The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 4 Episode 20

The Ol' Ball and Chain

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 28, 1994 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Philip foots the bill when Jazz decides to marry a jailbird. Unsure of her qualifications as to be Jazz's wife she moves in on Will.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Jazz gets married

    This episode had a surprise start. My only complaint was that this was out of nowhere. I wish he would've meet her at a sooner episode and built up to it. I also wish at Jazz's wedding, Ty was one of the best men of Jazz. Jazz's bride was quite memorable. In a lot of ways, she was perfect for Jazz. I thought it was funny how Hilary was trying to brake up the wedding. I like that she didn't. I also enjoyed how Jazz never found about Will and Jewel. As far as wedding episodes go, it was okay but overall it was enjoyable.moreless
  • It had me laughing throughout the entire episode. Lol. It was hilarious.

    It had me laughing throughout the entire episode. Lol. It was hilarious. (Poor Vivian. It was funny when Hilary and Philip both insulted her, without knowing it of course.) I couldn't believe it when Jazz said that he was getting married. (But I guess even Jazz can find love. :P) Of course his fiancee is a jailbird. I was a little surprised when Jewel started hitting on Will because he didn't seem like her type. But after she revealed them to Will, her reasons made sense. Anyways, this was a really good and hilarious episode, and it's for episodes like this that I watch Fresh Prince.moreless
  • The Ol’ Ball and Chain

    In one of the most surprising episodes of the series, Jazz gets married, and while it may be to an ex-convict, a law breaker like Jazz wouldn’t care if she was an escaped convict, especially since his friend’s rich uncle was holding his wedding in a mansion.

    The plot of this episode, despite being out of character, was actually quite believable, though I would have thought the perfect end would be the two newlyweds getting thrown out of the house together.

    Jazz’s vows were hilarious as was Will’s statement that Phil wasn’t taking him seriously when he referred to his younger self as sexy and Carlton’s distrust of convicts.

    Overall, this is an important episode in the series and is also very entertaining.moreless
Karen Malina White

Karen Malina White


Guest Star

Patricia Coleman

Patricia Coleman

Prison Matron

Guest Star




Guest Star

Jeff Townes

Jeff Townes


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Will: Uncle Phil, ya busy?
      Philip: What's on your mind, Will?
      Will: Jewel kissed me.
      Philip: It's customary to kiss the bride.
      Will: No, no, no. Uncle Phil, this was like one of them Fatal Attraction elevator scene kisses. You know what I'm sayin'? You know?
      Philip: Oh, come on. You're exaggerating, Will.
      Will: Listen. Listen. Uncle Phil, I'm tellin' you, I went into the room to see if she needed anything. All right? She kissed me! On my lips! She jumped on me, and she was stuck on me, and I was tryin' to shake her off, but I couldn't get her off. She was like a little naked velcro midget.

    • Philip: When I married Vivian, I lost all my friends. Isn't that right honey?
      (Vivian looks at Philip coldly)
      Philip: (stammering) But Uh, you know it wasn't like I was going to need them.
      (Vivian runs upstairs)
      Will: Wow Uncle Phil, I knew you had a big appetite but both feet?

    • Jazz: You are my best friend. My other friends pretend to like me for my money.
      Will: That's because you owe it to them.

  • NOTES (3)