The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 3 Episode 12

The Cold War

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Carlton is very depressed after being rejected by Paula, unaware that she has left him for Will. Meanwhile, Philip and Vivian receive an envelope from their doctor containing an ultrasound picture revealing the sex of Vivian's fetus. Not wanting to spoil their surprise in the delivery room, they entrust the sealed envelope to Geoffrey then curiosity gets the better of them. They go in search of the envelope they gave Geoffrey.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • So many great things in this episode

    Carlton loses his girlfriend in this episode to Will and fight over it whilst Vivian and Phil continuously look for the envelope that has the sex of Vivian's child.

    This episode is extremely funny such as when Will sneezes in front of Carlton and says that Paula went for him only for Carlton to think that Will had the last pie (or something) I also laughed hard at the end and many times during the episode.

  • Will and Carlton fight over a girl

    Will and Carlton have always up and down relationship since the start. This episode tested that. My only bad part about this episode is that the structure was off a bit. At the start you think Will stole Carlton's girlfriend at the start only to find out it happened later. (Sorry for the spoiler) Despite this flaw, it was still a good episode. I think it was funny that Viv pushed Will and Carlton so quickly to the pool room. It was also funny how Viv and Phillp tried to get Geoffrey to find out the results of the sex of the baby. The end result is funny. The fight that Will and Carlton had was good. I also think that Will might have gone a little too far with Carlton. Even though Will stole Carlton's girlfriend, he didn't go too far in that you disliked Will.moreless
  • this episode is my favorite and one that deserves a 10. this one has a wonderful will and carlton fight,just like a huge huge warfare kindof fight! it is so much better than all fights between those 2....will and carlton. we learned all about carlton!moreless

    this episode is worth a 15...Cold war, it is my favorite episode, we do already know alot about carlton...enough to say every girl friend he had he got dumped, he is a little kid on the outside and inside...KOOL! that is what makes this fight with will and carlton soo great! i love when the have that big fight in the pool house! it makes carlton look so though! not only he looks like a little girl having a pillow fight but him telling will how he really feels about him.although some people can already tell how they get along.moreless
  • This episode is funny!

    This is the funniest episode in Season 3 of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". Carlton is in a bad mood because his ex-girlfriend named Paula dumps him, leaving him for Will. Then he gets a cold and feels bad about Paula and blames the situation on Will. The most funniest part of this episode was when they fight and argue when Will claims that it's not his fault. Phillip and Vivian realize they need the sonogram and when Vivian thinks he found the sonogram, he says that he found the chocolate Easter bunny that he's been looking at all week! Then Will and Carlton forgive each other by being honest with each other.moreless
  • The Cold War

    Will and Carlton were very well written in this episode with so many hilarious moments involving the fight and the honesty (Wait, theres more...)

    The subplot of the sonogram was also very funny, the end revealing they were having a Hilary (a kid that costs a fortune).

    Honesty was a great theme throughout the episode and I found the whole thing very funny especially Will breaking Paula and Carlton up, Carlton later revealing to have done the same thing with Will and Latisha.

    Overall, The Cold War is not only a great pun, it is a hilarous episode and proof of how great a series The Fresh Prince was.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Will tells Carlton that Paula asked her parents if he could live with them until he got better, but when she calls she says that she just heard he was sick.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Paula hung up beofre Carlton or Will could reach the phone)
      Will: You made me miss her call.
      Carlton: It wasn't for you. It was for me.
      Will: Carlton, give it up already man. She dumped you. You're like Prince Charles: you got the royal flush.

    • Will: I'm gonna take Uncle Phil's advice.
      Carlton: You gonna go play in the free-way?

    • Will :(sounding whimpy) You've gone over the line. You don't never call a dude's mom.
      Carlton: Oh so its ok to steal a guy's girlfriend so long as you don't tell his mommy about it.
      Will: No no. This is serious. Even in ancient times, they would kill your cattle, they would burn your village, and they would stone your family. But they wouldn't never tell your mother, man.

    • Will: I'm gonna tell you everything that happened between me and Paula. When you first brought her over here man, I thought she was so fine, and I wanted ya'll to break up.
      Carlton: That's very honest Will. I'm still mad, but I guess I'll have to live with it.
      Will: Wait, there's more. I told her you had tuberculosis.
      Carlton: YOU WHAT?!
      Will: I'm sorry man. It just cam to me.
      Carlton: I can't believe you did that. I'm gonna dig way doen deep inside and maybe in time, I'll be able to forgive you.
      Will: Wait, theres more. I told her about her hand puppet.
      Carlton: You told her about Binky?! I'LL KILL YOU!!! No I won't, I'm bigger than that. I guess I'll be honest too. You remember when Latisha stopped calling you?
      Will: Yeah...
      Carlton: Well, I told her you worship Satan.
      Will: Alright alright, it's cool. I'm a man, I can like with that.
      Carlton: Wait, theres more. You notice how Ashley's been acting real funny aroud you lately?
      Will: Yeah...
      Carlton: Well, I told her you shave your legs.
      Will: What kind of monster are you?
      Carlton: I'm sorry Will. I've just been a little jealous of your relationships.
      Carlton: Wait, theres more. You remember your friend Jazz?
      Will: OH MY GOD!!! What did you do with Jazz?!
      Carlton: You know that funky smell coming from the basement? (Will looks horrified) PSYCHE! This honesty thing feels great. What do you say we tell Geoffrey why his citizenship never came through?
      (They turn around and see Geoffrey listening)

    • (opening the Sonogram envelope)
      Philip: Oh my gosh!
      Vivian: What is it, a boy or girl?
      Philip: This isn't a Sonogram. It's a bill for twenty-five thousand dollars. This baby's costing me a fortune!
      Will: Congratulations, you're having a Hilary!

    • (Will sneezes)
      Carlton: Okay Will, I'm onto you.
      Will: Look, Carlton man, I have no idea what you are talking about.
      Carlton: I'm not stupid Will. It's all coming together. The runny nose, the watery eyes. You just couldn't keep your hands to yourself.
      Will: Look, look Carlton now, I know you are sick. Probably a little delirious now, you probably had one too many of those children's Aspirin's or something.
      Carlton: That piece was mine.
      Will: You ain't get to get all nasty.
      Carlton: You shouldn't have done it Will.
      Will: I know, I know Carlton. I'm sorry, I shouldn't have taken Paula out you're right man. She was coming onto me, I just couldn't resist man.
      Carlton: Paula? I was talking about that last piece of cheesecake.
      Will (Will looks around and starts stammering): Uh, so was I. See you ain't hip to it, see in Philly we name our food, right? Like cheesecake is Paula, and uh, a Snack Pack is Boomsheeka.
      (Will walks towards the camera and speaks into to it)
      Will: I can't see him. You can. Is he buying it?
      (Carlton's arms are folded and is sneering at Will)

    • (Philip and Vivian walk in with a Sonogram)
      Philip: Vivian why are you making such a big deal about this? I say we do it right here, right now.
      Geoffrey: Oh good. A floor show.

    • Will: You gotta go someplace that gets Paula off your mind.
      Carlton: It's impossible. Everywhere I turn, I see something that reminds me of her, something we've shared together: a patch of grass, a beach blanket, a swing.
      Will: Maybe you should go to bed.

    • Will: My friend knows this sqaw that he's completely in love with. But this particular sqaw just broke up with his best friend. Now, he don't wanna diss his boy or nothin, but he'd like to know how long is a good time to wait befire he... raidsthis sqaw's village, if you know what I'm sayin.
      Philip: Ummmmm. Interesting you should bring that up. I had a case like that come before me just recently.
      Will: Really?
      Philip: Word up. Now this guy started going out with his best friend's girl hours after they broke up.
      Will: Whoa, he waited that long?
      Philip: Well, this other guy didn't think it was that long. He was very jealous and he shot his friend.
      Will: Dead?
      Philip: No. Let's say he's, uh, two olives short of a martini.
      Will: OHHHHHH!
      Philip: So before your friend starts raiding any villages, he better be sure its worth it.

    • Ashley: Will, just a week ago, she was Carlton's girlfriend. Doesn't that mean anything to you?
      Will: Yes Ashley. It means she's having a better week.

    • Carlton: You're not staying here. Why don't you go stay with Paula?
      Will: She asked. Her parents wouldn't let me.
      Carlton: She has parents? She never introduced me to her parents. She told me they were dead.

    • Carlton: Why don't you act like an adult?
      Will: Why don't you look like one?

  • NOTES (1)

    • The layout of the pool house is slighly different from what will be the layout on future episodes. In this episode, the kitchen and the entrance to the bedroom are to the right of the windows (when seen from inside the poolhouse), while the area where the audience is seated faces the wall with the main entrance and windows. In all future episodes that feature the pool house, the kitchen and the entrance to the bedroom are facing the main entrance and windows, while the area where the studio audience is seated, is to the right of the windows.


    • Title: The Cold War
      The Cold War (1945-1990) was the psychological tension that rose between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and United States after World War II.