Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 10, 1990
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Philip Banks

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James AveryJames Avery
Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on _"The Fresh Prince ...

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Philip Banks Quotes

06x01 - Burnin' Down the House Season 6 / Episode 1: - Burnin' Down the House

William 'Will' Smith: [Uncle Phil has Will in a headlock] Uncle Phil?
Philip Banks: Yes, Will?
William 'Will' Smith: Are you gonna let me go any time soon?
Philip Banks: No, Will.
05x17 - Will is From Mars... Season 5 / Episode 17: - Will is From Mars...

Philip Banks: Hi kids.
Lisa Wilkes: Hi Mr. Banks. Would you like to join us for dinner?
Philip Banks: As lovely as that stinks, uh smells, I'll pass.
05x17 - Will is From Mars... Season 5 / Episode 17: - Will is From Mars...

Philip Banks: Pinch me Geoffrey.
Geoffrey: Non what you are paying me Sir. But, for thirty-five thousand, I'll slap you silly.
04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

Philip Banks: Carlton, am I a good father?
Carlton Banks: Yes, you're the best! Now can I have early access to my trust fund?
Philip Banks: Not a chance.
Carlton Banks: I hate you!
04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

Philip Banks: If you'll excuse me, I think I'll skip dinner. I don't have much of an appetite.
Geoffrey: Should I call 911?
04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

William 'Will' Smith: Ain't nothing to talk about. I been waiting for this a long time, my whole life, and ain't no one gonna stop me now. Come tomorrow, I'm outta here.
Philip Banks: Oh, I don't think so.
William 'Will' Smith: Who cares what you think? [shouts] You are not my father!
04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

Philip Banks: You know, Will was doing just fine until you showed up. But now that you're back you have responsibilities to him.
Lou Smith: Look we're still gonna take the trip.
Philip Banks: Oh bull, *bull*! Will is not a coat that you hang in the closet then pick it up when you're ready to wear it. His life goes on. He's not supposed to be here for you, you're supposed to be here for him.
04x24 - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse Season 4 / Episode 24: - Papa's Got a Brand-New Excuse

Philip Banks: I'm sorry, Will.
William 'Will' Smith: [acting like he doesn't care] Y'know, actually, this works out better for me. Y'know, the slimmies of summer come to class wearin' next to nothin', you know what I'm sayin'...
Philip Banks: Will, it's alright to be angry.
William 'Will' Smith: Hey, why should I be mad? At least he said "goodbye" this time. I just wish I hadn't wasted my money buying this stupid present.


Philip Banks: I'm sorry, if... if there was something I could do...
William 'Will' Smith: You ain't gotta do nothin', Uncle Phil. You know, ain't like I'm still five years old, you know? Ain't like I'm gonna be sitting up every night asking my mom "when's daddy coming home", you know? Who needs him? Hey, he wasn't there to teach me how to shoot my first basket, but I learned it, didn't I? And I got pretty damn good at it, too, didn't I, Uncle Phil?
Philip Banks: Yeah, you did.
William 'Will' Smith: Got through my first date without him, right? I learned how to drive, I learned how to shave, I learned how to fight without him. I had *fourteen* great birthdays without him; he never even sent me a damn card.


William 'Will' Smith: TO HELL WITH HIM!


William 'Will' Smith: I didn't need him then, and I don't need him now.
Philip Banks: Will... Will...
William 'Will' Smith: [voice rises to a shout] No, you know what, Uncle Phil? I'm gonna get through college without him, I'm gonna get a great job without him, I'm gonna marry me a beautiful honey, and I'm-a have me a whole bunch of kids. I'll be a better father than he *ever* was. And I sure as hell don't need him for that, 'cause there ain't a *damn* thing he can ever teach me about how to love my kids!


William 'Will' Smith: How come he don't want me, man?



04x22 - M is For the Many Things She Gave Me Season 4 / Episode 22: - M is For the Many Things She Gave Me

Philip Banks: Oh, no. I don't think so.
04x15 - Who's the Boss Season 4 / Episode 15: - Who's the Boss

Philip Banks: This is an outrage.
William 'Will' Smith: Look, Uncle Phil. I swear that dent was in the car before I hit that mailbox.
Philip Banks: What dent?
William 'Will' Smith: Exactly. So what was you saying?
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Ashley Banks: [Philip grounds Ashley for breaking her curfew] Come on, daddy, ten years? The Menendez brothers will be free before I am.
Philip Banks: The Menendez brothers got home on time.
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Ashley Banks: Come on, Dad, 10 years? The Menendez brothers will be out before I am.
Philip Banks: The Menendez brothers got home on time.
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Philip Banks: This will take care of that cricket.
Geoffrey: Sir, that's air freshner.
Philip Banks: Well, it's all we have. It might work.
Geoffrey: Yes, perhaps the scent of sea breeze will recall some painful memories for him and then he'll commit suicide.
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Vivian Banks: You can't stop little girls from growing up.
Philip Banks: I can and I will.
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Philip Banks: Where'd you last put the insecticide?
Geoffrey: In your soup.
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Philip Banks: I got it! I finally killed that sucker!
Geoffrey: Oh, what a horrible death!
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Philip Banks: That bug isn't going to get the best of me. Now I know how Captain Ahab felt when he was chasing Moby Dick.
Geoffrey: Between the two of you, the cricket is the whale?
04x14 - Sleepless in Bel-Air Season 4 / Episode 14: - Sleepless in Bel-Air

Phillip Banks: You're grounded for 10 years.
Ashley Banks: What? But that's not fair.
Phillip Banks: Tell it to the judge... Oh yeah. That's me.
Ashley Banks: It's still not fair. The Menendez brothers are going to be free before I am.
Philip Banks: That's because the Menendez Brothers got home on time.
04x11 - Take My Cousin -- Please Season 4 / Episode 11: - Take My Cousin -- Please

Philip Banks: Geoffrey, go fetch my tools.
Geoffrey: You mean your knife and fork?
04x10 - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is Season 4 / Episode 10: - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is

Philip Banks: Would you do me a favor, Will?
William 'Will' Smith: Uncle Phil, we are not stopping for no burger.
04x10 - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is Season 4 / Episode 10: - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is

Philip Banks: Come on people, I weigh the same as I weigh in high school.
William 'Will' Smith: Yeah, if you add up all four years.
04x10 - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is Season 4 / Episode 10: - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is

Philip Banks: [while in the ambulance] Would you do me a favor, Will?
William 'Will' Smith: Uncle Phil, we are not stopping for no burger!
Philip Banks: No, no, no. Would you tell Carlton to look after the family just in case this is my last ride?
William 'Will' Smith: Your last ride? Whatcha you talking about, man? We gonna go for plenty of rides in ambulances, man.
04x10 - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is Season 4 / Episode 10: - Home is Where the Heart Attack Is

Philip Banks: [picks up some food on his plate, while on a diet after a heart attack] What the heck is this?
Geoffrey: [hesitates] Chicken, sir. Oh! You probably don't recognize it without a thick coating of batter and gravy! [walks away]
Philip Banks: [drops the chicken piece] I can't do this. I can't give up my favorite foods cold turkey... Oh my God. Turkey. With... pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes. [Will and Geoffrey the Butler exchange looks] Butter-drenched dressing. Tiny onions! Swimming in a sea of cream sauce. Oh!
04x09 - Fresh Prince After Dark Season 4 / Episode 9: - Fresh Prince After Dark

Philip Banks: A girl should always listen to her father.
Vivian Banks: In that case I never would've married you!
04x08 - Blood is Thicker Than Mud Season 4 / Episode 8: - Blood is Thicker Than Mud

Philip Banks: You know, this really irritates me. I have worked very hard to give my family a good life, and suddenly, somebody tells me there's a penalty for success? I'm sorry you had to go through that, son. When are we going to stop doing this to each other?
04x08 - Blood is Thicker Than Mud Season 4 / Episode 8: - Blood is Thicker Than Mud

Vivian Banks: You have an infant son who needs his father...
Philip Banks: You know...
Vivian Banks: In one piece.
Philip Banks: I don't see Dan's wife giving him any heat over this.
Vivian Banks: From what I hear, she's not giving him heat anywhere else.
Philip Banks: [appalled] Oooohhh you women discuss that?
Vivian Banks: You'd be surprised what we discuss.
04x07 - Hex and the Single Guy Season 4 / Episode 7: - Hex and the Single Guy

Hilary Banks: Jazz and I are getting married.
Philip Banks: Over his dead body!
04x06 - Will Goes a-Courtin' Season 4 / Episode 6: - Will Goes a-Courtin'

Philip Banks: [to Will and Carlton] How dare you two defy me?
Carlton Banks: Now, see here, big guy! [Uncle Phil pokes Carlton's duck tube causing it to pop] Oh, my God! Howard! [runs away and starts crying]
04x06 - Will Goes a-Courtin' Season 4 / Episode 6: - Will Goes a-Courtin'

Steffi: Hi, Mr. Banks.
Philip Banks: Steffi, do your parents know you're here?
Steffi: I don't think so. They're in Aspen [sees a guy pass by] and I'm in heaven!
04x06 - Will Goes a-Courtin' Season 4 / Episode 6: - Will Goes a-Courtin'

Steffi: Hi, Mr. Banks.
Philip Banks: Steffi, do your parents know you're here?
Steffi: The hell with my parents! Will taught me that.

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