The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 4 Episode 16

I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Security System Salesman: No, from Mortal Kombat by Sega.
      This is a reference to the video game Mortal Kombat.

    • The end credits show a blooper of Karyn Parsons (Hilary) taking a fall after tripping on her dress. This is a departure from the usual bloopers where the actors mess up their dialog.

  • Quotes

    • Coach: Without Carlton, those boys won't believe they can win. And if they don't have it here, (points to his head) they're not gonna have it here (points to his heart).
      Jazz: And if they don't have it here, (points to his heart) you're gonna get it there (points to Will's face).

    • Will: We can steal that old Mustang statue!
      Jazz: Now, why would I steal something I can't sell?
      Will: The Jazz I knew didn't need reasoning before he did something stupid.

    • Phil: This is a dangerous world we live in but turning our home into a bunker isn't going to solve anything.
      Hilary: You're right, let's just get guns.

    • Carlton: I'll wait for you.
      Amanda: And I'll cut back on dating.

    • Carlton: In high school, I was sort of a...
      Amanda: Dweeb?
      Carlton: I was gonna say loner, but that too.

    • Coach: Has there been any sign of Carlton?
      Will: (Looking at flier with picture of Carlton in a cage on it) Well actually, there's been a sign.

    • Carlton: Will, I'm desperate. Take off your pants!
      Will: Uh, I think you're taking this jail thing a bit too far!

    • Coach: What happened to Carlton?
      Will: I think my aunt Helen dropped him on his head when he was a baby.

    • Carlton: None of the team even leave the locker room before they rub me for luck!
      Will: Are you sure they don't just rub you for fun?

    • Amanda: Carlton, you're a peacock. I'm a mustang. Can you imagine what our children would be like?
      Will: Powerful hind legs and a colorful tail?

    • Will (looking at the map): Hey, I know this place. This is the rumpus room of the Alpha Kappa Psi sorority! Let's go!
      Jazz: I can't.
      Will: Why not?
      Jazz: Restraining order. Long story.

    • Jazz: Man, this victory party is weak!
      Will: That's because we lost, Jazz.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Announcer: Does this spell doom for the Fighting Peacock football team? Stay tuned, same Fresh Prince time, same Fresh Prince channel.
      (A voice hums a tune while the Fresh Prince of Bel Air logo zooms in spinning.)
      The end of the scene with Carlton inside the cage right before the commercial break is an allusion to the end of an episode of the television show, Batman. The announcer always ends the show with Tune in next week. Same bat time, same bat channel.

    • Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams
      The title is a play on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is an autobiography of Maya Angelou's childhood.