The Cosby Show

Season 3 Episode 17

Calling Doctor Huxtable

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1987 on NBC
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Cliff juggles the delivery of three babies while Vanessa tries to convince her friend not to smoke in her room.

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  • Babies on Board, No Smoking Please!

    7.0
    This is a classic episode I remember well. Vanessa entertains two girlfriends upstairs in her room. Theo is left in charge when Cliff gets called away to the hospital. The three delivery room situations are quite entertaining with a nervous grandpa-to-be, a couple on their way to becoming the next Bob and Michelle Duggar and Hispanics who don't speak English so the resident shadowing Cliff must translate.

    Meanwhile, back at the Huxtable residence, Vanessa's friend announces she's going to smoke and lights up much to the chagrin of her host. Theo and Rudy walk in and catch them. Theo tells Vanessa she's going to be in so much trouble because when he and Cockroach tried smoking Cliff "yelled so loud I still have cracks in my bedroom

    There's a sweet scene illustrating good parenting when Cliff returns from work and Vanessa confesses what happened. Cliff cuddles her on the couch, reassures her it's OK, she's only 13 after all, and relates what really happened when he caught Theo and Cockroach smoking. He got mad because they tried to hide the evidence and outright lied to him, "Oh, we've just been eating some really strong beef jerky!" Vanessa giggles along with the viewer.

    The final scene has been a long time coming as Phylicia Rashad, who just gave birth to a baby girl, no longer has to hide behind stuffed animals and under covers to share a romantic scene with her on-screen hubby. Bill Cosby cleverly uses his own body and Clair is wearing a long robe to hide the baby fat she hasn't lost yet as Cliff dances her upstairs to end yet another sweet and wholesome episode of everyone's favorite family sitcom.moreless
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Ray Baker

Ray Baker

Mr. Schrader

Guest Star

Ray Contreras

Ray Contreras

Mr. Miron

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Renee Douglas

Renee Douglas

Unknown

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Pam Potillo

Pam Potillo

Janet Meiser

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Cliff speaks to the Hispanic couple at the hospital, the wife replies "Como?" because she does not understand English. Typically, native Hispanics who don't understand English will reply either "Que?" (What?) or "No comprendo" (I don't understand) when they address you if you try to talk to them in English. "Como" is actually "how" in Spanish.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Rudy: Smoking's not good for you. It makes your breath stink, it gets your lungs dirty, and then you die. Smoking also causes forest fires, which is why you never see animals smoke.
      Vanessa: I think she gets the point, Rudy.
      Rudy: None of MY friends smoke!

    • Vanessa: Wait, Theo said that when you caught him and Cockroach smoking, you yelled so loud you cracked the walls.
      Cliff: Yeah, because those two were smoking, I knock on the door they go 'oh wait! Just a minute! Just a minute', so I open the door. They go 'Hello dad!' and 'Hello Dr. Huxtable', they've tossed the cigarettes under the bed sill lit! Smoke's coming up, I ask a stupid question, I say 'have you been smoking?' they go 'Oh no' and smoke's coming out the side of their mouths, I say what's that? They say 'Oh well we were trying this very spicy beef jerky'. They're lucky I didn't crack more than the walls by yelling.

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