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Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy 

Will gets a visit from an old pal named Ice Tray, who, to Vivian's and Philip's dismay, warms up to Hilary.


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Episode cast overview:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Don Cheadle ... Ice Tray


Will is feeling homesick, so Aunt Viv suggests that they fly in his old friend Ice Tray for a visit. Aunt Viv is better at dealing with his rough exterior then the rest of the family, until he lays eyes on Hilary and they start dating. Uncle Phil tries some psychology to drive them apart by smothering their relationship with acceptance and playing to Hilary's rebellious nature. It backfires as Phillip and Vivian flip out at the news that Hilary and Ice Tray are getting married. It turns out to be a joke, of course, a test to see how they react. Later Will accuses Aunt Viv of being a hypocrite, he defends Tray for helping him out when he was younger - and inevitably leading him to Bel Air. Tray offers to take Will back with him but he admits that Bel Air is where he belongs. He then offers to take Hilary back with him, but she's offended when he suggests that they fly coach. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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8 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the fourth episode to be produced, but the fifth to be broadcasted. See more »


Vivian Banks: [about Ice Tray and Hilary] l'm glad they had fun together.
William 'Will' Smith: Me, too. lt's just a shame he had to leave before he had a chance to ruin her life.
Vivian Banks: l'm sorry l said that, it's just that...
William 'Will' Smith: But you meant it. lt was cool as long as Tray was some clown to come out here and bring me some cheesesteaks and cheer me up.
Vivian Banks: Hold on.
William 'Will' Smith: The second you found out Hilary liked him, you wanted him out. That's something l'd expect from Uncle Phil, not from you, Aunt Viv.
Vivian Banks: Hilary is my daughter, Will.
William 'Will' Smith: And Tray is my best...
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


U Can't Touch This
Performed by Will Smith & Don Cheadle.
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daffy duck must have a little brother somewhere..
8 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy

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.

Don Cheadle's appearance does lighten up the energy especially when Will introduces him to the family by pointing out their properties (its hilarious) and addition to that they did end it in a surprisingly good point with Will and Janet's conversation.

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