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The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 14

Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 1989 on NBC
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Clair buys a new couch, and tries to have the old one taken away to Sondra and Elvin's apartment while Cliff is busy with a patient. Cliff uncovers her plans and refuses to allow the movers to take the couch. Clair is asked to appear on a local television show that includes discussions of important historical issues. The other panelists are ill-prepared, constantly bicker, and refuse to take Clair's opinions seriously. When she produces evidence that exposes a mistake in one man's argument about the causes of the Great Depression, the men ignore her. The host calls for a commercial break and demands that she be removed from the show. The men only want her to discuss issues directly related to women or African-Americans, but she refuses to be stifled. The producer is thrilled by the show and asks Clair to be a regular. She turns down the offer because she doesn't want to wake up at 4:30 in the morning every week just to prove herself to foolish, petty men. She takes the family to church instead of watching the show on TV. Clair convinces Cliff to let go of the couch, and he actually asks for time alone to say goodbye to it.moreless

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  • Two unrelated stories, neither are well-developed. A few funny lines.

    5.0
    Clair goes on a local TV "issues" program and Cliff deals with the loss of his couch.



    A definite example of two plotlines that aren't well-developed, don't connect, and are rather indicative of a successful series that is "mailing it in" in many ways.



    The idea of the intellectual Clair being a guest on a local talk show is good, but it is lost when her fellow voices are unidimensional and her own sources are "pop" (Galbraith's "The Great Crash" is an academic source? Please.). At the same time, Cosby is assigned to improv duty when it appears that Clair wants to ship his couch to his daughter's new home. He rarely is as funny in these moments as he manages in his recorded acts, but the formula is already so hardened by this time, and so popular with audiences, that the series always lets it go.



    The series was different and unique for a couple of years, by the time of this episode it was chained to disconnected stories and just-clever-enough teleplays. In a lot of ways, the writers are probably most to blame (often, funny scenes are written, but not stories), though I sometimes think that Bill Cosby or his scores of consultants should have seen it. But on the other hand, the ratings were still strong.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

Richard Gant

Richard Gant

Moving Man

Guest Star

Russell Nype

Russell Nype

Ira Traugett

Guest Star

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton

Phil Kensington

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, at the far right top of the living room, you can see a boom mic hanging down.

    • When Mrs. Huxtable is debating the Great Depression with the other three panelists, one of the panelists was attempting to say that is was all a bunch of b-u-l-l. But when he spelt it out he said, "This is all a bunch of B-O-L-L". He clearly mispells the word bull.

    • When Clair gets back she tells the kids, "Let's get our coats," when she is already wearing hers. She should have just said, "Get your coats." Also, she said that they would tape the show, but no one set the vcr to do so.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Clair: Getting up at 4:30 in the morning to prove myself to a group of men basking in the nonexistent ray of their own intelligence is not my idea of fun.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mrs. Huxtable goes to Kindergarten

      The title for this episode is based on the title of the 1939 movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where a naive but intelligent and meaning well man goes into politics, only to find out how the fat cats of the business really run things.

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