Premiered November 19, 1990.
Hello Sally? This is Vivian Banks. You had us scheduled for a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. We'd like to cancel it. Well, were gonna have the kids make dinner. What do you mean "good luck?"
It's the day before Thanksgiving and the Banks family is getting ready for the holiday.
Will's (Will Smith) mother Violo "Vy" Smith (Vernee Watson) comes to visit for the first time since she sent him to live in Bel Air with her sister's family.
She is happy to see Will, but is shocked at the way he and the Banks' kids act around the house. They seem to have no responsibilities, since most of the household work is done by their butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell). Vy puts the kids the work, making them clear the table and do yard work.
|Carlton and Hilary have no idea how to put dishes in the dishwasher.|
Vy confronts her sister Vivian (Janet Hubert) about their lifestyle. She says her sister spoils her kids and Will. Vy is worried that the only thing Will is learning is "how to be a rich kid."
|A heated discussion between sisters.|
|Vivian cancels the catered Thanksgiving dinner!|
|Carlton, Will, Hilary (Karyn Parsons) and Ashley (Tatyana Ali) are rudely awakened by Vivian.|
Will and his cousins get started in the kitchen. None of them has any idea how to cook.
Will Thanksgiving dinner be a disaster in the Banks household?
J.A. Morris says:
This is a solid holiday episode of a 1990s sitcom.
It utilizes two common tropes seen in Thanksgiving programming:
1.Visiting relatives getting on each others' nerves (also present in Christmas film & television).
2.Arguments about food preparation that usually lead to culinary disasters.
|Hilary versus a poppin' fresh muffin tin!|
|Carlton reads Ashley a story about the first Thanksgiving.|
There's also a funny but sweet moment where the family dances to the Temptations' "Ain't To Proud To Beg." Phil tries to teach his kids how do to The Swim, which gives James Avery a chance to show off some nice dance moves.
"Talking Turkey" is no classic, but it's an enjoyable episode that makes me laugh a few times with every viewing. It's especially recommended for fans of Will Smith and admirers of 1990s clothing trends (which my co-blogger discusses below in more detail).
J.A. Morris' rating:
3 pumpkin pies
|The family gathers around the table as is often portrayed on TV and film.|
This is a solid, fun Thanksgiving episode, but not necessarily a "classic".
|Mr. Fellows samples Carlton's (gloppy) dressing. Yish!|
|Cranberry sauce on the floor in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...|
|The Banks family gets down to the Temptations.|
|Behold the 1980s slowly turning into the 1990s in a single outfit!|
If you like Will Smith or miss the 1990s, this episode is worth a look.
2 and a half pumpkin pies