A Different World (1987–1993): Season 1, Episode 4 - Those Who Can't... Tutor - full transcript

Dwayne tutors Denise in calculus late into the night and is forced to leave the locked all female dormitory via the fire escape. The problem is, the only way to get to the only unlocked exit is through Whitley's room.

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( THE SPECIALS "FREE NELSON
MANDELLA" plays on the jukebox)

IT'S A CLASSIC.

THE CLAN OF
THE CAVE BEAR.

YOU GOT TO SEE THIS.

NO, I DON'T.

HAVE YOU SEEN A MOVIE

THAT TELLS IT LIKE
IT REALLY WAS

FOR THE STONE AGE WOMAN?

DON'T YOU LIKE FASHION?

THEY DRESS EXCLUSIVELY
IN FUR AND LEATHER.



DWAYNE.

DORM RULES ARE:

OKAY, TOO STRICT,
SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.

ANY THOUGHTS?

WHAT?

THE HILLMAN CHRONICLE
WANTS TO KNOW.

REALLY?

OH...

ALL RIGHT.

I THINK THE DORM RULES
ARE STUPID AND BOGUS.

HOW CAN WE BECOME
RESPONSIBLE ADULTS

IF WE CAN'T PARTY
WHENEVER WE FEEL LIKE IT?

GOOD POINT.

YO, ADMINISTRATION!

GET IT TOGETHER
AND DOG THE RULES NOW!

DWAYNE WAYNE, FRESHMAN,
MATTHEWS HALL.

YOU'RE NOT USING MY NAME?

WHITLEY, HOW DO YOU FEEL
ABOUT THE DORM RULES?

ANYTHING A LADY CAN DO
AFTER MIDNIGHT

SHE CAN DO BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

ANYONE WHO NEEDS TO LEAVE
THEIR ROOM AFTER CURFEW

ISN'T WORTHY OF
ATTENDING HILLMAN.

WHITLEY GILBERT,
SOPHOMORE, GILBERT HALL.

MAGGIE, DOG THE PART
ABOUT DOGGING THE RULES.

YOU WERE
SO ELOQUENT.

REALLY?

YES.

OKAY.

USE THE QUOTE,
BUT NOT MY NAME.

OKAY.

DENISE,
DORM RULES:

KEEP 'EM,
CHANGE 'EM,
OR DOG 'EM?

WHO CARES?

JALEESA, AS DORM MONITOR,
ANY THOUGHTS?

I GLAD THEY LOCK
THE DOOR AT MIDNIGHT.

WHAT'S
WRONG?

MAGGIE...

I GOT A "D" ON
MY CALCULUS TEST.

DENISE, YOUR
WORRIES ARE OVER.

I WILL HELP YOU.

RIGHT, DWAYNE.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT
"KING CALCULUS."

I'LL GET YOU
IN SHAPE.

YOU'RE KING OF
MANY THINGS

BUT CALCULUS
IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

OKAY, FORGET CALCULUS.

YOU NEED A MOVIE

THAT WILL TAKE YOU
OUT OF YOURSELF

TO ANOTHER TIME...

I WON'T SEE
CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR.

THAT'S A SHAME.

HEY, GAIL.

I KNOW YOU LIKE
FUR AND LEATHER.

I SHOULD CANCEL PLANS
TO GO HOME FOR THANKSGIVING--

MAYBE EVEN CHRISTMAS.

YOUR PARENTS
WON'T DISOWN YOU

OVER A "D."

THEY MIGHT NOT SPEAK
TO YOU FOR A WHILE...

YOU NEED SOME
BRAIN FOOD--

FRENCH FRIES.

DENISE

UNDERSTANDING MATH IS LIKE
HAVING AN EAR FOR MUSIC.

SOME PEOPLE NEVER GET IT.

THANKS, MAGGIE.

THAT'S VERY ENCOURAGING.

I'VE GOT TO WHIP
THIS INTO SHAPE.

THEY'RE HOLDING THE BACK PAGE.

HI, DENISE.

JALEESA.

WHITLEY.
WHITLEY.

I NOTICED THAT
AFTER CALCULUS CLASS

YOU LOOKED... STRICKEN.

IF YOU NEED ANY HELP,
FEEL FREE TO COME TO ME.

I'M A NATURAL WITH FIGURES.

HERE.

I CANNOT BELIEVE WE USE
THE SAME FABRIC SOFTENER.

DWAYNE?

MISS RALLEN.

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

I'M DOING MY LAUNDRY.

THERE'S A MACHINE
IN YOUR DORM.

YES, THAT'S TRUE.

BUT I COME HERE
TO SHOW THESE WOMEN

THAT I'M A MAN WHO'S NOT
AFRAID TO DO MY OWN LAUNDRY.

DWAYNE,
MY DETERGENT!

I'M SORRY, I FORGOT.

OUT. OUT!

YES, MA'AM.

HERE'S MY ARTICLE IN PRINT.

LET'S SEE IT.

"DORM RULES: NECESSITY,
NUISANCE, OR NONSENSE?"

THAT'S MY TITLE.

"BY MAGGIE LAUTEN."

THAT'S MY NAME.

"REACTION TO
THE QUESTION

"'WHAT DO YOU THINK
OF THE DORM RULES?'

RANGED FROM THE APATHETIC
TO THE ENTHUSIASTIC."

GO AHEAD, MAGS.

"MEN ON THE WHOLE VOICED
OBJECTIONS TO THE CURFEW.

"A RESIDENT OF MATTHEWS HALL

URGED THE SCHOOL TO
'DOG THE RULES NOW.'"

DWAYNE, RIGHT?

I CANNOT REVEAL MY SOURCE.

COME ON.

HI, GIRLS.

MY CALCULUS TUTOR
IS COMING OVER TONIGHT.

NOW MAYBE AT THANKSGIVING
THEY'LL STRANGLE THE TURKEY

INSTEAD OF YOU.

DENISE, LOOK,

MY ARTICLE, MY TITLE,
MY BY-LINE.

CONGRATULATIONS.

WAIT A MINUTE.

GET THIS.

"SOPHOMORE WHITLEY GILBERT
OF GILBERT HALL SAID:

"'ANYTHING A LADY CAN DO
AFTER MIDNIGHT

"'SHE CAN DO BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

'BUT I NEVER EVER DO ANYTHING,
ANYWHERE, WITH ANYBODY.'"

OOH...

I DIDN'T WRITE THAT.

LET ME SEE THIS.

GOTCHA!

OH, JALEESA!

( whistling )

I'M HERE.

I'M A LITTLE LATE

BUT I'LL MAKE
IT UP TO YOU.

DON'T SIT DOWN.

MY TUTOR'S COMING.

HAVE NO FEAR,
"KING CALCULUS" IS HERE.

THIS TIME
YOU'VE GONE TOO FAR.

WHAT'S THAT?

WHERE IS MY TUTOR?

WHAT KIND OF GUY
DO YOU THINK I AM?

THE TYPE WHO WOULD TELL
EVERY FRESHMAN GIRL

YOU'VE BEEN APPOINTED
THEIR PERSONAL TOUR GUIDE.

OKAY, I DID THAT.

AND IT WAS FUN...
IT WAS WRONG

BUT BELIEVE ME,
I AM YOUR TUTOR.

ASK ME ANY QUESTION.

OKAY.

WHAT IS A HYPERBOLA?

HYPER...

( giggling )

DENISE, YOU SLAY ME.

HYPERBOLA:

THE SET OF ALL POINTS
IN A PLANE

THE DIFFERENCE
OF WHOSE DISTANCES

FROM TWO FIXED POINTS--
THE FOCI--

IS A POSITIVE CONSTANT.

SO YOU KNOW THAT.

SO WHAT?

I'M DEEPLY WOUNDED
BY YOUR CYNICISM.

MY CREDENTIALS.

"DWAYNE WAYNE,
MATH DEPARTMENT:

TUTORING HOURS"?

LET'S HIT IT.

ONE-TO-ONE
FUNCTIONS.

YOU REALLY ARE
A MATH TUTOR.

I'M SURPRISED AT YOU.

I WISH YOU WOMEN WOULD
LOOK BEYOND MY BODY

TO MY MIND.

COME ON.

( television audio )

GOOD NIGHT.

IF I KNEW IT,
I WOULD SAY IT.

THINK.

ALL RIGHT.

FUNCTION F...

WHAT? "X" EQUALS WHAT?

HELP ME.

UH... X...

PLUS...

OKAY.

X + 2Y TO THE SECOND POWER.

YOU WIN THE TOASTER OVEN.

NOW, FOR THE DEFINITION
OF A ONE-TO-ONE FUNCTION...

DENISE HUXTABLE.

FOR EVERY GIRL X
IN DORM X

THERE'S A CORRESPONDING
AND DISTINCT BOY Y

IN DORM Y

TO TAKE TO
FUNCTION F.

YES, BABY!

ALL RIGHT!

DWAYNE, I MISJUDGED YOU.

YOU DO HAVE
A GOOD MIND.

REALLY?
YEAH.

CHECK OUT THIS BODY.

NICE, HUH?

DWAYNE,
IS YOUR WATCH RIGHT?

I PAID $29 FOR THIS.

IT'S 1:30.

WE'VE MISSED CURFEW.

YOU'RE LOCKED
IN THE DORM!

I COULD THINK
OF WORSE THINGS.

THIS IS NOT FUNNY.

I'M THIS CLOSE
TO ACADEMIC PROBATION.

IF WE GET CAUGHT,
THEY'LL CALL MY PARENTS.

I CAN GET SUSPENDED.

DENISE, RELAX.

YOU ARE LOOKING AT
"THE HILLMAN HOUDINI."

I WILL DISAPPEAR
WITHOUT A TRACE.

SHOW ME A FIRE ESCAPE.

GREAT IDEA.

THERE'S ONE OUTSIDE...

OOH! ONE OUTSIDE
WHITLEY'S ROOM!

WHITLEY?

WHOA! NOT THE KID.

I DON'T KNOW.

WELL, IT WAS A GOOD IDEA.

NO, WAIT.

I CAN DO THIS.

I CAN DO THIS.

DWAYNE WAYNE
WILL NEVER STAND BY

AND LEAVE A DAMSEL
IN DISTRESS IN DISTRESS.

SHE DOES GO TO
SLEEP BY 11:00.

SHE'D NEVER HEAR YOU.

SHE LISTENS
TO WEIRD TAPES.

SHE WEARS
A SLEEP MASK, TOO.

WON'T BE THE FIRST TIME
I'VE LEFT A WOMAN'S ROOM

WITHOUT HER NOTICING.

( recording of ocean sounds )

( sea gull squawking )

DADDY...

PASS THE SUN BLOCK, PLEASE.

( ocean sounds grow louder )

DADDY! DADDY!

HAUL IN THE JIB!

WE'RE CAPSIZING.

DADDY!

DADDY!

I TOLD YOU TO TAKE
THE POWERBOAT!

( scream )

I'M REALLY INTO
ORNITHOLOGY--

YOU KNOW,
BIRD WATCHING--

AND I WAS WALKING PAST HERE
ON MY WAY BACK FROM THE LIBRARY.

AND UP IN THE TREE

I SAW A WILD COCKATOO.

THAT HAPPENS ONCE
IN A BIRD WATCHER'S LIFE.

COCKATOOS DWELL
IN AUSTRALIA.

TRY AGAIN.

THAT'S MY POINT.

THE BIRD HAD COME
ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA.

SO I CLIMBED...

( knocking )

OH, THANK YOU.

YOU BELIEVE ME, DON'T YOU?

GOOD EVENING.

CAME AS SOON AS YOU CALLED.

SORRY TO DISTURB
YOUR SLEEP.

HEY, ANYTHING
FOR A FELLOW R.D.

THIS WAS
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW.

HEY, WALTER, HOW'S IT GOING?

FINE.

SLEEPWALKING AGAIN, DWAYNE?

SLEEPCLIMBING

OUT OF WHITLEY GILBERT'S
BEDROOM WINDOW.

SAY WHAT?

HE WAS CLIMBING
OUT OF WHITLEY'S ROOM.

WELL, WE'VE GOT A LOT
TO TALK ABOUT, DWAYNE.

I'LL ESCORT YOU
BACK TO THE DORM.

WALTER, I WAS LOOKING AT
THIS AUSTRALIAN COCKATOO...

I'M SURE HE'S SORRY.

HE'LL BE EVEN SORRIER AFTER
THE HEARING TOMORROW NIGHT--

7:00 SHARP.

HEY, 7:00.

WE'RE THERE ON TIME.

WE'LL EVEN USE THE DOOR.

WELL, IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

( knocking )

WHY, STEVIE, THIS IS A SURPRISE.

DWAYNE WAYNE

WAS IN MY ROOM
JUST NOW.

REALLY?

AND YOU RECEIVED
HIM LIKE THAT?

I WASN'T EXPECTING HIM.

HE LANDED OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
AFTER CLIMBING OUT OF YOURS.

WHAT WAS HE DOING HERE?

STEVIE, I KNOW YOU'RE
UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE

AND IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE
WHY A WOMAN SUCH AS YOURSELF

WOULD BE TEMPTED
TO IMBIBE FROM TIME TO TIME.

THIS IS THE ONLY ROOM
HE COULD HAVE COME FROM.

YOU'RE AWAKE, AND
YOUR WINDOW IS WIDE OPEN.

STEVIE, DO LET'S
BE REASONABLE.

DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE

I'D LET THAT BUZZARD
INTO MY BOUDOIR?

IT'S STRANGE, BUT I'VE SEEN
STRANGER IN MY TIME.

NO DOUBT YOU HAVE,
BEING A DIVORCEE.

BUT I DARE YOU TO FIND
ANYBODY IN HILLMAN--

IN VIRGINIA, OR INDEED,
THIS ENTIRE FREE WORLD--

WHO COULD CLAIM
TO HAVE BREACHED MY FORTRESS.

AND I REFUSE TO STAND HERE
AND LET MY VIRTUE BE INSULTED

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

OKAY, HOW ABOUT 7:00
TOMORROW NIGHT, MY APARTMENT?

AND LEAVE THAT ATTITUDE
BACK IN YOUR BOUDOIR.

( rock music )

Maggie:
IT'S SHOCKING.

THE PUBLIC FACE VERSUS
THE PRIVATE LIFE--

THE SAME WOMAN
WHO SAID

"ANYONE WHO LEAVES THEIR
ROOM AFTER MIDNIGHT

ISN'T WORTHY OF
ATTENDING HILLMAN."

SHE DIDN'T
LEAVE HER ROOM.

THAT'S BECAUSE SHE
GOT ROOM SERVICE.

I'M NOT GOING
TO TOUCH THAT.

HI, GIRLS...

HOW YOU DOING?

GREAT NEWS.

WE HEARD.

YOU HEARD I GOT A "B+"
IN CALCULUS?

NO!

CONGRATULATIONS.

WE HAVE OUR OWN NEWS.

WHAT?

STEVIE CAUGHT DWAYNE
CLIMBING OUT OF WHITLEY'S ROOM.

I DON'T BELIEVE
THIS IS HAPPENING.

WE ALWAYS KNEW
THE GIRL HAD STRANGE TASTE.

STEVIE'S CALLED A
HEARING TONIGHT.

AND THE DOOR MONITOR
HAS TO BE THERE.

I'LL THROW THE BOOK
IN MISS MAGNOLIA'S FACE.

AFTER YOU'VE LISTENED
TO BOTH SIDES FAIRLY.

YEAH.

( laughing and applauding )

( barking )

ALL RIGHT.

THE GILBERT HALL
ACROBAT, HUH?

I KNEW IT
COULD BE DONE.

GUYS, GUYS, NO DETAILS, PLEASE.

DWAYNE DOES LOOK JUST A LITTLE
BIT MORE RELAXED THAN USUAL.

( whispering )

HEY, WHITLEY, LEAVE YOUR WINDOW
OPEN FOR ME TONIGHT.

DENISE,
YOU CAN'T...

HI, DENISE.

YOU HAVING LUNCH?

I HEAR THE SPECIAL TODAY
IS THE TUNA MELT.

I'M GOING TO HAVE IT.

WHITLEY.

UM...

I KNOW THAT YOU'RE
NO PASSION FLOWER.

I KNOW YOU DIDN'T DO IT.

I KNOW THAT YOU WOULDN'T LET
DWAYNE CLIMB YOUR FIRE ESCAPE.

LADIES, LADIES.

MY EARS ARE BURNING.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

IF YOU WERE ANY KIND
OF A GENTLEMAN

YOU WOULD
CLEAR MY NAME.

YOU THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE
SUFFERING HERE?

I'M A PRIVATE GUY.

EVERYWHERE I GO,
PEOPLE ARE CALLING MY NAME:

£ DWAYNE £

£ DWAYNE £

DWAYNE, TELL THE TRUTH.

YOU KNOW FULL WELL
YOU WERE NEVER IN MY ROOM.

I CAN'T TELL
A LIE, WHITLEY.

I WAS IN YOUR ROOM.

OHH...

DWAYNE, YOU OKAY?

I CAN'T LET
YOU DO THIS.

DENISE, YOU COULD
GET SUSPENDED.

BESIDES, IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME
A WOMAN'S EVER SLAPPED ME.

I TAKE A LICKING.
I KEEP ON TICKING.

SEVEN O'CLOCK.

JUST THINK--

EVEN NOW, THE ACCUSED LOVERS,
DWAYNE WAYNE AND WHITLEY GILBERT

FACE THE BENCH.

I'M SICK OF THIS.

DOESN'T ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING
BETTER TO TALK ABOUT?

NO.

HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED
THAT MAYBE NOTHING HAPPENED?

MAYBE DWAYNE WAS JUST
PASSING THROUGH

ON HIS WAY FROM SOMEPLACE ELSE

WHERE HE WAS HELPING SOMEBODY
DO SOMETHING

THEY REALLY NEEDED TO DO.

MAYBE DWAYNE WAS HELPING WHITLEY

DO SOMETHING
SHE REALLY NEEDED TO DO.

WHERE IS WHITLEY?

WHATEVER HAPPENED
TO PUNCTUALITY?

( knocking )

PLEASE EXCUSE MY TARDINESS.

I HAD TO DONATE SOME CLOTHES
TO GOODWILL.

DOING A LOT OF CHARITY WORK
LATELY, HMM?

JALEESA, WE'RE HERE

TO LISTEN OBJECTIVELY
TO WHITLEY AND DWAYNE

THEN DECIDE

WHETHER THEY SHOULD
GO BEFORE THE DEAN.

WHITLEY.

EVERY INDIVIDUAL
HAS A TRAGIC FLAW.

MINE IS THE ABILITY
TO SLEEP THROUGH ANYTHING.

IF IT
HADN'T BEEN

FOR MR. SANDMAN
WEAVING HIS MAGICAL SPELLS

I WOULD NOT BE HERE TONIGHT,
MY REPUTATION TOSSED AROUND

LIKE A BLOUSE
AT A BARGAIN BASEMENT SALE.

I AM NO FLOOZY.

YOU CAN ASK THE KAPPAS,
THE ALPHAS, THE SIGMAS

AND THE OMEGAS.

I CAN ONLY
SAY TO YOU--

MY JUDGES--

LET SHE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN
CAST ME BEFORE THE DEAN

LIKE A STONE.

THANK YOU,
WHITLEY.

DWAYNE.

OH.

UM...

UM...

AS A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR,
ALL I CAN SAY IS

I WAS IN WHITLEY'S ROOM, BUT
I WAS JUST PASSING THROUGH

ON MY WAY BACK FROM THE LIBRARY.

THAT'S ALL.

LOOK...

I'LL SPEAK FOR DWAYNE.

STEVIE, WE KNOW THE BOY
IS NOT BRIGHT.

BUT WE KNOW

THERE'S NO WAY HE DID
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE HE WAS DOING.

OBJECTION.

I CAN'T GET
THE TRUTH OUT OF YOU.

MAYBE THE DEAN WILL.

( knocking )

DENISE, YOU'RE
INTERRUPTING

AN IMPORTANT HEARING.

THIS DOES NOT
CONCERN YOU.

YES, IT DOES.

UM...

STEVIE, I HAVE
A CONFESSION TO MAKE.

DON'T LISTEN.

THE GIRL'S
WORKING TOO HARD.

DWAYNE.

STEVIE, UM, DWAYNE WAS WITH ME,
NOT WHITLEY.

MY, WHAT STRANGE PASSIONS LURK
IN THE HEARTS OF CITY GIRLS.

WHITLEY, HE WAS
TUTORING ME IN CALCULUS.

WAIT.

DWAYNE WAYNE WAS
YOUR CALCULUS TUTOR?

YEAH. I GOT A "B+."

LIKE I SAID

MY MAN HAD A LEGITIMATE
REASON TO BE HERE.

WE WERE JUST STUDYING,
AND WE MISSED CURFEW.

SO HE TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT
THROUGH WHITLEY'S ROOM.

Denise:
YEAH.

MAY I LEAVE NOW?

WHITLEY, I AM SO SORRY
YOU WENT THROUGH THIS.

I'M SORRY WE ALL
WENT THROUGH THIS.

OH, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

JUST BECAUSE I GOT
DRAGGED THROUGH THE MIRE

HUMILIATED,
TREATED LIKE A LEPER OF OLD

DOESN'T MEAN I HOLD A GRUDGE.

VERY GENEROUS OF YOU.

A PUBLIC APOLOGY IN THE SCHOOL
PAPER WILL SUFFICE.

I'M NOT ONE
TO IMPOSE MY VIEWS

BUT I SUGGEST YOU STAY TUNED.

ESPECIALLY WHEN
YOU SAY YOU'RE SORRY

FOR MAKING WHITLEY FEEL
LIKE A LEPER.

DWAYNE REALLY OUTDOES HIMSELF
WHEN HE CLAIMS

THAT YOU BEGGED HIM TO UNRAVEL
THE MYSTERIES OF CALCULUS.

HEY, HE IS UNRAVELING
THE MYSTERIES OF CALCULUS.

WON'T PEOPLE THINK

HE'S TRYING TO UNRAVEL
SOME OF YOUR OTHER MYSTERIES?

I'LL MAKE SURE HE ONLY
TUTORS ME IN A PUBLIC PLACE.

LIKE WHERE?

LIKE THE FOOTBALL STADIUM
DURING HALF TIME.

DENISE, YOUR APOLOGY WAS GOOD--