The Cosby Show

Season 6 Episode 25

Live and Learn

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 1990 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Denise is talking to Clair about Olivia's teacher, she calls him Uncle Wilkin instead of Uncle Wilton.

    • When Denise is sitting at the drums trying to get her "pupil" Rebecca to rap with her, she says, "3 times 3 is 3."

    • In this episode, Olivia called Denise "Mommy" for the only time in the series. It may have been a mistake by Raven-Symone that wasn't caught.

    • Denise complains that only one of her courses at Hillman will be accepted for transfer because it has a grade above C, and Clair remarks that it must be in Archery. Whatever happened to the Modern Cinema class Denise was getting an A in from Denise Gets a D?

    • Denise gripes that she went to college for three semesters and it did no good. Her math skills really fail her here. If you follow the timeline for A Different World, the first season profiled her sophomore year in college, which she completed in the last episodes that dealt with her taking finals. If she completed two years of college, that's four semesters, not three.

  • Quotes

    • (Discussing using rap for teaching) Denise: Like English, History...I wrote one for history. (Drumming on the kitchen table) Colombus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety-two. When he got to the shore, he said, "Let's dock" on the place he called Plymouth Rock.
      Rebecca: Denise, Colombus sailed to the Carribean in 1492, the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.
      Denise: Oh.

    • (After Denise accuses Clair of "pouring cold water" on all of Denise's ideas)
      Clair (to herself): "Maybe when we were making the decision to have *that* child, somebody should have poured some cold water on Cliff!"

      (After "Uncle Wilton" tells what Denise needs for a teacher's aid job)
      Denise: "Gosh, you know, all I want to do is help children and no one will let me!"
      Rebecca: "Denise, why are you so hardheaded? The man didn't say that; he said you have to get an education to be of help here."
      Denise: "Well, I am ready now if Uncle Wilton would work with me!"
      Rebecca: "Uncle Wilton already has enough children to work with; he doesn't need one as old as you! Denise, why don't you want to go to college? Why are you so afraid to go to college?!"
      Denise: "Because! I am ready now!"
      Rebecca: "You know, a lot of people think they can just walk in off the street and do something because it looks easy! But they don't realize you have to work hard to make something look easy."

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Rebecca: "Denise, I am more than grateful to Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers and all the television shows that use music and animation and clever production techniques to dazzle children into learning, but it won't work for me; I don't sing and dance!"
      Matt Robinson, the writer for this episode, was the original actor who appeared as Gordon on Sesame Street for the show's first three seasons (1969-72).

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