The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Season 6 Episode 8

Viva Lost Wages

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 1995 on NBC
8.9
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Episode Summary

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Carlton is on a roll in Vegas, celebrating his birthday at the gaming tables with Will in tow; but suddenly the tables turn, and they lose everything they have won, so the duo enter a dance contest to recoup their losses.

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  • Carlton 21's Birthday

    8.5
    This was one of the greater episodes so far this season. Even by pre season 5 standards this was a funny episode. My only complaints was that this should've been an hour episode. Also the second story was not much. However this was good because the episode was 30 minutes long.

    What I also liked about this episode that I think it was shot in Las Vegas or at least off studio in a casino. Will and Carlton's time together was memorable and funny. One of my favorite things that I liked was it brought back Carlton's gambling problem when Will and Carlton looked for colleges. I also enjoyed how Carlton tried to get Will out of trouble and Will tried to get Carlton out of trouble. They end up losing all of their money and try to convince the Casino manager to hire them. Wayne Newton who played the manager did a good job in his role. I thought it was funny when Carlton mentioned that he wanted to see Tom Jones and he replied who. The meeting of the guys and the Casino Manager remained me a little of the meeting Will and Carlton had when they were managing Ashley's signing career. Of course they don't get the job and end up in a dance contest. Will and Carlton's dance was one of top ten if not five memories of the series. This was a solid episode from top to bottom.moreless
  • The Last Temptation of Carlton.

    8.7
    The good thing about this episode is it's not an advertisement ploy where fictional characters go to a well known location and are involved in a rather weak plot. This episode is similar is in the same tradition as all those vacation from Hell pictures like National Lampoons Vacation or Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It's hillarious because of Carlton transformation. He is at first his geeky self but then once he desides to drink the devil's juice he's drunk with the delusion of winning. And one gambling game of fun turns to too many. He's litterally has a gambling problem in only one day. It's not hard to believe since he actually caught it another road trip episode involving a slot machine that looked like an indian. He's sunk so low to the point of jumping down on the floor to collect one single quarter, like a football player trying to pick up a fumbled ball. And the final moments at the end were great, from Will and Carlton talking to the owner of the Cassino which is of course Waine Neuton and Will give a rather exagerated but interesting speach about the reverse side of gambling: people come to lose. Toward the talent act scene where Will and Carlton are dressed up like Village People extras and ridiculously dance to the 70's song Apache. Carlton may have came out of the desert a man, but had to pay a little extra to do it.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Just before Will and Carlton leave the casino managers office, Will says Danke Schoen. This is the chorus line of a song Wayne Newton (the casino manager) became famous by singing.

    • Goof: This episode goes against another episode because in episode #16, Carlton says that his birthday is on August the 4th. The timing in the show was passed summertime, so Carlton's birthday couldn't have been at this time.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hilary: (watching a movie) I just know that one day Thelma and Louise are going to make it to the other end of the canyon.

    • (Carlton flickering the lights on and off)
      Carlton: You know what that is?
      Nicky: Irritating.

    • Will: Alright, you're goin down!
      Nicky: Blackjack.
      Will: Man, that's three in a row! I should be taking you to Vegas with me instead of Carlton.
      Nicky: Ya, ya. Pay me!

    • Carlton: Well I tried to walk away but the craps table kept calling: Carlton, Carlton. And the blackjack table said you can do it! And the slot machines just say: Hey you tall handsome guy come shake my hand! These are ALL MY NEW FRIENDS! My God they're pumping a lot of oxygen in this room!

    • Carlton: Look, Will, it's a sign.
      Will: (in a funny voice) And you're an imbecile, but we still have to call uncle Phil.

    • Carlton: Trust me Will. I will never do anything like that again.
      Will: Ooh look there's a quarter.
      Carlton: Ooh mine, mine! (looks around the ground)
      Will: You're pathetic.
      Carlton: You're right, how can I not see the quarter when you can?
      Will: That's because there is no quarter! (hits him)
      Carlton: Ow!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Hurá do Las Vegas (Hooray to Las Vegas)

    • The song that plays during the dance contest is Apache by The Sugar Hill Gang. This song (as well as Will and Carlton's dance routine) also featured in I, Whoops, There It Is.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Will (shouts when he wins at craps): Gimme the loot, gimme the loot, I'm a bad boy!
      This is the chorus from the Notorious B.I.G.'s song, Gimme The Loot.

    • The title of this episode is taken from the movie titled "Viva Las Vegas" starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.

    • Hilary: Like Mickey, only without the big white gloves!
      Mickey Mouse is a popular Disney mouse and an American icon who had trademarked White Gloves and large round ears.

    • Will: We are certainly not in Kansas anymore!
      This is a spoof of The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy says I think we're not in Kansas anymore.

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