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Bang the Drum, Ashley
Season 01, Episode 02
Bang the Drum, Ashley
Air Date September 17, 1990
Writer Shannon Gaughan
Director Debbie Allen
Previous The Fresh Prince Project
Next Clubba Hubba

Bang the Drum, Ashley is the second episode of the first season, which was broadcasted for the first time on September 17, 1990.

Summary Edit

After Ashley reveals to Will that she does not enjoy playing the violin, he takes her to a pawn shop in East LA and trades her violin in for a drum set. He tries to ease the blow to Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv by also getting them gifts before revealing Ashley's new music teacher, Jazz.

Trivia Edit

  • In syndication, they cut Hilary's line "I want her severely punished".
  • This is the first appearance of Jazz and the first time he gets thrown out of the house.
  • Syndication cuts the scene where Ashley's music teacher confronts Will for reading a magazine during the lesson.


  • When Geoffrey gives Philip some water, the amount of water changes between shots.
  • Philip says that Will is 17, but in a later episode, Will says he left Philly when he was 14.


  • Ashley: Mommy, who's gonna take me to my tennis lesson after school today?
  • Vivian: Are you sure it tennis today, sweetie? Maybe you better check the schedule.
  • Will: Schedule?!
  • Ashley: Yeah, my parents bought me this calender so I can keep my lessons straight. Did you an afterschool schedule when you were my age?
  • Will: Yeah, the tv guide.
  • Ashley: See, Monday's for ballet, Tuesday's writing, Wednesday's violin... oops.
  • Vivian: I thought today was violin today, sweetpie.
  • Carlton: You mean Ashley would've shown up to her violin lesson in her tennis outfit? (laughs)
  • Hilary: Ha, I just pictured it.
  • Carlton: Well, I'm two for two. I'm gonna quit while I'm ahead.
  • Will: That's just retirement.
  • Carlton: Ouch, keep 'em coming, Will.

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