The Cosby Show

Season 8 Episode 10

Olivia Comes Out of the Closet

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 1991 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Notes

    • This is the last appearance of Joseph C. Phillips.

    • Miriam Makeba, also known as Mama Africa, played an integral role in bringing African music to a global audience and confronted the horrors of apartheid in South Africa on the political front.

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