A Different World (1987–1993): Season 5, Episode 1 - We've Only Just Begun - full transcript

Dwayne and Whitley start their new lives together as an engaged couple. while they also have a new set for the dorm and welcome some new freshman.

Need some help, love?

Who's calling me love?

Kimberly Reese!
I thought

you were some foreign floozy

trying to get fresh.

How was London?

It was great!
Yeah!

Did you meet the queen?

I did, and I gave her
your regards.

You should have told her
to change that purse.

If she carried a smaller one,



she wouldn't waddle like a duck.

Who got married?

I'm not telling, but
I'll give you a hint.

He's in the math department

and she's a beautiful
corporate woman.

Dwayne and whitley.

I said I'm not telling.

Oh..!

£ 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. £

come on rip Van winkle,

rise and shine.

Hi, pookie.

I got breakfast for you.

It's piping hot.

Dwayne, now that
we're both awake,

how about we go back in there

and take a little nap?

Baby, please

if you keep wearing me out

I'll never get my ph. D.

Oh, nonsense shaka zulu.

Easy, easy, easy...

Honey,
the honeymoon's almost over.

We'll both be back to work soon.

Of course, you can
come by and see me

at e.H. Wright industries.

I have my own office.

Your own office?

Um-hmm.

Mmm!

I like that.

Dwayne, I don't know
what I'd do without you

all summer in New York.

You were a mess.

Yeah...

All those gallery openings,
and auctions,

and dinner parties,
and cocktail parties,

and... so empty.

Whitley, are you sure

you're glad you're back?

Of course I am.

Saying yes to you at the airport

was the best thing
I've ever done in my whole life.

Uh-uh. Uh-uh.
Missing your plane,

and spending
that extra night with me,

was the best thing you ever did.

Excuse me.

Why don't you and I
go to a good movie

and cry together?

I'm liberated...
I'll let you pay.

Oh, my goodness.

Like bad foot fungus, he's back.

Didn't I see you graduate?

Yes, Mr. Gaines,

but I have one more
class to take in
European history.

Just what I need...

Another long-toothed Romeo
getting his degree on c.P. Time.

Don't let me
catch you loitering here

pestering the young ladies.

And that goes for you too,
dark gable.

Good googa-mooga!

I'll be right back.

Hold my place.

Kimberly Reese...

The woman for whom
big Ben tolls.

You look so good, it hurts.

Hurt on, Mr. Johnson.

What do you think
about the big news?

What big news?

Dwayne and whitley.
You've lost a buddy.

Well, they've all
got to go some time,

and she's a good woman.

Plus, if he didn't
take the plunge,

she was never going
to give him any play.

Oh, there's a good
reason to commit.

Oh, if it isn't mocha-hontas.

What did you do all summer...
Make moccasins?

No Ron!

I spent the summer tutoring
on an Indian reservation.

I found out

what a South African homeland
must be like.

I mean they live
in sub-standard conditions,

there's alcoholism,
depression...

You know what it is?

Government sanctioned,
cultural genocide.

So in other words,
this was a pleasure
trip for you.

Oh, there they are!

Congratulations!

Kimmie, you look gorgeous!

I'm so excited.

Eloping must have been
so romantic.

Eloping?

Eloped?
Hey!

Partner, I thought
you just got engaged.

We did.

Well if you two didn't get
married, then who did?

We're back!
We're back!

Mr. Gaines:
Oh! Welcome
home, newlyweds!

Kim and Freddie:
What!

How were the poconos?

Well I'll tell you,
life sure looks different

inside a heart-shaped tub.

Am I hallucinating?

What did, what did, why did..?

I don't get it.

Freddie, it was
a very long, hot summer.

Oh, di-di-di,
di-di-di, di-di-di!

Woah, woah now. I thought
something was going on

but I didn't know
all that was going on!

Well, we went sailing
on the fourth of July,

and there's been
fireworks ever since.

Colonel, colonel, colonel!

Well the last day we
went sailing, I looked
up in the sky

and there was
this plane skywriting:

"Marry me, jessa."

Jessa?
Jessa?

They wanted
$22.50 a letter,

and I knew she would understand.

Well at any rate, she said yes.

Of course, I knew she would.

Oh, you did, did you?

Oh, I'm happy
for the both of you.

Well, let me feed the newlyweds.

The school asked me
to run the new dorm

that my family had built,

so we can see each other
at faculty functions.

Is it too late
to get an annulment?
Definitely!

Colonel Taylor?

Yeah?

Nice catch, sir.

Thank you, Dwayne.

And it's good to have you
in the department.

Don't forget our first
staff meeting at 4:00.

4:00?
4:00.

Oh right...
I didn't forget.

Ron, I forgot...

Whitley's ring
will be ready at 4:00

and I have a staff
meeting at 4:00.

Can you help me out?

Oh, no problem.

I'll pick it up
on the way to the beach.

Ron, watch out with it,
it cost me everything I had.

Partner, have I ever
let you down before?

I'll get it

I'll get it!

You didn't finish your pie,

so I cut you a fresh,
big old piece.

Oh, great!

I can't have my man
wasting away on me, now.

Come on, come on.

Dig in.

Mm-hmm.

Mmm!
Mmm!

You like it, huh?

Mmm.

That's my aunt Celia's
recipe, she made that up in
world war ii

when they were rationing butter.

It's got that
old wartime flavor.

The crust was the toughest part.

That it is, that it is.

Honey?

Beloved?

You hate my pie, don't you?

Hate is such an ugly word.

Stop! Laundry time!

Son, welcome home!

Jaleesa...

Congratulations.

Thank you, Terrence.

Sorry you missed the wedding.

How was Germany?

Oh, awesome, awesome.

That's good.

You know, there's something

that looks a little different
about you.

Oh, I am.

I'm in the club.

Oh... well, uh, son,
we will discuss your initiation

in detail a little later,
all right?

Meanwhile, how about
something to drink?
A soda or something?
A soda.

Terrence, I'm very sorry too

that you weren't able
to make it to the wedding.

It was all just,
you know, so sudden.

Oh, don't sweat it.

I mean, well, any wife of dad's
is a mother of mine.

Well, thank you, Terrence.

That's very sweet.

Can I call you moms?

Only if you eat my pie.

Sure.

There's nothing the girls
in this dorm haven't tried

that I haven't done, and better.

Uh huh.

Aah!
Ooh!

What's that? What?

Is this what
I think it is, Dwayne?

Nope!

Hey, you give me my ring back!

I'm not giving
you anything.
I'm not playing
with you Dwayne!

I've been waiting
all summer for that ring!

Watch it with the spoon, girl.

When I smell a diamond,
I go for blood.

Who said anything
about this being a diamond?

Well, whatever it is,
I will love it.

You lie like a rug.

Go sit down.

Dwayne...

Go sit down, hush up, this
is my moment, woman.

Whitley...

I have never met anybody
like you before,

and I'll probably
never meet anybody

like you again, thank god.

You're everything
that I always wanted,

and, um...

A lot that I never
thought I wanted.

You're my precious baby,
and I'm yours.

And I'm yours too,
forever and ever and always.

With this ring I thee engage.

£ ta-da. £

what's the matter?

You don't like it?

Honey?

It's beautiful, Dwayne.

I can't believe it's so big!

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Dwayne...
Oh, you shouldn't have!

I didn't, really.

It's too much!
I know!

I can't accept this.

You can't?

You're the most generous man
I've ever known!

No, no...

Not really.

And so modest Dwayne,
that's why I love you.

Sweetie...

Put it on me.

Maybe we should...

Go on.
No, but...

Put it on me, put it on me!

Oh, darling, um...

As I put this...

Big, old ring on your finger,

wow, I want you to know
that I love you...

No matter what happens.

I will remember this moment
for the rest of my life.

Oh, so will I.

I love you, I love you,
I love you, I love you,

I love you, I love you...

I'm over here, I'm over here.

I love you, I love...

£ a kappa a lambda a nu ha ha£

£ a kappa a lambda... £

I asked you
to pick up whitley's ring...

Not Rob the store.

What are you talking about?

You brought back
the hope diamond, man.

I brought what they gave me.

But, I...

How do you think
I could afford that ring?

A man will go into debt
when he got his nose wide open.

She's going to hate
the other ring now.

If the jeweler hasn't noticed,
why should you?

Because it doesn't
belong to me, stupid!

That diamond probably came
from South Africa.

They owe us one anyway.

You are so twisted.

I can't take it back,
because this morning

the first thing she said was
"good morning" to the ring.

She even named it
"the star of pookie."

Would you look at me?

"Star of pookie."
Mm-hmm.

Never mind.

Never mind.

£ a kappa a lambda a nu... £

Okay, lulabelle.

You just take
the stairs right here,

make a sharp left,
and your room is 22-a.

Remember, there's
a dorm meeting tonight

at 7:30 P.M. sharp.

And, lulabelle,
if you need anything,

anything at all,

you just call me, okay?

Don't strain your back
with that trunk.

Whitley.

Sorry I'm late.
Kim.

That's okay,
my resident assistant.

Where do you want me to start?

Oh, well, let me think.

I don't know.

Oh, my god.

It's huge.

I know... two and a half carats.

Not that that matters.

He must have spent
half his Grant on that.

Oh, Kim,
don't talk about the price.

That is so tacky.

Whitley:
Uh-oh.

We got a fly girl reject.

Excuse me.

£ hello. £

welcome to Dorothy height hall.

What can I do for you?

That is
a serious cubic zirconium.

Did you get that off
that home shopping channel?

Name?

Lena James.

Class of 1995.

I really like
the way that sounds.

James, you say?

I don't see you here.

I'll take any room you have.

No, honey,
this is not the motel six.

We have to have proof
that you belong.

Maybe there's been
some computer error.

Don't insult
the school computers,

resident assistant.

If this poor child
can't find a room,

she'll have to go down
to the housing office.

That's all right.

I won't bother you.

It's a shame we couldn't
work something out.

I could learn a lot
from a sister like you.

That's why I came to college.

Kimberly,
call that housing office

and see why those bumblers
left this child on the street.

No, no, no.

Don't even waste the call,

'cause they're the ones
who sent me over here.

Oh.

They who?

Um, the big fat man
with the moustache.

That would be Ms. Brown?

Oh, well, she's the one.

May I see your note?

She didn't give me one.

Really?

Ms. Brown never sends anyone
anywhere without a note.

What can I say?

Old girl was backed up, I guess.

I knew you were trouble
the minute you walked in here.

Nothing gets past me.

You carry your little
fly behind out of here

and be on your way.

Let's help her
find something else.

We're helping her find the door.

Is that a bathing suit?

Well, well, well

if it isn't Terrence...
Son of jaleesa.

She's not my real mother,
all right?

Touchy, touchy.

I'm not upset about it.
Why should I be?

My folks have been divorced
a long time.

Your dad threw you a curve.

You'll get over it
with a little time...

Or with a little something else.

My kind of therapy.

That's what I thought.

Baby...

Your perfume was calling me...

So I'm picking up the phone.

Hello.

Good-bye.

Um...

So you're a freshman
here, right?

Where are you staying?

The housing messed up.

They didn't place me.

So now I have

a walk-around
rooming assignment.

What's that?

I walked around

and decided where
I wanted to room...

Height hall.

All I have to do now is get past
that miss ebony fashion fair.

Whitley?

Well, you know

my dad's the head
of the math department.

Maybe he can help.

I know he can.

French fry, my brother?

Ladies, I do not want this dorm

to be known as the home
of the hot and bothered.

We have standards.

We have pride.

We have needs.

Which obviously
have not been met.

Let us not forget that we reside

in the dorm named after
the illustrious Dorothy height.

Is she the one
that did those sex reports?

Dorothy height,
my benighted friend,

is the head of the national
council of negro women.

She is also the creator
of the black family reunion,

she is also one of the leaders

of the organization
of 100 black women.

I guess she black.

Well, my, my.

We have a visitor.

What can I do for you now?

I have a note
from Dean Witherspoon.

Dean Witherspoon?

Yes. From the math department.

Ah.

"Dear Ms. Gilbert

"please find a room in your dorm
for Lena James.

"She is one of
our most promising freshmen

"and a future engineer.

Sincerely yours,
Dean Witherspoon."

Well, as much as I would like
to oblige the Dean

Lena James, we have
no space either.

I'm sorry.

You've got an extra bedroom.

You're turning my living room
into a sweat shop!

I like what you got on there

but I'd get rid of those pleats

and wear that belt
around my neck.

Yeah, well, I got this

from the house of chenille
in Paris.

I'm going there someday...
Believe that.

I'm sure all of France awaits
with bated breath.

Petite sorciere, charogne.

Tu m'enerve.

I get the feeling
that wasn't something too nice.

Where's my dry cleaning?

What is my skirt doing out here?

Did you try it on?

Yeah, but it...
Let me tell you
something missy...

My clothing is sacred.

If I catch your little paws
on my things again

you'll be out so fast

you'll have skid marks
on your bony derriere.

I fixed the hem.

Well...

Next time, ask.

Aurie-vorie.

Au revoir!

So I just told
that little miss Lena right off.

She'll think twice
before messing with me again.

That's good.

There's something
I got to say...

I got to talk
to Dean Witherspoon.

He's got his nerve.

What's he like?

I don't know.

He's in your department.

No, he's not.

Dean Witherspoon.

He wrote me a letter
on math stationary.

I met the department

at a meeting today.

There was no Dean Witherspoon.

That little minx!

I'm going to tear her...

Whitley, whitley, please.

Enough about the dorm.

You're right.

I didn't even ask my pookie
how his day was.

How was my pookie's day?

Oh, pookie's day was rotten.

Why?

Because, uh, I've been trying
to figure out how to tell you

that you can't keep the ring.

This ring?

Yeah.

Why, Dwayne?

Why can't I keep my ring?

Because the jeweler accidentally
gave me the wrong one.

Does he know?

Whitley!

I'm sorry.

You're right.

The truth is

I never really cared
for this ring.

So big.

I loath two and a half carat,
pear-shaped diamond rings.

Please take it.

Whew. What a load off.

Freedom!

The real one is a lot smaller.

That's okay, pookie.

It comes
from your billion carat heart.

Thank you.

Thank you for understanding.

Always, my love.

I'm going
to get us some champagne.

You do that.
Okay.

Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn!