The Cosby Show

Season 2 Episode 21

An Early Spring

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 1986 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Clair is sitting on the front porch talking to Mrs. Westlake, she is wearing a purple plaid dress with fringe on the sleeves, but minutes later when she is in the kitchen with Vanessa and Denise, she is wearing a tan pants suit with a red sweater. When and why did she change clothes? Rudy and Cliff are still wearing the same clothes they had on in the last scene.

    • At the beginning of this episode, Rudy is riding her bike around the house which is right on the corner of a block. Since when is their house on the corner. In every other episode they are in between other houses.

  • Quotes

    • Cockroach: Why do I need math? When I get older, I'm gonna inherit my dad's scrap-iron business.
      Cliff: You need math because you're gonna have to be able to count the pieces of metal as they come off the line.
      Cockroach: We have a foreman who does that.
      Cliff: Okay, you need math so you can count the money.
      Cockroach: We have an accountant who does that.
      Cliff: Then you're gonna be broke!
      Cockroach: No way!
      Cliff: If the foreman can count and the accountant can count and you can't, you're gonna be broke!

    • Clair: You can't ride to the park unless you are accompanied by an adult.
      Rudy: Will you 'upcompany' me?

  • Notes

    • When Theo and Cockroach leave to go study for their test after Cliff's lecture, Cliff says to Cockroach, "See ya later, Scrap Iron!" In Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Bill Cosby talks about a kid he once knew named Scrap Iron Yates.

    • Future model and actress Garcelle Beauvais appears uncredited as a nurse in this episode.

    • This is the only episode where we learn Cockroach's full name, Walter Bradley.

  • Allusions