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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[]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[1]
First airedLast airedRankRating
122September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24)July 7, 1988 (1988-07-07)225.0
222October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06)May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04)323.0
325September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28)May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03)421.1
425September 20, 1990 (1990-09-20)May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02)417.5
525September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)May 14, 1992 (1992-05-14)1715.2
625September 24, 1992 (1992-09-24)July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)N/AN/A

Episodes[]

Season 1 (1987–88)[]

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11"Reconcilable Differences"Ellen FalconLissa Levin and Thad MumfordSeptember 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.
22"Pilot"Jay SandrichJohn Markus, Carmen Finestra and Matt WilliamsOctober 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.
33"Porky de Bergerac"Ellen FalconSusan FalesOctober 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).
44"Those Who Can't...Tutor"Kim FriedmanSusan FalesOctober 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)
55"War of the Words"Ellen FalconJoe GannonOctober 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
66"Rudy and the Snow Queen"Ellen FalconCheryl GardNovember 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
77"Sometimes You Get the Bear...Sometimes the Bear Gets You"Ellen FalconThad MumfordNovember 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
88"If Chosen I May Not Run"Ellen FalconThad MumfordDecember 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
99"Romancing Mr. Stone"Ellen FalconScott Spencer Gordon and David FeltonDecember 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
1010"Gift of the Magi"Ellen FalconSusan FalesDecember 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)
1111"Does He Or Doesn't He?"Ellen FalconThad MumfordJanuary 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.
1212"Advise and Descent"Ellen FalconCheryl GardJanuary 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
1313"The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic"Ellen FalconThad Mumford and Susan FalesJanuary 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.
1414"Wild Child"Ellen FalconDavid FeltonFebruary 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
1515"Dr. Cupid"Regge LifeDeanne StillmanFebruary 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.
1616"The Show Must Go On"Kim FriedmanGary Dontzig and Steven PetermanFebruary 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.
1717"Mr. Hillman"Matthew DiamondMargo KaufmanFebruary 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.
1818"Speech Therapy"Ellen FalconCheryl GardMarch 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.
1919"Clair's Last Stand"Tony SingletaryThad MumfordMarch 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
2020"If Only for One Night"Tony SingletarySusan FalesApril 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.
2121"Come Back, Little Eggby"Ellen FalconScott Spencer GordonMay 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.
2222"My Dinner with Theo"Ellen FalconScott Spencer GordonJuly 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)[]

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231"Dr. War is Hell"Debbie AllenThad MumfordOctober 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).
242"Two Gentlemen of Hillman"Debbie AllenSusan FalesOctober 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
253"Some Enchanted Late Afternoon"Debbie AllenRob EdwardsOctober 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.
264"Dream Lover"Debbie AllenAlicia Marie SchudtNovember 3, 1988 (1988-11-03)
A shared dance at a party stirs up feelings between Dwayne and Whitley, and jealousy for Freddie.
275"Three Girls Three"Debbie AllenJeffrey DuteilNovember 10, 1988 (1988-11-10)

In order to win a competition to sing backing 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.
286"If You Like Pilgrim Coladas"Debbie AllenMargie PetersNovember 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.
297"A Stepping Stone"Debbie AllenCheryl GardDecember 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.
308"Life With Father"Debbie AllenCheryl GardDecember 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.
319"All's Fair"Debbie AllenRob EdwardsDecember 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 or of the literary magazine.
3210"Radio Free Hillman"Debbie AllenJeffrey DuteilJanuary 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.
3311"It Happened One Night"Debbie AllenSusan Fales and Margie PetersJanuary 12, 1989 (1989-01-12)
Kim learns she might be pregnant with Robert's baby.
3412"I've Got the Muse in Me"Debbie AllenBud WiserJanuary 26, 1989 (1989-01-26)
Freddie gets drunk trying to write a paper; Walter takes cooking lessons from Lettie and Mr. Gaines.
3513"Risky Business"Debbie AllenCheryl GardFebruary 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
3614"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"Debbie AllenMike Scott and Daryl G. NickensFebruary 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.
3715"For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage"Debbie AllenSusan FalesFebruary 23, 1989 (1989-02-23)

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

Guest star: Diahann Carroll
3816"It's Greek to Me"Debbie AllenJeffrey DuteilMarch 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.
3917"The Thing About Women"Debbie AllenRob EdwardsMarch 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
4018"High Anxiety"Debbie AllenThad MumfordMarch 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
4119"Take This Job and Love It"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeMarch 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.
4220"No Means No"Debbie AllenMargie PetersMarch 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.
4321"Citizen Wayne"Debbie AllenMike Scott and Daryl G. NickensApril 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
4422"There's No Place Like Home"Debbie AllenLynn Bunt and Lenore G. BuntMay 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)[]

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451"Strangers on a Plane"Debbie AllenThad MumfordSeptember 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.
462"The Heat Is On"Debbie AllenSusan FalesOctober 12, 1989 (1989-10-12)
In order to graduate, Whitley must take Dr. War's math class.
473"The Hat Makes the Man"Debbie AllenCheryl GardOctober 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.
484"To Have and Have Not"Debbie AllenKevin KeltonOctober 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.
495"Forever Hold Your Peace"Debbie AllenSusan FalesNovember 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).
506"Delusions of Daddyhood"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeNovember 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".
517"Wedding Bells From Hell"Debbie AllenAdriana TrigianiNovember 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.
528"Great Expectations"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeNovember 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
539"Answered Prayers"Debbie AllenMargie PetersDecember 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.
5410"For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls"Debbie AllenCheryl GardDecember 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
5511"Under One Roof"Debbie AllenKevin KeltonJanuary 4, 1990 (1990-01-04)
Dean Hughes invites Whitley and Freddie to a freshman tea party in her home.
5612"Here's to Old Friends"Neema BarnetteThad MumfordJanuary 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.
5713"The Power of the Pen"Debbie AllenDominic Hoffman and Jasmine GuyJanuary 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.
5814"Pride and Prejudice"John WhitesellYvette Denise LeeJanuary 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.
5915"Success, Lies and Videotape"Debbie AllenAdriana TrigianiFebruary 8, 1990 (1990-02-08)
Clair Huxtable returns to Hillman to help the students prepare for job interviews with a videotaped career development program.
6016"A World Alike"Debbie AllenSusan FalesFebruary 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.
6117"That's the Trouble With You All"Neema BarnetteThad MumfordFebruary 22, 1990 (1990-02-22)
Whitley offers to find Dwayne a girlfriend, but Whitley's sudden jealousy jeopardizes their friendship.
6218"A Campfire Story"Debbie AllenKevin KeltonMarch 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.
6319"Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeMarch 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".
6420"21 Candles"Debbie AllenAdriana TrigianiMarch 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.
6521"Sweet Charity"Neema BarnetteMargie PetersMarch 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.
6622"Soldier Boy"Neema BarnetteLeilani DownerApril 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.
6723"Getaway: Part 1"Debbie AllenCheryl GardApril 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
6824"Getaway: Part 2"Debbie AllenCheryl GardApril 26, 1990 (1990-04-26)

Dwayne and Ron 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
6925"Perhaps Love"Debbie AllenSusan FalesMay 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)[]

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701"Everything Must Change"Debbie AllenSusan FalesSeptember 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)
712"How Bittersweet It Is"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeSeptember 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)
723"Blues for Nobody's Child"Debbie AllenJudi Ann MasonOctober 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.
734"Whitley's Last Supper"Debbie AllenJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanOctober 11, 1990 (1990-10-11)

Whitley looks forward to a visit from her father until she learns he has come to cut up her cr 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
745"The Goodwill Games"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeOctober 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.
756"Tales From the Exam Zone"Debbie AllenAlonzo B. LamontOctober 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.
767"Good Help Is Hard to Fire"Debbie AllenGlenn BerenbeimNovember 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.
778"Love Thy Neighbor"Rob SchillerYvette Denise LeeNovember 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.
789"Time Keeps on Slippin'"Michael PetersGlenn BerenbeimNovember 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.
7910"The Apple Doesn't Fall"Art DielhennGary H. MillerDecember 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
8011"I'm Dreaming of a Wayne Christmas"Debbie AllenJudi Ann MasonDecember 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)
8112"War and Peace"Peter WernerDominic Hoffman and Jasmine GuyJanuary 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.
8213"Ex-Communication"Debbie AllenJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanJanuary 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
8314"Risk Around the Dollar"Art DielhennJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanFebruary 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.
8415"Love, Hillman-Style"Neema BarnetteGary H. MillerFebruary 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
8516"A Word in Edgewise"Debbie AllenGlenn BerenbeimFebruary 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.
8617"Ms. Understanding"Debbie AllenYvette Denise Lee and Judi Ann MasonFebruary 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
8718"The Cash Isn't Always Greener"Neema BarnetteYvette Denise LeeMarch 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
8819"How Great Thou Art"Neema BarnetteJeanette Collins and Mimi FriedmanMarch 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
8920"It's Showtime at Hillman"Debbie AllenJoe FischMarch 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.
9021"Sister to Sister, Sister"Glynn R. Turman and John RagoJudi Ann MasonMarch 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.
9122"Monet Is the Root of All Evil"John RagoIlunga AdellApril 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.
9223"If I Should Die Before I Wake"Debbie AllenSusan FalesApril 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
9324"Never Can Say Goodbye"Henry ChanOrlando JonesApril 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.
9425"To Be Continued"Michael PetersGlenn BerenbeimMay 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)[]

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951"We've Only Just Begun"Debbie AllenSusan FalesSeptember 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.
962"The Dwayne Mutiny"Debbie AllenGary H. MillerSeptember 26, 1991 (1991-09-26)
Dwayne's first day as a teacher becomes disastrous when he tries too hard with his students.
973"Home is Where the Fire Is"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeOctober 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.
984"Almost Working Girl"Debbie AllenJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanOctober 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.
995"In the Eye of the Storm"Debbie AllenSusan Fales, Gary H. Miller and Yvette Denise LeeOctober 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.
1006"Rule Number One"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeOctober 24, 1991 (1991-10-24)
Dwayne offers to tutor Lena in math, but she ends up falling for him.
1017"Baby, I'm a Star"Debbie AllenOrlando JonesOctober 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.
1028"Liza Who-Little"Debbie AllenDominic HoffmanNovember 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.
1039"To Tell the Truth"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeNovember 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.
10410"Do You Take This Woman?"Debbie AllenSusan FalesNovember 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.
10511"Mammy Dearest"Debbie AllenGlenn BerenbeimDecember 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."
10612"Twelve Steps of Christmas"Bruce KernerJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanDecember 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.
10713"Just Another Four-letter Word"Peter WernerGary H. MillerJanuary 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.
10814"Cats in the Cradle"Peter WernerGary H. MillerJanuary 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).
10915"Prisoner of Love"Glynn TurmanGlenn BerenbeimJanuary 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.
11016"Bedroom at the Top"John RagoSusan FalesJanuary 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.
11117"May the Best Man Win"David BlackwellJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanFebruary 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.
11218"Kiss You Back"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeFebruary 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.
11319"Conflict of Interest"John RagoGlenn BerenbeimFebruary 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).
11420"Sellmates"Henry ChanGary H. MillerMarch 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.
11521"Do the Write Thing"Otis SallidJames E. West IIApril 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.
11622"Love Taps"Kadeem HardisonStory 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.
11723"Special Delivery"Kadeem HardisonDara MarksMay 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.
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"Save the Best for Last"Debbie AllenYvette Denise LeeMay 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)[]

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1201"Honeymoon in L.A. (part 1)"Debbie AllenSusan FalesSeptember 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 uncred 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).
1212"Honeymoon in L.A. (part 2)"Debbie AllenGlenn BerenbeimOctober 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 uncred cameos.
1223"Interior Desecration"Debbie AllenJeannette Collins and Mimi FriedmanOctober 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.
1234"Somebody Say Ho!"Debbie AllenReggie Rock BythewoodOctober 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.
1245"Really Gross Anatomy"Jasmine GuyScott SandersOctober 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.
1256"Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed"Debbie AllenGina PrinceOctober 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.
1267"The Little Mister"Debbie AllenGlenn BerenbeimOctober 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).
1278"Baby, It's Cold Outside"Glynn TurmanJasmine GuyNovember 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.
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"Faith, Hope and Charity"Debbie AllenSusan FalesNovember 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 crs.
13011"Original Teacher"Debbie AllenReggie Rock BythewoodNovember 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.
13112"Occupational Hazards"Kadeem HardisonJeannett Collins and Mimi FriedmanDecember 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.
13213"White Christmas"Debbie AllenGlenn BerenbeimDecember 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.
13314"To Whit, with Love"Debbie AllenGina PrinceJanuary 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
13415"Happy Birthday to Moi"Debbie AllenThomas Perry DanceJanuary 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.
13516"Mind Your Own Business"Debbie AllenJeanette Collins and Mimi FriedmanJanuary 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.
13819"Lean on Me"Henry ChanGina PrinceMay 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.
13920"Dancing Machines"Bruce KernerScott SandersJune 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.
14021"Cabin in the Sky"Henry ChanReggie Rock BythewoodJune 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.
14122"Great X-Pectations"Glynn TurmanJeanette Collins and Mimi FriedmanJuly 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.
14223"Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?"Kadeem HardisonStory 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.
14324"A Rock, a River, a Lena"David BlackwellGlenn BerenbeimAired 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.
14425"College Kid"Debbie AllenReggie Rock Bythewood and Gina PrinceAired 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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