A Different World (1987–1993): Season 1, Episode 10 - The Gift of the Magi - full transcript

Everybody is participating in secret Santa and are surprised to find out who they got.

£ I KNOW MY PARENTS LOVE ME £

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£ IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD £

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£ IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD £

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£ LA DE DEE-DEE-DEE
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MAGGIE, IT IS TIME FOR
THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

TO PICK UP HIS TEMPO
OR MOVE ON.

THANK YOU.

WHITLEY HAS MADE
A SHOCKING REVELATION TO ME

AND ONLY ME.

NOW BRACE YOURSELVES.

HER PARENTS ARE
GETTING A DIVORCE.

OH, WOW!



I'M REALLY SORRY
TO HEAR THAT.

ME, TOO.

WOULD YOU PASS ME
A POPCORN CHAIN, PLEASE?

NATURALLY, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE
TO LET WHITLEY PUT THE ANGEL

AT THE TIPPY TIPPY TOP
OF THE TREE.

I'M DORM MONITOR.

I'M THE OLDEST.

I PUT THE ANGEL
ON TOP OF THE TREE.

I DO NOT THINK SO.

YEAH, I DO.
NO, I DON'T
THINK SO.

MILLIE, IT'S CHRISTMAS, NOT
A BARGAIN SALE AT FILENE'S.

BUT, WHITLEY, YOU
SHOULD PUT THE ANGEL

AT THE TIPPY TIPPY TOP
OF THE TREE.

ESPECIALLY NOW.

MILLIE, I CERTAINLY HOPE

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN MAKING SLUSH
OF EVERYBODY'S WHITE CHRISTMAS

WITH DETAILS OF
MY BROKEN HOME.

THEY MADE ME TELL.

I'M REALLY SORRY
ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

OH, IT'S SAD, OF COURSE

BUT MAMA AND DADDY HAVEN'T BEEN
CONNUBIAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

THEY JUST STAYED TOGETHER
FOR MY SAKE.

THAT IS PRETTY SAD.

I KNOW.

THE YULE LOG
IN THE GILBERT HEARTH

WILL BE A PILE
OF DYING EMBERS THIS YEAR.

HEY, THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM
AROUND THE HUXTABLE HEARTH.

SOUNDS QUAINT, BUT DADDY AND I
HAVE A DATE IN SWITZERLAND.

WE'RE GOING SKIING
IN ST. MORITZ.

JUST THE TWO OF US.

HEY, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

SEEING ME IS THE ONLY THING
KEEPS MY DADDY GOING.

WHEN IT COMES TO
DIVORCE, DENISE

MEN ARE JUST LIKE
TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS--

BURNT ON THE OUTSIDE

AND INSIDE,
JUST A GOOEY MESS.

Jaleesa:
LISTEN UP, EVERYBODY.

IT'S SECRET SANTA TIME.

PICK A NAME OUT OF THE HAT

AND YOU GIVE THAT PERSON
A PRESENT EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK.

WHAT IF YOU
DON'T LIKE THEM?

GET OVER IT.

YOU'LL FIND OUT
WHO YOUR SECRET SANTA IS

AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY.

GUESS WHAT?

I GOT JALEESA.

REALLY?

WELL, I REALLY GOT
MILLIE, BUT I TRADED.

DENISE, YOU WILL NEVER
GUESS WHO I GOT.

MAGGIE.

YEAH.

YO, YO, YO,
MERRY CHRISTMAS.

STANDING AROUND HOLDING
HERBS OVER YOUR HEAD

LOOKING LIKE A FOOL.

YOU WOMEN ARE
THE GRINCHES OF LOVE.

£ PA-RUM-PA-PUM PUM

£ RUM-PA-PUM PUM £

£ RUM-PA-PUM PUM £

£ RRA, RRA-RRA RRA-RRA
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I'M SO GLAD

I GOT ALL MY PRESENTS IN OCTOBER
AT THE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR.

DID YOU GIVE JALEESA
HER FIRST PRESENT?

THIS IS IT.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE
HER REACTION.

(£ humming "Deck the Halls" £

JALEESA.

YEAH?

SANTA DROPPED
THAT OFF FOR YOU.

ALL RIGHT!

THANK YOU, SANTA.

I HAVE ALWAYS
LOVED CHRISTMAS.

OH.

IT'S AN OWL.

OH.

OH, BUT IT LOOKS
HANDMADE.

YEAH, IT CERTAINLY DOES.

WELL, AT LEAST YOU DIDN'T GET

A REAM OF TYPING PAPER
WITH A RIBBON AROUND IT.

YEAH, BUT, MAGGIE, YOU'RE
ALWAYS BORROWING MY PAPER...

RIGHT, SO WHY
DO I NEED THIS?

( knocking )

SPECIAL DELIVERY
FOR DENISE HUXTABLE.

WHAT?

DENISE, YOUR SANTA WELCOMES YOU

TO THE LIFESTYLES
OF THE RICH AND FINE.

OH, WOW!

THIS IS GREAT.

WE HAVE HERE ORANGE JUICE,
CROISSANTS

GRAPE JELLY AND
PEANUT BUTTER.

CHOW DOWN.

PEANUT BUTTER?

IS THIS FROM DWAYNE?

DWAYNE DOESN'T EVEN
LIVE IN THE DORM.

HE'D LIKE TO, THOUGH.

ARRIVEDERCI, Y'ALL.

NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL
A GIFT.

I TRIED TO BE ORIGINAL,
AND WHAT DOES SHE WANT?

PEANUT BUTTER
AND CROISSANTS.

£ DECK THE HALLS
WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY £

£ FA-LA-LA-LA-LA LA LA LA £

£ 'TIS THE SEASON
TO BE JOLLY £

£ FA-LA-LA-LA-LA £

HEY, SLIM.

SLIM?

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE

TO CRUISE THE CAMPUS
IN MY CONVERTIBLE SLEIGH?

YOU HAVE NO SLEIGH,
NOR ANY OTHER CONVEYANCE.

CHILL, BABY.

THAT WAS A COMPLIMENT.

I'LL PARK THE CAR.

THEN WE'LL SURPRISE WHITLEY.

HURRY BACK, MERCE.

HI.

THE NAME IS CLAUS,
BUT YOU CAN CALL ME SANTA.

MONICA.

MONICA.
THAT'S LOVELY.

I LEFT MY LIST
BACK AT THE NORTH POLE.

HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY
OR NICE?

VERY NICE.

VERY NICE?

OOH.

THAT'S GOOD

BECAUSE THERE'S A PLACE I TAKE
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN VERY NICE.

YOU LIKE HOAGIES?

HOAGIES?

YOU KNOW,
HOAGIES.

DADDY!

DADDY!!

I DIDN'T EXPECT YOU
TILL LATER.

I THOUGHT I'D
SURPRISE YOU.

LET ME LOOK AT YOU.

I MISSED YOU,
PRINCESS.

EXCUSE ME,
MR. GILBERT.

DWAYNE WAYNE, SIR.

ALLOW ME TO SAY THAT
WITH YOUR TWO DAUGHTERS

YOU HAVE AN
EMBARRASSMENT
OF BEAUTY.

THIS ISN'T MY SISTER.

WHO'S THIS, DADDY?

WHITLEY, MR. WAYNE,
THIS IS MONICA WALTERS--

ONE OF OUR
PARALEGAL ASSISTANTS.

WHOA, HO HO HO.

WELL, MR. GILBERT, MONICA

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE
MEETING YOU.

MMM.

WHITLEY, I'VE HEARD
SO MUCH ABOUT YOU.

YOUR FATHER TALKS ABOUT YOU
ALL THE TIME.

UNFORTUNATELY,
I CAN'T SAY THE SAME.

DADDY, IT'S NOT VERY
GALLANT OF YOU

TO DRAG MONICA
ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE

JUST TO WAVE GOOD-BYE TO US.

AS A MATTER OF FACT

I FINALLY PERSUADED
MONICA TO COME WITH US.

WITH US WHERE?

TO SWITZERLAND, DEAR.

SWITZERLAND.

REALLY?

OH, HI.

YOU MUST BE JUDGE GILBERT.

I'M DENISE HUXTABLE.

I LIVE DOWN THE HALL
FROM WHITLEY.

ARE YOU WHITLEY'S SISTER?

I CAN ASSURE YOU
THIS IS NO SISTER OF MINE.

DENISE, THIS IS
MONICA WALTERS.

OH, MONICA.

MONICA IS GOING TO
SWITZERLAND WITH US.

ISN'T THAT A SURPRISE.

YEAH.

WELL, WHITLEY, I'LL
BE IN MY ROOM LATER

IF YOU WANT TO STOP BY
FOR POPCORN.

NICE MEETING YOU.

MERCE, I'D LOVE TO
GO BACK TO OUR ROOM

AND FRESHEN UP
BEFORE DINNER.

YES.

WE'LL EXPECT YOU
AT THE INN 7:00 SHARP.

BE THERE WITH BELLS ON.

THAT'S MY PRINCESS.

( knocking )

BOX!

( beat box sounds )

£I SAID SANTA SENT ME,
RUDOLPH-- £

£ THE REINDEER OF SHINY NOSE £

£BUT I'M BRINGING THIS GIFT
TO WARM YOU £

£FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR TOES £

£ SAY WHAT? £

IT MUST BE A SWEATER.

SANTA'S COOKING NOW.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

IT'S JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED.

A FISHERMAN'S NET.

HERE YOU GO, DENISE.

DO YOU NEED ME
TO WASH ANYTHING ELSE?

OH, NO. THANK YOU
SO MUCH, RON.

YOUR SECRET SANTA
SENT HIM TO DO YOUR LAUNDRY?

YOU LUCKY.

WHAT IS THAT SMELL?

SANTA TOLD ME TO ADD A FEW DROPS
OF THIS COLOGNE INTO THE RINSE.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY MUSK.

HOW'S MY PRINCESS
TODAY?

YOU LOOK TIRED.

MAYBE THERE'S A PEA
BENEATH MY MATTRESS.

PRINCESS, I APOLOGIZE FOR
SURPRISING YOU WITH MONICA.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU.

SO YOU BROUGHT HER UP HERE

TO LET HER YOUTH AND BEAUTY
WORK THEIR MAGIC.

HER AGE MUST BE
STARTLING TO YOU.

FORGIVE ME, DADDY,
BUT HOW WOULD YOU FEEL

IF I POPPED UP ONE CHRISTMAS
WITH RIP VAN WINKLE ON MY ARM?

I CAN'T JUST LEAVE HER BEHIND.

I HAVE A COMMITMENT.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR
COMMITMENT TO ME?

I'M YOUR DAUGHTER.

IT'S CHRISTMAS.

THIS WAS OUR TIME!

I'M SORRY, PRINCESS.

IF YOU THINK I'M GOING
TO SIT UP IN THE ALPS

CLINKING COCOA MUGS
WITH THAT WOMAN

YOU ARE DELUDING YOURSELF.

SO SEND ME A POSTCARD
FROM SWITZERLAND

IF YOU FIND THE TIME.

WHITLEY!

I JUST FIGURED THIS OUT.

WHITLEY CAN NOT STAND
TO SEE A MAN HAVE A GOOD TIME--

EVEN HER OWN FATHER.

THAT WOMAN IS A KILLJOY.

DWAYNE!

IF MY FATHER DID
SOMETHING LIKE THAT

I'D BE A KILLJOY, TOO.

DID YOU SEE THE MAN?

THAT IS ONE HAPPY OLD DUDE.

IT'S THE SAME OLD
SAME OLD.

HE'S JUST AN OLD ROOSTER HAVING
HIS LAST COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO.

YOU WOMEN ARE SEXIST.

JUST BECAUSE MONICA IS YOUNG
AND VERY, VERY FINE

DOESN'T MEAN THE OLD GEEZER
CAN'T APPRECIATE HER MIND.

I DON'T KNOW.

MY GRANDPARENTS HAVE BEEN
MARRIED 50 YEARS

AND STILL IN LOVE.

DENISE, IF YOU
WERE MY WIFE

I WOULD NEVER
LEAVE YOU, EVER.

EVEN IF YOUR BODY
WENT SOUTH ON YOU.

HELLO, MOTHER?

IT'S ME.

HOW ARE YOU?

I'M JUST FILLED WITH
THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.

SO, MAMA, LISTEN,
I WAS JUST THINKING.

WOULDN'T IT BE FUN IF WE
SPENT THE HOLIDAYS TOGETHER?

JUST YOU AND ME.

A GRAPEFRUIT JUICE SPA
IN FLORIDA?

OH, WELL, I CAN TALK TO YOU
ON CHRISTMAS.

NOT ALLOWED
TO RECEIVE PHONE CALLS.

I SEE.

WELL, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU
IN ADVANCE THEN.

I REALLY HAVE TO GO NOW, MAMA.

I HAVE A CLASS.

YEAH.

AND, MAMA...

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

IN ADVANCE.

WHITLEY, IT WAS A STRUGGLE

BUT I GOT THE LAST SEVEN
FRUITCAKES THEY HAD.

I TOLD YOU TO GET
AUTHENTIC ENGLISH FRUIT CAKE!

NOT THE KIND WITH
BIG BEN ON THE FRONT

AND "MADE IN NEW JERSEY"
ON THE BACK!

I'M SORRY, WHITLEY.

YOU, INDEED,
ARE SORRY.

NOW GO GET ME SOME TAPE.

MAKE SURE IT'S
TRANSPARENT.

(£ "Have Yourself
A Merry Little Christmas £)

WHITLEY, I...

SUPPOSE YOU
WANT SOME TAPE?

I WANTED TO BORROW
SOME RIBBON.

I EAT WHEN I GET UPSET, TOO.

THEN I'D KEEP MY SPIRITS UP
IF I WERE YOU.

I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU
I THINK YOU'RE HANDLING THIS

REALLY WELL.

MONICA IS A PEACH OF A GIRL.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
A BALL IN ST. MORITZ.

OKAY, IF YOU SAY SO.

I DON'T WANT TO GO
SKIING WITH THAT WOMAN.

I WANT TO SEND HER DOWN
A TALL GLACIER IN A DINGHY.

KNOW WHAT SHE CALLS HIM?

MERCE!

NOT MERCER, MERCE.

SUPPOSE IF HE GIVES HER
A BIG PIECE OF JEWELRY

SHE'LL FIND IT IN HER TO
REMEMBER THE REST OF HIS NAME.

PIGS WILL FLY BEFORE I GO
WITH THAT SLICE OF CHEESECAKE.

I DON'T THINK IT WAS FAIR
TO SPRING HER ON YOU, EITHER.

DID YOU EXPECT HIM
TO STAY ALONE FOREVER?

NO...

JUST FOR NOW.

IT'S CHRISTMAS.

I JUST WANT TO SPEND IT
ALONE WITH DADDY.

HE WANTS TO
SPEND IT WITH YOU.

JUST NOT SO ALONE.

I'M SURE HE'LL MISS YOU
IF YOU DON'T GO.

YOU KNOW, DENISE,
IT'S A LITTLE-KNOWN FACT

WHEN I WAS IN THE FOURTH GRADE,
I HAD TO WEAR CORRECTIVE SHOES.

I WAS AFRAID TO LEAVE THE HOUSE

BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT EVERYBODY
CALLING ME "SPINSTER FEET."

ONE AFTERNOON, DADDY CAME INTO
MY ROOM WITH THIS PACKAGE.

HE HANDS IT TO ME AND SAYS,
"PRINCESS, YOUR MAGIC SLIPPERS."

I TORE THAT BOX OPEN
AND, DENISE...

IT WAS THE PRETTIEST PAIR OF
ORTHOPEDIC SHOES HE COULD FIND.

WHEN I SAW THOSE SHOES,
I JUST BAWLED AND BAWLED.

MY DADDY'S FACE JUST FELL.

IF I HAD THOSE SHOES NOW

I'D WEAR THEM.

YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU
OR HE WOULDN'T HAVE COME.

YOU KNOW, DENISE

WHEN YOU GET UPSET AGAIN,
DON'T EAT FRUITCAKE.

IT JUST SITS IN YOUR BELLY
LIKE A LUMP OF LEAD.

LET'S TRY THESE.

IN A FEW MOMENTS, KRIS KRINGLE
AND I WILL TAKE UP

THE "YULETIDE FOR YOUNGSTERS"
CHARITY COLLECTION.

SO IF YOU FORGOT TO BRING A TOY,
TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY

TO LEAVE BEFORE
REFRESHMENTS ARE SERVED.

HO, HO, HO.

NOW WE FIND OUT WHO
OUR SECRET SANTAS WERE.

AND I MEET THE FOOL WHO
GAVE ME THE FISHERMAN'S NET.

IT WAS A MACRAME PLANT HOLDER.

IT WAS UGLY,
COYOTE UGLY.

JALEESA, MAGGIE, I'D LIKE YOU
TO MEET YOUR SECRET SANTAS.

INCREDIBLE, ISN'T IT?

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

HELLO, PRINCESS.

GOOD EVENING,
DADDY, MONICA.

THIS IS FOR YOU.

MONICA SPENT ALL DAY
SHOPPING FOR IT.

SHOULDN'T HAVE.

WELL, THANK YOU, MONICA.

I'LL WEAR THIS
TO DEATH.

NOW, IF YOU WILL
EXCUSE ME.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD
GO TALK TO HER.

THANK YOU.

WE NEED TO TALK.

I'M REAL BUSY RIGHT NOW.

MRS. SANTA'S WORK
IS NEVER DONE.

I KNOW THESE HAVEN'T BEEN THE
EASIEST THREE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE

BUT I'D LIKE US
TO BE FRIENDS.

DID WE TAKE A FEW TOO MANY
TRIPS TO THE EGGNOG BOWL?

MAYBE I SHOULDN'T
HAVE COME HERE.

SAID THAT RIGHT.

BUT I'M HERE.

AND YOU'RE HERE.

AND YOUR FATHER LOVES
THE BOTH OF US.

DON'T FLATTER YOURSELF.

ALL THE TIME
YOU SPENT POUTING

DID IT EVER OCCUR TO YOU
THAT YOUR FATHER IS HAPPY?

NOW YOU MAY NOT
LIKE ME

BUT DON'T
PUNISH HIM
FOR THAT.

IF YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND HERE
BEING EVIL, GO RIGHT AHEAD

BECAUSE WITH OR WITHOUT YOU,
THIS TRAIN IS MOVING ON.

IT IS I,
SANTA BABY.

DWAYNE, I KNEW IT WAS YOU.

THE PEANUT BUTTER MADE ME
SUSPICIOUS, BUT THAT MUSK...

I WAS ON MY GAME,
WASN'T I?

IT WAS SWEET.

NO KISS?

NO WONDER SANTA
COMES ONCE A YEAR.

WHITLEY...

I'VE HEARD OF YOU RICH
GIRLS TURNING KLEPTO

BUT THIS IS PITIFUL.

HUSH UP, DWAYNE.

IT'S A NICE BELT.

YOU WEAR IT WELL.

THANKS, DENISE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

AND HAVE A LOVELY TIME
IN QUEENS.

BROOKLYN.

I DON'T KNOW
ABOUT YOU TWO

BUT I'M READY TO GO
SHUSHING DOWN THOSE SLOPES.

THANKS, PRINCESS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, WHITLEY.

YOU TOO, DADDY.

HEY, WHITLEY.

AS THEY SAY IN ST. MORITZ,
"AU REVOIR, DENISE."

ALL READY TO GO?

I'M HITTING THE POWDER.

I'LL SEND YOU A POSTCARD.

THANKS.

IT'S GREAT THAT
YOU'RE DOING THIS.

I GAVE IT CONSIDERABLE THOUGHT,
AND FINALLY I SAID:

"WHITLEY, MAYBE YOUR DADDY
IS HAPPY WITH MONICA.

ARE YOU JUST GOING
TO SIT AROUND POUTING?"

THE ANSWER WAS
A RESOUNDING "NO!"

I'VE GOT TO HAND IT TO YOU.

YOU'VE GOT GUTS.

BESIDES, MONICA DOESN'T KNOW
A THING ABOUT SKIING.

COME ON, PRINCESS,
WE'RE LATE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, DENISE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, WHITLEY.

MONICA, WHEN WE GET THERE

I WILL TAKE YOU TO
MY FAVORITE SLOPE--

SATAN'S STAIRCASE.

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