The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 2 Episode 7

The Big Four-Oh

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Vivian is terrified of turning 40 years old. She thinks of her past; what some of her goals were, what she has achieved, and what she has not acheived. She remembers back to a time when her soul and main purpose was to be a dancer. Does she fulfill her dream?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Its hard to imagine Vivian was 39 years old and a few hours short of 40 when the episode started

    Aside from the nit pick I had in the title, I thought this episode delivered well. It certainly wasn't perfect and it certainly didn't seem fulfilling but it delivered with some great jokes that were well thought off. Easily my favorite part was when Will, Carlton, Ashley and Hilary were laughing about Vivian's lifetime achievements as well as when Vivian did the dance at the end. It was a very good episode told in a nice way but wasn't complete. It lacked with little plotmoreless
  • Viv turns 40

    While this was a good episode and had some funny parts, I thought it was lacking a bit. The second story was not as good this time kind of like in Season 1, when they did one. It was still good for some laughs. It was funny to see Viv go between happy and crazy on turning 40. It was funny when the cake was brought out and it set off the sprinklers. I also liked how Viv achieved her dream or at least tried . It was done in a good way not not a superficial way.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the fresh prine vivan is turning 40 years old and she thinks she did not for full her dreams and so the family throws her a huge party and the cake accidently sets off the alarms and the sprinklers comes down and she is upset so in the morning every thinks she is going to be in a bad mood but turns out that she is going to take up dancing but she gets afraid and winded easily by the young dancers but she comes back and dances her heart out and gets picked but she turns it down and realizes she could of made it .moreless
  • the big four-oh

    Vivian is turning 40? It looked more like she was turning 50, or older. Anyway, this was an okay episode of The Fresh Prince but is not one of the better older installments and actually probably does not hold up to most of the later seasons either.

    An episode focusing on Vivian Banks is a recipe for disaster, and an episode focusing on dancing is even worse. There were some good gags like the kids' commentary during Vivian's slideshow at the party, but it was never as consistently funny as you would expect from this classic show. There are better episodes out there.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes

    They show this one a lot, but I am always interested and entertained. Basically, Vivian is insecure about turning 40 and feels that she has not really accomplished her dream of becoming a professional dancer. I love how she goes through a mid life crisis before her party, and that she joined dance class for three weeks to get a part. She wanted to see if she could have made it as a dancer when she was younger, and she was good. I loved the way she danced at the auditions, and her sarcasm towards those snobby, young dancers. In the end, she realized that she loved dancing, but she is proud of what she has accomplished in her life. Another great installement.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Will and Ashley: (cheering) Your school is whack, your school is whack, wherever y'all came from, just take your butts back.

    • Will: (cheering) We beat 'em, we dissed 'em, we whipped they' butts good, but that was kinda stupid y'all, we in they neighborhood. Run!

    • Will: That's a great tie Carlton. Can I see it?
      Carlton: (giving Will the tie) Sure. It's hand woven in Italy.
      (Will swats the cabnit with the tie)
      Will: That spider has been gettin' on my nerves all day.

    • Vivian: (looking at Philip) And do you know what I miss the most?
      Philip: (chuckling) What honey?
      Vivian: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond.

    • Gina: Auditions usually require dance training. You haven't been to any classes.
      Robin: Unless you counts Lamaze.
      Vivian: Actually, I have been taking private instruction with Natalia Barshkowva.
      Gina: The dancer?
      Vivian: No the obstetrician.

    • (the Banks children rap for Vivian's birthday party)
      Will: Yo! Yo! Yo! We're here to display...
      Carlton: A look at a woman who's 40 today.
      Hilary: She's smart and well-dressed, so just to give thanks...
      Ashley: This is your life, Vivian Banks.

    • (Will, Carlton, Hilary, and Ashley show a slide show)
      Will: Remember 1951? Remember Chuck Berry? Remember Hula-Hoops? Me, neither! But that was the year that Vivian Smith was born.
      (everyone awws at the slide of Vivian's baby picture)
      Will: Eat your heart out, LaToya.
      (everyone laughs)
      Carlton: In just a few short years, little Vivian starred in her first dance recital. Over a quarter of a century ago. The seasons came and went.
      (the next slide shows a teenage Vivian with an afro)
      Hilary: The '60s. The dark ages of fashion. Yet, Vivian braved the afro, the dashiki, and the platform shoe. She went off to college with dreams of becoming a dancer. Time marched on.
      Ashley: As the days turned into years, Vivian got a teaching degree, got married, and moved to California. The years rolled by.
      (the last slide shows Vivian Banks of today)
      Carlton: Today, Vivian Banks has matured into a successful college professor, outstanding wife and mother, and a tribute to middle age.

  • NOTES (1)