The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Quotes (938)

  • Vivian (to Ashley): Sweetie would you say grace? Ashley: Yes Mommy. (raps) Hey there Lord, my name is Ashley Banks. My family and friends want to give you some thanks, so before this dinner's all swallowed and chewed, thank you God for this stupid food.

  • Philip: You deliberately tried to embarass me tonight and I don't get it. Your aunt and I went through a lot of trouble to bring you out here. And this is the thanks we get? Will: I ain't asked to come out here. Everyone's talking about shippin' me off, dressin' me up and changing me into something that I don't want to be. Philip: Nobody wants to change you. Will: You told me yourself I gotta straighten out and when in doubt act as Carlton. I don't want to be like Carlton. I'm a joker, I play around, I have fun. Philip: Being a joker is what got you into trouble. Now you may think its cool to out on the streets, but when you're my age its a waste. Will: Well, I can't think that far ahead.

  • Philip: Will, we promised your mother you were here to work hard, straighten out, and learn some good old fashion American values. (Hilary walks in) Hilary: Dad, I need three hundred dollars. Vivian: Hilary, your cousin Will is here. Hilary: Hi. Dad, I need three hundred dollars.

  • Vivian: We used slang when we were kids. Do you remember our first date? You took one look at me and said Vivian, that is a bad dress. Now you could've just said it was a good dress. Philip: I could've if I liked it. Actually, it was a bad dress.

  • Will: I remind you of where you came from and what you used to be. Now I don't know somewhere between Princeton and the office, you got soft. You forgot who you are and where you came from. Philip: You think you're so wise. (Will looks away from Philip) Look at me when I'm talking to you. Let me tell you something, son. I grew up on the streets just like you. I encountered bigotry you could not imagine. Now you have a nice poster of Malcolm X on your wall. I heard the brother speak, I read every word he wrote. Believe me, I know where I come from. Will: You actually heard Malcolm speak? Philip: That's right. So before you criticize somebody, you find out what he's all about.

  • Ashley: I'm really glad that you're living here, Will. Will: Oh thanks, Ash. Ashley: You're like the big brother I never had. Will: Oh, wait. What are you talking about? You got Carl... You're right. I see your point.

  • Vivian: Ashley, would you say grace, please? Ashley: Yes, mommy... Hey there, lord. My name is Ashley Banks. My family and friends want to give you some thanks. So before this dinner's all swallowed and chewed, thank you God for this stupid food!

  • Vivian: Did you enjoy the trip? Will: Oh, yo, the plane ride was stupid. I was looking for first class... Philip: Excuse me? Will: No, I was sayin' the plane was dope. So, I was lookin' for... Philip: Excuse me? Will: No. Stupid. Dope. Oh. No, that doesn't mean what you... Um... How would he say it? Oh, the flight was really neat, yeah.

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Notes (319)

  • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Př√≠let (Arrival by Air)

  • Alfonso Ribeiro's last name is incorrectly spelled 'Ribiero' in the credits.

  • Will wears the same outfit he wears in the opening credits.

  • Ashley spells Will's name with only one L on her painting.

  • In this episode only, the hallway on the left side of the living room has an arched opening into the dining room. For the rest of season 1, there are doors in that spot.

  • In the pilot episode, the back of the living room set has 2 windows. For the rest of season 1, there are doors leading out of the house.

  • According to the retrospective included as an extra feature on the first season boxset, Vivian Banks name was to be Wendy Banks. However, director Debbie Allen felt Vivian would be a better name and the producers loved it right away.

  • All episodes that use the extended opening credit Janet Hubert-Whitten as "Janet Hubert".

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Trivia (215)

  • The cab driver in the opening sequence is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's executive producer, Quincy Jones.

  • Will Smith recorded The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song which is on his Greatest Hits CD.

  • In the opening scene of the episode, Will sings Back 2 Life, which was a hit by Soul 2 Soul in 1989.

  • At the end of the episode, Carlton is singing Silly Love Songs in the shower. Silly Love Songs was a 1976 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings.

  • Geoffrey introduces himself to Will verbally as Geoffrey (but never tells him how it's spelled). A short time later, Will refers to him as G even though the common U.S. spelling would seem to call for the letter J.

  • Will was 17 when he first moved in with his aunt and uncle, but Will Smith was actually 19 when he taped this pilot episode.

  • In the scene where Will sees himself looking like Carlton, the mirror was actually covered by a rectangle with another scene in which Will wears clothing like Carlton's.

  • The song Will played on the piano after the party is Fur Elise by Beethoven.

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Allusions (219)

  • Will tells Ashley "Here's Ashley my little Fly Girl". The Fly Girls were dancers on In Living Color, a show that had comedy sketches. The series ran from 1990-1994.

  • Will: Hey, look who's here Benson. This is an allusion to the butler on the 1970s sitcom, Soap. A successful spin off series entitled Benson was created in 1979 and ran until 1986.

  • Philip: Will, this is Firth, Winn, and Meyer. This is an allusion to the 1970s musical group, Earth, Wind & Fire. They had hits such as September, Serpentine Fire , and Sing A Song among others.

  • Will:This is not going to be another one of those Theo moments? Will was talking about Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show (played by Malcolm Jamal Warner), and who was the son of Cliff and Claire Huxtable. The show ran from 1984-1992.

  • Will:Yes M, I'll be more than happy to drive you to the Piggly Wiggly Miss Daisy. This is from the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy where an African American chauffeur (played by Morgan Freeman) who drives Daisy around where she needs to be (played by Jessica Tandy), who was hired by her son (played by Dan Aykroyd). The movie reflects on the changing times from 1948-1973 and they were great friends.

  • Will: Everybody, repeat after me. I got the power. The power is a song by Snap. in 1990.

  • This episode title is an allusion to the Todd Rundgren song Bang the Drum All Day .

  • Vivian: Snap is a good band. Carlton: When Crackle and Pop make a single, give me a ring. This alludes to the characters on the Rice Krispies Cereal Box, which are Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

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