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The Cat's in the Cradle 

At a hotly contested Hillman-Virginia A&M game, Ron accepts a sucker bet from three white A&M students, then gets into a fight with them when one of them starts to spray a racial epithet on... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Chan

Writers:

Bill Cosby (created by) (as William Cosby Jr. Ed.D.), Gary H. Miller | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Jasmine Guy ... Whitley Gilbert
Dawnn Lewis ... Jaleesa Vinson
Kadeem Hardison ... Dwayne Wayne
Lou Myers ... Vernon Gaines
Darryl M. Bell ... Ron Johnson
Charnele Brown ... Kim Reese
Cree Summer ... Freddie Brooks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Cain ... Eddie
Jake Carpenter ... Rick
Wayne Federman ... A&M Wolf
Adam Gifford ... Ticket Scalper (as Adam G.)
Richard Murphy Richard Murphy ... J.C.
Michael Ralph ... Clint
Ernie Sabella ... Campus Security
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Storyline

At a hotly contested Hillman-Virginia A&M game, Ron accepts a sucker bet from three white A&M students, then gets into a fight with them when one of them starts to spray a racial epithet on his car in revenge. In a cell, the men proceed to give very different accounts, mediated by a white officer who challenges both groups' assumptions. Written by Andrea

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Carsey-Werner Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The episode of "Cat's In The Cradle" revolves around Hillman-Virginia A & M game. It alludes to the dialogue that it is a football game because they reference the A&M All-American quarterback Dan Sykes will not play. The show originally aired January 16th and the dialogue references Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This is an error in timeline due to the fact that college football is traditionally over this time, thus making the reference of a "quarterback" a hiccup to the storyline. See more »

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A truly great episode of a so-so show.
15 March 2009 | by Island-PubliusSee all my reviews

My brother and I caught this on TV one day when we were in our late teens We never watched the show, so I don't know why we caught it.

It is a fantastic piece about racial perspective. I am kind of amazed that in the last 17 years, there have not been more things like it.

It was both hilarious and thought-provoking. It was predictably sympathetic to the black side of the story - nevertheless - it was great stuff.

Kadeem Hardisson's two appearances in the retelling are worth the price of admission.

Good piece for a teacher to use for classroom discussion.


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