The Cosby Show

Season 8 Episode 10

Olivia Comes Out of the Closet

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 1991 on NBC
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Cliff and Clair invite famed singer Miriam Makeba to the house for dinner, and try to discourage the children from crashing the event. Olivia enjoys a visit from her father, but is saddened because he must soon return to the ship. She will not see him again for three months. Olivia disappears during Miriam's visit. While the others search the house frantically, Miriam finds Olivia hiding in the front closet. Olivia explains that she is trying to keep her father from leaving. Miriam takes her outside to talk. She tells her that everyone is very worried about her, and convinces her that she is lucky to have so many family members who care about her. Olivia agrees to go back into the house, and everyone poses for pictures with Miriam.moreless

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    Joseph C. Phillips

    Joseph C. Phillips

    Lt. Martin Kendall

    Guest Star

    Miriam Makeba

    Miriam Makeba

    Herself

    Guest Star

    Blaire Whitney

    Blaire Whitney

    Leslie Engels

    Guest Star

    Aaron Beener

    Aaron Beener

    Marlon

    Recurring Role

    Jessica Vaughn

    Jessica Vaughn

    Winnie Tibideaux

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    Gary Leroi Gray

    Gary Leroi Gray

    Nelson Tibideaux (as Gary Gray)

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Miriam Makeba recites the South African pronounciations of the twins' names. When this episode was aired, their real-life namesakes, Nelson & Winnie Mandela were about to end their marriage in South Africa.

      • By this episode, the Huxtables have finished expanding and refurnishing the kitchen.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Olivia: If he goes away, I'll be all alone.
        Miriam: In my culture, there isn't a word for alone, it simply does not exist. Everybody is family, meaning everybody is responsible for somebody else.
        Olivia: I like the sound of that.

      • Miriam: Excuse me, I didn't know anybody was living in the closet.
        Olivia: That's allright, I don't really live in here, I'm hiding.
        Miriam: But your family's worried about you, why are you hiding?
        Olivia: My daddy's going away for 3 months and he promised me he wouldn't leave without saying goodbye. So if he can't find me, he can't tell me goodbye.
        Miriam: At least you got somebody to say goodbye to, they just left me.

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