A Different World (1987–1993): Season 3, Episode 1 - Strangers on a Plane - full transcript

Dwayne and Whitley get to know one another better on an eventful plane ride back to campus while everyone else adapts to the now co-ed dorms.

£ I know my parents loved me £

£ stand behind me
come what may £

£ I know now that I'm ready £

£ for I finally heard them say £

£ it's a different world £

£ than where you come from £

£ yes, it is now, yeah £

£ here's our chance to make it £

£ and if we focus on our goal £

£ you can dish it,
we can take it £

£ hey, just remember
that you've been told £

£ it's a different world £

£ it's a different world £

£ it's a different world £

£ than where you come from £

£ ooh £

£ than where you come from £

Excuse me.

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I don't think
that's going to fit.

Well, it would

if these stupid bars
weren't down here.

Those bars bolt
the seat to the plane.

Do I look like I care?

I'm afraid you'll
have to check it.

Why am I being treated like
a common criminal?

First, I get hassled by some
snaggletoothed idiot in customs

and what's next?

Strip searched?

Miss, we're not going
to be able to take off

until that bag is checked.

Ooh, that's a mature attitude.

Punish everybody
on your little plane

'cause you don't have
enough storage space.

Why don't you calm down
and give me the bag?

Why don't you beautify america
and floss your teeth?

Barbara, you can check my bag.

Put her bag up here.

At least somebody has
the milk of human kindness.

I have never been so harassed
on an airline.


That's what
my boarding pass says.

What are you doing
in first class...

I mean, on this plane?

Flying back to school,
just like you.

It certainly is good
to see a familiar face.

Although, you don't look
all that familiar.

Oh, my suit.

I was in Toronto on business.

Is that why

you look like you just left
Mr. Armani's showroom?

There comes a time
when a man must say

"good-bye, j.C.Penney."

at kinishewa electronics

this is my uniform.


I do remember you saying
you were going to go work there.

All passengers,
please take your seats.

Flight attendants,
prepare for departure.

Where you sitting?

Four d.

How about you?

I'm right here in two c.

I'll wave to you over the seats.

Wait a minute.

Excuse me, sir.

Excuse me, sir.

Would you mind switching seats
with my husband

so we could sit together?

Haven't seen
the little woman all summer.

Join Greenpeace.

You can make a difference.

Mr. Thomas,
don't worry about Sharon.

With me in charge

it will be just like
her daddy's here.

Son, I know you don't

sit like that
at your mama's house.

Yes, I do.

Then that's why
she sent you away.

Get them pontoons on the ground.

And you living with women now

so keep your butt to yourself.

At least develop it.

Join Greenpeace.

Save the rain forests.

Save the planet.

Save this for later.

They did a really nice job
on this place

but it just feels like
something's missing.



Sweaty naugahyde.

Aye, it's a manly scent.

Why don't you bring
your sweet self to my room?

I don't know who...

I love your hair.

It wasn't on purpose.

One day at the lab, I got
too close to the bunsen burner.

Maybe that's what I need to do.

Which one of you guys
left this on the stairs?

This guy.

Can I help you?

No, I don't think so.

I'm just getting settled.

I don't know how
to tell you this

but you're getting settled
in my room.

Well, I guess
I should tell you then.

I snore.

I think you should check
your room assignment.

It says right here

"room 20-p, Gilbert hall,
third floor."

Third floor.

I won't be but a minute.

"Quincy Lee...


you forgot these.

Miss, it's really not polite
to read other folks' drawers.

Come in.

I'll just be a minute.

Are you looking for something?

Dorm violations.

Walter, I'm the r.A.

You won't find anything illegal
in here.

I already see one
glaring violation.

And what is that?

Section 36, code four...

Failure to kiss
the resident director

within 20 seconds
of his arrival.

And what is the punishment?

I don't know right now

but I think it's going
to be cruel and unusual.

Sharon Thomas is blasting
her Paula Abdul tape.

Just because

she can dance,
does that mean she should sing?

Eva, why are you coming
to me with this?

You and Sharon are two
mature, intelligent women.

Besides, Sharon Thomas
ain't but this high.


Just put it in your pocket
till I get down there.

Walter, I've been thinking.

Maybe it would be easier
if I handle the girls' problems.

That's a very sexist thing
to say.

There's no such thing as
women problems and men problems.

There's just dormitory problems.

Whatever you say.

And I say we get back
to your punishment

already in progress.


Don't you know how to knock?

It's my room.


that vending machine's jammed.

I'll handle it.

It usually takes two days
for the machine to jam.

It's the machine
in the ladies' room.


And then, after corfu

mama and I trekked to Rome.

Dwayne, I know why
they call it the eternal city.

I could spend an eternity there.


All those shoes
and handbags and belts.

Why the Spanish steps
are just surrounded

by the most fabulous
little shops.

Gee, I hope you took slides,

Enough of my boring summer.

How was Toronto?

Their restaurants were almost
as good as Montreal's.

Montreal and Toronto.

I've never been to Canada.

No wonder those little shops

are going out of business
over there.

You know my motto:

"If the shoe fits, buy it."

You know what else

I really loved about Toronto?

The barbers know how
to cut my hair.

I noticed.

You like it?

It compliments
the shape of your head.

So you're on record as saying
you like the shape of my head?

As head shapes go,
it's pleasant.

I'll buy that.

One ginger ale.

Thank you, Barbara.

One mineral water.

Since this is your last
business trip for a while

we thought we'd give you
a little going-away present.

Oh, Barbara, you shouldn't have.

Oh, honey-roasted cashews.

I love these.

They're so great.

I hope they come in handy

for those all-night
study sessions.

Excuse me, Barbara.

Could I have
a little bit more ice?

We're out.

I guess some of us had our fill
of grouch soup this morning.

Cashew, lightly salted?

Don't mind if I do.

When you told me

you were going to be
a summer intern

I thought it was a euphemism

for "guardian
of the coffee machine."

They started me as an assistant
in research and development.

You de-bug one program

you're the company hero.

You de-bugged a program?


What does that mean?

It had a do-loop
that wasn't doing

and now it does.

All because of you.

I hope you got a raise.

No, just a key to the
junior executive washroom

and a job offer
after I graduate.

Is that so?


They gave me these.

"Dwayne Wayne,
management trainee program."

Raised lettering.

Very executivo.

This airline
doesn't give cashews

to just anybody.

Did I say you could
keep my card?


Give it back.

Try and get it.

That's not fair, whitley.

Did you feel that?

It's just a little
turbulence that's all.

Hold me, Dwayne!


Hold me tight!

I got you.

I got you.

You have been asking
for co-ed dorms for years.

Well, I didn't.

That's because last year

you practically lived
in the men's dorm.


You all know
the basic dorm rules.

But I have pondered
this situation

and come up
with my own set of rules.

At no time
will any resident be naked.

That might make it difficult
to take a shower.

I didn't say it would be easy.

Rule #2...

I cannot stress
this one enough...

Underwear will not be worn
on the head.

That goes for women, too.

I don't care how pretty it is.

Walter means
that we trust all of you

to be responsible men and women.

I don't want to see
underwear on the head.

Any questions?

You said we can't
share wash rooms

but what if there's a long line?

I suggest you develop

a close relationship with god.

Yes, sir?

If I find a girl on the steps,
bleeding and unconscious

and it's after curfew

and it's by the girls' restroom

can I, like, go in there
and tend to her?

Do the right thing.

I will.

Get that boy's name.

The watchwords for this year...

Repeat after me...

Are trust...




And expulsion.

And expulsion?

Now get out.



You look adorable.

How's my Freddie?

Dwayne... you look so different.

These clothes
make this man fine.

Dwayne Wayne?

Walter, what's happening?

You know what the penalty is

for impersonating the ebony man?

Be nice.

I'm out of here

unless you want me
to take your bags.

Oh, no.

You better leave before you
and this suit start a riot.


Well, see ya.

Oh, Dwayne.

Thank you for everything.

I feel some turbulence
coming on.

So how was everyone's summer?

I hope your life insurance
is paid.

Come back here,
you little cocky roach.

Are you spraying for
roaches or elephants?

Hey, homey.

What's happening?

What's going..?

You are not Dwayne Wayne.

You must be arsenio hall.

Aw, geez.

Go ahead and smile.

Let me see if your gums
are three feet high.

Are you through?

Whoever you are, welcome home.

Our first guests
are on their way over.

No guests.
I'm exhausted, man.

One of our guests
is a visiting nurse.

It's been a long time
since she's seen a healthy body.

I feel a second wind coming on.

I smell perfume.

Expensive perfume.

Yeah, probably whitley's.

So how many cars did you sell
for daddy-o this summer?

Who cares about cars?

A man with whitley's perfume
on him has a lot to tell.

We flew down together.

Even expensive perfume doesn't
leap off a woman's body

and land on a suit.

There was some choppy air.

She grabbed me and held on.

You mean you didn't
make a move on her?

Ron, whitley and I
are just friends, period.

So you're not interested
in whitley at all?

No, not one bit.

I guess that means
whitley's in the clear for me.

I always did think

there was something special
between me and whitley.

That ten-foot pole
she holds up when she sees you.

Whitley won't date you.

And why not?

You're not her type.

I suppose you're her type?

More than you.

And what type is that?

Someone who's
good looking, charming.

Someone who's seen the world.

You've been to Canada
and Spanish Harlem.

Shut up.

You Mark my words.

Making this dorm co-ed

is the death knell
to dating as we know it.


Because all the mystery
will be gone.


Those boys will see
the real us...

Sliding around in mud masks

wearing zit cream
and moustache bleach.

Would you want to take
that out to dinner?

You bleach your moustache?

All women do.

Not where I come from.

Where you come from

chewing tobacco is a delicacy.

You don't have to worry
about losing the mystery.

Your mystery man

has his own place.

To whom are you referring?

A certain traveling companion.

Someone who made your skies
very friendly.

You mean Dwayne?!

A.k.a. The suit.

Whitley and Dwayne?

I think they made things
obvious this afternoon.

I think they need to revoke
your weekend pass

from the loony bin.

Dwayne and I are just friends
and that is all.

I don't know.

I don't give my friends

big kisses on the lips
in public.

You two are so provincial.

In Europe,
a kiss simply means "hello."

That kiss said,
"hello, nice to meet you..."

And "make me your love slave."

In your dreams.

Last semester, you were the one
doing the dreaming.

You and Dwayne
bouncing around in a canoe.

You had a dream about Dwayne?!

No, I did not!

I swore you to secrecy!

It just slipped out.

I hope you hyenas
laugh yourselves silly.

I'm going for a walk.

In case you forget

Dwayne's building's on
the south side of branch Avenue.

Freddie, keep your sticky paws
off my Italian purses!

I ran the men's dorm
for two years.

They dropped eggs on people.

They've dropped
people on people.

That's to be expected.

But you put these same
intelligent men

in a co-ed dorm for five minutes

it's like quest for fire.

No words, just...

You know they can't
help themselves.

They are men,
and you all are crazy.

Is that so?

Yes, that is so.

You are belligerent,
overly aggressive

you drive too fast
and it starts from birth.

It does?


You know why so many
caesareans are male babies?

You kick, flip around,
turn upside down

because you can't wait
to come out

and start trouble.

That's my point.

If men are crazy

it's because
women make them crazy.

It starts from day one...
Before day one.

Is that so?

That is true.

Little baby boy comfortable
in his mother's stomach.

After nine months,
the mother says

"moving day.

I want my body back."

Traumatized from the get-go.

Walter... excuse me.

The girls' restroom is flooded.

I didn't go in there.
I swear I didn't.

We've got to get some towels.

I got it.


Oh, whitley.

All right.

You've been on my mind all day.


Hey, turn the music down.

What's wrong?


I just didn't expect you
to be so settled in so soon.

If I knew you were coming,
I would have...

You hungry?

I've got one bag
of honey-roasted cashews left.

I don't want to spoil your fun.

I'm full from
the croissant on the plane.

Why don't you stay for a while?

I can't.


I just came by

to see a friend of mine
in this building

but I don't think he's here.

I'll see you on campus.


Whitley, wait.



I already have
one of your cards.

No, you crushed it
during the turbulence.

I wanted you
to have a fresh one.

I've got thousands.


Thank you.

You take care.


Say, man, I don't like the way
you're looking at my woman.

What's eating you?

You'll think it's silly.

Come on, Freddie.

I've got empathy and compassion.

You just tell me

what's hurting that
little heart of yours.

Everyone in this school
has changed but me.

Good night, Freddie.

Everyone had an experience
over the summer

that had an impact
on their lives.

Kim did research in a lab.

You lived all over Europe.

What did I do?

I went to summer school.

Not all of us
were born to be extraordinary.

The dorm has changed,
the dorm directors changed

even Dwayne has changed.

Tell me about it.

In that suit

I thought he was
a completely different person.

Me, too.

I need to do something
with my life.

Maybe I'll take more courses.

No, I'll write a book.

I need an experience.

Maybe the marines.

I could work with kids.

I could join
the rainbow coalition.

I met Jesse... he liked me.

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