The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 7

The Birth (2)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • During the season seven episode, "The Last Barbecue," the viewers learn that Sondra was in labor with the twins during this episode for eight and a half hours.

    • It's difficult to believe that Cliff wouldn't have known or suspected that Sondra was going to have twins being that he is an obstetrician gynecologist.

  • Quotes

    • Dr. Taylor: Congratulations, you are the grandparents of a healthy boy.
      (Cliff and the other adults cheer)
      (Cliff and Dr. Taylor shake hands)
      Dr. Taylor: And a girl!
      (the other adults stop cheering and react)
      Cliff: WHAT!?!
      Russell: TWINS?!
      Clair: Two babies?
      Dr. Taylor: Yes. Two babies, better known as twins.
      Francine: A boy and a girl?
      Dr. Taylor: Boy: 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Girl: 5 pounds, 12 ounces.
      Lester: What, you already knew about this?!
      Dr. Taylor: Months ago, when we saw it on the sonogram. You see, Sondra and Elvin wanted it to be a surprise for you.

    • Clair: I just don't know about this "Grandma" business. They should think of another name for us like "Second mother", or "Mother once removed".
      Francine: "Experienced mother".
      Clair: "Solid gold mother".
      Francine: How about "Mother: the sequel". (Both quietly approve as the others come to see the babies)

    • Sondra: I'm just...looking forward to every day I'm going to get to spend with them.
      Cliff: Yeah. That's so wonderful. Spoken just like a woman whose children are only 45 minutes old.

    • (After Sondra thanks Cliff for being such a good father to her)
      Cliff: Good parents are made by good children!

    • (After Kara speaks rapidly, without stopping)
      Kenny: I hope you don't eat like you talk.

    • Kenny: I'd never let a woman type my paper. She should be cooking my dinner.

  • Notes

    • On the original one-hour format, the end credits feature the opening credit music (by The Oregon Symphony Orchestra). When shown in two-part syndicated format, the regular season 5 closing music is used.

    • The twins are named after Nelson Mandela and his then-wife, Winnie.

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