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"War of the Words"
Season 1, Episode #5
(#5) in series (144 episodes)
"A Different World" episode
Guest Star(s):
Recurring cast
Keenan Ivory Wayans
Damon Wayans
Dean Howell
Marie-Alise Recasner
Bee-Be Smith
Kim Wayans
Network: NBC-TV
Production code: 12211 (1x05)
Writer (s): Joe Gannon
Director (s) Ellen Falcon
Original airdate October 29, 1987
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War of the Words is the fifth episode of Season 1 of A Different World, the fifth overall episode. Directed by Ellen Falcon, the episode, which was written by Joe Gannon first broadcast on NBC-TV on October 29, 1987.


Maggie and Whitley debate over whether women can successfully balance a career and family life. But when Maggie's boyfriend visits and asks her to move to Washington, D.C. with him, the issues become personal.



Guest stars/Recurring cast[]

  • Keenan Ivory Wayans as Professor Lawrence
  • Damon Wayans as Marvin Haven
  • Dean Howell as Mike
  • Marie-Alise Recasner as Millie
  • Bee-Be Smith as Gloria
  • Kim Wayans as Allison


  1. What’s the name of the campus radio station?
  2. What did Dwayne name the live broadcast?
  3. Where organization is Mike going to DC to work for?


“Because one day soon Dwayne Wayne will rule the airwaves and I in turn will talk about you...like a DOG!” - Dwayne

“What’s hatnin-n-n Babyface?” - Marvin

“There is a reason why men and women were created different and with our French friends I exclaim, hooray for the dif-er-ance!” - Whitley

-Maggie: “We also decided because of what you did we’re going to name our first born Denise.”

-Denise: “Oh, Maggie that’s sweet.”

-Jaleesa: But Maggie, wait a minute, what if it’s a boy?

-Maggie: “We’ll name him Jaleesa.”

Trivia Answers[]

  1. HZU
  2. That's Debatable
  3. The National Pork Board