The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

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.


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.


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: Following the events of The Philadelphia Story, 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.
  • This episode introduces Ross Bagley as Nicky. Similar to the episode "Where There's a Will, There's a Way (Part 1)", Jazz takes notice at Nicky's sudden growth and Will acknowledges that by staring at the audience.
    • Jazz also pokes fun at the actress change for Vivian once more, like in the aforementioned episode, by saying "So who's playing the mother this year?".
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  • On the BBC Iplayer version of the episode the first part of the episode is entitled The Client Part 1, whereas What's Will Got to Do with It? serves as the title for the second part of the episode. This could possibly only be the case in the United Kingdom however though.