A Different World

Season 1 Episode 22

My Dinner With Theo

Aired Unknown Jul 07, 1988 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Denise is unhappy about her grades so she invites her brother Theo to spend the weekend with her, but Theo spends more time hanging out with his new Hillman friends than with Denise.

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  • A sneak peak at whats to come

    Despite the fact this episode was probably never intended to air either during this point of the season or at all, it was a pivotal point for the series.

    Lisa Bonet (Denise) has to leave the show due to her pregnancy was unpolitically correct for the time period and other issues she had with Mr. Cosby. As the storyline of this episode goes, Denise is thinking about leaving school for a semester due to her grades and struggles at Hillman University.

    As we learn on the season premiere of the 2nd season, Dwayne mentions that Denise chose to take some time off from school and that she may be back.

    This was good strategic planning to help ease the transition of what was to come of the series.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dean: Of corse, the problem with a prospective student is that they sleep late, socialize, have a thouroughly delightful time. In a sense they become victims of false advertising. It ain't easy once you get here.
      Theo: Well, I realize that Hillman is a very tough school.
      Dean: It's a butt-kicker! Now I don't mean to scare you off, there will come a night, probably in your first semester, when it'll be 3:00 in the morning. You'll find you have 200 pages to read by daybreak. You have no clean clothes, you haven't eaten since breakfast, and that will be the moment when you will pull your head up from your books and ask yourself, "Why am I here?"
      Theo: So, uh, what do you think of the University of Hawaii?

    • [Theo has a whole suitcase full of clothes]
      Denise: You brought all those clothes for just one weekend?
      Theo: I have different looks.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the last episode with Lisa Bonet (Denise). Over the summer, Bonet found out she and Lenny Kravitz were expecting a child and she ended up returning to The Cosby Show, where she continued playing Denise throughout her pregnancy.

    • The Huxtable house can be seen in this episode.

    • This is the last episode with Marisa Tomei (Maggie). She went on to various roles and in 1992 she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the role of Mona Lisa Vito in the film My Cousin Vinny.

    • This episode was most likely filmed even before the pilot. Reasons for this are; Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison are not listed in the cast, Ted Ross plays Dean Harris and is a show regular, and Vernee Watson-Johnson plays the Gilbert Hall resident director, named Carla Meyers.