The Cosby Show

Is There a Hamster in the House?

Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 12/15/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Caroline convinces Cliff to let Rudy watch her hamster, Darren, for the night while she is at her grandmother's house. Vanessa becomes upset and assumes that Cliff will eventually let Rudy get her own hamster. The kids believe that Cliff dislikes animals, but he claims that he fears that the kids will not be able to take care of pets properly. With some prompting from Theo, he reveals that he once sat on his pet bird Charlie. He survived, but never trusted Cliff again. Rudy is concerned when Darren becomes ill. Cliff thinks that Darren is okay, but later begins to worry. They take the hamster to the clinic and pay for X-rays, but it dies during the exam. Cliff buys a new hamster for Caroline and tries to pass it off as Darren. Caroline isn't fooled, but takes the news in stride. She says that the same thing happens every time someone else looks after her hamster. Russell tries to ease Cliff's guilt about his bird by telling him that his mother also had an accident with Charlie. She inadvertently put him in the washing machine, and he crashed into the walls after she revived him with brandy.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lisa Bonet

    Denise Huxtable Kendall (seasons 1 - 3, 6 - 7, recurring seasons 4 - 5)

  • Bill Cosby

    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • During the Vet visit that place is so busy at 4 in the morning

    By masterfranky13, Apr 08, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • In syndication, the scenes at the veterinary clinic are shortened or cut out. These include a segment where Rudy asks to pet the sea lion, and when they hear an elephant giving birth outside.

    • At the 1989 Young Artist Awards, the series was honored as Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special. The award went to Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lisa Bonet, Sabrina LeBeauf, Geoffrey Owens and Deon Richmond (Kenny). The how was also nominated for Best Family Television Series.

    • Sabrina LeBeauf and Geoffrey Owens do not appear in this episode.

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