"Now, I know it's not my place, but it's old folks nature to butt in" - Vernon Gaines

Vernon Gaines, often referred to as Mr. Gaines, was the owner and manager of the Hillman College restaurant The Pit. A generally grumpy older man, Gaines has worked at The Pit at least since Claire Huxtable attended the college. Being a veteran himself, and generally acquainted with the older men, he became friends with Colonel Bradford Taylor and Coach Walter Oakes. He often interacted with Kim Reese as she was a longtime employee during her time at Hillman.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Mr. Gaines was often grumpy and claimed not to like children. He also didn't take lightly to his son who, at a time, had been staying in his home after possibly falling on hard times. Gaines is often unafraid of disagreements, and won't stand to talk to people he is uninterested in.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Well, I'll make it quick then. Tell you a story about my cousin Ida Mae. We grew up together. Ida Mae was always saying "I don't believe my husband loves me unless he hits me once a week." Well, one day her husband LOVED her to death. And we buried her last year."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. Gaines, five nieces are Faith, Hope, Charity, and Henrietta portrayed by R&B group En Vogue
  • Gaines has appeared since season 2 of the show
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