The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 5 Episode 20

As the Will Turns

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 10, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Will inadvertently finds himself in the right place at the right time and lands a part in a daytime soap opera. Does Will keep the job or give it up on moral principles due to what he has to do.

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  • A great episode

    Will lands on a soap opera and must eventually, quit!! This was a truly great episode with many laughs, especially Will intentionally messing everything up at the end! A must see episode with fantastic acting, hilarious lines and story and some interesting moments
  • Will on the soaps

    After an average episode this one was better and had more laughs. Hilary and Lisa become friends and Lisa starts some of Hilary's shopping habits. Will gets a job on a soap but it turns out to be something different when he finds out his character is actually gay. His reaction when that guy walks in is pretty funny. It makes perfect sense when Carlton is his agent. It's kind of similar when he was Ashley's agent. Meanwhile there is actually a second story to this episode when Phillp finds out his wife is doing a project with a professor. With Will being in the soap opera and how the situation with Viv, Phillp begins to think that she is cheating. This is of course is not true. I only wish there was a scene with Viv and the guy with either Phillp or Geoffrey over hearing their talks. I liked how the soap opera was filmed on a actual set. (It was probably the fresh prince one) I also enjoyed how the leading actress punched Will out. Other notables include the very start and end of this episode were funny. I also liked the scene with the security guard and Will.

    A good episode that was better then the previous one.moreless
  • Will is an a soap!

    This episode is funny. With Will accidently firing an actor and getting cast himself on the role in a soap. Its quite funny when he Will relizes that his onscreen "love" is actually a guy. Also Carlton becomes his manager and then when Will comes to him to get him fired, Carlton helps by telling him he has to act out of character and just ruin the episode so he still gets paid and gets to leave.

    And in a hilarious turn of events, Will pulls lines out of his head and just ruins everything and even takes off the leading lady's wig!! that aprt was very funny. Will finally gets fired and paid but gets punched by the leading lady. But in the funniest part of all Carlton forgot to give Will hiss cript before he tried to himself fired in which Will discovers he was gonna get with Halle Berry in the nest episode he gives Carlton a head start! Very funny although there have been better, Its still a good one.moreless
Leann Hunley

Leann Hunley


Guest Star

Keith Hamilton Cobb

Keith Hamilton Cobb

Royce # 1

Guest Star

Cleto Augusto

Cleto Augusto


Guest Star

Beverly Jackson

Beverly Jackson

Stage Manager

Recurring Role

Nia Long

Nia Long


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Will: (to Lisa) The only reason I took this job is to put that ring on your finger and make you happy so if I have to crawl into bed with 10 beautiful women, that's just a sacrifice I'm going to have to make.

    • Lisa: I mean it's just like you said, I might as well be kissing Flavor Flav gold teeth and all.
      Geoffrey: Of course, that was when Flavor Flav was a woman.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Keith Hamilton Cobb is not the only one who has experience with soap operas. Leann Hunley not only played Anna DiMera on Days of our Lives from 1982 to 1985 (and again in 2007), but she played Tamara Jacobs in Season 1 of the prime time soap Dawson's Creek.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Televizní kariéra (Television Career)

    • Keith Hamilton Cobb actually has a history of appearing on daytime soap operas. He's played Noah Keefer on ABC's All My Children and currently plays Damon Porter on CBS's The Young and the Restless.


    • Title:As the Will Turns
      The title of this episode is an allusion to the title of a soap opera As the World Turns.

    • Will: In fact, I shot the sheriff! But I did not shoot the Deputy!
      I Shot The Sheriff is a Bob Marley song that was made popular by Eric Clapton. The first lyrics are: "I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy."

    • (Will Starring on a TV Show)
      Will: I got a part on the soap opera Now and Forever
      Philip: Oh please, they hired you, somebody who has never acted a day on his life to star on a network TV show?
      Will: It happens.
      This is in allusion to Will's real life as, according to the documentary from the DVD set for season 1, this is how Will came to star on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for the NBC network TV station.

    • Will: I might as well be kissing Flavor Flav, gold teeth and all.
      Flavor Flav (nee William Drayton) is a rap artist and a member of the influential rap group Public Enemy.