A Different World

Sometimes You Get the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets You

Season 1    Episode 7
November 19, 1987    30m    TV-PG
Denise is apprehensive about a visit from her grandfather, as she fears that she cannot live up to his expectations. Jaleesa and Maggie ask Denise to take part in a traditional homecoming prank by stealing the head of the rival mascot's bear costume. (They would be the first women in Hillman history to accomplish this.) Denise initially turns them down because she does not want to disappoint her grandfather. She does not realize that Russell tried to steal the bear head in 1935, but was bested by a friend. He is still bitter about this, and bets his friend that he can pull off the feat. Denise decides to help her roommates after Whitley angers her by belittling the prank as ""foolishness."" Russell and the girls separately seek the assistance of Hillman mascot Dwayne, who distracts the guys assigned to guard the mascot. Denise and her grandfather simultaneously try to steal the mascot head; they realize they have misjudged each other. The girls leave the head in Whitley's bed as revenge
Directed By
Ellen Falcon
Written By
Thad Mumford

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Cast of Sometimes You Get the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets You
  • Lisa BonetDenise Huxtable
  • Jasmine GuyWhitley Marion Gilbert
  • Kadeem HardisonDwayne Cleophus Wayne
  • Dawnn LewisJaleesa Vinson-Taylor
  • Marisa TomeiMaggie Lauten
  • Loretta DevineStevie Rallen
  • Mary AliceLeticia "Lettie" Bostic
  • Earle HymanRussel Huxtable
  • Duane Davis
  • Mark Clayman

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