The Cosby Show

Season 1 Episode 15

Physician of the Year

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 1985 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Cliff prepares to receive the Physician of the Year award. The entire family gets dressed up, and Cliff teaches Theo how to shave for the occasion. Just as the Huxtables are about to leave, Cliff receives a phone call from a woman who has gone into labor. As she is a first-time mother, he decides to go to the hospital to reassure her, rather than sending a substitute. The woman turns out to be much closer to delivery than Cliff had anticipated, and he must miss the ceremony. He has Theo read his speech and accept the award on his behalf.moreless

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  • 115

    The gag with Theo running out of the bathroom with his face covered in shaving cream was such a predictable and cliched thing (even in the 80's) but hey, it is better when this show does it than when others show try to and that really speaks to how special The Cosby Show was: they could create family comedy and make it work with ease and without flaw, something only a handful of shows throughout time have been able to.

    Certainly not the funniest episode out there, but an enjoyable one if you find yourself needing something to watch one day.moreless
Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Denise Huxtable

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Huxtable

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Theo Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The scene where Clair puts the flower on Theo's lapel took numerous takes, according to Phylicia Rashad.

      In "The Cosby Show: A Look Back" documentary, you can see some of these bloopers.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Cliff: (to Theo) You still waiting for Denise to come out of that bathroom?
      Theo: It's not fair, Dad.
      Cliff: What do you mean fair, son? There's 2 men living the house with 4 women. We're lucky we have a gas station on the corner.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The presenter frequently calls Theo "Rudy," mixing up Cliff's only son with his youngest daughter. This could be an inside joke, as the part of the youngest Huxtable was intitially intended for a boy.