A Different World (1987–1993): Season 3, Episode 25 - Perhaps Love - full transcript

Dwayne's mom visits when Dwayne is inducted into an honors society. Julian asks Whitley to spend the summer with him in DC.

£ 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. £

cytosine, adenine, guanine...

No, that's uracil.

Adenine, cytosine, guanine.

Isn't this a pretty sight?

Standing here chanting

like some hippy-dippy
hare krishna.

All that's missing is
the ponytail and the tambourine.

I'm getting ready
for a chemistry exam.

Stop thinking chemistry
and start thinking vittles.

Fill her up with coffee.

Whatever pot's been
sitting here the longest.

I thought you only drank
herbal tea, Freddie.

I have a paper.

I would like
some caffeine... now!

Whoa, Freddie, hang loose.

What happened to you?

Colonel Taylor's math exam.

Three hours of uninterrupted
mental effort.

If I never think again,
it will be too soon.

£ it's over £

£ yes, it is over... £

I just took my last
final exam ever in finance

and my "a" plus, plus
will send my grade curve

into orbit, baby.

Thank you, thank you,
thank you, Jesus!

I love life.

Thank you, Lola falana.

Must you inflict your joy on us?


I have big news.

Actually, Dwayne has big news.

Shall I tell them?

Yeah, I don't want to brag.

My partner, because of

his 3.999 g.P.A.

And all-around fierceness
as a student

is being inducted into
the highest of honor societies

phi beta kappa!

You better stop.

That is fantastic!



So we finally
get to meet your parents.

The people responsible
for your phi beta footwork.

My parents can't
get time off work.

We will celebrate

in a manner befitting
the dignity of the occasion

with a Ron Johnson super beach
freak fest at my apartment.

Bring your bathing suits...

Or don't.


Shall I take that as a no?

Hey, beautiful.

Hi, sweetie.

You look delicious.

Got to go.

How about lunch tomorrow?


12:30 at Luna di Capri.

That's kind of early.

I have to study
for my last exam.

I can't make it any other time.

12:30 is fine.

There's something important

I want to ask you.

Something important?


That you want to ask me?


Ciao, Bella.

See you tomorrow?

I'll be there.

Something important
that he wants to ask me.

I have to wear my hot pink
with the shoulders down...

Or off or whatever.

My goodness, another one of them
talking to their self.

What is it about
this time of the year

that turns these children
into babbling fools?

I'm getting myself a sign

that says
"no talking to yourself."

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Okay, I'm coming, I'm coming.


There's a girl on our couch.

Is she naked?


How did I miss her last night?

Okay, I'm coming.

Good morning, chipmunk.



I thought you and dad
couldn't come.

He couldn't, but I wasn't about
to miss my phi beta baby.

I said you'd run rings
around Einstein.

I was right, wasn't I?

You were right.

The whole congregation
is talking about you.

How did they find out?

The reverend
made an announcement.

You told the whole world?

No, but guess what?

Yolanda Dubois came to me
after the service

saying I should hook you up with
her skinny daughter Brenda sue.

You don't need her.

Mama, I want you to meet
my roommate, Ron Johnson.

How you doing?

No handshake here.

Give me a hug because
I know too much about you.

Look at this dump.

I don't know.

Is this a local
go-go club over here?

How did she get in here?!

She came in with the tide.

A new friend, chipmunk?

I don't even know this one.

I'll find out.

Miss thing, miss girl,
miss thing

wake up.


I'm Mrs. Wayne.

You're in my son Dwayne's house.

Go back to sleep.

You look like they wore you out.

Thanks, mom.

Get the child a blanket.

I know she's cold.

She looks like she's freezing.

I don't want you to think

that because of this scantily
clad, stacked stranger

that our apartment
is a den of wildness.

I would never think that
of this place.

What did you bring me?

Your favorite, honey.

Prune cobbler!

Prune cobbler?

It's my favorite recipe.

I'll give Ron a big portion.

No, ma'am, I'm not
a big breakfast man.

You've got to eat breakfast.

What happened to your legs?

You lost your appetite?

What woman took your appetite?

Mom, please.

You better tell me.

I got three days.

Don't lie to me.

Eat some of this stuff.

Tell me the truth,
or I'll whip you.


Here she is.

Fatal beauty.

Julian is a dead man.

Prepare to be a bridesmaid.

For whom?

For me.

Julian may pop the question.

I didn't know you
were that serious.

Me neither, till yesterday.

I got to go.

Tell me about this!

Julian could be
on his knees right now.

I can't keep him waiting.


Colonel Taylor, I'd like you
to meet my mother.

This man made me the math giant
that I am today.


I want you to know

it has been
an honor and a pleasure

to teach your son.

I know.

Have a seat.

He has got one of
the most brilliant

and imaginative
mathematical minds

that I have encountered.

When I was going to school
to become an accountant

I took chipmunk with me.

He was only three.

I was six...

Shut up, boy.

He had the cutest face.

He wore big, coke bottle glasses

and he had two big buckteeth,
just like Alvin.

The chipmunk!
The chipmunk!

Do we have to..?

Be quiet.

The first time
we did a balance sheet

chipmunk yelled out,
"you missed a number!"

He was right.

The teacher always had him
check the figures.

It only happened once.

It happened every week.

I know.
I'm the mother.

He thinks I exaggerate.

I don't have to exaggerate.

You're just smart.

I think it's time, mom.

Lovely talking to you,
colonel Taylor.

The pleasure was all mine.

I know it was.

Somebody I want you to meet.

That must be whitley.


Kimberly, this is my mom.

Hello, Mrs. Wayne.

You're so pretty.

Isn't she, son?

Look at those teeth.

You must be so proud of Dwayne.

I'm having a party
at 8:00 at his apartment.

Could you come?

I'd love to.

You still here?

You got a chemistry exam.

If you're going to be my doctor

you got to get straight a's.

See you tonight.

Pre-med, sugar.

You better do the right thing.

Mr. Gaines,
this is my mother.

This is the man in charge
of the pit.

I'm delighted.

Thank you, sir.

Did anybody tell you
you look like that girl singer

Patti lolabelle?

The one that sings
that "voulez vous crochet"?

Nobody ever told me that,
but thank you.

I'm giving Dwayne a dinner
tonight at his place.

Be there tonight, okay?

I'd be happy to.

See you at 8:00.

Take care of your mama.

I only wanted a few people.

Everybody wants to celebrate
your phi beta kappa.

That fine colonel.

I got to invite him.

Take it easy.

The president of the college.

Will she come?

I saw her picture.

She needs my prune cobbler.

I'll call her.


Ah, the isle of Capri.

I would love to go back there
without my mama.

Maybe a honeymoon,
something like that.

How about you?

I don't know.

I never traveled with your mama.

Julian, when are you
going to ask me

what you're going to ask me?




Will you pass me the parmesan?


Spend the summer
with me in D.C.

You mean live with you?


Just live with you?

I don't want to spend

the summer without you.

I want to be with you.

You do?

More than anything.

We'd have a wonderful time.

I'd wake you up with
fresh coffee, hot croissants

foot massages.



I can't go
to D.C. this summer.

I have that internship
with e.H. Wright.

You can work for them
next semester.

I can find you some office job
at pan Africa.

I already accepted that job.

It's unprofessional
not to show up.

Before you join
the corporate world

I'd love to see you get
some real-life experience.

Learn how to make it without
the credit cards, Gucci pumps...


Because you're a little
sheltered and out of touch.

Out of touch with what?

The community.

The way most people live.

I'm not most people.

Neither are you,
Mr. Ex-Dover prep school.

Summers on the vineyard.

I'm talking about developing
survival skills.

You can't walk through
certain areas

without worrying about attacks.

Oh, please.

Remember taking the bus?

Why don't you just
ship me off to the peace corps?

Because I would
miss you too much.


Then why don't you spend
the summer here in Virginia?

My job at pan Africa
is critical to my future.

And my job is
critical to my career.

Manning the stamp sponge
in some pan African office

looking like a mother Theresa
is not.

You don't care
about that, though.

That's just my career.

I'm thinking about your career.

I don't want you to be
a pampered, bourgie Princess.

Pampered... bourgie...

I'm only telling you the truth

because I care about you.

You and your truth
can kiss my cartier...

All 18 karats.

The next time you call me
a pampered, bourgie Princess

be prepared
to throw down, homey.

That's right,
I know that expression, too.

Allora, we're finished?

A little coffee, dessert?

The check, please.

Yes, la cuenta and fast.


It's il conto.

Conto, cuento, kunta kinte.

Just bring the ding-dang check!

Kim, don't ask me
how my lunch went.

It did not go well.

That pseudo-radical,
arrogant, pompous...

You mean Julian?

How dare you talk
about him like that.

All right, Sybil.

I want to hear
all about this, but...

It started out as
a very nice lunch...

After my chemistry exam.

Kim, you're not
leaving me on this.

I need you, girl.

I'm not playing.

Dwayne, I need
to talk to you!

Wait a minute.

Dwayne, open..!


Excuse me.

Hello to you, too.

Is Dwayne here?

He's taking a final exam.

Is that all
anybody does around..?

What is that stench?


It is a relief to see you here.

They needed a housekeeper.

You don't say, honey?

Oh, tell Dwayne that whitley...


Whitley was here.

Oh, oh, wait.

You're whitley?

He's spoken of me already?

Chipmunk tells
his mama everything.

I'm Mrs. Wayne.

I'm having a dinner
for him tonight.

He would want you to come.

Yes, that's great.

It's at 8:00.

Don't be late.

Okay, bye.

That whitley child, whoo!

Can I have
everybody's attention?

I'd like to propose a toast.

Let's raise our bubbly
to Mr. Dwayne Wayne.

The man is a fine example.

Yes, he is.

That hillman can save anyone.

I beg your pardon, honey.

She's begging
your pardon, Walter.

What I meant to say was that...

Why am I even talking?

I think my prune cobbler
is warming up.

Is that what this is?

Well, I'm full.

How about a stogie, Brad?

I don't mind if I do.

I just love prune cobbler.

You can eat all of mine, baby.

Mrs. Wayne,
dinner was delicious.

I'm glad you liked it.

It was a culinary delight

way beyond my expectations
from when I...

You need help in the kitchen?

No, honey.

Sit down.

I'm sick of her already.

She is the one?

I tried to take her
off his hands.

Wish you would have.

Don't jump!


You scared me.

How are you feeling?

Rotten to dreadful.


What did Georgetown do now?

You think
you know someone, Dwayne

and then they say these things.

He called me sheltered
and out of touch.

Can you believe that?


Am I?

You're spoiled, too

but that's part of your charm.

When we met, you asked
what my father did.

When I said bus driver,
took off like the roadrunner.



I'm so sorry.

Don't be.

You were
a different person then.

Not that different.

This afternoon, I mistook
your mama for the maid.

You didn't?


But that's okay.

No, it's not.

Julian's right.

I'm a pampered Princess.

I need to go out there
and get some life experience.

Isn't that what you're doing?

You're staying
in school another year

to get the career
you really want.

That takes guts.

Why can't Julian see that?

Maybe Julian needs to go through

Dwayne Wayne's
sensitivity training.

Well, I'm not going with him
to Washington this summer.

You're not?

Could you smile
a little more broadly?

I'm sorry.

I'm so...

I'm so mad at him.

But I'm crazy about him.

I know the feeling.

It will pass.

Not soon enough.

You know,
my grandma had a saying.

She said, "baby love
drains you like a tub"

"but true love feeds you
like good grub."

You need someone who's
going to feed you, whitley.

I kind of get this picture
of two old geezers

feeding each other creamed corn.

It's time for me
to have a double portion

of mom's prune cobbler.

If you want to get out
of her doghouse

I suggest you have
three or four portions.

Flowers won't do?


Symphony tickets?


What are you looking at?

My little chipmunk.

All grown up

and ready to take on
the universe.

You and dad have been there

making me feel
like the greatest.

Even when you potty trained me

you made me feel like a champ.

You were a champ.

You knew the pot
was something to sit on

and not a hat.

This is what I'm talking about.

Well, all I want
for you is happiness.

I want you to be
a happy young man.

I will, mom.

But not with whitley.

She's trouble.

Believe me, mom, I know.

But just maybe she's the one.

You're a lost lamb.

Two seconds ago, I was a genius.

That's books, honey.

I'm talking about a woman.

If I get another chance
with whitley

I'm going for it.

You go for it by yourself

because I'm not going
to watch you

make a fool of yourself.

I love you, mama.

You better love me.

But you know who I really love?

That Kim girl.

She got teeth
just like your mama.

Hi, Mrs. Wayne.



Hey, whitley.

Dwayne, could I see you
for a minute?

Yeah. I'll be right back.

Hurry up now.

I just wanted to tell you
that when things are bad

you're there...

Thanks a lot.

To make things better.

Like last night was your night

but you took time out
to spend with me.

You pushed your own feelings
aside to consider mine.

I wanted to thank you.

I brought you a little something

for your phi beta kappa.


Good grub for a good person.

Thank you, whitley.

How does this taste
with chunky peanut butter?

I'm not sure.

We'll have to try that.

Come on, honey.

Your phi beta kappa key
is waiting.

I'm with you, mom.

Do you want to come with us
to the ceremony?

Mrs. Wayne,
i'm... I'm flattered.

I had no idea.

I know.

Come on, honey.

Is there film in that camera?

Yes, ma'am.

Hey, whitley, you don't have
to go to this thing.

Oh, no, Dwayne.

I want to.

I really want to be there.

I know.

Mrs. Wayne:
Come on, chipmunk!

Okay, mom, goodness!



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