Will's Up the Dirt Road
Airdate November 21, 1994
Written by Bennie R. Richburg, Jr.
Directed by Shelley Jensen
Love Hurts
Will Steps Out

Will's Up the Dirt Road is the 10th episode of Season 5 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.


Headline news. Will's attempt to be a photojournalist leads to a #10-million lawsuit from Jay Leno.[1]


Will decides that it is time to find a job. When he becomes interested in journalism, he decides to propose an idea for a book - entitled "Celebrities Houses... At Night". In an attempt to impress the publishers, he takes a series of photographs - one of which shows Jay Leno dumping some coffee. However, the publisher screws up the picture and makes it look like as if Jay is dumping oil in the water and leaves Will responsible for the story. Jay decides to sue Will for slander.


Will becomes worried when Lisa refers to him as "goofy" and proposes an idea for a book called "Celebrities Houses... At Night" in order to impress Lisa after learning she gets goosebumps reading the articles of her intellectual friend. The publisher, however, takes a photograph of Jay Leno dumping coffee into a sewer and gives it to a celebrity magazine, where it's changed to oil and Leno sues Will for slander. After Uncle Phil fails to get the suit dropped, Will invades the Tonight Show and confesses everything to Leno who ultimately drops the suit against Will at the encouragement of his audience.


Will Smith as Will Smith
James Avery as Philip Banks
Daphne Maxwell Reid as Vivian Banks
Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks
Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey Butler
Ross Bagley as Nicholas Banks


Nia Long as Lisa Wilkes

Guest starring

Jay Leno as himself
Ian Patrick Williams as Jonny Soccio.
Nicole Black as Reporter


  • Will: If y'all could sum me up in like one word, how would y'all describe me?
  • Philip: Undependable.
  • Hilary: Cheap.
  • Carlton: Freeloader.
  • Ashley: Lazy.

(Everybody arguing with each other)

  • Will: Excuse me! I said one word!
  • Philip: What's this for, Will?
  • Will: Well, the other day, Lisa said I was kind of, goofy.
  • Everybody: YES! That's it!
  • Philip: We're going to go with goofy, Will.


  • Will attempted to get John Ridley off of the show. John Ridley was a story writer for the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. DVD description