Sep. 10, 1990
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 01x12 Talking Turkey

1x12 Talking Turkey

3/5 (1 vote)
First Aired: Nov. 19, 1990 on NBC
Summary: Will's mom comes to visit the Banks residence. She gets annoyed when she finds out the children are spoiled, forcing her to take drastic action. Vivian later agrees to that, and makes them cook Thanksgiving dinner, which nearly turns into a disaster.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Will Smith played by Will Smith
Geoffrey Butler played by Joseph Marcell
Viola 'Vy' Smith played by Vernee Watson
Ned Fellows played by Jonathan Emerson
Jesse played by Israel Juarbe

Episode Quotes

Vivian Banks: You know, Vi, I wish you could've told me before you let the gardener take the day off.
Viola: Well, girl, it's the day before Thanksgiving.
Vivian Banks: Well, it's a nice idea, but it's the same thing with telling Geoffrey not to clear the table. I just thought they would feel uncomfortable for taking orders from someone they don't know.
Viola: Uh-huh, and they rather take orders from a seventeen-year-old boy?
Vivian Banks: What do you mean?
Viola: Well, honey, I don't mean to be critical, but I don't like what I saw today. Will's got a bunch of grown men running around doing all the work he should be doing. I haven't seen him lift a finger except to scratch his head.
Vivian Banks: You're not being fair, Vi. Will works very hard at his homework.
Viola: Back home, Will did his homework, mowed the lawn, raked the leaves, and cleared the table. I don't think a little work around the house is gonna interfere with his education. From what I see, all he's learning is how to be a rich kid.
Vivian Banks: Philip and I just want Will to have the same advantages that our kids have. I mean, isn't that why you sent him out here?
Viola: I sent him out here to stay out of trouble and get a good education, but, Vivian, I also taught that boy the value of hard work and I don't want him to lose that. All I know is the kids in this house are getting a free ride, a free ride in a fancy car, but I don't mean to be critical.
Viola: [to Carlton] Oh, my goodness, aren't you handsome and looking less and less like your daddy every day.
Carlton Banks: Ouch. Run for cover, Dad.
William 'Will' Smith: Where is he gonna hide at?
Vivian Banks: You hurt my feelings the other day, saying I spoil my kids.
Viola: I said meaner things to you when we were growing up, and you just took it. Seems living in California has made you real sensitive.


  • Goof (continuity error): When Will complains about having to mow the lawn, Will's mom tells him he used to do it all the time and had no problem with it back home in Philadelphia. But in the last episode of season 4 "The Philadelphia Story" when they go and visit Will's home in Philly, there was no lawn to mow because he lived in an upstairs apartment. And when they show the outside of the apartment building, there was no lawn in the first place, just a concrete sidewalk.


  • This is the first (of many) episodes to feature Vernee Watson as Vy Smith, Will's mother.
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