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Day Damn One 

Ashley and her friends ask Will to tell a scary story at their slumber party before they go to sleep. Will tells the tale of his first day at Bel-Air Academy.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Jonathan Emerson ... Edward Fellows III
William Cort William Cort ... Headmaster Wallace Thorvald (as Bill Cort)
Michael Weiner ... Kellogg Lieberbaum
Michael Landes ... Chadney Hunt
Patrick Van Horn ... Simon Stanhope
Keith Bogart ... Jonathan Cartwell
Ashley Bank ... Sasha
Nichole Francois Nichole Francois ... Courtney


Ashley is having a sleepover, and the girls ask Will to tells them a scary story. He recounts the horrifying tale of the first day he started going to Bel-Air Academy - a place that is revealed to be an all boys school (meaning no fly honeys). More terrors ensue when he is introduced to the glee club, square teachers. His classmates seem to like him but he causes a problem when he carves his name in the alumni school desk. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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3 December 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of Ashley Banks' friends at her sleepover (Sasha), real-life name is Ashley Bank. See more »


Right as Will lifts his pillow to start a pillow fight, feathers start falling out of it before he even swings it. See more »


Will: No, Carlton, if I had your friends, and if I woke up one day and found that I had a little horse on a polo shirt, I'd jump off the Empire State Building and hope to catch my eyelid on nail!
Carlton Banks: With quips like that, It's no wonder you're the toast of the town!
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References Oliver! (1968) See more »


And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going
Written by Tom Eyen
Performed by Will Smith
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"Day Damn One" is the episode when NBC, the show's producers, and writers knew that Will Smith was going to be a TV megastar.
3 March 2017 | by TheGoldenChild1986See all my reviews

Case in point is the scene in this episode where Will sat on the couch at home by himself and with none of the rest of the cast around, with shades on and singing for around three minutes, an off-key version of Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)."

The NBC suits, the Fresh Prince producers, writers, and director of this episode let Will sit there and butcher Holliday's classic song for some valuable running time.

Powers that be on a show and at a network, don't let no actor do stuff like that unless they know the actor is going to be a star, is a star, the ratings are high, or the ratings are on the up and up.

Look at this way, NBC and the show's administration wouldn't have let Uncle Phil, Carlton, Ashley, or Hilary sing an off-key version of any song for around there minutes because they weren't as popular or as vital to the show's ratings as Will was.

That scene was funny though.

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