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"A Rock, a River, a Lena"
Season 6, Episode #24
(#143) in series (144 episodes)
"A Different World" episode
Guest Star(s):
Recurring cast
Chante Carmel
Jerry Gaona
Jonell Green
Thomas Hobson
Lena Horne
Marques Houston
Jerome Jones
Jenifer Lewis
Patrick Malone
Lou Myers
Jada Pinkett Smith
Michael Ralph
Erica Reed
Bumper Robinson
Ahmad Stoner
Maxine Waters Willard
Julia Waters
Oren Waters
Network: NBC-TV
Production code: 622 (6x24)
Writer (s): Glenn Berenbeim
Director (s) David Blackwell
Original airdate July 2, 1993
(aired in syndication)
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A Rock, a River, a Lena was the 24th episode of A Different World's sixth season, the 143rd overall series episode. It was also the second episode of A which first aired in syndication. Written by Glenn Berenbeim, the episode was directed by David Blackwell; it aired in syndication on July 2, 1993.

Summary Edit

When famed singer-actress Lena Horne visits the Hillman campus, Whitley mounts an elaborate tribute with her students, but Kim is struck by Whitley's inability to pay similar respect to Ms. Horne's contemporary, Mr. Gaines.

Storyline Edit

Everyone at Hillman is anxiously awaiting the visit of Miss Lena Horne. She's inspired many people, from the Dean, who's singing her praises, to Mr. Gaines, who claims to have met her years ago. Whitley's in charge of Miss Horne's reception. Mr. Gaines offers to cater the event, but is rudely spurned by Whitley, and his feelings get hurt. The night of the affair, Miss Horne, upon arriving, mentions to Kim that she prefers soul food. Kim sneaks Miss Horne away to The Pit for dinner and when she's introduced to Mr. Gaines, a spark ignites. Mr. Gaines did, in fact, meet Miss Horne during World War II when she entertained the overseas troops. Over soul food, they reminisce. The frantic Whitley and her reception-goers learn a sharp lesson about the illusion of elegance over the comfort of a guest.

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