The Cosby Show

Season 8 Episode 14

The Price Is Wrong

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 09, 1992 on NBC
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Pam drives her old babysitter, Mrs. Whitaker, to the market each Saturday. Mrs. Whitaker invites her friends to join them, and there are soon so many women on the excursion that Pam, Lance and Charmaine have to take them in shifts. The market has much lower prices and higher quality products than the outlet that the same company runs in the women's neighborhood. Word begins to spread, and everyone begins clamoring for transportation to the better market. Pam, Lance and Charmaine cannot possibly handle the demand, so they decide to organize a protest to force the company to stop its unjust practices. They realize that they cannot organize a boycott because many of their neighbors have nowhere else to buy groceries. They finally settle on buying all the dented cans at the shoddy store and taking them to the Brooklyn store for refunds, thereby creating chaos and driving away the regular customers. Unfortunately, the store learns of the plans ahead of time and is prepared for them. One of the women suggests paying for everything in pennies. This method proves effective, and the women decide to try it every Saturday until their demands are met. Pam, Lance and Charmaine are reluctant to sacrifice all of their weekends, but the women assure them that they can handle the protests on their own. The teens decide to continue helping them.moreless

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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Pam Tucker (seasons 7 - 8)

Leila Danette

Leila Danette

Mrs. Whitaker

Guest Star

Beatrice Winde

Beatrice Winde

Unknown

Guest Star

Rosanna Carter

Rosanna Carter

Rosanna

Guest Star

Allen Payne

Allen Payne

Lance Rodman

Recurring Role

Karen Malina White

Karen Malina White

Charmaine Brown

Recurring Role

Earle Hyman

Earle Hyman

Russell Huxtable

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lance: Try this one here out...we patch into the P.A. system, then during peak shopping hours, I come on the mike and go, "Attention, Advantage shoppers, for the next two minutes, everything in aisle 5 will be absolutely free! And remember, we at Advantage invite you to take advantage of us!"
      Clair: And you will be taking advantage of the big house for inciting a riot!

    • Pam: It doesn't make sense, why does the store IN the neighborhood charge more so the people there can't afford to pay them?
      Russell: Because they can. They own their own company and being the only one in the neighborhood they know they have no competition so they can charge however much they want.
      Lance: But isn't that illegal?
      Clair: Not at all, because in theory you can take your business elsewhere.
      Cliff: But the thing of it is, a lot of those people living in the neighborhood can NOT afford transportation to the cheaper market.

    • Lance: Okay, I got it. The problem is the prices are too high, right? So we go in dressed as stock boys with price guns and mark everything 2 for .99. Steak, 2 for $.99, ice cream, 2 for $.99.
      Clair: That's very good, Lance.
      Lance: thank you, Mrs. Huxtable. (to the girls) And she's a lawyer.
      Clair: Of course you'd be tried on fraudulent charges and wind up serving 3-5.

    • Lance: Well what is up with the justice system, I ask you?!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the fourth (and last) episode of the series in which none of the five Huxtable children appear.

    • After their "penny plan" is successful, the senior ladies are seen dancing in celebration in the Huxtable living room to "It's Time" by the Winans, a gospel quartet.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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