Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Karan Ashley on "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" (1996)

Former Yellow Ranger Karan Ashley (Aisha, MMPR) guest starred on the fourth season of the sitcom "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper." Ashley appeared as Monica Carson in the episode titled "Increase the Peace." Monica is an excellent high school student who gets the great news that she scored the highest of any student in her school's history on the SAT's. She immediately draws the attention of school wiseguy Earvin (series regular Omar Gooding), who manages to make her laugh, despite embarrassing them both with his flirtations which are accidentally broadcast to the entire school. Monica is still willing to give him a chance, until her brother Eddie interferes. Eddie is a gang member who gets offended by Earvin's attempts to joke and pulls a gun on him when he uses a handkerchief sporting the color of a rival gang. Though he's stopped from doing anything by Mr. Cooper (series star Mark Curry), he gets expelled. The next day Earvin gets the terrible news that Eddie picked a fight with another gang leading to a drive-by shooting at his house. Monica becomes the tragic victim of a stray bullet. Ashley appeared in several scenes before her character's death.

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