History Series / TheCosbyShow

1st Apr '16 7:42:48 AM GunarmDyne
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* AngerBornOfWorry: Clair infamous rant at Vanessa "Off To See The Wretched" was largely about how because of her lies, Clair assumed she was dying in a fire.
--> '''Clair''': You bring yourself into this house right now! And, if you think that 30-minute ride home was something, believe me, honey, we've only just begun! Here we think you're lying in the floor of some burning building dying of asphyxia and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?

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* AngerBornOfWorry: Clair Clair's infamous rant at Vanessa "Off To See The Wretched" was largely about how because of her lies, Clair assumed she was dying in a fire.
--> '''Clair''': You bring yourself into this house right now! And, if you think that 30-minute ride home was something, believe me, honey, we've only just begun! Here we think you're lying in the floor of some burning building dying of asphyxia and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! ''big fun''! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?



--> '''Clair''': SHUT UP! Don't you DARE open your mouth when I'm asking you a question!

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--> '''Clair''': SHUT UP! ''[[BigShutUp Shut up]]''! Don't you DARE ''dare'' open your mouth when I'm asking you a question!



--> '''Denny''': "She called me a 'Miserable, conniving cretin.' Then she turned to the desk sergeant and said, 'Have him arrested for impersonating a man!'"

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--> '''Denny''': "She She called me a 'Miserable, conniving cretin.' Then she turned to the desk sergeant and said, 'Have him arrested for impersonating a man!'"man!'



** In one early episode, Elvin says he never gets angry, but there are two instances in the show when he finally does. The first is during Cliff's dream where the men get pregnant and Elvin ends up shouting at Martin repeatedly to "Shut up!" and even smacks him. The second is when Cliff goes a little too far with the teasing about not co-signing Elvin's home loan and he delivers an epic, ''"SIGN IT!"''
* BigApplesauce

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** In one early episode, Elvin says he never gets angry, but there are two instances in the show when he finally does. The first is during Cliff's dream where the men get pregnant and Elvin ends up shouting at Martin repeatedly to "Shut up!" and even smacks him. The second is when Cliff goes a little too far with the teasing about not co-signing Elvin's home loan and he delivers an epic, ''"SIGN IT!"''
"''Sign it''!"
* BigApplesauceBigApplesauce: The vast majority of the series takes place in New York and the majority of that time is at the Huxtable's home in Brooklyn Heights.



* BigNo: Vanessa, after she learns she has a pimple that she can't easily cover up with a headband.
-->'''Cliff''': "What is she trying to do, outrun it?"

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* BigNo: BigNo:
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Vanessa, after she learns she has a pimple that she can't easily cover up with a headband.
-->'''Cliff''': "What --->'''Cliff''': What is she trying to do, outrun it?"it?



--> '''Cliff''': "Well, I'm pretty sure you've learned your lesson."
--> '''Theo''': "Oh, I've learned it, Dad! Whatever it is, I've learned it!"

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--> '''Cliff''': "Well, Well, I'm pretty sure you've learned your lesson."
lesson.
--> '''Theo''': "Oh, Oh, I've learned it, Dad! Whatever it is, I've learned it!"it!



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Theo's best friend Walter "Cockroach" Bradley appeared frequently during the first half of the series, was very close to the family, and even started to get some individual development ("An Early Spring"), then abruptly stopped appearing without explanation. The episode after his final appearance is even focused on Theo and Cockroach's gang of friends' locker room antics, which Cockroach would normally have been present for. Word still has it that his actor, Carl Anthony Payne II, refused to cut his hair as per Bill Cosby's wishes (the kids all changed hairstyles regularly throughout the series) and was eventually fired or left the show as a result. Sad stuff. And the haircut in question, that was apparently worth leaving the cast of what was currently the most beloved show on television? [[http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/423621/Cosby_Shakespeare_1.png Snip.]]

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Theo's best friend Walter "Cockroach" Bradley appeared frequently during the first half of the series, was very close to the family, and even started to get some individual development ("An Early Spring"), then abruptly stopped appearing without explanation. The episode after his final appearance is even focused on Theo and Cockroach's gang of friends' locker room antics, which Cockroach would normally have been present for. Word still has it that his actor, Carl Anthony Payne II, refused to cut his hair as per Bill Cosby's wishes (the kids all changed hairstyles regularly throughout the series) and was eventually fired or left the show as a result. Sad stuff. And the haircut in question, that was apparently worth leaving the cast of what was currently the most beloved show on television? [[http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/423621/Cosby_Shakespeare_1.png Snip.]]



* ContinuityNod: For example, in one seventh-season episode, Vanessa refers to her father's scaring a boyfriend off with an object lesson involving apples; and in another, Rudy mentions Theo's object lesson with Monopoly money from the pilot.

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* ContinuityNod: For example, in ContinuityNod:
** In
one seventh-season episode, Vanessa refers to her father's scaring a boyfriend off with an object lesson involving apples; and in another, Rudy mentions Theo's object lesson with Monopoly money from the pilot.



-->'''Clair:''' "''I remember a boy who still trick or treating when he was fifteen. All the other kids were half your size, you'd get to the door, reach right over them and put your bag up front. And the day after Halloween had THE NERVE to go around the neighborhood, knocking on each door begging "What have you got left?"''
-->'''Cliff:''' "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny And that's when your parents gave me you.]]''"

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-->'''Clair:''' "''I I remember a boy who still trick or treating when he was fifteen. All the other kids were half your size, you'd get to the door, reach right over them and put your bag up front. And the day after Halloween had THE NERVE to go around the neighborhood, knocking on each door begging "What have you got left?"''
left?
-->'''Cliff:''' "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And that's when your parents gave me you.]]''"]]



--> "ME? A HAM?! I cannot BELIEVE it! I'm so distraught, I MUST have a cappuccino!"

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--> "ME? "''Me''? A HAM?! ''ham''?! I cannot BELIEVE ''believe'' it! I'm so distraught, I MUST ''must'' have a cappuccino!"
1st Apr '16 7:08:58 AM GunarmDyne
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--> "ME? A HAM?! I cannot BELIEVE it! I'm so distraught, I MUST have a cappucino!"
* LethalChef: Averted. Cliff is a very good cook, but it's his ingredient choices that often scare people away.

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--> "ME? A HAM?! I cannot BELIEVE it! I'm so distraught, I MUST have a cappucino!"
cappuccino!"
* LethalChef: Averted. Cliff is LethalChef:
** Averted with Cliff. He's
a very good cook, but it's his ingredient choices that often scare people away.



* LoveMakesYouStupid: A lot of the incidents where Vanessa gets in trouble are due to her being boy crazy. It begins in season 2 and never really stops.

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* LoveMakesYouStupid: LoveMakesYouStupid:
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A lot of the incidents where Vanessa gets in trouble are due to her being boy crazy. It begins in season 2 and never really stops.



* NeverMyFault: Cliff. When he asks Elvin what his kids say about him, one of the responses is that he never admits his own mistakes. Clair is even worse than Cliff, mainly because she gets away with it.

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* NeverMyFault: NeverMyFault:
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Cliff. When he asks Elvin what his kids say about him, one of the responses is that he never admits his own mistakes. Clair is even worse than Cliff, mainly because she gets away with it.



* NoodleIncident: Played straight in Clair constantly reminding Cliff of his escapades as a teenager, most especially with Eunice Chantille.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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Played straight in Clair constantly reminding Cliff of his escapades as a teenager, most especially with Eunice Chantille.



* ShoutOut: The name of Vanessa's fiance in Season 8 is Dabnis, which is "Sinbad" backwards. Quite possibly named after the comedian of the same name and one of Bill Cosby's good friends. Sinbad himself was a guest star as a car salesman in an earlier season and later became one of the stars of the SpinOff series ''Series/ADifferentWorld''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The name of Vanessa's fiance in Season 8 is Dabnis, which is "Sinbad" backwards. Quite possibly named after the comedian of the same name and one of Bill Cosby's good friends. Sinbad himself was a guest star as a car salesman in an earlier season and later became one of the stars of the SpinOff series ''Series/ADifferentWorld''.



* TheSilentBob: Peter Chiara, Rudy's friend from across the street. He has more lines in the episode "A Girl and her Dog" than all of his other episodes combined.
** His younger brother Paul, who only appears twice, is the exact opposite.

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* TheSilentBob: Peter Chiara, Rudy's friend from across the street. He has more lines in the episode "A Girl and her Dog" than all of his other episodes combined.
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combined. His younger brother Paul, who only appears twice, is the [[MotorMouth exact opposite.opposite]].



* SmallNameBigEgo: Cliff honestly believes that he is ''the'' most distinguished graduate to ever come out of Hillman College.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: SmallNameBigEgo:
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Cliff honestly believes that he is ''the'' most distinguished graduate to ever come out of Hillman College.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: He's never named, but Denise's friend in the ''Jitterbug Break'' episode shows off some CrazyAwesome dance moves.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: SpotlightStealingSquad:
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He's never named, but Denise's friend in the ''Jitterbug Break'' episode shows off some CrazyAwesome dance moves.
1st Apr '16 7:04:13 AM GunarmDyne
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* ToiletHumor: Used only once when Cliff predicts how a little could would react to seeing the batter for Denise's "health" food.

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* ToiletHumor: Used only once when Cliff predicts how a little could kid would react to seeing the batter for Denise's "health" food.
1st Apr '16 6:57:47 AM GunarmDyne
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* WhatAnIdiot: InUniverse:
** Early on, Cliff tells Theo not to let whoever is at the door in the house- unless it's a pregnant woman in labor- because he's tired. Said visitor is Russel, who Theo sends away because of a LiteralMinded interpretation of Cliff's order. When Cliff finds out, he replies with-
--->'''Cliff:''' You are not that stupid! You are ''not'' that stupid!
** In Season 6, after Vanessa's misadventures in Baltimore, Clair mercilessly calls her out on her idiocy.
---> '''Clair:''' "Anyone with ''half a gnat's brain'' [after having their car stolen] would say, 'I'm going home now!' But, no, not you! ''You'' had to go to ''Baltimore'' and have ''big fun''!"
8th Feb '16 9:41:29 AM GunarmDyne
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* InsaneTrollLogic: Cliff calls Rudy out on this when she skips out on tap dance lessons for a school presentation by arguing that learning the steps and doing poorly in the performance would sully the family name. Cliff asks her how skipping practice entirely and making an utter fool of herself when the time came would be any better.
9th Dec '15 8:15:25 AM GunarmDyne
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* HeroicBSOD: Clair gets one in Season 6, prompting Cliff to send her on a mountain retreat. Cliff is also noted to have a minor one after every time he has to deal with Mrs. Minifield in season 8.

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
** In "Mrs. Westlake" in season 2, Theo describes his very hard math test, then talks about how, the last time he saw Cockroach, the poor guy was wandering the parking lot and muttering, "I couldn't make it past question three..."
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Clair gets one in Season 6, prompting Cliff to send her on a mountain retreat. Cliff is also noted to have a minor one after every time he has to deal with Mrs. Minifield in season 8.
1st Dec '15 7:20:09 AM GunarmDyne
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** Theo paints his math teacher in the 2nd season as this, but upon actually meeting her it's revealed she is a strict, challenging teacher who doesn't want her students to squander their educational opportunities and also reveals that Theo had been genuinely learning from her.
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* AngerBornOfWorry: Clair infamous rant at Vanessa "Off To See The Wretched" was largely about how because of her lies, Clair assumed she was dying in a fire.
--> '''Clair''': You bring yourself into this house right now! And, if you think that 30-minute ride home was something, believe me, honey, we've only just begun! Here we think you're lying in the floor of some burning building dying of asphyxia and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?
--> '''Vanessa''': Mom...
--> '''Clair''': SHUT UP! Don't you DARE open your mouth when I'm asking you a question!
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* DrillSergeantNasty: The aerobics instructor who Clair hires as her personal trainer in one season 5 episode has a reputation as this, but she actually ends up as more of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure as the episode progresses once she realizes Clair is serious in her effort to lose weight; she still runs her ragged but is very supportive and encouraging as time passes.
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* YouLookFamiliar: Joseph C. Phillips played a potential boyfriend for Sondra in a Season 2 episode, then returns as Denise's husband beginning in Season 6.
** David Langston Smyrl played three different roles before settling into his third and final role as Mr. Lucas the handyman. It should be noted that all three of his characters were attracted to Clair.
** Vanessa Williams first appeared as the LargeHam Jade in season 5, then returned as Cheryl, an exchange student from Barbados (which led to a fair amount of WhatTheHellIsThatAccent when the episodes aired there) and Theo's LoveInterest for season 7.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Joseph C. Phillips played a potential boyfriend for Sondra in a Season 2 episode, then returns as Denise's husband beginning in Season 6.
** David Langston Smyrl played three different roles before settling into his third and final role as Mr. Lucas the handyman. It should be noted that all three of his characters were attracted to Clair.
** Vanessa Williams first appeared as the LargeHam Jade in season 5, then returned as Cheryl, an exchange student from Barbados (which led to a fair amount of WhatTheHellIsThatAccent when the episodes aired there) and Theo's LoveInterest for season 7.
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