Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 1996 on UPN
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Episode Summary

Moesha tries to cope with her new step-mother Dee who is also a teacher at her school. She convinces her father Frank to let her go to the local hangout The Den where it is clear that she is dating poet Ohagi even though she is banned from dating until her 16th birthday.
Moesha and Dee clash over Moesha's antics but after a betrayal, they come to an understanding about roles in this new family.moreless

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  • A great start for one of the most greatest family/teen shows

    UPN started the show really well with this episode, but I hated the way they just axed the series with an episode that has two cliffhangers for the ending, which would be: abduction and pregnancy. Honestly, UPN, HOW CAN YOU END THE SHOW WITH MYLES BEING KIDNAPPED?!?! This was a really good start to the series, no doubt about it, but I really hate how in a few years later, they have the "final" episode that ended abruptly.moreless
  • All right for a pilot.

    This episode was all right for a pilot. It touched on real issues that are still happening even 12 years after it aired, so it got me kinda interested in the show. Step-mothers and cheating boys are things that so many girls can relate to, and it's nice to see a show that addresses those issues instead of having a plot that's unrealistic and rather stupid. The show's actually kind of funny too. Lol. Definately has the unique factor. I can see why it ran for as long as it did. Overall it was a pretty decent episode and a good start of the series.moreless
  • This episode starts out as Moesha complaining about the new woman in her father's life. Then she asks if she could go to the local hangout. Dee opposes but Frank lets her go undermining Dee's parental authority.moreless

    I absolutely looove this episode because Ohagi and Moesha

    would make a good couple if he weren't such a dog. He did

    her so wrong by cheating on her with a friend of hers too.

    Which starts the neverending feud between her and Taylor.

    Then he had the nerve to didn't even try to expalin. It just

    surprised him that he actually got caught cheating. It broke

    Moesha's heart to think that her first real boyfriend

    cheated on her. But in the end Moesha and Dee started a

    tight bond by Moesha telling Dee about what happened with


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Kim: So what does Ohagi mean? Young black guy?
      Ohagi: It means conquering warrior.
      Kim: Oh, I surrender.

    • Kim: You blocking my view of Chocolate Thunder.
      Taylor: It looks to me like you've had enough chocolate.
      Moesha: Chill out, she just playing.
      Kim: I don't play that. Besides, my mama say it's just baby fat.
      Taylor: No, it's just fat, baby.

    • Moesha: Andell, you ever been in love?
      Andell: Whew. I've been in it, around it, through it... I've even been to the bank with it.

    • Andell: How about a strawberry-celery smoothie?
      Moesha: Girl, is that good for the skin 'cause this zit has got me mugging like the crypt keeper.
      Andell: Yeah, I was gon ask you who your new friend was, he just waving "hey Andell."

    • Dee: Myles you better get a move on if I'm going to drop you off at school.
      Moesha: Oh I'll walk him.
      Myles: Walk me? Do I look like a dog to you?

    • Frank: You ain't dating until you're 25.
      Moesha: You said 16.
      Frank: 21.
      Moesha: 16.
      Frank: 18 and I'll throw in a Saturn.
      Moesha: 16 and I will be walking. Thank you very much.

    • Frank: Mo who's all going to be there?
      Moesha: Oh, just some friends.
      Frank: And would these friends be made of sugar and spice and everything nice, or rusty butts and one-track minds?

    • Frank: I'll be working late tonight honey. Midnight madness. If I sell enough Saturns we might be able to get that little house up in Beverly Hills.
      Hakeem: Beverly Hills? Shoot, he got to sell Saturns from here to Saturn.

    • Moesha: Daddy give me your plate I'll fix you some real pancakes.
      Frank: If you touch my plate pumpkin you're going to pull back a nub.

    • (telling Hakeem about her dislike of Dee)
      Moesha: I'm the one who's been taking care of everyone around here for the past three years. Cookin', cleanin', raisin' that knucklehead Myles. Shoot, I dang near raised you!

    • Kim: Ooh, check out the booty on that cutie.

    • Moesha: (about Dee's intrusion in her life) She's cooking breakfast, driving people to school, and not to mention, she's sleeping with my dad. I know. I heard them.

    • Moesha: Hello? Excuse me, Huxtables.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Hakeem: I see you hanging out with the 3 Live Crew.

      Moesha: Me so corny here wanna talk to you.

      This is a reference to the provocative hip-hop group 2 Live Crew and their debut single "Me So Horny."

    • Kim: Hakeem? Well the brother must've stepped into a phone booth or somethin'. 'Cause last year he was Clark Kent, now he workin' it Mo' Better like Wesley.

      This is a double reference. Clark Kent is the secret identity of Superman, who often went into a phone booth to transform into the hero.

      Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 film starring Wesley Snipes.

    • Moesha: I take my dad to one parent teacher night and I wound up living with Mary Poppins.

      Mary Poppins was a character in a Disney movie of the same name.

    • Moesha says "Hello? Excuse me Huxtables."

      This is a reference to the family in the long-running sitcom The Cosby Show.