The Cosby Show

Season 1 Episode 2

Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr. Fish)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1984 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Denise: Dad, it's okay to be weird here, but you're going outside the house now.
      Theo: He's a minister, Dad, he'll tell God we're crazy.

    • Vanessa: Rudy, what I'm trying to say is your fish is dead.
      Rudy: What is "dead"?
      Theo: Your fish! Yuck!

    • Cliff: (Talking to Denise) Take the glasses off!
      (Denise takes them off, revealing weird make up on the side of her face)
      Cliff: Put the glasses on!

    • Cliff: Now. What is it?
      Vanessa: Rudy's home.
      Cliff: (pause) There better be more.

    • Cliff: We're here to say goodbye to a cherished friend: Lamont, the goldfish.
      Vanessa: I've always felt safe with him around.

    • Cliff: It's okay if you cry.
      Rudy: Maybe later.

    • Cliff: Now what else can we do?
      Vanessa: She's always wanted a dog.

    • Clair: Your mama did the most amazing thing today.
      Rudy: Not now, Mom.

    • Cliff: How important is it?
      Vanessa: Eight.
      Cliff: Is that a child's eight, or an adult's eight?
      Vanessa: I don't know. I've never been an adult.

    • Cliff: Everything okay?
      Rudy: Uh-huh.
      Cliff (under his breath): That's what you think.

    • Vanessa: What Dad's trying to tell you is that your goldfish is decreased.
      Cliff: Close...deceased.

    • Vanessa: Hi Mom. Rudy's fish died and Dad's gonna...
      (Cliff covers her mouth)

    • Rudy: Can I have some privacy?
      Cliff: Oh, you wanna say goodbye to Lamont?
      Rudy: No, I have to go to the bathroom.

    • Clair: I love living here; coming in third behind your patients and a dead goldfish.
      Cliff: Hey, Clair. Fish goes, you move up to number two.

    • Cliff (on phone with the reverend): Hello, Reverend. I have a religious question. Christmas. Will it be the same time next year? All right, December 25th.

  • Notes

    • The bathroom set seen in this episode is different than what is seen in future episodes. The setup is different and the walls are a darker blue.

    • For many of the earlier episodes, the living room has a landing coming in from the front door. It is 2 steps higher up from the rest of the room.

    • This episode is the first to use the new living room set. Every episode from this point has this living room set.

    • For his work in this episode, Earl Pomerantz was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy.

    • Lamont the goldfish was the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story-type spoof in ads run on Nick at Nite in 2002. The ads claim that Lamont was written out of the show because of creative differences with Bill Cosby.

  • Allusions