The Cosby Show

Season 1 Episode 10

Bon Jour Sondra

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 1984 on NBC
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Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving and reveals plans to spend the summer with some friends in Paris. Clair feels that it is a wonderful idea, and gives Sondra some pointers on winning over Cliff. When Cliff hestitates to give his approval, Clair calls a family meeting. All of the children vote in Sondra's favor. Cliff takes her aside and explains that he is worried about Paris's reputation, as he fears she will party too much. He eventually agrees to let her go. Theo anxiously awaits the opportunity to carve the family's Thanksgiving turkey for the first time. Cliff has him practice on a chicken and a cabbage so that he can acquire the proper technique. He tries to blackmail Theo into siding with him against Sondra by threatening to revoke his carving privileges, but lets him do it anyway.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • If it is Thanksgiving, how come Cliff's parents aren't there? That just doesn't make any sense for them not to show up. Especially since Cliff is their only child.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Cliff: Here's your turkey carving practice cabbage.
        Theo: Dad, that's a cabbage.
        Cliff: Right! You're brilliant!

      • Cliff: Let me look at you.
        Sondra: How do I look?
        Cliff: Like trash.

      • (Cliff is instructing Theo how to carve a turkey.)
        Cliff (imitating Julia Child): First, you slice ever so gently along the grain, following the contour of the bird.
        Theo: Dad, why are you talking like that?
        Cliff (still imitating Julia Child): I have no idea; it's just that it makes me feel more secure when I'm in the kitchen.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Cliff's line, "When Sondra was four, she asked me, 'Daddy, where do the ducks go when the pond freezes over?' That was when I knew she was smarter than I am," is most likely a reference to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Throughout the novel, protagonist Holden Caulfield frequently asks city residents the same question about Central Park's resident ducks.

      • Another actress considered for the role of Sondra was Suzette Charles, Miss America 1984. Charles had replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America after Williams was forced to resign her crown in disgrace after appearing in Penthouse.

      • According to the E! True Hollywood Story, the character of Sondra was added per Bill Cosby's request, as he wanted to show a positive end result of the struggles of raising children, i.e. a child attending college.

      • Sabrina LeBeauf, who plays Sondra, beat out future pop star Whitney Houston for the role.

      • This is the first appearance of Sondra, the eldest of the five Huxtable children.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)