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Viva Lost Wages 

It's Carlton's birthday. His father gives a trip to Vegas for Carlton and Will as a gift. Carlton becomes addicted to gambling and loses all the money as well as the return home tickets. They enter a talent contest to try to win the prize.

Director:

Shelley Jensen

Writers:

Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 3 more credits »
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Airs Wed. Jan. 16, 10:30 AM on VH1

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Ross Bagley ... Nicky Banks
Bruce Fine ... Announcer
Gregg Kovan Gregg Kovan ... Croupier
Susan Bambara Susan Bambara ... Dealer #1
Farrell Mayer Farrell Mayer ... Dealer #2
Mike Devey Mike Devey ... Dealer #3
Deano Georgio Deano Georgio ... Dancer
Lisa Nunziella ... Dancer
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Storyline

It's Carlton's birthday. His father gives a trip to Vegas for Carlton and Will as a gift. Carlton becomes addicted to gambling and loses all the money as well as the return home tickets. They enter a talent contest to try to win the prize.

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Plot Keywords:

gambling | vacation | casino | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Marks the debut of the "Apache Dance" (set to "Apache" by the Sugarhill Gang), and has since been a staple at clubs and wedding receptions. See more »

Quotes

Carlton Banks: I bet five on black and five on red.
William 'Will' Smith: Carlton that cancels the bet, you can't win.
Carlton Banks: Maybe so but I can't lose either.
William 'Will' Smith: Unless it's...
[roulette wheels hits 00]
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Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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will make it to the other end of the canyon..
26 May 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Viva Lost Wages

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 thought had a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom, but turned out to be something more than that. 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, that it fortunately delivers till the end. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seemed interesting on earlier season where the writers could have gone easily (but wasn't explored to that extent) and instead were directed towards Alfonso Rebeiro that draws out the laughs from your typical "sibling rivalry" formula whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there that binds it all.

After a bumpy season, the expectations are higher on the final season which unfortunately doesn't go as anticipated and the reason would be the writers that are running out of ideas and creativity that results onto creating a repetitive slog which is a punch in the gut for the viewers as there is a genuine shock and disappointment in the air.

Viva Lost Wages is their comeback episode especially because the priority is the joke in here and nothing else. Addition to that, whenever Carlton's character is explored upon it creates these hilarious chain of events where the main reason would be Alfonso's excellent portrayal of it.


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