Season 5 Episode 14

Secrets & Lies

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2000 on UPN
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Episode Summary

Secrets & Lies
Odd-ball Aunt Hattie comes to visit Frank revealing life changing secret to the entire family. Meanwhile Moesha tells her family that she will be moving onto campus.

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  • The episode that caused the show to be cancelled

    After watching this episode, I just learned that this episode did made the fans stop watching the series, and also made the show end on the next season. In this episode, Frank was forced to reveal that he is Dorian's father, not his uncle. WHY WOULD THE WRITERS COME UP WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT?! Why couldn't they make the episode where Dorian learns that Sandy is not his real mother and his relatives are not his real ones?! I'm sorry, but I don't think this episode was bad, even though that episode was heart-ripping, I still think it's good. It still bothers me how this episode decreased the viewership. This episode was honestly excellent, but emotional.moreless
  • The episode that caused a lot of fans to stop watchng ths show

    This episode was not written as well as other but it wasn't as bad as fans made it out to be. We find out that Dorian is Frank's son and that Frank went after another woman when he thought his marirage was over and his first wife left him for a short period of time. It brought out a side of Moesha we'd never seen before. I mean, her mother died. She never seemed upset about it. She just always tried to get along with her step-mom, Dee. We just find out that her mom died but not from what.moreless
  • The episode that killed the series for many fans.

    When this episode aired, I viewed it as another episode. Frank is forced to reveal that he is Dorian's father and that he cheated on Moesha's mother.

    However after thinking about it and reviweing what others felt the episode was about. It did kill the series. They took a black man with his own business and made him a cheater and liar. The thing is that too many kids have experienced in real life. There was no need for this storyline. If they wanted to be more risque like they claimed, have Dorian be adopted and look for his real parents.

    As we learned this storyline was the beginning of the end as the series lost its creator (in a dispute with Brandy), 2 cast members and suffered the biggest rating dropping of any show that season.moreless
Brandy Norwood

Brandy Norwood

Moesha Denise Mitchell

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Dee Mitchell (seasons 1 - 5, recurring otherwise)

Lamont Bentley

Lamont Bentley

Hakeem Campbell

William Allen Young

William Allen Young

Frank Mitchell

Shar Jackson

Shar Jackson

Niecy Jackson (episodes 15 - 20, 22 - 28, 30+, recurring previously)

Yvette Wilson

Yvette Wilson

Andell Wilkerson (seasons 1 - 5)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Hakeem states that he will attend California University (to be closer to Moesha). This must mean that he apparently transferred out of Santa Monica College (the same college from "The Parkers"). But if Hakeem was previously enrolled in a two-year college, how could he attend California University so early?

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  • NOTES (3)

    • It is alleged that this episode caused cast member Sheryl Lee Ralph to quit the show after filming the remainder season 5. During The sixth and final season, Sheryl Lee Ralph only appeared on the show when her character Dee was necessary.

    • The controversial storyline of this episode would dominate black morning talk shows and various internet message boards for a brief period. Many became upset that father is made out to look like a bad guy. Several DJ's including Frank Ski in Atlanta urged viewers to stop watching the series.

    • Yvette Wilson does not appear in this episode. She has joined the cast of The Parkers as a regular continuing in her role as Andell and will remain on this show until the end of the season.