The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 2 Episode 14

Hilary Gets a Life

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After reviewing his credit card bill, Phil decides that Hilary is too dependent on her parents' money. He cuts up her credit cards and forces her to get a job. Not knowing what to do or how to look for a job, Hilary struggles.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • An awesome Hilary based 22 minutes of pure laughter!

    Brilliant episode! That is all I could say! I enjoyed everything about this episode. We are finally introduced to a new friend of Will's, who I quite enjoyed, Tyrique. I also loved seeing Geoffrey playing the fatherly role here. It was great to see a bit of bonding between he and Hilary. I also loved how she slowly grows as a character by the end of the episode. In fact, this episode is the only episode of the season so far that I wish were twice as long as it were. Brilliant, perfected episode!moreless
  • Hilary gets a job

    Change is hard and the older you are, the harder it is to change. We see Hilary go through this. At the pilot she is spoiled, lazy who would wouldn't even lift a finger who backs away from challenges (see her last job and college). This time she tries to do it but has help from Will and Geoffrey. If this happened Season 1, I don't know if she would go through with the job. I enjoyed Geoffrey talks with Hilary. It was not a lecture or talking-down too but advice he is giving. This is something he has done before with Will and shows how much Geoffrey has grown. i also like that Phillp and Viv were not involved much in Hilary's job. One of the funnier parts is when Will is trying to get Carlton and Ashley and Carlton to help their sister and not coming up with a good reason to. I also thought it was funny that Will and his friend were wearing shirts that someone in 8th grade (according to Ashley). This was a decent episode with some good laughs.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the fresh prince philp finds out that hilery has been spending way to much money and she does not have job so philp decides to cut up her credit cards and you hear a big scream lol when he does and hilery is forced to find a job but hse is having major problems and she gets help by jeffery and will and she ends up as a caterer and jeffrey gives her a speech about how she should keep tring this was a good ep it had some good lines i thought a good epmoreless
  • Hilary Gets A Life

    This episode has a very good comparison between Geoffrey and Will’s approach to dealing with Hilary’s crisis which is a great ending to a terrific episode which has a solid Hilary plot and a web of lives that Will spins including on his dating application, Hillary’s resume and to Geoffrey about the party which Geoffrey clearly has doubts about doesn’t want to risk it.

    This episode has a lot of great lines about Hilary’s shopping expenses and Philip’s eyesight which is very entertaining when it comes to the bills.

    Overall, this episode has a very good plot filled with humorous jokes and well written scenes throughout.moreless
Clea Lewis

Clea Lewis


Guest Star

Joan McMurtrey

Joan McMurtrey

Barbara Simone

Guest Star

Elsa Raven

Elsa Raven

Ida Pollock

Guest Star

Perry Moore

Perry Moore


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Will and Tyriq are filling out a dating application)
      Will: You've gotta write the kind of things that appeal to the kind of woman you want.
      Tyriq: So what's you're occupation?
      Will: Well, I'm a biblical scholar, a nuclear physicist, and a doctor who saves the lives of orphan children.
      Tyriq: Wow man. What kind of woman are you looking for?
      Will: Someone with really, really big breasts.

    • (Philip is reading off the family's credit card bills)
      Philip: Carlton, ninty dollars for a pair of socks? That's ridiculous.
      Vivian: It certainly is. Oh Philip, that's nine dollars.
      Philip: Oh...Ashley. How could you manage to charge eighty dollars worth of trinkets on our account at the drug store?
      Vivian: That's eighty cents. Sweety, do you need to get your eyes checked?
      Philip: Don't be ridiculous Vivian.
      Vivian: This has been going on for months. If you move the tv any closer to the bed, I'll be sleeping with Jade Leno.

    • Will: Hilary, ever since you got this job, I've been working my butt off.
      Geoffrey: Miss Hilary, when you were a child, you begged your parents for months to buy you a violin. Then, five minutes into your first lesson, what happened?
      Hilary: I quit. I had to. It irritated my chin.
      Geoffrey: What about ballet?
      Hilary: I quit. I had to. I was starting to get feet like Fred Flintstone.
      Geoffrey: And cheerleading?
      Hilary: Okay, I quit that too. Heck, they wanted me to ride to away games on a bus.

    • Hilary: I'm making a new-years resolution to find a job...right after Easter.

    • Philip: Oh, great. You're all together.
      Vivian: Will, we've got something to say to you.
      Philip: We just want to congradulate you for setting such a fine example for the other kids.
      Will: Is this some kind of sick joke?
      Vivian: No baby, not at all. We are very proud of the way you've managed to balance your school work and your part-time job.
      Carlton: Is this some kind of sick joke?
      Philip: These bills are no joke. You kids could really learn a thing or two from Will.
      Hilary: Are we like in the The Twilight Zone When does everyone put on the pig masks?

  • NOTES (1)