The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 2 Episode 2

The Mother of All Battles

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ashley is having trouble with a girl at school. She goes to Will for advice on what to do. Will tries to teach Ashley to fight while Carlton steps in to teach her to bribe. Which does Ashley choose?

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  • Now, this is an episode I really enjoyed for a few good reasons

    I thought the season premiere was just stupid and weird for a fan of the show but this episode is a whole lot better than that. I found myself laughing more often and found myself not bored during this episode which is a big positive. The part where Will is teaching Ashley to defend herself was just priceless. However, I did find the conclusion to this episode rather rushed and a little disappointingmoreless
  • Ashley has trouble with a bully

    This was a better episode then the first one. Like season one, this season has started off slowly. What I liked about this episode is how Will becomes another brother to Ashley. This is something that happened in Season 1 and does through the whole series. I also enjoyed how Carlton "helps" and doesn't go to Phillp and Viv right away. The best part might have been the talk between Ashley's bully parents and hers. When Phillp punched the father it was done in way where he was over the line and was just caught in the moment. While more could have done to this episode, I still liked it.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the fresh prince ashley is having probmlem with a girl at school so she has not been going for the past few days and has been lieing to her mother. will finds out that girl has been bothering ashley at school and has been beating her up and wants to fight her so will trys to teach her how to fight and carlton wants to help to by telling her not to and its wrong and that she should just pay up. and so they both show up were the fight is supposed to be and will tells carlton to just pay but the check bounces so they fight and ashley gets attacked . and so philp and vivan meet with the girls parents were the parents think ashely and them all have problems its gets so bad to were the point philp punches the father in the face . it was very funny and ahsley and the girl become friends and it was a mis understandingmoreless
  • The Mother of All Battles

    Will’s defence tips are very entertaining in one particular scene in this episode and equally entertaining is Ashley’s attempt at them when the time came. There are millions of other funny jokes in this episode such as “Whatever happens tomorrow know that I believe Carlton is adopted” and the at least you have two normal daughters opening sequence and this episode is definitely classed as a classic and is the one that I’ve seen the most amount of times for the Fresh Prince series.

    Phil hitting the father was a great conclusion to the episode, with the moral that everything that feels good is bad, really summing up the humour, both physical and vocal, in this episode and is one episode that definitely stands out.moreless
  • episode #27

    when a school bully bothers ashley, she tells will and carlton. her parents are mad because she was skipping school.will tries to teach ashley how to fight so that she can beat up the bully, but carlton doesnt want his little sister to be violent. finally, ashley and the bully (forgot her name) work things out and become friends. phil also knocks out her dad.

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Carlton (to Ashley): Remember, we must never negotiate out of fear, but we must never fear to negotiate.
      Will: But never forget, Mama said knock you out.
      Carlton quoted John F. Kennedy and Will quoted LL Cool J.

    • Dr. Hoover: Speaking as a doctor, I think your daughter oughta be heavily sedated and immediately institutionalized.
      Philip: Well, speaking as a lawyer, I only say that your daughter suits the criminal profile to a T, right down to the low-sloping forehead, and the wide jaws suitable for grains and small rodents!
      Dr. Hoover: I think you must have her confused with yo' momma.
      (Philip punches Hoover in the mouth and Hoover falls into Will's lap)
      Will: That's it, Uncle Phil! You're grounded! (to Dr. Hoover) You know, I'd be happy to prescribe something for that.

    • Will: What you do is you just act like you got this tick, right? (twitches on one side and yells) Back off now. Back off! Mind your business everybody. Just mind yer business.
      Ashley: Back off now. Back off! Mind your business everybody. Just mind your business.
      Carlton: What's going on in here?
      Will: Dude, I'm sorry. The girl told me she was a Vanilla Ice fan and I just lost it.
      Carlton: You expect me to believe that? Who doesn't like Vanilla Ice?

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