The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 4, Episode 8

Blood Is Thicker Than Mud (1 Nov. 1993)

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Both Will and Carlton try out for the same frat house at college. Everyone likes Will, and finds Carlton a bit of a geek.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Jackie Ames (as Tyra)
Top Dog
Mushond Lee ...
Tanya Baetz ...
David Drew Gallagher ...
Nerdy Frat Guy
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Both Will and Carlton try out for the same frat house at college. Everyone likes Will, and finds Carlton a bit of a geek.

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1 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Steppers are all members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and part of the Southern California All-Star Step Team. This is the same fraternity as Actor Hill Harper, Hall of Fame Football Player Charles Haley, and Martin Luther King, Jr to name a few. Will and Alphonso even tried to learn some of their steps between takes. The addition of Stepping to the episode made it one of the more popular episodes of 1993 as well as the series. See more »


In one episode Carlton says his house is across the road from the Aaron Spelling mansion, but in a later episode, Uncle Phil says that Aunt Viv has gone round to the Aaron Spelling mansion next door. See more »


Vivian Banks: You have an infant son who needs his father...
Philip Banks: You know...
Vivian Banks: In one piece.
Philip Banks: I don't see Dan's wife giving him any heat over this.
Vivian Banks: From what I hear, she's not giving him heat anywhere else.
Philip Banks: [appalled] Oooohhh you women discuss that?
Vivian Banks: You'd be surprised what we discuss.
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References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »


Working In The Coal Mine
written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Devo
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'When are we going to stop doing this to each other?'
5 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining and influential episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, kinda reminds me of the episode where Will and Carlton get pulled over for driving Mr. Firth's black Mercedes up to Palm Springs for the weekend and they become the victims of racial profiling. A lot of people have felt that Carlton is too immature and too comfortable with his lavish lifestyle as a rich kid and that would make him a target to the harsh realities of the real world. In this episode, he and Will try to join an all black fraternity known as the Phi Beta Gammas run by Brother Top Dog (Glenn Plummer) who preaches that all 'brothers need to stick together'. However, as Carlton and Will's initiation into the fraternity begins, Top Dog shows what a hypocrite he really is when he takes an instant disliking to Carlton after Carlton reveals what his true lifestyle is like and proceeds to make life hard for him and easy for Will.

The vocal confrontation that Carlton and Top Dog have later in the episode is riveting and it gives a powerful message about the evils of jealousy towards one's own race merely because they've earned their comfortable lifestyle that the so-called 'American Dream' promises to individuals who work hard and don't take short cuts in life. This episode should be shown in classrooms at every school to teach young people that social status should not and does not govern who we are or who we can be 'down' with.

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