As members of the Banks family and Geoffrey prepare for their moves, Will tries to pretend that he also has big plans for moving forward. After admitting the truth, Will makes a decision to stay in California and finish school.

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As members of the Banks family and Geoffrey prepare for their moves, Will tries to pretend that he also has big plans for moving forward. After admitting the truth, Will makes a decision to stay in California and finish school.

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"I'm definitely gonna miss you, C".
9 July 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is how you end a show, or a sitcom for that matter. This is, without a doubt, one of the best finales ever.

Reasons why is that it is very emotional throughout (telling the audience what these characters will be facing next in their lives) and still funny at the same time ... which of course is a very hard thing to write in a script. Being a huge Fresh Prince fan, I (like a lot of people) was excited to see Carlton doing his Carlton dance to Tom Jones 'It's Not Unusual' one last time. And this time, Will joined him.

Separated into a two-parter, the finale made me feel (the first time I caught this show when it aired) like I was going to miss hanging out with the Fresh Prince, the Banks family and Geoffrey. Thank God for DVDs.

I must admit, I did like... or love... every season of "Fresh Prince" and despite the fact that I wished for more episodes, it's always a relief to finish a show on a high, instead of it getting repetitious or stale.

So, in a nutshell, the Banks family move to New York. Will stays in Bel Air as he promises to finish school and get himself situated and apply himself (a great end to Will's character arc as he tells Uncle Phil in a certain scene:

"I didn't want you to think that all these years I've been out here just ain't worth nothing'. That you've just been wastin' your time with me. Look, Uncle Phil, I just don't want you to think that I'm that same stupid kid I was when I first moved out here".

Uncle Phil helps Will find an apartment and everything looks set for his future without his family by his side.

In the critical touching finale in a very bare family room, Will says goodbye to each of the family members, including Geoffrey, while Carlton takes a last-minute trip to the bathroom.

Uncle Phil is the last one to leave. There are two touching moments - actually three. He tells Will to wish Jazz all the best for him. The father figure of Uncle Phil towards Will is very clear as Uncle Phil states:

"You are my son, Will. End of story".

Also, the two have their last touching moment as they embrace. Phil leaves, as he reminds Will to be the phone on Sunday.

Will meanders around the naked house, remembering all the good times here and he switches the lights off, heading off into the kitchen.

For the last time, we hear Carlton's screams -- "HEY! WHO TURNED OFF THE LIGHTS? WHERE IS EVERYBODY?"

Carlton runs off, pulling up his pants. Will emerges from the kitchen with a huge smile on his grill and utters: "I'm definitely gonna miss you, C".

Will ambles out toward the back door, as the camera takes on a nice aerial view of mainly the family room and kitchen.

Back to the Pilot?

... Yep!


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