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Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy
Season 01, Episode 05
Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy
Air Date October 8, 1990
Writer Samm-Art Williams
Director Jeff Melman
Previous Not with My Pig, You Don't
Next Mistaken Identity

Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy is the fifth episode of the first season, which was broadcasted for the first time on the 8th of October, 1990.

Summary Edit

Will gets a visit from an old pal named Ice Tray who, to Vivian's and Philip's dismay, warms up to Hilary. Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv try and discourage Hilary from falling in love with him by feining great warmth to the idea until she jokingly says she is going to marry him to gauge their reaction, which is an outrage.

In the end, Will confides to Aunt Viv just how good a friend Ice Tray had been to him when he was the only studious kid from a class of drop-outs in Philadelphia.


  • The restaurant scene is shortened in syndication.
  • This is the fourth episode produced, but the fifth episode to be broadcasted.


Vivian: Will, why don't you introduce Ice Tray to your family?
Will (to Ice Tray): This is my little cousin Ashley. This is my bodyguard Geoffrey. All of this is my Uncle Phil. Remember, we used to say that Daffy Duck must have a little brother somewhere? Meet my cousin Carlton.

Ashley: (about Ice Tray coming to visit) Word up. This is gonna be cold, stupid on the serious tip.
Philip: What did you say, young lady?
Ashley: I mean, it should be fun, Daddy. Peachy-keen even.

Will (to Vivian): It's a shame Ice Tray had to leave before he could ruin Hilary's life.
Vivian: Will, I'm sorry I said that.
Will: But you meant it. It was fine when he was just some clown to come out here to bring me some cheesesteaks and cheer me up, but the second you found out Hilary liked him, you wanted him outta here. That's something I'd expect from Uncle Phil, but not from you, Aunt Viv.
Vivian: Hilary is my daughter!
Will: And Tray is my friend. We grew up together. We're from the same neighborhood, we're the same person, and if Tray's not good enough for this family, then maybe I ain't either.
Vivian: No! You are not the same person.
Will: I know who I am!
Vivian: I can see why you like Ice Tray; he's a lot of fun, everything is a joke to him: school, work, people. He doesn't care about anything.
Will: He always managed to care about me.
Vivian: Will, I'm glad he's a good friend, but that doesn't change who he is. I'm sorry, but a young man his age should be able to do something else besides fight and jump fences.
Will: You weren't there! Look, when I was a kid, every time I tried to bring books home from school, the kids would jump me, so Tray started walking me home and if he hadn't been there to throw those punches and help me jump those fences, then I might not be here today.
Vivian: Well, while he was protecting your books, where the hell were his?
Will: What does that have to do with anything?
Vivian: Will, I'm glad he cares so much about you, but why doesn't he care about himself?
Will: Because nobody was there for him. Did you ever think if nobody was there for me, that I might not care about myself?
Vivian: And that would be an awful waste.

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