The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 2 Episode 20

Those Were the Days

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1992 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When the photography teacher talks to Carlton, the door at the back of the class is open, however when the camera pans back a second later it is closed. It is once again open on the next shot of the class.

    • Ansel Easton Adams (1902 to 1984) was a photographer who was best known for his black and white photographs of California's Yosemite Valley.

  • Quotes

    • Vivian: Marge, when you tell Will that we chained ourselves together at sit-ins, you're only giving him the romantic part of the struggle. Girlfriends, you are leaving out everything that went before it: the leaflets, the petitions, the years of trying to work through the system.
      Marge: The system doesn't work. You have to blow the door down. Looks to me like you forgot that.
      Philip: You talk as if I wasn't there with you in Birmingham facing dogs and firehoses. This is me, Olfame, the same Olfame that was with you the night Harlem went up in flames. But now I have a family, and I choose not to fight in the streets. I have an office to fight from and I have fought and won cases for fair housing, affirmative action, health care, and I am not ashamed to write a big fat check for something I believe in and that doesn't make me any less committed than you, so don't you dare look down your damn nose at me, Adabola.

    • Phil: Last time I saw you was at the 1971 anti-war rally, you stole my Afro comb.
      Marge: Don't look like you be needing it now!

    • Will: I'ma go with you.
      Marge: Will, you're only 17.
      Will: Yeah but by the time you were 17 you'd already burnt your first bra.
      Marge: Will, you can't do what I did.
      Will: But I could borrow one of Hilary's.

    • Marge: To Will When the court doesn't work, you find me.
      Will: You're something else, Adabola.
      Marge: And you're the future, Hasani.

    • Marge: (to Vivian and Philip) The system doesn't work, you HAVE to blow the door down, it seems you forgot that.

    • Philip: Remember Woodstock?
      Marge: Yes.
      Philip: Twenty of us tried to squeeze into that tent. Vivian and I jumped into that lake naked.
      Vivian: I wasn't at Woodstock.

    • Will: Carlton, this is a photography assignment. Not a Prince video.

    • Agent Collins: We understand that you've been in contact with Margaret Smallwood.
      Philip: Oh? And how is it you know that?
      Agent Collins: We tap every black person's phone in the United States of America.
      (Philip and Vivian stare)
      Agent Collins: Just a little FBI humor.

    • Will: There is no point in trying to reason with the man when the man isn't reasoning with you!
      Cornflakes: Yes! Power to the people! Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud.
      Will: Alright my man Cornflakes got the spirit. He a little confused but he got the spirit.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In this episode, Carlton mentions Angela Davis. This is an allusion to Angela Yvonne Davis who was an African American communist organizer and philosopher associated with the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and 1970s.

    • In the photography class, Will reads the petition. Supposedly Ricky Ricardo signed it. Will then mentions Lucy. These are allusions to the TV series titled I Love Lucy. It ran from 1951 through 1957 and starred Lucille Ball.

    • The field trip for the photography class was canceled. The class was supposed to visit a Mapplethorpe exhibit. Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 through 1989) was known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers, and erotic male nudes.

    • In the scene when Will looks at a photo album, he says, Yaba Daba Doo. This is an allusion to The Flintstones. It was an animated series that ran from 1961 through 1966. It seems appropriate since Mr. and Mrs. Banks were remenicsing about their civil rights efforts in the 1960's.

    • In this episode, Carlton asks if their guest knew Wally and the Beaver. This is an allusion to the TV series titled, Leave It to Beaver . It ran from 1957 to 1963 and was about a middle class white family.

    • Will: Attica! Attica! Attica!

      This famous line is taken from the movie Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino.

    • Those were the days is also the song lyrics to the TV show All in the Family.

    • The episode title make reference to a song made popular by Mary Hopkins titled Those Were The Days.

    • This episode's end credits feature an epilogue scene, rather than bloopers.

      This scene is the one in which Will reads the horoscope.

    • Will: hey Hill look at what my horscope it says you will be become a famous rap star and you will have your own tv show.

      Will obivously is a famous rap star and he is the star of the Fresh Prince of Bel-air.

    • Title: Those Were the Days
      This title is taken from a 1933 movie of the same name.