The Cosby Show

The Birth (2)

Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 11/10/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Cliff and Clair await the birth with Anna and Russell and Elvin's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Tibideaux lament the fact that Elvin cannot afford everything he needs for the baby because of his decision to not attend medical school. Everyone is shocked to learn that Sondra has given birth to twins--a boy and a girl. She and Elvin wanted it to be a surprise. They name the kids Nelson and Winnie. Elvin announces that he was so amazed by the births that he has decided to go to medical school. Sondra thanks Cliff for being such a good father to her, and hopes to follow his example by raising her kids well. Clair has a hard time adjusting to the fact that she is a grandmother. She and Mrs. Tibideaux suggest that they should instead be called "mother: the sequel." Justine becomes annoyed when Theo tries to impress Julia by offering to cook dinner for his parents. As he and Howard prepare the meal, Howard gets Theo to admit his attraction to Julia. Howard doesn't seem upset, but Theo is concerned to learn that intelligence is the quality that Julia finds most attractive. Howard baffles Theo by revealing that Julia wants to commit to him, but he isn't ready.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

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Dr. Taylor: Congratulations, you are the grandparents of a healthy boy. (Cliff and the other adults cheer) (Cliff and Dr. Taylor shake hands) Dr. Taylor: And a girl! (the other adults stop cheering and react) Cliff: WHAT!?! Russell: TWINS?! Clair: Two babies? Dr. Taylor: Yes. Two babies, better known as twins. Francine: A boy and a girl? Dr. Taylor: Boy: 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Girl: 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Lester: What, you already knew about this?! Dr. Taylor: Months ago, when we saw it on the sonogram. You see, Sondra and Elvin wanted it to be a surprise for you.

    • Clair: I just don't know about this "Grandma" business. They should think of another name for us like "Second mother", or "Mother once removed". Francine: "Experienced mother". Clair: "Solid gold mother". Francine: How about "Mother: the sequel". (Both quietly approve as the others come to see the babies)

    • Sondra: I'm just...looking forward to every day I'm going to get to spend with them. Cliff: Yeah. That's so wonderful. Spoken just like a woman whose children are only 45 minutes old.

    • (After Sondra thanks Cliff for being such a good father to her) Cliff: Good parents are made by good children!

    • (After Kara speaks rapidly, without stopping) Kenny: I hope you don't eat like you talk.

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    Notes (2)

    • On the original one-hour format, the end credits feature the opening credit music (by The Oregon Symphony Orchestra). When shown in two-part syndicated format, the regular season 5 closing music is used.

    • The twins are named after Nelson Mandela and his then-wife, Winnie.

    Trivia (2)

    • During the season seven episode, "The Last Barbecue," the viewers learn that Sondra was in labor with the twins during this episode for eight and a half hours.

    • It's difficult to believe that Cliff wouldn't have known or suspected that Sondra was going to have twins being that he is an obstetrician gynecologist.

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