The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 1 Episode 4

Not With My Pig, You Don't

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Will tries to smooth things over between Philip and Philip's very rural parents when they visit to see Philip receive an award. The family finds out many things they did now know about Uncle Phil. When an interview goes awry, Will steps in and Philip wants to step out when his secret is told.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

David Downing

David Downing

Master of Cermonies

Guest Star

Gilbert Lewis

Gilbert Lewis

Joe Banks

Guest Star

Kathy Griffin (I)

Kathy Griffin (I)

Susan Klein

Guest Star

Virginia Capers

Virginia Capers

Hattie Banks

Recurring Role

John Petlock

John Petlock

Henry Furth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Philip wins a case called "Quincy vs. Jones." Quincy Jones was the producer of show.

    • Will mentions Rosa Parks and her sore feet. Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to obey bus driver and relinquish her seat to a white man on December 1, 1955. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement.

    • Will reads in TV Guide that Bill Cosby is getting a streetwise niece. This is a reference to Erika Alexander who joined the cast of The Bill Cosby Show as Cousin Pam the same year that this episode aired.

    • The kitchen shown in this episode is very different from the one that is used in the rest of the series run.

    • Hattie repeatedly sang or hummed the song Wade in the Water. Harriet Tubman sang this spiritual as a warning to runaway slaves. To escaping slaves, the song told them to abandon the path and move into the water. By travelling along the water's edge or across a body of water, the slaves would throw chasing dogs and their keepers off the scent. This song was better explained in a later epsiode of this series.

    • It is established in this episode that Philip went to Princeton University in 1963. Princeton University is located in New Jersey.

    • Ashley mistakenly refers to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People established in 1909) as the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

    • Philip earns the Urban Spirit Award. This is ironic since his parents make it clear that he grew up in a rural area in North Carolina.

    • Goof: When Philip comes home from work and talks about the award, Hilary is excited that she's going to get 2 new dresses for the interview and the awards ceremony. But, during the interview scene, Hilary isn't wearing a new dress. She isn't even wearing a dress at all. Despite the fact the Banks' don't end up getting their picture taken during the interview, Hilary didn't know that until the reporter arrived.

    • This was actually the 6th episode to be shot, but the fourth to be broadcasted.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Will: I'm sorry if I embarrassed you, but the reporter was gonna trash the article 'til I gave her those pig stories.
      Philip: Oh, yes. Everybody loves those amusing little anecdotes. I don't suppose you ever realized that they make me look like a fool.
      Will: Uncle Phil, you're plaid golf shorts make you look like a fool. Those stories make you look great. I mean, you did a lot for black people that I didn't know about.
      Philip (sarcastically): Yeah. I raised a pig for the young farmers association. Puts me right up there with Martin Luther King.
      Will: You were the first black president (of a club at Princeton), that's really something. And what about the whites only restroom?
      Philip: In case my mother didn't make it painfully clear, I wasn't trying to prove a point. I only went in there because I really had to go.
      Guy in bathroom: I see a whole lot of that.
      Will: Uncle Phil, it's just like Rosa Parks. I mean, when she sat at the front of the bus, she wasn't trying to prove a point either, she did it 'cause her feet hurt. They told her to leave and she didn't, and neither did you.
      Philip: ... I must have been kidding myself. I had it all planned out: there I was, my family all lined up to meet the press with my perfect image, Philip Banks pulled himself up from the streets by his own bootstraps. Only problem is I didn't have it that hard. I had two parents who loved me, and cared for me, worked hard to make sure I had everything they never had.
      Will: Why are you so worried about your image? The truth sounds real good to me.

    • (Will has talked some sense into Philip about his past)
      Philip: I don't think my mother will ever forgive me.
      Will: Come on Uncle Phil. Granny's great. I'm sure she'll forgive you.
      Philip: Will, there's something you need to know. Sometimes, parents just don't understand.

    • Will: What'd I do?
      Philip: What did you do? You destroyed my image!
      Will: Man, I didn't destroy nothing.
      Philip: OF COURSE YOU DID! Look at that story! I have to walk into that dinner hall tonight full of people who are gonna think I'm nothing but a hog-handling hit room Yamamcraw!
      Hattie: But that is where you come from Zeke.
      Philip: Mama...I was just having a few words with Will.
      Hattie: And I'm having a few words with you. What have you got to be ashamed of? We've always put food on the table and clothes on your back.
      Philip: Mama I'm not ashamed. There are just certain parts of my life I don't wish emphasized.
      Hattie: Where I come from, they call that being ashamed... Mr. Big-Shot!

    • Hattie: Zeke just loved his swimming hole, he'd strip down to his birthday suit and jump in. Yes, he loved his skinny dipping, he and Melvin.
      Phil: I don't think they want to hear about Melvin.
      Will: Oh we'd love to. So Melvin was like his best friend?
      Hilary: Melvin was his pig.

    • Will: Don't tell Uncle Phil, I got in a little bit past my curfew.
      Hattie: How much is a little?
      Will: Let me put it to you this way, I snuck out after I was supposed to be in.

  • NOTES (1)