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  • Baby Love

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 9/24/93

    Mark and Vanessa get new roomies when his cousin and her daughter visit---and move in.
  • Some Gifts Aren't Deductible

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    S 8 : Ep 23 - 4/23/92

    When Kenny lies to Deirdra about planning her birthday party, he asks Rudy and Cliff to help him cover his tracks. Meanwhile, Cliff believes that all of his "Dependants" will net him a large check from the IRS.moreless
  • Cliff and Theo Come Clean

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    S 8 : Ep 19 - 2/13/92

    Theo decides to turn down his job offer and go to graduate school. Cliff is pleased, as he did not want his son to move across the country. As a school project, Olivia and Marlon plan to write about what Cliff was like at their age. However, they realize that his colorful stories are all lies. They call on Russell to tell them the truth about Cliff's childhood. Cliff finally impresses them with a true story about how he was pictured in the newspaper because of his work collecting tin foil for the war effort during World War II. Rahim finds a wallet containing 600 dollars at the community center, as one of their customers at a plant sale left it behind. He wants to keep the money, so Theo has the kids debate what he should do. He ends up returning the cash to the rightful owner, but feels like a fool because his family could have really used the money. He admits that his father would not have allowed him to keep it anyway. Theo convinces Rahim that he should be proud of his actions.moreless
  • Cliff Gets Jilted

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    S 8 : Ep 18 - 2/6/92

    Sondra and Elvin prepare for their housewarming party. They experience problems with the furnace and decide to move the party to the Huxtable house, much to Cliff's chagrin. Russell tells Cliff and Clair that he heard a rumor that Vanessa and Dabnis have set a wedding date. Cliff is very excited, as he really likes Dabnis and wants to have him fix stuff all the time. However, they instead tell Cliff and Clair that they have broken up. The couple asks that they keep this a secret, leading to many uncomfortable moments during the party as everyone welcomes Dabnis to the family. Vanessa confesses to her parents that she simply isn't ready to get married. Dabnis doesn't want to speak ill of Vanessa, but Cliff finally gets him to admit that he is annoyed by her habit of talking in convoluted metaphors instead of simply stating what is on her mind. Cliff is saddened by his impending separation from Dabnis, but does get him to repair Sondra and Elvin's furnace so that their family will get out of his house.moreless
  • Bring Me the Lip Gloss of Deirdre Arpelle

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    S 8 : Ep 15 - 1/16/92

    Pam fills in for Cliff's assistant on a Saturday. They must deal with Mrs. Minnifield, an extremely eccentric patient who has difficulty following Cliff's directions. Mrs. Minnifield calls Cliff to report her contractions much later than he asked, and he instructs her to take a cab to the hospital immediately. She instead has the cabbie stop at Cliff's house, and ends up giving birth in the car. Rudy, Stanley and Kenny prepare to work on a group project together. Kenny shows up with a girl named Deirdre and claims that she is his girlfriend. Rudy becomes jealous, but soon concludes that Kenny made the whole thing up just to get to her. Kenny feels guilty after learning that Deirdre has actually liked him for a long time. He apologizes to her and convinces her to give him another chance. He also apologizes to Rudy, and they agree to go on double dates.moreless
  • Clair's Place

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    S 8 : Ep 12 - 12/19/91

    Cliff surprises Clair by finishing her room earlier than expected. Although it doesn't yet have furniture, Clair is thrilled to finally have some privacy. The kids grow depressed when Clair spends the whole day in the room. Pam, Rudy and Olivia initially claim that they need Clair's help to make Christmas cookies, but finally admit that they just have more fun baking with Clair. Cliff leaves Theo bewildered by trying to pass on the "tradition" of putting up the Christmas lights.moreless
  • Olivia Comes Out of the Closet

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    S 8 : Ep 10 - 11/21/91

    Cliff and Clair invite famed singer Miriam Makeba to the house for dinner, and try to discourage the children from crashing the event. Olivia enjoys a visit from her father, but is saddened because he must soon return to the ship. She will not see him again for three months. Olivia disappears during Miriam's visit. While the others search the house frantically, Miriam finds Olivia hiding in the front closet. Olivia explains that she is trying to keep her father from leaving. Miriam takes her outside to talk. She tells her that everyone is very worried about her, and convinces her that she is lucky to have so many family members who care about her. Olivia agrees to go back into the house, and everyone poses for pictures with Miriam.moreless
  • For Men Only

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    S 8 : Ep 9 - 11/14/91

    Theo convinces Cliff to teach a course for young men at the community center. Cliff brings Olivia's doll to the class as a symbol of innocence, but the students misinterpret his intentions and assume that he is going to give a sex education lecture. This sparks a discussion about negative impressions of inner city youth. The teens feel that they are blamed for all of society's problems. A guy named Cal draws the ire of his classmates after he admits that he has fathered children with two different women, but rarely spends time with either his son or daughter. Another student declares that he plans to marry his pregnant girlfriend and get a job. Cal insists that he wants to provide for his children, but has no training and doesn't want to be stuck in a minimum wage job where he is treated like garbage. Cliff tries to help the guys take the necessary steps toward beginning careers. Meanwhile, Russell becomes hooked on a video game after babysitting Olivia and her friend.moreless
  • Olivia's Field Trip

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    S 8 : Ep 8 - 11/7/91

    Cliff and neighbor Jeffrey supervise Olivia's class on a field trip to the museum. Theo organizes a fundraiser for the community center. He plans to put messages on T-shirts and sell them at street fairs. He believes that he has gotten a great deal on the shirts, only to discover that they do not have neck holes. Theo hopes to handle the situation himself, but Clair eventually steps in to save the day with her legal expertise.moreless
  • Pam Applies to College

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    S 8 : Ep 4 - 10/10/91

    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
  • Particles in Motion

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    S 8 : Ep 3 - 10/3/91

    Theo prepares for his first parents' night at the community center, and worries about how to handle parents whose kids are having problems. During a parent-teacher conference, he develops a mutual attraction with single mother Lisa. She asks him out for coffee, but he declines. He explains that it would not be in the child's best interest for the two of them to get involved. Lisa agrees that their relationship should remain professional. When Theo describes the situation to Clair, she shocks him by announcing that her clients hit on her all the time. Rudy meets Stanley at the open house and is instantly smitten. Stanley gets her phone number from Theo and asks her out. A jealous Kenny shows up at the house before Stanley in the hopes of sabotaging their date.moreless
  • There's No Place Like This Home

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    S 8 : Ep 2 - 9/26/91

    Cliff surprises Clair by showing her plans for an addition to the house, a soundproof room where she could be free from the children and their demands. Cliff and Clair co-sign a loan for Sondra and Elvin to help them secure financing on their new house. Elvin suffers a panic attack after the papers are signed as he thinks about just how much money he will have to spend each month. Cliff tries to calm him by reminding him that he and Sondra are both successful professionals. Sondra and Elvin complete the final paperwork and move out of their apartment. Unfortunately, the couple selling the house suddenly files for divorce, complicating the sale and leaving the Tibideauxs homeless. They plead with Cliff and Clair to let them stay in the Kendalls' bedroom while Denise and Martin are in Japan. They lay it on thick, talking at length about the sleazy motel where they will otherwise stay and having the twins trudge sadly across the living room. Cliff and Clair let them stay, but abandon the idea of Clair's room because they feel they can never escape the children. They later decide to build an addition for the kitchen.moreless
  • With This Ring?

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    S 8 : Ep 1 - 9/19/91

    Vanessa stuns her parents by suddenly announcing that she is engaged. She has been engaged for six months, and has known her fiancé for a year without mentioning him to her family. She reveals that he is a maintenance man at her school named Dabnis Brickey. Vanessa brings Dabnis inside to meet Cliff and Clair. They are surprised to discover that he is in his late twenties. They reluctantly invite him to the family dinner that night, and are put off when he mentions his past relationships with several women. The conversation grows so uncomfortable that most of the family is ordered out of the dining room. Clair confronts Vanessa and demands to know why she kept her relationship with Dabnis a secret for so long. She believes that her daughter is in over her head, but Vanessa insists that she is really in love. Cliff assures Dabnis that they are not snobs; they would dislike him regardless of his profession. Cliff seems to reconsider his attitude after Dabnis reveals that he owns his own home--meaning that he and Vanessa would never move into the Huxtable house.moreless
  • Theo and the Kids (2)

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    S 7 : Ep 26 - 5/2/91

    Theo contacts Mrs. Hudson, the head of the community center, about Stanley's problem. She recommends that Stanley undergo tests to determine whether he has dyslexia. Stanley refuses to consider this because he does not want to be different from everyone else. Another student, Rahim, must leave the center and get a job after his father is laid off. A weary Theo confesses to Cliff that his work is beginning to depress him, as he wishes that he could do more for the kids. He describes the helplessness he felt after discovering that a girl was taking leftover food from the garbage to feed her family. Cliff and Mrs. Hudson remind him that he cannot solve everyone's problems, and advise him to just keep trying his best. After Theo explains how much progress he made following the diagnosis of his dyslexia, Stanley agrees to take the tests as a favor to him.moreless
  • Theo and the Kids (1)

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    S 7 : Ep 25 - 4/25/91

    Theo excitedly begins an internship as 7th grade junior counselor at the community center. The students try to trick him in the hopes of getting out of doing their homework, but he is able to handle them. A boy named Stanley repeatedly refuses to do his homework. His classmate, Latisha, mocks him for doing poorly on a recent history test. However, Stanley seems to know all of the material when Theo quizzes him about it. Theo takes Stanley outside and asks him to read a short passage. His struggles prompt Theo to suspect that he is dyslexic. Meanwhile, Cliff bewilders the family by insisting on fixing the sink himself.moreless
  • Clair's Liberation

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    S 7 : Ep 12 - 12/6/90

    Clair learns that she has begun menopause, and doesn't seem to have any trouble dealing with it. Theo, Vanessa and Pam share ridiculous stories that they have heard about menopausal women. They conclude that Clair will suffer hot flashes all the time, become incredibly moody, and lose the ability to make simple decisions. They begin to treat Clair like an invalid. She and Cliff play a practical joke on the kids and make them believe that Clair has gone completely insane. Pam's new boyfriend, Aaron, wins her heart with a series of thoughtful and romantic gestures. Lance tries to impress Charmaine by following Aaron's example.moreless
  • Mr. Badwrench

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 11/17/89

    Carl eschews the help of a professional plumber and takes on the task on installing a shower for Mother Winslow himself.
  • Straight A's

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/20/89

    Eddie comes home with straight A's on his report card and the whole family is proud of him. Rodney comes over and tells him that he changed the grades on the report cards on the school computer. Eddie doesn't want to tell the truth because he fears that he will hurt Carl's feelings.moreless
  • Rachel's First Date

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 10/13/89

    Carl and Harriette look forward to some quality time while Rachel's on a date with a man from church.
  • Pal Joey

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    S 2 : Ep 15 - 2/17/89

    Danny and Joey recall when they first met.
  • A Little Romance

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 1/13/89

    D.J. gets her first boyfriend, but he dumps her sooner than she thinks.

  • Our Very First Christmas Show

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 12/16/88

    The family gets stuck in an airport in Colorado and has to spend Christmas there. Stephanie leaves Santa a map, but will he find her?
  • Tanner vs. Gibbler

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 10/21/88

    To celebrate Kimmy's 12th birthday, D.J. plans a special party at the house with some of their closest friends.

  • Eye on Angela

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 2/19/85

    After a long sleepless night, Tony and Angela end up waking up in the same bed. What is actually a few random innocent mix-ups leads a reporter to believe she has a hot juicy story.moreless
  • Guess Who's Coming Forever?

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 1/29/85

    When Mona gets the boot from her apartment Tony suggests she convert the loft over the garage. She takes Tony’s suggestion without clearing it with Angela. Angela is anything but happy with the new living arrangements.moreless
  • Old Man Gatling

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    S 1 : Ep 20 - 3/6/80

    The Governor's loudmouth father comes to visit and wreaks havoc among the staff. Benson then gets so fed up with the arrogance and the idea of the father breathing down his son's back that he traps him in the kitchen. Benson supervises him until the Governor's speech is over.moreless
  • Cold Storage

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    S 1 : Ep 19 - 2/28/80

    Benson and Kraus get locked in the basement together.
  • Just Friends

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 1/3/80

    Governor Gatling works to persuade Howard Walker, the entrepreneur, to settle his new factory in his State. Benson subconsciously opposes this because he and Howard's wife had a love affair years ago.
  • Taylor's Bid

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 12/13/79

    Taylor decides to his position as advisor in order to run for a public office. The Governor then discovers his dependence on Taylor.