Sep. 10, 1990
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 01x02 Bang the Drum, Ashley

1x02 Bang the Drum, Ashley

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First Aired: Sep. 17, 1990 on NBC
Summary: To Uncle Phil's dismay, Will encourages Ashley to switch from violin to drums.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Will Smith played by Will Smith
Geoffrey Butler played by Joseph Marcell
Jazz played by DJ Jazzy Jeff
Madame Chatchka played by Bette Ford
Dani played by Emma Nasedra

Episode Quotes

Vivian Banks: Will, You're only 17. You don't have a rep yet.
Geoffrey: [to Uncle Phil] Can I get you anything, sir? Another aspirin? Perhaps a gun?
William 'Will' Smith: Aww come on Uncle Phil, you gonna ruin my rep.
Philip Banks: You're only 17. You don't have a rep yet.


  • Goof (continuity error): In this episode it makes clear that will is 17 and Ashley is 9. In later episodes like her first date Ashley is 12, but will has not aged in the series.
  • Goof (continuity error): Geoffrey comes in with aspirin and a glass of water for Phil. The glass of water changes during shots, even though Phil has not drunk it.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Phillip asks Geoffrey to put on "the Brandenburg Concerto". However, there are six of them. Phillip considers himself a lover of classical music and should have known to ask for one by number. (In any event, they play the opening notes for the Brandenburg Concerto Number 2.)
  • Goof (factual errors): Will pawns Ashley's violin. Will is only 17, so as a minor he would not have been able to legally pawn anything.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Phil is telling Geoffrey about his day at work he takes an aspirin and drinks the water. The glass of water is almost gone. But if you look closely a couple of shots later the glass is full of water again.


  • The scene where Jazz is thrown out of the house in this episode is the same exact clip used in every Fresh Prince episode that features him being thrown out of the front door.
  • The lines, "Aww come on Uncle Phil, you gonna ruin my rep!" and "You're only 17, you don't have a rep yet!", said by will and uncle Phil, is a paraphrase of the lines from Will Smith's song "Parents Just Don't Understand".
  • First appearance of Jazz.
  • This is the only episode in which Uncle Phil doesn't have a beard, instead he is clean shaven with a thin mustache.
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