Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy
Airdate October 8, 1990
Written by Samm-Art Williams
Directed by Jeff Melman
Not with My Pig, You Don't
Mistaken Identity

Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy is the 5th episode of Season 1 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.


How cool is that? Ice Tray, Will's homeboy from Philadelphia, lights Hilary's fire.[1]


The family is failing to help Will, who is homesick and missing Philadelphia. As he reminiscences on memories of his old friend Ice Tray, Aunt Viv decides to have him flown out to Bel Air to help Will cope. Ice Tray and Hilary end up falling for one another, much to the chagrin of Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil. Phillip deduces Hilary is doing this as an act of rebellion and decides the best way to split them up is to feign warmth and support to their relationship. At a restaurant that night, Viv and Phillip put their plan into action and even suggest their support if Hilary and Ice Tray marry.

The two jokingly admit that they already have in order to gauge a reaction out of the pair, as Viv (who had been supportive of Ice Tray) tells her she is throwing her life away, which disappoints Will. At home, Will says that he expected that kind of behavior out of Phillip but not her. Though she was only trying to protect Hilary from making a life-changing mistake at such a young age, Will tells her of how good a friend Ice Tray was to him, walking home with him every day after school to make sure he didn't get jumped.


Will Smith as Will Smith
James Avery as Phillip Banks
Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks
Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks
Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey Butler
Guest starring
Don Cheadle as Ice Tray


Vivian: Will, why don't you introduce Ice Tray to your family?
Will (to Ice Tray): This is my little cousin Ashley. This is my bodyguard Geoffrey. All of this is my Uncle Phil. Remember, we used to say that Daffy Duck must have a little brother somewhere? Meet my cousin Carlton.

Ashley: (about Ice Tray coming to visit) Word up! This is gonna be cold, stupid on the serious tip!
Philip: What did you say, young lady?
Ashley: I said this is an exceptional idea, Daddy. Peachy-keen even. (turns to Will) Later, my man!
Philip: Wonderful. First Will, and now Ashley. I can't wait 'till Ice Box gets here.
Will: No, no, no, it's Ice Tray Uncle Phil.
Philip: Oh, Ice Tray. I apologize. Ice Box would be an idiotic name.

Will (to Vivian): It's just a shame Ice Tray had to leave before he had a chance to ruin her life and all.
Vivian: Will, I'm sorry I said that. It's just--
Will: But you meant it. I mean it was fine when he was just some clown to come out here to bring me some cheese-steaks and cheer me up,
Vivian: Will--
Will: No, hold on, but the second you found out Hilary liked him, you wanted him outta here. That's something I'd expect from Uncle Phil, not from you, Aunt Viv.
Vivian: Hilary is my daughter, Will!
Will: And Tray is my friend. We grew up together. We're from the same neighborhood, we're the same person, and if Tray's not good enough for this family, then maybe I'm not.
Vivian: No! You are not the same person.
Will: I know who I am!
Vivian: No, you listen to me! Now I can see why you like Ice Tray; he's a lot of fun, everything is a joke to him; school, work, people. He doesn't care about anything.
Will: Well, he always managed to care about me.
Vivian: Will, I'm glad he's a good friend, but that doesn't change who he is. I'm sorry, but a young man his age should be able to do something else besides fight and jump fences.
Will: You weren't there!
Vivian: I know, but still--
Will: Look, when I was a kid, every time I tried to bring books home from school, the kids would jump me, so Tray started walking me home and if he hadn't been there to throw those punches and help me jump those fences, then I might not be here today.
Vivian: Well, while he was protecting your books, where the hell were his?
Will: What does that have to do with anything?
Vivian: Will, I'm glad he cares so much about you, but why doesn't he care as much about himself?
Will: Because nobody was there for Tray. Did you ever think if he hasn't been there to cover my back, then maybe I wouldn't be able care about myself either?
Vivian: Then that would be an awful waste.


  • The restaurant scene was shortened in past syndicated airings
  • Running Gag: Uncle Phil mispronouncing Ice Tray's name
  • This is the fourth episode produced, but the fifth to be broadcasted
  • The episode name is a pun on the old saying "home sweet home." Home! Sweet Home! is also the name of a song sung by Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne from 1823



  1. DVD description