The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 4 Episode 14

Sleepless in Bel-Air

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 03, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Will tells Ashley that this is her first real date but her first real date was with Tevin Campbell in season one's episode Just Infatuation.

    • In the kitchen after Will says 'check please' if you notice there's a boom mic visible.

    • The girl in the beginning also played Candy in the episode There's The Rub as one of the brothel girls

    • Goof: When Carlton's laptop gets unplugged, he shouldn't of lost all his information because the battery would have prevented the computer from shutting down.

    • Goof: When Carlton is at the kitchen table working on his paper with Will, he opens a bag of chips and takes a bite. The loud crunch bugs Will, but the echo of the chip crunch is audible, so it was obviously a special effect.

  • Quotes

    • Hilary: (on the dictionary) It's so much fun, it's just full of all kinds of words, big words, little words, abbreviations, common phrases. Can I look up a word for you?
      Will: Yeah, go away.
      Hilary: That's two words.

    • Phil: If Ashley tried something like that, I'd throttle her.
      Will: Wait a minute, throttling isn't anything like killing, is it?
      Hilary: (coming downstairs reading the dictionary) Not exactly. The second definition of throttle is to strangle: choke. Killing is a result of throttling.
      (Philip goes upstairs)
      Carlton: Either way I think we're about to see a demonstration.

    • Will:(imitating a powerful voice) All hail. The King of Cram is about to take his throne!

    • Will: Guys are only after two things.
      Ashley: I thought they were only after one thing.
      Will: Well yeah, but they wanna do it more than once.

    • Philip: This will take care of that crickett.
      Geoffrey: Sir, that's air-freshner.
      Philip: Well its all we have. It might work.
      Geoffrey: Yes. Perhaps the scent of sea breeze will recall some painful memory for him, and then he'll commit suicide.

    • Philip: Come on Geoffrey. I'll hunt down that crickett if it's the last thing I do.
      Geoffrey: His head will make a fine trophey sir.

    • (Philip and Geoffrey are hunting a crickett)
      Philip: That bug isn't going to get the best of me. Now I know how Captain Ahab felt when he was chasing Moby Dick.
      Geoffrey: Between the two of you, the cricket is the whale?

    • Ashley: Come on, Dad, 10 years? The Menendez brothers will be out before I am.
      Philip: The Menendez brothers got home on time.

    • Philip: Where'd you last put the insecticide?
      Geoffrey: In your soup.

    • Will: Time out, Ashley's home.
      Carlton: Ashely? I thought she was upstairs in bed.
      Will: Yeah, you also thought Tupac Shakur was a Jewish holiday.

    • Vivian: You can't stop little girls from growing up.
      Philip: I can, and I will!

    • (Philip, going up the stairs and inadvertently squashing the cricket)
      Philip: I killed the cricket!
      Geoffrey: Oh, what a horrible death!

    • Carlton is tapping his fingers on the table, Will stares at him.
      Carlton: Sorry, bad habit.
      Carlton opens a bag of chips and chews loudly, Will takes the bag and hits Carlton on the head.
      Will: Sorry, bad habit!

    • Ashley: Why are you guys still up? You're making it really hard for me to sneak in.
      Will: Ashley, you know full well if you wanna sneak past Uncle Phil, you don't go through the kitchen.

    • Ashley: Will, this is all your fault!
      Will: What is that, like the theme of this family?

    • Will: Ding dong the cricket's dead, Ashley's grounded, now y'all go to bed.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Bezesná noc (Sleepless Night)

    • While hunting down the cricket, Philip accidentally trips over the cord of the laptop, knocking it out of the socket and permanently deleting Carlton's term paper. Carlton is upset but syndication cuts the part where he says that it was only for extra credit.

  • Allusions

    • Will: Ding,Dong the cricket's dead, Ashley's grounded, now y'all go to bed.
      This was is a play on the famous 1939 musical, The Wizard of Oz. The Munchkins sing: "Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead. Wake up, sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed" when the Wicked Witch of the East gets crushed by Dorothy's house.

    • Uncle Phil compares his search to kill the annoying cricket like that of Captain Ahab searching the whale from the book Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Of course Geoffry asks between Phil and the cricket, the cricket's the whale, comparing Phil to the large looming whale that terrorizes Ahab.

    • Title: Sleepless in Bel-Air
      The title of this episode is a take off on the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.