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20th Jan '18 5:43:05 PM DrOO7
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** At the bridal shower for a friend of Denise's, the girl admits to Denise that she got pregnant on purpose--she and her boyfriend wanted to marry, but both sets of parents were insisting that they finish college first. The girl is almost in tears recounting how everything has gone wrong--she had to drop out of school because of her pregnancy, he had to drop out to get a job, but can't get a decent one without a college degree, they have to move in with her parents because they can't afford their own home, etc.

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** At In "The Shower", at the bridal shower for a friend of Denise's, the girl admits to Denise that she got pregnant on purpose--she and her boyfriend wanted to marry, but both sets of parents were insisting that they finish college first. The girl is almost in tears recounting how everything has gone wrong--she had to drop out of school because of her pregnancy, he also had to drop out to get a job, but can't get a decent one without a college degree, they have to move in with her parents because they can't afford their own home, etc.
20th Jan '18 1:13:22 PM DrOO7
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** At the bridal shower for a friend of Denise's, the girl admits to Denise that she got pregnant on purpose--she and her boyfriend wanted to marry, but both sets of parents were insisting that they finish college first. The girl is almost in tears recounting how everything has gone wrong--she had to drop out of school because of her pregnancy, he had to drop out to get a job, but can't get a decent one without a college degree, they have to move in with her parents because they can't afford their own home, etc.
29th Dec '17 8:41:18 AM GunarmDyne
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Cliff delivers a few throughout the series:
** After Clair breaks her toe and spends the episode being petty and stubborn about it, Cliff reiterates the trouble she caused as a result and says she owes him an apology when all he wanted to do was help her.
** At the end of "If the Dress Fits," Cliff calls Clair out for her having been incredibly short-tempered at everyone while trying to lose weight.
17th Dec '17 1:26:42 AM jormis29
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* TheCameo: Quite a few, including Creator/SammyDavisJr, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Robert Culp (Bill Cosby's co-star on ''Series/ISpy''), Rita Moreno (Bill Cosby's cast mate on ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''), Lena Horne, and Music/StevieWonder. See MuppetCameo below for another example.

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* TheCameo: Quite a few, including Creator/SammyDavisJr, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Robert Culp (Bill Cosby's co-star on ''Series/ISpy''), Rita Moreno Creator/RitaMoreno (Bill Cosby's cast mate on ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''), Lena Horne, and Music/StevieWonder. See MuppetCameo below for another example.
10th Nov '17 11:49:08 AM mcgrew
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* HideYourPregnancy: Phylicia Rashad was visibly pregnant for much of season 3, and the writers ended up having her baby bump obscured by various props (most notably having Clair hold a giant teddy bear for no explainable in-universe reason).
** Bill Cosby hilariously lampshades this in some behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes where he continually pointed out the baby belly and even planned to have a car in the living room to hide it in one episode.
7th Nov '17 9:18:28 AM GunarmDyne
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* PlayingGertrude: Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair, is only ten years older than Sabrina [=LaBeauf=], who played her daughter Sondra.

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* PlayingGertrude: PlayingGertrude:
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Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair, is only ten years older than Sabrina [=LaBeauf=], who played her daughter Sondra.



* PoorCommunicationKills: The reason behind all of the conflict in the Season 7 episode ''The Last Barbeque''.
** Also the source of Theo's angst about Cockroach taking the spot on ''Dance Mania'' when he expected Cockroach to insist that he take it.
** 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.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: PoorCommunicationKills:
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The reason behind all of the conflict in the Season 7 episode ''The Last Barbeque''.
** Also
Barbeque'' when Martin says no to having a stripper at his overdue bachelor party and Denise thought he was sarcastically saying yes. It gets worse and affects the whole family.
** The
source of Theo's angst about Cockroach taking the spot on ''Dance Mania'' when he expected Cockroach to insist that he take it.
** And in 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.



* RealityEnsues: In "Off To See The Wretched", everything than can go wrong with the girls' scheme does, including their parents discovering what they've done. As Clair points out in her rant, "Did you ''really'' think four teenage girls could go careening off into the night and not ''one'' adult would find out about it?!" Speaking of which, Clair is the angriest that we've ever seen her- to almost frightening levels- and she is ''still'' that way at the episode's conclusion while Vanessa isn't sulking or pouting, but in tears. It doesn't help that this is just the latest of screw-ups by Vanessa, and indeed, it's the final straw, as Clair finishes up her rant by declaring, "You have proven to us that you cannot be trusted. It's going to be a long time before we even ''think'' of trusting you again."
** Vanessa does apologize, but it doesn't fix things. Right after the lecutre is done, she tries apologizing again and uses the "This won't happen again" line, but Clair shuts her down with this:
--> Clair: [[RejectedApology For all I know, you could be lying!]] [[SuddenlyShouting GO TO BED!]]
** The first episode has this occur when Cliff is listening to Theo try justifying his poor grades with a typical sitcom "Why Can't You Love Me The Way That I Am" speech. When Theo's finished, Cliff stands up, walks over to him and says:
---> Cliff: ...that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard you say. No wonder you keep getting D's.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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In "Off To See The Wretched", everything than can go wrong with the girls' scheme does, including their parents discovering what they've done. As Clair points out in her rant, "Did you ''really'' think four teenage girls could go careening off into the night and not ''one'' adult would find out about it?!" Speaking of which, Clair is the angriest that we've ever seen her- to almost frightening levels- and she is ''still'' that way at the episode's conclusion while Vanessa isn't sulking or pouting, but in tears. It doesn't help that this is just the latest of screw-ups by Vanessa, and indeed, it's the final straw, as Clair finishes up her rant by declaring, "You have proven to us that you cannot be trusted. It's going to be a long time before we even ''think'' of trusting you again."
** *** Vanessa does apologize, but it doesn't fix things. Right after the lecutre lecture is done, she tries apologizing again and uses the "This won't happen again" again," line, but Clair shuts her down with this:
--> ---> Clair: [[RejectedApology For all I know, you could be lying!]] [[SuddenlyShouting GO TO BED!]]
you're lying to us right now-]] '''[[SuddenlyShouting go to bed]]'''!
** The first episode has this occur when Cliff is listening to Theo try justifying to justify his poor grades with a typical sitcom "Why Can't You Love Me The Way That can't you love me the way I Am" am?" speech. When Theo's finished, Cliff stands up, walks over to him and says:
---> Cliff: ...Cliff: Theo... that is the dumbest ''dumbest'' thing I have I've ever heard you say. in my life! No wonder you keep getting D's.get Ds in everything!



** Cliff invokes this when teaching Theor about budget. Theo initially believes that he can sustain himself as a bus driver owning a motorcycle earning a certain amount each month. But Cliff slowly takes away the play money he gave Theo to demonstrate his example: he needs to pay his taxes, fix ups for his motorcycle, eat, and afford a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking girlfriend.]]

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** Cliff invokes this when teaching Theor Theo about budget.budgets. Theo initially believes that he can sustain himself as a bus driver owning a motorcycle earning a certain amount each month. But Cliff slowly takes away the play money he gave Theo to demonstrate his example: he needs to pay his taxes, fix ups for maintain his motorcycle, eat, and afford a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking girlfriend.]]
6th Nov '17 11:16:19 PM DrOO7
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* {{Bookends}}: The series starts with Cliff warning Theo that he won't get into college with his terrible grades and ends with Cliff flashing back to that very same conversation--at Theo's college graduation.


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** At the conclusion of the series finale, Cliff and Claire dance off the set.
5th Nov '17 10:44:07 AM Greensword101
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** Vanessa does apologize, but it doesn't fix things. Right after the lecutre is done, she tries apologizing again and uses the "This won't happen again" line, but Clair shuts her down with this:
--> Clair: [[RejectedApology For all I know, you could be lying!]] [[SuddenlyShouting GO TO BED!]]
** The first episode has this occur when Cliff is listening to Theo try justifying his poor grades with a typical sitcom "Why Can't You Love Me The Way That I Am" speech. When Theo's finished, Cliff stands up, walks over to him and says:
---> Cliff: ...that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard you say. No wonder you keep getting D's.
*** Long story short, the speech does not work and Cliff insists that Theo needs to put effort into his studies for a good future.
** Cliff invokes this when teaching Theor about budget. Theo initially believes that he can sustain himself as a bus driver owning a motorcycle earning a certain amount each month. But Cliff slowly takes away the play money he gave Theo to demonstrate his example: he needs to pay his taxes, fix ups for his motorcycle, eat, and afford a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking girlfriend.]]
31st Oct '17 8:16:25 AM GunarmDyne
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* DeadpanSnarker: Cliff and Sondra are the primary examples. (Well, this ''is'' Creator/BillCosby, after all.)

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Cliff and Sondra are the primary examples. (Well, this ''is'' Creator/BillCosby, after all.)



* DiggingYourselfDeeper: At the end of "Off to See the Wretched," Clair has spent several minutes chewing out Vanessa for her stupidity. When Vanessa finally gets a chance to speak, she asks for her punishment before going to bed. The nerve Vanessa has of treating the situation so lightly causes Clair to nearly lunge at her, requiring Cliff to hold Clair back.



--> '''Cliff''' ''(When asked to help raise money for the cause)'': I just wrote four college tuition cheques. I AM The United Negro College Fund!

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--> '''Cliff''' ''(When asked to help raise money for the cause)'': I just wrote four college tuition cheques. checks. I AM ''am'' The United Negro College Fund!
31st Oct '17 7:59:12 AM GunarmDyne
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* RadishCure: Cliff and Claire do it when Rudy complains about not being allowed to stay up late, choose her own clothes, etc. They agree to let her stay up as late as she likes.

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* RadishCure: Cliff and Claire Clair do it when Rudy complains about not being allowed to stay up late, choose her own clothes, etc. They agree to let her stay up as late as she likes.



* RealityEnsues: In "Off To See The Wretched", everything than can go wrong with the girls' scheme does, including their parents discovering what they've done. As Clair points out in her rant, "Did you ''really'' think four teenage girls could go careening off into the night and not ''one'' adult would find out about it?!" Speaking of which, Claire is the angriest that we've ever seen her, to almost frightening levels, and she is ''still'' that way at the episodes conclusion, while Vanessa isn't sulking or pouting, but in tears. It doesn't help that this is just the latest of screwups by Vanessa, and indeed, it's the final straw, as Claire finishes up her rant by declaring, "You have proven to us that you cannot be trusted. It's going to be a long time before we even think of trusting you again."

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* RealityEnsues: In "Off To See The Wretched", everything than can go wrong with the girls' scheme does, including their parents discovering what they've done. As Clair points out in her rant, "Did you ''really'' think four teenage girls could go careening off into the night and not ''one'' adult would find out about it?!" Speaking of which, Claire Clair is the angriest that we've ever seen her, her- to almost frightening levels, levels- and she is ''still'' that way at the episodes conclusion, episode's conclusion while Vanessa isn't sulking or pouting, but in tears. It doesn't help that this is just the latest of screwups screw-ups by Vanessa, and indeed, it's the final straw, as Claire Clair finishes up her rant by declaring, "You have proven to us that you cannot be trusted. It's going to be a long time before we even think ''think'' of trusting you again."
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