Peacock’s revival of “The Recent Prince of Bel-Air” reunites us with a few of our favourite characters. Newcomer Jabari Banks steps into Will Smith’s footwear as Will, whereas Adrian Holmes performs Banks household patriarch Philip Banks. Vivian, Carlton, Hilary, and Ashley Banks’s roles have additionally been reprised, whereas April Parker Jones performs Will’s mom. And through the present’s season one finale, we have been reunited with Will’s father, Lou (Marlon Wayans).
For many who do not bear in mind, Lou (initially performed by Ben Vareen) deserted his household when Will was simply 5 years previous, leaving Vy to lift Will on her personal. Per Hilary, he was “a deadbeat who left him and his mother flat.” Lou went on to turn into a trucker and was absent for many of Will’s life till season 4, episode 24 (“Papa’s Acquired a Model New Excuse”), when he unexpectedly reveals up in Bel Air after 14 years. He and Will start to kind a relationship, and Lou even invitations Will to hitch him for the summer season on a cross-country highway journey.
Will is completely satisfied to have his dad in his life once more, however his pleasure is lower quick after Lou reverts again to his egocentric methods and leaves once more. He tells Will that some “enterprise” got here up that he must deal with, and that they should put their journey on maintain. Will initially makes an attempt to brush off the entire thing, however he ultimately breaks down throughout an emotional dialog with Uncle Phil.
“I ain’t want him then, and I do not want him now,” Will tells Uncle Phil. “I am gonna get by school with out him. I am gonna get an awesome job with out him. I am gonna marry me an exquisite honey, and I am having an entire bunch of youngsters. I will be a greater father than he ever was, and I certain as hell do not want him for that, ‘trigger ain’t a rattling factor he might ever educate me about love my children.” In tears, Will then asks Uncle Phil, “How come he don’t need me, man?”
We initially assumed that Lou would not be making an look on “Bel-Air,” however that turned out to not be the case. When Vy comes to go to Will in “Bel-Air”‘s eighth episode, she tells Viv and Phil that she plans on telling Will the reality about his father (neither Viv nor Phil suppose it is a good suggestion). Lou reveals up within the ultimate episode of season one, and it is revealed that he did not really abandon his household — he was serving time in jail and did not need Will to see him behind bars.
In a latest interview with POPSUGAR, showrunner Rasheed Newson stated that season two will additional discover the fallout as a way to carry the Banks household again collectively. “That is in all probability our first mission, and it is not going to be straightforward,” he famous. “One of many issues we talked about is, with a sitcom, on the finish of these half-hour, no matter drawback now we have is resolved. [But] they lied to this boy for years. He appears like he actually got here right here, opened up his coronary heart to them, trusted them, and now he feels betrayed. It may be very laborious for them to rebuild that.” Guess we’ll simply have to attend and see what occurs subsequent when the present returns for season two.
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