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Banks Shot 

Vivian goes away to Berkeley for the weekend, leaving Hilary in charge of the house while Philip is at the office. Will steals the car keys to go to the pool hall he winds up losing his ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
J.D. Hall ... Charlie Mack
Angela Gordon Angela Gordon ... Gloria
Jeff Chayette Jeff Chayette ... Louie
Hugh Dane ... Fred Lomax Jr.
Michelle Simms Michelle Simms ... Michelle
Tanya Moore Tanya Moore ... Girl


Vivian goes away to Berkeley for the weekend, leaving Hilary in charge of the house while Philip is at the office. Will steals the car keys to go to the pool hall he winds up losing his money and the car to a hustler. Philip goes down to the pool hall to claim the money back, playing the hustler. Written by Psycho697186

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25 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Will tells Uncle Phil that there's men at the pool hall who would make him "look like Webster". James Avery, who played Uncle Phil, once guest starred as a judge on Webster. See more »


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16 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Banks Shot

The origin of Will Smith's fame and too many mentions from The Graham Norton Show got me to binge watch this series which I think has a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom. The creators made the relations pretty much clear from the first frame now all one seek and wait for is their character development through this journey with hopefully no dips on content or humor. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seems interesting (something to look forward especially when she grows up) and is definitely supposed to bring the laughs whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there.

As often happens, the first season is good and demands attention from the viewers wanting them more of the family drama which writers better deliver if not all of it but some of it (its diplomatic to keep big guns for the future) and would be wise of them if they keep an open-end on some tracks to pick up swiftly on season 2.

The plot is predictable and the twist is visible far before it even hits the screen but still the execution is entertaining enough to encounter it along with hardcore punch lines and witty humor where everyone is pulling each others leg.

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