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Philip's parents come to visit for the weekend when he wins a prestigious award. After finding the rehearsed lines of the Banks' to be boring and deciding to kill the story, Will talks to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Gilbert Lewis ...
Joe Banks
John Petlock ...
Helen Page Camp ...
Jim Mapp ...
Jeff Hayenga ...
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Philip's parents come to visit for the weekend when he wins a prestigious award. After finding the rehearsed lines of the Banks' to be boring and deciding to kill the story, Will talks to the interviewer telling her embarrassing stories about Philip's past "barnyard life" he heard from Philip's parents. Written by Psycho697186

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1 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Hattie repeatedly sang or hummed the song Wade in the Water. Harriet Tubman sang this spiritual as a warning to runaway slaves. To escaping slaves, the song told them to abandon the path and move into the water. By traveling along the water's edge or across a body of water, the slaves would throw chasing dogs and their keepers off the scent. This song was better explained in a later episode of this series. See more »


When Philip comes home from work and talks about the award, Hillary is excited that she's going to get 2 new dresses for the interview and the awards ceremony. But, during the interview scene, Hillary isn't wearing a new dress. She isn't even wearing a dress at all. Despite the fact the Banks' don't end up getting their picture taken during the interview, Hillary didn't know that until the reporter arrived. See more »


Will Smith: What did I do?
Philip Banks: What did you do? You destroyed my image!
Will Smith: Man, I ain't destroyed nothing!
Philip Banks: Of course you did! Look at that story! I've got to walk in that banquet room tonight filled with people who are gonna think I'm nothing but a hog-handling hick from Yamacraw!
Hattie Banks: [from behind, offended] But that *is* where you come from, Zeke.
Philip Banks: [startled] Mama! I was just having a few words with Will.
Hattie Banks: And I'm having a few words with you. What have you got to be ashamed of? We always put food on the table and ...
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References The Cosby Show (1984) See more »


Wade In The Water
Performed by Virginia Capers.
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Philip "Zeke" Banks
18 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I definitely LOVED this episode. Philip's parents come to visit for the weekend to see him receive his award at a banquet and his mother Hattie tells embarrassing stories about his childhood life on the farm. My favorite part was when Ashley said "Grandma, Grandpa. Do you wanna go see our swimming pool?" Hattie says "Growing up, my Zeke always did love our swimming hole." "He would strip down to his birthday suit and dive right in." and Will replies in disgust with "Granny, Please." "It's almost dinnertime." Hattie then says "He just loved his skinny-dipping, him and Melvin. I'm surprised that he did something like that considering that he's a strict and by-the-book father. Will assumes that Melvin was his uncle's best friend, but Hilary corrects him by stating that he was his pet pig. When the interviewer(played to Kathy Griffin)comes to the Banks' household to hear Philip's life story she decides to kill it after she deems it boring only for Will to step in and convince her to reconsider by informing her of his uncle's childhood years. When Philip reads the newspaper article containing information about his past life on his parents' farm, He is enraged at Will for allowing it to be used as headlines for the article. Hattie overhears the conversation he is having with Will and is devastated by her son's shame. He tries to explain the reason as to not wanting his past life to be made public, but she doesn't listen and storms out of the kitchen heartbroken and tearful. When they attend the banquet, Will tries to convince his grandma to forgive his uncle for hurting her, but she refuses. Philip then leaves the table to go to the Men's room and Will comes in and asks him why he's in there. He apologizes for his actions and explains that the interviewer was going to trash the article until he told her about his early years on his parents' farm. Philip tells him that the stories would have made him look like a fool, but Will tells him that they did the opposite. He reminds him that he did a lot for Black People that he never even knew which "Puts me right up there with Martin Luther King." When Philip gives his speech, he tells everyone that he was born in Yamacraw and that his parents worked hard every day of their lives and hopes that he can give the next generation what his parents gave him. The episode ends with a picture of Philip as a little boy with Wade in the Water by Harriet Tubman playing in the background.

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