The answer comes in the middle of the latest episode of the Don’t Be
Scared podcast while Campbell-Martin is talking about the age old debate
regarding Martin’s greatest episode: ‘Suspicious Minds’ or ‘The
Romantic Weekend,’ also known as ‘Chilligan’s Island’ or ‘The CD Player’
episode. She never casts her vote in that discussion — the answer is
‘The CD Player’ episode, by the way — but she does reveal the answer to
the show’s biggest looming question without provocation.
At about the 26:18 mark she tells the story:
I’ll give you a hint. Mrs., the woman I was going to
fight, she was Martin’s teacher, Mrs., not Cunningham… okay, but you
know who I’m talking about. Beverly Johnson played her. So, it’s in that
episode, that’s the first time you hear about Tommy’s job. The second
time you see Tommy’s job is in the Christmas episode when he brings us
to speak to children and Martin calls the little boy waterhead.
(Trinidad. Miss. Trinidad.)
So, Tommy talks about, him being in the Boys and Girls Club and he
was a counselor at the Boys and Girls Club. That’s what Tommy does for a
So, there it is. Tommy was not a pimp, drug dealer or whatever else you
imagined. He was a counselor at the Boys and Girls Club. Wow.
This whole time the answer was in our face and none of us noticed it. That’s crazy.
I have this theory that all men get second-hand embarrassment when we witness one of us get curved when pursuing a woman. This clip to me is the perfect example of this.
Earlier in this episode, Martin asked her if she have a boyfriend and she said no. So minutes later (which is this clip), he decided to try and be cupid and hook her up with someone else in the audience.
When she hit my mans with the number one classic go-to curve, I felt that in my heart like I was him standing there in front of a 1,000+ crowd and millions of people watching at home. I’m sure he didn’t think this would be living on for over 20 years now thanks to the Def Comedy Jam being on VHS and DVD.
These relationships may be television based, but what’s so real about them is they show the problems, the confusion, the sadness, the strength and any other obstacle in a relationship unlike fairytale cliche love movies. These shows all had a purpose, they spoke on real life situation and they always mentioned the struggles of being African American in America. These are the shows that we (80-90’s) kids grew up watching. These shows were what we grew a sense of admiration towards and all hoped to have a bond with someone this strong. It taught men how to respect and cherish a woman. It taught women to be Independent and to have dignity and respect for themselves. We need more shows like these in today’s world..