The Cosby Show

Season 2 Episode 20

Close to Home

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 1986 on NBC

Episode Recap

Cliff's friend Dr. Morgan comes to the house to discuss the annual charity benefit. Cliff tries to convince Dr. Morgan not to hold a carnival, as he doesn't want to be stuck in the dunk tank again. Denise and Clair come home from their pottery class, where Clair's efforts proved disastrous. As Cliff and Denise tease Clair, Dr. Morgan becomes choked up. He tells Cliff to appreciate his family. They go down to the office to talk, and Dr. Morgan explains that his teenage daughter is a cocaine addict. They have just put her into rehab for the third time. Cliff assures his friend that his parenting is not to blame, and suggests that things might turn out well this time. Theo and Cockroach work on a rap for their speech class. Cliff forces them to re-do the assignment and make some meaningful social statement. Cliff helps a frantic Vanessa find a missing history paper.