The Cosby Show

A Shirt Story

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 10/18/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Cliff forces Theo to return an expensive designer shirt, so Theo agrees to let Denise try to make a copy of the pricey duds.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lisa Bonet

    Denise Huxtable

  • Bill Cosby

    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudy Huxtable

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Clair Huxtable

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theo Huxtable

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • You can tell a lot about a man by the clothes he wears -- then again, maybe not.

    By LainiTiye, Jul 15, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Claire: Denise, are you making Theo a shirt?
      Denise: (excited) Look out, Gordon Gartrell.
      Claire: Well, Denise, honey, shirts are not that easy to make.
      Denise: I have a flare for designing. Remember that party dress I made?
      Claire: Who made?
      Denise: I made.
      Claire: Who put the zipper in it?
      Denise: Well, there are no zippers in shirts.
      Cliff: There's no sleeves on a party dress, either.

    • Claire: (to Denise) It's just that you have this habit of starting things with all this excitement and when the going gets rough, you quit.
      Denise: Like what?
      Claire: Ice skating.
      Cliff: Guitar.
      Claire: Skiing.
      Cliff: Tennis.
      Claire: Ballet.
      Cliff: Yoga.
      Claire: Pottery.
      Denise: Well, that's just seven. Can't you guys think of any more?
      Cliff: We're just talking about how much it costs.

    • Cliff: (to Theo) Now, you take $30 and get yourself a nice $30 shirt.
      Theo: Could you make it $35?
      Cliff: I could make it NOTHING.
      Theo: Mom?
      Claire: I'd grab it.
      Theo: (takes the money) You guys are ruining my life. (Cliff tries to take the money back) But I don't mind!

    • Cliff: (to Theo) I'll give you $30.
      Theo: Thirty?!
      Cliff: Alright, then... FIVE!
      Theo: Dad, for $30, I can't even get a Gordon Gartrell tie.
      Cliff: Well, what are you? A personal friend of this man?

    • Cliff: It's a one of a kind original design. You make the shirt and burn the pattern.

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    Notes (3)

    • Gordon Gartrell is also the name of a Canadian band.

    • Kadeem Hardison starred as Dwayne Wayne on the spin-off A Different World.

    • Gordon Gartrelle was a writer and producer on the series.

    Trivia (2)

    • During the second-to-last scene, Cliff reminds Theo about Theo giving Cliff a big yellow tie that lights up for Father's Day. This tie would surface during the episode "Father's Day".

    • Goof: When asked about the $95 Theo said that if he lived to be 90 years old that would be like a dollar a day. On this episode Theo is 14 years old as stated by Cliff. If Theo wanted to equate his age to the value of the shirt he would need to live to 109 years old.

    Allusions (2)

    • Episode Title: "A Shirt Story" This is a pun of the common literature category Short Story.

    • Cliff tells Theo that there is no way a fourteen year old should be wearing a shirt that cost 95 dollars unless he is on stage with his 4 brothers. He is talking about the popular 70's group Jackson 5 with Michael Jackson as a lead singer.

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