The Cosby Show

Season 3 Episode 17

Calling Doctor Huxtable

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1987 on NBC

Episode Recap

Cliff fills in for another doctor and winds up with three women who are due to deliver at roughly the same time. He must try to calm a patient's father, as he has agreed take the place of her husband (who is overseas) in the delivery room, and isn't sure he can handle it. Another woman, preparing for the birth of her tenth child, acts very nonchalant and plays cards with her husband while waiting to deliver. Cliff gets help from young Dr. Eckerd to translate for the third couple, who do not speak English. In the midst of all the deliveries, Cliff teases Dr. Eckerd about his apparent crush on the nurse. Meanwhile, Vanessa's friend Althea ignores her objections and smokes cigarettes in Vanessa's room. Vanessa explains the situation to Cliff, and is surprised when he proves to be very understanding.