The Cosby Show

Season 6 Episode 23

Off to See the Wretched

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 1990 on NBC
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Vanessa and friends go to see their favorite group, the Wretched, and don't tell any of their parents that the concert is in Baltimore.

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  • The Cosby Show does Laurel & Hardy!

    7.0
    No, Clair didn't tell Cliff "That's another fine mess you gotten us into!" (ala Oliver Hardy) & that Cliff cried in a high pitched voice (ala Stan Laurel)!



    But this episode reminds me of the Laurel & Hardy 1933 movie "Sons of the Desert". Laurel & Hardy fake an illness just to attend a convention in Chicago (Vanessa faking something to go to the Wretched concert in Baltimore). The wives find out that they were at the convention in a newsreel at a movie theatre (Clair & Cliff find out on the news & Rudy spills the beans). When they came home, Mrs. Hardy threw pots, pans & breaking dishes at her husband (Clair yells @ Vanessa so bad). I'm surprised Clair didn't break dishes in front of Vanessa. At least the episode didn't end with Cliff playing the ukulele & singing "Honolulu Baby"!moreless
Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Denise Huxtable Kendall

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudy Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Raven-Symone

Raven-Symone

Olivia Kendall

Lisa Rieffel

Lisa Rieffel

Susan Henning

Guest Star

Nicholas Sadler

Nicholas Sadler

Thief

Guest Star

Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa

Wretched Fan

Guest Star

Pam Potillo

Pam Potillo

Janet Meiser

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Narvaez

Elizabeth Narvaez

Kara

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • One thing that should have definitely tipped the Huxtables off: most rock concerts start at around 8pm. Baltimore is about a five-hour drive from New York City, which means that the girls are all dressed up for the concert at Vanessa's house at around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. That would seen funny to me, if they say they are going to a concert in New York that night.

    • Before Cliff and Clair go to Susan's house to snatch Vanessa, Cliff does a standing broad jump to find out how far away he should stay from Vanessa to avoid killing her. But, of course, they are closer together than that when they are in the car coming back home!

    • The group "The Wretched" obviously sounds like a group that would fall into a cross between heavy metal and punk. Given Vanessa and her friends' past experiences with their musical tastes (see "How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?"), they don't strike me as the types that would go in for listening to music by a group called "The Wretched."

    • Kara speaks normally in this episode. In other episodes, she speaks very rapidly. Since when does Kara speak normally?

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Vanessa: May I please just have my punishment now?
      Clair: Vanessa, please. Your father and I have been through much too much this evening to be sitting up here thinking of a punishment for you right now.
      Vanessa: But I'd like my punishment before I go to bed.
      (Clair lunges at Vanessa, but Cliff holds her back)
      Cliff: Do yourself a favor and go to bed.

    • Rudy: Oh, look! There's Frankie X on the TV right now! He's from the Wretched.
      News Reporter: (On the TV): In other entertainment news, lead singer Frankie X said in a news conference that he wanted to thank the citizens of Baltimore for letting the Wretched play there tonight...
      Clair: Did he say that the Wretched are in Baltimore tonight?
      Cliff: That's what he said. (Both and Denise react in shock)
      Rudy:(Reacts in awe) Vanessa went all the way to Baltimore. WOW!!!

    • Vanessa: Mom, I said I was sorry. This is not going to happen again!
      Clair: For all I know, you are lying right now, GO TO BED!!!

    • Clair: We think you're lying in the floor of some burning building, dying of asphyxia, and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?
      Vanessa: Mom....
      Clair: SHUT UP!!! Don't you dare open your mouth when I'm asking you a question! RUDY, GO TO BED!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Last appearances by Pam Potillo as Janet and Elizabeth Narvaez as Kara.

    • The jersey that Cliff wore was that of Ramon Ramos, a Portland Trailblazer who was severely injured in a car accident in December 1989 after returning from a road game.

    • This episode marks Malcolm-Jamal Warner's directoral debut.

    • Cliff wears a Portland Trail Blazers jersey throughout this episode. For several years (back when this episode aired), a giant photograph of Bill Cosby hung just inside the main entrance to the Portland Memorial Coliseum, which was then the Blazers' home arena.

    • Tempestt Bledsoe said that this was one of her favorite episodes. She also said that the scene where Clair yells at her, made her realize what it means to be an actor.

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