A Different World (1987–1993): Season 4, Episode 9 - Time Keeps on Slippin' - full transcript

As Whitley and Dewayne get back together they start to study together and it affects them both different ways in their life academically.

Marketing is so fascinating.


Let me know when you want me
to turn the page for you.

I think I can manage.

Can I get you something to eat?

No, thanks.

Something to drink?

I'm fine.

Something to kiss?



You're already making "as."

I got to study hard
to do well in marketing.

Okay, okay.

I really am interested
in marketing

so tell me more, please.


Marketing is the art
of getting people

in the mood to be receptive.

Ooh, I see.

And the four "ps" in marketing

are product, packaging,
promotion, placement.


Well, the way you're packaging
this product you're promoting

I'd like to place this.

If you two suck face any harder,
you'll have one head.

£ 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. £

may I have some fries?

No, maybe a burger.

What am I talking about?

I don't eat dead cow.

A soda.

Make that a diet soda.

I'm sorry, Mr. Gaines.

I'm having a hard time
making decisions today.

Me too.

I'm trying to decide
how much Patience I have.

Well, it is not me.

It's the way
the planets line up.

It affects the way we
feel, we think and what we
say to each other...

And what we wear on our head.

You okay?

How can I be okay, Kimberly

when Mercury is in retrograde?

This means a very weird time


Haven't you noticed
anybody acting strange?

Other than you?

Exhibit "a"... whitley.

She's actually been nice.

She says she likes my tatoos.

That's because she collided
with the planet Dwayne.

Hello, Kimberly, Freddie-la.

Love that perky chapeau.

It brings out the essence
of your whimsy.


Mercury in retrograde.

What is she talking about?


Who cares about the stars
in the skies?

I have stars in my eyes.

I made...

An "a" in my marketing class.

All right!

I owe it all to Dwayne.

What did he do?

It's not what he did, Kim.

It's who he is.

My man.

My muse.

My sweet inspiration.

Oh, my goodness.

I liked it better
when she was alone and crabby.

Ron, I need to talk to you, man.





To be continued.


This better be life-threatening.

Man, um...

I think you better sit down.

Something happen to my family?


Something happen to your family?


Well, what is it?


I got, um...

This is a test paper.

Look at the top.

You got a "c."



Hey, Ron.

Ron, I've never gotten
a "c" in my life, man.


You're no longer a virgin.


Ron, this is serious.

Take mediocrity like a man.

I don't know
what's happening to me.

Whitley's happening to you.

I study with whitley.


She studies, you drool.

But she's so beautiful.

Dwayne, snap out of it!

You're right.

I got studying to catch up on

a grad school application.

Ever hear the expression
"just say no"?

I can't help myself.

Then help whitley.

If you're getting "cs"

she's got to be
getting "qs."

You're right.

If I don't catch Loretta

you won't have to worry
about your g.P.A.

Because you'll be D.O.A.


Hello, my future nobel laureate.


Guess whose gray matter
is rubbing off on me?

I made another "a"
in my marketing class.


We've been spending
all this time together

and you're really acing
that difficult marketing class.

That's great, really great.

No need to ask what you made.

Oh, no, you don't.

Come on, Dwayne.

Don't be modest.

Flaunt that grade.

How do I love thee?

Let me count the "as."

a platform shoe, peace symbol

and the dashiki

and an eight-by-ten glossy
of miss Lola falana.

All right, can you guess
where they came from?

Fred sanford's junkyard?

No. From a time capsule

buried by hillman students
in 1970.

Excuse me, please

but what is a time capsule?

Where people Bury things
that are meaningful

and dig them up later.

Like dogs with bones.

Or women with grudges.

What's that, Mr. Johnson?

A Shirley chisholm
campaign button.

She was the first sister
elected to the house.

Well, there's hope for you yet.

Could I trade
my Shirley chisholm

for your Lola falana?

Does it hurt when you think?

He wouldn't know.

What else was going on

20 years ago?

I was busy being born.

Took up most of my year.

I mean things that made
1970 noteworthy.


Nelson Mandela
had been in prison
for seven years.

Men were still dying in Vietnam.

John Lennon was alive.

Jimi Hendrix had just died,
right after Woodstock.

That's where my parents met.

Which explains
the way you dress.

Is that all that
you can focus on?



You are a time capsule
from the '60s.

And I am proud of it.

People were committed then.

It wasn't just "me,"
but "we."

What happened
to our sense of humor?

Let's channel all this energy
in a more positive direction...

Like deciding
what objects will we place

in the hillman
1990 time capsule.

I know exactly what to put in.

Something that represents

and suggests the echo
of the cosmos.

Why not donate your head?

It could represent space.

Now you listen.

What we need are two people

to head up this project.

Two people
of extraordinary energy

of divergent points of view.

We need

winifred Brooks...


And Ron Johnson.

£ ho-ho-ho, oregano. £

what are you doing?

I'm trying to fill out
my grad school application.

You're getting a Ph.D.
in couch potato?

It's not funny.

I'm stuck.

Look at this first question.



"How do you see yourself
in 20 years?"

If you keep staring
at whitley's picture

and eating whitley's cookies

you'll end up one fat,
frustrated failure.

Have a nice life.

I've got it...

The perfect symbol
for the capsule.

La toya Jackson's
playboy spread.

I cannot work with him.

Include a piece
of the Berlin wall

to show international

Why should Eastern Europe
concern us?

Your limitations are boundless.

I agree with my brother.

It's time we stopped
viewing history

through the white light
of eurocentrism.

Very eloquent, Terrence.

I read that in a pamphlet.

Changed my entire world view...
I think.

Speaking of world views

let's not get too trapped
by the male perspective.

Well, I agree.

Include a copy
of shahrazad Ali's

the blackman's guide

to understanding the blackwoman.

I cannot believe you said that.

You could use an open-handed

smack in the mouth.

Children! Children!

What is this disharmony?

We are deciding what to Bury
in the hillman time capsule.

We cannot seem to agree.

Take it from me.

My past experience has proven

that there is but one solution
to all problems.

Listen to your heart.

Shut up.

No, really.

I know what I'm talking about.

You need something
that will reflect

everyone's point of view.

Wait a minute.

Wait a minute.

This is the age of video.

Why don't you make a video?

Mind meld!

It's perfect in both
form and content.

It could bridge the gap

of our multi-faceted generation.

You ever considered
becoming a mime?

Wait a minute.

I have a video camera.


I know just the person
who should direct this...

Someone whose imagination
has been sparked

by the fires of love.

Well, I'm sorry.

Velma's got dibs on me tonight.

Now, where do I see myself
in 20 years?

Hmm. 20 years...

Whoa, yeah.


Hi, honey.

You're home.


Dwayne, I have to talk to you.

You come over here

and give big daddy a kiss first.

Come here.

20 years of tollhouse cookies

have taken their toll.

I was just sitting here
thinking about you.

Think about changing
out of that robe

you've been in

since Oprah Winfrey
left the white house.

Now, bunny...

I'm really going
to get it together now, baby.

You haven't had a job
since Ron Johnson fired you.

I was the best
secretary he ever had.

What has happened to you?

You had such promise.

You were so bright-eyed
and bushy-tailed

your mama
called you "chipmunk."

Now she calls you "hedgehog."

It all began with that "c."

Stop using that "c"
as an excuse.

You right, baby,
it wasn't that "c."

It was you.

I took one look at my bunny
and her brown eyes

and fell in love.

It was all over.

It certainly is.

What do you mean, baby?

I'm leaving you.

No! No!

That's the way
the cookie crumbles.


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Made you some cookies.

Get those things away.

You want me to get fat,
don't you?

What's wrong with you, Dwayne?

I got a lot of studying to do.

Can I help?

No, I don't need your help.

You know what I need?
I need to be alone right now.



Well, if you want me to leave...

Yes, please, would you?

And take them damn cookies
with you.

Every time my senior
vice-president walks by

she just manages to conveniently
drop something in his path

which means she has to
bend over and pick it
up, nice and slow.

Then she puts her chest
all in his face

and goes into her
"ooh, excuse me, Mr. Blackburn."

I know how my boss made it
up the corporate ladder.
Girlfriend slithered.

While he stands there
drooling all over himself.

So what's the problem?

Who is it?



Hey, Dwayne.

Hi. Hey Walter.

Um, is whitley here?

No, but we are.

Is something wrong?

I was kind of terrible to her

and I just wanted to apologize.

Whoa, homey.

No, no, no.

First rule of love...

Never ever admit
when you're wrong

because the women never do.

I will admit I was wrong...


Ha. Ha.

So, why were you so mean to her?

My grades are slipping
and I got a little frustrated...

And took it out
on whitley.

Instead of just discussing
the problem with her?

Good move, Jack.

Wrong again, applehead.

The most important thing
in a relationship

is telling the truth.

People fall in love
and they forget who they are

trying to be people they aren't.

That's why things fall apart.

No, Oprah Winfrey,
that's not why.

The reason
relationships fall apart

is because women are selfish
and greedy.

They won't let a man

have more than one woman
at a time.

Walter, I don't think
your mama even likes you.

You guys have been a big help.

Thanks. I appreciate it.

That's like them excuses
for your mood swings...

P.m.s., water retention,

got nitrates in the Bologna.


No, whitley, no cookies.

No relationships ever again.

Let's try this from the top.

Where do I see myself
in 20 years?

20 years...

Thank you.

Thank you for this nobel prize.

It's a fitting reward
for the decision I made long ago

to devote my entire life
to science.

To the absolute exclusion
of everything else.

Thank you.

Dr. Wayne,
you remember me?

Whitley Gilbert?

My goodness,
I haven't seen you since...

Since you kicked me
out of your apartment

on account of that "c."

Well, I've been meaning
to call you, whitley.

It's only been 20 years.

I did wait for you to call me.

Then I realized

the most important thing
to you was your brain

and it has to be preserved.

It will be... at the Smithsonian.

Now that I've won
the nobel prize

please allow me
to take you to dinner.

Oh, we'd love to.

Dwayne, this is
my husband Dwight

and my baby, wheatina.

Whitley, where have you been?


Just walking.

You're an hour late.

You look terrible.

I wouldn't go that far.

I'm just not quite myself.

Whoever you are,
we got to do this video.

I don't think I can do it.


I gave that man the best
two weeks of my life.

What happened?

I don't know,
but he's mad at me.

Without Dwayne, I'm lost.

Without Dwayne,
I'm just a shadow

of my former self.

What is that lighting?

Yellow gels will never do.
We must have pink.

Life has no meaning.

Just doesn't make sense.

No, no, we don't put ed Dwight
sculptures in the dark.

They must face the light.

The worst thing is
I don't know...

The worst thing is
I don't know what he's mad at.

I don't know what I did,
I don't know what I didn't do.

I'm just so confused.

Freddie, dress this
tacky t-shirt up.

You know that
unfortunate little cap,

those bright
red stockings you got

that clash
with everything tasteful?

Why is everyone standing around?

There's a video to be done.

Where's my cameraman?

Terrence, you wanted
to do this, honey.

Work with me, people.

I need you.

Okay, people, rehearsal.


Camera, make it dance.

Smooth and easy.

Okay, smoke, lights and...


£ mother, mother £

£ there's too many
of you crying. £

this is a sonogram of a girl

who's going to be our age
20 years from now

if we don't mess up the world
before she can change it.

If you want to look
to the future

look to our children.

Freddie, step into the light.

Terrence, Dolly to the right.

£ you know
we got to find a way £

£ to bring
some loving here today. £

I have a medicine pouch
for the earth...

Four kernels of corn, water
and a spoonful of soil.

Man already has everything
he needs on this planet

but if he doesn't start
to pay attention

in 20 years, this may be
all he has to start again.

What's going on?

What's going on?

down center. Down.

Ronald, hit your Mark.


Where's your object?

In my back pocket.

Well, what is it?

A condom.

Ron, this isn't
a sex education video.

Yes Ron, this isn't very funny.

No it's not.
Neither is aids
or teenage pregnancy

or anything else a condom
is to help prevent.

My message is responsibility.

You want to preserve the planet.

I want to protect it.

And music, Kim. Everyone.

What's going on?

What's going on?

What's going on?

What's going on?

What's going on?


Okay, people, take five, please.

And good work, everyone.

Can I talk to you
for a minute, babe?

Are you going to talk
to me or snap at me?

Sweetie, I'm so sorry
for the way I acted.

So am I.

I was devastated,
but I got over it.

I will survive.

I know you will.

I'm the one having the problems.

What's wrong?

I don't know how
to tell you this.

Just say it, Dwayne.

I'll be strong.

I'm not doing a very good job

of being a student
and being in love.

So you want to leave me?

No, I want to stop
getting "cs."

You got a "c"?

Why didn't you tell me?

Because I'm not supposed
to be getting "cs."

What have I done to you?

No, it's what
I've done to myself.

I've been basking
in the sunshine of your love

and I've let it fry my brain.

Maybe you should concentrate
more on your studies

and... and less on me.

But I don't want to lose you.

I'm not going anywhere.

I'm going to hold you to that.

Well, hold me tight.