The Cosby Show

Total Control

Season 7, Ep 16, Aired 1/31/91
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  • Episode Description
  • A successful high school basketball coach and his wife prepare for the birth of their first child. They have prepared extensively, and insist that they are ready for every possible scenario. However, Ray panics when his wife goes into labor. He is also taken aback when she becomes irritable and snaps at him in the delivery room. He runs into the hallway and begins crying. Cliff is able to get him back into the delivery room by convincing him to treat the situation the same way he would handle adversity in a basketball game.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 (3)

    • Olivia: "Please! Please! Give Dr. Huxtable a Mister Ragi!"

    • Cliff: Last year I wanted a Maserati for my birthday and Mrs. Huxtable wouldn't let me have one. Olivia: Well, if you tell Daddy and Denise that I want a pony, I'll tell Mrs. Huxtable that you want a Mister Ragi!

    • Alicia: (in pain)My back! Ray: Your back? Alicia: Is killing me! Ray: I'll get the tennis balls and massage you. (starts massaging) Alicia: You're doing it all wrong. Ray: The book says... Alicia: Forget the book! That is not helping my back at all. Cliff: Try straight up and down motions. Alicia: Excuse me, it's my back. (realizing it's Cliff) Oh, try straight up and down.

    Notes (3)

    • This is the first episode in which none of the Huxtable children appear.

    • John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck also played a married couple in the "Problem Child" movies. In addition, Ritter played the ex-husband of Yasbeck's character on Wings. They married in real life in 1999.

    • Phylicia Rashad, Sabrina LeBeauf, Geoffrey Owens, Lisa Bonet, Joseph C. Phillips, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Erika Alexander do not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • While talking to Ray on the phone, Cliff says, "When she gets out of the bathroom..." but Ray never mentioned she was in the bathroom.

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