Sep. 10, 1990
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 01x11 Courting Disaster

1x11 Courting Disaster

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First Aired: Nov. 12, 1990 on NBC
Summary: Will joins the basketball team at school, the same team Carlton's in, and immediately becomes the star player. Carlton starts feeling bad when he feels Phillip is paying more attention to Will than to him.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Will Smith played by Will Smith
Geoffrey Butler played by Joseph Marcell
Himself played by Isiah Thomas
Jazz played by DJ Jazzy Jeff
Headmaster Wallace Thorvald played by William Cort
Coach played by Dave Florek
O'Donnell played by Ron Perkins
Jonathan Cartwell played by Keith Bogart

Episode Quotes

Vivian Banks: Will, don't play inside - you might break something. Or something might break you.
William 'Will' Smith: [to Carlton] Let's get something straight, Carlton. I've been out here for two months. I'm getting yelled at home, shouted at school, grounded, and threatened with expulsion on an almost daily basis. And now, when I finally find something I'm down with it, you can't take it. Well, I'm not about to sell myself short just so you can look good. So just grow up.
Carlton Banks: [to Philip] You started coming to my games only after Will joined the team.
Philip Banks: I wanted to support Will.
Carlton Banks: But you wouldn't come when it was just me.
Philip Banks: Carlton, I'd like to come to everything you do. I always come to your tennis matches, to your glee club concerts, to your debate matches. Frankly, keeping up with your extracurricular activities is a 24-hour a day job.


  • Goof (factual errors): Towards the end of the game at the end of the episode, the coach calls a timeout (makes a "T" with his hands to signal it). But when the referee gives him the timeout, he also makes a "T" with his hands to (wrongly) signal a timeout. In reality, when the ref makes a "T" with his hands it signals a technical foul, so the ref actually slapped the coach with a technical foul.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): At the start of the basketball game near the end of the show, you get a glimpse of the top of the gymnasium set and stage lights.
  • Goof (continuity error): Carlton and Will are drawing on the basketball chalkboard, teasing each other about their height, brain size, etc. The circle that represents Carlton's big brain changes between shots.
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