The Cosby Show

Season 4 Episode 16

The Visit

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 1988 on NBC

Episode Recap

Theo is reluctant to go to the hospital to visit his friend Jake, who has cancer. He admits to the guys that he is terrified and depressed by the thought of having a friend with the disease. He later goes to the hospital alone, and takes a long time trying to work up the courage to go into Jake's room. Jake is in good spirits and tries to convince Theo to just talk to him as though they weren't at a hospital. Theo points out that this is impossible. They later begin joking around and turn the garbage can into a makeshift basketball hoop. Jake suddenly becomes tired and has to rest. He is frustrated and confused by his illness, but remains confident that he will recover. A lonely Elvin hangs around the Huxtable house while Sondra is visiting friends in Boston. Clair takes pity on him and asks him to sleep over at the house. He stays up late watching movies with Vanessa and Rudy; and entertains them with his impression of Cliff. He is embarrassed when Cliff comes home and catches him.
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