The Cosby Show

Season 2 Episode 17

Play It Again, Russell

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 1986 on NBC

Episode Recap

Cliff watches his father play trombone with his old band, but finds his performance very disappointing. He confesses to his mother that Russell seemed scared to be playing with a bunch of musicians who still perform on a regular basis. Anna feels that Russell has lost his passion for music, and hopes that he won't make a fool of himself at a jam session the group plans to play to honor an old friend's memory. Anna tries to work with Russell to get him to play at a faster tempo and show more enthusiasm. During the show, he delivers a great performance that brings his family to its feet. Anna is pleased when Russell is able to keep playing well into the night, while his cocky rival (who has a wife with a big mouth) falls asleep early. Meanwhile, Rudy annoys her siblings by constantly subjecting them to "knock-knock" jokes.