The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 22

Birthday Blues

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The music during the cake-eating sequence of the last scene is the same music (by Grover Washington) which Theo played during the Smooth Contest in "Clair's Toe" from season 2.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy all act as if they forgot Clair's birthday. But Rudy already had a present for her mother's birthday, the pendant she ordered in the episode, "Cyranoise de Bergington".

  • Quotes

    • (Cliff blows into a pitch pipe)
      Cliff: Be kind to your old ragged wife. (Blows into pitch pipe again) For she sags, and she bags, and she sputters.
      Clarie: Ok, that's fine. That's enough. This is more embarrassing for you than it is for me.

  • Notes

    • Denise Nicholas, who played Lorraine, co-starred with Bill Cosby in the film, Ghost Dad.

    • The final scene of this episode has no dialogue, but features Cliff and Clair eating cake with anything but forks.

  • Allusions

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