The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (season 3)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Season 3
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14) – May 10, 1993 (1993-05-10)
Home video release
DVD release date February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)[1]
Season chronology
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The third season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered on September 14, 1992 and aired its season finale on May 10, 1993. This would be the last season for Janet Hubert-Whitten, who was fired from the show following her pregnancy and difficulties working with the cast. She was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid in the show's fourth season and for the remainder of the show's run. Additionally, the character Nicky Banks was added to the cast toward the end of the season as Phillip and Vivian's newborn son, due to Janet's pregnancy.

Episode list[edit]

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50 1 "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" Shelley Jensen Winifred Hervey September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14) 446951
Will returns home from spending the summer in Philadelphia with a new look that doesn't sit well with Philip. It angers Phillip even more when Ashley starts to pick up Will's habits.
51 2 "Will Gets Committed" Shelley Jensen Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon September 21, 1992 (1992-09-21) 446952
Philip and Vivian organize a cleanup effort in the riot-torn remains of their old LA neighborhood. Vivian announces that she is pregnant.
52 3 "That's No Lady, That's My Cousin" Shelley Jensen Bryan Winter September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28) 446953
Enrolled at the newly co-ed Bel-Air Prep, Ashley begins dressing to entice guys, using Will's preferences in women as her examples.
53 4 "Hilary Gets a Job" Shelley Jensen Efrem Seeger October 5, 1992 (1992-10-05) 446954
Hilary gets a job on television as a weathergirl and finds herself attracted to the weather man, Trevor Collins.
54 5 "Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe" Shelley Jensen Michael Fry October 12, 1992 (1992-10-12) 446956
Carlton prepares for a dinner date with his former girlfriend, Cindy (Lark Voorhees), forgiving her for rejecting him several months earlier, but when she arrives with a newborn baby named Carlton Jr., the entire Banks family is stunned.
55 6 "P.S. I Love You" Shelley Jensen Linda M. Yearwood October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24) 446955
Philip intends to railroad the ineffectual Judge Robertson off the bench; and Will becomes the "love slave" of a flamboyantly generous plain student. Will accepts many expensive gifts off her including tickets to the Los Angeles Lakers game, a Harley Davidson and a jacket emblazoned with a motif of his hero Malcolm X. In the end she reveals actually she does not even like him and she was doing this for his attention for her own gains regarding image, because he was captain of basketball and lots of other girls do like him.
56 7 "Here Comes the Judge" Shelley Jensen Samm-Art Williams October 26, 1992 (1992-10-26) 446958
Will gets arrested for numerous parking tickets he claims he didn't get as Philip runs for judge against incumbent Judge Robertson.
57 8 "Boyz in the Woods" Chuck Vinson Samm-Art Williams November 5, 1992 (1992-11-05) 446957

Philip takes Will and Carlton on a camping trip that turns out to be a disaster when snow traps the unhappy campers.

Absent: Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks and Tatyana M. Ali as Ashley Banks.
58 9 "A Night at the Oprah" Shelley Jensen Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon November 9, 1992 (1992-11-09) 446959

The Banks are invited on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a replacement family, but what Will doesn't know is that there isn't room for him to go on. He disrupts the show and it leads to Uncle Phil's public ratings to go down.

Absent: Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey.
59 10 "Asses to Ashes" Shelley Jensen Bryan Winter November 16, 1992 (1992-11-16) 446960
Election results are in and Philip fights to remain cool amid lies by Judge Robertson, which prompt Will to confront the outspoken incumbent. Chaos ensues when the judge dies after Will tells him to drop dead.
60 11 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" Shelley Jensen Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23) 446961
At Vivian's Lamaze class, Will cozies up to a pregnant sportswriter (Vanessa L. Williams), who takes him to a game, and delivers more than just fun.
61 12 "The Cold War" Michael Peters David Steven Simon December 7, 1992 (1992-12-07) 446962
Carlton is very depressed after being rejected by Paula, unaware that she has left him for Will. Meanwhile, Philip and Vivian receive an envelope from their doctor containing an ultrasound picture revealing the sex of Vivian's fetus. Not wanting to spoil their surprise in the delivery room, they entrust the sealed envelope to their butler, Geoffrey... then curiosity gets the better of them.
62 13 "Mommy Nearest" Shelley Jensen Efrem Seeger December 14, 1992 (1992-12-14) 446963
Will's mother tells Will that she's broken her engagement to Robert and eagerly awaits her son's graduation so they can return to Philadelphia together. A shocked Will is afraid to tell her that he wants to attend college in California and remain with his Bel-Air family and friends, and suffers a nightmarish fantasy of what it would be like still living with his mother when he's 72 years old.
63 14 "Winner Takes Off" Shelley Jensen & Werner Walian Casey Maxwell Clair January 4, 1993 (1993-01-04) 446964
Will and Carlton decide to play a trick on Geoffrey as revenge for an earlier prank and convince him that he has won a multimillion dollar lottery... however this backfires when Geoffrey immediately quits his job after insulting the whole family. Telling him the truth, Geoffrey is left so embarrassed he decides to leave anyway.
64 15 "Robbing the Banks" Shelley Jensen Winifred Hervey January 18, 1993 (1993-01-18) 446966
Philip is quick to judge an ex-con Will urged him to hire as a handyman and temporary assistant after the house is robbed.
65 16 "Bundle of Joy" Shelley Jensen Myles Avery Mapp & K. Snyder January 25, 1993 (1993-01-25) 446974
As Vivian's delivery date approaches, the family fantasizes about what the baby will mean to each of them: Ashley feels all but invisible, Geoffrey feels overwhelmed by the family's demands so he tricks Vivian into thinking she's having triplets.
66 17 "Best Laid Plans" Shelley Jensen Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon February 1, 1993 (1993-02-01) 446965
Will tries to dupe a girl into intimacy. His girlfriend will not have sex with him unless they are married, so Will arranges for Jazz to impersonate a priest and performs a fake marriage ceremony. In the end Will has an attack of conscience and backs out.
67 18 "The Alma Matter" Shelley Jensen Bryan Winter February 8, 1993 (1993-02-08) 446968
A representative from Princeton University begins interviewing students at Bel-Air prep. When Will makes a good impression in his interview and gets a conditional acceptance by acting naturally, Carlton decides to act like him... only for this to backfire badly and earn him an outright rejection. After initially lying to his family he got in on a scholarship, he soon tells the truth to his furious family. Feeling utterly depressed, Carlton soon gets a visit from his guardian angel...Tom Jones, who helps him see the light.
68 19 "Just Say Yo" Shelley Jensen Efrem Seeger February 15, 1993 (1993-02-15) 446969
Will learns a sobering lesson after Carlton pops the wrong pills from Will's locker, mistaking amphetamines for vitamins, and winds up in the hospital.
69 20 "The Baby Comes Out" Shelley Jensen Winifred Hervey February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22) 446967

Vivian's baby is a week late, but family members and her visiting sisters are nowhere to be found when it's time to rush to the hospital. The only people left in the house are Geoffrey and Ashley who is too young to drive.

Note: This episode is Aunt Janice's final appearance.
70 21 "You Bet Your Life" Chuck Vinson Samm-Art Williams March 1, 1993 (1993-03-01) 446970

Heavyweight boxing champ Riddick Bowe wreaks havoc with Carlton's mind and Will's face at a funky cafe-casino in Nevada, where the cousins have stopped on their way to check out a college for Will.

Absent: Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks.
71 22 "Ain't No Business Like Show Business" Shelley Jensen Story: Will Smith & Jeff Pollack
Teleplay: Jeff Pollack
April 12, 1993 (1993-04-12) 446971
Will lands a spot in a comedy showcase after accompanying a comic friend (D. L. Hughley) to an audition.
72 23 "The Way We Were" Maynard C. Virgil I Michael Fry May 3, 1993 (1993-05-03) 446973

Series clips illustrate family recollections as the kids put together a scrapbook for Vivian and Philip, who want to renew their vows on their anniversary.

Note: This was Janet Hubert-Whitten's final episode as Vivian Banks.
73 24 "Six Degrees of Graduation" Shelley Jensen Bryan Winter & Efrem Seeger May 10, 1993 (1993-05-10) 446972

Vy anticipates Will's graduation with enthusiasm, but there may be discord when she learns Will is failing music. To pass his music class, Will must sing at the graduation ceremony with a class of eight-year-olds.

Absent: Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks.

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