A Different World

Season 5 Episode 14

Cats in the Cradle

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Aired Unknown Jan 16, 1992 on NBC
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Dwayne is jealous of Whitley's new boyfriend, so Ron takes him to the big game between Hillman and Virginia A&M to takes his mind off his troubles.

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  • A day at the big football game turns sour when three students from the opposing school vandalize Ron’s car.

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    Dwayne has a serious case of jealousy when he learns that Whitley is seeing someone new and that they may be serious. Ron tries to help him get out of the blahs by taking him to the game against Virginia A&M.



    Not all the visiting team’s fans are there for school spirit.



    Three of them approach Ron’s car and begin spray-painting a racial slur on it. A scuffle erupts. The campus police show up and toss everybody in the clink.



    All five students carry on their battle verbally. The A&M youths complain they couldn’t get into the Ivy League because of so-called preferential admissions policies. Ron and Dwayne shout back that the law has never been fair to African- Americans.



    A campus security officer tells them that they all hold distasteful stereotypes. Ron snaps something like, “You could have been with the Klan, for all I know,” and the officer replies, “And I could have marched with Dr. King, and *you* wouldn’t know.”



    None of them, in the heat of anger, gave entirely truthful reports of the incident.



    All of them are soon released, with additional discipline set for the following week.



    Sadly, while they were in the lockup, someone completed the racist word the first three had started.



    This episode does not really play for laughs, but it gives its lesson without being too somber to be brisk. It’s one of their best serious episodes on offer.

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Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy

Whitley Marion Gilbert-Wayne (episodes 1 - 21, 23 - 144)

Kadeem Hardison

Kadeem Hardison

Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (episodes 1 - 21, 23 - 144)

Dawnn Lewis

Dawnn Lewis

Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor (seasons 1 - 5)

Charnele Brown

Charnele Brown

Kimberly Reese (seasons 2 - 6)

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Winifred "Freddie" Brooks (seasons 2 - 6)

Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

Col. Bradford Taylor (seasons 2 - 6)

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