The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

It Had to Be You is the 19th episode of Season 1 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.


Jazz asks Will the favour of taking his sister, Janet (Vivica A. Fox), out on a date after she moves into town, Will is very unenthusiastic until Jazz introduces the two. After seeing how attractive Janet is, Will readily takes her out for a date. On the date, Janet proves to have a massive crush on Will, and while he thinks that she's practically perfect, her one drawback is that she has already planned out her future with Will, and so she becomes extremely jealous of other women speaking with Will, and becomes extremely rude. Desperate to get rid of Janet, Will decides to bring Carlton with him on his date with Janet to try to get her more interested in Carlton and for them to date instead.

However, Will's constant talk about Carlton makes Janet really annoyed, and she snaps at a waitress to get her ice for her water. Carlton then steps in to defend the waitress and put Janet in her place, making her fall for him and see him in the way she once saw Will in. Janet is shown to have a much nicer persona towards Carlton in comparison to her possessiveness over Will, causing him to believe that a man has to show he is the one in control. Will and Jazz both try this technique on Janet and Hilary, with both rejecting them and Jazz being thrown out of the house.[1]


Will Smith as Will Smith
James Avery as Philip 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


  • The title is a reference to the song "It Had to Be You", a popular pop song that originally appeared in 1924.


  • Will and Philip both imagining Janet as a female version of Jazz
  • Jazz being thrown out of the house by Will and Hilary
  • Philip trying to tell Will and Jazz what some women are like and being overheard by Vivian each time
  • In 1996, Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox would star opposite each other in the film Independence Day.

Notes and references

  1. This is the first time that Jazz has been thrown out of the Banks' household twice in the same episode as well as the first where someone other than Philip threw him out