The Cosby Show

Season 8 Episode 5

Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 1991 on NBC

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  • Probably one of the better episodes from the last two seasons.

    J.T. Freeze (more than likely a spoof of M.C. Hammer; this was 1991 after all) comes to the Big Apple for a birthday celebration. Rudy and her friends, Susan and Danielle, all have a crush on this guy; so they naturally want to try to meet him. The only problem, where's it at. The Exchange (an "underage" club where no alcohol is served). So Rudy concocts what has to be one of the weirdest lies I've ever heard from a TV kid (claiming it's the Cultural Exchange and was a place where they would, among other things, study the Bible). Cliff and Clair, on the other hand, seem to have caught on early and enlist Pam, Charmaine and Lance to "do surveiliance" (read: spy) on them. From there, Charmaine points out the potential for some "old-heads" (about 19-20) hitting on some of the junior-high kids (such as Rudy and her posse).

    Inside, Pam, Charmaine and Lance are watching the girls (all in rather ridiculous disguises) as Rudy's posse anticipate J.T.'s arrival. Meanwhile, Pam gets hit on by one of the aforementioned "old heads", but manages to ward him off by holding a bottle (contents unknown, but looked suspiciously like a beer bottle) as if she would break it on him. So the guy moves Rudy and the gang with the usual array of pick-up lines (ex.: using a line from Lionel Richie's "Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady"), and proceed further to delve into an almost J.J. Evans-like display of immaturity while showing some rather weird dance moves. Lance (bad Jamaician accent and all) shows up asking for lessons when the old head wants to go after them, then Lance pulls out his inner Fred Sanford ("...before you dance with those three, these TWO {fists} wanna cut it").

    Anyway, J.T. arrives, does his rap (including a line that he wasn't expecting); resulting in Pam winning and getting to dance with him. And as if the girls' humiliation wasn't complete, J.T. notices Susan's eyelash fell off.

    Perhaps the funniest episode from the Pam era that sank the show during the final two seasons, though (more in line with the wild 1989-90 dream sequence episodes) it was more belly-laugh oriented.