The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Will Gets Committed is the 2nd episode of Season 3 of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


Philip and Vivian organise a cleanup effort in the riot-torn remains of their old LA neighbourhood.


While fixing up the riot-torn remains of the Banks former LA neighborhood, Carlton falls for another worker named Simone while Will befriends a teenager named Noah. Noah becomes angered with Will when he refuses to blow off plans to come back and help next weekend, seeing him as every other person who only helps to pat themselves on the back for doing a good cause. Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian run into an old friend named Hector and begin to reminiscence on the night they got the call that would set their family's fortunes and how Phillip swore that money would never change who they are. Motivated by the memories, Will and Ashley agree to return next week to help. Phillip is disappointed that he became everything he swore not to be upon making it big. Vivian reveals to him that she is pregnant and that is why she is acting strange, causing him to faint.


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
Gregory Sierra as Hector
Rose Jackson as Simone
Floyd Roger Myers, Jr. as Young Will
Gary Leroi Gray as Young Carlton
Valerie Jones as Young Hilary
LaRita Shelby as Young Vivian
Michael Whaley as Young Philip
Shavar Ross as Noah



  • Hector mistakes Uncle Phil for actor Reginald VelJohnson, who portrayed Carl Winslow in the ABC sitcom Family Matters. Both characters are alike in the sense they are both overweight, are involved in law enforcement, are strict but loving fathers, lose their tempers quickly and are usually annoyed with the antics of troublemakers close to them (Will and Urkel.)
    • In an episode of Family Matters called "Scenes From a Mall", Richie wins a bet with his friend Little G, who tells Richie that he is right and Carl does look like the dad from Fresh Prince. During the episode's credits Just as he comments this, James Avery crashes the set which causes Reginald VelJohnson to break character as he is shocked and begins laughing before he and James Avery hug.
    • Valerie Jones who played young Hilary played Judy Winslow in the pilot episode of Family Matters called "The Mama who came to Dinner" before being replaced by Jaimee Foxworth.


  • Young Hilary is played by Valerie Jones, who also appeared in "Deck the Halls."
  • The flashback scene features a slender Philip Banks (portrayed by Michael Whaley). In "Soul Train," he is shown overweight in the footage of him proposing to Vivian. He was overweight before marrying Vivian and having the kids, lost the weight afterwards, then gained weight again.
  • Young Philip got offered a six figure salary in prestigious law firm Firth, Wind and Meyer before Ashley was born. Vivian was pregnant with Ashley when Philip got the job. They would have move to Bel-Air in a few months.
  • Flashback would take place in 1978 or 1979 before Ashley was born. Hilary would have been 8 or 9 years old, Carlton would have been 3 or 4 years old and Will would have been 4 or five years old.
  • Will never visited them again after Uncle Phil got that prestigious law firm job Firth, Wind and Meyer. Will didn't see them until he moved in the pilot episode.


  • Gregory Sierra (Hector) also played Julio Fuentes on Sanford and Son.
  • This episode aired on September 21, 1992, Alfonso Ribeiro's (Carlton Banks) 21st birthday.


  • After the flashback scene, an unknown person can be briefly seen standing in the corner.
  • Geoffrey mentions Philip having Fruit Loops for breakfast every morning, but in other episodes, he is seen eating other meals other than this.


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