Sep. 10, 1990
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 01x06 Mistaken Identity

1x06 Mistaken Identity

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First Aired: Oct. 15, 1990 on NBC

Summary: Will and Carlton are driving Henry Furth's car to Palm Springs, until they get pulled over by a police officer. They're taken to a station for questioning, where Carlton completely ruins Will's plans to get out of there, ending them in jail. Phillip and Vivian see them on TV afterwards and…
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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Will Smith played by Will Smith
Geoffrey Butler played by Joseph Marcell
Henry Furth played by John Petlock
Margaret Furth played by Helen Page Camp
Sergeant played by Dan Desmond
Policeman played by Hank Azaria
Bob played by Raymond McLeod
Newscaster played by Anthony Auer

Episode Quotes

William 'Will' Smith: Uncle Phil, you shouldn't leave me here alone. Did you ever see the movie House Party?
Philip Banks: No. Did you see the Terminator?
Carlton Banks: [recording on a tape recorder] Plans for Palm Springs. One, work on golf swing, two, review SAT practice book, three ask Mr. Furth about a summer internship.
William 'Will' Smith: [pops up from behind Carlton's chair in a Freddy Krueger mask] Four, get the stick out of your butt.
Will: [Trying not to anger a white prisoner who just sang opera]

Will: Yo, that was dope Bob!


  • Goof (continuity error): In the beginning of the episode Will is wearing an inner tube that is under the left arm. In the next shot it is under the right and keeps moving back and forth.
  • Goof (continuity error): Will was wearing no glasses when he went to jail. When Will goes on live TV, he's now wearing a pair of sunglasses with one lens missing. After the TV broadcast is over, the sunglasses have disappeared.


  • This is actually the 7th episode to be shot, but the 6th to be broadcasted.
  • During the jail scene, a segment of Bob singing "I write the songs" is cut out in syndication.
  • Will dresses up as Freddy Krueger, the antagonist of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films. In real life, Will Smith co-wrote and performed the hit song, "Nightmare on My Street", inspired by that franchise.
  • Syndication cuts the scene where Hilary tries to force Ashley to answer the telephone.
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