The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 10

If the Dress Fits, Wear It

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 08, 1988 on NBC
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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

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  • Debbie Allen should have starred in her own show! The comedy this actress can do, as well as directing (A Different World)... simply amazing!

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    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
Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Denise Huxtable Kendall (seasons 1 - 3, 6 - 7, recurring seasons 4 - 5)

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Clair comes home from her first workout, she's too tired to hang up her coat on the hook and lets it drop on the floor. Cliff does the same thing during the season one episode, "Back to the Track, Jack".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Vanessa: Usually, we go out for Mexican food. This is going to be even better than what we get at El Grande Restaurant.
      Cliff: (as he prepares dinner) Might!
      Theo: Dad, you even made guacamole and quesedillas, Mom's favorite. She's going to love you for this.
      Cliff: (with a big smile on his face) I had your mother in mind when I made this decision.

    • Clair: (to Emma) Now whatever the diet and whatever the exercise, you just bring it on because I am here--to work! And I am going to be so good when I'm finished, I'm going to make my own video--The Clair Huxtable Workout. And I'm not going to give you a copy. You're going to have to buy your own!

    • Emma: Good afternoon, all you sagging hunks of flesh! I see you've been munching those bon-bons and eating that gourmet ice cream; it looks like SOME of you went back for seconds! I know what you were thinking..."I'll enjoy it now and pay later." Well, let me introduce myself...I'm Later!"

    • (Emma finds an exhausted Clair asleep in the aerobics room)
      Emma: Anybody left in this room automatically has to take my next class! (Clair wakes up with a scream) I knew that'd get you up.

    • (Clair has just explained her plan to lose five pounds in six days.)
      Emma: Five pounds in six days? Honey, that's the kind of miracle we PRAY for; get down on your knees NOW.

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