The Cosby Show

Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten

Season 5, Ep 14, Aired 1/26/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Clair buys a new couch, and tries to have the old one taken away to Sondra and Elvin's apartment while Cliff is busy with a patient. Cliff uncovers her plans and refuses to allow the movers to take the couch. Clair is asked to appear on a local television show that includes discussions of important historical issues. The other panelists are ill-prepared, constantly bicker, and refuse to take Clair's opinions seriously. When she produces evidence that exposes a mistake in one man's argument about the causes of the Great Depression, the men ignore her. The host calls for a commercial break and demands that she be removed from the show. The men only want her to discuss issues directly related to women or African-Americans, but she refuses to be stifled. The producer is thrilled by the show and asks Clair to be a regular. She turns down the offer because she doesn't want to wake up at 4:30 in the morning every week just to prove herself to foolish, petty men. She takes the family to church instead of watching the show on TV. Clair convinces Cliff to let go of the couch, and he actually asks for time alone to say goodbye to it.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)
  • Two unrelated stories, neither are well-developed. A few funny lines.

    By Mac-Ale, Dec 15, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Clair: Getting up at 4:30 in the morning to prove myself to a group of men basking in the nonexistent ray of their own intelligence is not my idea of fun.

    Notes (2)

    • This is the first episode to show the new couch. It is in every episode from this point.

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

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, at the far right top of the living room, you can see a boom mic hanging down.

    • When Mrs. Huxtable is debating the Great Depression with the other three panelists, one of the panelists was attempting to say that is was all a bunch of b-u-l-l. But when he spelt it out he said, "This is all a bunch of B-O-L-L". He clearly mispells the word bull.

    • When Clair gets back she tells the kids, "Let's get our coats," when she is already wearing hers. She should have just said, "Get your coats." Also, she said that they would tape the show, but no one set the vcr to do so.

    Allusions (1)

    • Mrs. Huxtable goes to Kindergarten The title for this episode is based on the title of the 1939 movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where a naive but intelligent and meaning well man goes into politics, only to find out how the fat cats of the business really run things.

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