27 Iconic TV Episodes That Totally Nail Real-Life Parenting

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Season 4, Episode 24) Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse

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No doubt, this is arguably one of the best episodes of the show. Will’s father returns after walking out on his family 14 years ago. Understandably, Will is eager to have a relationship with his father, almost instantly forgiving him for the past. However, Will’s Uncle Phil knows that things are likely not what they seem, even though he tries to stay in his place. Will and his dad are having a wonderful time reconnecting. So, when his dad proposes a father/son cross country drive, Will says yes. Sadly, it ends as Uncle Phil predicts, with Will’s dad trying bail. Will confronts his father, and then cries on his Uncle Phil’s shoulder — realizing his uncle is the only true father figure in his life.

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