The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 13

Cliff Babysits

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 1989 on NBC

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  • But We'd Rather Be At the Concert Instead

    Russell is the coolest grandpa in the world! He secured tickets for the family to the sold out Michael Jackson concert (Michael was on the second leg of the Bad Tour when this episode aired) however there's not enough tickets for everyone. Cliff and Clair offer to stay home and watch the babies (now 3 months old) and give Sondra and Elvin a night off. Elvin is paranoid he'll miss a major baby development unless he has a video camera glued to his hand. The grandparents rightfully tell him to shut up and "Beat It" to the concert. Then Clair gets called away to the office and Cliff is left alone to ad-lib with the babies. This is cute and very sweet at first, Cliff reveals he had a little brother who died when he was 8, which is fascinating, but his other stand-up bits get boring fast. Wonder how the rest of the family are enjoying themselves at the biggest concert of the century? Plenty of references but no cameo by the greatest entertainer on the planet, not even a stock footage scene. Darn copyrights!

    Poignant to watch now in these post-Michael years, especially when Elvin unpacks all the Michael Jackson memorabilia he bought for the babies at the concert: T-shirts, posters, photo, which, at today's eBay prices, might help pay for the twins' college. OK, maybe one of the twins. For the first six months.

    RIP Michael. We love you!
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