The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 3 Episode 5

Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Carlton prepares for a dinner date with his former girlfriend, Cindy, forgiving her for rejecting him several months earlier, but when she arrives with a newborn baby named Carlton Jr.,

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  • As brilliant Season 3 has been so far, this is the first strange episode

    Now don't get me wrong. I still like this episode but it had a weird tone to it. The idea of Carlton being a teenage parent is disturbing and out of his character. Sure, his character has been a little modified, but here, for the first time, things feel weird with Carlton.

    That isn't to say that the episode wasn't funny. I laughed a lot during the episode but the premise of the episode just didn't seem right. If this happened to Will, I can perfectly understand. Also the ending was very strange and sudden. But at least I had some laughsmoreless
  • Carlton a dad? No

    Sorry to spoil it for you. Your fault for reading this before you watched this episode. Normally I try avoid spoilers, but this was exception. Was this a bad a bad episode? No. But the writers and producers did trick us. Maybe it was good acting, but you see no indication from Carlton and Cindy that Carlton is not the father. I liked that Will went and got Carlton. This would not happen two years ago. I also enjoyed seeing Cindy. It was Lisa from Saved by the Bell and one of her few non-Saved by the Bell appearances. This could have been better and maybe they could have done more episodes around this.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show fresh prince carlton gets in contact with his old ex girl friend who left him when things started to get serious years ago and he start to meet her and talk to her again till she reaveals she has carlton jr and he thinks he is the father and so he decides to leave with her down to vegas to get married with out his parents finding out unti they do and go down there to get him . this was a good ep and it had a lot of good moments i thoughtmoreless
  • As funny as this episode is, it sets a wrong tone and leaves a bad aftertaste.

    Overall, this episode is quite funny, meeting the expectations for the series. However, the writers of this episode leave us with big unanswered questions.

    So this ex-girlfriend of Carlton's comes to the Banks' mansion with a baby she says is Carlton's and he rides along with the story so he can lie about his virginity, using the baby as proof that he had sex with this girl. Things get serious once Carlton decides to marry her. Although she appears to accept marrying Carlton, she then gets scared once she finds out about Carlton's plans for the future.

    But what happened with the baby? Did Carlton and Cindy agree beforehand to lie to the family alleging the baby was Carlton's, or was Cindy trying to scam Carlton to have him be the father of the child, and Carlton was consenting the scam so he could lie about his virginity? Simply put, this episode leaves a bad aftertaste in the viewer's mind.moreless
  • 305

    "You a German?"

    It was around this season that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air really started to become a comedy that everyone would gather around their television set to watch, and with good reason. They did not try to have a righteous political message in every episode, they just told good storylines. Take today's episode for instance, was the whole baby daddy thing a bit of a cliche, even in the early 90's? Sure, but that does not mean it was not funny.

    Good episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air here. You definitely need more of these Carlton-centric episodes in the show.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Carlton climbs out of his window and is about to sneak out with Cindy, he walks towards the house. If he was sneaking out of the house, he wouldn't walk back into the house where he could get caught. He should have turned around and walked out the back.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Philip: This time, Cindy's parents are gonna talk to me.
      Vivian: Now Philip, stay calm. Now, I'm sure they're lovely people. Just because they let their daughter run wild and take advantage of our only son and flush his life down the toilet. (shouting)Give me the damn phone, Philip!
      (Philip wrestles the phone away from Vivian and then calls someone)
      Philip: Ah, yes hello. Hey, don't you dare try to hang up on me! What kind of low lives are you, throwing a minor out on the street and endangering a helpless infant?! Well, I'm gonna do everything I can to see you behind bars! (shouting) Now, what do you have to say for yourself? Uh, so when will your mommy and daddy be home?

    • Carlton: I'm a virgin.
      Will: What?
      Carlton: I'm a virgin!
      Groom: (sets off for home) It's nice to know somebody still is!

    • Vivian: Where have you been?
      Will: At the fridge.
      Philip At this hour?
      Will: It's 8 o' clock.
      Vivian: Listen to us, Philip, we're overreacting.
      Philip: This is Will, there's no such thing as overreacting.
      Will: Adolf, Eva, why don't you just take it easy?

    • Will: I would like to point out that Uncle Phil's head is about to explode... and for once it ain't my fault!

    • Ashely: Carlton a father? He won't even let Ken and Barbie sleep in the same shoe box.

    • Vivian: I am never wearing a bathing suit again as long as I live!
      Philip: Now honey, I'm sure the pool man didn't really mistake you for me.

    • Vivian: Carlton, being a teenage parent is very hard, and you have already proved yourself irresponsible by getting yourself into this mess. How are you gonna raise him, feed him, educate him?
      Carlton: Wait. You guys aren't gonna take care of us?
      Vivian: Hold me back Philip!!!
      (Philip restrain Vivian as Will rushes Carlton out of the room. Will than picks up a banana as Philip and Vivian start to go after Carlton and blocks the door.)
      Will: Stand back ya'll! I gotta a banana, and if either of you take one more step, I'll fill both of ya with potassium!

    • Will: You're lucky I ain't gonna do you like Kunta Kinte and cut off your foot.

    • Will: Come on Carlton just cause the baby is cute doesn't mean it ain't yours.

    • Ashley: Carlton, why are you wearing a suit? Is daddy bringing home white people?

    • Carlton: Here comes Mr. Ducky! Doesn't he quack you up?
      (The baby throws it hard against the wall)
      Carlton: Wow, if I could make a throw like that they wouldn't have made me play on the girls team.

    • Will: You know that model in all them Hugo Boss ads?
      Carlton: Yeah?
      Will: You don't look nothing like him.

  • NOTES (3)