“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” runs for four seasons and total 148 episodes, and during that time, it fires continuously at all cylinders. The likes of the late Will Smith and James Avery not only deliver their comedic A-game every time they hit the screen, but the show is consistent. provide thought-provoking commentary on important social topics which most other programs at the time failed to do. Not to mention “Fresh Prince” never shies away from inviting guest stars to spice things up, including Don Cheadle, who played Ice Tray in the season 1 episode “Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy.”
The main thrust of the episode is that Will is going through an intense bout of homesickness and missing his old life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He misses his friends, especially Ice Tray, who was brought into town by his aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) to cheer Will on. While this works well at first, Ice Tray quickly becomes smitten with Hilary (Karyn Parsons), and they start dating – to the chagrin of Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil (Avery). They voice their disapproval of his carefree, undisciplined behavior, but Will still supports his friend and proves that he really is a responsible, selfless guy. This information alerts them to their road fault before the Ice Tray departs for Philly.
In the grand scheme of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” legacy, Ice Tray didn’t make a huge impact in his single appearance. Still, seeing a younger Don Cheadle put his acting skills to good use is always a blessing.
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