A Different World (1987–1993): Season 6, Episode 22 - A Rock, a River, a Lena - full transcript

Miss Lena Horne visits Hillman and Mr. Gaines, who claims to have met her years ago, is excited to host -- but Whitley is taking over the affair.

Four cans
of applesauce.

Four cans of applesauce... check.

Six cans of black-eyed peas.

Black-eyed peas?

That can't be.

What the hell you mean?

I arranged these shelves

so that all side dish items
should be together.

Black-eyed peas
can't be there, Lena.

So I suppose
this is just a mirage.

You're plucking my nerves.

Need I remind you
the only reason

we are rushing now

is because someone
wants to greet

her two friends from Baltimore.

Me and my girl, yolanda

we know how to get
a party started.

And all I know
how to do is end one?

You're always right.

Mr. Heywood...

I want to thank you

for being the sweet,
sexy thing you are

for allowing my boy, champ,
to room with you this weekend.

The pleasure's all mine.

Excuse me, but it's my room too.

Don't I get any thanks?

Let me find
some unsuspecting fool

to give you some.

What's up?

How you doing?
What's up, girl?

What are you doing here
so early?

Well, that's because, uh...

'Cause, girl,
we got a surprise for you.




L to the j.

What's happening, baby?

£ 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. £

piccolo, what are you
doing here?

I thought I'd see
what's up with my girl

and what not.

And what not?
It's been over a year.

So this is the famous crew.

Yeah, girl, so why don't you
introduce us.

These are my homies
from Baltimore.

That's Terrell


and my boyfriend, Dorian.

Something funny?

Just the way she said
'my boyfriend'

and that Richie Cunningham
sweater you sportin', mud!

Don't back down, homie.

I got your back.

You think you're fly
looking like Santa's elf.

Yeah, all right.

Your man got
a little flavor, Lena.

Speaking of flavor

I see something
that looks kind of tasty.

Yo, big legs, yo!

I know you're not talking to me.

You're right.

I'm talking to that sister.


Now that she's gone

it's just you and me, ham hocks.

Are you talking to me, troll?

Oh, yeah.

Oh, no.

It sure look like champ
making friends fast.

Not as fast as I'm losing them.

Yeah, and I'd like
to do the same

with the cat in the hat
over here.

You can read Dr. Seuss
to me anytime.

Don't back down.
I got your back.

Yeah, yeah, I'm with that

but my girlfriend, Gina...
You know, "big legs"...

Well, she just might object.

Well, I'll see that
she's open for negotiations.

In the meantime

let me get you guys situated.

Champ's going to stay
with the boys.

Yo... you're going to stay
with me and the girls.

I don't mind sharing
a bunk with you

like the old days.


My first name is not "ho"

and my last name
surely ain't "tel."


Excuse me, homie.
I'm just fronting.

No disrespect.

All right then, cool.

Look, Lena, he can stay with us.

I can handle it if he can.

Oh, I know I can handle it.

Cool. We'll drop
your stuff off

and we can go
play some ball, man.

Let's see what you got
on the court, Richie.


How come no one
asks me permission

to stay in my room?

Oh, you ain't got
to ask me, honey dip.

I'll be there quick,
fast, and in a hurry.


I just got to check my schedule

'cause I got so many honeys.

Plus Gina.

All right.

Well, then, stubby

I'll just watch you all run up
and down the basketball court.

Ain't nothing
like a black man sweating.

Slow down, little red corvette.

I'm allowed to dunk.

Aw, yeah, right.

Hey, Lena

your man got some serious skills

on the court.

Well, he's my man

so you know it can't be
no other way.

But it wasn't always
like that, Lena.

I can think
of some poo butt brothers

you'd like to forget.

Okay. See, yolanda,
you don't want to reminisce.

I know you'd like
to forget that Dougie

that used to hug up on
you all the time like this.

We are not hot sex
on the platter.

Will you get your boy.

Come on, thunder thighs
and Booty-licious.

What about that rhyme you wrote

for that kid that lived
in the pink house projects?

I remember, homie.

Ain't that the kid I beat down?

That's my boy!

I'm telling y'all,
back in the day

you couldn't touch pic and Lena.

They were like that couple

that's down with Shakespeare.

What's their name?

Bonnie and Clyde?


No, that's not them.

You know who
I'm talking about, y'all.

Romeo and Juliet.

Yeah, that's them. No...

I guess that's how we was
back in the day, huh, baby?

Yeah, well, them
were the old days.

That was then, and this is now.

And what is now all about?

I mean, look at this place.

All these people.

It's like a damn palace in here.

Yeah, doc...

£ but I could get used
to a place like this. £

I hear that.

Excuse me. Could you take
your feet off the table?

Say what, sister girl?

She said take your stinking dogs
off the table.

Thank you, homegirl.

And you know that.

Kim, these are some
of my friends from out of town

and we'll chill out.

You guys do that.

We mean business
around here at hillman.

Yolanda, can't you act right?

I guess not.

£ so where's the party
at tonight, y'all? £

well, it's half off
for couples at the club.

We could hit that.

Gina, remember the last time
we were together as a couple?

Me and you?

Me and you, baby.
Okay, then.

So who you sporting, money?

I was about to ask you
the same question.

Dorian, come here.

Why don't you come
pick me up at 9:00, okay?

So, uh,
I'll see you later, baby.

Yeah, okay, then, honey.

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Yo, he's going to make his move
on Lena tonight.

He's got his mack daddy gear on

practicing his mack daddy glare.

I know one when I see one.

I'm going to take your advice

after you've been chased around
by yolanda all day?

That's only 'cause

I didn't have my ginseng
tea this morning.

Terrell, I'm not blind
to what's going on.

I have my own game plan.

All right.

Homeboy better look out.

He just might lose
his girl tonight.

It's a damn shame.

The choirboy and his disciple
seemed like such nice fellows.

You know it's always
the nice ones

that make the good suckers.

Every time.

Hey, check this out.

Hey, Dorian, you sure are
a lucky man.

I mean, Lena got it going on.

Always will.

"To the Victor go the spoils."

Well, I don't know no Victor

but I do know every spot

on that little sexy frame
she got.


You can't talk
about her like that.

You're lucky I'm a gentleman.

A gentleman?

You mean like Michael Jackson?

Yeah, that's right, man.

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

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

One, two, three.

One, two, three.

Oh, will someone please
turn this child off?


I am merely exercising
my daily habits of hygiene.

I don't what you do
in Baltimore.

Yo, doesn't she remind you
of mindy?

The hallway monitor
in the eighth grade?

Yeah, the one we stuffed
in the locker.

Oh, yeah!

Yo, she comes
with the territory.

Some of us choose
to tune her out.

And then you know me.

I deal with her my own way

but it could be a lot worse.

This college life is a trip.

I don't know how you cope.

Hey, I do all right.

You certainly do, girl

'cause that piccolo is too fine.

Hold up!

I thought the cat in the hat
was your man.

Honey, you can have him

especially if
piccolo's available.

He's not.

Well, now, if Dorian is your man

doesn't that
make piccolo available?


But not to you.

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh.

Dorian is fine

but I know he ain't hitting it
like piccolo was.

Come on, yolanda. Stop it.

It's none of your business.

Since when?

Since now

'cause I don't want
to talk about it.

She needs some.

Well, miss thing,
let me tell you something.

Piccolo came here to claim you.

Tell me something I don't know.

Here we are.

Once again it's on.

I think my throat is parched.

I better get something to drink.

Oh, excuse me!

You mind if we dance
with your dates?

I didn't think they would mind.


Dorian, what is wrong with you?


Why you asking, Lena?

You're dancing
like you're a magnet

and I'm a piece of steel.

Lena, can't a guy
get close to his girl

on the dance floor?

Would you slow that up?

It's a party.

Cool out.

Okay, now see.

Wait a minute now.

I know what you're trying to do.

It's not necessary.

What you trying to say?

You want to dance
with somebody else?

May I?

Let him go.

You know how fragile
the male ego can be.

Piccolo, not now, all right.

Seriously, though, Lena,
you was my first love.

I can't get five minutes
alone with you?

One little dance?

I sure miss you.

This reminds me
of our first dance together.

Remember "the humpty"?

Yes. Let's not go
there, all right?

A lot has changed since
the last time we saw each other.

I'm not the same brother

you used to know.

You look the same to me.

Well, I'm not.

I'm really getting it together.

I realized the street life
ain't hittin' no more.

It took you this long
to realize that?

My homey ricco got smoked.

I heard about that.

I wanted to call, but...

You were the only person
I could have talked to.

Why didn't you call me?

When stuff gets that rough,
you can always call me.

That's why I'm here now.

I'll get me a job,
hook me up a crib.

When you're through
with this college thing

we can really have it going on.

This is what I was afraid of.

You're not going
to jump in my life

and act like everything's okay.

I got an agenda

and despite what you might think

I got a man.

What that got to do with me?

I know you're just
passing the time

with the choirboy.

He ain't hittin' it like I was

if the boy hittin' it at all.

Check this here.

You weren't all that.

So now you're all that
now that you're bougie.

Is there a problem?
Is something wrong?

What you want, choirboy?


Lena told me you ain't
doing the right thing.

Standing there
with your mouth open, punk.

Let your woman
handle your business.

Hey, piccolo, man...

Punk up on this!

Call 119.

Call 119!

Lena, why are you
looking like that?

You had two fine men
fighting over you.

There's something
about that piccolo.

I can't put my finger on it...

He's thuggish,
scandalous, pimpish

gangsterish and hooliganesque.

But he's so fine. Ooh!

First of all

y'all need to stop
talking about people

that you don't even know.

What the hell
are you looking at?

That's all you got
for miss mouth almighty?

Look, yo

piccolo is not my man anymore.

And two...

Don't you mean "b"?

Charmaine and Gina are right.

He acted like he always acts

when he doesn't
get what he wants...

Like a Joe hood.

I can't believe this.

First, you leave us,
you leave the crew

to come to college
to educate yourself.

I can get with that.

But then you start
running around with these people

like choirboy
and these two fake females...

Taking their side.

Wait a minute.

Hold it, hold it!

Now first of all

I'm not on anybody's side, okay?

Yolanda, you're my girl.

Understand that I'm here
trying to get an education.

I'd rather be here

than on the corner,
doing absolutely nothing

ending up with a city job.

So it's like that?

I guess so.

When the Lena James
that I know comes back

why don't you
tell her to call me.

And there ain't nothing wrong
with a city job.

You all right, Lena?

I'm fine.

Thanks, Lena.

Not too many people
would stand up for me like that.

You're welcome.

I can't believe I heard
those words

come out of your mouth
about me...


Let it go.

Lena James,
what's wrong with you?


The inventory check...
You actually did it right!

Yeah, I took stock this morning.

Not of everything, young lady.

If you had

you wouldn't be standing there
looking so sad.

Look, don't let the past

interfere with
your wonderful future.

You know what I mean?

That Dorian is a fine
young Christian boy.

He's a good influence
on you too.

Take the rest of the day off.

No, Mr. Gaines, I'm going
to kick it here and work.

You want to work?!

Now I am worried.

Hey, Lena, what's happening?

Mr. Wayne, can I
ask you a question?


Do you think I'm bougie?

You asking the man
that married whitley Gilbert.

Oh, that's right.

Thanks, anyway.

Hold on for a second.

If you mean have you changed,
I'd have to say yes.


You sound like me
four years ago.

That's not a bad thing.

It can't be such a good thing.

I'm losing my homies.

I had a partner, Darryl

who I've known
since we were toothless.

He invested in some businesses

wanted me to do the same.

I had my own plans.

He called me a sellout,
I called him a hypocrite.

Then what happened?

Nothing. I haven't
talked to him since.

It still bothers me

But he had to follow his road,
I got to follow mine.

But you all grew up together.

Lena, it be that way sometimes.

Maybe one day,
our paths will cross again.

Until then

I'm Dwayne "sellout" Wayne
to him.

I hear you, Mr. Wayne.

Thanks a lot, hear.

You got it.

Uh, Mr. Gaines

I'll take you up on that offer.

Oh, all right.

That's the Lena James

I know.

Guess you're still hot at me
for socking your boyfriend

in the eye.

Come on, Lena,
you know how we do it.

That's how we used to do it.

That's how we
used to do it, piccolo.

Today it's about school,
it's about my job.

And that damn son of a preacher.

Don't tell me you're born again.

What's all this "born again"
and "bougie"?

I know I've changed.

I don't think I'm any less down
than I was

when I was in the hood.

Just less down with me, though.

Pic, being with you is no good.

It would be all about you.

Tell me it wasn't
like that before.

It wasn't like that before.


All right.

Maybe I'll be down
to scoop you up later in life

if you ain't all shriveled up.

We could be like
ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

Pic, you always got a place
in my heart

but you know the time.

You just make sure the choir...

Make sure Dorian
does the right thing.

I mean, take care of you.

You know I ain't
taking no shorts.


Say good-bye to the homies.

I got to go.

They still talking to me?

No, but come kiss some butt.

Such a fool.



I can't look?

No, you lost those privileges.

I still feel the magic.

I don't care!

Can I come in?

Yeah, just don't
tell no boxing jokes.

That's what you get
for trying to play hard.

I thought that was the thing
piccolo would do, so...

So monkey see

and monkey start tripping, huh?

Let me tell you something.

I'm not with pic,
I'm not with nino brown

or any mack daddy wannabe.

I'm with you, Dorian Heywood

who doesn't have to change
his game for me

and who's
a good influence on me.

What's wrong?

I was thinking about something
Mr. Gaines said to me earlier.


What was that for?

If you're with me and start
thinking about Mr. Gaines

my rap must be pretty weak.

If it's like that

maybe I should think about
Mr. G. More often.