The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 20

It Comes and It Goes

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 1989 on NBC
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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

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    Bill Cosby

    Bill Cosby

    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

    Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudy Huxtable

    Phylicia Rashad

    Phylicia Rashad

    Clair Huxtable

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theo Huxtable

    Sabrina Le Beauf

    Sabrina Le Beauf

    Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux

    Geoffrey Owens

    Geoffrey Owens

    Elvin Tibideaux

    Dennis Scott

    Dennis Scott

    Lester Tibideaux

    Guest Star

    Marcella Lowery

    Marcella Lowery

    Francine Tibideaux

    Guest Star

    Darrian Bryant

    Darrian Bryant

    Nelson Tibideaux

    Guest Star

    Clarice Taylor

    Clarice Taylor

    Anna Huxtable

    Recurring Role

    Deon Richmond

    Deon Richmond

    Kenny

    Recurring Role

    Earle Hyman

    Earle Hyman

    Russell Huxtable

    Recurring Role

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      • Sondra says that is intending to go to law school after backing out of it during the season four episode, "Call of the Wild".

      • This is the only episode that Anna refers to Dr. Huxtable as Cliff, instead of Heathcliff.

      • Clair says that in 1967, Sondra was three and Denise was one. This means that Sondra was twenty during the first season and Denise was eighteen. While it is possible for Sondra to have been twenty, it is not possible for Denise to be eighteen. In the first episode of season two, Denise starts her senior year of high school, making her about seventeen. Plus, in a season one episode, Lena Horne asks Denise how old she is and Denise replies, "Sixteen."

      • In Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten, Clair bought new living room furninture and was going to give her old couch and chair to Sondra and Elvin, but in this episode their couch is a green leather loveseat, not the floral couch that used to be Cliff's.

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