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The Cosby Show

Season 1 Episode 19

Clair's Case

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 1985 on NBC
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Sondra sues an auto mechanic after he charges her for services that he did not perform. Clair becomes angry when her colleague tries to settle the case, and insists on taking over. Cliff asks the children to take over the household chores as Clair spends all of her time preparing for the trial. The family must also endure Cliff's cooking, which seems delicious until he reveals the ingredients. Clair grills the mechanic on the stand and proves that he billed Sondra for a new engine when he had actually repaired the original engine. Cliff leaves a courtroom spectator bewildered by pretending that he and Clair are strangers and approaching her for a date during the recess.moreless

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  • A Cute Episode

    7.0
    Everything about this episode is what makes the Cosby Show such a squeaky clean series. Take the very first opening shot of an exhausted Rudy passed out on her father's chest and Cliff equally zonked out. Clair takes a picture. She couldn't resist.

    Clair has been very busy on a case. Sondra's home from college for a quick visit; apparently she took her car to a mechnic for a repair, he ripped her off, so, what with Clair being a lawyer and all, they're taking him to court.

    This leaves Cliff in charge of cooking and housekeeping. He grosses the family out with his "exotic" mystery meat dishes and gives the kids lessons in bedmaking and mopping "navy style" which involves sliding Rudy across the floor as they "shovel-turn-slap" their way to happiness. Try watching that scene without smiling, I dare you!

    Cliff's in the courtroom watching the trial and is joined by a stranger who is a fan of Clair. They do a play-by-play running commentary during the trial and Cliff stays mum about being related to the lovely attorney. During recess, Cliff can't resist asking Claire out like they were strangers meeting for the first time, "And after that I was thinking maybe we could get married?" the other man can only gawk because his name isn't Bill Cosby.

    Oh, and Clair pretty much wins the case for her daughter.moreless
Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

Mr. Wilson

Guest Star

Alan North

Alan North

Judge

Guest Star

Lloyd Battista

Lloyd Battista

Mechanic

Guest Star

Sabrina Le Beauf

Sabrina Le Beauf

Sondra Huxtable

Recurring Role

David Langston Smyrl

David Langston Smyrl

Man in Court

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • David Langston Smyrl later appears as Chester in "Mr. Quiet" and as Sam Lucas in recurring episodes of seasons two and three. Here, he portrays a noisy courtroom observer.

    • Once Clair finds out what the meal Cliff prepared was, she says she's going upstairs to get some of Theo's sandwich. Theo's sandwich has anchovies in it, and we later find out that Clair really hates anchovies.

    • In the court scene, Clair asks the mechanic about the engine's serial numbers and it is proved that had lied, Sondra asks, "What does all this mean?" How could Sondra not know what her mother's game plan was? Wouldn't she have told her as soon as she found out the serial number was fake? Maybe she wanted to keep Sondra in suspense.

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