The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 3 Episode 1

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 14, 1992 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Will returns home from spending the summer in Philadelphia with a new look that doesn't sit well with Uncle Phil. It angers Philip even more when Ashley starts to pick up Wills habits. Does Will go back to his regular dress? Does Ashley?

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Uncle Phil in the old seasons was sometimes a pompous JERK!

    Don't get me wrong. Philip Banks got better in the rest of the episodes. But I just thought in this episode he and Vivian were being too way out of line when they(majority Philip) kept repeatedly rudely yelling/scolding Will to do whatever and clothes to wear even though the company they had at the important dinner party like Whitey did not seem to even notice or mind at all!
  • This episode made me laugh more than all of Season 2 put together- No joke- PERFECT return to a series!

    'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' is the premiere for Season 3 which deals between the relationship between Phillip and Will. Since Will has returned from his hometown, he has begun acting strangely, which continuously frustrates Phillip to the point that Will leaves home.

    I love this episode for many reasons. Firstly, the acting is brilliant but I have one nitpick. Hilary and Will seem to be older a bit, which kinda drew me out of it for a minute or two. Those who say the episode was stupid just don't get it. Phillip never really cared much for Will so everything works. These are still characters we relate to.

    The delivery of dialogue is brilliant and this episode made me laugh so much more than season 2 ever did. In fact, most of the episode was filled with laughs which is just great.

    Definitely a warm welcome to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air- Definitely check it out

    STORY -4.5/5

    CHARACTERS (in the episode) 5/5

  • Season 3 begins

    There are certain ways to start a season and this was not the best way to start one. Was this a bad episode? No. The relationship of Will and Phillp was never great but it has been better since the start. Also Will has grown some too. I think both parts regressed a bit. Granted Will was on vacation for summer in Philadelphia, so one would expect some fall back but not this much. It felt like it was at the pilot again. Maybe it was at the time I reviewed this but Will's hair's didn't seem that bad. There were some good parts. I was glad to see the rest of the family happy (except Carlton, which I expect) to see Will. It was also funny to seeing Will get thrown out. out Jazz's place. The best part was that Phillp's potential client nickname was actually whitey. A nice episode but the best way to start a season.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show fresh prince will comes home after spending the summer in philly and he starts to do some of the cool hip things he did in philly and philp does not like that when ashley starts to do the things also and philp and will get into a big arguement and will decides that maybe its best if he goes back to the way things were when he was at bel air this was a good ep i thought it had alot of laughs and it was alittle bit a emotinoal . all in all a good epmoreless
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    This episode is a hilarious start to season 3 and really sets up the humour that will occur throughout the season with great jokes involving "Whitey", Jazz and Phil.

    The ending of the episode is terrific, the whole final scene ("I don't wanna go to Princeton" and the man in the jacuzzi) being an excellent finish with Will actually believig for once that Phil was being lenient until he makes his own kids turn on Will.

    Overall, this episode has many great moments that prove that The Fresh Prince is even better than it was in the first two seasons with a talking car and "brain-operated" Ashley.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of the episode, Phil grounds all 3 of his kids, except Hilary is an adult, and is too old to be grounded.

    • Goof: Carlton said that he wants to go to Yale and that he doesn't want to go to Princeton, but in previous episodes, he has his heart set on Princeton.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (Will sees an elderly woman with several bags trying to open her door)
      Will: Oh. I'll help you with those, ma'am.
      (he takes one bag, but the woman takes it back)
      Woman: No, you won't, Worm Head!
      (she kicks Will on the leg)
      Woman: And there's more where that come from, chump.

    • Philip: Will, there will be no beepers worn in this house.
      Will: Yo, what's up Uncle Phil, my mom let me wear it in Philly.
      Phillp: That's because she's your mother and she loves you. I'm your uncle, I just try not to hurt you.

    • Hilary: Dad, I need five hundred dollars.
      Vivian: If its for the barbeque, we have already paid you.
      Hilary: Its not for the barbeque. I just want five hundred dollars.

    • Jazz: Weren't you just here?
      Will: I've been gone all summer. Isn't there something else you'd like to say to me?
      Jazz: Now that you mention it, yeah. You dating Whoopi Goldberg?

    • Jazz: What's up, man?
      Will: What's up, J?
      Jazz: When did you get back?
      Will: I just got back this morning, man.
      Jazz: Man, welcome home. Later
      (Slams door in Will's face)

    • (Carlton enters all beaten up)
      Vivian: Carlton honey, what happened to you?
      Carlton: Will told everyone at the airport I was Bryant Gumbel.
      Will: Hey, I thought we'd get the luggage faster.
      Vivian: Oh you poor baby, what did they do, mob you for autographs?
      Carlton: No, Five old ladies attacked me for being mean to Willard.
      Ashley: Hey, it was worth it if we got the luggage.

    • Vivian: When Will gets here, be nice. Otherwise you're gonna be bunk'in with mr.couch.
      (Philip laughs stupidly)
      Philip: Woman please. Do you honestly believe you can manipulate me with sex?
      Vivian: Does James Brown have a perm?

    • Phillip: Will, you're not going to wear a beeper as long as you're in my house.
      Will: Come on, Uncle Phil, how's a guy supposed to keep up with his tasties?
      Phillip: His what?
      Ashley: His tasties, daddy, his chumpies, his slimmies, his old ladies.
      Phillip: And who're you, Queen Latifah?

    • (the entire kitchen shakes in response to the loud hip-hop music playing outside)
      Geoffrey: I don't know whether to duck under the table or do the running man.

    • Carlton: Will, you MUST change.
      Will: Carlton, you MUST grow.

    • Philip: Will, get changed NOW.
      Will: You think someone will think I'm a drug dealer or something? Why wouldn't someone think I'm a doctor?
      (Carlton pulls off Will's hat, exposing his hair)
      Carlton: Because everyone knows Buck Weed didn't go to medical school.

    • Vivian: Philip, I'm worried about Will. What if something happened to him?
      Philip: Don't get my hopes up Vivian.
      Vivian: PHILIP!
      Philip: Relax. I have Geoffrey scowering the city for him.
      (Geoffrey walks in)
      Geoffrey: I'm terribly sorry sir. I searched everywhere, but there were no ice-cream sandwhiches.

    • Philip: I have no control over what you do Will. But these are MY kids. And as long as you wear those clothes and carry the beeper, they're grounded.

    • Ashley: (somewhat angry) Daddy, why did you throw Will out on the street?
      Philip: I did not throw Will out on the street!
      Geoffrey: Oh, quite right sir. You simply threw him out on to the lawn. He rolled into the street.

    • Will: It's like telling Hilary she can't entertain men in the hottub!
      Vivian: When did you have a man in the hottub?
      Hilary: This is about Will, not me.
      (Later in the argument)
      Vivian: I still want to know when she had a man in the hottub.
      Hilary: Look, that is my private life, ok? What happened is between me, that man, and his video camera.

    • Will: It's like telling Carlton he can't wear plaid.
      Carlton: Don't joke about that.

    • Philip: Boarding school is not so bad. Is it Geoffrey? Geoffrey went to boarding school, tell her Geoffrey.
      Geoffrey: Madam, I went to private school. And then I went to therapy.

  • NOTES (6)

    • When Will goes to Jazz's apartment, it is a completely different building than in season 1(72 hours).

    • Just as she did in the pilot, Hilary enters by asking her father for hundreds of dollars, quickly greets Will, then asks for the money again.

    • Will returns from Philly with a constantly beeping beeper and a jailsuit outfit.

    • During this season, Jeff Townes (Jazz) is credited differently. He was listed as DJ Jazzy Jeff as Jazz in prior seasons. Now he appears as Jeffrey A. Townes as DJ Jazzy Jeff. This information is not correct as Jeff's character in the show is called Jazz, not DJ Jazzy Jeff, which happens to be Jeff's name in music. This error persists during the whole third season and is finally corrected in season four.

    • The railing on the stairway in the living room is now a wood texture. In season 2, it was white and dark brown.

    • Janet Hubert-Whitten would appear in her last season after having conflicts with Will Smith and the producers. She reportedly was very difficult to work with...especially when she became pregnant later in the season.