The Cosby Show

Adventures in Babysitting

Season 7, Ep 17, Aired 2/7/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Cliff and his friend Jim Harmon decide to become partners for the annual pinochle tournament, rather than continuing to play with their wives. They are certain that they will win the championship and take home the big trophy. Clair and Jim's wife Nicole elect to team up, much to their husbands' amusement. The men continually mock them. Clair and Nicole defeat the three-time defending champions, setting up a grudge match with Cliff and Jim. The women win easily without having to put up much of an effort, and Cliff and Jim are forced to settle for the pocket-size second place trophy. Meanwhile, Rudy convinces Martin to let her babysit Olivia while he and Denise are out of town. Despite Rudy's pleas, Olivia insists on staying up late to watch a horror movie. She becomes convinced that vampire/werewolves are going to descend upon them at any moment. Rudy tries to calm her, but becomes almost as terrified as Olivia after a storm begins creating strange noises. Cliff and Clair are amused to come home to a booby-trapped house, and find the girls sleeping on their bed while surrounded by cloves of garlic.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Cosby

    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

  • Raven-Symone

    Olivia Kendall (seasons 6 - 8)

  • Joseph C. Phillips

    Lt. Martin Kendall (seasons 6 - 7, recurring otherwise)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (after Cliff and Clair walk into their bedroom and find Rudy and Olivia sleeping with cloves of garlic around them) Clair: Cliff? Why is Olivia holding that piece of meat? Cliff: Don't you get it dear? It's the steak to drive through the vampire's heart! (Clair laughs)

    • Cliff: (picking up a frozen t-bone steak from beside Olivia) A steak, to ward the vampires off.

    Notes (1)

    • BerNadette Stanis is better known for her role as Thelma Evans on the sitcom Good Times.

    Trivia (4)

    • The video Rudy and Olivia watch is a play on the 1981 classic, "An American Werewolf in London".

    • When the two women are sitting in the living room and laughing, Clair's dress is half red and half magenta. However, the colors somehow leap from left to right and vice-versa.

    • The two decide to sleep in Clair and Cliff's because they were frightened by the scary video. Rudy comes into the room and tells Olivia that she turned off all the lights in the house and set booby traps. Then the kids go to sleep. When Clair and Cliff get home, the lights in the living room are turned on, even after Rudy said she shut off all the lights. Clair and Cliff did not turn them on; they were already on when they opened the door.

    • If Cliff wanted to win the pinochle tournament so badly, why did he ask Dr. Harmon to be his partner? Wouldn't Russell have been the better choice since he always beats Cliff when they play together, or perhaps Dr. Foster, who helped Cliff beat Russell?

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