Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – who nominated Will for the Founders Award? 

March 23, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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It felt like the calm before the storm, “Excellence is Everywhere” started putting the pieces together for some forthcoming battles.

We recap the Peacock series Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 5, “Excellence is Everywhere,” which contains spoilers.

In Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 4, we saw some moving pieces with Phil finally agreeing to let Will (Jabari Banks) be with Doc (Brooklyn McLinn), Carlton (Olly Sholotan) still trying to figure out what he wants to do next, and Hilary (Coco Jones) struggling with Ivy (Karrueche Tran).

Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

The episode starts with Will getting a workout with Doc and his crew. A couple of the guys criticize him for being unable to keep up with them.

Vivian is prepping for the next project with Geoffrey. Then, Phil tells Ashley about Ms. Hughes getting an offer in Miami and won’t be coming back to the school. Phil gives her a letter she wrote Ashley that thanked her for what she did.

The nominees for the founder awards are announced. All the kids are gathered around the class, awaiting to hear who will be nominated.

As they go through the list, we hear Carlton’s name, which Will congratulates him for, but moments later, they announce Will Smith’s name, which shocks both of them and the entire class.

Who nominated Will for the Founders Award?

After class, Will is making light of the situation with Carlton when Ivy speaks up to tell them both that the BSU nominated Will for the Founders Award. Of course, it makes Carlton mad because he thinks it’s personal, but Ivy explains he is the perfect person for the award and he should be excited two black men are nominated.

Hilary is discussing with the crew that they need to trust her and that she can make this happen. When someone mentions Ivy, she says they don’t need her, and that she needs a little time to build things up.

Next, we see Tyler talk to Will, and he lets him know that he is playing for Zenith Hype now. Finally, Phil and Geoffrey discuss the firm numbers being down 30%. Geoffrey suggests meeting with a firm they lost to get that percentage back up.

Connor approaches Carlton in the class to rub it in his face that Will will probably win the award over both of them. Then, he offers him some drugs, and Carlton refuses, but Connor leaves it on his desk and walks away. Next, we see Carlton frantically freaking out because he wants to take the drugs but knows he can’t. Wisley, Carlton decides not to take them and leaves the bathroom.

Erika arrives at the meeting that was supposed to be between Phil and Garrison. After some back-and-forth banter between the two, she tells him that there is one way he can get him back.

Next, Lisa helps Will in the pool to teach him how to swim. It leads to the two of them sharing some bonding moments.

Finally, Vivian and Hilary get together to talk about their issues, realizing they are both better than what is being given to them.

What does Erika want Phil to do?

Erika poached Phil’s client Garrison while he was off running for DA. Earlier in the episode, she said there was one way to get him back. Later at Vivian’s art event, Phil tells Geoffrey what she offered: to join her firm as a Senior Partner.

Vivian discovers Carlton’s panic attack at the protest and that Will knew about it. She and Phil talk about their next move, and they divide and conquer with Will and Carlton.

The conversations go well with both kids, with Carlton talking Vivian out of making any more moves and Will telling Phil that he is 100% invested in Carlton’s well-being.

Doc drops Jackie off at Vivian’s party to help work with her. However, Will catches up with him before he goes to discuss how things are going.

Doc says not to let the other guys get in his head and to remember that leadership is just as essential, and the schooling he is getting at Bel-Air is something those other guys won’t get. Will tells him about the Founders Award nomination but says it was more of a Carlton thing.

Then, Doc says to stop cutting himself so short, that he is a leader.

Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 5 Ending Explained

The party goes excellent for everyone but Lisa, who sees Jackie and Will kiss. As a result, Will talks to Lisa, who says they can’t be friends anymore.

Hilary is excited as the appearance of her ex-boyfriend helped gain traction for the house. Though the night went perfectly for Vivian, Phil breaks the news they have a big issue with Geoffrey.

The episode ends with Phil showing Vivian footage of Geoffrey looking through his office, trying to find papers on his son Frederick.

What did you think of Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 5? Comment below.

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1 thought on “Bel-Air Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – who nominated Will for the Founders Award? 

  • March 30, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Will seems to be a self centered narcissist, when it comes to Lisa and Carlton he looks fake.

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