Not with My Pig, You Don't
Airdate October 1, 1990
Written by Lisa Rosenthal
Directed by Jeff Melman
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Not with My Pig, You Don't is the fourth episode of Season 1 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.


Philip's down-home parents humiliate him with stories of his beloved childhood pet: a pig.[1]


The family is in the living room at night wandering when Philip is coming home. They begin to worry, as he is awfully late, but Vivian tells them to remain calm and not jump to conclusions. Will, who is busy reading a magazine, loudly interrupts and mentions Bill Cosby having a street-wise niece appearing on his show.

Philip then walks in, with a relieved Ashley walking up to him for a hug. Philip apologizes for not calling, as he wanted to rush home and tell everyone the great news. The community leaders will be presenting to him the Urban Spirit Award due him helping their brothers and sisters on the streets. He then reveals to them that a reporter will be arriving to interview him, therefore he asks for everyone to look their best for the interview and the awards banquet. Vivian asks him if he called his parents. He says they are taking the next flight to California, which excites Ashley.

In the kitchen, Will and Ashley are dancing to the radio, when afterwards, Phillip's parents, Hattie and Joe Banks, walk in the door. Ashley runs up to them and gives them a nice warm hug, along with Hilary and Carlton. Ashley then introduces Will to them. Will, thinking that his uncle is from Baltimore, asks them how their flight from there was, but she tells him that Zeke (Philip's old name) was born and raised on a farm in North Carolina, then moved to Baltimore when he was 16 years old. Will becomes humored after hearing all of this.

Philip and Vivian then walk in and hug Hattie and Joe. The family then heads into the living room. Hattie calls for Geoffrey and gives him a list of groceries she'll be needing for supper. After telling everyone what she is cooking, Will begins to taste it already and gives Hattie a hug. The family then offers Hattie and Joe a look at their swimming pool. Hattie then tells everyone a story about how Zeke always loved their swimming hole back home, and also his little pig named Melvin. Eager to learn more, Will walks back into the kitchen with Hattie.

That night, Hattie is in the kitchen singing Wade in the Water. Will, who happens to be up way past curfew, tries to sneak in behind her, but is blind-fully caught by Hattie. Will begs her to not tell his uncle, telling her he was just a little bit past his curfew. She tells him to not do it again. Will then asks her why's she up. She tells him she had to get up and get breakfast started. She then offers Will a game of cards. As the two play, Hattie shares stories about his uncle's childhood. She tells him about his success as the first black president of the Young Farmers of America. She takes him back to the time when there were only white restrooms, and shares a little story of how Zeke drunk too much lemonade, and how he decided to stand his ground against the whites.

The next day, Will is out with Phillip's Parents at Disneyland, while the family is preparing for the interview by going over what each person is to say. A female reporter Named Melissa Klein walks in, and the interview promptly begins. After that, Will returns home with Phillip's Parents. Looking at the time, Hattie and Joe decide to go to bed. Afterwards, the reporter walks in and gets on the phone. She decides to kill the story about Philip, saying his life dull. Will, overhearing, assures her that his uncle is much more than what she thinks. He tells her the stories about Philip's past "barnyard life" he heard from Hattie.

Once the story is printed in the newspaper, a stack of them are ordered by Philip. Geoffrey and Vivian look at them and are bewildered by how they got a hold of the pig stories. Philip then comes into the kitchen, eager to look at the paper. Geoffrey reluctantly begins reading the headline, then stops. Philips takes the paper and reads it for himself. As he reads down the page, he realizes they printed the stories of his real childhood and his pet pig in the paper. Will then walks in with a stack of newspapers. After asking who is responsible for this, Will rattles on himself. Vivian and Geoffrey leave, telling Will to run. Confused, Will asks what he did wrong. As Philip begins scolding Will for his stunt, Hattie unfortunately walks in and hears him talk down about his childhood. An upset Hattie reminds her son of how good he had it back then, despite not having much, and that he has nothing to be ashamed of. He explains to her that he isn't ashamed, but is just trying to project the perfect image for his associates. Hattie, however, believes that counts as being ashamed, then leaves the room with a crushed heart.

Later that night, the family appears at the awards banquet. Hattie refuses to talk at all, but Will tries to get her to forgive her son. She also refuses to eat any of the food offered at the banquet, but rather just fade into the background by serving up her own food, which she brought in her bag. In an attempt to get her to forgive her son, Will reminds her of how much her son likes her famous casserole, but this fails. He then tries again by saying aloud how Philip is so glad to have his loving parents there with him, but Hattie fails to see that he thinks highly of them.

Philip then goes to the restroom to be alone for a few minutes. Will follows him there and apologizes for messing up his image, but tells him that the reporter would've trashed the article if he didn't give her the pig stories. Philip then explains to Will how good he had it, how his parent loved him so much, and how hard they have worked to make sure he'd get everything they never had. He then starts worrying that his mother may never forgive him, but Will assures him that as long as he explains it to her, she'll understand.

Philip is then called up to give his acceptance speech. Philip begins with growing up in Baltimore, then mentions how he was born in North Carolina. Upon hearing his speech, Hattie and Joe take each other's hands and begin to smile, as Philip shows renewed pride in his roots.


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

Guest starring

Virginia Capers as Hattie Banks
Gilbert Lewis as Joe Banks
John Petlock as Henry Furth
Kathy Griffin as Melissa Klein
Helen Page Camp as Margaret Furth


Jim Mapp as Art
David Downing as Presenter
Jeff Hayenga as Waiter


  • Geoffrey: Shall I continue to delay dinner, Madam?
  • Vivian: Yes, Geoffrey. I don't know where he could be. He's never this late without calling.
  • Ashley: Do you think Daddy's alright?
  • Carlton: He's awfully late, Mom.
  • Vivian: OK, let's not jump to any conclusions. I know we're all worried, but let's not --
  • Will: Oh! Bill Cosby has a streetwise niece coming on the show. That should be decent.  

  • Hattie: (singing) "Wade in the water... wade in the water, children... wade in the water... God's gonna trouble... It's 3:00 in the morning, Will."
  • Will: How did you see me?
  • Hattie: Mama knows.
  • Will: Granny, please don't tell Uncle Phil. I'm just a little bit past my curfew.
  • Hattie: How much is a little?
  • Will: Well, let's just say I went out after I was suppose to be in.
  • Hattie: Don't do it again.
  • Will: Ok, well, what're you doing up so late?
  • Hattie: Oh, honey, I had to get up and get breakfast started. I don't know what y'all have that Geoffrey for. Five-card draw?
  • Will: Yeah, I'm with it. You know, Granny, I really like you. You and Grandpa, y'all have fun telling jokes; y'all bust me up!
  • Hattie: Thank you, son.
  • Will: Hey, Granny, it's late, everybody's asleep, you can level with me... Uncle Phil's adopted, right?
  • Hattie: Oh, now, we're real proud of Zeke. Did you know he won the Young Farmer's of America Pig Racing trophy?
  • Will: Nah, I didn't know that, but I'd love to hear some more details about that.
  • Hattie: Won it four years running. They had to retire slopbucket.
  • Will: Slopbucket? Oh, I can't wait 'till he wakes up!
  • Hattie: Respect your elders, son. Hmm-hmm, see, I beat ya.


  • Philip says he won a case called Quincy vs. Jones. Quincy Jones is the executive producer for the show
  • The kitchen in this episode is very different than it is in the rest of the season's run.
  • Running Gag: Hattie beating Will at a game of cards.
  • This is actually the sixth episode to be produced, but the fourth to be broadcasted.
  • The episode's title is a pun on the 1966 movie, Not With My Wife, You Don't, starring Tony Curtis and Virna Lisi.
  • Past airings on TBS and ABC Family cut the scene where the family was worried about Philip being late.
  • It is established that in 1963, Philip went to Princeton University, which is located in New Jersey.
  • This is the 2nd time Will speaks to the camera.
  • Another Fresh Prince episode with a title similar to this one is "Not With My Cousin You Don't."
  • During Will's talk with Uncle Phil in the bathroom, when telling him that Hattie will forgive him for being ashamed of his roots, Uncle Phil tells him that there is something he needs to learn, which is "parents just don't understand." This is a reference to the song of the same name by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
  • Will reads in the TV Guide magazine that Bill Cosby is getting a streetwise niece to come on the show. This is a reference to Erika Alexander who joined the cast of The Cosby Show as Cousin Pam the same year that this episode aired.


  • When Philip talks about the award, Hilary is excited that she's getting two new dresses for the interview and the awards banquet. However, Hilary isn't wearing a new dress during the interview; she's not even wearing a dress at all. Despite the fact that the Banks' don't get their picture taken during the interview, Hilary didn't know that until the reporter arrived.
  • Philip wins the Urban Spirit Award in this episode. This is ironic because his parents made it clear that he grew up in a rural area in North Carolina.


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