A Different World (1987–1993): Season 4, Episode 21 - Sister to Sister, Sister - full transcript

It's the time of year again when pledgers come to pledge, Ron is giving Terrance and the other pledges trouble while Whitley gives Kim and the other pledges trouble.

Kimberly, I wanted
to deliver this myself.

Oh, my god.

You have been admitted
to the 1991 pledge club

of Alpha delta rho sorority.

I'm going on line!

You're pledging?

Yes, yes!

By the end of the week

you can add your name
to a distinguished list

of lawyers, judges, doctors...

All the women in her family.

And best of all

you'll be pledging under me...

The new Dean of pledges.

That's so great.

We're going to be sisters.


I'm going to be sick.

£ 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. £

Now, brothers, kick it.

Now kick it harder.

Now kick it faster.

Now break it down.

Oh, the pledges
are looking good.

We've been working
on that step for days.

And they finally got it down.

Notice the unity of the unison.

There's a oneness here.

And there's always some clown

who thinks this
is his personal showcase.

Yeah, like you did.

But I learned
to put my ego aside

and so shall Terrence!

Oh, man...

With a little help from me.

Little brother no play,
get back in line.

All of you all, line up.

Who are you?

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu.

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu.

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu...

Who spit on me?

Who spit on me?



Good afternoon,
big sister gorgeous one

so lovely to behold,
fine as wine.

Rich as gold.

Deep as ebony.

Sweet as a Rose.

Oh, big sister,
do you suppose

that when these toads grow up...

If these toads grow up...

We can be just like you?

I don't think so.

Little sister sassafras

do you think you have
what it takes

to be an Alpha delta rho?

Oh, yes, big sister
gorgeous one.


Then knock down that door.

Knock down that door?

Is there an echo in here?

Little sister do right...

Knock down that door.

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I have knocked down the door.

You certainly have.

I see someone has what it takes

to be an Alpha delta rho.

But that someone was still late

so that someone is going to have

to make me breakfast
tomorrow morning

7:00 A.M. sharp.

I like my eggs scrambled

my toast dry and my juice sweet.

Mr. Gaines:

Kimberly Reese!

Oh, Mr. Gaines...

You have not
been dismissed, bullfrog.

Hit the road, toads!

Oh, kimmie, you're doing
just great.


There will be no
preferential treatment.

I didn't expect it.

That's my do right.

Mr. Gaines:

How do you deal with his moods?

Now it's not enough

that you got to wear
that toad around my food.

You burned two burgers
and my buns.

Your pledging's going
to send me to the poorhouse.

Kim, I am watching you
humiliate yourself. Why?

So you can go to the stupid
Alpha delta rho parties?

It's a lifelong association.

Alpha delta rho is a powerful
force in the black community.

Their scholarship paid for
my first two years in college

and yes, their parties are live.

You've been brainwashed.

We're kappa lambda nu.

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu.

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu.

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu.

The bold, the brave, the few...

We're kappa lambda nu.

Roaches dismissed.

Come on, come on.

Hold it.

I think you need to introduce
yourself personally.

Little brother humpty

'cause my head is shaped
like an egg.


Lots of good stuff.

Little brother no play.


Yes, it is.

Well, I can see
it's payback time.

It certainly is.

I seem to remember
when you two pledged.

Miss siditty,
it almost killed you.

No fancy dresses,
no makeup, no high heels

and you, my brother,
had to wear them

but you kind of dug it
'cause it made you tall

for the first time in your life.

It built character, Walter.

That's how good Greeks are made.

My boys will be sporting
some spiked heels soon.

Yeah, do it!

I like that.

Come on, Hamilton.

Get that island blood flowing.

It takes some smooth moves
to be kappa lambda nu.

Aw... what happened
to the little brother humpty?

He's fallen,
and he can't get up.

I can't work these damn shoes.

What do you mean, "can't"?

But I can, sir.

Allow me.


Hamilton, little brother
no play doesn't seem

to have any problem
with his pumps.

Probably because he's worn them

big brother, sir.

So uncalled for.

Come on, Terrence,
come kick it with me.

Yeah, take a load off.

Come on, sit down.

Put your pumps up on the table.

Have a little drink

and the rest of you...

Well, Terrence, what do
you think they should do?

Oh, yeah.
Back to work, roaches.

You heard your brother.

Back to work.

Okay, little sister sassafras

what is the purpose
of Alpha delta rho?

Ribbit! Alpha delta rho
was established in 1918 to...



My most humble apologies,
big sister gorgeous one

but... I don't know
what our purpose is.

Then why are you pledging?

'Cause no other sorority
on campus

can step like the Alpha deltas.

Whoa! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!


Please! Discover your roots
on your own time.

Alpha delta rho is not
about stepping.

In fact

what are the eight principles
of Alpha delta rho?


Ribbit! Fellowship.

Ribbit! Scholarship.

Ribbit! Service.

Ribbit! Charity.

You're late.

Ribbit! Humility.

What are the other three
principles, do right?

Faith, determination
and sisterhood.


That wasn't a very

convincing recitation.

Perhaps you'd like
to write them down 100 times

on index cards before you leave.

I have to go to work
at the funeral parlor.

I can't be late, whitley.

Look, you little bullfrog.

Those funeral parlor customers

ain't going anywhere,
are they, pledges?


I shall be merciful.

Your assignment is due
tomorrow morning, do right.

Not again.


Good evening, old, grouchy
roommate from hell.

It's 4:00 A.M.

I'm here to collect
your assignment.

Get out of here...
She's sleeping.

Out of my way, mophead.

You should feel privileged.

I don't often make house calls
to the pledges.

Kim, tell her off.

If she hadn't passed out,
she would tell you

how, when, why to get off,
and how fast to get there.

Freddie, help me up.

Now you're in trouble.

Go ahead, Kim, sock it to her.

I don't have my assignment,
big sister gorgeous one.


You're not living up
to your name, do right

or my expectations.

Shape up!

When I was a pledge,
I never slept.

I never ate.

Excuse me,
big sister power trip.

She is pre-med
and working two jobs.

Too bad.

Do right, you are a direct
reflection on me.

Don't do me wrong.

None of you seem to get it.

So true.

That is, none of you
except Terrence.

And because of your outstanding

individual effort

I hereby dub thee

little brother mo' better
than everybody else.

Listen up,
you sorry excuses for men.

Should be
little brother kiss up.

You just worry about
holding up my nectar.

Thank you, sir.

I'll wear it with distinction.

Your assignment
for today, gentlemen

is to wallpaper my bathroom.

And I want the design to match.

No mistakes.

Therefore, I'm putting

little brother
mo' better in charge.

Do whatever he tells you.

Yes, big brother Dr. Jekyll

because there is no place
to Hyde, big brother, sir.

Say it together.

Yes, big brother Dr. Jekyll

because there is no place
to Hyde, big brother, sir.

That was beautiful, beautiful.

All right!
You heard the man!

You better listen to me

because little brother no play
don't play.

I want you to grab
that wallpaper

get your exacto knives
and start scraping.

Meanwhile, I'm going to partake
of some coconut nectar.

Fellas, you know who my pop is?

Colonel Bradford Taylor.

Don't let me get
the military on you.

You want to see my limbo?

God, help me!

I never thought I would
see Kimberly Reese

taking orders from
whitley Gilbert.

The child is confused.

This morning she called me
"big sister gorgeous one."

Good morning,
big sister gorgeous one

so lovely to behold.

Yes, yes, I'm lovely,
I'm beautiful.

Now serve the chow.

It's cold.

Start over.

Yes, big sister gorgeous one.

And do right...

Do put some butter
on those grits.

I'm not on a diet.

Whitley, your uncle
called this morning.

Which one?

The Marquis de sade.

Ah. After all these years,
finally a sense of humor.

Whitley, I think you need
to lighten up on Kim.

Kim is my sister.

She's my special.

I know what's best for her.

All right, fine, fine.

If your pledges call me
a name one more time

you will be persecuting them
on the street.


How refreshingly prompt of you,
do right.

Mmm, smells delicious.

Here, big sister
gorgeous one... water.

What is wrong with you, pledge?

Apologize this instant.

I don't think so.

Homegirl is going to get
kicked off the line now.

Yes, she is, if she doesn't
apologize this instant.

I have nothing to apologize for.

If anybody should be
apologizing, you should.

I don't feel that way,
big sister gorgeous one.

Shut up, toady!

The only reason she's doing this
is because we're taking it.

Now, that's true.

Now, she can kick one of us
off the line

but not all of us.

What does going to bed at 4:00,
getting up at 5:00

and fixing her breakfast
have to do with sisterhood?

Not a thing.

I'm with Kim.

Me too.

Oh, you'll regret this.

You will regret this!

I'm big sister gorgeous one.

I am big sister gorgeous one!

I am big sister gorgeous one!

I am big sister gorgeous one!

I thought I was the one.

A mutiny in the pit.

The betrayal.

Just to think

I brought that girl
into this sacred circle.

Can you imagine?


Say something.

Go Kim.

Whose side are you on?

Oh, baby, you need to calm down.

I've never seen you
this way before.

Relax, relate, release.


This is the way I was pledged.

I just want Kim to be
all that she can be.

Then let her join the army.

Come sit down.

Baby, you are drunk with power.

I'm not drunk.

Just a little tipsy.

Hey, whitley.

Hear you like your food spicy.


I never knew the meaning
of the term "laughingstock"

until now.

You mean it's all over campus?!


They're calling you

big sister Alpha delta rho, rho,
rho your butt out of town.

Thank you for that
information, Ron!

Wait, wait, wait.

Why did you start with her?

It's funny, that's why.


Good afternoon,
big brother Dr. Jekyll

because there is no place
to Hyde, big brother, sir.

What do you want?

We forgot something
in the closet, sir.

What's he doing in there?

Thinking, sir.

See, I've been a little
wrapped up in myself today.

You must be tired from
all that introspection.

Why don't you come take a rest

and let your brothers do
all the work.

On second thought, sir

I think I'd rather join them
in their chores.

Good idea.

Now get out of here.


Damn, I'm good!

Kimberly Reese!

There's only one way
to settle this.

Be prepared to throw down.


Come on, put 'em up.

I'm ready for you.

Whitley, I'm not going
to fight you.

Ah, suky suky now.

You scared I might clock you?

Whitley, we both got
a little carried away

with this pledging thing.

Let's forget what's happened
and start again.

It's too late for that.

Give me that!

What are you doing?!

Nobody humiliates me in public
and gets away with it.

Nobody messes with
my science projects!

Hey, Kim, watch the blouse.

Next time, you come
dressed to fight!

Come on, let's go, whitley.

You know, every once in a while

you should land one of those.

I was just trying to spare you.

Sorry I broke your heart,

Well, we can both
put it back together...

Big sister gorgeous one.

Kimberly Reese, once my friend

now my sister.

Welcome to Alpha delta rho.

Am I really in, whitley?

Really, kimmie.