A Different World

Season 3 Episode 7

Wedding Bells From Hell

Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Walter asks Jaleesa to marry him after he wins a free honeymoon to Hawaii. Dwayne and Whitley share a kiss that causes Whitley to faint.

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  • Walter and Jaleesa decide to get married after Walter wins an Hawaiian honeymoon. Whitley and Dwayne plan the wedding and share a kiss that leaves Whitley speechless.

    This is an excellent episode simply for the kiss. The wedding wasn't as interesting as the wedding planning.this is really where we see Whitely and Dwayne's relationship start to take form. The wedding looked nice but the storyline of Walter and Jaleesa getting married was not well formed. It skipped two weeks in the story and didn't create enough of an argument or dissatisfaction between them and good enough foundation as to why they decided not to get married. The relationship they had ended unnecessarily simply because they decided not to get married. I still maintain that the Whitley-Dwayne story was the main plot line.moreless
  • Silly -- albeit pivotal

    This episode has a lot of elements that are dumb, but many later episodes reference its events, so everyone should see it once. Also, if you are a Dwayne-and-Whitley shipper (i.e., you love that relationship and its storylines), you DEFINITELY want this one ... preferably recorded so that you can skip the goofy parts.

    The idea is cute enough, and makes more sense in the episode than in a summary: Walter reasons that since he would have proposed to Jaleesa eventually, why not propose now and take advantage of the free honeymoon? (It's not JUST to get the trip, the way summaries often make it sound.) He's up-front with Jaleesa about this, and although she is more hesitant than he - logical for a divorcée - she follows her impulse and says "yes."

    Whitley agrees to do the speedy plans for a ceremony and drafts Dwayne to help her. This development gives them lots of time to flirt and for him to ask her about her ideal man, which initially sounds like Dwayne. However, as Jaleesa and Walter's plans fall apart, Whitley has second thoughts and decides not to start a relationship with Dwayne right now. I love the way both of them get to show a variety of natural emotions and explore their characters' relationship and feelings about the relationship. (And don't miss the KISS! :)

    However, the whole wedding subplot is clumsily handled. Jaleesa begins having doubts immediately and confides them promptly to Walter, yet both sound shocked at the wedding that the other is calling it off. The ideas that come up in the storyline are worth introducing: that often people who are getting married don't realize that they have different assumptions about their roles, children, work, etc. But even though the rush treatment is the whole reason it comes up, it means the treatment is ... well, rushed. The ending of the wedding segment leaves me feeling very let down, not so much because they didn't get married as because the whole show just seems as if it could have used an extra 5-10 minutes to work properly. It would have been a perfect candidate for NBC's later "Super Sized Episode" gimmick!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)

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 (1)

    • Although Walter and Jaleesa break up in this episode, they are still dating in the next two episodes, Great Expectations and Answered Prayers. They are clearly shown out of order as evidenced by their production code numbers, 310 for this episode while the next episodes have numbers 305 and 306.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The character of Velma Gaines is usually played by Bebe Drake, but she was replaced by actress Ann Weldon for this episode. Bebe Drake returned in the episode "Twelve Steps of Christmas" and played the roll until the end of the series.

    • The guests at the bachelor party sing "Happy Trails" to Walter; and the wedding band plays the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There."