The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams

Season 4, Ep 16, Aired 1/24/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Will and Jazz steal a statue from a rival school, whose team retaliates by kidnapping ULA's lucky charm Carlton, the strutting peacock mascot.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Avery (I)

    Philip Banks

  • Alfonso Ribeiro

    Carlton Banks

  • Will Smith

    Will Smith

  • Daphne Maxwell Reid

    Vivian Banks

  • Karyn Parsons

    Hilary Banks

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A Football Game

    By Lostindharma, Aug 31, 2012

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams

    By jimbo_001, Jan 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Coach: Without Carlton, those boys won't believe they can win. And if they don't have it here, (points to his head) they're not gonna have it here (points to his heart). Jazz: And if they don't have it here, (points to his heart) you're gonna get it there (points to Will's face).

    • Will: We can steal that old Mustang statue! Jazz: Now, why would I steal something I can't sell? Will: The Jazz I knew didn't need reasoning before he did something stupid.

    • Phil: This is a dangerous world we live in but turning our home into a bunker isn't going to solve anything. Hilary: You're right, let's just get guns.

    • Carlton: I'll wait for you. Amanda: And I'll cut back on dating.

    • Carlton: In high school, I was sort of a... Amanda: Dweeb? Carlton: I was gonna say loner, but that too.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Pt├ík v kleci (Bird in a Cage)

    • This episode premiered on Tatyana M. Ali's (who plays Ashley) 15th birthday.

    • Daphne Maxwell-Reid and Joseph Marcell do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • Security System Salesman: No, from Mortal Kombat by Sega. This is a reference to the video game Mortal Kombat.

    • The end credits show a blooper of Karyn Parsons (Hilary) taking a fall after tripping on her dress. This is a departure from the usual bloopers where the actors mess up their dialog.

    Allusions (2)

    • Announcer: Does this spell doom for the Fighting Peacock football team? Stay tuned, same Fresh Prince time, same Fresh Prince channel. (A voice hums a tune while the Fresh Prince of Bel Air logo zooms in spinning.) The end of the scene with Carlton inside the cage right before the commercial break is an allusion to the end of an episode of the television show, Batman. The announcer always ends the show with Tune in next week. Same bat time, same bat channel.

    • Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams The title is a play on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is an autobiography of Maya Angelou's childhood.

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