A Different World (1987–1993): Season 6, Episode 16 - Mind Your Own Business - full transcript

Ron and Mr. Gaines open a music club together, but can't agree on the style of music.

A new year, a new president,
and a new business.

Sign this last paper,
and the club is ours.

Going into business with you...

Don't get buyer's remorse.

Put your hancock on the paper.

Don't look at me like that.

I feel like I'm signing
a pact with the devil.

Mr. Gaines, don't you trust me?

You know I'm giving up
my retirement winnebago

in the everglades for this.

You could buy
a whole fleet of winnebagos

if this club is a success.

What Ron really means is

when this club is a big success.

All right, here goes.

That's it!

The reggae room
is under new management.

Go ahead, say it.

But why did I do this?


£ ooh £

£ I know my parents loved me £

£ stand behind me
come what may £

£ come what may £

£ I realize that I'm ready £

£ I'm ready £

£ 'cause I finally
heard them say £

£ I heard them say £

£ it's a different world £

£ it's a different world £

£ from where you come from £

£ it's a different world £

£ oh, now,
here's our chance to make it £

£ here's our chance £

£ if we focus on our goal £

£ focus on our goal £

£ if you dish it,
we can take it £

£ we can take it £

£ just remember
that you've been told £

£ that it's a different world £

£ it's a different world £

£ oh, it's a different world £

£ it's a different world £

£ from where you come from £

£ it's a different world £

£ it's a different world £

£ from where you come from £

£ it's a different world £

£ from where you come from,
yeah. £

if you don't make
that tuna salad

the tuna won't be
the only thing canned.

You know what...

I'll see you later.

I forgot
what I was going to say.

Whitley, Dwayne,
you're looking at

the new owners
of the reggae room.

We won't play too much
of that island music.

We'll play the blues here.

That's what we'll call it:

"A place where the blues
will be played."

No... partner, that's a little
too expensive in neon.

I thought you were just
managing this club.

Mr. Gaines holds the mortgage.

I paid part of the down payment.

Where did you get it?

I told Mr. Gaines

I borrowed it from my pop
so he wouldn't worry.

Where did you get it?

I borrowed the limit
on both my credit cards.


That's how Robert townsend
made it.

He is no Robert townsend.

He ain't the only
entrepreneurial brother around.

This club will be
a place to showcase my band.

Besides, Mr. Gaines and I
are perfect partners.

With my know-how
and my expertise

and Freddie's legalese,
it's a sure winner.

Bye, honey.

Bye, baby.

See you.

You want to talk reality?

Let's talk about this 19 percent
you'll have to pay

on this credit card money.

Oh, not to worry.
According to my calculations

we can almost make that back
on opening night.

Oh, that first payment

is coming up soon.

Could you work the bar for me?

Oh, yeah.

You could serve drinks.

Wear something
thigh-high and low-cut.

You want my wife to dress up
like a cocktail bunny?

She got experience.

She was waitressing serving

And I got paid, Ronald.


$2.50 an hour.

Tell him, baby.

I'll pay you
three dollars
plus tips.

I'll go get some fishnets.

I thought so.

Now as a bouncer,
it's your responsibility

to keep the peace.

So what you're saying is
I don't get to hurt nobody?

Well, hopefully not.

I'll be damned.

Excuse me, excuse me.

We hear you're looking
for some bouncers?

Yeah. Y'all know any?

I'm sorry, son,
you ain't quite built.

But between us both, we are.

Both of you
could split one paycheck.


Say, Gina...

Gina, nothing.

I don't work for nobody's
minimum wage.

So you need
an executive assistant?

I have excellent typing,

and communication skills.

Basically, I'm a people person.

Ron, I understand you got a club

that's opening up.

You need to give the people

what they want... some comedy
and jell-o pudding, you see.

Ty, we're only interested in
booking musicians at the moment.

Oh, I got you your musician.

You know, Ron...

I'd be so happy
to work your club.

Take your multiple personalities

back to psychology class.

Well... you're hired.

I know.

I need a desk, a rolodex,
number two pencils

and plenty of post-its.

There's a list.

And, baby, get some tape
for her mouth, all right?

Ma'am, this is
a private establishment.

I can assist you with
reservations for tomorrow night.

I'm the official assistant
to the owner

of the establishment.

Oh... well,
I'm the official wife

to the owner
of this establishment.

You must be Charmaine.

Your mouth precedes you.

Mrs. Gaines, it's a pleasure.

Here, honey.

Use some of that hot air
and blow up

those balloons.

I'm not sure about opening
so soon.

Tomorrow night?

I've done publicity
for three weeks.

People are coming from...
As far away as Washington.

How are reservations?

I've taken 32...

They're listed alphabetically
and filed.

Ooh, remind me
to give you a raise.

You're not paying me.

Well, I'll owe you one.

Oh, I have to admit

this place is sure beginning
to look like a club.

With troll nation playing,
this isn't a club.

This is a gold mine, baby!

Make sure they show up

because I ain't paying them
for nothing.

I know about them
no-account musicians

because I'm one myself.

£ if your house on fire... £

£ well... £

£ and there ain't
no water around... £

the place where the
blues will be played.

Ron, somebody named Omar.

See, Mr. Gaines, there go
those no-account musicians

checking in now.

Say, Omar, my main man,
my salvation...

Hit it, what's going on?


What do you mean
you couldn't say no?

No, no, no, you see,
I'm your manager

and I'm the one that says yes
or no, and I say no.

Russell Simmons is your manager?

Well, that's fine.

You know what, babe?

I quit.

Now what? What is it?

I will find another opening act

by tomorrow night
if it kills me.

Well, if you don't,
I'd be glad to.

Mr. Gaines, trust me.

I got to go to the washroom.

£ if you can't find
no opening act £

£ you can't pay
your credit cards back... £

what did he say?

£ I said if you can't find
no opening act... £

£ oh, when... £

£ whe-ee-ee-ee-ee-en £

£ the saints £

£ go marching in £

£ right on in £

£ not out but in... £

it's 2.50 an hour,
and don't be late.

Honey, I've been looking
into your credit options.

Yeah, go ahead... hit me.

What's happening
with the entertainment?

Uh, we got some good leads,
Mr. Gaines.

I figured that

so I called in
my four grandnieces.

Your four grandnieces.?
What do they do?

Can they sing "the saints"?
Probably not.

They sing like songbirds,
in the church.

Oh, lord.

Exactly. They're outside now
looking at the buildings.

They ain't never been
to the big city.

Mr. Gaines, come here.

This is the grand opening
of our club.

We need some names.

They have lovely names.

Some of the greatest singers
of all time come from church.

Right, they could be
four arethas.

Oh, here they come now!

I'm the only one in the family

that ended up with good eyes.

But as you can see

I don't have this lovely hair.

Uh, hi!

I'm Ron Johnson,
your uncle Vernon's partner.



And I'm henrietta, and you are?


I mean, Terrell.

Pleased to meet you, I'm sure.

And who's your friend?

Oh, I'm nobody.


Please leave him alone.


We don't get to meet many boys.

You all have dreamed of careers

as professional singers?

Actually, I hope
to be a pharmacist.

And I'm a certified
public accountant

but I also dabble in
stamp collecting.

And I'm a librarian.

Henrietta's the only one
really interested

in entertainment.

And what in the hell
do you want to be?

I want to be an international

Isn't she great?

That's wonderful.

There's never quite enough
of those.

I mean, look at LaToya.

Oh, come on, girls.

Get up there and sing
something nice for the folks.

Oh, now they get to sing.

£ rock of ages £

£ cleft for me £

£ ooh £

£ let me hide myself in thee £

£ ooh £

£ let the water and the blood £

£ from thy riven side
which flowed £

£ ooh £

£ be of sin, the perfect cure £

£ cleanse me of its guilt
and power £

£ ooh. £

lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely.

Ain't that right, Ron?


You drove the boy to tears.

Hey, ed McMahon,

what's happening
with the talent search?

The search is over.

I'm henrietta.

What's your name?

Dwayne Wayne.

I'm Mrs. Gilbert-Wayne
and you are?

With you singing,
this opening will be a success.

The talent.

I'm faith.



Those are really
cute costumes, Ron.

They're funny.

Those are not costumes.

Those are their real clothes
and the joke is on us.

Did you say that was the talent?

And what do they do
for an encore, spin wool?

Excuse me.

How much do you intend
to pay us for this?

We don't exactly have a budget

but I'll work something out.

25 percent of the door
and 500 off the top!

She's in charge
of the collection plate

at Trinity community.

Hey, yo, pops

Andrew dice hears
you lost your friggin' talent.

How did he get in here?

Get out of here.

You ain't no slappy white,
you know.

You better be serving
a lot of liquor.

Excuse me, but did you say
you'll be selling spirits?

Uncle Vernon didn't tell us
about that.

Well, you see, ladies

this is a club

in the big city

and that's how
we make our money, see?

Well, I'm sorry,
but we'll have to decline.

Come on, girls.


Come on, henrietta.

Listen, I understand.

Let me help you with your coats.

Drive 55.

Where's everybody going?

Right back to oakie Skokie
where they come from.

They don't want to sing

in a place where
alcohol is served

and I respect that.

We'll suspend the alcohol
for fine, family entertainment.

Come on, girls.

Ron, come here.

What are you going
to say to him?

I'm going to tell him the truth.

His grandnieces stink.

Ok, go ahead.

You're going to break
that old man's heart.

Business is business.

Mr. Gaines, I'm happy
you trusted me

to manage the club

and you trusted me
to book the talent because...

I'm so pleased
you love the girls.

They are the daughters

that velma and I never had.


Keeping it all in the family.


That's what it's all about.

I'm proud of you.

You did the right thing.

I'm going to slit my wrists.

The girls will be fine.

They just need...

You can say that again.


You know, you sing okay

but you're not going to be

in front of a congregation.

This will be a club crowd.

You've got to work it.

What's "it?"

What's it?

Come on, you come over here...

Start low.

Work up high.

Arch your back.

Let it out and then strut it.

Put that hand on your hip, baby.

Then come on
and turn on them slow

and kick that pose, baby.

Give 'em a beat.

Let me see something.

Strut it, baby.

Let it hang out.

Feel it.

A little faster.

Henrietta, find the beat, baby.

The beat.

Spin it around like this.

Watch out you
don't hurt the woman.

Don't poke nobody in the eye.

I think I got it.

Hello, ladies.

I'm here to help you.

Okay, let's start
by taking off these glasses

so I can see your
pretty little faces.

Put... put them back on.

Blind bats.

Follow me.
I'm only going
to do this once.

One, two, three, four,
five and six and seven, eight.

Hey, big daddy, you sure do
do me right.

And I pray for
the big daddy that do.

I'm sorry, Ron.

I think the lord has found
these girls' callings.

I can't do anything with them.

Dwayne, I'm getting
that feeling.

Come on, baby, I got you.

Wait, wait, wait.

What are you doing?

I think I'm going
to go to church.

I've never seen you
this depressed.

I need some healing.

We wanted to show Ron
our new step.

He had some pressing matters
to attend to.

He left because y'all are tired.

Your voices are great,
but it ain't working.

What's missing?

Well, how about a little bit
of this?

And definitely
a little bit of this.

And a whole lot of...

Oh, no, we can't do that.

What do you mean we can't?

We did at the church jamboree.

Yes, and mama
almost had our hides.

Mama ain't here.

They eyes of the lord
are upon us.

The lord gave you
those hips, now
use them.

Look girls, everything vern
owns is riding on this.



Maybe we should pray about this.

Maybe you should move now
and pray later.

Hold up.

Excuse me, ma'am,
we going to have to frisk you.

Terrell, how come
all the finest sisters

seem to be the ones
with the security problem?

Ain't that a coincidence?

I feel sorry for Ron.

The only people making money
will be the parking attendants

when people run out of here.

We were just
talking about you.

About how long I'll be
in San Quentin?

Welcome to the place
where the blues will be played.

I want to thank
all of you for coming.

You all know
the love of my life.

Velma, stand up
so the people can see you.

Sit down, velma.

Well, I just want to say
that I could not have done this

if it hadn't have been
for my partner, Ron Johnson.

Please, please, no applause.

Just throw me some money.

I'd like to introduce
four very talented young ladies

but I can't.

We want to dedicate
this performance

to the late, great
dizzy Gillespie.

Ladies and gentlemen

faith, hope, charity,
and henrietta...

The divine inspirations.

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Mr. Gaines:
Aren't they lovely?

Buy some drinks.

We partying.

Get it on!