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It Had to Be You 

Jazz asks Will the favor of taking his sister out on a date after she moves into town, Will turns it down until Jazz introduces the two. Will takes her on a date and learns that she has her whole life planned out for the two already.


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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
DJ Jazzy Jeff ... Jazz (as D.J. Jazzy Jeff)
Vivica A. Fox ... Janet
Carol-Ann Jeffers Carol-Ann Jeffers ... Gia
Lisa Fuller Lisa Fuller ... Toni


Jazz asks Will to take out his sister Janet, which he is reluctant to until she gets a look at her (he and Uncle Phil assumed she looked like Jazz with long hair). On the date, things seem to be going well until Janet is revealed to not only be a controlling nag, but to have mapped out their entire future before their first date is even underway. When he confronts Jazz about it, he admits that his only intention was to get rid of her because she was getting on his nerves. He suggests that the best way to get her off their backs is to set her up with another sucker - possibly a square cousin. At dinner, Carlton stands up to her and his defensive attitude makes her fall for him. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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4 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Five years later, Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox would co-star as a couple in Independence Day (1996). See more »


Jazz: Between you and the humpty dance, I'll have to get a metal plate on my butt.
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Featured in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Love in an Elevator (1995) See more »


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Performed by Alfonso Ribeiro
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16 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

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It Had To Be You

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.

Not only the premise is new and promising but they keep you engaged with thick plot and as it enfolds in each and every phase as it ages. Will Smith and Jazz is a lethal combination that draws out more laughs than any other one liners can.

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