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NBC (ended 1992)

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  • Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

  • Another thing Cliff forgot to deduct from Theo's "Monopoly" salary: utilities (power, water, etc.) for his apartment in Manhattan or New Jersey.

  • One thing Cliff left out of Theo's "Expenses": gas and insurance for his car/motorbike. It is highly unlikely that $200 or $100 would cover a car/bike payment plus gas and insurance, even in 1984.

  • When this show was originally pitched, the Huxtables were intended to be a blue collar family. Cliff was supposed to be a chauffeur and Clair was supposed to be a housewife.

  • Goof:After Theo gives up an extra $100 for clothes, he is clearly holding $300 left in his hand. However when the camera switches back to Cliff, who asks how much is left, it switches back to Theo, who is only holding $200 left.

  • The nameplate outside Cliff's office says: "Clifford Huxtable, M.D." This continues for a few episodes until it is revealed that Cliff is short for "Heathcliff," not "Clifford." After this, the nameplate is seen from a distance--too far to be read by viewers.

  • In this episode, Vanessa refers to Theo as "Teddy" during the dining room scene and while on the stairs. Both Cliff and Claire call him "Theodore." There is no mention of the name used for the rest of the show, Theo.

  • Cliff deducts $50 from Theo's hypothetical monthly earnings for a motorcycle helmet. He'd need to buy a new one every month?

  • If you look closely when Cliff walks into the kitchen at the beginning, you can see the living room set used through the whole rest of the series in the background, when in this episode they used a cheesy pilot living room. I guess it wasn't finished yet? Maybe they filmed the living room scenes first and then did the kitchen scenes later.

  • Rudy has shampoo on the top of her head, but her hair was
    still in braids. Washing hair while it is still braided is characteristic of people whose hair is in extentions (weave), not necessarily in the case of Rudy, whose natural hair was only braided in two cornrows.

  • Cliff asked Clair how they ended up having 4 kids. But they actually have 5 kids. Sondra, their oldest child, appears a few weeks later. But this is probably because it's the pilot.

  • On NBC's The Cosby Show: A Look Back telecast, it's revealed that Phylicia Rashad is a fluent speaker of Spanish; and to incorporate this skill into the show, Clair was supposed to give a tirade in Spanish every time she was really upset with something the kids had done. In the pilot, a harried Clair comes down the stairs after
    handling a fussing Theo, Rudy and Vanessa, going off in Spanish!! Unfortunately, this character quirk was never developed--although in a few early episodes, Clair can be seen going off in Spanish.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye...

  • Vanessa's favorite food/meal is hot dogs.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Is That My Boy?

  • Rudy's favorite bear, Bobo, appears for the first time in this episode and will become a favorite prop for the run of the series.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: A Shirt Story

  • During the second-to-last scene, Cliff reminds Theo about Theo giving Cliff a big yellow tie that lights up for Father's Day. This tie would surface during the episode "Father's Day".

  • Goof: When asked about the $95 Theo said that if he lived to be 90 years old that would be like a dollar a day. On this episode Theo is 14 years old as stated by Cliff. If Theo wanted to equate his age to the value of the shirt he would need to live to 109 years old.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Breaking With Tradition

  • Goof: In the scene where Cliff takes the ball from Theo and places it on the counter, it is clear that the ball will roll off the counter. However, we never hear the ball actually fall off the counter. But,when the camera turns to Theo and he says, "Door two", then the camera turns back to Cliff, the ball is nowhere to be found on the counter.

  • In the scene where Cliff goes into Denise's room, to make her think about Hillman, listen closely. As he enters her room, someone in the audience coughs.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: One More Time

  • A scene of Cliff with a patient and Claire interrupting is cut from the syndicated and DVD version of this episode. But a clip of it can still be seen in the closing credits.

  • Season 1 Episode 8: Play It Again, Vanessa

  • When Cliff and Theo are playing chess, Theo never starts the clock to start his turn he just moves and stops the clock.

  • Not only does the clarinet turn around on the table, but the mouthpiece is on backwards, with the reed side facing the key holes instead of the thumbrest, and it keeps switching from right way to wrong way. (When Cliff puts it on the table, it's thumbrest facing the camera, mouthpiece backwards; but a minute later, it's turned around to show keys facing the camera with the mouthpiece on the correct way; but when Vanessa goes to pick it up, it's back the other way, with the mouthpiece backwards again.)

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