The Cosby Show

Season 3 Episode 17

Calling Doctor Huxtable

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Notes

    • Patricia Richardson and Ray Baker, who play Mr. and Mrs. Schrader, were married in real life at the time of this episode. They have since divorced.

    • Michael Vale, the nervous grandfather Mr. Lee, is better known as the Dunkin' Donuts commercial spokesman ("Time To Make The Donuts").

    • Malinda Williams also plays Shayna in the episode Denise Kendall: Singles Counselor.

  • Allusions

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