The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
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"Will's got a thing for Mimi Mumford so I'm teaching him how to be a perfect gentleman."
Carlton Banks to Philip Banks

"Clubba Hubba" is the third episode of Season 1 of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Summary

By George, he's got it! To impress a young lady, Will takes perfect-gentlemen lessons from Carlton.[1]

Plot

Will and Carlton catches sight of a beautiful girl named Mimi Mumford at the country club. She is the daughter of Dr. Mumford , who also known as Dr. No, since he never says "yes" to people he's not interested in. Determined to make Mimi his date to the Apple Blossom Ball, Will follows Carlton's advice and starts practicing how to be a perfect gentlemen, with Philip and Geoffrey participating.

After mastering the skills, Will walks into the country club ready to impress Dr. No, putting on a persona as Kipp Smithers. At first, Dr. No is not interested in meeting him until Smithers compliments him on his Polo match, which Dr. No find very flattering. He then offers Smithers a seat, and the two begin talking. When Mimi walks in, Dr. Mumford lets Smithers meet her. He leaves the two to get better acquainted.

After Dr. Mumford is out of sight, Will drops his preppy act and tries to talk Mimi, but before getting a word out, Mimi reveals to Will that she's not into preppy men, but rather street-wise men who are dangerous and can rap. Will then tries to convince her it was all an act, and that he's exactly what she's looking for. However, Mimi fails to see this and then leaves, leaving a furious Will to put the blame on Carlton.

Back at the house, Vivian offers Will some advice,  which is to just be himself. Despite this, Will decides to act like a streetwise thug, as it is exactly what's going to attract Mimi.  Will attends the ball and approaches Mimi. Carlton leaves the two to dance. However, Dr. Mumford also appears at the party, forcing Will to alternate between his preppy and gangster personas. All seems to go well until Dr. Mumford catches Will wearing a hat. He then loses all his respect for Kipp and tells him to get out of his sight. Will then decides to give up, saying that no woman is good enough for him to go through so much trouble for. However, he then catches sight of a white woman who walks by and follows her.

Back at the house, Will tells Geoffrey about his time at the ball and how he caught sight of a beautiful lady that walked by. When Geoffrey asked him what happened next, Will took off his sunglasses to show the black eye he got.

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Lisa Fuller as Toni
  • Victoria Rowell as Mimi Mumford
  • Richard Roundtree as Dr. Mumford
  • Garon Grisby as Skip Nesbitt
  • John Towey as Country Club Representative

Quotes

Will: Ooh, hold up! Ooh, special bulletin, hormones to Will, hormones to Will!
Carlton: Hold up yourself Will. That's Mimi Mumford. You can't get to first base with her unless you can impress her father. He's an eminent surgeon, a championship polo player, and around these parts, he's known as Dr. No.
Will: Why they call him that?
Carlton: Because he never says yes. No young man is good enough for his daughter.
Will: Well, he's not gonna have a chance to tell me no 'cause I ain't gonna ask.
Carlton: Will, our club frowns on strangulation.
Will: This is all your fault. You got me into this mess.
Carlton: Me.
Will: Yeah! This preppy nonsense. I knew women didn't like that mess. If I would've had my way... I would've had my way.
Hilary: Congratulate me. It took all day but I finally found the perfect pair of alligator pumps to wear to the Save the Everglades rally tonight.
Ashley: Will has a crush on Mimi Mumford.
Hilary: That fat girl?
Will: Mimi is not fat.
Hilary: Not today. Liposuction. She's been vacuumed more times than a hooked rug.
Will: She looks good now, right?
Hilary: I don't see your point. Just wave a chili-cheese dog in front of her nose and see how much of your arm you come back with.
Philip: Will. So, how did it go with Mimi Mumford?
Ashley: He struck out.
Vivian: Okay, Will, you've taken advice from Carlton, from Philip, and Geoffrey but you have not gone to the most logical source: the woman of the house. Before I was married, I had my share of admirers.
Philip: A sorrier bunch of deadbeats you'll never meet.
Vivian: The ones that I was most attracted to were the ones who were secure enough to just be themselves. And that's my advice to you. Just be yourself.
Will: Thanks, Aunt Viv.
Carlton: So, Will, are you going to take Mom's advice?
Will: Man, you got to be crazy.
Will: Remember, I'm wanted in five states, I'm hiding out from the police for robbing a gun store... and what did I do before then?
Carlton: You went to Penn State
Will: I went to the state pen!
Carlton: Sorry. I thought Penn State was bad enough.
Will: [to Mimi and Dr. Mumford] I'm not a young Republican from Connecticut and I'm not a hood from Bed Stuy. I'm Will Smith from West Philly and I've been busting my butt trying to impress you and trying to scare you. And I'm exhausted. I'm going home, and I'm going to sleep 'cause, baby, ain't no girl that fly for me to go through all this trouble for.

Trivia

  • Actor Richard Roundtree, who portrays Dr. No, portrays the reverend in the episode "Hare Today..." from Season 6.
    • He also played the original Shaft from 1971, a character and movie mentioned in the series.
  • This was the fifth episode to be produced, but the third to be aired.
  • This is the first episode to show a scene of dialogue before the opening theme.
  • This is the last episode to use the extended theme opening.
  • This is the first time Will breaks the fourth wall talks directly to the camera.
  • This is the first appearance of Hilary's friend Toni.
  • The song that plays during the montage is My Fair Lady.
  • The episode name is a pun on the term "hubba hubba."

Goofs/Inconsistencies

  • In the scene where Will meets Dr. No for the first time, Will mouths the line 'string of Arabians' as Dr. No is saying the line. Frequently, Will Smith did this as a joke and the scenes had to be filmed again, but this one was missed.
  • When Carlton says "How do you propose on going about it?" he is looking down as if Will's head is below him, but Will's head is above Carlton.
  • When Carlton says "It isn't as easy as it looks," Will appears to be mouthing that line also.

Photos

References

  1. DVD description
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