The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 3 Episode 10

Asses to Ashes

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Election results are in and Philip fights to remain cool amid lies by Judge Robertson, which prompt Will to confront the outspoken incumbent. Will Will go to far? Will he say what everyone is feeling? Will Judge Robertson be able to take it?

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  • What a dark mannered, hilarious yet extremely fun to watch episode

    This episode features the final stages of the election as Judge Robertson easily overtakes Phillip. I love this episode for many reasons. One, its extremely dark humor. Two, because its clever and it does clever stuff to get rid of certain characters. Three, because ***SPOILER***


    When Judge Robertson died, no one honestly cared for the man which is exactly what he deserves but we as a character loved him and miss him! The ending scenes were funny especially at his funeral!

    Good funny episode mixed with darkness and emotion.moreless
  • The election

    Finally after months Phillp gets to find out whether he becomes a judge or not. This was a decent episode. I think there could've been a better episode with more buildup. The commercial that Judge Carl Robinson ran against Will was funny. Also funny was Trevor's treatment of Phillp after the election results are in. The ending was good and it was not the typical ending you would see. The start of the episode was one of the best I have seen in this series.moreless
  • Sherman Hemsley guests.

    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is one of the few shows on television that can produce legitimate laughs from a guy dying tragically of a heart attack. It certainly doesn't hurt though that that person was Sherman Hemsley though, who is an iconic character in the African American community due to his portrayal of George Jefferson on The Jeffersons.

    The first half was a lot funnier than the second half, but this was still a strong early episode of Fresh Prince, before the episode jumped the shark with the birth of Little Nicky. Just saying that name reminds me of that terrible Adam Sandler movie.moreless
  • Love this episode! Very underrated and one of my favorites.

    Sometimes the episodes with Judge Robertson were a little tedious because his character was so outlandish and the plots involving him weren't always the most creative, in my opinion. This is is obviously his final episode where he beats Philip in the election to be Superior Court Judge and has no problem gloating and being a sore-winner. Will ends up being the only person to call him out for how he's acting and treating Phil and tells him if he can't accept him, he should drop dead. The entire time Robertson was laughing hysterically, and ironically moments after Will's statement, he dies. It was possibly one of the darker episodes but it held a very original plot with excellent writing. Honestly, the scene at his funeral where the entire crowd applauds Will after stating that he killed him is one of the most hilarious moments in the entire series.moreless
  • Like many of the episodes, this one was hilarious!

    I loved this episode because of all the sardonic humor that was associated with it. Even though Judge Robertson is a corrupt man, he wins the election against Philip, who is an honest and decent candidate. He still belittles Philip at his ceremony, and when Will tells Robertson to drop dead, he literally does. I loved how Will cried when Hilary, Ashley, and especially Carlton made him feel bad for killing Robertson. At the funeral, no one had any positive thing to say about Robertson, which is quite ironic since many of them voted for him to be the judge. I liked how everyone had stated their bad memories of him, and how they applauded Will when he admitted he was the killer. At least Philip took his place. Another great episode.moreless
Barbara Montgomery

Barbara Montgomery

Woman #1

Guest Star

William Hubbard Knight

William Hubbard Knight

Funeral Official

Guest Star

Bobby McGee

Bobby McGee

Man #1

Guest Star

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

Judge Roberton

Recurring Role

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Will and the Bankses enter the funeral parlor for Judge Robertson's funeral)
      Vivian: Philip, any chance of gettin' those flowers after the funeral?
      Philip: Siddown, Vivian.

    • (Will giving out mail)
      Will: (to Hilary) For you, self magazine, shape magazine, and sassy magazine. (to Carlton) And for you sir, elf magazine, ape magazine, and sissy magazine.

    • Philip:(giving the eulogy at Robertson's funeral) I am probably not the right person to be up here. I just got finished losing an election to the man, in which he used every dirty trick in the book. So at this time, I would invite anyone with a particularly warm memory of Carl Robertson to come up here and share it with us. (no one gets up)... Anyone with a somewhat fond memory of Carl Robertson. (no one gets up)... Anybody with any recelection of him at all.

    • Woman: (about Robertson) With him it was just a... bunch of... sex all the time, like dating Thumper. Never felt I really got to know him, never felt he cared about my needs.
      Philip: Uh, you were his wife?
      Woman: His mistress.
      Philip: Ok.
      Woman: For twenty years... the longest years of my life.
      Philip: You don't have any plesant memories at all of him?
      Woman: Ummm, well... no. The man's idea of sweet talk was "when you gonna bring you're sister around?"

    • Vivian: (about Robertson) If that little man hadn't died, I would've killed him myself.

    • Man with a Mexican accent:(about Judge Robertson) He hired me to replant his garden, and when it came time for him to pay me, he called immigration ON ME!

    • Man at Funeral: (about Judge Robertson after his sudden death) The jerk sentenced me to 6 months in jail for a crime I didn't commit. I'm just here to make sure he DEAD!

    • Carlton: I'm gonna get dad what he always wanted.
      Will: What? A Pizza Hutt in the garage?
      Carlton: Better. I'm gonna clinche the election by getting an influential person to endorse him. Watch and learn. (Carlton dials a number) Hello. Is President Bush there?

    • Will:(reading a paper) Uncle Phil, they dogging you!
      Philip: What? Let me see that. (Will hands Philip the paper) "Defeat Philip Banks, the criminal's choice for superior court judge. Banks wants to empty the prisons, fill our streets with hudloms, and run a book making operation out of his chambers. Vote Robertson for superior court judge."
      Carlton: But dad, aren't some of those lies?

    • Philip: (about being elected to Superior Court Judge) I have faith in L.A. that L.A. will have faith in me.
      (cut to a TV screen)
      Voice on the TV: With over 90 percent of the district reporting, Judge Robertson has overwhelmingly defeated Philip Banks.
      Philip: I hate L.A.

    • (at Judge Robertson's eulogy)
      Will: A man is dead here, people. I mean, did he not feel pain when he was hurt? Did he not shiver when he was cold? Did he not dream? He was only human but, yes he was human. And I fail to believe than the world can profit from a man's death. And I think each and everyone of you should be ashamed of yourselves.
      Man: And who are you?
      Will: (stuttering) I'm the dude that killed him.
      (Everyone starts clapping and cheering)
      Will: (whispers to Philip) Tough room.
      Philip: Yeah.

    • Carlton: (to Ashley and Hilary) Look. I think I know how to help Will. This calls for tough love. We've gotta draw him out. We gotta bait him, confront him, attack him, until he defends himself. Only then will he start to feel better.
      Hilary: I don't know, Carlton.
      Carlton: Look, just follow my lead.
      (all 3 walk up to Will)
      Carlton: Will, you should be ashamed of yourself!
      Ashley: How could you do such a thing?!
      Hilary: Hope you never get mad at me.
      (Will starts crying)
      Will: (cries high-pitched) Why y'all screamin' at me?!
      (he is about to leave the kitchen)
      Will: I was mindin' my DAMN business eatin' some fruit!
      (he leaves, but Ashley and Hilary glare at Carlton)
      Carlton: Well, I could be wrong.

    • Vivian: Carlton, take out the garbage.
      Carlton: I did it last week. It's the terminator's turn.

    • Will: And I tell you another thing: If you don't like it, man, you can drop dead!
      (Robertson takes a breath, then hits the ground)
      (the other people check on him)
      Woman: Oh, my God. He's dead!
      Will: (panics) Hey, come on, man! If I told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?!!
      (he runs out of the room screaming in terror)

    • Will: At least my uncle stands for something.
      Judge Robertson: What? A buffet?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Carlton (says to Vivian): "Why do I have to take out the trash,it's the Terminator's turn". Carlton was talking about the 1984 movie The Terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger), where his mission is to kill Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton) who later gives birth to John Connor and Sarah's is protectedby Kyle Reese (played by Michael Biehn). There is a 1991 sequel Terminator 2 Judgement Day where The Terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) protects John Connor (played by Edward Furlong) and his mother (Linda Hamilton) from the T-1000 from death (played by Robert Patrick) and has to avoid the police from murders from 1984.

    • Title: Asses to Ashes
      Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust is a phrase from the burial service liturgy.