The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 17

Can I Say Something, Please?

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 1989 on NBC
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Rudy and her friends have a video-watching party. They are annoyed because Cliff always forces them to watch "Old Yeller" and "Treasure Island." When Cliff leaves the room, Kenny slips in a copy of a comedy called "The Gross-Out Gang." Clair comes home early and is offended. She stops the kids from watching. Rudy is upset that she has to follow so many rules, while Vanessa can even stay out late on school nights. She presents a list of her grievances to her parents. Clair is very impressed, and she and Cliff agree to rescind one of the rules. They tell Rudy that she can stay up as late as she wants, but must get up in time for school. Rudy stays up half the night and winds up tired and cranky at school, leading to complaints from her teacher. Rudy reveals to Vanessa that Kenny told her that the family is just setting her up to fail. Cliff tells Rudy that he is going to stay up all night and watch movies with her. Determined to prove herself, Rudy shows up in the living room as scheduled. However, she immediately falls asleep.moreless

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  • Another life lesson learned

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    It all started with Rudy's video party. Her friends pressure her to go against Cliff and Clair's rule about watching R-rated grown up comedy and horror movies. Rudy pops in one of these types of videos and is caught when Clair walks in the door. Her friends are sent home and Rudy tells her parents it's not fair. She exits to do her homework and Cliff and Clair discuss this issue in the kitchen. Are they being too strict? Cliff tells Clair about trying chewing tobacco for the first time and learning his lesson. Fans of Bill Cosby's comedy albums will recognize this as "Mr. Ike & the Neighborhood TV Set" story.

    Later that night, Rudy presents her parents with a list of rules she feels are unfair. Bedtime is first on the list. Cliff and Clair relent and tell Rudy she can stay up as late as she wants from now on, as long as it doesn't interfere with her schoolwork and daily routines. Rudy woops and runs downstairs to watch Johnny Carson and eat junk food. She pays the price the next morning as Cliff makes her go to school. Staying up late consecutive nights in a row begins to take its toll on Rudy as she is cranky and unable to do her homework. When Cliff invites her to join him one night for more all night TV and munching, Rudy finally crashes.

    The episode ends in a very sweet scene as Cliff carries his exhausted daughter upstairs.moreless
Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Denise Huxtable Kendall (seasons 1 - 3, 6 - 7, recurring seasons 4 - 5)

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

Heather Coleman

Heather Coleman

Girl

Guest Star

Deon Richmond

Deon Richmond

Kenny

Recurring Role

Reno Wilson

Reno Wilson

Howard

Recurring Role

Peter Costa

Peter Costa

Peter Chiara

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Cliff and Clair are talking about Rudy and their rules and mentioning the other children, Clair said that Sondra dropped out of law school. But at this point in the series, she has not yet attended law school as she announced in season 4's "Call of the Wild."

    • A bit nit-picky here. Rudy says that her friends have seen movies like Porky's, Porky's II, and Porky's Revenge and they tell her they're hilarious. What parents in their right minds would let 9 year old children watch R-rated movies like the Porky's series?

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Clair: Rudy, why don't you go upstairs and do your homework, honey. I'll check in on you at 9:30. Be ready for bed.
      Rudy: (grumbling) 9:30! Why can't I stay up past 9:30! And they say it's a free world, HA! That's what they think. It's a free nothing!
      Cliff: It's free because we pay for it!

    • Vanessa: When I was your age, I always wanted to stay up past my bedtime, but I could never figure out how to do it. You went to Mom and Dad with your list, and they changed it. Way to go!
      Rudy: Come on! What are you really doing? You're making fun of me, aren't you?
      Vanessa: No, I mean it. I'm really proud of you.
      Rudy: I don't believe it! You came here to laugh at me because I'm tired. Well it won't work!
      Vanessa: What's the matter with you?
      Rudy: Don't play dumb with me. I know what you're really doing here! The whole family's setting me up to fail. Kenny told me. He said you're going to try to teach me a lesson. You don't think I can stay up. Well I'm on to you sista! You're the ones that are going to look like fools, see! Yeah, when I pull this off!
      Vanessa: You know what your problem is? You've been staying up too late watching too many of those old gangster movies.
      Rudy: I'll watch what I want, when I want! And you palookas can't stop me! I've been in tougher fixes than this! And you can just take your phony smile and hit the bricks!
      Vanessa: (gasps in astonishment) Hit the bricks?!?
      Rudy: Yeah, scram, baby! (Vanessa leaves the room as Rudy goes back to her desk) They're not going to take me alive, yeah!

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