The Cosby Show

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Quotes (462)

  • Clair: New rule in this house starting now! Nobody's to touch anybody anywhere with anything for the rest of their lives!

  • Cliff: I love you son. Theo: Yeah Dad, I know. Cliff: Yeah, and maybe your mother loves you too.

  • Vanessa: Dad, Denise pushed us out of the bathroom, so the soap's in Rudy's eyes and she wouldn't let me rinse out the shampoo like Mom said and now Rudy might be blinded for life! If she is, can we get a dog?

  • Cliff (eyeing Theo's messy room): Hard to get good help around here these days.

  • Cliff: Theo, your mother asked me to come up here and kill you.

  • Cliff: Come here... Come HEEERE. Here, here, here. You see, there is there, and this is here. Come HERE!

  • Cliff: Clair, did you tell Denise she could go out tonight? Clair: Yes, I did. Cliff: Have you seen the boy? Clair: Yes, I have. Cliff: How ugly is he?

  • Cliff (answering knock on bedroom door): Who is it? (Vanessa and Rudy enter.) Cliff: No, no, no. Who is it does not mean you come in. I say 'Who is it?' and you say who it is. (Vanessa and Rudy go back out and knock.) Cliff: Who is it? Vanessa: Who it is!

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Notes (400)

  • Phylicia Rashad was credited as Phylicia Ayres-Allen for the first two seasons of the series.

  • When they are all eating dinner Vanessa calls Theo Teddy which is the only time he is ever called that.

  • When Cliff is talking to Denise's date, Clair comes down the stairs, mad at the kids and their bickering and she goes off yelling to them in Spanish something that translates to: "Don't tell me you won't because you will have to do it anyway!" Clair going off in Spanish when she got mad was intended to be a trait of her character. However, as the show gained shape this idea was discarded. Clair can be seen in later episodes speaking some Spanish, but only when talking to Hispanic characters ("Mr. Quiet") or when posing as a hispanic character on a hypothetical situation ("Particles in Motion"), but not because she gets mad.

  • During the first scene of all episodes of The Cosby Show, the producers, director, and writer are credited in the begining, with a shot of the house in the backrgound. For this episode only, these credits are during the final scene, before going into the ending sequence.

  • On the original broadcasts of each episode, there was a brief clip of the logo as well as a shot of Bill Cosby (from the opening sequence) when going into the commercial break. This is not shown in syndication, but can be seen in the collector's edition DVD set.

  • The setup for most episodes of The Cosby Show is 1/2 hour episodes divided in half by a commercial break. Some stations put commercials between the last scene of dialogue and the end credits (while seen in syndication).

  • The kitchen's island counters are combined in this episode.

  • At the end of each episode, the blue Carsey-Werner Logo and copyright is shown. For this episode it is shown during the montage, rather than the blue background.

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Trivia (267)

  • Another thing Cliff forgot to deduct from Theo's "Monopoly" salary: utilities (power, water, etc.) for his apartment in Manhattan or New Jersey.

  • One thing Cliff left out of Theo's "Expenses": gas and insurance for his car/motorbike. It is highly unlikely that $200 or $100 would cover a car/bike payment plus gas and insurance, even in 1984.

  • When this show was originally pitched, the Huxtables were intended to be a blue collar family. Cliff was supposed to be a chauffeur and Clair was supposed to be a housewife.

  • Goof:After Theo gives up an extra $100 for clothes, he is clearly holding $300 left in his hand. However when the camera switches back to Cliff, who asks how much is left, it switches back to Theo, who is only holding $200 left.

  • The nameplate outside Cliff's office says: "Clifford Huxtable, M.D." This continues for a few episodes until it is revealed that Cliff is short for "Heathcliff," not "Clifford." After this, the nameplate is seen from a distance--too far to be read by viewers.

  • In this episode, Vanessa refers to Theo as "Teddy" during the dining room scene and while on the stairs. Both Cliff and Claire call him "Theodore." There is no mention of the name used for the rest of the show, Theo.

  • Cliff deducts $50 from Theo's hypothetical monthly earnings for a motorcycle helmet. He'd need to buy a new one every month?

  • If you look closely when Cliff walks into the kitchen at the beginning, you can see the living room set used through the whole rest of the series in the background, when in this episode they used a cheesy pilot living room. I guess it wasn't finished yet? Maybe they filmed the living room scenes first and then did the kitchen scenes later.

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Allusions (36)

  • On "The Cosby Show: A Look Back" documentary, Tempestt Bledsoe says that she admires how this show had parents and children talking together, unlike most shows on at the time. The segment of Rudy and Clair in the box is shown right after that.

  • Episode Title: "A Shirt Story" This is a pun of the common literature category Short Story.

  • Cliff tells Theo that there is no way a fourteen year old should be wearing a shirt that cost 95 dollars unless he is on stage with his 4 brothers. He is talking about the popular 70's group Jackson 5 with Michael Jackson as a lead singer.

  • How Ugly Is He? The name of this episode is the name of one of Bill Cosby's comedy sketches. In addition, the pilot episode of "The Cosby Show" is referenced. In the pilot, Cliff asks Clair, "How ugly is he?", referring to Denise's boyfriend who is lurking out of Cliff's eyesight when Cliff asks the question.

  • Clair: David, Denise tells us you're really into theater. We enjoyed Dreamgirls very much.
    Dreamgirls was a Broadway musical originally produced in the early 1980s, profiling the rising career of a girls' singing group modeled after The Supremes. Phylicia Ayers-Allen-Rashad (Clair) was in the show as a member of the chorus and understudy for the lead role performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph.

  • The band name "The Walking Lemons" seems to be a reference to hit '80s rock band The Talking Heads.

  • Coach Scott tells Cliff that the "masters track meet" will be held at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands is an sports district in East Rutherford, New Jersey, that includes an outdoor NFL football stadium (for the New York Jets and Giants) and an indoor facility primarily used for NBA basketball's New Jersey Nets. Since the clips of the race in this episode were indoors, it should be inferred that it was held in the basketball arena and had been converted for Track.

  • Clair and Cliff watch a TV football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. In real life, during the football season that this episode aired the Chicago Bears won the super bowl and they defeated the New York Giants in a playoff game.

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