A Different World

Season 3 Episode 2

The Heat Is On

Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Whitley has yet to take a basic math course that is required for graduation. She reluctantly enrolls in Col. Taylor's class, and he tries to help her overcome her fear of the subject. Dwayne and Ron clash over finances. Dwayne believes that Ron spends money too freely, while Ron accuses him of being a cheapskate.moreless

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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)

Charnele Brown

Charnele Brown

Kimberly Reese (seasons 2 - 6)

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Winifred "Freddie" Brooks (seasons 2 - 6)

Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman

Col. Bradford Taylor (seasons 2 - 6)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Colonel Taylor first confronts Whitley and paints a scenario for her future, she mentions leaving her financial affairs to her accountant, her lawyer and her husband, and Colonel Taylor tells her she's been fleeced. This interaction refers to the events in the Cosby Show episode "An Early Spring" when Cockroach talks about inheriting his father's scrap iron business and depending on his accountant and foreman to handle affairs, after which Dr. Huxtable tells him he'll be broke.

    • Ron buys an air conditioner for his and Dwayne's apartment. However, in the previous episode, Strangers on a Plane, there is already an air conditioner in the apartment window.

    • In addition to Whitley losing some of her intellectual skills, we find in later episodes that she has also lost her ability to sing and dance. Was this the producers' attempt to sometimes portray her as some type of "Lucille Ball" character?

    • In this episode, Whitley is forced to take Col. Taylor's math class because supposedly she had been putting off taking any math courses so far, and complained to him that she had been avoiding it because her math skills were so poor. But in Those Who Can't...Tutor, she mentions that she's in the same calculus class as Denise, then goes on to brag about how good she is at math and offer to study with her. So is she good at math or bad at it?

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