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 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 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 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
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
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
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