The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Those Were the Days

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 2/24/92
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  • Episode Description
  • Philip and Vivian welcome a '60s radical, who arouses the FBI's interest and influences Will and Carlton to take action over the firing of a nonconformist teacher. What does Philip and Vivian do while they flashback?

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Avery (I)

    Philip Banks

  • Alfonso Ribeiro

    Carlton Banks

  • Will Smith

    Will Smith

  • Janet Hubert-Whitten

    Vivian Banks

  • Karyn Parsons

    Hilary Banks

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • The best relative based episode

    By SLionsCricket, Jan 14, 2013

  • An old friend of Phillp and Viv visits

    By Lostindharma, Mar 28, 2012

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 02, 2011

  • Those Were The Days

    By jimbo_001, Apr 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Vivian: Marge, when you tell Will that we chained ourselves together at sit-ins, you're only giving him the romantic part of the struggle. Girlfriends, you are leaving out everything that went before it: the leaflets, the petitions, the years of trying to work through the system. Marge: The system doesn't work. You have to blow the door down. Looks to me like you forgot that. Philip: You talk as if I wasn't there with you in Birmingham facing dogs and firehoses. This is me, Olfame, the same Olfame that was with you the night Harlem went up in flames. But now I have a family, and I choose not to fight in the streets. I have an office to fight from and I have fought and won cases for fair housing, affirmative action, health care, and I am not ashamed to write a big fat check for something I believe in and that doesn't make me any less committed than you, so don't you dare look down your damn nose at me, Adabola.

    • Phil: Last time I saw you was at the 1971 anti-war rally, you stole my Afro comb. Marge: Don't look like you be needing it now!

    • Will: I'ma go with you. Marge: Will, you're only 17. Will: Yeah but by the time you were 17 you'd already burnt your first bra. Marge: Will, you can't do what I did. Will: But I could borrow one of Hilary's.

    • Marge: To Will When the court doesn't work, you find me. Will: You're something else, Adabola. Marge: And you're the future, Hasani.

    • Marge: (to Vivian and Philip) The system doesn't work, you HAVE to blow the door down, it seems you forgot that.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - To byly časy (Those Were Times)

    • 2 Legit 2 Quit is a MC Hammer song.

    Trivia (2)

    • When the photography teacher talks to Carlton, the door at the back of the class is open, however when the camera pans back a second later it is closed. It is once again open on the next shot of the class.

    • Ansel Easton Adams (1902 to 1984) was a photographer who was best known for his black and white photographs of California's Yosemite Valley.

    Allusions (11)

    • In this episode, Carlton mentions Angela Davis. This is an allusion to Angela Yvonne Davis who was an African American communist organizer and philosopher associated with the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and 1970s.

    • In the photography class, Will reads the petition. Supposedly Ricky Ricardo signed it. Will then mentions Lucy. These are allusions to the TV series titled I Love Lucy. It ran from 1951 through 1957 and starred Lucille Ball.

    • The field trip for the photography class was canceled. The class was supposed to visit a Mapplethorpe exhibit. Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 through 1989) was known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers, and erotic male nudes.

    • In the scene when Will looks at a photo album, he says, Yaba Daba Doo. This is an allusion to The Flintstones. It was an animated series that ran from 1961 through 1966. It seems appropriate since Mr. and Mrs. Banks were remenicsing about their civil rights efforts in the 1960's.

    • In this episode, Carlton asks if their guest knew Wally and the Beaver. This is an allusion to the TV series titled, Leave It to Beaver . It ran from 1957 to 1963 and was about a middle class white family.

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