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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (season 3)

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 Hubert-Whitten's pregnancy.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (season 3)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1992 (1992-09-14) –
May 10, 1993 (1993-05-10)
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List of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episodes

EpisodesEdit

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501"How I Spent My Summer Vacation"Shelley JensenWinifred Hervey StallworthSeptember 14, 1992 (1992-09-14)446951
Will returns home from spending the summer in Philadelphia with a new look that does not sit well with Philip. It angers Phillip even more when Ashley starts to pick up Will's habits.
512"Will Gets Committed"Shelley JensenLeslie Ray & David Steven SimonSeptember 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.
523"That's No Lady, That's My Cousin"Shelley JensenBryan WinterSeptember 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. As Will and Carlton prepare for their senior year. Philip and Vivian ask Hilary to move out, since the baby is coming. But Hilary found a place it is at the pool house, since they said they want her out of the house, not off the property. Guests, Garcelle Beauvais appearance and Larenz Tate.
534"Hilary Gets a Job"Shelley JensenEfrem SeegerOctober 5, 1992 (1992-10-05)446954
Hilary gets a job on television as a weathergirl and finds herself attracted to the anchorman, Trevor Collins (Brian Stokes Mitchell). Will helped Hilary get a job and needs her help to get exposure to save the rec center.
545"Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe"Shelley JensenMichael FryOctober 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)446956
Carlton prepares for a dinner date with his former girlfriend, Cindy (Lark Voorhies), 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.
556"P.S. I Love You"Shelley JensenLinda M. YearwoodOctober 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)446955
Philip intends to railroad the ineffectual Judge Robertson (Sherman Hemsley), who was Philip's mentor and teacher in Law School, off the bench while Will becomes the "love slave" of Lindsey Simon (Michole Briana White), a flamboyantly generous plain student. Will accepts many expensive gifts from her, including tickets to the Los Angeles Lakers game, a Harley-Davidson, and even a jacket emblazoned with a motif of his hero Malcolm X. In the end she reveals that she does not even like him. She was just doing what she did for his attention, because he's captain of the basketball team and lots of other girls do like him.
567"Here Comes the Judge"Shelley JensenSamm-Art WilliamsOctober 26, 1992 (1992-10-26)446958
Will is arrested for numerous parking tickets he claims he did not get as Philip runs for judge against incumbent Judge Robertson. Once Will sees the tickets funds, he realizes that he left the car with Jazz for the summer and he is the one who got the tickets, not him. He gets very furious with Jazz for not telling him about the tickets because friends don't keep things like that from each other. He tells him that they are no longer friends and that he is no longer welcome in the home. However, they work things out, and get back together as friends in the end.
578"Boyz in the Woods"Chuck VinsonSamm-Art WilliamsNovember 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 before they head off to college. Will finds 50,000 dollars in a bag.
589"A Night at the Oprah"Shelley JensenLeslie Ray & David Steven SimonNovember 9, 1992 (1992-11-09)446959
The Banks are invited on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a replacement family, but what Will does not know is that there is no room for him to go. He disrupts the show and it leads to Uncle Phil's public ratings to go down.
5910"Asses to Ashes"Shelley JensenBryan WinterNovember 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. Uncle Phil must give the eulogy at the funeral, where to Will's and Uncle Phil's surprise, everybody hated him and are glad he died. After the funeral, Phillip gets a call from the Governor and is appointed Superior Court Judge.
6011"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"Shelley JensenLeslie Ray & David Steven SimonNovember 23, 1992 (1992-11-23)446961
At Vivian's Lamaze class, Will cozies up to Danny Mitchell (Vanessa Williams), a pregnant sportswriter who takes him to a game and delivers more than just fun. When she has her baby in the back of the limo, Will must put what he learned about breathing to the test for her.
6112"The Cold War"Michael PetersDavid Steven SimonDecember 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.
6213"Mommy Nearest"Shelley JensenEfrem SeegerDecember 14, 1992 (1992-12-14)446963
Will's mother tells Will that she has 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 is 72 years old.
6314"Winner Takes Off"Shelley JensenCasey Maxwell ClairJanuary 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. Upon learning the truth from the boys, Geoffrey is left so embarrassed he decides to leave anyway. He goes to work at a restaurant and the boys try to get him to come back home by doing embarrassing things to make him crack, such as stealing others food and pretending that he is their father.
6415"Robbing the Banks"Shelley JensenWinifred Hervey StallworthJanuary 18, 1993 (1993-01-18)446966
Philip is quick to judge Luther (M. C. Gainey), an ex-con Will urged him to hire as a handyman, after the house is robbed.
6516"Bundle of Joy"Shelley JensenMyles Avery Mapp & K. SnyderJanuary 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, Hillary plans on using the child as her own personal slave, Carlton is angry to share the will and their father's money, and Geoffrey feels overwhelmed by the family's demands so he tricks Vivian into thinking she is having triplets. Will fantasizes his perfect family and not exactly how they turn out.
6617"Best Laid Plans"Shelley JensenLeslie Ray & David Steven SimonFebruary 1, 1993 (1993-02-01)446965
Will tries to dupe a girl (Kim Fields) 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, though this results in his enraged girlfriend driving in Uncle Phil's car when she finds out, and an equally angry Uncle Phil deciding to think long and hard for a cruel enough punishment for him.
6718"The Alma Matter"Shelley JensenBryan WinterFebruary 8, 1993 (1993-02-08)446968
Ed (Earl Boen), 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 thinks that is trickery and decides to imitate him – only for this to backfire badly and earn him an outright rejection, as well as a suspension from school after unintentionally making a death threat toward Ed out of desperation. After initially lying that he got in on a scholarship, a phone call from the principal forces him to admit the truth to his furious family. Feeling utterly depressed and wishing he'd never been born, Carlton soon gets a visit from his guardian angel Tom Jones, who helps him see the light. After his suspension is over, Phil punishes Carlton for his suspension and asks why he messed up his interview.
6819"Just Say Yo"Shelley JensenEfrem SeegerFebruary 15, 1993 (1993-02-15)446969
While juggling basketball practice, education, home life, and his social life, Will is offered amphetamines, known as Speed, by a friend. After debating whether or not to use it, he doesn't and stores the drugs in his locker. While at the prom, Carlton finds the drugs and, thinking it's Vitamin E, takes the bottle, ending up in the hospital.
6920"The Baby Comes Out"Shelley JensenWinifred Hervey StallworthFebruary 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)446967
Vivian's baby is a week late, but family members and her visiting sisters Vy and Janice are at a beauty salon when it is time to rush to the hospital. Uncle Phil and Will are stuck in an elevator with a smoker. The only people left in the house are Geoffrey and Ashley. Geoffrey can't handle a car, while Ashley, although 13, knows how to drive. The baby comes out and the family decide his name. They all come up with names like Nicholas, Andrew, Sha-bang, Rufus, Brad etc. before settling on Nicholas.
7021"You Bet Your Life"Chuck VinsonSamm-Art WilliamsMarch 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.
7122"Ain't No Business Like Show Business"Shelley JensenStory by : Jeff Pollack & Will Smith
Teleplay by : Jeff Pollack
April 12, 1993 (1993-04-12)446971
Will lands a spot in a comedy showcase after accompanying Keith Campbell (D. L. Hughley), a comedian friend to an audition.
7223"The Way We Were"Maynard C. VirgilMichael FryMay 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.
7324"Six Degrees of Graduation"Shelley JensenBryan Winter & Efrem SeegerMay 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. Carlton is named Valedictorian and has troubling coming up with his speech. To pass his music class, Will must sing at the graduation ceremony with a class of children.

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