The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 3 Episode 18

The Alma Matter

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 1993 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Princeton accepts Will but rejects Carlton whose guardian angel helps him see the light. Does Carlton finally go to Princeton? Does Will?

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Carlton fails to get into Princeton whilst Will succeeds- Is the world ending???

    This is definitely another beauty of an episode made by the Fresh Prince! Its simply amazing and funny with many touching moments that clearly define Carlton's strong desire to be much like his father. This episode has some great moments such as Will teaching Ed to be like him. Its funny to see Dr Silberman from Terminator and Terminator 2 Judgment Day actually in this film!

    Carlton standing up to Ed was just priceless and its always a treat hearing Carlton singing!moreless
  • Will and Carlton try for college

    Will and Carlton could not be more different people. Will came from the projects with a just a mother but he has been outgoing and charming. Carlton grew with both parents most of it in luxury is smart but uptight. You see that in this episode. When Will charms his way into Princeton, you see how it affects Carlton. The only complaint against this episode was Will just getting by being himself. This would not happen in real life. I think it's interesting that Carlton lied to everyone about Princeton while not showing any sings that he way. The funnest part was also kind of dirty when Phillp mentioned Clarence Thomas. Overall this was a good episode.moreless
  • Who exactly is Princeton material? Carlton? ...or Will?

    It is Carlton's long life dream to follow in his dad's footsteps and get into Princeton. And the outlook seemed to be in his favour; high grades, a long list of extra-curricular activities, a strong sense of ambition and determination. Until now.

    Who would have thought Will, having average grades and virtually no extra-curricular activities and being an all round joker, would be a better candidate?

    Entertaining was Carlton's cracking under his bruised self-esteem, after discovering Will's success in the interview with Princeton, when he approached his session with "Will's personality"... and failed miserably.

    Tom Jones's appearance as Carlton's guardian angel in this episode was a bonus, especially considering Carlton's obsession with him throughout virtually the entire series.moreless
  • The Alma Matter

    Why watch the Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Because of moments like Will and Carlton’s Princeton interview in this episode, both of which had me laughing throughout the entire scene especially when Carlton snaps and Will teaches the interviewer how to be hip.

    Carlton meeting his guardian angel/idol, Tom Jones was a very amusing scene aswell but I find the rest of the episode much more entertaining with great moments from all the characters, especially Will and Carlton.

    Overall, this is an episode that truly shows why the Fresh Prince is a show worth watching and I recommend all fans to watch this episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Philip was looking through the yearbook pictures with Carlton, he points out who is who. When Carlton ask who is the guy getting slapped by the girl, Philip says Clarence Thomas. Clarence Thomas is a supreme court justice who was accused of sexual harassment in 1991 by Anita Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma.

    • The guidance counselor in this episode gave Will a second look due to his ability to solve a Rubik's Cube. Years after the episode aired, in 2006, Will Smith would play a man, down on his luck and lobbying for a stockbroker internship, in The Pursuit of Happiness . In the film, his character impressed one of the firm's employees so much with his ability to solve a Rubik's Cube that he was given a chance for the program.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ed: Unfortunaley at the time, Princeton does not accept the clinically insane.

    • Carlton: Oh, my God! It's Tom Jones! What are you doin' here?
      Tom Jones: Well, I'm your guardian angel.
      Carlton: Uh, no offense, Tom, but I always thought my guardian angel would be black.
      Tom Jones: I knew Otis Redding.

    • Carlton: Dad, I'm really sorry about the death threat.
      Philip: Son, that was not exactly the bright spot of my day, but what really hurt was that you lied to me.
      Carlton: I didn't know how to tell you Princeton rejected me. You were so happy Princeton would accept Will, I was afraid you would like him more than me.
      Philip: I could never like Will. Wait...I like him, but...Wait, wait. Now I'm lying to you.

    • (Tom Jones shows Carlton what life for his family would be like without him)
      Carlton: What happened, and where's mom?
      Tom Jones: Well without you, your family was defenseless against Will. They started to foucs on happiness instead of success. You mother ran away with the milk man, your father quit his practice to paint, Ashley does nothing but dance all day, and Hilary just does her hair. Well, maybe not everything changed.

    • (After Ed gives Will a chance at Princeton)
      Carlton: How did you do it Will? The truth.
      Will: I was just myself. I guess that was good enough.
      Carlton: This is Princeton Will. They don't want people who are themselves, they want people like me!

    • (After Ed rejects Carlton)
      Carlton: Princeton is the only place I've ever wanted to go. It's the center piece of my life's master plan.
      Ed: I hardly think you could...
      Carlton:(panicing) You think I'm exaggerating? This is my master plan.
      (Carlton pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket, unfolds it, and points to the middle of the paper)
      Carlton: See where Princeton comes in?
      Ed:(examining the paper) Right under 'lose virginity.' You're even stranger than I thought?

    • Philip: My dining club is what made me what I am today.
      (Will opens his mouth and closes it)
      Will: Nah. Too easy.
      Philip: Carlton, since you're my son, you will get my seat in the dining club.
      Will: That would be the seat with the legs bent out from under it. (Philip looks mad) I gave you a free one earlier.

    • (Carlton sings to the tune of It's Not Unusual with Tom Jones)
      Carlton: It's not unusual to have Dad be proud of me.
      It's not unusual, 'cause I love conformity.
      But when I see Dad hangin' with Will instead of me,
      It's not unusual to see me cry.
      I wanna die.

      Tom: It's not unusual to mess up at any time.
      But when I see you so down and out,
      it's such a crime.
      Carlton: Did you ever wanna be loved by anyone?
      And then you let them down.
      I blew it yesterday.
      My trust fund's gone away.
      Tom: My friend, it happens all the time.
      And life will never do...
      Carlton: ...What you want it to.
      Tom: Don't give yourself such a hard tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

      Tom: It's not unusual to feel bad at any time.
      It's not unusual to feel sad at any time.
      Carlton: But if I ever am in a jam at any time,...
      Tom: it's not unusual
      to find that I am there for you!
      Whoa, whoa, oh, Whoa, oh!
      Whoa, whoa.
      Whoa, whoa.
      Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
      Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
      All right!
      Oh, yeah!

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