The Cosby Mysteries

Season 1 Episode 3

Self Defense

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1994 on NBC
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Self Defense
Sully is accused of killing a fellow cop when a routine visit goes badly wrong. Guy steps in to help his friend when Sully's story of self defense is not supported by the evidence.

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  • A variation on a locked-room mystery. You have a shooting with no gun, and no bullet. How do you prove a shot was fired?

    Nice showcase for James Naughton in this episode, who shows the intensity and charisma that has won him two Tony awards. The supporting characters on this show were so much more than archetypes. It would have been easy to do the Sully character as a sidekick/agreer to Guy Hanks, but the writers take him in a different direction and it makes the show better. The mystery in this episode is also well-done and again shows us a nice display of Guy's forensics know-how. It's one of the best kind of mysteries, because even if you have a hunch about who is guilty, you still need to figure out how the crime was committed in the first place.

    I really liked La Chanze and her character of Dr. Weeks. She had nice chemistry with Mos Def and a good student/teacher vibe with Bill Cosby. You could see the Cos seeping through when she greeted him as "Dr. Hanks," and he corrected her, "You're the doctor. I'm just a phD." Sadly, she didn't become part of the regular group as the series progressed.moreless
Adam LaVorgna

Adam LaVorgna


Guest Star

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Officer Antonio Ruiz

Guest Star

Michael Harney

Michael Harney

Officer Mike Principe

Guest Star

Robert Stanton

Robert Stanton

John Chapman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Guy Hanks: Trigonometry doesn't lie.
      Dante: Trigonometry? I gotta learn trigonometry too?
      Guy Hanks: No. You just have to hang out with me for the rest of your life.

    • (after Dante tried to pick the lock to Guy's apartment)
      Guy Hanks: Is that a credit card?
      Dante: It's ok, it's not mine

    • Guy Hanks: I had a dream where you and I ran away together.
      Yolanda: I can't run.
      Sully: Well, I had a dream where you and I walked away together.
      Yolanda: Oh, honey. Walking's a bore.
      Sully: I shouldn't be having so much fun, I'm in serious trouble

  • NOTES (1)

    • Dante suggests that Guy could learn some tips about crime solving by watching Columbo. Columbo was co-created by Cosby Mysteries producer William Link.