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Best episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air (no exaggeration)
This was and still is my favorite sitcom of all the live sitcoms that aired on television in the 90s because it brought that new spice and witty humor and I'm pointing this out because although Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse, which was the most emotional showing of the series, was my favorite episode, I do appreciate and treasure all other episodes that were just plain hilarious and also the other few tear-jerkers of the series were favorites as well.
*Spoilers* In this episode we first see Will working at his job at the college peacock where a mysterious man is watching Will's every move, this mysterious and nosy man turns out to be his long-lost father who had left him and his mother when he was five and is now back into his life seemingly wanting to get to know his son and to make up for lost times. Things go pretty smoothly even when his aunt and cousins get wind of this but his Uncle Phil had a big say in the matter who was very distrusting and wasn't as forgiving of Lou as the others because he knows he's not making up with Will for Will, but for himself and this causes a rift between Will and his uncle and it leads to Will shouting back at his strict but lovable uncle Phil for the first time in the series. Shortly after the heated argument Phil apologizes as things were said but assures he was only trying to save him from more hurt he knows Lou is capable of causing. Towards the climax of the episode, Lou has a big way to start off this father-son bonding as he plans to take Will on a business trip with him which would mean he would spend more time with him during the summer but Lou comes in at the last minute to call off the whole thing because his business was more important and to make things more heart-wrenching, he asks Phil to deliver the news so as to not have to face his son. Finally, Phil has had enough of Lou's selfishness and this leads to Phil hitting Lou with the hard truth about what a father should be and also says "I will not do your dirty work for you" and "Will is not a coat that you put in a closet and try it on when you're ready to wear it, his life goes on!" During the midst of this argument between Phil and Lou, Will comes in and catches his father just before he heads out the door, Lou delivers the news, and Will fights very hard the anger and hurt he is feeling at that moment combined with the hurt of Lou leaving in the past and it only shows when Will refuses to call him "dad" but instead refers to him as Lou. After Lou carelessly walks out, Will Smith gives the performance of a lifetime as he confides in his uncle Phil and first tries to play off the hurt he is feeling but the anger and hurt he is feeling in the current moment and also from the past finally catch up with him as he understandably expresses his feelings in anger as uncle Phil listens which then lead to sadness with Will ultimately breaking down in tears and uttering the words softly "how come he don't want me man" to which Phil responds by grabbing Wills head and he burying it into his shoulder which make for one of the most touching and beautiful scenes in the entire series.
This episode was so full of emotion and you just couldn't help but cry at the end for poor Will who's father had basically abandoned him all over again and then of course we had that big hug between him and his uncle Phil who had been his father figure for the past four years and it's in that moment when they hug that kind of lets us know he will be alright because Uncle Phil is basically his father as he has evidently straightened Will out, sent him to a nice school, jokes with him, spends time with him, laughs with him, and teaches him about life and it's hardships. The character of Uncle Phil was tremendous in this episode as well as he is the voice of reason and is the only one who shows great emotion and anger when he sees Lou again while everyone else was funny about it trying to kill the tension, this ep really shows that Phil cares deeply for his often-troublesome nephew who he considers another son. Great episode, well-written and every Fresh Prince fan should see it if you hadn't done so already.
Walker, Texas Ranger: Days Past (1997)
First off, IMDb sucks for deleting some of my posts. Now, let's get to the review, I feel compelled to review this wonderful episode because it had everything, drama, action, romance, and great acting.
This showing starts off at Huntsville Prison where a convicted racketeering mob boss Vince Pike (played wonderfully by Leon Rippy) who is scheduled for an early release quickly establishes himself to the audience as the main villain by beating another inmate to a pulp. Once he is out of prison we discover that this man is responsible for the murder of Walker's fiancé' whom he was going to marry 10 years prior and now it's got Walker all edged up. C.D wonderfully tells Trivette and Alex the fairy-tale relationship that Walker had with his fiancé who's name was Ellen (played wonderfully by Jennifer Grant).
Meanwhile, Vince Pike discusses revenge plans with his men much to one of his men's disgust, Pike responds to the disgust by showing the boys who's boss and killing that said man with a golf club. Instead of killing Walker, Pike decides to get Walker's attention by taking out his pals and succeeds with Trivette and C.D and thus they ended up hospitalized. Walker and Trivette decide that the best way to nail Pike was the golf-club murder of one of his men, the big showdown at Pike's mansion occurs and we get the usual shooting and fighting where the rangers get the better of the bad guys and, as usual, Walker gets to square off with the boss and knocks out Pike with an uppercut in a not-so-usual fistfight.
This episode was not only the usual action-packed greatness, but it also made me tear up in some scenes, such as the scene where Walker goes to Ellen's grave and Alex comforts him. I also love all of the flashback scenes with Walker and Ellen when she was alive and the beautiful music that was attached with those scenes along with the strong chemistry that the two displayed on-screen. The usual cast was terrific but I really dug Leon Rippy's performance I mean he always plays such a great villain and truly got under your skin with his laugh, his cruelty about Ellen's death, and his menacing appearance (the corroded teeth, long hair, etc.) I give this episode 10/10.
Cool story about a Texas Ranger Wannabe.
Here we are in another adventure in the life of a Texas Ranger only this time he must take down someone who thinks he is a ranger.
"Spoilers" Episode begins when Walker funnily takes down a group of criminals sitting by a campfire with the leader's name being Billy Joe MacArthur. The next day in court he is let out on a technicality but Walker gets an envelope with the text written in big letters saying "case closed" and boom, Billy's car explodes with him in it. The letter also had the sender's name; Bodine. Throughout the episode Bodine kills criminals in cold blood that Walker was supposed to bring in. He also plays mind games with Walker for example he hires a couple of punks to try and take out Walker just to see if he was as good as his reputation. Trivette soon finds out that he's been in front of their face the whole time because he was dating a woman who works in the ranger office by the name of Evie. Bodine soon kidnaps Evie and demands Walker come face him alone and he does, much to Alex and Trivette's objection. Walker goes to the warehouse where Bodine was waiting but Bodine wanted to prove he was better which was his big mistake and gave Walker the chance he needed to take him out for good. Episode ends with Evie finding a nice-looking man to dance with.
Great episode with a few favorite scenes which are as follows:
1: The beginning in which Walker takes down a group of criminals by a campfire but he appears friendly at first.
2: Walker and Alex at his ranch before he goes to meet Bodine they share a soft and sentimental moment in which Walker says "I wish I could express myself better and tell you how special you are and how much you mean to me".
3: Uncle Ray's line that fits the description of this episode which I quote "What is sometimes obvious is hidden in plain sight".
4: One of the punks Bodine hires manages to push Walker down from his chair and he mouths off saying "I hear Texas Rangers are supposed to be tough" to which Walker brilliantly replies "you heard right" and proceeds to kick their butts".
Loved this episode and the fight between Walker and Bodine. Another plus is this is the first time we see the character Mabel played by Lou Hancock who is C.D'S blind date in this episode and she drags C.D out of the bar and he hilariously screams "SOMEBODY HELP ME SOMEBODY HELP ME PLEASE".
Lovely episode with a cool dog.
This is one of those episodes that kind of bored me when I was a kid but as I understood a little more about the "oil" plot I enjoyed it a little more plus we get a hot tamale guest starring.
"Spoilers" A young woman named Ally farmer wakes up and looks for her father who is on the road and she calls him to say she is making breakfast but before he can make it home, two guys with bandanas covering their face driving a truck force the dad off the road, setting his car on fire and make it look like a drunk driving incident being that the father had a history of alcohol abuse. Ally stands up for her father and tells Walker and Trivette that her father hasn't drank in 4 years and that he was murdered. Even Walker doesn't really believe her until he sees the skid marks on the road. Walker and the team are dealing with these corrupt oil rig workers whoa re trying to pollute the roads and the water with their poison. Meanwhile, Trivette has been looking over this dog whom he and Walker had rescued from drowning earlier but the oil is starting to affect the dog so Walker and Trivette do everything they can and they all go after the oil workers and take them down while Walker takes down the leader Nash. The dog is fine, Ally has avenged her father's death and is now a vet. Walker and Trivette locate the man who threw the dog in the water early on in the episode and it ends when walker tells the dog that the man has a steak in his pocket.
Great episode, M.C Gainey was awesome as one of the bad guys who makes racist remarks to Trivette only to get his ass kicked later by him. Uncle Ray touches your heart a little bit in a scene where he was talking about his first wife.
Great episode with a sad ending.
Here we have another exciting and dramatic episode in which we saw Walker and Trivette battle the justice system and Walker and Alex get into a couple of heated arguments.
"Spoilers" Showing begins where Walker befriends a troubled kid named Archie who was getting chased by some bullies and he walks off with Walker to pick some flowers. Meanwhile, a couple of thug mechanics desire to go on a crime spree in which we see them walk into a strip joint, rob and terrorize everyone and then shoot a bartender after he tried to intervene and save his stripper sister. Walker and Trivette bust in and arrest them but are quickly let go because one of the creeps, Mickey Flanders, has a sister on the witness protection program and he is on it as well which means he is free from prosecution and this is where Walker and Alex really butt heads because Walker being the good moral man that he is does not want to let this killer go while Alex has to abide by the law. This whole ordeal causes a conflict between Walker and the F.B.I. As Walker tries desperately to convince Mickey's sister Lanie to drop Mickey from the program, Archie eventually stands up to the bullies. The showdown comes at Walker's ranch where Mickey and his thug Leo try to kill Walker and hold Archie (Who had been staying with Walker) hostage but Mickey's sister arrives and tries to calm her brother down but Mickey shoots his sister and Walker takes down Mickey. Lanie dies in Walker arms uttering her last words "it's not his fault" and Walker turns his head to Mickey asking "who's going to protect you now?".
Loved this episode as it has a couple of lines that I like including:
"It's the funny thing about bullies, they only pick on kids who are afraid of them"
"If you've never met a man who doesn't have a scar or 2, that means he never fought for anything he believed in".
The ending nearly brought a tear to my eye but at least the bad guy ends up paying for it now.
Walker, Texas Ranger: End Run (1993)
Exciting, adventurous, action-packed episode!
This is definitely one of my favorites as we see Trivette mingle with his first woman (that we see at least). Episode has some terrific bad guys and a lot of car-chasing.
"Spoilers" The episode starts off with a cute Walker and Alex moment where Alex is showing Walker how to tie a tie in which Walker asks "where did you learn to tie a tie" and Alex responds with "my dad said it would come in handy in impressing a man, and then Walker wonderfully responds "your daddy was right". Walker, Trivette, Alex, Uncle Ray, and C.D are attending a wedding for a fellow ranger taking place at the courthouse but during a wedding some thugs with hoods over their head help release a convicted criminal and gunshots blaze outside as all but one of the thugs escapes and that thug happens to be a woman which Trivette funnily points out and that she is "beautiful". Turns out that this feisty woman is set to testify against a ruthless gun-runner by the name of Trigger who had previously killed a ranger captain who broke Walker in. Walker wants badly to put this guy away for good so he gathers Trivette and they are to transport the feisty woman who's name is Kat to New Orleans to testify but she is anything but cooperative as cross-country hilarity ensues where she tries several attempts to escape but fails each time and it wasn't until her beloved ex-boyfriend (who is part of trigger's gang) tries to kill her that she starts to straighten out and be more cooperative and even a little romantic with Trivette as they share a night in a barn after a big car chase scene with Trigger and his boys tried to take him, walker and Kat out. While Trivette and Kat are on the run, Walker starts tracking some of Trigger's men one by one until Trivette and Kat get caught by Trigger and his main boys and Walker busts in and saves them while Trivette and Kat get a piece of the bad guys as well, everything matched, Walker gets Trigger, Kat gets her slime ball ex-boyfriend, and Trivette gets the Indian bad guy who held him at gunpoint. Episode ends at a rescheduled wedding where Alex catches a bouquet.
Loved, loved, loved this episode and Trivette getting romantic with a beautiful woman. C.D mentions his first honeymoon in this episode. The parts I really enjoyed about this episode is when Walker is tracking some of Trigger's men and he terrorizes them by taking them out one-by-one and it shrinks down to 3 men when it started out with like 10 men and he just goes crazy on them and spooks them. That is one of the most appealing things about the Walker character is that he doesn't just beat up the bad guys, he messes with them and terrorizes them. Anyway great episode with lots of action and some romance.
Here we have yet another terrific episode of Walker Texas Ranger in which we see Walker and Trivette duel it out with released parolees and a corrupt Parole Officer.
"Spoilers" The story begins with Walker winning an annual rodeo event and attracts the attention of several beautiful women. Walker and Trivette spot a robbery going on and they get into a shoot-out and bring the robbers down. The next day while Walker is giving Trivette riding lessons (he wants a piece of the female attention as well), he gets a call from a straightened out parolee wife who is worried because he didn't show up to work the previous night. Walker arrives and finds she is being harassed by her Billy's (the husband parolee) parole office Dave Kilmer, Walker intervenes and knocks Kilmer to the ground and he then identifies himself as a P.O. Walker and Trivette begin to find out that Kilmer is dirty and is connected to a lot of the robberies that have been occurring in the city, including the one at the beginning of the episode. We soon find out that the reason Billy didn't show up for work that night was because Kilmer had wanted him to gather a team and rob the place he is working at and he refused and that is when Kilmer threatened to kill him as he does all of his parolees if they don't participate in these crimes. Kilmer soon sends his goons to kidnap Billy's wife and kid to get Billy to come to him, Walker and Trivette soon find out where they are located and Walker takes Kilmer down, beating his ass again. Episode ends happy at C.D'S bar and grill and then at the ranch where Trivette is still trying to learn how to ride a bull but ends awry for him.
Highlights of the episode:
1: Walker and Trivette hilariously interrogate one of Kilmer's parolees for the location of the kidnapped wife and kid, refuses to talk, and Walker and Trivette bring a bag with what sounds like to be a snake and they scare the parolee half to death in a hilarious way but after spilling his guts, it is revealed that it is just a rattle, the parolee was not pleased.
2: Trivette is gathering some materials he thinks he might need for the rodeo, Walker suggests a jock strap, Trivette is already ahead of him and throws one of his jockstraps into Walker's hand to which Walker reacted hilariously.
3: Trivette showing frustration to constantly having to uphold the law and sometimes wishes he could let loose.
Great episode, C.D and Uncle Ray were awesome as usual, Walker and Alex bicker a little but it's cute, Trivette was comedic as usual trying to learn how to ride a bull, and the guest stars weren't bad either.
"Spoilers" I do not know what it is about Alex Cahill but she seems to have the this disease known as the HCS, Held Captive syndrome as she seems to get kidnapped and held hostage on a regular basis but it doesn't knock this episode in any way, in fact I always kind of loved that Walker was always Alex's knight in shining armor which made their love more strong.
"Spoilers" A desperate father arrives at this religious cult where his daughter ran off to and decided to live there. The cult is being run by this crazed cult leader Deacon John Body who manipulates and weakens the minds of people living there. he also has an army of mercenaries who run the cult like a prison. Hank (the father) goes to the services of Alex Cahill and a sad backstory was enough to get her to go out there and check out the cult. Little did she know what the leader was capable of as he takes her hostage after she threatens to charge him with statutory rape. Walker and Trivette start to worry and they hear a message left on Alex's phone left by Hank who was wondering why she hadnt come back from the compound. They get assistance from their good buddy Cobalt to try and get proof that John Body is involved in illegal activity so as to give them probable cause for a search warrant and look for Alex where Walker believes her to be. Episode ends when bullets fly and Walker goes head to head with the lead bad guy as he always does in every episode and rescues Alex.
Great episode with a few favorite scenes of mine which are as follows: 1: After Walker rescues Alex, they kiss and this would mark the first time we ever see them kiss.
2: A comical moment in which Walker and Trivette go to pick up a witness as a favor for Alex but this witness is nothing short of gigantic and Walker and Trivette struggle to take him in and end up dirty by the time they arrive to ranger headquarters 3: A scene that got me as a kid in whhere Alex, who was still being held captive at the compound, has a dream where Walker and Trivette come to her rescue, beat up the bad guys, and Walker finds Alex and whispers to her "I love you" and SURPRISE it was just a dream.
Great episode with some emotion and of course plenty of action.
This little gem is one of my more favorite episodes for the following reasons:
1: Trivette has more of a central plot and gets to really kick some ass. 2: Richard Norton plays the lead criminal. 3: Walker punks the bad guys pretty good.
"Spoilers" Walker and the team are working this case in which they are trying to bust this drug kingpin by the name of BlackJack but someone needs to go undercover in prison and infiltrate Black jacks crime ring and that person is none other than Trivette. While Trivette is on the prison bus a lightning strikes a pole and forces the bus off the road in which it hits a tree and Trivette, along with several other convicts, find a nearby hotel and take the owners hostage. Walker gets wind of this and runs out into the storm and locates the hotel and one by one Walker and Trivette take out the criminals with the help of a paralyzed woman whom Walker had saved earlier from trying to commit suicide.
Neat episode, Walker is a true badass as usual and has some pretty memorable one-liners such as "Your idea of family, sucks the high wind" and "90 percent of all accidents happen in their home". It was nice to see Trivette the center of attention and having the bad guys respect him with praises such as "you move at the speed of sound". Richard Norton plays a terrific villain with his impressive physique and dark nature with a cool accent adding to the awesomeness of the character. Other familiar faces in this episode are Luis Guzman and Tiny Lister who play two of the escaped convicts. Nice seeing Luis Guzman feuding with Trivette the whole time which lead to a satisfying beatdown delivered by Trivette. Tiny Lister was comical with his constant whimpering.
Another jealousy moment in which Walker Kisses the woman in a wheelchair and Alex and the rest watch. Anywhoo great episode!
Walker, Texas Ranger: Bounty (1993)
This episode marks the first appearance of Noble Willingham's portrayal of C.D Parker who was played by Gailard Sartain in previous episodes and would also go on to play C.D for the remainder of the series.
"Spoilers" A young punk named Roy Buchannon robs an A.T.M Machine in Oklahoma and rides out to Fort Worth Texas to see his much nicer and innocent brother Ned Buchannon and they happen to run into Walker who was about to give a speeding ticket but Roy, who freaks out, shoots Walker's tire and drives off but he takes one of his uncle Ray's horses and is able to apprehend Roy. it is later discovered that Roy's motiv for robbing the A.T.M was to pay the bank and save his Father's farm after the banks screwed him and were threatening to take his farm.
After a heavy chase scene where Walker and Trivette are chasing Roy and lose him, we are introduced to the real bad guy of this episode Boone Waxwell played brilliantly by Bruce MgGill who is a bounty hunter. His job is to bring Roy back to Oklahoma because he had jumped bail but Waxwellhas other plans because it turns out he has knowledge of the money that Roy had stolen and demands he give it to him, when he doesn't, Waxwell shoots Roy down. Waxwell then sets his sights on Roy's girlfriend because he knows that she knows that Roy's brother Ned has the money and kidnaps her to force her into giving the info Waxwell wants. Walker and Trivette are al over Waxwell but can't arrest him because they have no proof of Roy's murder or his evil intentions. They soon figure out and Walker and Waxwell duel it out where Walker ends the fight by uppercutting Waxwell and knocking him out cold onto the hood of his car.
Great episode. The original cast was great as usual but the real show-stealer is Bruce MgGill who eats the scenery as Boone Waxwell I mean his charm, lines, and despicable nature make for a terrific villain that you just love to hate. My favorite moments of the episode are Uncle Rays jokes featured prominently, Alex's jealousy at the hospital when a flirty nurse comes onto Walker, and Walker tossing Trivette's computer into the garbage, Purposely I might add.