The Cosby Show

Pam Applies to College

Season 8, Ep 4, Aired 10/10/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Pam is intent on attending the same college as Charmaine. She decides to apply to the same schools: Hillman, Bowling Green and the University of Pennsylvania. Charmaine doubts that Pam can meet the rigorous academic standards of these schools, but doesn't want to burst her bubble. The guidance counselor informs Pam that she has virtually no chance for admission, as her grades for all but one semester are terrible. She vows to find a way to get in, and takes the applications anyway. However, she quickly begins to doubt herself. Olivia tries to provide counsel while practicing her show-and-tell routine. Pam tells Charmaine that she will probably move to California after graduation to live with her mother and grandmother and study fashion design. The girls lament their impending separation, but vow that they will always remain friends. Olivia enters, and they all end up hugging each other while blubbering. Meanwhile, Cliff continues to interfere with work on the new kitchen. He tries to blame the children for a hole in the wall, but no one is buying 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 Huxtable

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Lance: See you later, baby. Charmaine: Lance, don't use outside words inside!

    • Pam: And did you know that Mr. Bostick is the ugliest man I've ever seen?! Charmaine: Huh? Pam: Yeah, did you notice that there is hair coming from his ears and that ugly mole on his throat that moves up and down when he talks? Come on Charmaine, let's apply to college.... (Charmaine sits there stunned) DON'T HOLD ME BACK, CHARMAINE!

    Notes (2)

    • This is the second episode of the series in which none of the five Huxtable children appear.

    • Sabrina LeBeauf, Geoffrey Owens, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe and Keshia Knight Pulliam do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • If you look carefully at the very top of the screen during the scene where Olivia is telling the Huxtables that she didn't get to do her show-and-tell at school, you can see the microphone appear very briefly.

    • Pam calls Charmaine up her room saying "Come on up, Charmaine," but when Charmaine knocks on the door, Pam still has the dress she is working on in plain sight and tells Charmaine to wait outside the door, while she hides the dress and other sewing materials. Why did she tell Charmaine to come up if she wasn't ready?

    Allusions (1)

    • Lance: Dr. Huxtable, I presume? This is a reference to the H. M. Stanley quote, Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

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