A Different World (1987–1993): Season 1, Episode 20 - If Only for One Night - full transcript

Dwayne's date with Denise is interrupted when a despondent Whitley shows up.

£ I KNOW MY PARENTS LOVE ME £

£ STAND BEHIND ME
COME WHAT MAY £

£ I KNOW NOW THAT I'M READY £

£ BECAUSE I FINALLY
HEARD THEM SAY £

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£ HERE'S A CHANCE TO MAKE IT £

£ IF WE FOCUS ON OUR GOAL £

£ IF YOU DISH IT,
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£ IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD £

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RON! RON!

I WISH YOU HAD BICEPS

INSTEAD OF THOSE
LITTLE GUMBY ARMS.

AND WHAT HAVE WE HERE?

OUR NEW MOVING COMPANY:
"TWO DUDES WHO SCHLEP."

WE CATER TO THE FAIR SEX.

SEE, THEY'RE WEAK AND DON'T WANT
TO BREAK THEIR NAILS.

REALLY?

HE MEANS MEN'S BODIES ARE BETTER
BUILT TO LIFT HEAVY THINGS.

YES, AND YOU TWO



ARE CERTAINLY STUNNING
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THAT FACT.

THANK YOU.

MAN, I WISH YOUR ARMS
WERE AS BIG AS YOUR MOUTH.

HONEY!

BUTTERCUP!

OH, I MISSED YOU.

ME, TOO.

I DON'T KNOW HOW I'LL
MAKE IT THROUGH THE SUMMER.

BUTTERCUP,
JUST REMEMBER:

ABSENCE IS TO LOVE
AS WIND IS TO FIRE.

OHH.

THAT'S DEEP, MAN.

I KNOW.

LOVE MAKES YOU DEEP.

OH, RONALD.

WELL, I'VE GOT TO
GET BACK UPSTAIRS

AND COLOR CODE
WHITLEY'S SOCKS.

( giggle )

WHAT A WOMAN!

MY HEART IS A VIOLIN,
AND SHE PLUCKS THE STRINGS.

I WISH DENISE
WOULD PLUCK MY STRINGS.

I'M GOING TO ASK HER OUT
ON A DATE FOR OUR LAST WEEK.

YOU ASK HER OUT
EVERY WEEK.

I'M TALKING ABOUT
A REAL DATE.

ALL RIGHT!

NEITHER RAIN, NOR SNOW,
NOR EVEN MONSOON

CAN KEEP DWAYNE WAYNE

FROM WINNING THE HEART
OF HIS LADY LOVE.

THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

OF COURSE,
IF DENISE SAYS "NO"

THERE'S ALWAYS
EUNICE HARPS.

FINITO.

ALL I HAVE TO DO NOW
IS PACK MY SUITCASE.

YOU THINK YOU COULD
SNEAK THIS IN?

NO.

DENISE?

SURE.

AHA. THANKS.

HOW AM I GOING TO FIND
A PLACE FOR ALL THIS STUFF?

DOES THAT SAY
ANYTHING TO YOU?

NO, NO, NO.

I SHOULD HAVE A YARD SALE,
RIGHT ON THE FRONT PORCH.

COME ON, MAGGIE.

WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND
WOULD PAY MONEY FOR THAT STUFF?

SHE DID.

( knocking )

ROOM 20Y, WHERE ORDER AND BEAUTY
REIGN SUPREME.

I JUST CAME
TO RETURN THIS.

OH, GEE, THANKS.

WE SHOULD GET TOGETHER
THIS SUMMER, DENISE.

I'LL BE IN
THE CITY, TOO.

OH, YOU MUST BE EXCITED.

AND TERRIFIED.

WHAT WITH DADDY OFF
WITH HIS LITTLE FRIEND

AND MAMA IN RICHMOND
DOING HER USUAL

I'LL BE ALL ALONE IN MANHATTAN

STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE
IN THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

GOING TO BE
A PRETZEL VENDOR?

YOU ARE A WIT.

I HAVE AN INTERNSHIP
AT COUTURE MAGAZINE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE
APPLIED FOR THAT.

I'M WAITING FOR
THE OFFICIAL GO-AHEAD

BUT THAT'S JUST A FORMALITY.

THE RACE IS TO THE CHIC.

HAPPY TRAILS.

TILL WE MEET AGAIN.

I JUST HIT THE JACKPOT.

LOOK.

35 SMACKEROOS.

COOL.

WE'RE ONE STEP CLOSER
TO RETIREMENT

AND MILLIE'S ONE STEP CLOSER
TO THE GIFT OF DIAMONDS.

YOU DID GOOD,
LITTLE GUY.

WHAT HAPPENED
WITH DENISE?

NOTHING.

"NOTHING" SHE SAID "NO"

OR "NOTHING" YOU
TURNED CHICKENHEARTED?

SHE DIDN'T
TURN ME DOWN.

YOU JUST HAVEN'T
PICKED A VENUE?

NO, I JUST HAVEN'T
ASKED HER YET.

I'VE BEEN WATCHING YOU

AND I KNOW WHAT YOUR
PROBLEM IS WITH DENISE.

YOU'VE NEVER TOLD HER
HOW YOU FEEL.

THAT'S IT? THAT'S
YOUR GREAT ADVICE?

I'M SERIOUS, MAN.

YOU'VE BEEN GLIB, SURE--
TOLD HER SHE'S FINE.

BUT YOU DO THAT
WITH EVERYBODY.

SHE PROBABLY THINKS

SHE'S JUST ONE FLOWER
IN A FIELD FULL OF THEM.

TAKE A RISK.

SHOW HER SHE'S NOT
JUST SOME DAISY.

SHOW HER SHE'S
THE SUNFLOWER.

YOU MAY BE RIGHT.

THAT'S HOW
I SNAGGED MILLIE.

MY LAST LIBRARY BOOK,
RIGHT ON TIME.

JALEESA, YOU NEGLECTED
TO TELL ME

WHAT YOU'RE DOING
THIS SUMMER.

WELL, MY JOB IS
CHALLENGING, EXCITING

AND PUTS ME IN TOUCH
WITH PEOPLE EVERY DAY.

SOMETHING IN
THE MILITARY?

ACTUALLY, I'LL BE
INSTALLING CABLE TV.

IT'S NOT VERY GLAMOROUS,
BUT IT PAYS SO WELL.

AND CERTAINLY AN IMPRESSIVE
ADDITION TO YOUR RESUME.

WHITLEY.

WHITLEY, WHITLEY, WHITLEY.

MUST YOU FOLLOW ME
EVERYWHERE I GO?

CAN'T I GET
A MOMENT TO MYSELF?

BUT YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER

£ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP
TO A CERTAIN MAGAZINE IS HERE. £

£WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? £

OH, DENISE, I FOUND YOU.

OH, DWAYNE, I HAVE WORK.

THIS WILL ONLY
BE A SECOND.

THEN I'M OUT OF HERE.

DENISE...

I DON'T KNOW
IF YOU KNOW...

OH, NO!

THEY CAN'T DO THIS TO ME!

I CAN'T SPEND ANOTHER SUMMER
IN RICHMOND.

WHAT'S WRONG?

THOSE HIGH-GLOSS HUCKSTERS
GAVE MY JOB TO SOMEBODY ELSE.

I'M CANCELLING MY SUBSCRIPTION.

I GUESS SHE DIDN'T
GET THE JOB.

NOPE.

UH... YOU WERE GOING
TO SAY SOMETHING?

OH.

I WAS WONDERING...

YOU KNOW, SINCE
IT'S OUR LAST WEEK

MAYBE YOU'D LIKE
TO GO OUT ON A DATE...

TOMORROW NIGHT...

WITH ME.

SURE.

SAY WHAT?

WHAT TIME?

WHAT TIME?

WHAT TIME!

UH... HOW ABOUT 5:00?

OR 6:00?

OR 9:00?

OR...

7:30.

PERFECT.
OKAY.

PERFECT.

I'LL SEE YOU THEN.

SEE YOU THEN.

Dwayne:
SHE SAID "YES"!!

COME ON, BUTTERCUP,
OPEN IT.

OKAY.

( gasp )

I WANTED TO GET YOU
A DIAMOND.

I COULD ONLY
AFFORD A CHIP.

OH, RONALD, I LOVE
ICE CREAM CONES.

ACTUALLY, IT'S A TORCH.

IT REPRESENTS
THE ETERNAL FLAME OF MY LOVE.

OH, TIGER!

DENISE, YOU'RE REALLY
GOING ON THIS DATE WITH DWAYNE?

WE'RE JUST FRIENDS GOING ON
AN INNOCENT LITTLE DATE.

ARE YOU KIDDING?

THE MAN HOLLERED,
"SHE SAID 'YES'!"

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LIBRARY.

YOU KNOW HE'S HOPING
THAT LATER TONIGHT

YOU'LL SAY, "YES, YES, YES."

HE DOESN'T WANT THAT FROM ME.

MAYBE HE DOES.

BUT HE KNOWS WE'RE PAST IT.

MM-HMM.

I AGREE WITH DENISE.

DWAYNE KNOWS THAT

THEIR RELATIONSHIP
HAS REACHED A PLATONIC PLATEAU.

DENISE IS ON A PLATEAU.

BUT DWAYNE IS READY
TO CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN.

AHEM!

HELLO, LADIES.

WHITLEY.
WHITLEY.

MAGGIE,
DO YOU NEED

A TOUR GUIDE FOR
YOUR TRIP TO GREECE?

MY COUSIN ADELAIDE
WOULD BE PERFECT.

SHE CAN ORDER SOUVLAKI IN GREEK.

SOUVLAKI IS GREEK.

WELL, SHE COULD ORDER
THE ICED TEA TO GO WITH IT.

DID COUSIN ADELAIDE'S INTERNSHIP

AT A CERTAIN MAGAZINE
FALL THROUGH, TOO?

JALEESA, I...

ADELAIDE HAS
PLENTY OF OPTIONS.

I'M JUST TRYING
TO SAVE HER

FROM ANOTHER BORING
SUMMER IN RICHMOND.

WHO DOES SHE
THINK SHE'S FOOLING?

REALLY.

YEAH.

I KNOW HOW
TO ORDER ICED TEA.

RON, I NEED
TO TALK TO YOU.

SURE.

EXCUSE ME, BUTTERCUP.

I WON'T BE LONG.

CHECK THIS STUFF OUT.

REAL ITALIAN SILK!

DENISE IS A WOMAN
WHO GOES FOR NATURAL FIBERS.

LOOKS LIKE
YOU BOUGHT OUT THE STORE.

YEAH, I SPENT MORE
THAN I PLANNED.

I NEED TO BORROW
SOME OF OUR MONEY.

I SPENT MY SHARE
ON BUTTERCUP'S PRESENT.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I'VE GOT $5.00 TO MY NAME.

RETURN SOME OF THIS
REAL ITALIAN SILK

AND GET SOME
REAL AMERICAN POLYESTER.

I CAN'T, MAN.

IT WAS ON SALE.

TAKE DENISE TO
A CHEAPER PLACE.

ARE YOU CRAZY?

I DID NOT GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS
TO TAKE HER ON A CHEAP DATE.

YOU STILL DON'T GET IT.

FINANCE WILL NOT
BUY ROMANCE.

IF YOU FEEL THAT WAY,
TAKE BUTTERCUP'S BRACELET BACK.

GET HER SOMETHING CHEAPER
AND GET ME SOME CASH.

OKAY, FINE.

I'LL TAKE IT FROM HER

AND TELL HER IT'S
BUYING YOU SOME RAW EEL.

FORGET ABOUT IT.

ENJOY.

THAT'S TWO SALES
IN JUST 20 MINUTES.

AND WE'VE ONLY BEEN HERE
FOR THREE HOURS.

I SUGGEST A POLICY OF
"BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE."

I SUGGEST JUST "GET ONE FREE."

AFTERNOON, LADIES.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

LETTIE, WORD HAS IT

THAT YOU'LL BE RETURNING
TO SANTE FE THIS SUMMER

TO GET YOUR
JUMBLED AFFAIRS IN ORDER.

WOULD YOU REQUIRE
A PERSONAL ASSISTANT?

WHITLEY,
ARE YOU VOLUNTEERING?

HEAVENS, NO.

THIS IS FOR MY COUSIN...

ADELAIDE.

YES, I HEAR YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING
QUITE ASSIDUOUSLY IN HER BEHALF.

VERY SELFLESS.

SHE'S A LOVELY PERSON.

BUT SHE'S HAD
A VERY TRYING YEAR.

IN ADDITION TO
HER PARENTS' DIVORCE

SHE HAD A TRAGIC MISHAP.

REALLY?

YES.

SHE WAS ON A FLOAT
IN THE EASTER PARADE.

HER SKIRT GOT CAUGHT

ON THE BEAK OF
THE GIANT BOBBING CHICK-A-DEE.

SHE HAD TO SPEND THE WHOLE
PARADE IN HER BLOOMERS.

I WANT TO GET HER
OUT OF RICHMOND

UNTIL THE SCANDAL
SUBSIDES.

MY HEART GOES
OUT TO ADELAIDE.

BUT...

PERHAPS IF ADELAIDE

WERE A BIT MORE DIRECT
WITH HER FRIENDS

THEN THEY'D BE MORE WILLING
TO HELP HER FACE

WHATEVER DEMONS
RESIDE IN RICHMOND.

I TAKE IT YOU HAVE
NO EMPLOYMENT FOR ADELAIDE?

HOW COULD I?

I'VE NEVER MET HER.

MAGS, GIVE ME $40 FOR THIS,
AND YOU CAN SELL IT FOR DOUBLE.

THIS IS WORTH MORE
THAN 40 BUCKS.

ALL RIGHT!

SO FAR, I'VE ONLY MADE A DOLLAR.

I COULD GIVE YOU
THE REST LATER.

SORRY, MAGS, IT'S CASH ONLY
AT THE TOKYO GARDENS.

DANG.

I HAVE A RESERVATION TO PARADISE

AND I CAN'T EVEN GET IN.

DWAYNE.

THIS SHOULD COVER YOU.

YOU WANT THE BOX?

CERTAINLY NOT.

WAIT... I DON'T GET IT.

SOMEBODY IN THIS WORLD
DESERVES TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.

ENJOY THE TOKYO GARDENS.

THANK YOU, WHITLEY, I WILL.

I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYBODY SAYS--

YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING.

THAT'S GREAT.

£ I FINISHED MY PAPER! £

£ I AM A JUNIOR! £

YAY!

( Japanese koto music
playing in background )

I THINK WE'RE SUPPOSED
TO TAKE OUR SHOES OFF.

I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE
USED FOOT SPRAY.

LET'S TAKE THEM OFF.

OUR SHOES.

WE'RE GOING
TO TAKE OUR SHOES OFF.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE, ALLOW ME.

OH, THANK YOU.

DWAYNE, I GOT IT FROM HERE,
THANK YOU.

OH, OKAY.

TEA?

PLEASE.

YOU KNOW, DENISE

I'M NOT REALLY A TEA MAN,
BUT I LIKE THIS STUFF.

IT'S DELICATE--
TASTES LIKE STEAM.

I THINK OF IT
AS THE UN-TEA.

YOU LIKED THAT, HUH?

YEAH, I DID.

BUT I WAS REALLY THINKING ABOUT
THE FIRST TIME I MET YOU.

YOU WERE?

YOU TOLD ME YOU WOULD
DRIVE ME AROUND FRANCE

ON THE BACK OF
A MOTORCYCLE.

WHAT KIND OF RINKY-DINK DUDE
DO YOU THINK I AM?

IT WAS AN ELEGANT
RACING MACHINE.

OH, YEAH.

WASN'T THERE SOMETHING
ABOUT CHEESESTEAKS

IN THE GLOVE
COMPARTMENT?

FORGET THE CHEESESTEAKS.

FOR YOU,
NOUVELLE CUISINE.

AND I MEAN NOUVELLE.

I'M STARTING
TO GET TEMPTED.

THAT FIRST DAY,
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ME?

I LIKED YOUR GLASSES.

THAT'S IT?

DWAYNE, I AM GOING TO MISS YOU
SO MUCH THIS SUMMER.

REALLY?

YEAH.

THERE YOU ARE.

THANK GOODNESS.

WHITLEY!

I HAVE POKED MY HEAD
IN EVERY BOOTH IN THIS PLACE.

YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT
THEY'RE EATING NEXT DOOR.

I KNEW THERE
WAS A CATCH.

OH, THIS MUSIC.

IT'S POIGNANT IN ITS MONOTONY.

IT REMINDS ME OF THAT MOVIE,
HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR.

( imitating koto music )

WHITLEY...

ARE YOU OKAY?

WHAT'S GOING ON?

FRIENDS, I HAVE A CONFESSION.

I HAVE NO COUSIN ADELAIDE.

I AM THE ONE THAT DOESN'T WANT
TO GO TO RICHMOND THIS SUMMER.

HOW ABOUT JUST FOR A FEW DAYS,
STARTING NOW?

DWAYNE.

THAT EMPTY HOUSE

WITH THE CLOCK
CHIMING EVERY HOUR.

BONG...

BONG...

BONG...

AND MAMA.

DID YOU EVER TALK TO A WOMAN
WHO JUST TALKS ABOUT HERSELF?

DAY IN, DAY OUT,
HOUR AFTER HOUR.

ON AND ON AND ON.

AND ON AND ON.

YOU UNDERSTAND.

YES, WHITLEY, I DO.

I KNEW YOU WOULD.

BECAUSE YOU TWO

ARE THE ONLY TRUE FRIENDS
I HAVE AT HILLMAN.

WE ARE?

WHAT ABOUT MILLIE?

MILLIE'S SWEET

BUT I WOULDN'T DARE
GET OFF MY PEDESTAL.

IT WOULD DEVASTATE HER.

YOU'RE ALL I HAVE.

WHITLEY,
HAVE SOME TEA.

IT REDUCES STRESS.

WITH DADDY OFF WITH MONICA

MAMA'S GOING TO PICK ON
EVERY LITTLE THING I DO.

THE ONLY LIVING SOUL
SHE'LL BE NICE TO

IS TITI, AND THAT'S BECAUSE
TITI'S PERFECT.

WHO'S TITI?

NEFERTITI,
HER YORKSHIRE TERRIER.

WHOEVER SAID
"IT'S A DOG'S LIFE"

WASN'T REFERRING TO
MAMA'S LITTLE YORKIE-POO.

COME ON, WHITLEY,
IT'S NOT THAT BAD.

IT IS!

IT IS!

OKAY, WHITLEY,
IT'S THE PITS.

BUT YOU'RE TOUGH.

I KNOW BECAUSE YOU
LAID ME OUT ONCE.

REMEMBER?

DO ME A FAVOR.

WHEN YOUR MOM
STARTS TO RAG ON YOU

TELL HER,
"MOTHER, I LOVE YOU

"BUT YOU ARE THE ONE
WHO MADE EGG SALAD

"OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO RAG,
GO TELL IT TO TITI."

WHAT WOULD SHE SAY?

SHE WOULDN'T SAY ANYTHING.

SHE'D BE LIKE THIS.

YOU'D HAVE SOME QUIET.

I COULDN'T DO THAT.

I KNOW YOU CAN,
I KNOW YOU CAN.

NOBODY'S EVER SUGGESTED
ANYTHING LIKE THAT TO ME BEFORE.

THANK YOU.

I DON'T WANT
TO RUIN YOUR DATE.

I GUESS I BETTER GO.

NO, STAY.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

STAY, HANG OUT.

WHITLEY,
LET IT GO.

WAIT A MINUTE,
HOLD IT.

WATCH THE SALT WATER
ON THE THREADS.

I LOOK FORWARD
TO GOING TO THE CLUB AGAIN.

THEIR MONTE CRISTO SANDWICHES
ARE TO DIE.

YOU HAVE MY ADDRESS.

WRITE ME.

REMEMBER OUR LITTLE DEBT?

SEND ME A CHECK

MINUS THE DRY CLEANING CHARGE
FOR YOUR JACKET, OF COURSE.

I'M GOING TO BED.

I AM DRAINED.

GOOD NIGHT.

GOOD NIGHT.

HAPPY TRAILS.

WHAT A WAY TO SPEND
YOUR LAST EVENING AT SCHOOL.

THAT TEACHES YOU
TO GO OUT WITH GUYS LIKE ME.

I ENJOYED IT.

YEAH, RIGHT.

YOU WERE SO SWEET
TO WHITLEY.

REALLY UNSELFISH.

SHE STARTED RAINING
ALL OVER MY SHOULDER.

BESIDES, SHE'D ALREADY
TAKEN HER SHOES OFF.

I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD
HAVE BEEN SO GENEROUS.

YOU ALWAYS
TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE.

YOU REALLY KNOW HOW
TO TAKE CARE OF ME.

I HAVE TO--
YOU'RE SPACEY.

BESIDES...

I HAVE TO.

DENISE, I BROUGHT A POEM.

I WAS GOING
TO READ IT TO YOU.

"SHALL I COMPARE DENISE
TO A SUMMER'S DAY?

SHE BE-ETH MORE BEAUTIFUL
AND MORE TEMPERATE."

I GOT A LITTLE HELP
FROM WILLIE SHAKESPEARE.

YOU READ THE REST
TO ME, PLEASE.

"RUGGED WINDS ROUGH
THE FLOWERS UP IN MAY

"AND SUMMER'S OVER
BEFORE YOU CAN COUNT TO EIGHT

"BUT DENISE IS THE SUN
THAT LIGHTS MY DAYS

"I TRUST HER SO MUCH,
I'D LEND HER MY SHADES.

"DENISE IS SUMMER,
NOW AND FOREVER

"IF ONLY I COULD HAVE HER,
I WOULD LEAVE HER NEVER."

THAT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

THAT'S BECAUSE
IT'S ABOUT YOU.

CAN I ASK YOU SOMETHING?

SURE.

WHAT DO YOU SEE
WHEN YOU ZONE OUT

AND YOUR EYES ARE
HALF-CLOSING, LIKE THIS?

I DON'T KNOW... MY THOUGHTS.

MAYBE ONE DAY YOU'LL
TELL ME ABOUT THEM.

I BETTER GET HOME
AND BUST THIS STAIN.

PLEASE, DON'T.

I PAID A LOT OF MONEY
FOR THIS JACKET.

DWAYNE... PLEASE STAY.

YOU WANT ME TO STAY?

STAY.

(£ romantic jazz £)

( Louis Armstrong singing
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" )

£ Ye-e-e-s-s-s £

£ Stars shine bright upon you £

£Night breezes sing and whistle
"I love you" £

£ Birds sing in
the sycamore trees £

£ Dream a little dream of me £

£ Ye-e-e-s-s-s £

£ Say "nightie-night"
and kiss me £

£ Just hold me tight £

£ And tell me
you'll miss me... £

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