A Different World

Season 1 Episode 1

Reconcilable Differences

Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Denise Huxtable begins her sophomore year at Hillman and moves into Gilbert Hall. She meets her roommate, Jaleesa Vinson, a 26-year-old divorcée who is the subject of much rumor and innuendo. Denise feels uneasy around Jaleesa and asks Stevie Rallen, the resident director, to find her a new room. Denise decides to try harder to get along with Jaleesa, but Jaleesa is offended that Denise has gone behind her back. They get into an argument, and Denise moves in with wealthy Whitley Gilbert (for whose family the dormitory is named). Whitley drives Denise insane with her idiosyncrasies and generally self-absorbed behavior. Denise apologizes to Jaleesa and asks for another chance, and Jaleesa agrees to stop being so defensive. Meanwhile, overeager freshman Dwayne Wayne hits on every woman in sight.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Stevie: Whitley's the only girl still here without a roomate.
      Denise: I think there could be good reason for that.

    • (First words spoken on the series)
      Dwayne: Hey, how you doing? Listen, if there is anything I can do to make your stay here at Hillman more enjoyable...

    • Whitley: Dwayne, you'll have plenty of more chances to be nice to me, I promise.

    • Whitley: I wish I could have found a wheelchair...You put one in the back of your car. That's about the only way you can find a parking place that isn't out in the boonies.
      Denise: Whitley, that's awful.
      Whitley: Should I be punished because I can walk?

  • NOTES (3)

    • "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder and "Where Did Our Love Go?" by the Supremes play on the radio in the dorm room as Jaleesa and Denise have their fight.

    • Hillman was not a real college. The outside footage with students and buildings was actually shot at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • Marisa Tomei didn't appear in this episode. Her character, Maggie Lauten, was first introduced in the pilot (which became episode two). This new first episode was produced to give the audience a better introduction to other characters, especially Whitley and Jaleesa.


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