Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 3 Review: The Compromise

Are the dreams and ambitions of one person greater than the common good?

Carlton and Will face different dilemmas on how to be team players in Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 3.

Will made a half-baked excuse for why he kept going against the team while Carlton were faced with two seemingly incongruous choices.

The continued self-centeredness displayed by Will was frustrating to the other team members. They all know he’s cool, and the problem is, he knows it too.

It is for the simple reason that they need him in the team that they have not dropped him from the team. How long will they endure this remains to be seen.

Hilary - Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 3

Carlton’s conversation with the BSU representative clarified a few things for him. He was made aware of the harm he could face by participating in the protests.

Carlton has big dreams and has charted a clear course on how to make them happen. His ultimate goal is to attend Princeton on his own merit and begin his legacy. She has an advantage as her father is from an Ivy League school, but he doesn’t want to rely on her.

Advisor: Your name has come up in faculty discussions regarding the Founders Award. President of the student body and the first black student to win the school’s highest honor. You’ll love it, won’t you?
Carlton: Yes, of course, I would.
Consultant: Then stop this protest.

Getting into an Ivy League school is no small feat, and he was well aware. Being awarded the Founder’s Award will help in achieving this.

Schools are not in the business of rewarding students they consider to be “trouble”. Carlton knew the only way to get that award was to work hard and keep his head down, and it would be so. A protest was not the way to go.

Will noticed the hesitation and was ready to jump in to give his cousin some encouragement. And while it’s great that Will is there for Carlton, he can do a little damage.

Carlton is a person with little self-awareness.

He soon succumbs to external pressure. He is easily suggestible and goes out of his way to accommodate someone, especially when he wants to impress them. She and Will are in a good place right now, and he doesn’t want it to end.

See how he quickly returned to BSU because of the girl he liked?

Uncle Phil talks to Will and tells him to look for Colton as he is going off anti-depressants.

Well, you know, usually, we respect his privacy when it comes to things like this, but, um, Carlton started going off medication, and we wanted you to keep an eye on him. Let us know if you see anything off.


It seemed like a line had been crossed there.

Mental health is a very delicate issue. People with some mental illnesses don’t appreciate being talked about behind their back. It makes them feel abnormal, which can be even more harmful to their mental state.

Slowly, Will and Carlton were slipping back into their former dynamic, where Will pulled all the air out of the room. When Carlton tries to do something on his own, Will swoops in and grabs everything.

Phillip and Ashley - Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 3

Protests are powerful because people cannot ignore the noise being made. The school’s demand that they not use any graphic material was a thought-provoking attempt to ignore the protest.

Had they complied with those demands, it would have been an exercise in futility.

Carlton, the protest must mess with the authority. If they’re okay with what you’re doing, then you’re doing it wrong.


I have experienced firsthand how effective a well-planned protest, walkout or slow march can be. They compel both parties or the stubborn party to negotiate or take action that is difficult to achieve through negotiation.

This is usually the last option.

If it doesn’t, though, it can feel devastating. It takes a lot of courage for someone to participate in any radical behavior or act. When there is no concrete result, it is wasting.

Will did what was supposed to be done by hanging that banner, and while Carlton may have felt it was an insult to him, it got the message through loud and clear.

The look on his face when he displays the Black Teachers Matter banner spells trouble for their fragile relationship.

Things continue to deteriorate at Hillary’s content house when Ivy refuses to be part of a campaign.

It was hard for Hillary not to take it personally, given how much work she had done to secure that support. Hillary has always been on the receiving end of most people in her life. One wonders where that soldier gets the energy from.

Hilary: We need to talk about the Simply Spiked collab. I had already told him that I would call him by the end of the day, and I really don’t want to miss this opportunity.
Ivy: Yeah, uh, about that, didn’t we agree that H2Ivy would be the official drink of the house?
Hillary: Agree? No one agreed on anything. No one agreed. You didn’t even ask me.

Hilary and Vivian - Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 3

Perhaps this will be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back, and she may cut ties with Ivy because she is being messed with.

Suspicions about Geoffrey are confirmed when he snoops on Philip’s computer.

It wasn’t clear what he was looking for, but if people are looking for dirt these days, their personal computers and cell phones are the first places to look.

I’m sticking to the theory that she and Will’s dad are still in contact, and they’re planning something.

what was he looking for? Is he really in control of his emotions, or is he faking it?

Auntie Vivian - Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 3

“Compromise” was another great episode that raised the stakes, especially the dynamic between Will and Carlton.

Going forward, it will be interesting to explore some of the stories, particularly those of Philip.

What are his next steps after giving up his political aspirations and discovering that he was unwanted at his former law firm?

Vivian decided to take matters into her own hands regarding her art career, and we’ll love to see how it goes.

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dennis kimathi is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. He has seen more dramas and comedies than he cares to remember. catch him obsessing over social media [excellent] Learn about the politics of representation on TV, past, present and upcoming shows. follow him Twitter,

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