The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (season 2)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (season 2)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 9, 1991 (1991-09-09) – May 4, 1992 (1992-05-04)
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List of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episodes

The second season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered on September 9, 1991 and aired its season finale on May 4, 1992. In this season, the kitchen and living room sets of the Banks mansion (which is where most scenes were shot) were rebuilt to be larger and more contemporary, as opposed to the more formal style of the first season. They were connected by an archway, allowing scenes to be shot continuously between the sets.

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26 1 "Did the Earth Move for You?" Ellen Falcon Winifred Hervey September 9, 1991 (1991-09-09) 446901
The Banks family gets tickets to the People's Choice Awards, but on the way there, an earthquake happens. The parents are stuck in Uncle Phil's workplace, Will and his girlfriend are stuck in the house's basement, and the rest are stuck in traffic. Will finds out more about his newfound love than he wanted to. Kathleen (Tisha Campbell) begins to reveal her true self. They decide to break up because they can't be together. This episode is referenced in "M is for the Many Things She Gave Me" in season four.
27 2 "The Mother of All Battles" Ellen Falcon Bryan Winter September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16) 446902
Ashley is being bullied by a Paula Hoover at her school and turns to Will and Carlton for help. Will attempts to teach her how to fight while Carlton tries to teach her how to bribe. Paula and her parents visit Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv and the two sets of parents also clash. The two girls are sitting in the kitchen when they realize that Paula hated Ashley because she bumped into her while she was slow dancing with a boy she liked. Paula thought Ashley did this on purpose, but Ashley says it was because the boy she was dancing with liked Paula and wanted to get closer to her. They then become friends. After a Yo Momma joke directed at Uncle Phil that takes things too far, Uncle Phil punches Paula's father. Philip talks to Ashley about fighting.
28 3 "Will Gets a Job" Ellen Falcon Efrem Seeger September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) 446903
Phillip mistakes Will for Carlton accidentally several times and offers to pay for Will's Homecoming dance expenses, causing Will to become paranoid that he is becoming exactly like Carlton and totally living off of Uncle Phil's help and money. Will decides to secretly get a job at a pirate-themed restaurant to pay for the Homecoming expenses himself. Will excitedly tells the news to Uncle Phil, who then grounds him for "not telling the truth" for his missing basketball practices, sleeping in class, and skipping school. Ashley knows about this, and takes the family to the restaurant Will works for. Due to the costume, Uncle Phil originally doesn't recognize Will, who tries to get away with some insults. When Uncle Phil tells the pirate server (Will) about how rude he is being, Will takes the costume off. In the end they make up once Uncle Phil realizes why Will wanted to get a job, and Will realizes it is okay to get help from Uncle Phil to succeed. As a subplot, Ashley's friend Tina has a massive crush on Carlton when she sees him in a swimsuit. She follows him around until she sees Will in the costume.
29 4 "PSAT Pstory" Ellen Falcon Marcus Jamal Gaines September 30, 1991 (1991-09-30) 446904
Will is a picture of confidence, while Carlton is a frazzled bundle of nerves over preparing for college aptitude tests. Carlton is basing his whole future on one test score, while Will does not think too much of it. Will beats Carlton, scoring in the 91% tier while Carlton scores in the 90% tier. Carlton pesters Will about the scores and tries to say what could have gone wrong, and concludes that his nervousness distracted him. The next week, during a pop quiz by Coach Smiley, Carlton copies Will's paper when the pressure gets to him. He is caught by Coach Smiley and sent to the office. Will tricks the coach into thinking Carlton had a sports injury where he could move his neck toward Will when faced with stress. They believe this, until Carlton thanks Will for getting him out of cheating and They get in trouble in school for cheating, Philip grounds them for cheating. Meanwhile Geoffrey works hard towards getting a raise by cooking and planning a blueprint for a gazebo. When he does not get one, he quits. The family tries to bring him back and offers him $100 a week; he takes it and Uncle Phil apologizes for taking him for granted.
30 5 "Granny Gets Busy" Ellen Falcon Cheryl Gard October 7, 1991 (1991-10-07) 446906
Hattie comes over to the Banks' place for a while. Everyone introduces Hattie to a neighbor who is very boring. That night, Vivian wants to have sex with Phil and bought a brand new nightgown, when he notices a note on the bed saying Hattie went over to play cards with the neighbor. Philip goes to check on her, but He is shocked when he spies on her and finds her kissing the handyman, Ed. The next night, they talk and they both realize that after a year of being a widow, it's time for Hattie to start dating again. Meanwhile, Will and Carlton have a bet with Hilary and Ashley to see who can do something that the opposite gender can do better. Will and Carlton must sew a dress and Hilary and Ashley must build an exercise bike. The kids finish their bet and it ends in a draw for both.
31 6 "Guess Who's Coming to Marry?" Ellen Falcon Samm-Art Williams October 14, 1991 (1991-10-14) 446905
Tensions spill over just before the wedding of Will's Aunt Janice (Charlayne Woodard), when Will's mom meets Janice's intended husband, Frank (Diedrich Bader) who is a white man. Vy refuses to attend the interracial wedding, and forbids Will to, but she is eventually convinced to go. Aunt Janice happily marries her fiancé.
32 7 "The Big Four-Oh" Ellen Falcon Lisa Rosenthal October 21, 1991 (1991-10-21) 446907
Vivian is terrified to turn 40 years old. She rethinks her past and what some of her goals were. She remembers back to a time when her soul and main purpose was to be a dancer. She rededicates herself to dance and manages to pull off a star performance at an audition, although she returns to being a professor.
33 8 "She Ain't Heavy" Ellen Falcon Lisa Rosenthal November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04) 446908
Will is getting tickets to a Lakers basketball game when Uncle Phil decides to give the other tickets to his boss' daughter. Will hits it off with the full-figured friend named Dee Dee (Queen Latifah), but her size keeps Will from asking her to the dance. Though Will likes her, he takes the shallow way out as soon as his friends start teasing him. At a pizza place, his friends from the place and school make fun of her size, which Dee Dee hears it when she comes out of the washroom. She ignores Will for a while. He has a very boring date who talks too much, and so does Dee Dee. When he sees her at the dance with another guy, he sees more clearly that it's what's on the inside that counts more than the outside.
34 9 "Cased Up" Ellen Falcon Bennie R. Richburg, Jr. November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11) 446909
Hilary finally meets the man Uncle Phil has wanted her to date, Eric (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). He is young, dashing, rich, and the things that Hilary is looking for in a man. All is going well until there is a small car accident caused by Will's new car. Since Will is underage and uninsured, Eric uses the Banks instead.
35 10 "Hi-Ho Silver" Ellen Falcon Ed Burnham & Elaine Newman November 18, 1991 (1991-11-18) 446910
When Viv has a guest over and the silverware goes missing, Will and Carlton assume the silver has been stolen by the guest, Sonya L'Amour (Zsa Zsa Gabor) a famous TV star. Will and Carlton do a little investigating in her house to find the culprit. They notice she has the same cutlery used by Sonya. They steal back the silverware and return home to explain the good news, only to realize the caterer brought back the stolen silverware and they stole Sonya's. They then have to sneak back into Sonya's and return the spoons and forks.
36 11 "The Butler Did It" Ellen Falcon Bryan Winter November 25, 1991 (1991-11-25) 446911
Geoffrey and the parents are away for a while, leaving the kids alone. Ashley's attempt to drive her Girl Scout troop ends in fail. Bell Biv DeVoe, as themselves, shoot a video at the Banks', courtesy of Carlton, who rents out the house while his parents are away. Will walks into their music video sheet, Ashley's Girl Scouts walk in (they are all huge fans of them), and Will and his friend dance into the shoot. All the furniture was taken outside to make space for the shoot. It then starts to rain, causing everything to get soaking wet. At their hotel, Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv are very cross at their neighbor because he is buying out the bellboys, leaving them to do their own work. The neighbor ends up being Geoffrey. They then decide to return early, leaving kids to scramble to put the house back in order.
37 12 "Something for Nothing" Ellen Falcon Bill Streib December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09) 446912
Will and his young friend play basketball often and his friend says how he is currently doing little jobs around the area to get money for basketball camp. Hilary is in charge of preparing a Monte Carlo fundraiser night. Will really shows that he has luck in his favor by winning high amounts of money on every turn. He also wins a prize of $1000! He learns that he must give the money back as a donation for a special charity as a tradition. Will refuses to give it back and breaks the decade-long tradition. Uncle Phil demands that Will give it back; instead of giving it to the casino, he gives it to his friend for basketball camp.
38 13 "Will's Christmas Show" Ellen Falcon Winifred Hervey December 16, 1991 (1991-12-16) 446913
On a family ski trip, the kids are left home alone while the adults are skiing the slopes. Will is persuaded by Hilary, Carlton, and Ashley to let a stranger in their cabin. Will records him saying "Merry Christmas" to the camera. The stranger then says "Nobody move, this is a stick up!" and the camera irises out. The stranger steals everything and leaves them with nothing, so they must find a way to give gifts from the heart. Carlton is traumatized about it and realizes that life isn't some game and learns to cherish it and love everyone.
39 14 "Hilary Gets a Life" Shelley Jensen Eunetta T. Boone & P. Karen Raper January 6, 1992 (1992-01-06) 446914
After viewing the credit card bill, Phil snaps Hilary's credit cards in half to prevent her from over-spending anymore on shoes. Not knowing what to do or how to look for a job, Hillary asks Will and his friend Tariq to help her.
40 15 "My Brother's Keeper" Ellen Falcon Bennie Richburg, Jr. January 13, 1992 (1992-01-13) 446915
On the basketball court, winning is everything to Will, as it is to an opponent from Malibu Prep, Marcus Stokes (Allen Payne) who can't afford to lose due to his need for a scholarship. Will always goes for pre-game haircuts to add a little spice to his game and there he learns that Marcus was very poor growing up. Marcus comes in with his toddler son. Will thinks how hard it must be to have a child and to have so much pressure for his education, family, and scholarship. Will is torn between wanting the glory of winning for himself and letting the other player have his chance at success. He lets Marcus beat him by pretending to miss an easy chance to stop him. After the game, Will learns that even though Marcus loves basketball with a burning passion, he needs his scholarship for education opportunities and that's what he'll use to take care of his family, a good job that lasts a lifetime. He also mentions that if anyone offers him great amounts of money for dribbling a basketball then he'll take it.
41 16 "Geoffrey Cleans Up" Ellen Falcon Lisa Rosenthal January 20, 1992 (1992-01-20) 446916
Geoffrey falls hard for a neighbor (Anna Maria Horsford) he believes is a housekeeper, but who turns out to be very wealthy.
42 17 "Community Action" Ellen Falcon Cheryl Gard February 3, 1992 (1992-02-03) 446917
When Hillary is ordered to do community service at a free clinic, the doctor in charge becomes the antidote for her marriage-mindedness. Jazz abuses the Banks' generosity by sleeping in the pool house with Carlton's supposed girlfriend, stealing Uncle Phil's bathrobe and Ashley's CD player.
43 18 "Ill Will" Ellen Falcon Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon February 10, 1992 (1992-02-10) 446918
Will fears the scalpel when he enters the hospital for a tonsillectomy, while The family fears a steamy exposé when Geoffrey begins to write his memoirs.
44 19 "Eyes on the Prize" Ellen Falcon Bryan Winter February 17, 1992 (1992-02-17) 446919
Needing a game show partner, Will must choose between his bickering friends.
45 20 "Those Were the Days" Rita Rogers Samm-Art Williams February 24, 1992 (1992-02-24) 446920
Philip and Vivian welcome a '60s radical (Peggy Blow), who arouses the FBI's interest and influences Will and Carlton to take action over the firing of a nonconformist teacher.
46 21 "Vying for Attention" Malcolm-Jamal Warner Efrem Seeger March 2, 1992 (1992-03-02) 446921
Will dislikes his mother's new boyfriend Robert though he does everything to get Will to accept him. As it turns out, Will is afraid of sharing his mother with someone else. Raven Symone appears in this episode as Robert's daughter.
47 22 "The Aunt Who Came to Dinner" Rae Kraus Jerry Ross March 23, 1992 (1992-03-23) 446922
Aunt Helen (Jenifer Lewis) arrives unexpectedly and upsets Will and Carlton's plans for a rendezvous with two gorgeous French women and the parents plans for a Jazz Festival. Aunt Helen needed some time alone after she noticed that her husband might be seeing another woman. It turns out, it was his psychiatrist.
48 23 "Be My Baby Tonight" Shelley Jensen Lisa Rosenthal April 27, 1992 (1992-04-27) 446923
Ashley cringes when the family oohs and aahs over her relationship with her boyfriend Kevin. They both have these "feelings and emotions" about having sex with each other. Ashley keeps trying to ask Will about sex but he keeps choking every time. He and Carlton visit the pregnancy counseling center to learn how to give a proper sex talk. Ashley learns that it is okay to have questions at her age and Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil answer them.
49 24 "Striptease for Two" Shelley Jensen Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon May 4, 1992 (1992-05-04) 446924
Will and Carlton accidentally lose their shirts investing on an insider trading tip and take jobs as strippers to recoup their losses and get Vivian's bracelet back.

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