A Different World

Pilot

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 10/1/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Jaleesa and Denise get a new roommate, talkative transfer student Maggie Lauten. Denise learns that the check for her dorm fees has bounced. To make matters worse, she had also covered Jaleesa's fees to repay her for an earlier favor. Denise and Jaleesa face eviction unless they can come up with 200 dollars by the next day. Denise cannot bring herself to ask her parents for help, as she is tired of being bailed out. When the dean of students realizes that Denise sincerely wants to take responsibility for her actions, he helps her get a cafeteria job with an advance on her salary. Jaleesa takes delight in the fact that she is now Denise's boss.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jasmine Guy

    Whitley Gilbert

  • Kadeem Hardison

    Dwayne Wayne

  • Dawnn Lewis

    Jaleesa Vinson

  • Lisa Bonet

    Denise Huxtable

  • Marisa Tomei

    Maggie Lauten

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Dwayne: How is it that we always keep bumping into each other? Denise: Because I'm always late and you're always in the way.

    • Dr. Harris: If I recall, this isn't the first time your checks have bounced since you started at Hillman. Denise: Yeah, I've had two or three... Dr. Harris: Try four or five. Denise: Has it been that many? Dr. Harris: Bounce city.

    • Cooper: Excuse me, Dr. Harris, but aren't five chapters and a paper a lot of homework? Dr. Harris: That's a good question. The answer is "Yes."

    • Jaleesa: (referring to Maggie moving in) I feel sorry for her. Denise: Why? Jaleesa: Because she'll have to get used to living with you.

    Notes (3)

    • Todd Hollowell previously guest-starred in the pilot of The Cosby Show where he played Denise's date.

    • In this episode we learn that Jaleesa has eight sisters and brothers and she grew up in Camden, New Jersey.

    • Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam cross over in their roles from The Cosby Show for the first time.

    Trivia (2)

    • In the opening scene, when Denise is talking to Stevie, there's a gold and white sofa in the lobby and a bulletin board on the wall near the stairs. In a later scene, when Denise is talking to Maggie in the lobby, there is now a green sofa and a picture on the wall near the stairs. The gold sofa and bulletin board return for the next episode, Porky de Bergerac.

    • Although Denise is given a job in the cafeteria with Jaleesa, we never see Denise working in any other episodes. Since everyone eats at the Pit instead of the cafeteria, Jaleesa eventually works in the library.

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