A Different World

Season 1 Episode 8

If Chosen, I May Not Run

Aired Unknown Dec 03, 1987 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Denise, Jaleesa and Maggie's room number is 201. However, a few episodes earlier, in War of the Words, Dwayne announced over the radio that the room number is 20Y.

      The 201 room number was also shown in the pilot episode and My Dinner with Theo.

    • Denise apparently takes part in an individual event at the track meet, but Maggie says that she was in the "200 meter relay." A relay is an event in which four people each run part of the race and pass off a baton to a teammate. There are 400 and 1600 meter relays in most meets, but a 200 meter relay (4 x 50) usually only occurs at special meets where all of the races are relays.

    • It is weird that Hillman would be taking part in track meets in the fall. Cross-country season is in the fall, but consists of just a single distance race, not a bunch of short events like the 200 meters.

  • Quotes

    • Jaleesa: What muskrats do is their own business, and I don't wanna hear about it.

    • Denise: Why are you doing yoga in the lobby?
      Whitley: I need room to stretch, and I don't think a lady should get gamy in the boudoir.

  • Notes

    • According to the Production Number, this was the first episode filmed.

    • Denise's father, Cliff, refers to the fact that Theo, Denise's brother, was a runner, but jokes and says he was "slow". In an episode of The Cosby Show, Theo was kicked off of his high school cross country team, but not for being slow...it was due to the fact that he misbehaved during a team dinner.

    • At the close of the show, the girls tease each other about their questionable musical tastes after Denise and Jaleesa catch Maggie singing The Captain and Tennille's "Muskrat Love." Jaleesa and Maggie sing Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" (to mock Denise); Denise hums Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" while teasing Maggie; Maggie and Jaleesa sing Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical"; and all the girls sing Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin."

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