The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 2 Episode 11

The Butler Did It

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 25, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins shoot a video at the Banks house, courtesy of Carlton, who rents the house to them while his parents are away. Philip and Vivian decide to come home early and the children hurry to try and put the house back together before they arrive.moreless

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  • A good episode that's been done before

    I thought this episode was more fun and muck around than story. The biggest positive to me, about this episode was Hilary's character. I thought it was hysterical at times how she was presented. This episode may entertain some but can be a bit of nothing for others and in many ways, is much like Home Alone, which came out an year or two earlier than this season.
  • Will and Carlton are home alone

    This was an episode with two good parts. The whole storyline with Carlton and Will was funny. It was good from the start from the start with the music video to the clean up. I think it was funny with all the interruptions during the music video. I also like the Hilary didn't take as much interest as last time Phillp and Viv left. Speaking of them, their storyline was good too. When you find out why they have been getting their proper service, it's very funny. You have to watch out to find out.moreless
  • this was a really good ep

    in this ep of the fresh prince philp and vivan are going off on romantic getaway for the week and the kids are going to be home alone while even jeffry is going away also and carlton decides to rent out the house for week to shoot a rap video while the parents are gone. will and others find out about it and house ends up being trashed and philp and vivan find out that when they got to the hotel someone had rented out alot of the rooms and was using all the service mades ups they could not enjoy the week and so they come home early and the kids are tring to get everything back to normal turns out that jeffery was the one renting everything out and it was a very funny epmoreless
  • One of the best episodes in season 2.

    Season 2 was great and with another episode of the popular 90s series "the fresh prince of bel air" makes the season even better. The episode starts off with Philip and Vivian going to a trip and Geoffrey going to the butlers convension, which is only a vacation for him. So Will, Carlton, Hilary and Ashley stay at home. Carlton suggests letting a band shoot their video in their home so they can receive cash and his parents wouldnt notice. What makes things bad is that Philip and Vivian happen that arent returning the next week, but that same night. Things get worse when it starts rainning and all the furniture is ruined... and they only have 6 hours before Philip and Vivian come back!moreless
  • The Butler Did It

    Carlton’s idea of living on edge being swimming right after eating, Hillary’s way of selling cookies and Will assuming it was a racial thing that Phil was looking at him when he instructed the kids not to misbehave were all hilarious and that was only before the opening credits.

    Whether it be the shooting of the video, Phil and Vivian’s trip or Geoffrey’s “butler convention”, it’s hard not to laugh at this brilliant episode where Carlton doesn’t get the profit he was expecting.

    Overall, this episode is a very funny one from Ashley driving the car (“I told you the R didn’t stand for Really fast”) to the buffer scene (“Do not use near water”) and is definitely an episode Fresh Prince fans will laugh at non-stop.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Will is looking at the damage to the furniture)
      Will (Repeating Carlton's words): They'll only be here one day. The Titanic went down in one day! The Hindenburg blew up in one day! The entire city of Pompei was covered in molten lava in one day!

    • Will: Geoffrey, what do you do at these butler conventions?
      Geoffrey: We do many things Master William. For example, this year we're working on something new to say to our employers: get it your own damn self.

    • Will (after learning that Philip and Vivian are returning home early): Okay y'all, that's it, that's a wrap, gotta go. Y'all ain't got to go home, but y'all gotta get the hell outta here.
      Carlton: Will, what are you doing?
      Will: Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv aren't coming home on Monday. They're coming home tonight.
      Carlton: Not Monday?
      Will: Not Monday.
      Carlton (nervously): Okay, y'all ain't got to go home, but y'all got to get the hell out of here.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Will: What do you do at these butler conventions, reminesce about Mr French?
      Geoffrey: Actually, this year it's Benson.
      Will's comment is an allusion to the 1966 television show, Family Affair and Geoffrey's comment is an allusion to the 1979 television show, Benson.

    • Title: The Butler Did It
      The title is an allusion to murder myseteries in which the butler is often blamed for the crime.of the character is the butler.