BREAK THE HEX, MAN!

Out of the 148 wonderful episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, my favorite would have to be Episode 7 Season 4. “Hex and the Single Guy” is probably the funniest of all the episodes. Each and every cast member has at least one very funny one-liner. The show starts off as any other. Hilary’s former fiance, Trevor, has been dead for two months and she is still miserable. It is Halloween night when she suggests that the family go to a seance. The show quickly starts off with one-liners by Geoffrey and Carlton. Vivian says “Thank God Hilary seems to be doing better. For a while there, she just seemed to crushed.” Carlton quickly replies with a “Not as much as Trevor.” For those of you that don’t know, Trevor died from a bungee accident.

Since it’s Halloween, the majority of the cast is dressed up. Will is Dracula while Carlton is MaCaughly Culkin.

After Carlton goes trick-or-treating, the family goes off to the seance. At the seance, the family meets the very odd Scorpious. Will and Uncle Phil exploit his weirdness by cracking jokes throughout the scene. Wills continuous bashing of Scorpious leads to Scorpious placing a hex on Will and whoever he cares about. The hex starts off by getting Uncle Phil  suspended from the bench (he is a judge) for allegedly taking bribes. You can see Carlton’s reaction to the news above.

By the next morning, Carlton’s hair had turned all different colors to where he looks like a snow-cone. Also quite humorous. Then we see Hilary kissing Jazz in the living room. When Uncle Phil attempts to toss him out, like he does in many episodes, we actually see Uncle Phil flying out the door instead. It’s always funny to see Jazz fly out the door, but seeing Uncle Phil is just priceless. The scene can be seen here. Will then goes back to Scorpious to convince him to break the hex. When Will returns to the house, it is completely different. Scorpious is still there but he is dressed normally and there is no sign a seance would ever take place in the house. Will starts begging him to break the hex but Ralph Scorpious has no idea whats happening. The scene then cuts to Will waking up from what was all a dream. He walks into the kitchen all happy that is wasn’t real. Unfortunately for Will, the entire first scene of his dream is starting to happen again. Will tries to stop it but the episode fades out on him screaming. The whole “bad things happening to everyone” style of the show makes it hilarious. The mannerisms of Will in this episode are also great. He tends to make funny faces and run like he has broken legs, but it is very exaggerated in this episode.

For someone that has never seen the show or very little, I suggest watching this one episode to get you HOOKED!

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Changes Through The Years

A fair amount of shows change their structure throughout the seasons depending on the different producers and ratings of the show. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is no exception. The show started with a very basic three plot structure, but later transformed to a two act plot and sometimes even one. Nearing the finale, it was obvious that certain plots would be present throughout many episodes instead of just one. This is unlike earlier in the show, when random situational problems seemed to highlight the show. A good amount of this change probably had to do with the fact that the show had nine different executive producers throughout the show’s six seasons. Change is bound to happen. Luckily, this change did not affect the shows quality.

Besides plots, characters also changed. The most noticeable change would have to be Vivian, considering she is played by a completely different actress after the third season. Must have been convenient that after the third season Uncle Phil divorced one Vivian and quickly married another before the fourth season started! If I didn’t have a keen eye, I may have never noticed this. Of course, the original Vivian left for personal reason and because she apparently hated Will Smith. This I do not understand. How can anyone with a pulse detest Willard Smith? Baffling. Although the actual actress changed, the character of Vivian did not.

I can not say the same for Carlton and Geoffrey who have a noticeable change from the first season to the last. Carlton may stay preppy and nerdy throughout the entire show, but the emphasis on it lessens as the show goes on. In the first season, Carlton is expressed as a goody-two-shoes who would never do anything wrong and is the complete opposite of the overly ghetto Will. By the sixth season, Carlton is out partying and partaking in dangerous things along with Will and Jazz. Carlton never would have snuck out of the house to see a Ziggy Marley concert like he does later in the show. Geoffrey is very similar. He claims that he is required to call Will “Master William”. Geoffrey is very well-mannered and never cracks jokes in the first season. Eventually Geoffrey is caught saying “Willy” instead of the formally known “Master William”. Geoffrey also takes over Will’s role of making fat jokes about Uncle Phil. His British accent truly makes his insults and sarcasm even funnier. This is a move I am glad the producers made.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was not a show of consistency, but I’m not one to complain about it!

Behind The Camera

Who are Andy Borowitz and Quincy Jones? Not the easiest of questions to answer. If you were to name Producers and Creators of a television show, most people would have never heard of them. People only know the names of the on-screen cast. Andy Borowitz, along with his sister Susan, were the creators of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Andy is known for his stand-up comedy and political satire. Andy, since his time with television, has become more famous. He founded the Borowitz Report which was recently voted the #1 twitter account for 2011. He also currently blogs for the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. He has also participated in small television roles including The Daily Show. In a recent profile on CBS News Sunday Morning he was called “one of the funniest people in America”.

Quincy Jones has worked with a plethora of amazing talent throughout his life. Quincy is an American record producer, conductor, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter. His career spans five decades in the media industry and has the record of 79 Grammy nominations. He is best know for his role as producer in the album Thriller by Michael Jackson. Quincy has also worked with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. His vast knowledge in showbiz helped him build a show around Will Smith whom had never acted before. He has been called a genius for his confidence in this decision and I would have to agree with these people.

What Happened To The Rest?

Practically everyone in the world knows who Will Smith is, even if it’s not because of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I feel the majority of people do not know what happened to all the other cast members. What have they done since, if anything? For the most part, they have not had any major roles since. The cast has done a lot of cameos, but not much more.

Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton Banks, is the only one besides Tatyana Ali to be a star in another TV show after The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was the host of Catch 21 on GSN. Even so, I bet a lot of people have never even heard of this show.

Karyn Parsons, Hilary Banks, only major role other than in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was in Major Payne. Major Payne was actually filmed during the time that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was still being created. Other than that, she has only done cameos and actually hasn’t been in front of a camera since 2004.

Tatyana Ali has been busy since her role as the innocent Ashley Banks. She has since starred in movies such as Glory Road and Hotel California. She is also currently the lead role in the TV ONE original sitcom Love That Girl. As also made a guest appearance in the always popular kids show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Tatyana has also created two hit singles that have reached the Billboard top 10 list in the United Kingdom. It would seem that her music is no where near as popular in the great country of America.

James Avery has yet to be in such as major role as he was playing Uncle Phil. He has made guest appearances in more movies and TV shows than most people can count to. Don’t be surprised if he shows up on your favorite tv show one day or possibly already has.

The always entertaining Geoffrey Butler, played by Joseph Marcell, has not done many American related movies/television since. After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had it’s final episode, Joseph moved back to Britain where he currently lives with his family and continues to act. None of the movies he has had a role in have become famous in the United States.

For those of you that have never watched the show closely may not have noticed that Vivian Banks changes after the third season. Janet Hubert-Whitten was the first mother of the Banks family before having a falling out with Will Smith. Much like the rest of the cast, she has done little since. This is mostly due to her now being a mother.

Daphne Maxwell-Reid is our second Vivian Banks. Not much of a resemblance to the first one, but she got the job done. She, like many of the others, has not reached the same stardom as her role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

You would think such a great show would have made the futures bright for at least most of the cast, but that did not seem to happen. I guess Will Smith truly is one of a kind.