The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 2 Episode 5

Granny Gets Busy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1991 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Philip can't bear to think of having a new man in his mother's life. He feels this way after spying on his mother kissing the handyman. Will Philip speak up or stay silent?

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  • The main plot was boring for me, the Sub plot was PERFECT!

    How often does one come across an episode where the main plot isn't all that interesting but the sub plot is easily superior. Well, I did in this episode. In fact at the end, i wanted more and more from the sub plot which was plain hilarious!

    The main plot I found just boring. As much as I love the grandma, this episode really didn't work for me aside the sub plot and one funny Phillip scene where he says "Daddy had

    Main plot- 3/10

    Sub plot- 10/10moreless
  • Phillp's mom gets a boyfriend

    Another good episode. Like with previous episodes, I liked that this episode had two good parts. The bet between Will and Carlton and Ashley between Ashley and Hilary was interesting to see. When Carlton was in the dress and Phillp's mom came in, her reaction was great. Another reason I liked the bet was the interaction between Ashley and Hilary. Before we have not seen much. I also like how the bet ended. (I won't reveal it) I also like the part with Phillp's mom. It's never easy for a child to see their parent date. It was interesting to see Phillp to struggle with it. I liked how Phillp's mom's date was a good person. I think the best part of the episode was the Phillp mom story.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the fresh prince philps mother comes to stay with them again and will is happy to see her and so is everyone eles philp sets up activites for his mother to do but she seems like she is not interested in doing them a man that lives next door has some funny pick up lines that he ues on her that will can stop laughing about. and so philp brings a lady from next door that is his mothers age but his mother does not want to hang out with and so she makes up a lie and turns out as philp is waiting for his mother he comes down stairs to see his mother kissing another man. and he is not happy about it and then he final disscuss it with her they work it out this was a good epmoreless
  • Granny Gets Busy

    This episode once again shows Phil as a momma’s boy, worrying about her but still coming up with fun things to do such as card games at the retirement home and inviting elderly neighbours around.

    There are some very funny moments like Phil spinning everything said at the table into his father such as “daddy had a farm” and “daddy had parents”, the whole family getting annoyed at it after a while.

    This shows a pivotal point in the series where Granny moves on from Zeke’s father who died a year ago though I don’t recall it ever being mentioned and manages to be funny aswell however my favourite plot is Ashley and Hillary building the bike while Will and Carlton made the dress which really makes the episode a side-splitting instalment.moreless
  • It was a good episode because you get to see Vivian Banks' butt.

    In this episode Vivian Banks' shows her butt when she slips into something sexy for Uncle Phil and when she lays on the bed you can see up her nightgown and her bare butt is there. It didn't bother me but there are a lot of young viewers and the editors should have caught that.
Eda Reiss Merin

Eda Reiss Merin

Mrs. Sweeting

Guest Star

Lee Weaver

Lee Weaver

Ed Downer

Guest Star

Virginia Capers

Virginia Capers

Hattie Banks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Vivian: So, Ed, Hattie tells us that you grew up on a farm.
      Ed: That's right, a horse farm.
      Philip: My daddy had a horse.
      Carlton: Uh, um, Mr. Downer, what breed did you raise?
      Ed: Appaloosas. They have the most beautiful spotted coats.
      Philip: My dad had a spotted coat. Then he had it cleaned.
      Ashley: Did you have any other animals on your farm?
      Ed: Of course. We had chickens, cows, and a great old dog named Brownie.
      Philip: My dad loved brownies. He once ate a whole pan full.
      Will (to Carlton): That explains a lot.
      Hilary (to Ed): So what happened to your farm?
      Ed: My son's there. I passed it on to him, like my dad got it from his parents.
      Philip: My dad had parents. We called them Grand-mom and Grand-pop.
      Hattie: Uh, Zeke, honey, it smells like my dessert is ready. Would you go check on it for me, please?
      Ed: Mmm, smells like sweet potato pie.
      Philip: My dad liked...
      Will, Carlton, Ashley, Vivian, and Hilary: SWEET POTATO PIE!

    • Hattie (seeing Carlton in a dress): Six years of Oprah and this is still a shock.

    • Philip: Mama wasn't playing cards with Ms.Sweeding last night. She was out with Ed the handuman. I saw them kissing good night.
      Vivian: Uh, Philip, I realize you're upset, but your parents had a long, wonderful marriage, but your mother's been alone for almost a year now. Can you imagine how lonely she must be? If she's found someone, can't you be happy for her?
      Philip: No.
      Vivian: Philip, think about it. If you died tomorrow, what would you want me to do?
      Philip: Jump in with me and bring the kids.
      Vivian: Oh, you don't really mean that.
      Philip: You're right. Leave the kids.

    • (Will and Carlton see Hilary and Ashley's progress assembling an exercise bike)
      Will: Carlton, this is the saddest site I've ever seen, other than your girlfriend in biker shorts.
      Ashley: Hilary and I are doing just fine.
      Hilary: As a matter of fact, when we get it put together we'll be done.
      Carlton (to Will): When did you see my girlfriend in biker shorts?
      Geoffrey: Last Thursday at the tennis courts. Magnificant server.

    • Philip: Son...(sees Carlton wearing a dress) ...and I use that term loosely. What's going on?
      Carlton: Dad, it's not what it looks like. Will and I are making a dress.
      Philip: That's exactly what it looks like.

    • Hattie: You miss your father a lot, don't you Zeke?
      Philip (sounding bitter): Somebody has to.
      Hattie: What is that supposed to mean?
      Philip: I was standing right there. I saw you kiss Ed good night. Now, he's sitting in my daddy's place.
      Hattie: You're the one who invited him and I'm sure glad you did.
      Philip (sounding angry): Don't you feel anything for Daddy? Anything at all?
      Hattie: You really want to know? I'll tell you. I'm angry, Zeke.
      Philip: Angry? Why Mama?
      Hattie: Because he promised he'd never leave me. Crazy as it may seem, I believed him. One morning I got up early, went down singing, got a big breakfast on the stove. Suddenly, I realized I was the only one there to eat it. Remembering is easy for me, Zeke. Its the times I forget he's gone that I can't stand.

  • NOTES (2)


    • When Carlton models his dress, Hilary asks, Want some fries with the shake? This is an allusion to those who work in fast-food restaurants. They are required to ask, Do you want fries with that?

    • When the family sits down to dinner, Hattie Banks tells 'Mr. Ed' where to sit. This is an allusion to the TV series titled, Mr Ed. The TV show ran from 1961 through 1966. The pun is interesting...the guest/handyman said he owned a horse once.

    • Hattie Banks mentions Arsenio Hall long face. He, like Oprah Winfrey , had a talk show. It ran from 1989 through 1994.

    • In the beginning of this episode, the guys challenge the girls. There is an allusion to the TV series, The Brady Bunch . The series ran from 1969 through 1974 and starred Ann B. Davis as the house keeper, Alice . Ashley makes the mistake to call G by the name of Alice.