The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 6 Episode 17

The Butler's Son Did It

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Geoffrey's life changes overnight when a man claiming to be his long-lost son shows up and charms everyone except Will, who discovers the guy's not what he seems. It is only Will who tries to reveal this, but Geoffrey has a surprise of his own. Meanwhile, Hilary starts writing her autobiography, and an early childhood photo reveals a shocking secret.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Geoffrey's son

    A surprising start of this episode when Geoffrey's son makes an appearance to see long last dad. However like the previous episode, I wish this episode could've been better and should've be a two part episode. I do wonder when Geoffrey made the comment earlier in the series that he wish he had a son that he could pas on knowledge to, that the producers and writers had this planed for him. I do wish that the wife of Geoffrey would've been in this episode. Speaking of people I wish were in that episode, I wonder where Viv was his in this episode. You quickly know that Fredrick is not a good person. I do understand that people who don't have a dad in their lives have a greater chance of being bad. Will quickly steps up for Geoffrey to try to get Fredrick to change. I think he did this because of what he went through with his dad. The storyline with Geoffrey and his dad was good but like I said before it would've been better if this an hour. When Will was at the airport making the case why Geoffrey was a good person and then failing would be normally be funny (and it was) but it was fitting the situation. The ending was too much like a typical early 90's or 80's sitcom. This episode is still worthwhile because it's always good to hear about a characters past.moreless
  • 3/18/96

    It has been too long since NBC has a good multi-camera sitcom. Newsradio, Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince, why can't they create a show like this anymore?

    This episode saw things focus on an often unappreciated character in the mix, in Geoffrey, the butler. People on the internet seem to like him, they like his snarky comments, but I was a never a big fan. That aside, it was interesting to see a storyline about his background, and not just Will flirting vigorously with some girl. This show was not the same in its last season, but this is still better than just about everything on today.moreless
  • It was alright I guess but not the greatest.

    This episode was a very dramatic episode with little funniness besides Carlton. Geofrey's so called son comes to visit him but in the process has an alternative plan of Robbing money from him. Geofrey thinks that his son is the best thing that evr happened to him so he goes all out buying him toys and plans on playing catch and so on. In the end after taking a load of money from Geofrey the boy decides to leave because his job is done but figures out he kinda likes his dad. Will does everthing in his power to stop Geofrey's son from taking his plane and leaving, but the son brightens up, gos back to Geofrey, returns the money and says his apoligies.moreless
Craig Kirkwood

Craig Kirkwood


Guest Star

Patty Holley

Patty Holley

Security Guard

Guest Star

Jullian Dulce Vida

Jullian Dulce Vida

Pizza Boy

Guest Star

Jeff Townes

Jeff Townes


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode it's disclosed that Geoffrey Butler's middle name is Barbara.

    • On the wall beside the pool house, you can see 2 picture holders hanging. On the left picture holder, the bottom left picture is the Platinum First Edition of the comic book titled Static, a Milestone/DC teenage character who could control electricity, and one of the few black superheroes ever.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Will: Geoffrey doesn't fall for anything.
      (Fredrick knocks at the back door and Geoffrey answers it)
      Fredrick: Are you Geoffrey?
      Geoffrey: I am.
      Fredrick: Than you must be my father.
      (Geoffrey faints)
      Nicky: He fell for that.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Will says that Fredrick has the same interests as Miss July. This is an allusion to the magazine, Playboy.

    • Philip tells Hilary that her story is a riches-to-riches story. This is an allusion to the term Rags to Riches. The common example is Horatio Alger Jr., a fictional character. An actual person who went from rags to riches is Abraham Lincoln. In both cases, the person went from nothing to something substantial.

    • The title of this episode is taken from the phrase The Butler Did It from the Milton Bradley board game Clue.