Don't Phone Home

Written by

Ken Lipman

Directed by

Paul Hoen


Boy Next Door


Secret Admirer

Don't Phone Home is the 2nd season 9 episode of Kids Incorporated and 141st episode overall. In this episode, Nicole loses phone privileges after her father finds out she's run up a large phone bill calling a boy she had a crush on.

Plot Summary Edit

Following the opening song ("You Want This"); Charlie is desperate to use the P*lace phone, currently being taken by Nicole on a call to a boy named Tyler (Charlie was trying to call an ex-girlfriend to apologize). Charlie then finds some change to make the call; while Nicole has another problem, namely the fact that Tyler had moved 2,000 miles away and Nicole had run up a large phone bill.

Charlie's apology fell flat, and Dena then confronts Nicole about a $6.20 charge from a 23 minute call to the P*lace business phone. Later, Nicole arrives with bad intercepted phone bill of over $55; and Nicole remains defensive when Haylie attempts to convince her to tell Nicole's parents about the phone bill, leading to "Gone Too Soon".

Dena then tells Nicole that Tyler called. He did, with bad news. Tyler's parents discovered their phone bill, and they clamped down; allowing him one final call before suspending his phone privileges and taking his phone away after running up a $25 phone bill. Nicole then mopes about the fun the others are having ("We're Just Gonna Have Fun").

Meanwhile, Charlie and Nicole receive good and bad news. Anthony tells Charlie that the girls let his ex-girlfriend know Charlie was sorry; and the girls throw a comment about how he'd be the slave of anyone that could get him out of that jam back at him. Nicole's bad news: Her dad showed up, and she had to admit to the heavy phone bill. Nicole's dad then reassures her that it was a mistake (" expensive mistake"); then suggests that Nicole type letters to let Tyler know how things were going; leading to closing song "Faithful".

Kid Cast Edit

  • Charlie Brady - Charlie
  • Nicole Brown - Nicole
  • Anthony Harrell - Anthony
  • Anastasia Horne - Ana
  • Haylie Johnson - Haylie

Adult Cast Edit

  • Dena Burton - Dena

Dancers Edit

  • Charon Aldredge
  • Ken Arata
  • Brian Friedman
  • Andre Fuentes
  • Danielle Marcus-Janssen

Guest Edit

  • Orson Von Gay II as Tyler
  • Irv Burton as Nicole's dad
  • Unknown as voice of Tyler's dad 

Songs Edit

  • "You Want This" (Janet Jackson cover; lead vocals by Haylie, Nicole and Ana)
  • "Gone Too Soon" (Dionne Warwick cover {popularized by Michael Jackson}; lead vocals by Nicole)
  • "We're Just Gonna Have Fun" (Kids Incorporated original; lead vocals by Nicole, Charlie, Ana, Anthony and Haylie)
  • "Faithful" (Go West original; lead vocals by Charlie, Anthony and Haylie)


  • "Faithful" is the only song in this episode where Nicole didn't sing lead.