|The Ethnic Trip|
|Airdate||January 14, 1991|
|Written by||Benny Medina & Jeff Pollack|
|Directed by||Jeff Melman|
The Young and the Restless
Will proposes a black history class be instituted at Bel-Air Academy, and gets a surprise when Aunt Viv decides to teach it. Unlike the rest of the class, however, Will and Carlton gradually become less enthusiastic when Aunt Viv gives them harder work in comparison. This culminates in the two being hesitant to sign a 148-signature petition to have Aunt Viv as their permanent history teacher over Coach Smiley.
At home, Will and Carlton tell Aunt Viv about their disappointment with being given all the hard work, believing it to be because of their relationship. Aunt Viv is surprised and believed that both Will and Carlton would have been more invested in the class, being the only two black students. Aunt Viv tells Will that he cannot call himself a student of black history unless he knows all of the facts about the entire struggle.
- 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
- Dave Florek as Coach Smiley
- Edward Edwards as Assistant Headmaster Armstrong
- Keith Bogart as Jonathan Cartwell
- Michael Landes as Chadney Hunt
- Michael Weiner as Kellogg Lieberbaum
- Monica Beavers as Cheerleader #1
- Kyausha Simpson as Cheerleader #2
- Education is our passport
- to the future
- For tomorrow belongs
- to the people
- who prepare for it today
- — MALCOLM X
- Will: I'm going to be the star of this class.
- Carlton: No you're not, I am.
- Will: How do you figure that?
- Carlton: The teacher's my mommy.
- Will: I read the Autobiography of Malcolm X three times.
- Vivian: And that makes you a serious black history student?
- Will: It's a very important book.
- Vivian: Will, you can read the books, you can wear the T-shirts, you can put up the posters and you can shout the slogans, but unless you know all the facts, you are just trivializing the entire struggle.
- Running Gags
- Carlton eavesdropping on the Will and Vivian's conversation
- Will trying to answer every question, but getting them wrong each time
- Will trying to act as the star of the class.