A Different World (1987–1993): Season 6, Episode 6 - Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed - full transcript

Dwayne and Whitley struggle as Whitley gets laid off from her job.

Dwayne, have you noticed
that I'm the only one

doing all the cooking
and ironing...

Cleaning, laundry?

I'm sorry, baby.
You say something?

Dwayne, we both have careers.

I don't think we need
to fall back

on these traditional roles.

Why? When you have
such a beautiful thing

to fall back on?

I just think

that we should
divide the chores up.



Oh, that's good.

I would love to see you

take out the garbage.

I've never seen your hand
up in the toilet bowl.

Nobody's home.

Go away.

Good morning.

Ooh, I'm so excited...
Recording the life

of a real career woman.

I have the title...

"the rise of whitley Gilbert

African-American
success story."

Well, prepare yourself

you're about to witness
a woman of the '90s



take on a male-dominated
industry.

Ooh, that's deep.

You're also about to witness
a woman of the '90s

take out the garbage.

Ooh...
Garbage.

£ 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 £

£ oh, yeah,
from where you come from £

£ it's a different world £

£ from where you come from,
yeah. £

I found this signed serigraph

by Bernard hoyes...

Whitley, I just
saw Mr. Krum.

Do come in, John.

Well... hello.

Hi. I'm Charmaine
tyesha brown.

I'm big John holtworth.

Are you the new head of finance?

Stop. I'm a freshman
at hillman college.

A freshman. Fresh... man.

I'm taking intro to sociology.

We're assigned
to write a biography

so I'm recording

Ms. Gilbert-Wayne's
every move.

Well, you picked a very...
Worthy subject.

Do you have a point, John?

Yes. Your pitch meeting
is cancelled.

I have this wonderful piece
to show him.

Great investments
wait for no one.

I will.

We're not buying anything
until the tazcat merger.

Am I supposed to hang out
by the water cooler?

If you get hot enough.

The merger's
going through any day.

I'm sure your pay raise
will make it worth the wait.

Pay raise?

Ms. Brown, I hope
I see you again.

Me too.

Ooh. Well, well, well.

Nip that in the bud, missy.

Big John derives his manhood

from sexual harassment.

I know firsthand.

He harassed you?

If he harassed me

I'd smack his tight Booty loose.

If they won't listen
to my opinion

then, hey, that's on them.

Nobody...

Nobody says that I can't
purchase that print myself.

Mm-hmm. How much
is it, baby?

You snooze, you lose...

That's what I always say.
It's a great investment.

That's right.

How much is it, baby?

It will double its value
in five years.

Whitley, how much is it?

$3,000.

For a picture?!

Are you crazy, woman?

We got a television
that cost 300.

We get a different picture
every time we put it on.

This is a limited edition.

It's a bargain.

No. Three pair of socks
for $2.99...

That's a bargain.

Dwayne, would you
please step up?

I buy art for a living.

Trust me.

It's not about trust, baby.

It's about learning to live
within our means.

That doesn't mean
live like paupers.

I'll put more in the account
every month.

I make enough.

You make enough?

I just meant I'm getting
a hefty pay raise soon.

Congratulations, Leona.

Why don't you buy
the thing yourself?

I can't afford it
by myself, Dwayne.

Excuse me, buster.

We're having
a little conversation here.

Carry on.

We finished this conversation.

Oh. We can't
afford the print

but we can afford
to feed jughead.

At least jughead
just doesn't hang on the wall

and do nothing, okay?

Really?

Hey. Way to control
your woman there, brother.

Shut up!

No way we spending $3,000
for no stupid picture.

Oh, it just sounds
like a lot to you

because you're a cheap,
wallet-clutching

coupon-cutting tightwad.

You're going to call me cheap
and eat my food?

I'm smart with money

and whitley has no right

to throw that paycheck
in my face.

Oh, relax. Money?

Kim makes more than me.

Do you see me complaining?

You don't make anything, Ron!

Regardless.
You can afford it.

It's not just your little
professor paycheck anymore.

You got her big one too.

Unless it ain't even about that.

Maybe you just want to make
all the decisions.

Please. I'm a much bigger man
than that.

Are you?

I got to get going
to my double-date dinner.

Kim wants to pass
the peace pipe.

She thinks Shazza,
myself, and Freddie

should act like human beings.

I don't like the way

he's always pushing up
on Freddie.

Like you always
pushing up on Kim.

No. See, that's different.

That's different 'cause
you ain't getting any.

Get off!

Go away.

I have arrived.

Hey!

Hi, there, baby.

Hey, there.

Thank you.

You smell great.

What is that?

Formaldehyde.

Smooth, brother.

Some people mistake it
for musk oil.

I did.

This is for you.

Thank you.

Kim, you need some help

to steam up the kitchen?

Kim:
No, everything's
ready. Let's go.

Thank you.

Yes, yes.

Shazza?

What's up, babe?

My chair.

Yeah, that's your chair.

You know we don't believe
in that stuff.

Don't believe in what...
Common courtesy?

Sexism, my brother.

Winnie's my equal.

There's no need to place her

in a position of helplessness.

Kim is anything but helpless.

I do it because...
I care about her.

Winnie knows I care about her.

I just show her the right way.

Lasagna! My favorite.

It's vegetarian.

Guess we know who made what.

But, Kim, you threw down
on these cajun vegetables.

The way you just mixed up
the right spices

and it's poppin'...
Flavorful, like that.

Ron, I, um...
Made the lasagna.

Freddie made the vegetables.

Oh.

But thank you.

He's so appreciative.

I see that, Freddie.

Shazza, you haven't said
anything, honey.

He's so appreciative.

He is where it counts.

Oh, yes, slobbering and grunting

is so manly.

How was lab today?

Actually, Spencer and I
played a trick on Steve.

This is so cool

the way he takes an interest
in your academic life.

What, you don't think
I take an interest?

I'm interested
in everything you do.

Yeah, by accusing her
of selling out to the system.

He is trying to keep me real,
grounded, and black.

This coming from old blue eyes?

Don't even go
there. That is so
unnecessary, Ron.

I have to go there.

All:
I'll get it.

I've got it.

Calm down, Charmaine.

Honey, I think I could use
some wine, please.

Sure, baby.

Thank you.

Would you stop giving me
those looks?

Well, stop slobbering
all on dread flintstone.

Are you jealous?

You are fine.

Kim:
I don't believe this.

Believe what?

Charmaine caught Gina
stealing cookies

from her care package.

Naughty old Charmaine.

Honey, do you remember
that trip we took

in the mountains?

Oh, baby, my mortal soul
could not contain

the passion that erupted
during those nights.

Kim...

What do you say, uh...

You and I go to Richmond falls
this weekend?

It's so lovely
this time of the year.

Sure, Ron, if you don't mind

a half-dissected cadaver
lying between us.

Male or female?

Ron, your food's getting cold.

Oh.

Honey, I'm getting cold.

You're always gnawing
on the girl.

Can't she eat her dinner?

We got better things to do.

Well, so do we.

Let's get busy.

I beg your pardon?

I didn't mean it like that.

How did you mean it,
Mr. Sensitivity?

Who are you calling
"Mr. Sensitivity"?

I can't believe
e.H. Wright

is letting this one go.

Hey, baby.

What are you doing here?

Making a good investment,
I hope.

You bought the serigraph.

What!?

I'm just kidding.

I love you.

You going to stand there
with cheese on your face

or you going to show me
which one this is?

Oh... this one!

Take it out of the box
and get on out of here.

Look at that.

Oh, yeah.

Oh, yeah, that's...

That's kind of fly.

Isn't it nice?

Not bad.

In a few years

we're going to be living large.

Or we'll be living
in a large cardboard box.

You like that?

Thank you for trusting me.

I love you, and I trust you.

You're a good man.

I'm a damn good man.

I love that man.

Thank you.

Miss Charmaine brown.

I was hoping
I would see you again.

You can keep on hoping

'cause as far
as you're concerned

I ain't here.

Good, because I need to speak
with whitley, alone.

You sit right down.
Take notes.

Is this about my raise, John?

Yes. You're not
getting one.

The merger fell through

last night.

John, um...

I have worked very hard
for this company

for a year and a half now.

My work

has been exemplary.

How long will it be undervalued?

You don't understand.

The merger was an attempt
to bolster sagging revenues.

Unfortunately, we cannot afford
future art acquisitions

and, well,
it pains me personally

to have to tell you this,
whitley, and I'm sorry

but we simply have
no other choice...

Other than to let you go.

Oh, Ms. Whitley.

Double shot of coffee,
Mr. Gaines.

It's late in the day for that.

Just pour.

Hey, whitley.

Oh, nice painting.

Thank you.

Why aren't you at work?

They've given me
more flexible hours.

How was your party?

Ron tried hard.

Shazza was annoying,
but that's a given.

Better than expected.

Something is missing.

When Ron and I are together,
I'm thinking about my cadaver.

My, my.

Well, don't give up on Ron.

These things take time.

Excuse me?

It's wrong to toss someone away

after all their hard work
and commitment.

What's the matter?

Nothing.

I'm so sorry you lost your job.

And I was extremely upset

but I can change
the name of my paper

to "the rise and fall
of whitley Gilbert:

African-American tragedy."

I highlighted the classifieds.

It's the least I can do
for a hillman bum...

I mean, alum.

You lost your job?

Shh!

So what, chicken butt?

I'll get another one.

It doesn't mean
I'm less of a human being.

I'm not a statistic.

And I wasn't fired.

I got laid off.

Hey, baby...

Ooh! What's this?

Hey, man, don't sneak up
on a brother.

Who are you hiding from?

Nobody.

Uh... I see Vernon.

I see whitley, ooh.

And I see kimmie.

Get away from there, man.

What's the matter with you, man?

I kissed her.

Dang, it was that bad?

No. I'm talking
about Freddie.

I kissed Freddie.

You kissed Freddie?

The first day back,
in height hall.

You got busy in the
middle of height hall?

Not in the middle, we
were behind a pillar.

I can't believe it.

I can't even...

Two womens...

I'm caught in a love triangle.

You in the Bermuda triangle.

So, did you tell Dwayne?

No, and we're barely getting by.

Then I go and convince him

to spend our savings
on this serigraph.

He's going to kill me.

You better write your will now.

Kim!

Ron, hey. How about
coming to my place?

Oh, yeah.

Hey, Mr. Gaines,
can I get some water, please?

Baby, you come to see me
on your break?

Sort of.

This thing, it's very fly,
but that 3,000 hurt a brother.

I know.

Biggest check I ever wrote.

Really?

Mm-hmm. But I trust you,
so what the heck.

Dwayne, I lost my job.

You crazy, girl.

Don't do that.

You're going to give me a ulcer.

Seriously, pookie.

She's serious, pookie.

You are serious.

Baby, I'm sorry.

Are you okay?

They got rid
of my whole department

including me.

Are you okay?

I think so.

Are you sure, baby?

Mm-hmm.

Don't worry.

We'll get through this.

I'll take this picture back

and get the money
until something comes along.

It's not a sweater, Dwayne.

I mean,
once the money exchanges hands

it's over. Finito.

Damn! This is good.

This is good.

So now we have
one income, no money

and a $3,000 print.

Mr. Gaines,
more water, please!

More coffee!

Dwayne, I'm so sorry.

It's all my fault.

You married a complete
compulsive, jobless idiot.

No, no, sweetie, it's all right.

I'll take on some extra
consulting work from kineshewa.

I'll get us through this.

Dwayne...

No. I got it covered.

This is on me.

I'll get us through this.

I got to get back.

We'll talk more over dinner.

Can you make some tostadas?

My office chair is barely cold

and you got me being
your personal cook?!

What?

I did not go through
five years of college

to be your housewife.

I will get another job.

I wasn't saying...

I want your support,
not your dinner order.

Okay, well, would you like
to go out for dinner tonight?

Okay.

Okay.

Are you free this afternoon?

What did you have in mind?

I want you to pick up
my dry cleaning for me.

What did you have in mind?

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Ow!

This is fun.

This is great.

This isn't working, is it?

Well... it's been better.

Ever since you stayed over

something has been in the way
of us getting together.

Like what?

I don't know...

I mean, I feel like
it's in this room with us.

No, no!

There's nothing in the room.

See, the room is empty.

Be honest.

I know you feel it.

Well, all right,
I'm a little torn.

Torn about what?

Kim, I like you, all right?

I really, really like you.

I like you too.

But I also like fre...

Uh...

I like fre...

Freedom is what I like.

I feel the same way.

Yeah?

I'm not ready for a commitment.

I need to concentrate
on my books.

You know, and I need
to concentrate on my...

Own concentration...

Is what I need
to concentrate on.

So where does that leave us?

Friends?

Friends.

Ah... you want to go
get some dinner?

I'd like that, friend.

Okay.

Uh, uh, Kim, are...

Are we still the kind of friends
that get... friendly?

Oh, Ron!

It's just a question.

You ain't got to get all upset.

A brother can ask a question.

Next time, we'll go Dutch.

You're one of a kind.

Now, that's true.

I'll see you later?

Yes, you will.

I can see that you're having
a good time tonight.

Yeah. You and your roommate
have a lot to talk about.

What do you mean?

We broke up.

What did you tell her?!

Freddie, we need to talk.

Yes, kimmie, we have to talk.

Ron and I broke up.

I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.

You didn't even like Ron.

Besides, it's nobody's fault.

It isn't?

No. There's no chemistry
between us.

Who you telling?

I mean, you said it, right?

Look at it this way...

You don't have to worry

about Ron coming over
anymore, huh?

Whoo! Relief.

You shouldn't have taken
me to chez jus amour.

We're trying
to watch our pennies.

Yeah, but I just wanted
to make my baby feel good.

You don't have
to spend money on me

to make me feel good.

You lie, you lie.

Okay, a few dollars
here and there.

That's right.

But I got you, babe.

I got you, babe.

Stay there, whitley.

Hey, what's wrong?

Stay right there.

What's going on?

Just stay there.

Damn!
Dwayne?

We've been robbed!

Oh, lord!

Call the police.

They took the phone, baby.

And the TV and the VCR.

And the microwave.

They stole the can opener.

I forgot to lock up my computer.

The ironing board,
our stereo, my good vase.

What?! Whitley?

Whitley, what?

My clothes!

Everything's gone!

They left me nothing
but these wire hangers.

I hate wire hangers.

No more wire hangers!

Baby, where did you
hang that painting?

Well, somebody just made
a real good investment.

Well, we still have each other.

That's right.

But I want my clothes.

I can't believe this.