The Cosby Show

Season 1 Episode 17

Theo and the Joint

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 1985 on NBC
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Clair accidentally knocks one of Theo's books off the kitchen table and discovers a joint. Clair initially jumps to the conclusion that Theo is a drug addict and that all of his friends are dangerous criminals. Cliff tries to calm her down. They confront Theo, who adamantly declares that the joint is not his and that he has never done drugs. Cliff and Clair insist that they believe him, but Theo is furious that he was subjected to accusations because of someone else's actions. He discovers that the joint belongs to classmate Anthony Braxton, who shoved it into the book to hide it from a teacher. Theo is prepared to fight the much larger Braxton to convince him to come to the Huxtable house and confess. He tells Cliff the truth and agrees to consider counseling. Cliff assures Theo that he did not need to put himself in danger, as he did believe his denial. Braxton seems impressed by the level of trust between father and son, and joins the other neighborhood kids in their touch football game. Meanwhile, gossip Vanessa annoys Cliff and Theo with her constant pathetic attempts to pry information about Theo's situation.moreless

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    I was never a huge fan of The Cosby Show, but perhaps it is because I did not take the time to sit down and really appreciate these episodes. This was a good story, with a nice moral at the end, but more importantly, a funny journey getting there. You had Bill Cosby with some great material as the Dad, and the family around him really made for some funny moments. You watch shows today try to replicate episodes like this, and they just fail miserably as far as both replicating the laughs and the originality in the characters (at the time.)moreless

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