History Series / TheCosbyShow

22nd Dec '16 7:00:24 AM GunarmDyne
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** One that came close for Clair was, "Let the record show-!"


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* DisproportionateRetribution: Cliff reminds Clair of one time Clair loaned some Tupperware containers to a neighbor who lost them. When the neighbor offered replacement containers, Clair took them out to the driveway and ''ran them over with her car'' because she was still angry about the originals being lost.
28th Nov '16 6:07:58 PM DrOO7
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** And in "Elvin Pays For Dinner", where Elvin genuinely doesn't realize that Sondra repeatedly telling him that it's okay if he has dinner with an ex actually means that she ''doesn't'' want him to go out, and ends up equally genuinely confused as to why she's so angry with him when he gets home.
23rd Nov '16 10:51:19 AM GunarmDyne
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* IdiotBall: While Cliff often has some wonderfully funny plots at sneaking food that he's normally not allowed to have (due to his wife's concern about his health), his excuse for eating Elvin's egg salad in Season 8 is such an example of holding the IdiotBall that it proves how the show had jumped the shark by that point.
** To clarify, Elvin's family was living with the Huxtables while waiting to close on their new house. Elvin made himself an egg salad to eat after work and left it in the fridge with the label of "E T," his initials. Cliff's excuse for stealing it was he thought it meant "Eat This."

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: How Clair manages to figure out that Cliff was the one who broke her favorite mug and attempted a sloppy repair job to fool her into blaming one of the kids, only he blurted out the fact it was hidden "way back" in the cupboard when only the one who hid it there would have known that was the case.
* IdiotBall: While Cliff often has some wonderfully funny plots at sneaking food that he's normally not allowed to have (due to his wife's concern about his health), his excuse for eating Elvin's egg salad in Season 8 is such an example of holding the IdiotBall was to claim that it proves how the show had jumped "E.T." initials on the shark by that point.
** To clarify, Elvin's family was living with the Huxtables while waiting to close on their new house. Elvin made himself an egg salad to eat after work and left it in the fridge with the label of "E T," his initials. Cliff's excuse
food container stood for stealing it was he thought it meant "Eat This."



** Averted with Cliff. He's a very good cook, but it's his ingredient choices that often scare people away.

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** Averted Played with but ultimately subverted with Cliff. He's a very good cook, but it's his ingredient choices that often scare people away.



* LongLostUncleAesop: In the second season episode "Close To Home", Samuel E. Wright (AKA the voice of Sebastian the Crab) guest stars as a friend of Cliff's; his daughter has a drug problem. We never hear from the friend or get any updates on the daughter after this episode.

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* LongLostUncleAesop: In the second season episode "Close To Home", Samuel E. Wright (AKA the voice of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Sebastian the Crab) Crab]]) guest stars as a friend of Cliff's; his daughter has a drug problem. We never hear from the friend or get any updates on the daughter after this episode.



* TakeThat: In the latter part of its run, the show battled with ''TheSimpsons'' for the Thursday night 8:00 pm time slot. In one episode, Olivia approaches Cliff wearing a Bart Simpson mask, and he tells her to take it off. At the time, ''The Simpsons'' was still considered a crass children's show.

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* TakeThat: In the latter part of its run, the show battled with ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' for the Thursday night 8:00 pm time slot. In one episode, Olivia approaches Cliff wearing a Bart Simpson mask, and he tells her to take it off. At the time, ''The Simpsons'' was still considered a crass children's show.



** Best emphasized after he learns about Vanessa's antics in ''Off to see the Wretched'' as he very calmly explains, after jumping eight feet, "Add another three, because when I see Vanessa, that's how far away from her I'll have to be."

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** Best emphasized after he learns about Vanessa's antics in ''Off "Off to see the Wretched'' Wretched" as he very calmly explains, after jumping eight feet, "Add another three, because when I see Vanessa, that's how far away from her I'll have to be."
5th Sep '16 1:53:45 AM GnomeTitan
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* AndThatsTerrible: Cliff's sarcastic reaction to Clair's complaints about what the city is doing in the Season 2 episode ''The Dentist.'' And it's not that he doesn't care, he just wants to sleep.

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* AndThatsTerrible: AndThatsTerrible:
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Cliff's sarcastic reaction to Clair's complaints about what the city is doing in the Season 2 episode ''The Dentist.'' And it's not that he doesn't care, he just wants to sleep.



* AllJustADream: There are two dream-based episodes during the 1989-90 season. "The Night the Spores Landed" has all of the men get pregnant. "Cliff's Nightmare" includes a FakeCrossOver with ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' and an OrWasItADream ending.

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* AllJustADream: AllJustADream:
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There are two dream-based episodes during the 1989-90 season. "The Night the Spores Landed" has all of the men get pregnant. "Cliff's Nightmare" includes a FakeCrossOver with ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' and an OrWasItADream ending.



* BerserkButton: Never under any circumstances let Clair catch you in a web of lies: being an attorney she's also an expert at unraveling them and trying to further cover them up only makes things worse.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Never under any circumstances let Clair catch you in a web of lies: being an attorney she's also an expert at unraveling them and trying to further cover them up only makes things worse.



* BewareTheQuietOnes: Vanessa believes this applies to a woman in Sondra and Elvin's first apartment complex as she once saw a horror movie where a similar woman ended up being AxCrazy.

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* BewareTheQuietOnes: BewareTheQuietOnes:
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Vanessa believes this applies to a woman in Sondra and Elvin's first apartment complex as she once saw a horror movie where a similar woman ended up being AxCrazy.



* BigEater: Theo, especially after he enters college

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* BigEater: BigEater:
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Theo, especially after he enters college



* BrickJoke: One in season 8. Kenny was about to give his girlfriend, Deidre, tube socks for her birthday but changed his mind at the last second. In the next episode, he gave them to Theo as a graduation gift (but kept one pair for himself).

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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One in season 8. Kenny was about to give his girlfriend, Deidre, tube socks for her birthday but changed his mind at the last second. In the next episode, he gave them to Theo as a graduation gift (but kept one pair for himself).



* ButNotTooBlack: Pretty much averted in the case of only casting lighter skin African-American actors. Clair, Elvin, Denise, and Sondra have lighter skin while Cliff, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy are darker.

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* ButNotTooBlack: ButNotTooBlack:
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Pretty much averted in the case sense of only casting lighter skin African-American actors. Clair, Elvin, Denise, and Sondra have lighter skin while Cliff, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy are darker.
26th Aug '16 8:47:19 PM dsneybuf
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** Another example of this involves Cliff's old Navy pal, Scott Kelly in the Season 3 episode, "Bald and Beautiful." The role was played by Robert Culp, Cosby's longtime friend and former co-star in ''ISpy''. In addition, in another Season 3 episode, "You Only Hurt the One You Love", the story partially revolved around Mrs. Granger, one of Cliff's co-workers at the hospital where he works. The role was played by Rita Moreno, whom co-starred with Cosby in ''TheElectricCompany''.

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** Another example of this involves Cliff's old Navy pal, Scott Kelly in the Season 3 episode, "Bald and Beautiful." The role was played by Robert Culp, Cosby's longtime friend and former co-star in ''ISpy''. In addition, in another Season 3 episode, "You Only Hurt the One You Love", the story partially revolved around Mrs. Granger, one of Cliff's co-workers at the hospital where he works. The role was played by Rita Moreno, whom co-starred with Cosby in ''TheElectricCompany''.''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.
16th Aug '16 9:24:29 AM GunarmDyne
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* AcquiredSituationalNarcissim: Theo gets his 15 minutes of fame after accidentally fishing up the dead body of a gangster and lets it go to his head. Vanessa quickly calls him out on the fact that he didn't actually do anything other than get lucky.

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* AcquiredSituationalNarcissim: AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Theo gets his 15 minutes of fame after accidentally fishing up the dead body of a gangster and lets it go to his head. Vanessa quickly calls him out on the fact that he didn't actually do anything other than get lucky.
16th Aug '16 9:23:14 AM GunarmDyne
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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Both of the AllJustADream episodes in Season 6 are the result of Cliff eating something he shouldn't right before bed, to the point that Clair warns him about it in the second example

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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Both of the AllJustADream episodes in Season 6 are the result of Cliff eating something he shouldn't right before bed, to the point that Clair warns him about it in the second exampleexample.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissim: Theo gets his 15 minutes of fame after accidentally fishing up the dead body of a gangster and lets it go to his head. Vanessa quickly calls him out on the fact that he didn't actually do anything other than get lucky.
16th Aug '16 9:12:36 AM GunarmDyne
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* DomCom

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* DomComDomCom: It was the #1 Sitcom for 5 years running.



* FreudianExcuse: Discussed. Cliff's kids believe the reason he won't allow pets in the house is because he once accidentally sat on his pet finch, Charlie, as a kid. Cliff's given reason is the kids have proven time and time again they aren't responsible enough to take care of pets and he wants to protect the pets from them.



* GenreSavvy: Played for laughs when Vanessa begins noticing similarities between current affairs and old movies she's been watching- even though there's no real connection.

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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Played for laughs when Vanessa begins noticing similarities between current affairs and old movies she's been watching- even though there's no real connection.connection.
** One of Rudy's friends immediately recognizes that Cliff had bought a new hamster to replace the one that died while in Rudy's care because the same thing had happened four times previously with other sitters.
27th Jun '16 8:30:16 AM GunarmDyne
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* LoopholeAbuse: When Clair is filming a TV show, she requests the janitor keep an eye on Cliff to keep him from eating the donuts in the dressing room. However, there are more pastries than just donuts on the plate so both men dig in with the realization, "That is not a donut!"
25th Jun '16 3:09:32 PM MrItty
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** Subverted when Clair and Cliff make it very clear to her that she is not rich
--> '''Cliff''': "Your mother and I are rich. ''You'' have ''nothing''!"
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