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Episode Guide

    • Theo's Holiday
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      4/3/86
      9.4
      Cliff and Clair decide to teach Theo a financial life lesson by turning the house into the "real world".
    • 11/30/89
      9.3
      Chocoholics Cliff and Olivia do a hatchet job on the cake that Clair's baked for Denise's in-laws.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/20/84
      9.3
      Clair is furious when Theo brings home a report card with 4 D's. He tells Cliff that he has no intention of going to college, as he feels that he is destined to be a "regular person." Cliff uses Monopoly money to teach him about the economic realities that many blue-collar workers must face. He assures Theo that he only wants him to try his best. Cliff is alarmed to meet Denise's latest beau, a former merchant marine who once spent time in a Turkish prison.moreless
    • Happy Anniversary
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/10/85
      9.3
      Russell and Anna celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary and are entertained by Cliff, Clair and the kids with a special song and dance routine.
    • Cliff La Dolce
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      12/7/89
      9.3
      Clair's in Washington on a case and Cliff's in charge - but just barely.
    • I'm 'In' With the 'In' Crowd
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      10/5/89
      9.2
      Everybody loses when Vanessa and friends play drinking games at an unsupervised get-together.
    • Isn't It Romantic?
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      2/22/90
      9.1
      Theo brags to his dad and brothers-in-law about his romantic evening with Justine. He insists that marriage immediately sucks the romance out of any relationship. Cliff, Elvin and Martin take offense to this, and tell each other stories demonstrating how romantic they can be. Elvin and Martin are not impressed with Cliff's story about whisking Clair away to a hotel, because they feel it is more impressive to show affection without spending a lot of money. The three men make a bet on who can buy the most romantic gift for his wife without exceeding a 25-dollar-limit. They plan to present the gifts after a nice dinner at the Huxtable house. Olivia spills the beans about the bet to the women. They are furious, and vow to react negatively to whatever they receive. Sondra breaks her part of the deal after opening Elvin's gift. He gives her a single pearl, and vows to keep buying her one every year until she can have the necklace she has always wanted. Denise melts after Martin makes a time capsule with a handkerchief that includes lipstick from their first kiss, and a flower from their wedding. Cliff launches into a story about a barrette that Clair wanted when they were first dating as young teens, and claims that he tracked it down for her. Clair angrily responds that another girl liked the barrette; she actually wanted a green bracelet. She opens the box and is delighted to find the bracelet.moreless
    • And So We Commence (2)
      Season 8 - Episode 25
      4/30/92
      9.0
      Denise calls and announces that she is pregnant. Kenny manages to get a hold of the last three tickets the Huxtables need to get all their guests to the graduation. Vanessa confuses everyone by calling Dabnis "honey." As the ceremony begins, Cliff thinks back to a time when he feared that Theo would never live up to his potential. Cliff becomes upset to learn that the students graduate by section, rather than being called to the stage by name. With everyone out of the house that night, Cliff and Clair share a dance.moreless
    • Slumber Party
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      3/28/85
      9.0
      Rudy feels left out when her siblings refuse to include her in their activities, so Cliff agrees to let her have a slumber party. Peter, a neighbor boy who never seems to say a word, ends up joining the party when he follows Cliff and the girls into the house. Cliff tries to keep the children entertained by playing a game called "bucking horse," where the kids ride on his leg as if it were a bronco. Russell comes over and bets Cliff that he can quiet the rambunctious kids within sixty seconds. He succeeds by telling the children that Cliff will give them money if they calm down.moreless
    • If the Dress Fits, Wear It
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      12/8/88
      9.0
      Clair discovers that the dress that she wants to wear to an upcoming benefit no longer fits. Her designer friend estimates that she would have to lose five pounds in the next six days to fit comfortably into the dress. She wants to keep her quest to lose weight a secret from Cliff, but he overhears her discussing it with her friend. Clair signs up for an exercise class, where the demanding instructor belittles the students--especially Clair. She realizes that Emma's criticism is exactly what she needs, and decides to hire her as her personal trainer for the week. Clair suffers severe leg cramps in the middle of the night. Cliff cooks a fabulous Mexican meal for the sole purpose of tempting Clair and getting on her nerves. She resists the urge to break her diet. However, she nearly lets her hunger get the better of her a few days later. She stops herself from eating the leftovers when Cliff comes home early from the hospital. On the night of the benefit, Clair tricks Cliff into believing that she failed to lose the weight. She then stuns him by emerging from their room in the dress.moreless
    • Denise Kendall: Singles Counselor
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      1/18/90
      9.0
      When Denise's snappy repartee gives Vanessa the courage to approach handsome Elliott in a café.
    • I Know That You Know
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      3/19/87
      9.0
      Theo plays pranks on the family after he receives a joke kit he sent away for but he can't seem to fool Cliff. Sondra and Elvin make a surprise visit.
    • Move It (a.k.a. The Baby Game)
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      10/27/88
      9.0
      Cliff and Clair go to Sondra and Elvin's apartment for dinner. They are disgusted by the brown water, jammed windows, and major plumbing and electrical problems. Sondra and Elvin, however, cheerfully announce their plans to make a "room" for the baby by putting up a screen in the corner. Cliff and Clair order them to call the landlord, who shows up quickly after Clair has Elvin tell him that she is an attorney. He quickly has someone page him so that he can leave without having to do any repairs or answer any questions. Cliff and Clair insist that a child should not be raised in such conditions. They offer the Tibideauxs some money to help find a better place, but they angrily refuse. Anna reminds Cliff that he was just as stubborn as Sondra when he was her age. Denise visits Sondra and Elvin and convinces them that a move would be in the baby's best interests. They agree to borrow some money from Cliff and Clair, and Theo finds a listing for an affordable apartment that isn't a dump. A newlywed couple takes the old apartment and inquires about the furniture. Cliff offers it to them for ten dollars.moreless
    • The Birth (2)
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      11/10/88
      9.0
      Cliff and Clair await the birth with Anna and Russell and Elvin's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Tibideaux lament the fact that Elvin cannot afford everything he needs for the baby because of his decision to not attend medical school. Everyone is shocked to learn that Sondra has given birth to twins--a boy and a girl. She and Elvin wanted it to be a surprise. They name the kids Nelson and Winnie. Elvin announces that he was so amazed by the births that he has decided to go to medical school. Sondra thanks Cliff for being such a good father to her, and hopes to follow his example by raising her kids well. Clair has a hard time adjusting to the fact that she is a grandmother. She and Mrs. Tibideaux suggest that they should instead be called "mother: the sequel." Justine becomes annoyed when Theo tries to impress Julia by offering to cook dinner for his parents. As he and Howard prepare the meal, Howard gets Theo to admit his attraction to Julia. Howard doesn't seem upset, but Theo is concerned to learn that intelligence is the quality that Julia finds most attractive. Howard baffles Theo by revealing that Julia wants to commit to him, but he isn't ready.moreless
    • The Birth (1)
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      11/10/88
      8.9
      Sondra and Elvin come by the house for a visit. Elvin is certain that Sondra is about to go into labor, while she insists that he is overreacting. She tells Clair that Elvin has rushed her to the hospital three times, only to be told that it was a false alarm each time. However, she has another contraction in the kitchen, and Cliff declares that it is time for her to go to the hospital. Elvin begins to panic and initially drives off without her. Sondra and Elvin ask Cliff and Clair to stay home, but they begin to go crazy as they await news. They decide to go to the hospital, and Sondra and Elvin are grateful. Elvin begins to hyperventilate, while Cliff forgets that Sondra is not his patient and instinctively takes over. Clair asks the men to go into the waiting area. Cliff tries to calm Elvin until it is time for him to rejoin Sondra for the delivery. Meanwhile, Theo and Justine study at the house with Howard, a brilliant student from their philosophy class. Howard's girlfriend, Julia, joins the group. Justine notes that Theo seems attracted to her. Kenny hangs out with the foursome while waiting for Rudy. Julia and Justine decry the lack of women in the field of philosophy. They discuss society's attitudes toward women, and are disgusted to find that Kenny already has very sexist views.moreless
    • A Shirt Story
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/18/84
      8.9
      Cliff forces Theo to return an expensive designer shirt, so Theo agrees to let Denise try to make a copy of the pricey duds.
    • Full House
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      2/27/86
      8.9
      Cliff tries to get some much needed rest from being at the hospital each night for the past week, but he can’t find an empty room in the house.
    • Call of the Wild
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/24/87
      8.8
      Sondra and Elvin have a big announcement that doesn't sit well with Cliff and Clair. Theo wants to start his own business.
    • Day of the Locusts
      Season 5 - Episode 25
      5/4/89
      8.8
      Sondra comes down with strep throat. Clair is appalled to learn that Cliff simply told her to wear a mask around the twins. She fears that the babies will get sick, and calls on Elvin's mother to accompany her to the Tibideauxs' apartment and get the kids out of harm's way. They try to convince Sondra to rest, and she finally agrees that it is a good idea for them to take the babies. However, Elvin comes home and gets her worked up by suggesting that Clair and Francine were just looking for an excuse to spend more time with their grandkids. Sondra becomes hysterical and forces Elvin to drive her to her parents' house, where she accosts Cliff and Theo. She starts ranting and raving, before taking off again in search of the kids. Clair and Francine bring the babies to the house after taking them to the mall and the hair salon. Sondra returns and accosts them. She has Elvin collect the kids, and warns the grandmothers never to attempt such a stunt again. Cliff teases Clair about the incident.moreless
    • Independence Day
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      1/10/85
      8.8
      Theo reveals to Denise that he got his ear pierced, courtesy of a friend's younger sister. He claims that the earring is a symbol of independence, but he is actually trying to impress a girl. Denise notes that his ear is infected, and urges him to seek help from Cliff. He refuses, but Denise drops a hint to her parents so that Cliff will discover the truth. Cliff treats Theo's problem and decides to punish him by turning him over to his visiting grandfather, who is very conservative. However, Russell proves to be surprisingly understanding. He shares that a teenage Cliff once tried to impress Clair by straightening his hair, only to burn off all his hair. Cliff's mother chimes in with a story about Russell. He decided to have her name tattooed on his chest, but was suffering from a cold at the time. The artist misunderstood him and tattooed the name of Anna's chief rival, Adda. Anna forced Russell to have the tattoo removed, leaving him with a permanent scar. Russell, Cliff and Theo bond over their antics.moreless
    • Waterworks
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      2/11/88
      8.8
      Clair tries to remain calm when Cliff wants to repair the tile in the bathroom, but when the repairs begin to get out of hand, Clair and Theo panic and call a plumber.
    • The Iceman Bricketh
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      10/31/91
      8.7
      Russell learns of Vanessa's engagement through a friend who attends church with the Brickeys. The woman erroneously reports that Dabnis is 45 years old. Outraged, Russell and Clair's mother grill Dabnis when he and Vanessa come for a visit. He assures them that Russell's friend always gets him confused with his older brother. He informs the pair that he loves Vanessa and has a good job as head of maintenance. However, nothing he says seems to satisfy them. Vanessa constantly makes speeches about how happy she is, and vows to stand by Dabnis. The grandparents realize that Dabnis is a good man after watching him give Cliff some much-needed help with household repairs. After the whole family offers its blessing and inquires about the wedding date, Vanessa begins to panic.moreless
    • An Early Spring
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      3/20/86
      8.7
      Theo and Cockroach prepare for an important math test, which gets postponed when Mrs. Westlake goes into the hospital to have her baby. Rudy learns to ride a bike and Vanessa tries to hide a zit.
    • 9/27/84
      8.7
      Rudy becomes very sad after her pet goldfish, Lamont, dies. Cliff accuses the rest of the family of being insensitive to her plight, and forces everyone to get dressed up and attend a funeral for Lamont in the bathroom. The event ends abruptly after Rudy becomes bored and decides to leave to watch television.moreless
    • Together Again and Again
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      10/6/88
      8.7
      Theo prepares to move into the dorms as he begins his freshman year at NYU. He is puzzled by the fact that he never received his dorm assignment. Cliff discovers that Theo forgot to send in the application. They try desperately to find him a place in one of the dorms. Moments before she is scheduled to leave for Hillman, Denise announces that she has dropped out of school. She fears that Cliff will throw her out of the house, and he becomes angry that she would make such an assumption. Clair actually agrees that college probably isn't right for Denise. However, she is perturbed when Denise says that she didn't look for a job over the summer because it was her vacation. Sondra and Elvin are expecting a baby. They offer Denise a job at their store, but she turns them down because she only wants to work in the fashion or entertainment industries. She later gets a job as receptionist for a record label. Theo approaches his parents with a stupid idea about renting a condo near the university for over $400,000 per year. Cliff concludes that the children want to take over the house. He tells Clair that they should flee and never return.moreless
    • How Ugly Is He?
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      11/15/84
      8.7
      Vanessa tells Cliff that Denise has been purposely keeping her boyfriends away from him because she feels that he is rude to them. He is the only member of the family who has yet to meet her latest boyfriend David, an intelligent young man who writes poetry. Cliff promises to behave himself, and convinces Denise to invite David over for dinner. David initially impresses Cliff by bringing him a jazz record, but soon begins to get on his nerves. He infuriates Cliff with his comments about the medical profession. Although Clair claims that she enjoys the discussion, she changes her mind after David not only puts down lawyers, but opines that Clair should stay home with the kids. Denise whisks David away for his own protection. She seems poised to dump him after he makes additional sexist comments during their date.moreless
    • Home for the Weekend
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      3/17/88
      8.7
      Denise is home from Hillman for the weekend and spends most of her time with friends instead of the family.
    • Bring 'em Back Alive
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/25/86
      8.6
      The Huxtable family tries to capture a loose snake in the house, while Theo and Cockroach plan an all girl party.
    • The Drum Major
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      2/4/88
      8.6
      Vanessa tries out for drum major at school. Russell and Cliff pay a visit to one of Russell's friends, Slim Claxton who is in town playing at a club.
    • Cliff Gets Jilted
      Season 8 - Episode 18
      2/6/92
      8.6
      Sondra and Elvin prepare for their housewarming party. They experience problems with the furnace and decide to move the party to the Huxtable house, much to Cliff's chagrin. Russell tells Cliff and Clair that he heard a rumor that Vanessa and Dabnis have set a wedding date. Cliff is very excited, as he really likes Dabnis and wants to have him fix stuff all the time. However, they instead tell Cliff and Clair that they have broken up. The couple asks that they keep this a secret, leading to many uncomfortable moments during the party as everyone welcomes Dabnis to the family. Vanessa confesses to her parents that she simply isn't ready to get married. Dabnis doesn't want to speak ill of Vanessa, but Cliff finally gets him to admit that he is annoyed by her habit of talking in convoluted metaphors instead of simply stating what is on her mind. Cliff is saddened by his impending separation from Dabnis, but does get him to repair Sondra and Elvin's furnace so that their family will get out of his house.moreless
    • Cliff's Wet Adventure
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      11/16/89
      8.6
      The Huxtables host a large gathering for Thanksgiving dinner. Cliff must go to the market in the midst of a terrible storm to gather ingredients for the meal. Unfortunately, he keeps forgetting items on his list and getting sent back out into the rain. Martin's ex-wife, Paula, calls from the airport during a long layover. Denise invites her to join the family for Thanksgiving so that she can spend time with Olivia. Martin feels uncomfortable about the situation, but Denise assures him that everything will be fine. Paula and Denise have a talk while Martin helps Olivia prepare a gift for her mom. Paula explains why she ended her marriage. She had always made decisions based on what her parents wanted, and could no longer stand it. Although it was painful, she felt that she needed to live her own life.moreless
    • The Lost Weekend
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      2/2/89
      8.6
      Cliff and Clair plan to spend the weekend in the Poconos. Vanessa stays with Janet, while Rudy goes to her grandparents' house with Kenny. Howard and Denny learn that Theo will have the place to himself, and convince him to throw a party. The three guys and their dates are supposed to be the only guests, but several other friends manage to finagle invitations. Theo is left without a date to his own party when Justine comes down with the flu. More and more people show up, and the party quickly gets out of control. The guests eat all of the food and trash the house. Theo meets a girl and tries to find a place to talk, only to discover that partygoers have taken over his parents' bedroom. He becomes angry and kicks everyone out. Theo, Howard and Denny try to clean up the mess and repair the damaged items, but there are many things that can't be fixed. Theo immediately tells his parents the truth about the party. Cliff drags Theo out of the house and tries to force him to drop out of school and join the army. He eventually settles on making him work at a mission every morning.moreless
    • Say Hello to a Good Buy
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      1/22/87
      8.6
      Cliff and Theo make a deal for a new car. Vanessa tries to help Rudy with a school project, but her advice only brings trouble.
    • With This Ring?
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      9/19/91
      8.6
      Vanessa stuns her parents by suddenly announcing that she is engaged. She has been engaged for six months, and has known her fiancé for a year without mentioning him to her family. She reveals that he is a maintenance man at her school named Dabnis Brickey. Vanessa brings Dabnis inside to meet Cliff and Clair. They are surprised to discover that he is in his late twenties. They reluctantly invite him to the family dinner that night, and are put off when he mentions his past relationships with several women. The conversation grows so uncomfortable that most of the family is ordered out of the dining room. Clair confronts Vanessa and demands to know why she kept her relationship with Dabnis a secret for so long. She believes that her daughter is in over her head, but Vanessa insists that she is really in love. Cliff assures Dabnis that they are not snobs; they would dislike him regardless of his profession. Cliff seems to reconsider his attitude after Dabnis reveals that he owns his own home--meaning that he and Vanessa would never move into the Huxtable house.moreless
    • Cliff in Love
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/17/85
      8.6
      Sondra breaks up with her boyfriend Elvin and makes the family so miserable that they convince her to go out with someone new. Cliff falls head over heels for the pre-med student, but Sondra only has eyes for Elvin.
    • A Room With No View
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      4/13/89
      8.6
      Vanessa and Rudy are banished to the basement after too much fighting.
    • Denise's Friend
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      12/12/85
      8.6
      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.
    • The Cosby Show: A Look Back
      The Cosby Show: A Look Back
      Season 8 - Episode 26
      5/19/02
      8.6
      In this two-hour special, cast and crew members and frequent guest stars reminisce about their experiences on the show; and discuss its impact on the sitcom genre and the way it re-shaped society's perceptions of African Americans. Celebrity fans also share their feelings about the series.
    • How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      12/1/88
      8.6
      Vanessa, Janet and Kara record a music video of "The Loco-Motion" at a local store. They name themselves The Lipsticks and plan to re-record the video for entry in a contest at a television station. The winning group could receive a record contract. The girls realize that they dance well but are not great singers. They sign up for vocal lessons, but become bored when the teacher puts them through a series of exercises instead of letting them dive into the song. They decide that they can win on their dance moves and costuming and just have their voices fixed in the studio. They perform for Cliff and Clair, who are horrified when Vanessa comes downstairs in a neon sports bra and lycra shorts. Clair also dislikes Kara and Janet's outfits, and thinks their dance moves are too suggestive. She discovers that Vanessa stuffed her bra and goes on a very long rant. The girls later attend a performance by their teacher, Ms. Woods, and are very impressed. Cliff and Theo pick up Russell and Anna's mail while they are out of town. They learn that Russell won a sweepstakes, and Clair must take extreme measures to keep them from opening the envelope. Cliff has a major letdown when he finds that Russell has only won a toaster.moreless
    • Clair's Place
      Season 8 - Episode 12
      12/19/91
      8.6
      Cliff surprises Clair by finishing her room earlier than expected. Although it doesn't yet have furniture, Clair is thrilled to finally have some privacy. The kids grow depressed when Clair spends the whole day in the room. Pam, Rudy and Olivia initially claim that they need Clair's help to make Christmas cookies, but finally admit that they just have more fun baking with Clair. Cliff leaves Theo bewildered by trying to pass on the "tradition" of putting up the Christmas lights.moreless
    • The Physical
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      10/13/88
      8.5
      After a weekend eating binge, Cliff hopes to flush out his system before his upcoming physical. The doctor tells him that he is in pretty good shape, but has very high cholesterol. Cliff admits that he has a tendency to overindulge in high-fat foods. Clair promises to help him stick to a more reasonable diet to help him lower his cholesterol before his next blood test. Denise commits many mistakes on her new job, but complains that she doesn't receive any credit when she does something right. She goes to her boss and demands some respect, as well as a promotion. He fires her. While drowning her sorrows at a pizza parlor, she gets a job as a waitress. She is confident that this will somehow pave the way for her big break.moreless
    • Bon Jour Sondra
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      11/22/84
      8.5
      Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving and reveals plans to spend the summer with some friends in Paris. Clair feels that it is a wonderful idea, and gives Sondra some pointers on winning over Cliff. When Cliff hestitates to give his approval, Clair calls a family meeting. All of the children vote in Sondra's favor. Cliff takes her aside and explains that he is worried about Paris's reputation, as he fears she will party too much. He eventually agrees to let her go. Theo anxiously awaits the opportunity to carve the family's Thanksgiving turkey for the first time. Cliff has him practice on a chicken and a cabbage so that he can acquire the proper technique. He tries to blackmail Theo into siding with him against Sondra by threatening to revoke his carving privileges, but lets him do it anyway.moreless
    • Mrs. Westlake
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      1/2/86
      8.5
      Theo’s math teacher, the infamous Mrs. Westlake requests a meeting with Cliff and Theo fears that he has failed a test.
    • The Prom
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      3/24/88
      8.5
      Theo and his friends make big plans for Prom night. Vanessa and Rudy convince Cliff to hold a Prom at the house.
    • Knight to Night
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      12/6/84
      8.5
      When Cliff Huxtable realizes that Clair is overstressed at home and in the office, he treats her to a night in a deluxe, first-class, spare-no-expense room at the Biltmore Hotel. Back at home, Denise is left to watch over the younger kids.
    • Denise Kendall: Babysitter
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      10/26/89
      8.5
      Sondra and Elvin get a well-deserved night out when an overconfident Denise boasts that caring for two children should be as easy as looking after one.
    • Surf's Up
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      9/28/89
      8.5
      Cliff buys a refrigerator for Theo's apartment. He is upset to learn that Clair has already been to the apartment, while Theo has failed to invite Cliff because he is worried that he will bore his friends. Cliff angrily heads over to the apartment and demands to come in. He takes pity on Theo and cuts short one of his tales. However, Theo's roommates find Cliff to be very interesting and keep pleading with him for more stories. Theo is impressed, and later tells Cliff that this is the first time he has seen him as a friend. Theo and his roommates get evicted after re-creating one of Cliff's stories by dumping soap and water on the floor and sliding around with sponges tied to their rears. They end up damaging the landlord's ceiling. Theo must move back in with his parents. Clair pressures Cliff to resolve the situation. Cliff goes to see the landlord and offers to pay him more each month if he allows the guys to return.moreless
    • You Can Go Home Again
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      11/15/90
      8.5
      Denise and Martin become frustrated by their lack of privacy and decide to look for an apartment. This news thrills both Cliff; and Rudy, who believes that she will finally get her own room. Olivia, however, vows that she will never leave the Huxtable house. Denise and Martin are unable to find a halfway decent apartment that fits within their budget. Theo learns of an opening through a friend's psychic, and passes along the information to the couple. Martin is horrified to find a tiny room (patterned after a ship) with a shower in the living room and a refrigerator that folds out into a bed. Olivia would have to sleep in a drawer. Denise believes the place has potential for some reason, and pouts when Martin rejects it. She eventually realizes that he was right, and they make up. Cliff and Clair have a good laugh at their expense, and share stories of a houseboat where they once lived. Everyone becomes terrified of Rudy after she learns that she must continue sharing her room with Olivia.moreless
    • First Day of School
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/26/85
      8.5
      The Huxtable kids begin a new school year and each one has their own set of challenges to face. In the meantime Clair and Cliff celebrate the first day of school by reclaiming their freedom.
    • Food for Thought
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/2/86
      8.5
      Following Clair asks Cliff to cut back on fatty foods after a friend has a heart attack.
    • The Juicer
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/3/85
      8.4
      Rudy and Peter can’t resist trying Cliff’s new juicer, even though Cliff has forbidden them to go near it.
    • Play It Again, Vanessa
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/8/84
      8.4
      Discouraged by her lack of ability, Vanessa decides to give up the clarinet. She does not want to take part in an upcoming recital because she is afraid of embarrassing herself. Cliff refuses to let her quit yet, as she has made a commitment to the recital. He enlists the help of the music teacher, Mr. Hampton, to give her extra lessons. Vanessa and the other students improve enough that the audience can almost tell what song they are playing.moreless
    • The Last Barbecue
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      10/4/90
      8.4
      The Huxtables hold a barbecue as Denise and Martin's first anniversary approaches. After learning that Denise had a wedding shower but Martin never had a real bachelor party, Theo decides to rectify this problem. Denise is horrified by Theo's plans to hire a stripper for the event. Martin delivers a mixed message by smiling and laughing as he tells Theo not to do this. Denise believes that Martin should have rejected the suggestion outright. Denise and Sondra rant and rave over the sexism involved in having strippers at bachelor parties, and Sondra criticizes Elvin for agreeing to attend the party. An all-out battle of the sexes breaks out as the couples fight at the barbecue. Cliff and Clair stay out of the fray, although Clair repeatedly criticizes Theo for causing trouble. Cliff's parents arrive, and Anna seems not to mind as Russell recalls the fan dancer at his bachelor party. The Tibideauxs and Kendalls decide that their arguments are trivial, and make up. However, a furious Anna confesses to Russell that she hates his bachelor party story; she didn't want him to have a stripper either. Everyone eventually ends up hugging and kissing, and Cliff gives the credit to his special barbecue sauce.moreless
    • Total Control
      Season 7 - Episode 16
      1/31/91
      8.4
      A successful high school basketball coach and his wife prepare for the birth of their first child. They have prepared extensively, and insist that they are ready for every possible scenario. However, Ray panics when his wife goes into labor. He is also taken aback when she becomes irritable and snaps at him in the delivery room. He runs into the hallway and begins crying. Cliff is able to get him back into the delivery room by convincing him to treat the situation the same way he would handle adversity in a basketball game.moreless
    • Bookworm
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      1/7/88
      8.4
      Clair's book club invites men for the first time and when only the women show, Clair tries to discourage Cliff from attending. The kids spend the night with Sondra and Elvin.
    • A Touch of Wonder
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      2/20/86
      8.4
      After Denise and Theo car crashes into Stevie Wonder's limo, he invites the family to a recording session in order to make amends.
    • Rudy's Sick
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/13/84
      8.3
      Clair prepares for an interview with her firm's senior partner, which will determine whether she makes partner. She wants to bring in a babysitter to look after the ailing Rudy, but Cliff insists that he can handle things. Mr. Halifax, the man interviewing Clair, rambles on endlessly. The interview goes on for so long that Cliff has to move Rudy down to the living room so that she will be closer to his basement office as he goes into work. He tries to help a father-to-be who faints at the mere mention of his wife's labor. Clair finally walks out on the interview after Mr. Halifax falls asleep, but later learns that she has made partner.moreless
    • Off to See the Wretched
      Season 6 - Episode 23
      4/5/90
      8.3
      Vanessa and friends go to see their favorite group, the Wretched, and don't tell any of their parents that the concert is in Baltimore.
    • Same Time Next Year
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      9/20/90
      8.3
      Cliff is ecstatic as the first day of school arrives. Vanessa, who took summer school courses and graduated high school a year early, leaves for Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Denise begins her first semester at Medgar Evers, while Olivia enters preschool. Rudy becomes nervous about her first day of the sixth grade and refuses to leave her room. She confesses to Cliff that she is upset about the fact that she doesn't have breasts yet. He cheers her with a story about his youth and convinces her that her personality, intelligence and smile are what matters. She is prepared to go to school--until her friend Margie, who "developed" over the summer, appears at the door. Rudy's friend Amy brings over a cream that will supposedly enhance their bust within 48 hours. Clair tells Rudy that she shouldn't worry about the reactions of boys her age, as they laugh at everyone whether they have breasts or not. ("They're dumb," she explains succinctly.) She convinces Rudy to toss the cream and go to school. Cliff and Clair have a few moments of peace and quiet, until Theo returns from his trip to Europe. Rudy comes home in a much better mood, as most of the girls in her class have yet to develop.moreless
    • Bald and Beautiful
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      4/9/87
      8.3
      Cliff is visited by an old Navy friend. Theo and Cockroach are offered a chance to appear in a music video.
    • Clair's Case
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      2/21/85
      8.3
      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
    • Golden Anniversary
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/9/86
      8.3
      Denise and Sondra come home from college for the weekend to celebrate Russell and Anna’s 50th wedding anniversary.
    • Where's Rudy?
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      11/19/87
      8.3
      Theo and Vanessa are charged with watching Rudy, while Clair enters her squash in a contest at the mall.
    • Vanessa's New Class
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      2/14/85
      8.3
      Vanessa prepares for the science fair. She believes that her project is very good, but Denise warns that she may need to work harder to keep up with the kids in her new advanced class. Vanessa is shocked by the quality of the other kids' projects, and begins to feel embarrassed. She finishes 14th in the competition, and alienates best friend Janet by accusing her of getting help from her parents. Vanessa assures Cliff that she is capable of succeeding in the class, but needs to put in more of an effort. Clair tries to keep the status of the broken dishwasher a secret from Cliff. As usual, he insists on trying to repair the appliance himself. His efforts prove so disastrous that he has to replace the machine altogether. He unsuccessfully tries to hide the truth from Clair.moreless
    • Father's Day
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      12/20/84
      8.2
      Clair notices that Cliff is still wearing his worn-out old pajamas and wonders why he doesn't wear the ones she gave him for Father's Day. This sets Cliff off on a speech about how no one gives fathers what they really want or need for Father's Day. He digs out a box of gifts the children have given him over the years, and shows off an array of ties, belts and hats that light up. He walks around the house in the tacky clothing and asks the children to put some thought into their gifts the next time Father's Day comes around. The kids agree that they haven't been thoughtful, and set out with Clair to buy him some better Father's Day presents--even though it is two weeks until Christmas. Meanwhile, Cliff encounters a macho father-to-be who insists that he is the boss of the household and must always get his way. Cliff sets him straight, explaining that he and his wife must band together to keep the children from taking over.moreless
    • The Birthday Party
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      1/25/90
      8.2
      Denise and Martin host Olivia's fourth birthday party. Cliff is unsure of how the children will react to Denise's menu, which includes healthy food such as all-natural (sugarless) cake. The kids arrive and begin running wild. Denise and Martin discover that they have forgotten to rent the video for the party. Denise is busy with the food, so Cliff watches the kids while Martin goes to the video store. The kids find the video boring, so Olivia leads them through the house in search of her present, a tricycle. They raid the basement fridge and help themselves to a chocolate cake. However, they still enjoy Denise's food, and take a nap after wearing themselves out. Martin and Denise give Vanessa and Rudy's old tricycle to Olivia. She is a little disappointed that they didn't buy her a new one, but likes the gift after Denise explains that it is a way of accepting her into the family.moreless
    • One More Time
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      11/1/84
      8.2
      After babysitting for a friend, Clair becomes obsessed with the idea of having another child. The kids are terrified at the implications this would have on them, and Cliff isn't too thrilled either. Clair's mother visits and suggests that she simply wait a few years for grandchildren. Theo beats Cliff at basketball for the first time. This prompts Cliff to warn Clair that they are too old to keep up with another child. He wants them to be able to spend time together and travel after their retirement. Clair tells him that she had already come to her senses.moreless
    • Cliff in Charge
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      12/18/86
      8.2
      Clair heads to Hillman to help organize a ceremony honoring Hillman's president. Cliff creatively manages work and taking care of the kids while Clair is away.
    • Theo's Women
      Season 5 - Episode 21
      3/16/89
      8.2
      Justine's friend Delores asks her to fill in for her at work. Justine is reluctant to break her date with Theo, but he assures her that it is okay. After Justine leaves, Theo helps a girl named Jade with a temperamental vending machine. She is a theater major, and is upset because her scene partner failed to show up to run lines. Theo agrees to help her out, but she complains about his lack of acting ability. She encourages him to show his emotions, and he ends up kissing her. Justine and Delores walk in to see them making out on a couch in the dorm lounge. Justine is devastated, and is especially upset that Theo would make a fool of her by betraying her in public. She storms off in tears and refuses to take Theo's calls. Vanessa catches Jeremy with his arm around another girl and declares that their relationship is through. She is upset when Theo (because of his own situation) seems to sympathize with Jeremy. Theo seeks advice from Cliff, who tries to teach him the proper way to beg. Theo publicly pleads with Justine for forgivness, but she doesn't want to hear him out. To make matters worse for him, Jade says that she was only acting when she kissed him--and doesn't remember his name.moreless
    • There's No Place Like This Home
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      9/26/91
      8.2
      Cliff surprises Clair by showing her plans for an addition to the house, a soundproof room where she could be free from the children and their demands. Cliff and Clair co-sign a loan for Sondra and Elvin to help them secure financing on their new house. Elvin suffers a panic attack after the papers are signed as he thinks about just how much money he will have to spend each month. Cliff tries to calm him by reminding him that he and Sondra are both successful professionals. Sondra and Elvin complete the final paperwork and move out of their apartment. Unfortunately, the couple selling the house suddenly files for divorce, complicating the sale and leaving the Tibideauxs homeless. They plead with Cliff and Clair to let them stay in the Kendalls' bedroom while Denise and Martin are in Japan. They lay it on thick, talking at length about the sleazy motel where they will otherwise stay and having the twins trudge sadly across the living room. Cliff and Clair let them stay, but abandon the idea of Clair's room because they feel they can never escape the children. They later decide to build an addition for the kitchen.moreless
    • Truth or Consequences
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      1/5/89
      8.2
      Vanessa shows up late for dinner several days in a row, and gives an excuse about working with a school committee. She claims that she needs to go over to Kara's house to help her study; but confesses to Theo that she has a date with her boyfriend, Jeremy. Vanessa asks Rudy to cover for her if she misses curfew. However, Clair sees through Rudy's lie and gets her to come clean. Vanessa becomes uncomfortable as she and Jeremy kiss in his car and asks to go home. However, Jeremy pressures her into staying by questioning her commitment to the relationship. Cliff and Clair wait up for Vanessa, and ground her for a month. Much to her horror, Cliff insists on calling Jeremy over to the house for a talk. Vanessa irritates her parents by repeatedly yelling down to Jeremy from her room. Clair explains her point of view to Jeremy, who apologizes for his behavior. Cliff then takes him into the kitchen to make sure that nothing happened with Vanessa. Jeremy assures him that they only kissed. Cliff gets Jeremy to realize that he would not defy his own parents, and thus was wrong to expect Vanessa to disobey the Huxtables.moreless
    • Rudy's Retreat
      Season 8 - Episode 21
      2/27/92
      8.2
      Cliff and Clair realize that the baby of the family has morphed into a hormonal teenager. Elvin and Sondra fret over who would take in their children, if he and Sondra were to die suddenly.
    • It's All in the Game
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      10/18/90
      8.2
      Cliff and Clair return from a relaxing weekend in Vermont to find total chaos in the house. Theo repeatedly asks to "borrow" household items for his apartment. Rudy successfully begs for permission to sign up for ice skating lessons, at a cost of $200. Olivia breaks the washing machine by trying to wash some of her crayons. Vanessa comes home from the library and tries to hide the fact that she broke a headlight by crashing the station wagon into a parked car. Cliff and Clair begin to rant about the various calamities associated with parenthood, and compile a list of the most common lies told by children. Theo, Denise, Vanessa and Rudy fight back by naming off a series of embarrassing things that Cliff has done to them. They complain about the heavily embellished stories that Cliff constantly tells about his childhood.moreless
    • Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      2/8/90
      8.2
      Danielle comes to the house and shows off her new shirt. Rudy and Kim decide that they must buy identical shirts while they are still available, but Rudy doesn't have enough money. She searches her room, but comes up $2.30 short. Kenny offers to give her the money in exchange for the autographed Magic Johnson poster that Cliff had given her. He doesn't have any money at the moment, but says that his brother owes him money and will be getting his paycheck that night. Rudy decides to ask Clair for an advance in her allowance in the meantime. Unfortunately, Vanessa first approaches Clair and tries to demand a raise in her allowance (which she feels her parents "owe" her). Clair becomes angry and says that she's not giving out any more money, so Rudy keeps quiet. She swipes some of the money that Clair had left out for the dry cleaners. Clair drives herself crazy tearing apart the house while looking for the missing cash. Kenny tells Rudy that his brother couldn't come up with the money, so she turns to Theo for help. Cliff makes the connection and realizes that Rudy took the money. He advises her to come clean with Clair. Clair is relieved that she isn't losing her mind and misplacing things. She scolds the guilt-ridden Rudy for taking the money, but goes easy on her because she seems to have learned her lesson. Cliff realizes that Kenny lied about getting money from his brother so that he could stake a claim on Rudy's poster. Cliff accompanies Kenny to his house to get it back.moreless
    • Jitterbug Break
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      1/31/85
      8.2
      Cliff and Clair make plans to go dancing with some friends. Clair admits that Cliff's dancing embarrasses her. Denise tries to convince her parents to let her sleep on the street in the hopes of getting tickets to a concert. Cliff refuses to consider this. Denise's friends come over and admit that their parents also turned them down. However, an acquaintance has agreed to stand in line and buy tickets for everyone. The teens decide to hang out at the Huxtable house instead. They move the furniture so that everyone can dance in the living room. Theo shows off his breakdancing skills. When Cliff and Clair's friends arrive, the adults take to the floor and compare moves with the kids.moreless
    • Bad Dreams
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/4/84
      8.2
      Vanessa goes behind her parents back and sees a scary movie, but comes to regret it.
    • Vanessa's Rich
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/13/86
      8.2
      Vanessa has problems at school after she tells some friends that her family bought a painting for $11,000. Clair tries to control Cliff’s spending at the appliance store.
    • Theo's Flight
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      11/6/86
      8.1
      Theo and Cockroach want to take flying lessons after a member of the Tuskegee Airmen makes a speech at their school. Rudy brings home her new boyfriend "Bud" aka Kenny.
    • Denise Gets a D
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/20/86
      8.1
      Denise and Sondra come home for a weekend visit and keep Clair company as she recovers from a back injury. Rudy is unhappy about her role in the dance recital.
    • Physician of the Year
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/17/85
      8.1
      Cliff prepares to receive the Physician of the Year award. The entire family gets dressed up, and Cliff teaches Theo how to shave for the occasion. Just as the Huxtables are about to leave, Cliff receives a phone call from a woman who has gone into labor. As she is a first-time mother, he decides to go to the hospital to reassure her, rather than sending a substitute. The woman turns out to be much closer to delivery than Cliff had anticipated, and he must miss the ceremony. He has Theo read his speech and accept the award on his behalf.moreless
    • You're Not a Mother Night
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/6/84
      8.1
      Clair becomes fed up with the pressures of her job and the constant demands of the children. Cliff decrees that evening to be "You're Not a Mother Night." He takes her out to dinner and rents a room at the Biltmore for the night, leaving Denise to look after the other kids. Theo handles a call from a patient very well and gives her the number of another doctor. As a joke, the kids call up their parents' hotel room and warn them not to have another baby.moreless
    • Petanque
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      2/25/88
      8.1
      Cliff and Clair invite the Harmon's over for dinner which gives Cliff a reason to resume his rivalry with Dr. Harmon in the game of Petanque. Theo is interested in the Harmon's daughter Lindy.
    • What's It All About?
      Season 6 - Episode 22
      3/22/90
      8.1
      Clair must work grueling hours as she takes on the most difficult case of her career. She gets very little sleep for several days. She is unable to relax when she returns home from court because the children repeatedly demand her attention. Clair becomes extremely irritable. She tells Cliff that she has "nothing left to give." Cliff tries to help by getting a surgeon friend to allow her the use of his desolate cabin for the weekend. She is thrilled for the chance to be alone and rest, but ends up freezing when the pipes and a window break. She wants to come home, but no trains are available until the next day. Clair convinces the manager of the lodge to drive her to the nearest bus station. Cliff offers to do his best to help her continue her vacation at home, but Clair elects to help Rudy with her history paper instead of resting.moreless
    • Cliff's Mistake
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/15/87
      8.1
      Cliff's neighbor Jeffrey gets angry when Cliff can't find the drill that he borrowed. The Huxtable kids prepare for Halloween by building a haunted house in the basement.
    • The Getaway
      Season 8 - Episode 17
      2/6/92
      8.1
      Almost everyone is thrilled as the Tibideauxs prepare to finally move into their own house in New Jersey. However, Cliff refuses to get too excited until the move has actually happened. Elvin and a reluctant Sondra ask Cliff to watch the twins while they unload everything at the new house. The kids refuse to let Cliff take a nap. He finally plays hide-and-seek with them, and accidentally breaks the grandfather clock. The movers see what has happened, and save him by shipping the clock to a repair shop. Elvin returns for Nelson and Winnie. He tries to convince Cliff to sell him his station wagon, as he and Sondra will now need a second car.moreless
    • And So We Commence (1)
      Season 8 - Episode 24
      4/30/92
      8.1
      Cliff drives Theo crazy by inviting everyone he knows to Theo's graduation. Olivia gets ready to leave for Singapore.
    • Cliff's 50th Birthday
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      3/12/87
      8.1
      The Huxtable family throws a lunch and dinner party for Cliff's 50th birthday.
    • Can I Say Something, Please?
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      2/9/89
      8.1
      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
    • Is There a Hamster in the House?
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      12/15/88
      8.1
      Caroline convinces Cliff to let Rudy watch her hamster, Darren, for the night while she is at her grandmother's house. Vanessa becomes upset and assumes that Cliff will eventually let Rudy get her own hamster. The kids believe that Cliff dislikes animals, but he claims that he fears that the kids will not be able to take care of pets properly. With some prompting from Theo, he reveals that he once sat on his pet bird Charlie. He survived, but never trusted Cliff again. Rudy is concerned when Darren becomes ill. Cliff thinks that Darren is okay, but later begins to worry. They take the hamster to the clinic and pay for X-rays, but it dies during the exam. Cliff buys a new hamster for Caroline and tries to pass it off as Darren. Caroline isn't fooled, but takes the news in stride. She says that the same thing happens every time someone else looks after her hamster. Russell tries to ease Cliff's guilt about his bird by telling him that his mother also had an accident with Charlie. She inadvertently put him in the washing machine, and he crashed into the walls after she revived him with brandy.moreless
    • Theo's Dirty Laundry
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      3/15/90
      8.1
      Cliff finds women's underwear in Theo's laundry. Clair does some sleuthing and soon discovers that Theo has moved in with Justine. Theo explains that Justine lost her roommate, and that he moved in so that she wouldn't lose the place. The rent is cheaper, so he has been putting the extra money from his parents into a bank account. Clair is furious that Theo has lied to them. She and Cliff declare that he is not allowed to live with his girlfriend because it will interfere with his education. Theo disagrees, and feels that the arrangement has been good for the couple. He says that they will find a way to make it on their own if their parents won't support them. Justine tells her parents the truth, and warns Theo that her father is angry with him. They try to come up with a plan to stay together, reasoning that they can get jobs and tranfer to a cheaper school upstate. They soon conclude that they are moving too fast, and decide to abide by their parents' wishes. When Theo returns home, Clair refuses to accept his apology and throws him out. She plans to take him back if he grovels, but worries when he doesn't return for several hours. They soon learn that Theo is staying with Justine's parents. They are not upset because her father wants to keep an eye on Theo. Inspired by a conversation with Paula, Denise announces plans to become a teacher and help children with learning disabilities. She tries to convince her parents that she is serious, and promises to move out soon. Clair dissuades her, noting that she will need help with Olivia if she wishes to go back to college. Cliff thinks that Clair is crazy to pass up the opportunity to get one of their kids out of the house.moreless
    • Cliff's Birthday
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      5/9/85
      8.0
      Clair plans the perfect birthday surprise for Cliff, but she will need the kids to help keep their snooping Father from finding out.
    • The Day the Spores Landed
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      11/9/89
      8.0
      Cliff dreams that the eruption of a volcano in Peru has sent spores into the drinking water and caused men to become pregnant. Cliff, Elvin, Martin and Theo are all pregnant. Theo deals with stares and unkind comments because he is an "unwed father." The pregnant men all become very emotional, while the women act insensitive toward them most of the time. The guys all go into labor at the same time, and suffer excruciating pain. Martin gives birth to a toy sailboat, while Theo has a mini sports car. Cliff has twins: a gigantic hoagie and a bottle of orange soda. After "experiencing" pregnancy and childbirth, Cliff wakes up and tells Clair how much he appreciates her and how much he admires all women.moreless
    • Theo and Cockroach
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      1/30/86
      8.0
      Theo and Cockroach use “Cleland Notes” to prepare for a test. They pass the test, but Clair isn’t happy about the shortcut and decides to give her own test.
    • It's Apparent to Everyone
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      10/24/91
      8.0
      Sondra and Elvin get on Cliff and Clair's nerves by letting the twins constantly wreak havoc and generally monopolizing the house. Every time Cliff or Clair tries to object, Sondra and Elvin use the children to lay another guilt trip on them. Sondra is furious when Cliff builds a "fort" for the kids to keep them out of trouble while he cleans up their messes. Sondra and Elvin reveal that they will not be able to move into their house for sixty days. Cliff hopes that his parents will take in the foursome for a while, but Russell refuses to go for it.moreless
    • The Moves
      Season 6 - Episode 24
      4/19/90
      8.0
      Clair tries to prevent a community center from losing its playground. She meets with opposing counsel, her friend Bernadette, in the hopes of arranging a settlement. The Huxtables' neighbor Jeffrey, whose wife recently left him because of his lack of spontaneity, undergoes a series of lifestyle changes to prove that he is not boring. He begins wearing bright-colored clothing and a series of ridiculous hairpieces, and considers buying a sports car. When Clair brings Bernadette to the house, Jeffrey is instantly smitten with her. She has read many of his novels and seems interested in him, but Jeffrey calls the whole thing off. He concludes that she is attracted to his "flashy" new personality, and fears he would be living a lie. Cliff believes he has a fool-proof method to keep Olivia out of his hair when he repeatedly sends her after personal items. However, she consults Rudy about his behavior and comes up with a plan of her own.moreless
    • Mr. Sandman
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      2/15/90
      8.0
      Cliff and Clair receive a phone call from Rudy's teacher, Mrs. McGee. She reports that she has assigned Rudy and classmate George Thompson to put together a dance routine as part of a class presentation about the 1920s. However, Rudy has refused to cooperate. Rudy tells her parents that she feels self-conscious around George because he is a talented and experienced dancer. She fears that she will just make a fool of herself. Clair forces Rudy to attend dance classes, but assures her that she only wants her to make an effort. Cliff attends one of Rudy's classes. While she and George are away with the choreographer, he gets into a dance-off with the instructor, Mr. Sims. Mr. Sims quickly wears him out. Rudy continues to struggle, but Mr. Sims promises to keep working with her until she gets the hang of it. Rudy and George preview their routine for her family. Meanwhile, Olivia pretends that a bunch of clothespins are a family and plays with them.moreless
    • Elvin Pays for Dinner
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      1/4/90
      8.0
      Sondra and Elvin make plans to have dinner with his old friend from college and her sister. However, Sondra decides to stay home because she is preoccupied with her personal statement essay for law school applications. Elvin offers to cancel, but she encourages him to go out and have a good time. He promises to return by 9:30 to take babysitters Vanessa and Rudy back home. He calls from the restaurant to tell Sondra that he might be late, and she encourages him to stay out. When Elvin returns home, Sondra is furious that she had to interrupt work on her essay to drive her sisters home. She acts cordial toward Elvin's guests, but refuses to speak to Elvin after they leave. She is especially upset that he paid for dinner. They have dinner with Cliff and Clair the next day. Cliff gives Elvin advice on being psychic so that he will know how to keep from upsetting his wife. Clair sympathizes with Sondra, but points out that she could have avoided the whole fiasco by being honest with Elvin. They eventually make up. Vanessa and Rudy get hooked on old movies. They become too caught up in the films and fear that Sondra is going to kill Elvin in a jealous rage.moreless
    • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      1/14/88
      8.0
      Rudy hides a note from her teacher summoning Cliff and Clair to school for a meeting. Theo develops a new study technique.
    • Breaking With Tradition
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      10/25/84
      8.0
      Denise ponders her college choices and the family tries to persuade her to go to Hillman.
    • Is That My Boy?
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/11/84
      8.0
      Theo makes Cliff proud when he joins the football team, until Cliff learns that Theo’s not exactly a natural.
    • The Visit
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      1/21/88
      8.0
      Theo learns a friend has cancer and struggles with going to the hospital to see him. Elvin spends time at the Huxtable house while Sondra is out of town.
    • Rudy Suits Up
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/7/85
      8.0
      Rudy decides to join the pee-wee football team against Clair’s better judgment and to everyone’s surprise earns the nickname "Sweet Feet".
    • Back to the Track, Jack
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      2/28/85
      8.0
      Cliff's college track coach recruits him to join the members of his old mile relay team for a grudge match against the Norton University team, who handed Cliff the only defeat of his career. Cliff made up a twenty-yard deficit on his anchor leg, but Norton's Tailwind Turner bumped him across the track and kept him from passing. Cliff struggles in his training and concludes that he cannot get in shape in time for the race. He changes his mind after Turner calls him up and taunts him. Cliff gets the baton with the lead, and gets revenge on Tailwind by bumping him to prevent him from passing. The race ends in a tie. An exhausted Cliff enjoys the praise of his family, but wonders if he'll ever be able to move again.moreless
    • Denise Drives
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/14/85
      8.0
      Denise gets her drivers license and is anxious to buy a car. The car she picks out is not exactly what Cliff and Clair had in mind.
    • Getting to Know You
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      12/14/89
      8.0
      Cliff and Martin meet at the cafe for coffee. Two women hit on them and are disappointed to learn that they are married. Cliff and Martin introduce them to Theo. The Huxtable women spend the day on a shopping excursion. They convince Elvin to dress up in an elf costume when he visits sick children at the hospital. He is initially put off by the costume, but eventually becomes very enthusiastic about lifting the kids' spirits. Cliff and Martin are left alone in the house. Cliff pushes him for details about his courtship with Denise. They later bond over their experiences in the Navy. Cliff says that he is glad that Denise married such a good man, but is disappointed that he didn't get to give her away. The family organizes an impromptu ceremony in the living room so that Cliff can officially give his daughter away. Olivia and Cliff discuss Santa Claus and his racial background.moreless
    • The Auction
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      1/9/86
      8.0
      The Huxtable family attends an auction to purchase a painting that was in Clair’s family years ago while Elvin tries to impress Clair with learning to cook.
    • Monster Man Huxtable
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/8/87
      8.0
      Sondra is home from Princeton with Elvin in tow demonstrating to the family that she and Elvin are getting along better than ever. Vanessa tries to teach Rudy the ABC's of writing a letter.
    • Clair's Sister
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/21/85
      8.0
      Clair’s sister Sarah announces her engagement and Clair offers advice on what it is really like to have a husband.
    • The Card Game
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      4/10/86
      8.0
      Cliff’s college English professor, Dr. Foster offers to fill in when Cliff’s pinochle partner becomes ill. Theo buys a ring for his girlfriend.
    • Theo and the Older Woman
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/24/85
      7.9
      The Huxtable family becomes part of Denise’s sociology project while Theo tries to round up a date.
    • Rudy Spends the Night
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      1/15/87
      7.9
      Cliff organizes the "Huxtable Men's Club" in an effort to cheer up Theo after a girl he likes doesn't call. Rudy spends the night with Russell and Anna.
    • Theogate
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      10/1/87
      7.9
      Theo tries to explain the reason he was late coming home, but doesn't convince Clair who is determined to get to the real reason Theo was late.
    • Theo and the Joint
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      2/7/85
      7.9
      Clair accidentally knocks one of Theo's books off the kitchen table and discovers a joint. Clair initially jumps to the conclusion that Theo is a drug addict and that all of his friends are dangerous criminals. Cliff tries to calm her down. They confront Theo, who adamantly declares that the joint is not his and that he has never done drugs. Cliff and Clair insist that they believe him, but Theo is furious that he was subjected to accusations because of someone else's actions. He discovers that the joint belongs to classmate Anthony Braxton, who shoved it into the book to hide it from a teacher. Theo is prepared to fight the much larger Braxton to convince him to come to the Huxtable house and confess. He tells Cliff the truth and agrees to consider counseling. Cliff assures Theo that he did not need to put himself in danger, as he did believe his denial. Braxton seems impressed by the level of trust between father and son, and joins the other neighborhood kids in their touch football game. Meanwhile, gossip Vanessa annoys Cliff and Theo with her constant pathetic attempts to pry information about Theo's situation.moreless
    • 10/17/91
      7.9
      Rudy and her friends are determined to get into a 16-and-over club to see a birthday performance by rapper JT Freeze. They also hope to win a drawing and get to dance with him. Rudy tries to con her parents into letting her go by claiming that they will be going to a cultural center. Cliff and Clair learn the truth about the club from Lance, Pam and Charmaine. They admit that it is common for junior high kids to frequent the establishment; and explain that the only real threat comes from "old heads"--men in their late teens or early twenties who hit on the younger girls because they can't get women their own age. Cliff and Clair agree to pay the teens to go to the Exchange in disguise and keep an eye on Rudy. Lance scares away one of the "old heads" who repeatedly approaches the bewildered Rudy, Susan and Danielle. Pam ends up winning the dance with JT. She introduces him to the girls, who make fools of themselves. Rudy and her friends are forced to work at a retirement home as punishment for their deception, while Pam, Charmaine and Lance party with JT at his hotel.moreless
    • Clair's Reunion
      Season 8 - Episode 20
      2/20/92
      7.9
      Clair and several college friends meet to plan a retirement dinner for their old philosophy professor, Professor Capel. The women first compare notes about their "ungrateful" children before reminiscing about their college days. They recall Professor Capel as a stimulating but extremely challenging woman who always had very high expectations for her students. The women remember the terrifying and exhilarating experience of taking part in a demonstration at a lunch counter that refused to serve blacks. Professor Capel took part in the demonstration and urged the women to hold their ground. She then instructed her substitute to fail the women for the day because they had skipped her class to go to the protest. Meanwhile, Olivia and Winnie have a sleepover. Olivia convinces a bewildered Cliff to get a "touch-up" at her make-believe beauty salon. Vanessa brings an exchange student from Senegal, who does not speak English, home for the weekend. Cliff dislikes the guy because he still misses Dabnis.moreless
    • Off to the Races
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      5/8/86
      7.9
      Cliff is challenged to a relay race against Tailwind Turner, his old school rival. Rudy tries to do enough chores to purchase a doll.
    • Man Talk
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/16/86
      7.9
      Theo faces a dilemma in his relationship with his girlfriend when he is attracted to a girl that is flirting with him. Rudy asks Cliff to attend a tea party.
    • Planning Parenthood
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      4/30/87
      7.9
      Cliff treats Rudy and her friends to lunch at an upscale restaurant, while Clair is visited by her sister Sarah.
    • 1/16/92
      7.9
      Pam fills in for Cliff's assistant on a Saturday. They must deal with Mrs. Minnifield, an extremely eccentric patient who has difficulty following Cliff's directions. Mrs. Minnifield calls Cliff to report her contractions much later than he asked, and he instructs her to take a cab to the hospital immediately. She instead has the cabbie stop at Cliff's house, and ends up giving birth in the car. Rudy, Stanley and Kenny prepare to work on a group project together. Kenny shows up with a girl named Deirdre and claims that she is his girlfriend. Rudy becomes jealous, but soon concludes that Kenny made the whole thing up just to get to her. Kenny feels guilty after learning that Deirdre has actually liked him for a long time. He apologizes to her and convinces her to give him another chance. He also apologizes to Rudy, and they agree to go on double dates.moreless
    • Denise Gets an Opinion
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      2/5/87
      7.9
      Denise is home for the weekend and goes on a blind date. Robert makes an unexpected visit and follows Cliff and Theo around trying to get advice on love and dating.
    • You Only Hurt the One You Love
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      2/19/87
      7.8
      Cliff is upset to learn that the hospital is laying-off his favorite employee. Theo spends the day playing with Rudy.
    • Looking Back (2)
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      11/12/87
      7.8
      The Huxtable's try to comfort Elvin with family stories after he and Sondra have a fight.
    • Home Remedies
      Season 7 - Episode 21
      3/7/91
      7.8
      Olivia gets sick and develops laryngitis, spoiling her plans to sing at the party for Russell and Anna's 55th wedding anniversary. Everyone horrifies Cliff by suggesting possible home remedies for her malady. Olivia feels that she has let everyone down, and is so disappointed that she decides to stay in her room instead of coming to the party. Cliff arranges for her to put on a lip-synch performance to a blues record, with Cliff and Rudy as her "backup band."moreless
    • Olivia Comes Out of the Closet
      Season 8 - Episode 10
      11/21/91
      7.8
      Cliff and Clair invite famed singer Miriam Makeba to the house for dinner, and try to discourage the children from crashing the event. Olivia enjoys a visit from her father, but is saddened because he must soon return to the ship. She will not see him again for three months. Olivia disappears during Miriam's visit. While the others search the house frantically, Miriam finds Olivia hiding in the front closet. Olivia explains that she is trying to keep her father from leaving. Miriam takes her outside to talk. She tells her that everyone is very worried about her, and convinces her that she is lucky to have so many family members who care about her. Olivia agrees to go back into the house, and everyone poses for pictures with Miriam.moreless
    • Clair's Toe
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      12/5/85
      7.8
      Cliff and Clair decide to celebrate their anniversary by holding a smooth contest, but Clair breaks her toe and the antics begin.
    • Out of Brooklyn
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      11/3/88
      7.8
      Denise continues to run through various jobs because of her screw-ups. She finally finds a job that she likes, but wants to quit after meeting a photographer. Denise tells Cliff and Clair that she wants to go to Africa and serve as the woman's assistant as she completes a photo essay about pygmies. Cliff and Clair are extremely skeptical, especially after hearing about the rugged living conditions. Denise does not back down, even claiming that she has no problem with eating bugs. Cliff and Clair decide to let her go on the trip. Vanessa falls into a funk after a rumor passes through school that her boyfriend, Roy, has been telling people that they have broken up. Vanessa becomes very clumsy as she deals with her depression, and is angry that Roy could not even call her to officially break up. He finally calls, but reveals that he is happy and never said anything about wanting to break up.moreless
    • Pam Applies to College
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      10/10/91
      7.8
      Pam is intent on attending the same college as Charmaine. She decides to apply to the same schools: Hillman, Bowling Green and the University of Pennsylvania. Charmaine doubts that Pam can meet the rigorous academic standards of these schools, but doesn't want to burst her bubble. The guidance counselor informs Pam that she has virtually no chance for admission, as her grades for all but one semester are terrible. She vows to find a way to get in, and takes the applications anyway. However, she quickly begins to doubt herself. Olivia tries to provide counsel while practicing her show-and-tell routine. Pam tells Charmaine that she will probably move to California after graduation to live with her mother and grandmother and study fashion design. The girls lament their impending separation, but vow that they will always remain friends. Olivia enters, and they all end up hugging each other while blubbering. Meanwhile, Cliff continues to interfere with work on the new kitchen. He tries to blame the children for a hole in the wall, but no one is buying it.moreless
    • Bird in the Hand
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      9/27/90
      7.8
      Cliff prepares to take on rival Jim Harmon in an auction for an original copy of Charlie Parker's Night in Tunisia. He volunteers to drive Olivia to preschool so that Denise can complete a paper. However, Denise had forgotten that she is supposed to watch the preschool class all day. The teacher insists that Cliff must take her place if she does not show up. Denise offers to come down, but Cliff takes the assignment because he does not want Denise to lose her newfound dedication to her studies. He calls the auction house and arranges to place bids over the phone. He beats out Harmon, and is on the verge of winning the recording when a late arrival enters the bidding. Clair inadvertently bids against Cliff and drives up the price. Even after Cliff bows out, the overly enthusiastic man at the phones continues to shout out bids. His error is eventually revealed, and Clair wins the record for $450 (only $150 more than what Cliff would have paid!).moreless
    • Close to Home
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      3/13/86
      7.8
      Cliff’s friend Dr. Morgan comes to the house to discuss the annual charity benefit, while Theo and Cockroach prepare a rap song for speech class.
    • The Younger Woman
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      3/14/85
      7.8
      Cliff and Clair invite a widower friend and his girlfriend over to the house. They are very surprised to discover that Mike's girlfriend is young enough to be his daughter. However, they are very impressed with the young woman, and realize that the couple is quite compatible and seems to be very much in love. They conclude that age really shouldn't make a difference in a relationship. Clair continually torments Cliff by asking him questions about whether he would ever re-marry or date if he were a widower. She inflicts bodily harm upon him whenever he gives the wrong answer.moreless
    • Calling Doctor Huxtable
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      2/12/87
      7.8
      Cliff juggles the delivery of three babies while Vanessa tries to convince her friend not to smoke in her room.
    • Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue
      Season 7 - Episode 22
      3/21/91
      7.8
      Rudy suffers a nightmare after an argument with Olivia. She dreams that Olivia is a tyrant who constantly gets her own way by manipulating Cliff and Clair with her cuteness. She schemes to take over Rudy's room; and Rudy is eventually forced to the basement after losing her bed to Olivia's new pony. However, Cliff and Clair suddenly stop catering to Olivia's whims. ("It's my dream," Rudy explains to the furious Olivia.) Vanessa, Pam and Charmaine serve as a musical chorus throughout the nightmare.moreless
    • Cliff Babysits
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      1/12/89
      7.8
      Russell gets eight tickets to the sold-out Michael Jackson concert from a friend. They are one ticket short of being able to take the whole family, so Clair suggests that she and Cliff babysit and let Sondra and Elvin go to the show. Kenny takes the extra ticket. Elvin is afraid to leave the twins for an evening, but Sondra convinces him that they need to get out. Kenny becomes jealous when Rudy pays extra attention to her appearance in the hopes of attracting Michael. Kenny accuses her of failing to recognize that Kenny is the "real thing," and vows to leave her for Whitney Houston. Clair has to go to work to deal with an emergency after another lawyer becomes ill, leaving Cliff alone with Nelson and Winnie. He tries his best to keep them entertained. He tells them a story about his brother, James Theodore Huxtable, who died of rheumatic fever at the age of seven.moreless
    • The Shower
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      2/26/87
      7.8
      Clair keeps Cliff and Theo busy with a shelving project, while she and Denise throw a bridal shower for one of Denise's friends.
    • It Comes and It Goes
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      3/9/89
      7.8
      Sondra grows frustrated with staying home to care for the twins all day while Elvin is at medical school. She notes that he only spends a few minutes with them at night before leaving the room to study. Although she is exhausted, Sondra wants to keep a dinner date at her parents' house because she longs for adult conversation. Everyone ignores her as they coo over the babies or ask Elvin about medical school. Elvin tries to change the topic to get Sondra included in the conversation, to no avail. However, Clair, Mrs. Tibideaux and Anna notice Sondra's mood and encourage her to have some dessert and express what is bothering her. They can all sympathize with her plight, and realize that she has things even tougher because she has twins. She vents about Elvin's lack of sensitivity, and vows to be just as rude when he cares for the kids while she is in law school. Cliff realizes that the women are getting worked up about something, and blames Elvin. The men try to give him tips on helping out without appearing to question Sondra's judgment. Cliff tells a story about taking Sondra and Denise fishing because Clair needed a break. Clair tells the same story, but learns from Anna that Cliff left the girls at her house all weekend. Everyone is appalled by his behavior, and Sondra comes to appreciate Elvin.moreless
    • That's Not What I Said
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      10/29/87
      7.8
      Cliff and Clair have a punishment to hand out after Theo is caught riding in a car with a friend who only has a learners permit, which sparks an argument between them.
    • Andalusian Flu
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      4/2/87
      7.8
      Cliff and Clair have the flu and Theo offers to help out with the house and the kids, so that that they can get some rest.
    • Theo's Gift
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      10/19/89
      7.8
      Theo studies for a mythology exam with Justine, and seems to have a complete mastery of the subject. He is disgusted when he only receives a C on the test. He cannot understand why he continues to do poorly, and is tired of working so hard for mediocre grades. He says that he just could not understand the test questions. Theo tells his parents that he even went to the learning center for testing to try to get a grasp on his problem. When Cliff tells him to concentrate harder, Theo accuses him of failing to be supportive. Cliff and Clair accompany Theo to the learning center. The woman running the center tells him that he may have a form of dyslexia. After the diagnosis is confirmed, she gives Theo some tips on organization and suggests that he take some classes on dealing with the syndrome. Theo and his parents are thrilled that there is a way to treat his problem. His grades begin to show a marked improvement, and Theo predicts that he will soon get A's.moreless
    • Halloween
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/31/85
      7.8
      Vanessa hosts a Halloween party and invites Robert, the cutest boy in school. Cliff dresses up to take Rudy trick or treating.
    • Looking Back (1)
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      11/12/87
      7.8
      The Huxtable's try to comfort Elvin with family stories after he and Sondra have a fight.
    • Rudy's All-Nighter
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/20/88
      7.8
      Theo is frustrated when he receives a D on his first paper in English composition, as well as many critical remarks from the professor. He must work all weekend to revise it. Rudy invites her friend Caroline to stay the night. Cliff becomes somewhat annoyed by the fact that Rudy's friends always expect him to be funny and perform certain characters. He pretends to be depressed, but then delights the girls with his "pirate" impression. Rudy and Caroline stay up extremely late and get on everyone's nerves with their obnoxious behavior. Caroline, the daughter of a newspaper editor, offers Theo tips for his paper. Caroline wakes up Cliff in the middle of the night and demands to go home after getting into an argument with Rudy. By the time Cliff has called her parents and is ready to drive her, they have already made up and gone to sleep. Cliff is left exhausted. Theo gets some feedback from his professor. He is surprised to hear that Cliff would be proud if he got a C on the paper, but Cliff feels that the fact that he is working is so hard is what is important. Theo vows that he will eventually get good grades.moreless
    • Two Is a Crowd
      Season 8 - Episode 11
      12/5/91
      7.8
      Vanessa unexpectedly drops by for a visit, claiming that she needs some peace and quiet to study. Dabnis arrives a few hours later and shows Cliff and Clair a cryptic note that Vanessa had left him. He confronts her and notes her continued reluctance to set a wedding date. He reminds her that she was the one who pursued him, and wonders why she is now pushing him away. Vanessa apologizes and asks Dabnis to be patient as she deals with her fears about marriage. Kenny waits around the house all day, hoping to console Rudy after her break-up with Stanley. Stanley shows up first and boasts that he will mend his rift with Rudy. He wins her back by repeating Kenny's heartfelt words about caring and friendship (although Kenny had stolen the speech from Dabnis anyway). Kenny gets back at Stanley by tagging along on the couple's date. Meanwhile, Cliff works Clair's last nerve by dropping hints about the outcome of a book she is trying to read.moreless
    • Clair's Liberation
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      12/6/90
      7.8
      Clair learns that she has begun menopause, and doesn't seem to have any trouble dealing with it. Theo, Vanessa and Pam share ridiculous stories that they have heard about menopausal women. They conclude that Clair will suffer hot flashes all the time, become incredibly moody, and lose the ability to make simple decisions. They begin to treat Clair like an invalid. She and Cliff play a practical joke on the kids and make them believe that Clair has gone completely insane. Pam's new boyfriend, Aaron, wins her heart with a series of thoughtful and romantic gestures. Lance tries to impress Charmaine by following Aaron's example.moreless
    • The Dentist
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      2/2/86
      7.7
      Peter is scared to go the dentist, so Rudy offers to go with him. Clair gets upset about an article in the newspaper, which keeps Cliff from getting any sleep.
    • Birthday Blues
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      3/30/89
      7.7
      Clair celebrates her 46th birthday. She becomes annoyed when everyone patronizingly tells her that she "still" looks good. Theo, Vanessa and Rudy dress up in old clothes and put together a skit describing the way things were when Clair was each of their ages. Clair's friend's husband serenades her in Spanish before the two couples go to lunch together. After Clair refuses to eat dessert, Cliff tries to tempt her by bringing a bunch of cakes home.moreless
    • Denise's Decision
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      5/15/86
      7.7
      Deadlines are fast approaching for Denise to make a final decision about college. Russell tries to convince her that Hillman should be her choice.
    • The Locker Room
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      12/10/87
      7.7
      Theo tries to prevent Vanessa from dating his friend Lyle. Cliff wants to know how Rudy's magic tricks work.
    • Not Everybody Loves the Blues
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      2/1/90
      7.7
      Theo frets to Elvin about his relationship with Justine. He is worried about losing her if she decides to go to graduate school, but says that he isn't ready for a serious relationship. Theo and Elvin attend a performance by legendary blues singer/guitarist Riley Jackson. Theo brings one of Riley's records to the Huxtable house to introduce his music to his parents. He is stunned to find that Riley is at the house having dinner. He is a longtime friend of Russell and Anna, and visits with them whenever he is in town. He came to see Cliff and Clair because Cliff's parents are away. Vanessa is depressed because she doesn't have a boyfriend, and declines to listen to Riley sing. She thinks that blues music is too whiny. Kenny, a fan of the blues because of his brother's influence, comes over and does a duet with Riley. Rudy is not impressed. Theo seeks relationship advice from Riley. He is confused because he loves Justine, but still doesn't know if she is "the one." Riley says that all relationships move at their own pace. Theo is very happy when Justine returns to town and joins him at Riley's performance. Vanessa loves the show and gets overly enthusiastic. Theo talks to his parents about Justine. He says that he is afraid that Justine wants to get married and will be disappointed if he doesn't commit. His parents point out that he has no reason to believe Justine feels this way, and suspect that Theo is using this as a cover because he is the one starting to think about marriage. Theo is a little freaked out.moreless
    • Denise Kendall: Navy Wife
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      10/12/89
      7.7
      Denise and Martin prepare to drive to Rhode Island to check out the house where they will be living on the naval base. Clair notices that Denise seems troubled. She confesses that she forgot to call the base and confirm the housing arrangement while Martin was away at sea. Clair encourages Denise to tell Martin the truth immediately, but she is too afraid. She does not tell him until they are called before the head of the base, causing Martin to look like a fool in front of the captain. They have to go back on the waiting list, and must make other arrangements for six months. He feels bad about continuing to impose on Cliff. They cannot stay with Martin's parents because his mother thinks that Denise is a flake. Cliff spends time with Olivia while Martin and Denise are away. She offers her theory about the origin of babies. When Denise and Martin return, he takes the blame for the housing snafu. Clair suspects that Denise screwed up on purpose because she was worried about having to care for Olivia on her own and wanted her family nearby. Clair tells Denise that she must eventually learn to take responsibility for her family; but assures her that she can always call on Clair for help.moreless
    • Mr. Quiet
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      5/2/85
      7.7
      Cliff and Clair volunteer at a friend's community center. Clair provides legal aid, while Cliff talks to a class of women about what to expect during pregnancy. Many of the women insist on showing their appreciation for his work by giving him food. Theo comes to the aid of a young boy being assaulted by two older kids. The boy receives treatment from Cliff, but is hesitant to speak to anyone. He refuses to reveal his name. He later calls his mother, who explains that Enrique has become reticent around strangers following the release of the man who murdered his policeman father. Enrique opens up a little to Tony, the head of the community center.moreless
    • Trust Me
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      3/3/88
      7.7
      Clair gets Cliff to take a couple of days off of work to rest. Clair helps a friend with a misunderstanding she is having with her husband.
    • Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      1/26/89
      7.7
      Clair buys a new couch, and tries to have the old one taken away to Sondra and Elvin's apartment while Cliff is busy with a patient. Cliff uncovers her plans and refuses to allow the movers to take the couch. Clair is asked to appear on a local television show that includes discussions of important historical issues. The other panelists are ill-prepared, constantly bicker, and refuse to take Clair's opinions seriously. When she produces evidence that exposes a mistake in one man's argument about the causes of the Great Depression, the men ignore her. The host calls for a commercial break and demands that she be removed from the show. The men only want her to discuss issues directly related to women or African-Americans, but she refuses to be stifled. The producer is thrilled by the show and asks Clair to be a regular. She turns down the offer because she doesn't want to wake up at 4:30 in the morning every week just to prove herself to foolish, petty men. She takes the family to church instead of watching the show on TV. Clair convinces Cliff to let go of the couch, and he actually asks for time alone to say goodbye to it.moreless
    • Olivia's Field Trip
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      11/7/91
      7.7
      Cliff and neighbor Jeffrey supervise Olivia's class on a field trip to the museum. Theo organizes a fundraiser for the community center. He plans to put messages on T-shirts and sell them at street fairs. He believes that he has gotten a great deal on the shirts, only to discover that they do not have neck holes. Theo hopes to handle the situation himself, but Clair eventually steps in to save the day with her legal expertise.moreless
    • Some Gifts Aren't Deductible
      Season 8 - Episode 23
      4/23/92
      7.7
      When Kenny lies to Deirdra about planning her birthday party, he asks Rudy and Cliff to help him cover his tracks. Meanwhile, Cliff believes that all of his "Dependants" will net him a large check from the IRS.
    • Vanessa's Bad Grade
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      1/16/86
      7.6
      Vanessa and study partner/boyfriend Robert prove to be a bad mix when they both get D’s on an exam. Vanessa hides the grade from Cliff and Clair so that she can attend a dance.
    • Cliff's Nightmare
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      1/11/90
      7.6
      Cliff arrives home in the middle of the night after a long series of deliveries. He insists on eating a sausage sandwich, despite Clair's warnings that it will disagree with him and cause him to have bad dreams. He has a very bizarre nightmare that begins with Vanessa forming a jazz-funk combo and Olivia travelling back in time. He ends up back in the Navy and reporting to Theo, who chides him about his diet. Clair then becomes caught in a tornado that sucks her out of the house and leaves her hanging to the window. She calls out to Cliff for help, but he is distracted when his sandwich starts talking to him (literally disagreeing with him). A weird puppet doctor tells him that he has to make a delivery at the hospital, and brings in two monsters to drag him away. He is forced to make a delivery in front of a bunch of creatures. When the delivery does not happen, they tie him down and try to operate on him. Cliff wakes up and vows to change his diet. The food in the refrigerator starts talking and doubts that he will make good on this promise.moreless
    • Gone Fishin'
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      4/28/88
      7.6
      Theo catches a dead body of a mobster while on a fishing trip with the Huxtable men.
    • Mother, May I?
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/23/86
      7.6
      Vanessa tries to get away with wearing make-up even though Clair has forbidden her to wear it until she is 15. Theo drives the family crazy with his study of fire safety.
    • A Girl and Her Dog
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      12/4/86
      7.6
      Rudy and Peter find a lost dog and Cliff agrees to let them keep it until the owner is found. Vanessa is unhappy when she realizes that she will miss a party because the family has to go to Washington to hear Clair give a speech.
    • Eat, Drink and Be Wary
      Season 8 - Episode 16
      1/30/92
      7.6
      Clair goes away to a law conference in Washington, D.C. Everyone expects Cliff to follow his usual pattern of gorging himself on junk food while she is away, but he surprises them by serving a healthy dinner. After learning that some classmates are planning to take a cab to the school dance instead of being driven by parents, Rudy, Susan and Danielle decide to prove how "cool" they are by taking the subway. Cliff refuses to allow this, but reconsiders after Pam and Charmaine agree to ride with the girls both ways as they attend a movie in the area. Sondra drops by to see Cliff just as a take-out guy arrives with pizza, buffalo wings and ice cream. He still plans to eat everything, but Clair calls at that moment and makes him feel guilty by talking about trust.moreless
    • Shakespeare
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/22/87
      7.6
      Theo and Cockroach have to read Julius Caesar for history class. Cliff decides to barbeque for Dr. Foster who has come for a visit from Hillman with Denise.
    • Cliff and Jake
      Season 7 - Episode 24
      4/11/91
      7.6
      Despite the family's best efforts, Cliff learns that his friend Jake is holding a sale at his appliance store. Clair tries to convince Jake not to sell Cliff a power sander, as she is afraid that he will become obsessed with sanding the entire house. Cliff inadvertently sets Jake off on a rant about an incident from ten years earlier, in which Jake's best friend Stanley forced him to pay for car repairs after a traffic accident that Jake insists he did not cause. Jake's daughter Cookie sets up a meeting with Cliff to introduce him to her fiancé, Jonathan, who is Stanley's son. They have been seeing each other secretly for almost a year to avoid their fathers' wrath. Although they will marry even without their fathers' approval, they plead with Cliff to serve as a mediator between the men. Jake behaves very stubbornly, but Stanley proves to be more reasonable. Not wishing to miss his son's wedding, he admits that he caused the crash when he absent-mindedly backed up his car. He had argued with his wife, and wanted to return home to apologize. He denied blame for the accident because Jake hurt his feelings by screaming at him. The men apologize for their behavior and renew their friendship.moreless
    • The Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      2/16/89
      7.5
      While Theo is at the cafe with some friends, Justine comes in with another guy. Howard, Denny and Lou tell him that they have seen Justine with Scott several times in the past few weeks. Theo confronts Scott, but Justine points out that he is the one who wanted to see other people. Theo becomes annoyed by Scott's comments and challenges him to a fight. He refuses, and an embarrassed Justine decides to leave with Scott. Theo's friends show him an ad for a doctor who promises that he can make someone go away. They go to see Dr. Lotus, only to learn that his spell costs $800. Theo tries to convince Cliff to lend him the money, but doesn't want to say why he needs it. After Theo explains, Cliff teaches him a foolproof method of getting rid of the guy (which Cliff's great-grandfather once used on him when another guy was hitting on Clair). He mixes a bunch of goo together and has Theo put it on his hands and face with a towel over his head, as though he is concocting some spell. He then has him repeat, "I will pay more attention to my woman." Theo follows his dad's advice and gives Justine a call.moreless
    • For Men Only
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      11/14/91
      7.4
      Theo convinces Cliff to teach a course for young men at the community center. Cliff brings Olivia's doll to the class as a symbol of innocence, but the students misinterpret his intentions and assume that he is going to give a sex education lecture. This sparks a discussion about negative impressions of inner city youth. The teens feel that they are blamed for all of society's problems. A guy named Cal draws the ire of his classmates after he admits that he has fathered children with two different women, but rarely spends time with either his son or daughter. Another student declares that he plans to marry his pregnant girlfriend and get a job. Cal insists that he wants to provide for his children, but has no training and doesn't want to be stuck in a minimum wage job where he is treated like garbage. Cliff tries to help the guys take the necessary steps toward beginning careers. Meanwhile, Russell becomes hooked on a video game after babysitting Olivia and her friend.moreless
    • Adventures in Babysitting
      Season 7 - Episode 17
      2/7/91
      7.4
      Cliff and his friend Jim Harmon decide to become partners for the annual pinochle tournament, rather than continuing to play with their wives. They are certain that they will win the championship and take home the big trophy. Clair and Jim's wife Nicole elect to team up, much to their husbands' amusement. The men continually mock them. Clair and Nicole defeat the three-time defending champions, setting up a grudge match with Cliff and Jim. The women win easily without having to put up much of an effort, and Cliff and Jim are forced to settle for the pocket-size second place trophy. Meanwhile, Rudy convinces Martin to let her babysit Olivia while he and Denise are out of town. Despite Rudy's pleas, Olivia insists on staying up late to watch a horror movie. She becomes convinced that vampire/werewolves are going to descend upon them at any moment. Rudy tries to calm her, but becomes almost as terrified as Olivia after a storm begins creating strange noises. Cliff and Clair are amused to come home to a booby-trapped house, and find the girls sleeping on their bed while surrounded by cloves of garlic.moreless
    • 57 Varieties
      Season 5 - Episode 26
      5/11/89
      7.4
      Theo wants to join his classmates on an archaeological dig in Egypt. However, he doesn't believe that his parents will give him the $1500 he needs for the trip. He spent all of his money repairing the damage caused by his unauthorized party and paying parking tickets. Howard and Lou try to convince the Huxtables that the trip will have a good influence on Theo and help him improve as a student. Cliff and Clair agree to consider the idea, but ask to talk to his professor so that they can learn more of the details. Professor Grayson eagerly agrees to this. During a discussion of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of the Egyptians, she encourages the students to guess her own heritage. Theo, Howard and Lou try to get Cliff to make a guess during the get-together with the professor. He fails miserably, even after she gives him several hints. Cliff and Clair agree to let Theo take the trip. Meanwhile, Clair tries to warn Kenny of the possible consequences of constantly repeating his brother's sexist opinions. However, he later gets into another war of words with Rudy.moreless
    • Cyranoise de Bergington
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      11/17/88
      7.4
      Theo learns that Howard has broken up with Julia to devote more time to his studies. Howard knows that Theo wants to ask her out, and offers his blessing. Theo justifies his behavior by saying that his relationship with Justine is already in shambles. Theo is nervous about talking to Julia, so he has Denny approach her on his behalf. Theo is outraged when Julia ends up asking Denny for a date. Theo impatiently goes over to Julia's apartment and asks her out. He claims that he and Justine aren't seeing each other. Julia learns the truth from Justine, and neither woman will speak to Theo. Rudy asks Cliff for $31.05 to buy Clair a fake gold diamond necklace for her birthday. She promises to do chores in exchange for the money, but soon loses her enthusiasm. Cliff criticizes the job she has done. However, Clair sees Rudy working and lavishes her with praise because she thinks she is just trying to be helpful. Cliff eventually approves of Rudy's work and tells her that the debt is paid.moreless
    • It's Not Easy Being Green
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/8/87
      7.4
      Rudy thinks she is old enough to pick out her own clothes, but Clair thinks otherwise. Robert and Vanessa have a study date.
    • Dance Mania
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      12/3/87
      7.4
      Theo and Cockroach get tickets to their favorite TV show Dance Mania. Vanessa teaches Cliff the "new math" she learned in school.
    • The Show Must Go On
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      12/17/87
      7.3
      Cliff treats Rudy and her friends to a Vaudeville show, while the rest of the family try to avoid Vanessa's old boyfriend Robert.
    • It's Your Move
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      12/13/90
      7.3
      Elvin looks forward to watching the Giants-Eagles playoff game at the Huxtable house. Sondra foils his plans by agreeing to help some friends move at the same time. Although several of the couple's friends have promised to help out, Sondra and Elvin are the only ones who show up. Panicked to discover that Nancy and Walter haven't even finished packing, Elvin seeks the aid of Martin and Theo. Theo cannot stay long because his girlfriend has tickets to the game. Nancy continually nags the men for not packing with enough care, and she and Sondra thwart their efforts to watch the game instead of working. Walter purposely gets lost on the way to the new apartment, and the guys scheme to watch the rest of the game at Cliff's house. However, Sondra and Nancy quickly track them down and remind them that they must return the moving truck or face higher rates. Cliff tapes the game for them, but Olivia seemingly spoils the outcome. Cliff admits that he told Olivia to give them a phony score as a prank.moreless
    • Just Thinking About It (1)
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      11/1/90
      7.3
      Slide tries to convince Pam to sleep with him. He insists that all of their friends are sexually active, including Lance and Charmaine. Pam asks Charmaine why she didn't confide in her about this. Charmaine insists that it is a lie, and publicly confronts Lance. He manages to talk his way out of the situation. Slide continues to pressure Pam. She has a talk with Cliff and Clair and says that she may be in love. They understand what she is feeling, but try to explain that love may be more complicated than she believes. Cliff is stunned when Pam asks him for birth control pills. Meanwhile, Olivia plays with an imaginary dog.moreless
    • Shall We Dance?
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      11/2/89
      7.3
      Vanessa discovers that Rudy has a crush on one of her classmates, Clarence, and teases her about it. Rudy's teacher, Mrs. McGee, teaches the class a series of lessons on etiquette. Clarence eagerly volunteers to sit beside Rudy during a demonstration on dinner table manners, and they stare at each other lovingly. Clarence's friends get on his case, and force him to prove that he doesn't like Rudy by harassing her. Rudy and her girlfriends go to the Huxtable house and rant about how stupid the boys are. They go to the mall and ignore them, and continue this behavior the next day. When Rudy comes back after school to retrieve a book, Clarence knocks her books out of her hands and shoves her. Mrs. McGee catches Rudy beating up Clarence, and orders the two to be partners at the dance that is to conclude the etiquette lesson the next day. Cliff tries to counsel Rudy on why ten-year-old boys behave the way the do, but only confuses her. The boys and girls, not surprisingly, are reluctant to socialize at the dance. Kenny has to dance with Mrs. McGee after he cannot find a partner.moreless
    • Particles in Motion
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      10/3/91
      7.3
      Theo prepares for his first parents' night at the community center, and worries about how to handle parents whose kids are having problems. During a parent-teacher conference, he develops a mutual attraction with single mother Lisa. She asks him out for coffee, but he declines. He explains that it would not be in the child's best interest for the two of them to get involved. Lisa agrees that their relationship should remain professional. When Theo describes the situation to Clair, she shocks him by announcing that her clients hit on her all the time. Rudy meets Stanley at the open house and is instantly smitten. Stanley gets her phone number from Theo and asks her out. A jealous Kenny shows up at the house before Stanley in the hopes of sabotaging their date.moreless
    • The March
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/30/86
      7.2
      Vanessa wants to ask a boy to the "Turnaround Dance", but is nervous she will get turned down. Theo has to re-write a paper on the 1963 March on Washington.
    • War Stories
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      12/11/86
      7.2
      Cliff plays pinochle with Russell and his friends as they share stories about their military days. Vanessa goes on a skating date.
    • Cliff and Theo Come Clean
      Season 8 - Episode 19
      2/13/92
      7.2
      Theo decides to turn down his job offer and go to graduate school. Cliff is pleased, as he did not want his son to move across the country. As a school project, Olivia and Marlon plan to write about what Cliff was like at their age. However, they realize that his colorful stories are all lies. They call on Russell to tell them the truth about Cliff's childhood. Cliff finally impresses them with a true story about how he was pictured in the newspaper because of his work collecting tin foil for the war effort during World War II. Rahim finds a wallet containing 600 dollars at the community center, as one of their customers at a plant sale left it behind. He wants to keep the money, so Theo has the kids debate what he should do. He ends up returning the cash to the rightful owner, but feels like a fool because his family could have really used the money. He admits that his father would not have allowed him to keep it anyway. Theo convinces Rahim that he should be proud of his actions.moreless
    • The Boys of Winter
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      2/23/89
      7.2
      Cliff receives a visit from Bill Barry, who coached him on a youth city league team. When Cliff refuses to join Elvin, Theo, Howard and Lou in a backyard basketball game, Theo explains that his father recently had an experience that soured him on basketball. Cliff is tight-lipped about the incident, and refuses to even share the details with Coach Barry. When the coach and his wife come over for dinner, Clair produces a videotape of the game that left Cliff so upset. He and some doctors played a basketball game against a squad of much younger lab technicians--who all happen to be women. The women defeated Cliff's team soundly. Cliff had a few highlights, but struggled other times and was exhausted by the end of the game. The coach insists that he is proud of Cliff for giving such a good effort. Cliff tells Clair that he has no problem with losing to women, but is embarrassed by his poor physical condition. They reminisce about a game where he scored the winning basket as a 16-year-old, and agree that memories are the most important thing about sports.moreless
    • Autumn Gifts
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/5/87
      7.2
      Rudy tells Cliff that her friend Mrs. Hickson was tired and confused when she visited her, so Cliff and Russell decide to drop in on her to see if she is okay. Sondra and Elvin ask the family to try out sleeping bags for the wilderness store.
    • Theo's Future
      Season 8 - Episode 13
      1/2/92
      7.2
      Cliff and Clair are thrilled when Theo is accepted to graduate school. They agree to continue paying his tuition. Theo and a friend attend a corporation's recruiting dinner for the sole purpose of filling up on free food. However, an executive is impressed with Theo's off-hand comment about the corporation's philosophy. He is offered the chance to fly to San Francisco and interview for a position that would pay $30,000 a year. He excitedly tells Cliff and Clair that the job would allow him to become the first one of their kids to stop sponging off of them. Although they often tease him, they assure him that they do not think of him that way. They consider paying for his tuition an investment in his future. Eugene, one of the kids from the community center, is upset to learn that Theo may take a job and leave them. However, Theo insists that he is merely keeping his options open. Meanwhile, Clair tries to stifle Cliff's habit of stealing the remote control while she is watching a program.moreless
    • Attack of the Killer B's
      Season 7 - Episode 15
      1/10/91
      7.2
      Pam experiences a marked improvement in her grades after picking up a few study tips from Theo. Slide claims that it is pointless for Pam to strive for academic achievement, as she will not be able to afford college. Charmaine urges her not to give up, and points out all the times she has beaten the odds in the past. Pam and her friends discuss their futures with their history teacher. Miss Hobbs agrees with Slide's statement that people can succeed without attending college, but points out that he would still need a business plan. She talks to the teens about ways of achieving their goals. Pam returns to the Huxtable house and speaks enthusiastically about college. Although she seems intent on working her way through school, Cliff believes that Pam secretly wants the Huxtables to pay for her tuition.moreless
    • Play It Again, Russell
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      2/13/86
      7.1
      Cliff’s father Russell plays in a jam session to honor an old friend. Rudy drives Denise, Theo and Vanessa crazy with her constant jokes.
    • What He Did for Love
      Season 5 - Episode 24
      4/27/89
      7.1
      While walking down the street, Denny finds an expensive watch lying in the grass. He believes he should take it to the police, but his friends insist that he must give it to his girlfriend, Jade. She is very impressed. However, the police soon track her down and tell her that the watch meets the description of one that was reported stolen. She has to go to the station because she refuses to remove the watch and let them see the serial number. Denny is cleared of all charges because he has an alibi for the time of the theft, but must publicly tell Jade that he found the watch on the ground. She is appalled, and dumps him. Denny decides to seek Cliff's advice on how to win her back, but he only confuses Theo and Denny with a long, pointless story. The guys hang out in the basement because they have no dates. They decide to leave when Cliff shows up and starts in on another story.moreless
    • The Return of the Clairettes
      Season 7 - Episode 19
      2/21/91
      7.1
      Clair's good friend Kris comes for a visit with her husband, Herb. Clair and Kris immediately don wigs and act silly, performing a song and dance routine from their youth. They reminisce about the past and exchange humorous stories about their present lives. Cliff and Herb plan to fill up on dessert while their wives are talking, but the women enter the kitchen and thwart their plans. Although she is not supposed to date until she is thirteen, Rudy convinces Cliff to let her go on a "group outing" to the movies with her friends Susan and Danielle and three boys. Unfortunately, the other girls get sick, and Vanessa refuses to double-date with her little sister. Cliff and Clair agree to chaperone Rudy and her date, Scott. Rudy forces Cliff to promise to behave himself. Scott is so nervous when he arrives at the house that he is literally shaking; he finds it difficult to speak, and mistakenly gives Rudy's flowers to Cliff.moreless
    • No More Mr. Nice Guy
      Season 7 - Episode 20
      2/28/91
      7.0
      Cliff and Clair go away for a skiing weekend and agree to let Theo use the vacant house for a date with Cheryl. His friend Denny's girlfriend Ellen comes over to discuss plans for Denny's birthday surprise the following night. She drinks a glass of wine before remembering that she is not supposed to mix alcohol with her antihistimines. Theo believes that she has left, but she becomes ill and has to run upstairs to the bathroom. She then feels dizzy and falls asleep in Cliff and Clair's room. A worried Denny arrives and shares his suspicions that Ellen is cheating on him. Theo discovers that Ellen is in the house, and tries to hide her. Cliff and Clair return home after their ski trip is rained out, but Theo can't get them away from Denny long enough to explain what is going on. The situation becomes even more complicated when Martin gets a weekend pass and unexpectedly arrives home with Denise; and Theo's grandparents come over with Sondra and Elvin to pick up a saw. Denny discovers movie tickets with Ellen's name on the envelope and concludes that she is seeing Theo behind his back. Cheryl arrives as Denny is tossing around more accusations. Ellen overhears and sneaks out the back door. She comes around to the front and tells Denny that she has bought him the tickets as a surprise. Theo tells an understanding Cheryl the entire story over dinner.moreless
    • It's a Boy
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      11/29/90
      7.0
      A father-to-be panics after learning that he will have a son, as he is terrible at sports. He seeks Cliff's help to improve his athletic skills. His wife is a good athlete and insists that she can teach sports to the child, but Mr. Phelps fears that this would diminish him in his son's eyes. Theo eases his mind by assuring him that there were many things about his father--other than sports--that impressed him as a young boy. Charmaine encourages Pam to approach Aaron Dexter, a cute and intelligent new student. Aaron is even more nervous than Pam, but turns out to be a nice guy. He and Pam have a good time together and set up another date.moreless
    • Hillman
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      5/7/87
      6.9
      The Huxtables attend the retirement ceremony for Dr. Hanes the president of Hillman. Cliff is asked to serve as master of ceremonies.
    • Live and Learn
      Season 6 - Episode 25
      4/26/90
      6.9
      Denise becomes discouraged after learning that Medgar Evers College will only accept transfer credit for one of the courses she took at Hillman (archery) because it is the only class in which she received at least a C. When she goes to pick up Olivia at preschool, she is impressed by the teaching methods of "Uncle" Wilton, who uses rap to teach the multiplication tables. She decides that she can reach the children through alternative methods, and does not need to return to college. She ignores the advice of both her teacher friend Rebecca and Clair and decides to approach Wilton about becoming his assistant. She is crushed when Wilton tells her that she needs a master's degree, as he also employs traditional teaching methods. Rebecca convinces her that she still has a lot to learn about communicating with children. Cliff and Clair expect Denise to find yet another calling, but she surprises them by enrolling in college as a freshman.moreless
    • No Way, Baby
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      2/6/89
      6.9
      Cliff contacts Ray Palomino, the estranged grandfather of a young woman who is about to have a baby on her own. Ray has not seen any of his family for 18 years. However, Cliff asks him to come to the hospital to support Louisa because they have been unable to find any other family members. Ray does not have a lot of faith in Cliff's ability as a doctor. Louisa is very glad to see Ray, who also manages to charm the nurses. He wants to help care for his great-grandchild, but bristles when Cliff offers him some pamphlets about child-rearing. Clair listens to Cliff describe Ray's behavior, and opines that Ray doesn't know how to read or write. Cliff disagrees, as he feels that Ray is just a rude person. Cliff believes that he is right when Ray produces a list of relatives; but he claims to have lost his glasses when Clair asks him to read a name. He also doesn't know how to spell the name "Tom." Louisa gives birth to a baby boy. Ray tells Cliff that he is aware that the Huxtables know he is illiterate. He insists that he doesn't need to learn to read at his age. A man whom Ray befriended in the waiting room says that he is a former English teacher and offers to help him.moreless
    • Theo and the Kids (1)
      Season 7 - Episode 25
      4/25/91
      6.9
      Theo excitedly begins an internship as 7th grade junior counselor at the community center. The students try to trick him in the hopes of getting out of doing their homework, but he is able to handle them. A boy named Stanley repeatedly refuses to do his homework. His classmate, Latisha, mocks him for doing poorly on a recent history test. However, Stanley seems to know all of the material when Theo quizzes him about it. Theo takes Stanley outside and asks him to read a short passage. His struggles prompt Theo to suspect that he is dyslexic. Meanwhile, Cliff bewilders the family by insisting on fixing the sink himself.moreless
    • The Storyteller
      Season 6 - Episode 26
      5/3/90
      6.9
      The Huxtables eagerly anticipate a visit from Cliff's great aunt Gramtee, who is coming to town to celebrate her 98th birthday. She embarrasses Cliff with stories about his childhood, and mesmerizes the children by sharing accounts of a relative who lived during times of slavery. Olivia is upset by the family's plans to attend church after Gramtee's birthday celebration, as a friend's parents had invited her to come to the zoo and Playland at the same time. She continually pleads with Denise to let her go to the zoo, but Denise stands her ground. Clair is impressed by Denise's resolve, but warns her to expect a tantrum. Olivia eventually talks to Gramtee, who tells her that she can make her own decision about whether to attend church. However, Olivia elects to go to church after all because she likes spending time with Gramtee.moreless
    • The Price Is Wrong
      Season 8 - Episode 14
      1/9/92
      6.9
      Pam drives her old babysitter, Mrs. Whitaker, to the market each Saturday. Mrs. Whitaker invites her friends to join them, and there are soon so many women on the excursion that Pam, Lance and Charmaine have to take them in shifts. The market has much lower prices and higher quality products than the outlet that the same company runs in the women's neighborhood. Word begins to spread, and everyone begins clamoring for transportation to the better market. Pam, Lance and Charmaine cannot possibly handle the demand, so they decide to organize a protest to force the company to stop its unjust practices. They realize that they cannot organize a boycott because many of their neighbors have nowhere else to buy groceries. They finally settle on buying all the dented cans at the shoddy store and taking them to the Brooklyn store for refunds, thereby creating chaos and driving away the regular customers. Unfortunately, the store learns of the plans ahead of time and is prepared for them. One of the women suggests paying for everything in pennies. This method proves effective, and the women decide to try it every Saturday until their demands are met. Pam, Lance and Charmaine are reluctant to sacrifice all of their weekends, but the women assure them that they can handle the protests on their own. The teens decide to continue helping them.moreless
    • Getting the Story
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      10/25/90
      6.8
      As a school project, Rudy and Kenny plan to make a video of a typical day of Clair on the job. They believe that their video will be a shoo-in for first prize in the school's contest and earn them a trophy. However, they soon discover that Clair's work entails a lot of paperwork, and is not nearly as exciting as they had anticipated. When Cliff has to go to the hospital to deliver a baby, Rudy and Kenny plead with him to let them tag along. They are supposed to stay in the waiting room, but try to sneak around the hospital to film the doctors at work. They eventually loan the father-to-be the video camera, and convince him that Cliff wants a copy of himself delivering a baby. Cliff learns what Rudy and Kenny have done, and accuses them of being dishonest. Rudy and Kenny believe they have failed the project, until the new father comes over with the videotape and begins raving about the importance of Cliff's work. The kids intersperse clips of patients talking about Cliff with the birth video, and give Mr. O'Royo credit for the footage. They easily win first prize.moreless
    • 27 and Still Cooking
      Season 7 - Episode 18
      2/14/91
      6.8
      Cliff plans a special surprise for Clair to celebrate their 27th anniversary. He decides to re-create the restaurant where they shared their first dinner as a married couple. He tracks down the same chef, Mr. Atkins, and hires him to prepare dinner. He also hires a calypso band; and Theo, Pam and Rudy volunteer to supply decorations. Mr. Atkins believes that the meal Cliff has requested is too "simple" for a chef of his caliber, and refuses to make it--until Cliff threatens to withhold his check. However, Atkins still tries to slip unnecessary ingredients such as tofu into the soup. Cliff asks Elvin to keep an eye on Atkins, and he saves the meal by secretly shoving the unwanted items down the garbage disposal. Unfortunately, Cliff becomes ill before Clair comes home from work and falls asleep. She thanks him for his sweet gesture, and enjoys the dinner and music alone at his insistence.moreless
    • Just Thinking About It (2)
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      11/1/90
      6.8
      Cliff tells Pam that he will refer her to a gynecologist if she gets permission from her mother. Clair has a talk with Pam. She tells her that if she elects not to have sex, a good man will respect her decision. Charmaine adds that she should not sacrifice her beliefs just to hold on to a guy. Pam tells Slide that she wants to wait. Slide is unhappy, and expresses outrage when he learns that Pam has obtained condoms from her doctor (instead of going on the pill). He doesn't even seem to think it would be a big deal if she got pregnant. Pam breaks up with him, but is miserable. Theo assures her that many guys who act like dogs in high school eventually mature. Slide comes to see Pam, and they get back together. However, he immediately begins pressuring her again. She storms off after he suggests that he will move on to another girl. Slide realizes that he made a mistake. He uses Lance as a go-between to facilitate communication, and tells Pam that he is sorry and does not want to make her do anything that she will regret. Meanwhile, Cliff finds a way to keep Olivia from blaming all of her misdeeds on her invisible dog.moreless
    • Once Upon a Time
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      2/18/88
      6.8
      The Huxtables (with some family friends) act out Rudy's fairy tale, in which the Nasty People declare war on the Happy People.
    • You Can't Stop the Music
      Season 8 - Episode 22
      3/26/92
      6.8
      Cliff and Clair go to a radio station to attend a live performance as part of the Pan-American Music Festival. Cliff is ecstatic about the opportunity to meet many of his favorite musicians and see them in action. Kenny agrees to babysit Olivia, but cannot get her to eat her carrots. Theo comes over to check on things, and finds that Olivia has left Kenny so worn out that he can barely stay awake. Theo sends Kenny home, and ends up falling asleep on the couch.moreless
    • Theo's Final Final
      Season 7 - Episode 14
      1/3/91
      6.7
      Theo performs very well in his classes, and will make the dean's list for the first time if he earns a good grade on his final in a tough economics class. He is determined to see all of his hard work pay off, and insists that he will go home and study instead of attending a party at the apartment. However, he meets an exchange student at the cafe and is instantly smitten with her. After learning that she must fly back to Barbados the next day, Theo suddenly decides that his priorities are screwed up. He elects to go to the party instead of studying, and justifies his actions to his parents with a convoluted speech. He tries to have a good time with Cheryl, but cannot stop talking about economics. She tells him that he needs to focus on his exam, as it is obviously important to him. He is thrilled to learn that she has enrolled for another term and will return from Barbados after vacation.moreless
    • Period of Adjustment
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      10/11/90
      6.7
      Pam Tucker, Clair's 17-year-old second cousin, comes to live with the Huxtables after her mother flies to California to care for Pam's sick grandmother. Her boyfriend invites her to a party in the Bronx, but Rudy informs her that the kids are not allowed to stay out after ten o'clock on weeknights. Slide goads Pam into asking Cliff for permission to let Slide borrow his car, but Cliff turns her down. Slide comes to visit Pam with their friends Lance and Charmaine. Pam is very nervous about their presence; she warns them not to touch anything, and won't give them any food or drink. Pam's friends convince her to sneak out while the Huxtables are away, but Cliff and Clair return just as they are on their way out the door. She admits that she was going to the party. Cliff and Clair refuse to bend the rules and let her go out; but ask her friends to stay, and treat them very well. They encourage Pam to relax and think of the Huxtable house as her own home.moreless
    • Theo and the Kids (2)
      Season 7 - Episode 26
      5/2/91
      6.6
      Theo contacts Mrs. Hudson, the head of the community center, about Stanley's problem. She recommends that Stanley undergo tests to determine whether he has dyslexia. Stanley refuses to consider this because he does not want to be different from everyone else. Another student, Rahim, must leave the center and get a job after his father is laid off. A weary Theo confesses to Cliff that his work is beginning to depress him, as he wishes that he could do more for the kids. He describes the helplessness he felt after discovering that a girl was taking leftover food from the garbage to feed her family. Cliff and Mrs. Hudson remind him that he cannot solve everyone's problems, and advise him to just keep trying his best. After Theo explains how much progress he made following the diagnosis of his dyslexia, Stanley agrees to take the tests as a favor to him.moreless
    • There's Still No Joy in Mudville
      Season 7 - Episode 23
      4/4/91
      6.4
      Cliff goes out bowling with his father, Elvin and some friends. Everyone makes fun of him after his terrible play causes their team to lose. Cliff takes everyone back to the house for Chinese food. Cliff, Russell and former Negro League players Frank Potter and Joe Simms sit around telling baseball stories. Jim Harmon and his friend Carleton become extremely bored. They get their revenge on Cliff by forcing him to listen to cricket stories. After Cliff puts down the sport, they challenge him to a cricket game in the living room. The game ends abruptly when Clair returns home. As a prank, Rudy has Olivia memorize all the answers from a TV quiz show so that she can trick her parents into believing that Olivia is an amazing child prodigy.moreless
    • Denise: the Saga Continues
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      9/22/89
      5.1
      Denise surprises Cliff and Clair by returning home a week early from Africa.
    • Psychology major Theo prepares a personality profile on Cliff.
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