The Cosby Show

Season 2 Episode 11

Denise's Friend

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 1985 on NBC
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Denise’s friend consults Cliff about a medical problem that she has kept from her parents, which urges Cliff and Clair to talk to the kids to assure them that they can come to them with any problem.

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Cliff: Let's say one of you is pregnant.
        Theo: (laughing) Well, I know it's not me.
        Cliff: Okay, let's say you are pregnant. (Theo stops laughing)

      • Cliff: First off, let's get something straight. Dogs get "mad." People get "angry."

      • Denise: Remember when I spent the night at Janet's house a few weeks ago? Well I didn't spend the night at Janet's. I spent the night at Tommy Watkins'.
        Cliff: How come Mr. and Mrs. Watkins didn't call us?
        Denise: Because they were on vacation. Are you angry?
        Cliff: Ask your mother.
        Denise (turning to Clair): Are you angry?
        Clair: No. I'm mad.

      • (An example, using Vanessa.)
        Denise: Let's say Vanessa has been seeing a seventeen-year old boy.
        Vanessa (mouthing): Seventeen?
        Denise: What would you do?
        Clair: We would take Miss Vanessa and have a long, serious talk. (Stares at Vanessa meaningfully and seriously.)
        Vanessa: But I'm not seeing anyone. Well, there's Robert, but he's only twelve. Can we use examples that don't have me in it please?

      • Theo: If I were pregnant, I would go to my friends.
        Cliff: If you were pregnant, you would go to Cockroach?!

    • NOTES (6)

      • Look closely when Clair gets up after saying to the kids I'm glad we had this chat, you can see a tip of a camera on the right

      • At the 1986 Young Artist Awards, Lisa Bonet received a nomination for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series.

      • For his work in this episode, Jay Sandrich won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy. John Markus also received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy.

      • During the end credits, there is a scene with Cliff talking to a group of young girls at the community center. This scene was cut for syndication. Also cut from the community-center scenes was a line in the original broadcast in which Cliff says to Denise's friend, "So you don't want your parents to know you are sexually active"; the girl's reply, however ("Believe me, they would not understand"), was left in the syndicated version.

      • At the 1986 Golden Globes, Bill Cosby won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. The series was also nominated for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

      • Lisa Bonet said that this episode is one of her favorites.

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