What's Will Got to Do with It? (Part 1)
Airdate September 19, 1994
Written by Barry Gurstein
David Pitnik
Directed by Shelley Jensen
The Philadelphia Story
The Client (Part 2)

What's Will Got to Do with It? (Part 1) is the first episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's fifth season which was first broadcast on September 19, 1994.

Summary Edit

When Uncle Phil opens a record store, Will believes it is his chance to pursue a career featuring music. However, when Philip refuses him a job, Will discovers that Ashley has a talent in music. He decides to create a demo tape of Ashley, and take it to a big recording executive - who after seeing her live, gives her a $30,000 contract.

Plot Edit

Uncle Phil refuses to allow Will to be the manager of his record store despite his passion for music. Will discovers that Ashley is a talented singer and decides to profit off her by being her manager and turning her into a music sensation though Uncle Phil is angered. Will creates a demo tape of "Make Up Your Mind" and plays it for Berry Gordy, who only listens to a second of it and passes. Will then tricks a local DJ from leaving his booth and plays the track via fake impressions he does himself. This works to impress Gordy, who arrives at the Peacock to hear Ashley sing live.

Ashley does a great job and Berry is impressed, offering her a $30,000. Uncle Phil at first refuses but ultimately accepts the offer as long as Ashley's singing career doesn't interfere with her grades and personal life.


  • Fourth Wall Break: Will is kidnapped by NBC executives who remind him that the show is called "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" not "The Fresh Prince of Philadelphia." and they take him back to Bel-Air. Jazz is the only character who mentions Will's vacation from Philadelphia in the episode.