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 144.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[1]
First aired Last aired Rank Rating
1 22 September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24) July 7, 1988 (1988-07-07) 2 25.0
2 22 October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06) May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04) 3 23.0
3 25 September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28) May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03) 4 21.1
4 25 September 20, 1990 (1990-09-20) May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02) 4 17.5
5 25 September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) May 14, 1992 (1992-05-14) 17 15.2
6 25 September 24, 1992 (1992-09-24) July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09) N/A N/A


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)

Denise begins her sophomore year at Hillman clashing with her assigned roommate, Jaleesa Vinson. Denise quickly takes her cue and switches roommates, ending up with self-styled Southern belle Whitley Gilbert. Again, Denise clashes, but somehow Whitley makes Jaleesa look good. Denise also meets freshman and fellow Brooklynite Dwayne Wayne, who immediately becomes smitten with her.

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 as Monica 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 as E.Z. Brooks
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 stars: Katie Rich as Cougar and 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 a 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 Rashad, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Elizabeth Navereaz
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" Debbie Allen Thad Mumford September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28)
Dwayne and Whitley run into each other when flying back to Hillman for the fall term and their feelings for each other ignite. Meanwhile, Gilbert Hall becomes co-ed, with Walter as the resident director and Jaleesa as assistant.
46 2 "The Heat Is On" Debbie Allen Susan Fales October 12, 1989 (1989-10-12)
In order to graduate, Whitley must take Dr. War's math class.
47 3 "The Hat Makes the Man" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard October 19, 1989 (1989-10-19)
As the new co-ed dorm director, Walter clashes with Jaleesa over visitation rights when she plans their romantic anniversary.
48 4 "To Have and Have Not" Debbie Allen Kevin Kelton October 26, 1989 (1989-10-26)
Whitley forms a bond with one her students when she volunteers to teach ballet at a youth-center for inner-city children, then discovers that the student stole her wallet.
49 5 "Forever Hold Your Peace" Debbie Allen Susan Fales November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02)

Dwayne takes Whitley to New York for her father's wedding and visits the Huxtables; he is shocked to learn that Denise is now married and will not be returning to Hillman.

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 tries to become a father figure to his study partner's son. Dwayne invites rap group Heavy D and the Boyz to perform on campus, and he and Whitley argue over the artistic merits of hip hop.

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 Adriana Trigiani November 16, 1989 (1989-11-16)
Walter and Jaleesa make plans to get married when Walter wins a honeymoon trip to Hawaii and offers to Jaleesa, but they soon realize they're not ready for married life.
52 8 "Great Expectations" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee November 30, 1989 (1989-11-30)

Kim and Freddie skip homecoming to go to a rap concert, which doesn't sit well with Kim's father.

Guest stars: Richard Roundtree plays Kim's father
53 9 "Answered Prayers" Debbie Allen Margie Peters December 7, 1989 (1989-12-07)
Kim's policeman father gets shot so her friends take her to the hospital where she prays for her father to live.
54 10 "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard December 21, 1989 (1989-12-21)

Whitley becomes a Scrooge at Christmastime since her mother prefers being in France with her friends, so the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future help Whitley understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll
55 11 "Under One Roof" Debbie Allen Kevin Kelton January 4, 1990 (1990-01-04)
Dean Hughes invites Whitley and Freddie to a freshman tea party in her home.
56 12 "Here's to Old Friends" Neema Barnette Thad Mumford January 11, 1990 (1990-01-11)
An old friend of Dwayne's tries to talk him into leaving Hillman, while Col. Taylor and Mr. Gains 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 is frustrated that he has to write a poetry for homework - until William Shakespeare appears to him in a dream.
58 14 "Pride and Prejudice" John Whitesell Yvette Denise Lee January 25, 1990 (1990-01-25)
Whitley shops for a birthday present for her father at an expensive store where she deals with a prejudiced salesperson.
59 15 "Success, Lies and Videotape" Debbie Allen Adriana Trigiani February 8, 1990 (1990-02-08)
Clair Huxtable returns to Hillman to help the students prepare for job interviews with a videotaped career development program.
60 16 "A World Alike" Debbie Allen Susan Fales February 15, 1990 (1990-02-15)
Whitley falls for a transfer who's boycotting a company with South African ties that's offered Kim a scholarship.
61 17 "That's the Trouble With You All" Neema Barnette Thad Mumford February 22, 1990 (1990-02-22)
Whitley offers to find Dwayne a girlfriend, but Whitley's sudden jealousy jeopardizes their friendship.
62 18 "A Campfire Story" Debbie Allen Kevin Kelton March 1, 1990 (1990-03-01)
Walter and Dwayne return from their recruiting trip to find the heater broken, so all of Gilbert Hall gathers around the fire to hear about Walter and Dwayne's recruitment adventure.
63 19 "Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee March 8, 1990 (1990-03-08)
Whitley gets a job as a "spray lady" at a cosmetics company before graduation, but decides to return to Hillman for a fifth year to get a "real job".
64 20 "21 Candles" Debbie Allen Adriana Trigiani March 15, 1990 (1990-03-15)
Whitley's 21st birthday celebration is far from what she expected, but she's in for a couple of birthday surprises.
65 21 "Sweet Charity" Neema Barnette Margie Peters March 29, 1990 (1990-03-29)
Dwayne and Ron are offered to do a TV commercial with NBA Hall of Famers Rick Barry and Walt Hazzard, but soon get picked on for being cast as weaklings.
66 22 "Soldier Boy" Neema Barnette Leilani Downer April 5, 1990 (1990-04-05)
The students of Hillman makes plans for an ROTC banquet in honor of Col. Taylor, and the guest speaker is a soldier who lost his leg in battle under Taylor's command.
67 23 "Getaway: Part 1" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard April 19, 1990 (1990-04-19)

The gang heads to the beach for spring break, only to get involved with drug dealers.

Guest Star: Susan Fales
68 24 "Getaway: Part 2" Debbie Allen Cheryl Gard April 26, 1990 (1990-04-26)

Dwayne and Roy disguise themselves as women to evade the drug dealers and notify the police, but a rainstorm shuts down the ferry, making the situation more dire.

Guest star: Susan Fales
69 25 "Perhaps Love" Debbie Allen Susan Fales May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03)

Dwayne's mother makes a surprise visit just as he's to be inducted into Hillman's academic fraternity Phi Beta Kappa.

Guest star: Patti LaBelle, in her first appearance 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 robbed on the subway by a man posing as "Santa Clause" 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 and Josephine Premice as Urdine Abarnathy. Whitley's Mentor...In the last season she appears as a French Professor and Dwayne and Whitley's Land Lady
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

Notes: This episode was postponed from earlier in the season. 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" John Rago 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 star: 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.

Guest stars: Art Evans and Robert Guillaume

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)

As the fall term starts, Col. Taylor and Jaleesa reveal that they eloped over the summer. Meanwhile, Dwayne asks Ron to pick up Whitley's engagement ring from the jeweler, but he gets the wrong one.

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 becomes disastrous when he tries too hard with his students.
97 3 "Home is Where the Fire Is" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee October 3, 1991 (1991-10-03)
A fire breaks out at Hillman and Lena gets the blame just because she's been cooking her special gumbo to earn extra money.
98 4 "Almost Working Girl" Debbie Allen Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman October 10, 1991 (1991-10-10)

Whitley's employer needs a receptionist, so Whitley recommends someone from Jaleesa's temporary employment agency and Jaleesa reluctantly sends Freddie.

Guest star: Beverly Todd.
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)
A hurricane is headed straight for Hillman and Freddie and Ron are so busy arguing, they find themselves left behind at the radio station, so they only have each other to comfort.
100 6 "Rule Number One" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee October 24, 1991 (1991-10-24)
Dwayne offers to tutor Lena in math, but she ends up falling for him.
101 7 "Baby, I'm a Star" Debbie Allen Orlando Jones October 31, 1991 (1991-10-31)
Ron's band hires Kim as their singer to increase their audience, but Kim allows the success to increase her ego.
102 8 "Liza Who-Little" Debbie Allen Dominic Hoffman November 7, 1991 (1991-11-07)
Whitley's man-hungry and materialistic cousin Liza (Jasmine Guy in a dual role) comes to visit and quickly stirs up trouble when she latches on to Ron.
103 9 "To Tell the Truth" Debbie Allen Yvette Denise Lee November 14, 1991 (1991-11-14)

Anxious about the wedding plans, but unable to get Whitley to sit down and talk, Dwayne is attracted to a female graduate student he meets at a faculty mixer.

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

Dwayne's and Whitley's parents arrive for the engagement party, but their mothers continue to feud with each other. But Dwayne's growing doubts about the wisdom of the marriage and Whitley's feelings of hurt lead the couple to make a big decision on their future.

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 the wake of her breakup with Dwayne, Whitley organizes an exhibit on images of black women through history, but Kim is troubled by the inclusion of "Mammy" artifacts. Lena discovers that one of Whitley's black antebellum ancestors owned slaves. The episode also addresses the origins of "the dozens."
106 12 "Twelve Steps of Christmas" Bruce Kerner Jeannette Collins and Mimi Friedman December 19, 1991 (1991-12-19)

As the newly married Taylors and Terrence prepare for their first holiday together as a family, they cannot decide how to combine traditions in a harmonious celebration. Meanwhile, Dwayne, Whitley, and Whitley's therapist are each invited and must learn to get past their differences.

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

Ron enters a band competition to win a recording contract and enough money his half of the rent with Dwayne.

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

While attending a Hillman football game on enemy territory, Ron and Dwayne are involved in a bias incident with three White students from the opposing school.

Guest stars: Dean Cain, Ernie Sabella, and Wayne Federman (as the A&M Wolf).
109 15 "Prisoner of Love" Glynn Turman Glenn Berenbeim January 23, 1992 (1992-01-23)
Freddie's ex-convict pen pal shows up at Hillman to pay a visit — evoking a variety of reactions from friends.
110 16 "Bedroom at the Top" John Rago Susan Fales January 30, 1992 (1992-01-30)

Whitley is subjected to sexual harassment by her immediate supervisor; when she complains to upper management, however, he claims she was the aggressor.

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

Whitley and Dwayne meet one of Mr. Gaines' former employees: Hillman alumnus and Virginia state senatorial candidate Byron Douglas III.

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 have quickly become an item. While Byron is on a weekend business trip in Washington, D.C., Whitley tries to clear the air between herself and Dwayne. However, the night doesn't go as planned; the next morning, Dwayne is still at Whitley's place when Byron comes knocking on the door.
113 19 "Conflict of Interest" John Rago Glenn Berenbeim February 27, 1992 (1992-02-27)

Whitley and Dwayne tell Byron what happened, but Whitley insists that she no longer has feelings for Dwayne. Meanwhile, Freddie and Shazza start being brutally honest all the time, which is brutally annoying to everyone else. Prospective freshmen Charmaine Brown and Lance Rodman visit Hillman.

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 gets fired from his car salesman job when he lets a customer posing as a Harvard Business School graduate to take a car for a test drive instead of selling it--only to have Ron and the girl team up with an inventive way to get his job back. Meanwhile, Kim is concerned about her medical school prospects after receiving several rejection letters.
115 21 "Do the Write Thing" Otis Sallid James E. West II April 2, 1992 (1992-04-02)
Lena writes a fictitious essay about her father's supposed exploits, for a scholarship competition, then must decide what to do when her father turns up in person to see her claim the prize.
116 22 "Love Taps" Kadeem Hardison Story by : Kadeem Hardison, Ron Moseley and Reggie Rock Bythewood
Teleplay by : Reggie Rock Bythewood
April 23, 1992 (1992-04-23)

When Freddie tries to learn the identity a woman she saw being beaten, Lena is shocked to realize her usually strong-willed roommate Gina may have been the victim.

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

With only days to go before the statewide elections, Byron's campaign is shaken up by a sex scandal involving a stripper and the candidate. Jaleesa also gives birth to a daughter.

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

Dwayne surprises Whitley with a visit on the night before her wedding, and their talk leads Whitley to ponder her future as she walks down the aisle: Will she choose Byron or Dwayne?

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

Note: This episode marks the final appearances of Dawnn Lewis, Joe Morton, and Cory Tyler on the series.

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)

Everyone returns to Hillman for the start of the new school year, including newlyweds Dwayne and Whitley. A discussion of the Rodney King police brutality trial leads to the Waynes' recount of their honeymoon in Los Angeles, which coincided with the riots that ensued following the verdict.

Guest stars: Sister Souljah and Gilbert Gottfried. Debbie Allen makes a uncredited cameo appearance cleaning her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

Tempers flair, anxiety increases, and Dwayne and Whitley are separated as the Los Angeles riots begin around them. Freddie's summer transformation from a peace-loving hippie into a suit-wearing law school student impresses Ron but shocks Shazza.

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)

Ron mediates Dwayne and Whitley's conflict over whose belongings will go and whose will stay in their new apartment—and gets his own room downstairs. The underclassmen engage in a stepping challenge, hoping to promote unity.

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

After Terrell is accused of taping a "digit ho" sign onto Charmaine's back during math class, a mock trial tests the students' attitudes on gender harassment and threatens Terrell's future at Hillman.

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

Kim has trouble dissecting her first cadaver in anatomy class, but fellow medical student Spencer Boyer helps her regain her confidence. Ron offers Kim support at home, but can't shake off his attraction to Freddie. Whitley goes on an overnight business trip, leaving Dwayne home alone for the first 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 convinces Dwayne to spend their savings on an expensive painting, but her professional life takes a wrong turn and the painting is later stolen in a home invasion. During a couples dinner Ron, Kim, Freddie, and Shazza try to work out their differences with each other.

Guest star: Tom Wright.

Absent: Jada Pinkett, Ajai Sanders, and Glynn Turman.
126 7 "The Little Mister" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim October 29, 1992 (1992-10-29)
Dwayne scoffs at the idea of the "Year of the Woman". He then falls asleep on the couch and dreams that all of the candidates in the 1992 presidential election are women, with Whitley as "Jill Blinton", and Dwayne as her husband "Hilliard" (parodying Bill and Hillary Clinton).
127 8 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Glynn Turman Jasmine Guy November 5, 1992 (1992-11-05)

Work pressures have Dwayne showing less romantic interest in Whitley, who calls in her problem to The Montel Williams Show — unaware that Gina has organized a dorm-wide viewing party. Freddie also struggles with the need to reveal to Kim her relationship with Ron.

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

Whitley's mother shows up for Thanksgiving with an apparent new fiancé, whose motives Whitley doubts, while Dwayne's mother likewise shows up unannounced; the fighting that ensues leads to the mothers being embroiled in a local protest for Haitian rights and being hauled off to jail. Waiting for their children to show up with bail money, the jailed mothers-in-law are shocked to learn of the recent blows to the family finances; each makes up with her child after expressing the grief she had felt over the circumstances of her only child's wedding. Revealing that he knows Freddie is cheating on him with Ron, Shazza breaks up with her.

Guest stars: Diahann Carroll and Patti Labelle. Carroll and LaBelle performed a duet during the closing credits.
130 11 "Original Teacher" Debbie Allen Reggie Rock Bythewood November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19)

Dwayne takes on the difficult task of mentoring two teenagers from rival gangs.

Guest stars: the rap duo Kris Kross, who also perform the song "It's a Shame."

Absent: Charnele Brown, Ajai Sanders and Karen Malina White.
131 12 "Occupational Hazards" Kadeem Hardison Jeannett Collins and Mimi Friedman December 3, 1992 (1992-12-03)

After her clothes were stolen in the home invasion, Whitley buys an expensive suit for a job interview with the intention of returning it. But she stains the suit before she can, does not get the job, and is forced to file for unemployment. Charmaine's long-distance relationship with Lance ends with a missed train and a phone call.

Guest star: Alaina Reed Hall.

Absent: Charnele Brown and Glynn Turman.
132 13 "White Christmas" Debbie Allen Glenn Berenbeim December 17, 1992 (1992-12-17)
Freddie's mother, a counselor, arrives at Christmas and immediately involves herself in everyone's personal problems, to her daughter's discomfort but others' relief; Shazza tries to woo Freddie back from Ron.
133 14 "To Whit, with Love" Debbie Allen Gina Prince January 7, 1993 (1993-01-07)

Whitley takes a position teaching rebellious students at a school in a low-income neighborhood, eventually breaking through to them by teaching them African-American history not contained in their outdated textbooks. Lena's burgeoning relationship with Dorian may be threatened when he reveals that he is practicing abstinence.

Guest stars: Marla Gibbs, Marques Houston, Romeo Jones, and Marquise Wilson.

Absent: Charnele Brown, Lou Myers, Cree Summer, and Glynn Turman
134 15 "Happy Birthday to Moi" Debbie Allen Thomas Perry Dance January 14, 1993 (1993-01-14)

Disappointed with how her year has gone, Whitley determines to plan herself the best surprise birthday party ever by prying Dwayne's plans out of Kim. Meanwhile, Charmaine and Terrell take desperate measures to pass their French midterm exam.

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

Ron and Mr. Gaines purchase a nightclub together, but the cancellation of the opening night act threatens to send Ron into financial ruin. To save the day, Mr. Gaines calls in his four nerdy but talented grandnieces—Faith, Hope, Charity, and Henrietta.

Guest stars: Bebe Drake-Massey, Aries Spears, and the original members of the R&B quartet En Vogue, who also 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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"When One Door Closes..." David Blackwell
Debbie Allen
Karen Kennedy
Susan Fales
May 8, 1993 (1993-05-08)

Dwayne develops a grammar-baseball video game and sells it to Kinishewa, who not only buys the concept but offers Dwayne a job in Tokyo. Whitley finds out she is pregnant. The mothers-in-law and Mr. Wayne come to prepare Dwayne and Whitley for the move, then proceed to get drunk after discovering their first grandchild will be born in Japan. Ron and Dwayne have a falling out over Ron's input in creating the video game. When Ron contemplates suing Dwayne, it causes Freddie to question their relationship. Freddie gets her articles published in the Hillman legal journal and, after many tries, Kim finally says "yes" to Spencer's marriage proposal. Everyone gathers together at The Pit to give the Waynes a surprise farewell party the night before their departure. Ron and Dwayne reconcile in the final scene of the series.

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

Note: This hour-long episode was intended to be 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 convinced to apply for a summer job at Kinishewa...and is surprised when his ex-girlfriend Kinu shows up as the interviewer. But when he doesn't get the position Dwayne wonders is his breakup with Kinu was the root cause.

Guest star: Alisa Gyse Dickens.

Absent: Cree Summer, Lou Myers, and Jada Pinkett.
139 20 "Dancing Machines" Bruce Kerner Scott Sanders June 3, 1993 (1993-06-03)

Gina, Dorian, Lena, Charmaine and Terrell participate in a dance marathon fundraiser for Amnesty International. Ron offers his nightclub to host the event, but organizer Freddie is unconvinced that his materialistic approach to promoting is the right means to achieve her ends. Whitley agrees to look after one of her students for the weekend, and she proves to be as much of a handful at home as she is in the classroom.

Guest stars: Aries Spears and John Marshall Jones.

Absent: Glynn Turman.
140 21 "Cabin in the Sky" Henry Chan Reggie Rock Bythewood June 10, 1993 (1993-06-10)

Strapped for cash, Whitley and Dwayne opt to share a cabin with Mr. Gaines and his wife, in an attempt at a long-delayed honeymoon. The Gaineses have a major fight over Vernon's distant relationship with their son—whom he left in charge of The Pit in his absence—and refuse to share a room, throwing a major curve into the Wayneses' plans for a romantic weekend.

Guest star: Bebe Drake-Massey and T.K. Carter.

Absent: Cree Summer and Glynn Turman.
141 22 "Great X-Pectations" Glynn Turman Jeanette Collins and Mimi Friedman July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)

While preparing for a history assignment on the only meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Terrell and Charmaine are physically threatened by several local residents, causing Terrell to take drastic measures that could spell the end of his matriculation at Hillman; Spencer proposes marriage to Kim as often as four times a day without receiving a clear "yes."

Absent: Darryl M. Bell, Cree Summer, Lou Myers, and Glynn Turman.
142 23 "Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?" Kadeem Hardison Story by : Kadeem Hardison and Ron Moseley
Teleplay by : Ron Moseley
Aired in syndication

Lena receives a visit by her friends from Baltimore, including ex-boyfriend Piccolo, which causes a rivalry with Dorian and a rift in Lena's other relationships.

Guest stars: Shaun Baker, Monica Calhoun, and Tupac Shakur.

Absent: Darryl M. Bell, Cree Summer, and Glynn Turman.
142 24 "A Rock, a River, a Lena" David Blackwell Glenn Berenbeim Aired in syndication

When famed singer-actress Lena Horne comes to campus, Whitley mounts an elaborate tribute with her students, but Kim is struck by Whitley's inability to pay similar respect to Ms. Horne's contemporary, Mr. Gaines.

Guest stars: Lena Horne, Marques Houston, and Romeo Jones.

Absent: Glynn Turman.
144 25 "College Kid" Debbie Allen Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince Aired in syndication

Gina, Lena, Charmaine, Dorian, and Terrell rent an off-campus apartment from a grumpy older man who turns out to be a reclusive, former professional baseball star. He is inspired to consider attending college, particularly after seeing an old flame who is now a professor. Gina's abusive ex-boyfriend returns to try to establish contact anew, frightening her and infuriating her friends.

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

Absent: Darryl M. Bell, Charnele Brown, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Lou Myers, Cree Summer, and Glynn Turman.


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