A Different World

Season 5 Episode 21

Do the Write Thing

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Aired Unknown Apr 02, 1992 on NBC
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Lena struggles to keep her grades high enough to maintain her engineering scholarship. Whitley wants to understand the issues of Byron's campaign in order to help him win.

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  • Lena gussies up her father's past in an essay, only to find that truth is worse than fiction.

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    Lena James is in danger of not being able to finish college without scholarship funding. She tries to capture one of these grants by writing an essay. It's a ringing tribute to her father, to whom she ascribes a record of impassioned activism.



    The problem is, he did none of those things. In the old days, his idea of victory was cheating at cards. Lena, however, lives in the here and now, and regrets that she picked up her father's habit of doing whatever it takes to win-- even at the cost of her honor.



    Soon the gig is up, as a professor sniffs out the student's fakery, forcing Lena to confront her father and her prospects at once. A stroke of luck gives Lena another chance. It's a hard lesson learned, but one that will stick in memory.



    A serious episode, which deals with the love of family and the bitter consequences of lies and dirty deals. In the end, honesty is the best policy-- and Lena finds out she doesn't have to cheat to get somewhere. Her real talents, creativity and perseverance, are more than enough.moreless
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)

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Denise Huxtable (season 1)

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Maggie Lauten (season 1)

Charnele Brown

Charnele Brown

Kimberly Reese (seasons 2 - 6)

Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne

Professor Barnabus Foster

Guest Star

Ron Canada

Ron Canada

Grover James

Guest Star

Anne Gee Byrd

Anne Gee Byrd

Maude Mitchell

Guest Star

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Lena James

Recurring Role

Ajai Sanders

Ajai Sanders

Gina Deveaux

Recurring Role

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Byron Douglas III

Recurring Role

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