Ashley and her friends ask Will to tell a scary story at their slumber party before they go to sleep. Will tells the tale of his first day at Bel-Air Academy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
William Cort ...
Simon Stanhope
Nichole Francois ...


Ashley is having a sleepover, and the girls ask Will to tells them a scary story. He recounts the horrifying tale of the first day he started going to Bel-Air Academy - a place that is revealed to be an all boys school (meaning no fly honeys). More terrors ensue when he is introduced to the glee club, square teachers. His classmates seem to like him but he causes a problem when he carves his name in the alumni school desk. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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3 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


One of Ashley's friends at her sleepover (Sasha), her real-life name is Ashley Bank. See more »


Right as Will lifts his pillow to start a pillow fight, feathers start falling out of it before he even swings it. See more »


Dr. B. Langford Oates: [looking at all white people but Carlton] What do you different about these students?
Will: Is that a trick question?
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References Boys Town (1938) See more »


Consider Yourself
Composed by Lionel Bart
Performed by Alfonso Ribeiro & the High School Glee Club
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"Day Damn One" is the episode when NBC, the show's producers, and writers knew that Will Smith was going to be a TV megastar.
3 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Case in point is the scene in this episode where Will sat on the couch at home by himself and with none of the rest of the cast around, with shades on and singing for around three minutes, an off-key version of Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)."

The NBC suits, the Fresh Prince producers, writers, and director of this episode let Will sit there and butcher Holliday's classic song for some valuable running time.

Powers that be on a show and at a network, don't let no actor do stuff like that unless they know the actor is going to be a star, is a star, the ratings are high, or the ratings are on the up and up.

Look at this way, NBC and the show's administration wouldn't have let Uncle Phil, Carlton, Ashley, or Hilary sing an off-key version of any song for around there minutes because they weren't as popular or as vital to the show's ratings as Will was.

That scene was funny though.

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