A Different World

Season 1 Episode 21

Come Back, Little Eggby

Aired Unknown May 05, 1988 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Maggie and Dwayne care for eggs as a part of a project. Maggie recruits Jalessa to "eggsit" so that she can attend her volleyball game.

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  • So, so, so awful - worst of year 1

    When Debbie Allen took over the show in year two, she singled out this episode as a prime example of what was wrong with the first year of the show. She pointed out that first and foremost, it's a high-school plot in a college show; no college psych class would make this stupid assignment of egg-sitting. In fact, it's a plot that has already been used SEVERAL times in other sitcoms, always as an assignment for a younger student. Anne Beatts, who was the key person in the show's production the first year, previously created and wrote for "Square Pegs," a show set at the high-school level, and I've always felt that she was trying to continue what she didn't get to finish there.

    Second, the episode prominently features Maggie, whose character was an additional issue for Allen. She noted that Maggie's unusual presence as a White student at a Historically Black College/University was never explained nor explored; it's not that such schools never draw White students, but there's usually a reason. (Contrast the case of Freddie's cousin Matthew, some seasons later, who was a student from nearby Avery taking classes at Hillman for enrichment and, one assumes, to understand his biracial cousin's heritage as well.)

    It's just a bad plot and a bad episode, and their burning it off in the summer before Season Two is COMPLETELY understandable.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Stevie gives Maggie JT's baby book, it's obvious that the pages in it are blank.

    • In this episode, the gang isn't eating at The Pit--which was the college eatery for Hillman--but at another eatery. The Pit isn't even mentioned. It makes me wonder if the episode was taped before the pilot. (Also note Lisa Bonet's hair style, which was the same way as in the early ADW episodes).

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Maggie comes in the dorm, Denise is dancing to "Cinderfella" by Dana Dane.

    • Kim Wayans and Bee-Be Smith are briefly shown sitting at the background table in the eatery scenes in this episode. Since they were credited as guest stars, perhaps their more prominent contributions for this episode were edited for syndication.

    • Jaleesa watches The Twilight Zone on television (either repeats of the original series, or the 1985 remake--which was still airing in syndication when this episode aired). Whitley makes the NBC execs proud by watching Highway to Heaven.

    • This episode aired over the summer, out of order.