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The Cosby Show

Season 8 Episode 9

For Men Only

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 1991 on NBC
7.4
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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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A "special episode" that doesn't come across as preachy.

    8.8
    The few missteps "The Cosby Show" made usually came when they attempted a "very special episode" of some sort. Often those episodes turned out to be somewhat preachy or dull. This was the exception.



    The bulk of the episode featured Cliff giving a lecture to a group of high school boys about jobs, responsibility and taking care of the children their girlfriends were having. The scenes with the group were honestly entertaining, however, and seemed real -- like an actual conversation rather than something scripted.



    A subplot with Cliff's father, Russell, babysitting for Olivia also helped lighten the episode with jokes about the kids not appreciating his old-fashioned games like Pick-Up Sticks and him not understanding their video games. A nice bit of comic relief.



    Overall, a surprisingly solid episode.moreless
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

Raven-Symone

Raven-Symone

Olivia Kendall (seasons 6 - 8)

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Pam Tucker (seasons 7 - 8)

Maurice Lauchner

Maurice Lauchner

Ben

Guest Star

Sonia Medina

Sonia Medina

Unknown

Guest Star

Nickie Feliciano

Nickie Feliciano

Unknown

Guest Star

Aaron Beener

Aaron Beener

Marlon

Recurring Role

Earle Hyman

Earle Hyman

Russell Huxtable

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Cal says to another student that he visits one of his children the first Saturday out of the month and the other child the last Saturday out of the month, and then Cliff says [paraphrased], "You have two children and two girlfriends?" At that point, Cal never said he had two girlfriends.

    • Russell is holding the controller upside down.

    • When Olivia and Marlon were explaining to Grampa how to
      use the buttons on the game, they said press "A to do
      this...B...C...D," but since he was playing a Nintendo (8-bit), it only has an A and B button. No C or D.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Cliff: All of you who do not have a job, raise your hands. And while you have your hands up, I want you to look down because for guys who aren't working, I'm seeing expensive sneakers.

  • NOTES (1)

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