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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Six Degrees of Graduation

324. Six Degrees of Graduation

Aired May 10, 1993

Will might not graduate after his music teacher, Mrs. Bassin (Rosalind Cash), tells him he's failing her class.

Quote from Will

Mrs. Bassin: Now what was Antonio Vivaldi trying to tell us in this concerto?
Will: [to a girl] Come on, baby, I'm saying, "Bing-bang- bluesy, me and you in the Jacuzzi." What's up?
Mrs. Bassin: Mr. Smith. The concerto? What was Vivaldi saying?
Will: Well, actually, Mrs. Bassin, I'm glad you asked me that. [clears throats] Vivaldi, or "Vival Dee" as it is pronounced in some European circles, I believe he was commenting on man's inhumanity toward man. That we, citizens of America, the richest country on this planet, have a moral obligation that goes far beyond buying the newest car or purchasing the latest Naughty By Nature CD. If one child goes hungry, we must feed it. If one child shivers, we must shelter it. And I, for one believe the brother knew what he was talking about.
Mrs. Bassin: Vivaldi died in 1741 before there was a United States.
Will: But the dream is alive.

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Quote from Will

Carlton: Guess what? I'm the class valedictorian.
Hilary: Oh. [hugs Carlton] What does that mean?
Will: I believe it's Latin for "little short midget with a square head."

Quote from Will

Will: Mrs. Bassin, I'm sorry, I was acting silly today. I'll make it up tomorrow.
Mrs. Bassin: Eh, too little too late. Will, I'm going to have to fail you.
Will: Ooh, ooh. Whoa, whoa. The "F" word. Why?
Mrs. Bassin: You missed half the semester.
Will: What's your point?
Mrs. Bassin: Will, you have 10 classes to make up and only five before graduation.
Will: Listen, Mrs. Bassin, I'm telling you, I'll make up the work. Come on, I have to graduate.
Mrs. Bassin: I'm sorry, but you have no one to blame but yourself.
Will: Listen, Mrs. Bassin, I don't think you understand. My Mom is flying out from Philly to see me graduate. I mean, the woman that gave me life. And if I don't graduate, she'll take it back.

Quote from Geoffrey

Ashley: Daddy, can we take Nicky with us to graduation?
Philip: No, I don't think so, sweetheart. But maybe Geoffrey can baby-sit for him.
Geoffrey: Of course, sir. And, no, I wouldn't mind missing the ceremony. Why should I be invited to such an illustrious event after a mere 15 years of wiping, picking and sucking up after you all?
Philip: Geoffrey, we would love for you to come to graduation with us.
Geoffrey: I'll have to check my book.
Philip: Geoffrey, you're coming.

Quote from Will

Will: Please give me another chance. Please? Come on.
Mrs. Bassin: All right, be here tomorrow at 5:00.
Will: Yes-
Mrs. Bassin: But no promises.
Will: Thanks a lot, Mrs. Bassin. Wait a minute. Batman comes on at 5:00. Can we make it at 6:30? I'm joking. I'm stupid. I'm stupid.
Mrs. Bassin: I know.

Quote from Jazz

Philip: Please! What do you know about taking care of babies?
Jazz: Babies? I'm here to take care of Hilary.
[Uncle Phil throws Jazz out of the house]

Quote from Will

Ashley: Aren't you afraid you're going to mess up?
Carlton: Not a problem.
Ashley: Well, I'd be worried.
Hilary: Yeah, every kid hoping you make a fool of yourself, every parent wondering what you're doing up at the podium and why you're sweating so much? Ew.
Will: Yo, C, come on, man, you ain't got to worry about none of that. But I would worry about slipping off them stack of phone books you going to be standing on.

Quote from Will

Mrs. Bassin: Okay, now, before we start our scales can anyone tell me what "pizzicato" means? Mr. Smith?
Will: Mr. Smith? You got all these... Um, sure... Pizzicato, that's a pizza with avocado. [laughs] Get it, I said, it's a pizza...
Mrs. Bassin: Michael.
Michael: Pizzicato: A term indicating that strings should be plucked, not bowed.
Will: Oh, yeah? Well, there ain't no Santa Claus.

Quote from Will

Will: G, I am this close to not graduating, man. I think my music teacher has got it out for me. She's trying to force me to make up 10 hours. Come on, it ain't like I got a future in music or nothing.

Quote from Jazz

Mrs. Bassin: Today for your listening pleasure let us welcome the Little Rays of Sunshine.
Woman: That's my Jessie, the one with the braids.
Jazz: That's my Will, the one with the mustache.

Quote from Carlton

Carlton: Before I came here today, I was afraid as I'm sure many of you are. It seems these days, there's a lot to be afraid of. The world can be a pretty scary place. But how can one person make a difference? Well, I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to take the education I received here and use it to give back to those less fortunate.
Nancy: Your cousin's really deep and he doesn't even seem nervous.
Will: Oh, yeah. Yeah, see, check it out. I gave him a little advice. I told him to picture somebody that he really admires. And, you know, he probably picturing me.
Carlton: And in closing I'd like to thank my teachers and my classmates for four great years. And my family for their love and support. And, my best friend, someone who stuck beside me and kept me out of trouble and maybe got me into a little bit of it, too. Congratulations.

Quote from Hilary

Philip: But you know, your mother's not feeling well and I don't feel right leaving Nicky with a stranger.
Hilary: I could take care of him.
Philip: Yeah, but who's going to take care of you?

Quote from Hilary

Carlton: Thank God you're not giving the speech. It's an immense responsibility one I face with great humility. But do I shirk it? No. Because somehow deep down I know anyone else would really bite.
Ashley: Gosh, Carlton, you're so confident. I'd be too nervous to be valedictorian.
Carlton: Nervous? Why?
Hilary: Why? I mean to have all those people staring at you. I mean, people stare at me all the time, but I'm pretty.
Will: I guess that spandex shirt don't got nothing to do with it, huh?

Quote from Carlton

Carlton: Heck, you guys. Heck!
Hilary: You're very, very brave.
Ashley: We're so proud of you.
Carlton: Oh, God, I'm short, I'm sweaty and I can't grow chest hair.
Will: Oh, my goodness, is that a bald spot?
Carlton: [screams]

Quote from Vy

Vy: Oh, there he is, my graduate!
Will: Hey, Ma.
Vy: Oh, you're my pride and joy, sweetie. This means everything to me. I never thought I'd live to see this day, but here I am and there you are. Now, smile and say, "diploma."
Will: Look, Mom, this is just a little graduation. I think you're making a little too much of it.
Vy: Boy, are you crazy? I've been waiting 18 years for this moment.
Will: Oh, come on, Mom, you must have done something else in all that time.
Vy: Nothing more important than this.
Geoffrey: Apparently, you've never danced the Achy Breaky.
Vy: Will, completing high school was a great achievement. You've made me so happy I could cry.
Will: Yeah, me too.

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