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Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse 

Will's father Lou shows up after fourteen years and spends a lot of time with Will. Will's very pleased with this, uncle Phil however thinks Lou will again disappoint his son.

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Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
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Will's father Lou shows up after fourteen years and spends a lot of time with Will. Will's very pleased with this, uncle Phil however thinks Lou will again disappoint his son.

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9 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Was the only episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" to have a rating higher than 9 for several years. See more »

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Will's dad refers himself as Lou Smith, but in an earlier episode Will's Aunt Vivian refers to her and her sisters as the Smith sisters which included Will's mum. Unless Lou had had a coincidental same surname as Will's mum, they couldn't all be Smiths. See more »

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Geoffrey: [to Phil] You know, sir, whenever I'm feeling blue, I think of the poem my dear mum used to recite to me as a lad: "The master lives a life of ease, while we live life upon our knees/Waste not your tears, and save your breath, for soon he'll die a violent death."
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Extremely emotional.
9 April 2007 | by (Addison, Illinois, United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far the most emotional episode of the fresh prince of bel-air, and one of the most emotional of any sitcom I've ever seen. When Will's father Lou suddenly returns 14 years after he left him, he leaves just as quickly. This causes Will to realize the closest thing he's ever had to a father is Uncle Phil.

The acting is astounding, and the ending nothing short of heartbreaking. Will Smith stands out as the best actor in this episode. Few jokes are told in this episode, and it does indeed pay of in the end when Will and Uncle Phil embrace after Lou leaves Will. Will realizes he doesn't want or need Lou in his life. A truly special episode.


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