her new roommate. Everyone gathers to hear how Whitley got separated from Dwayne during their honeymoon in Los Angeles, smack dab in the middle of the riots and looting. Talk of the riots gets students and staff alike to examine their political beliefs.

Guest stars: Sister Souljah and Gilbert Gottfried. Debbie Allen makes a uncredited cameo appearance as a maid cleaning Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Notes: Jada Pinkett (Lena), Ajai Sanders (Gina), and Karen Malina White (Charmaine) become regular cast members. This is the first appearances of recurring cast members Bumper Robinson (Dorian), Patrick Y. Malone (Terrell), and Jenifer Lewis (Dorothy Davenport, Dean of Students).
121 2 "Honeymoon in L.A. (part 2)" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim October 1, 1992 (1992-10-01)

Whitley and Dwayne celebrate their honeymoon in Los Angeles just as the riots break out! Perfect timing! During the chaos, the two get separated from each other. Dwayne gets mistaken for a car thief and almost gets arrested while looters use his rental car for a getaway vehicle. Whitley's encounter with a homeless man gives her a different perspective on the situation and also lands her on a local 6 o'clock news street interview. Ms. “Mouth of the South” is never at a loss for words, especially on TV! Dwayne, forced to search the streets for Whitley on bicycle, finally finds and rescues her. Their honeymoon has left an indelible mark on their lives and the campus becomes politically charged over the riots' ramifications. Also, although Ron has been dating Kim, he's becoming more attracted to Freddie. Ron tries to ignore Kim as he listens to Whitley and Dwayne recount their outrageous honeymoon in Los Angeles.

Guest stars: Gilbert Gottfried, Rondell Sheridan and Kenneth Mars; Roseanne and Tom Arnold make uncredited cameos
122 3 "Interior Desecration" Debbie Allen Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman October 8, 1992 (1992-10-08)

Sharing their first apartment, newlyweds Dwayne and Whitley find themselves in a constant argument over whose belongings will go and whose will stay.

Guest star: Josephine Premice
123 4 "Somebody Say Ho!" Debbie Allen Reggie Rock Bythewood October 15, 1992 (1992-10-15)

Charmaine is such a mathematics know-it-all that Terrel posts a note on her back in class which reads "Digital Ho". Charmaine, not taking kindly to use of the word “Ho”, decides to file an official complaint on the use of derogatory language. Campus court is now in session! Freddie defends Terrel, and Dorian represents Charmaine. It's eventually revealed that Gina actually posted the offensive note and now the issue of assumptions and stereotypes stand trial.

Absent: Glynn Turman
124 5 "Really Gross Anatomy" Jasmine Guy Scott Sanders October 22, 1992 (1992-10-22)

Whitley is out of town for a 3-day business trip and Dwayne, missing her, immediately tries to keep himself occupied. When the Colonel, Ron and Mr. Gaines drop by, their conversation only makes Dwayne miss Whitley more. Meantime, Kimberly is having difficulty in anatomy class and gets sick during her first cadaver incision. Luckily her new lab partner, Spencer, is there to help! Seems his interest in her is more than academic. When Spencer drops by Kimberly's unexpectedly, it's an inopportune moment between Ron and Kimberly. Whitley returns home to find the house a mess, but more importantly, she and Dwayne make up for lost time!

Guest star: Robert Guillaume
125 6 "Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed" Debbie Allen Gina Prince October 29, 1992 (1992-10-29)

Whitley believes her pay raise is imminent and so she persuades a reluctant Dwayne to invest $3,000 for a painting. Ron has also been doing a lot of persuading and finally gets Kim to let him spend the night. Is the grass always greener? Ironically, now that he's kissing Kim, he can't keep his mind off of Freddie. The good news is that even Kim realizes that there's no real chemistry between her and Ron. Back at the Wayne household, Dwayne and Whitley's apartment is burglarized and their expensive investment is stolen. To make matters worse, Whitley is unexpectedly fired and now they're faced with economic hard times.

Guest star: Tom Wright
126 7 "The Little Mister" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim October 29, 1992 (1992-10-29)
A Halloween costume party prompts Dwayne and Whitley to discuss male and females. Soon Dwayne has a bizarre dream where male and female positions in the political world are switched. Whitley becomes the saxophone-playing presidential candidate Jill Blinton, and Dwayne is her husband Hilliot. Charmaine is the Perot-style candidate, and Lena is Patty Buchanan, a religious fanatic. All are running against President Georgia Mush, played by the Dean. There's even a scandal! Ron as Johnny Wayne, announces his extramarital affair with Jill. The grand finale is the Presidential debate, with a singing showdown. Dwayne awakens to ponder what the world would really be like with women running it.
127 8 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Glynn Turman Jasmine Guy November 5, 1992 (1992-11-05)

No matter what Whitley tries, she can't seem to keep Dwayne's interest. She's convinced that the romance in their marriage is lost. Whitley becomes so desperate that she calls in to the Montel Williams Show for advice. Turns out that most of Hillman College is watching the program and recognizes her voice! Now, everywhere she goes people are giving her advice on how to fix her marriage. When the Height dorm girls come by with their advice, it turns into a Ladies Night out at a club. Meanwhile, Ron finally faces Kimberly and tells her that he's seeing Freddie, and Freddie tells Kimberly of her true feelings for Ron. Encouraged by everyone sharing their true feelings, Whitley goes home and confronts Dwayne. Surprise! They find their misplaced romance!

Guest star: Montel Williams
128 9 "Faith, Hope and Charity (Part 1)" Debbie Allen Susan Fales November 12, 1992 (1992-11-12)

As Whitley is pounding the pavement looking for secretarial work to help pay the bills, her mother phones with a pre-Thanksgiving message; she's coming to visit for the holiday. Despite Dwayne's protests, Whitley wants to hide the fact that she lost her job and their home was burglarized. Over on campus, Ron tries to make Freddie realize she wants him as much as he wants her. The real shock comes when Whitley's mom arrives with her very young Hispanic fiancé, Maleek. Meanwhile, Whitley's having a hard time hiding her economic status from her mother. Could things get any tougher? Yes! Dwayne's mother shows up at the door.

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll and Patti Labelle
129 10 "Faith, Hope and Charity (Part 2)" Debbie Allen Susan Fales November 12, 1992 (1992-11-12)

Whitley and Dwayne's mothers are both visiting them for Thanksgiving! It's a constant battle as the two moms try to overtake each other starting with Thanksgiving dinner. To make matters worse, Whitley's mother has her young, pretentious fiancé with her which makes Whitley very upset. Meanwhile, the campus is buzzing with a Haitian refugee protest march, which the two battling mother-in-laws manage to get caught up in and are arrested. While in jail, Freddie tells them of Whitley and Dwayne's financial problem. When the mothers are released they confront their kids about their dishonesty. Whitley's mom then admits to hiring her "fiancé" to teach Whitley a lesson about being with someone your family doesn't approve of. In the end, both Whitley and her mother have learned a lesson about pretensions, and the mother-in-laws agree to disagree.

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll and Patti Labelle
130 11 "Original Teacher" Debbie Allen Reggie Rock Bythewood November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19)

Freddie has a group of youth offenders brought to Hillman as part of a pa Program. Dwayne gets two really difficult kids, Michael and Billy. They think only of violence and they're about to kill each other over gang affiliation. Dwayne asks them to do a presentation on a model, someone honorable. The only person they can think of is action adventure star Steven Segal. Seeking help, Dwayne visits Billy's father, but the father thinks Dwayne is a meddler. Despite this, Dwayne does get through to the kids and helps them see there's something worth living for. Michael and Billy team up and rap on non-violence for their final presentation.

Guest stars: The rap duo Kris Kross, who perform the song "It's a Shame"
131 12 "Occupational Hazards" Kadeem Hardison Jeannett Collins and Mimi Friedman December 3, 1992 (1992-12-03)

Whitley is up for a job interview and wants a new outfit. Without Dwayne's knowledge she borrows his credit card and buys a $700 suit, intending to return it. A wine spill on the suit forces her to keep it and search for ways to pay Dwayne back. Down at The Pit Charmaine is running her mouth about boyfriend Lance's upcoming visit, and frankly, Lena is tired of hearing about it. When Lance phones and breaks up with Charmaine, Lena finally befriends her in her time of need. Meanwhile, Freddie and Ron convince a reluctant Whitley to file for unemployment. At first Whitley arrogantly goes down to the unemployment office and gets nowhere. The second day on line she's more humble, but still can't get money. When Dwayne returns from his business trip he finds Whitley has sold their couch and refrigerator for cash to pay him back!

Guest star: Alaina Reed Hall
132 13 "White Christmas" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim December 17, 1992 (1992-12-17)
Freddie's mother Joan, who is white and a real hippie of the ‘60's, comes to visit for Christmas and creates a stir. She gets the whole dorm chanting and feeling auras. Next, she unwittingly reunites Freddie and Shazade with their joint memories of trips together. As a result, she makes Ron feel left out since he's not a part of her whole transcendental mind-set. It gets so bad that when Ron sees Shazade kiss Freddie, he thinks he's lost her to him. Finally Freddie, in frustration, tells Joan she wants a mother that acts like a mother, not like a girlfriend. In other words, time for mom to grow up!
133 14 "To Whit, with Love" Debbie Allen Gina Prince January 7, 1993 (1993-01-07)

Whitley has found work as an elementary school teacher in a class full of unruly, disrespectful kids. Not only are the kids challenging, but all signs indicate she's not cut out for this type of work. Back on campus, Lena is being challenged as well. She's lusting after Dorian, but discovers on their first date that he doesn't engage in pre-marital sex. Although both ladies are in tough spots, they manage to work around them. Whitley is ready to quit but the principal calls her a prima donna and that convinces her to stick it out to try to reach the kids. Lena was worried that Dorian considered her a tramp but when she finds out otherwise, she's willing to abstain and make the best of a promising relationship.

Guest stars: Marla Gibbs, Marques Houston, Romeo Jones, and Marquise Wilson
134 15 "Happy Birthday to Moi" Debbie Allen Thomas Perry Dance January 14, 1993 (1993-01-14)

Dwayne and Kim are planning a surprise birthday party for Whitley. Dwayne discovers Whitley not only knows about the party but is suggesting the guest list. He decides to give her a jolt. She's expecting a crowd at an elegant restaurant but Dwayne takes her solo to a soul food joint instead and gives her a slice of pie with a candle. Meanwhile, Charmaine and Terrel are flunking their French diction class. In desperation they decide to use a remote device to spy and get the test notes in advance. The teacher catches the two of them, and Whitley gets caught with a red face when she gets home and a big party is waiting for her.

Guest star: Josephine Premice
135 16 "Mind Your Own Business" Debbie Allen Jeanette Collins and Mimi Friedman January 21, 1993 (1993-01-21)

Ron convinces Mr. Gaines to become his business partner in managing a dance club. However, they each have a different opinion on what the club should be. Ron wants a hot, booty-shaking place and recruits fly girls on campus for cocktail waitresses. Mr. Gaine's idea is to have a mellow blues club. When their opening night act cancels at the last minute, Mr. Gaines books his 4 church-going grand nieces to sing. Four homely-looking girls singing hymns definitely isn't what Ron had in mind. First Ron and then Whitley try to spruce up the girl's act but it seems like nothing will help. After some quick tips in sensuality from Gina and the waitresses, the quartet surprises everyone by singing a hot number and bringing the house down.

Guest stars: Bebe Drake-Massey, Aries Spears, and the original members of the R&B quartet En Vogue, who perform the song "Free Your Mind"

Absent: Charnele Brown and Glynn Turman.

Due to declining ratings NBC placed A Different World on hiatus following episode 135, but production on the series continued. During the hiatus, the network announced the series's cancellation. A Different World returned to the schedule on May 8, 1993, with the one-hour series finale; the events in episodes 138 through 145 occur before the finale. Episodes 138 through 142 were scheduled to air over winter 1993 prior to the series being placed on hiatus. Episodes 143 through 145 were unaired on NBC; they were aired later as part of the program's syndication package.

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136/137 17/18 "When One Door Closes..." Part 1: David Blackwell
Part 2: Debbie Allen
Part 1: Karen Kennedy
Part 2: Susan Fales
May 8, 1993 (1993-05-08)

Part 1: It takes Kimberly to make Whitley realize she's got all the signs of pregnancy. Whitley is reluctant to tell Dwayne who's all wrapped up pursuing an idea for a computer game that a corporation is very interested in. Ron wants a percentage of Dwayne's deal since he believes he provided the inspiration for the game concept. Meanwhile, Spencer is excited because he's asked Kimberly for the umpteenth time to marry him and she finally said YES! Part 2: It's official, Dwayne and Whitley are expecting a baby, Kimberly and Spencer are engaged and Dwayne's new job means they're moving to Japan! Things get complicated by the meddling, future grandmoms, who aren't so pleased about the Japan move. They expect to run their future grandchild's life and can't do it long distance! To make matters worse, Ron plans to sue Dwayne since he feels Dwayne stole his computer game idea to use in his business deal. The two buddies almost come to blows and Ron doesn't attend Dwayne and Whitley's farewell party on campus. Everyone else is there to reminisce about their years together and celebrate Kim and Spencer's future. Finally, as Whitley and Dwayne leave their home for the last time, Ron approaches them to make amends.

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll, Bebe Drake-Massey, Patti Labelle, Josephine Premice, and Harold Sylvester

Note: This hour-long episode was the series finale. Chronologically, the final events of A Different World occur here.
138 19 "Lean on Me" Henry Chan Gina Prince May 27, 1993 (1993-05-27)

Dwayne is applying for a summer management position at a company in Japan. He seems like the perfect man for this job, so much so, his friends are already planning a celebration. Colonel Taylor suggests that Dwayne invite the firm's Vice President to his home to clinch the deal. Whitley goes all out to prepare a traditional Japanese dinner. When the doorbell rings, its not the VP but Dwayne's old girlfriend Kinu who’s now representing the company. The dinner goes fine but the next day's interview doesn't. Kinu tells him another, more qualified candidate was selected instead. Everyone now thinks Dwayne lost the job because Kinu felt jilted but Dwayne knows the truth; for once he just wasn't the best. It's a hard pill for Dwayne to swallow but Whitley helps him through it.

Guest star: Alisa Gyse Dickens
139 20 "Dancing Machines" Bruce Kerner Scott Sanders June 3, 1993 (1993-06-03)

Whitley agrees to baby-sit a prankster student, Deshawn, for the weekend. She thinks it will be a good opportunity to turn the student into a lady. Deshawn is always into mischief, such as rigging the phone and radio not to work. Meanwhile, Freddie holds a dance marathon at Ron's club to raise money for a political cause. What Freddie doesn't know is that Ron plans to keep most of the proceeds for himself. It takes Dorian, the marathon winner, to donate his prize money before Ron feels guilty and changes his mind. Back at the Wayne residence, Whitley's at her wits’ end when dinner is spoiled because the electronics went haywire from Deshawn's meddling. Whitley is close to being over Deshawn, but when she starts working on Dwayne's computer, it's obvious she's a lot brighter than Whitley thought. When Deshawn's dad comes to pick her up, his talk with Whitley points out the importance of looking beyond first impressions to see the capabilities of young kids.

Guest stars: Aries Spears and John Marshall Jones
140 21 "Cabin in the Sky" Henry Chan Reggie Rock Bythewood June 10, 1993 (1993-06-10)

Dwayne and Whitley want to spend a quiet weekend away but they must share the cost of a cabin with another couple. They get Mr. Gaines and his wife, Velma, to come along. What a mistake! The Gaines' begin to argue over their son Darnelle's inabilities. Not only does the arguing make the weekend awful but the Gaines refuse to sleep with each other and force Dwayne and Whitley to sleep with them. Meanwhile, their son Darnelle is mismanaging The Pit and driving Lena and Charmaine crazy. Upon Mr. Gaines return from the weekend he confronts his son. Finally, Darnelle and his father reconcile their expectations of each other and Whitley and Dwayne can get a peaceful night's sleep. Some get-away!

Guest star: Bebe Drake-Massey and T.K. Carter
141 22 "Great X-Pectations" Glynn Turman Jeanette Collins and Mimi Friedman July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)
When Terrel and Charmaine are harassed by a street gang, Terrel is embarrassed by his inability to defend himself. Dorian suggests he report the incident but Terrel's solution is to start carrying a gun. The gun is discovered in class and Dean Davenport is forced expel Terrel. Dwayne, upset because he knows Terrel is too good a student to lose, pleads his case to the Dean. Meanwhile, Spencer pleads his case to Kimberly. He's asked her twice to marry him and refuses to take her "no" seriously. Kimberly explains she simply can’t say yes until she finishes her grad school. Its crucial timing and she’s worked way too hard to give school anything less than 100% right now. Terrel refuses to give school up. He asks the Dean to allow him to finish his class assignment, a Malcolm X Vs. Martin Luther King debate on hate and hope. When Terrel eloquently debates the issue that hate and guns do not solve problems the Dean reconsiders and reinstates him with restrictions.
142 23 "Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?" Kadeem Hardison Teleplay: Ron Moseley
Story: Kadeem Hardison and Ron Moseley
First aired in syndication

Lena's “homies” come to visit including her old boyfriend Picollo. Picollo is apparently trying to “reclaim” Lena. At first she's glad to see them and things seem okay. The dorm girls are attracted to one of her male friends and her homegirl is on the make for Terrel. Soon the homies are disrupting the dorm and Lena’s having a hard time getting rid of them. Picollo refuses to accept that Lena is serious about her relationship with Dorian and even Lena is a bit swayed by the moment. When Dorian spies Picollo grabbing a kiss with Lena at a dance, the two guys fight it out. Eventually Lena realizes that she's outgrown her old friends and refuses to let them question her new values or ruin her chances at an education.

Guest stars: Shaun Baker, Monica Calhoun, and Tupac Shakur
143 24 "A Rock, a River, a Lena" David Blackwell Glenn Berenbeim First aired in syndication

Everyone at Hillman is anxiously awaiting the visit of Miss Lena Horne. She's inspired many people, from the Dean, who's singing her praises, to Mr. Gaines, who claims to have met her years ago. Whitley’s in charge of Miss Horne's reception. Mr. Gaines offers to cater the event but is rudely spurned by Whitley, and his feelings get hurt. The night of the affair, Miss Horne, upon arriving, mentions to Kim that she prefers soul food. Kim sneaks Miss Horne away to The Pit for dinner and when she's introduced to Mr. Gaines, a spark ignites. Mr. Gaines did, in fact, meet Miss Horne during World War II when she entertained the overseas troops. Over soul food they reminisce. The frantic Whitley and her reception-goers learn a sharp lesson about the illusion of elegance over the comfort of a guest.

Guest stars: Lena Horne, Marques Houston, and Romeo Jones
144 25 "College Kid" Debbie Allen Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince First aired in syndication

Charmaine, Gina, Lena, Terrel and Dorian have decided to rent a house together, which seemed like a good idea at first. In addition to the problems of learning to live together, Gina gets a visit from an abusive ex-boyfriend who's trying to get back into her life. The major difficulty, however, is a landlord who's making their lives miserable. He's a bitter athlete whose career went sour and never followed through on his dream to attend college. The gang convinces him to try a class at Hillman and low and behold, his instructor turns out to be his long-lost love. The flame is ignited between the two and the landlord gets a new lease on life. He helps Gina lose the ex-boyfriend and the Hillman gang get him off their backs!

Guest stars: Billy Dee Williams, Leslie Uggams, and Edafe Blackmon

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