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The Proud Family

Season 1 Episode 15

I Had a Dream

Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM Feb 01, 2002 on Disney Channel
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I Had a Dream
It's Black History Month and that means reports on famous people in black history! Penny got Angela Davis, Dijonay got Bessie Coleman, Zoey got Madam C.J. Walker, LaCienega got Shirley Chisolm, and Sticky got Al Sharpton! After class, they decide to run in the hallway. But the grumpy janitor is mad at them for doing this. The kids decide to tease him and they run away from him. Penny slips on the recently waxed floor and gets knocked out. Before school, the next day, Penny is "dressed" like Angela Davis. On her way to school, she gets swept up by a tornado and is set right next to school. Everyone is acting strange. Everyone has been saying to Penny to not go near white people (that includes Zoey!). The janitor (who was white), was the teacher and the teacher (who was black), was the janitor. The white kids sat separate from the black kids. After school, Penny comes home confused. Oscar has invented potato chips stacked up in a cylinder shaped can. Trudy asks her to help wash the dishes and there's no dishwasher. "It's like I'm living in the twenties!" "No, you're living in 1955." 1955? How could this be? Penny can’t talk to her own friend, Zoey. She is really living in segregation! Can she change this...and can she get home?moreless

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • After Penny learns the year is 1955, it cuts to a commercial break. After the commercials, it shows Goof: Sticky and Penny walking toward Zoey. Zoey and Penny go to The Prouds' house where, Mrs. Proud asks Penny if she was supposed to be in school. If Penny is never shown going to sleep, she couldn't go to school twice in a day.

      • Samantha laughs just like Lacienaga's Mother.

      • Wouldn't Penny notice that Dijonay, Lacieniga and Zoey aren't wearing their costumes, If she just saw them.

      • Goof: When Penny is telling everyone what she dreamt about in the end, she says that she recited "Martin Luther King's" speech, but she should have said "Martin Luther King Jr."

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Mr. Webb: My mother used to tell me that a person who doesn't understand his history, won't have a future.

      • Penny: Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

      • Dijonay: Come on everybody, we're going to get in trouble with Mr. Andrews if we're late.
        Penny: Mr. Andres? What's he going to do, teach us how to Mop N' Glow? He is the janitor.
        Dijonay: Well this janitor can sweep you back a grade.

      • Penny: Come on, LaCienega, stop tripping.
        LaCienega: What're you talking about? I didn't stumble.

      • Mr. Andrews: I'm reporting all of you, give me your names.
        Penny: Angela Davis.
        Zoey: Madam C.J. Walker.
        Sticky: Al Sharpton.
        Mr. Andrews: Okay...Al Sharpton!?

      • Mr. Webb: Ever year we do the same things for Black History Month, but this year it's time for a change.
        Dijonay: Mr. Webb, are we still going to have George Washington Carver peanut butter cookies?
        Mr. Webb: Of course we are. Now there are some traditions you just don't mess with!

      • Oscar: Penny, can't you see that girl is whi- (Sees he has grabbed the wrong girl) wonderful lady!

      • Penny: Why is everyone at school seperated?
        Zoe: What do you mean?
        Penny: You know, Whites. Blacks. LaCienega.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The title is an allusion to Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech, I Had A Dream.

      • Mr. Proud: Penny, can't you see that that girl is a wh- (sees that he has grabbed the wrong gril) wonderful girl.
        This scene is similar to one in the Mel Brooks film 'Blazing Saddals', in which the governor takes aside the newly appointed black sherrif (when he meant to take aside his assistant)

        Governor: Have you gone berzerk? Can't you see that that man is a ni- Sorry, wrong person. Have you gone berzerk? Can't you see that that man is a 'ni'?