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Mistaken Identity 

While Philip and Vivian go on a trip to Palm Springs in Mr. Furth's helicopter, Will and Carlton drive Furth's car there as well. They get pulled over for "stealing" the car. Hilary babysits Ashley as Geoffrey has the weekend off.


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Episode cast overview:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Helen Page Camp Helen Page Camp ... Margaret Furth
John Petlock John Petlock ... Henry Furth
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Sergeant
Hank Azaria ... Policeman
Raymond McLeod Raymond McLeod ... Bob
Anthony Auer Anthony Auer ... Newscaster
Donald Grant Donald Grant ... Lawyer


Phillip and Vivian are invited on a trip to Palm Springs with Mr. and Mrs. Furth in his helicopter. Mr. Furth suggests that Will and Carlton drive his Mercedes there, but they get pulled over and Carlton's non-stop jabber gets them arrested. At the police station Carlton is dead set on telling the absolute truth but the police don't believe anything they have to say and accuse them of a rash of car thefts in the area. Their phone call yields no help as Mrs. Furth, amid the noise of the party, misinterprets Carton's plea for help as "Getting into Yale." Will attempts to call home, Geoffrey answers but hangs up because he's off duty. Then Will gets the idea of confessing to the thefts so that a news crew will come down and film them in jail, and that Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv will see them on television. It works, and Uncle Phil and Mr. Furth get them released by reminding the police of the boy's rights. Back home Will and Carlton get into a debate over exactly why they were detained. ... Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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15 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


This is actually the 7th episode to be shot, but the 6th to be broadcasted. See more »


Will was wearing no glasses when he went to jail. When Will goes on live TV, he's now wearing a pair of sunglasses with one lens missing. After the TV broadcast is over, the sunglasses have disappeared. See more »


Will: [Trying not to anger a white prisoner who just sang opera]
[while clapping]
Will: Yo, that was dope Bob!
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Alternate Versions

Whenever the episode is shown on BBC One (the show is shown rarely these days on this network), Carlton's line "Well, this is retarded." would often be replaced with "Well, this sucks." or "Well, this is stupid." or may be cut completely. See more »


References Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) See more »


MacArthur Park
Written by Jimmy Webb (uncredited)
Performed by Raymond McLeod.
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