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Vying for Attention 

Will's mom comes to visit with her new boyfriend and Will has problems with sharing his mom with another man.


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Episode credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hawthorne James ... George
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Sam
Bill Overton Bill Overton ... Robert Watson
Raven-Symoné ... Claudia Watson (as Raven-Symone)
Vernee Watson ... Viola 'Vy' Smith (as Vernée Watson-Johnson)


Will's mom comes to visit with her new boyfriend and Will has problems with sharing his mom with another man.

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2 March 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was directed by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who starred as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, two outtakes of Uncle Phil's "Mo Money" line is shown. See more »


References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey
Performed by Joseph Marcell
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19 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Vying For Attention

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.

After the first season which basically was just a mere introduction to every character and their mundane life which puts more pressure on them in the second one for they better thicken the plot and develop the character further more if they care for the quality offered to the audience. The relation between Carlton and Will is surprisingly been far better than any other for it encourages the typical sibling rivalry and a knack to pull each others leg.

The emotional sequences unfortunately doesn't go as anticipated for the script is petty in Vying For Attention and the execution too lacks a better conviction and if nothing works one can rely upon the new kid that enters this house who is more mature than anyone.

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