History Series / TheCosbyShow

9th May '18 7:11:08 AM Briguy52748
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** 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 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."" In the end, he just simply tells her, "Maybe it's best if you just go to bed" in an eerily calm tone, in clear contrast to Clair when she finally loses it and literally has to shout at Vanessa to make her go to bed.
3rd May '18 11:11:35 AM Briguy52748
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* RejectedApology: In "Off To See the Wretched," to say that Vanessa's repeated attempts to say "I'm sorry" don't work would be a huge understatement. Clair, in fact, becomes unnerved at the final attempt, telling Vanessa, "For all I know you're lying to us right now! '''''GO TO BED!!!'''''"
3rd May '18 8:05:29 AM Briguy52748
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* CantGetAwayWithNothin: Several episodes, as Clair looked for inconsistencies and oddities in her children's behavior like a hawk. Most notable examples:

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* CantGetAwayWithNothin: CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Several episodes, as Clair looked for inconsistencies and oddities in her children's behavior like a hawk. Most notable examples:
3rd May '18 8:04:38 AM Briguy52748
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* CantGetAwayWithNothin: Several episodes, as Clair looked for inconsistencies and oddities in her children's behavior like a hawk. Most notable examples:
** "Theogate": When Theo comes rushing into the house to eat supper after coming home later from a cross-country meet. Theo tries to bluff several explanations until a family court is convened and Clair asks some tough questions. When it is revealed that she and Cliff got a call from the principal summoning them to the school to talk about an unstated matter involving Theo, he eventually confesses that he had violated a team rule and was kicked off the team; he and another teammate had cruelly made fun of a waitress at the restaurant the team had stopped at, and the coach immediately ushered the team out of the restaurant.
** "Off To See the Wretched": The episode where Vanessa and her friends conspire to travel unchaperoned to a rock concert in a distant city, under the guise of staying overnight at a friend's house. The whole thing comes unraveled when a news bulletin announces the house they were supposed to be at caught fire and several people were unaccounted for, and Clair learns of other details that really make her blow her stack.
** "Theo's Dirty Laundry": When a pair of his girlfriend's laundry becomes mixed up in Theo's and Cliff finds it, it reveals that behind their backs he and the girlfriend had been co-habitating together (to save money) rather than Theo living in an apartment the parents were paying rent for. Again, tough questions reveal the truth.
27th Apr '18 11:33:23 PM ultimomant
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Featured a rare [[InvertedTrope inverted]] ChuckCunninghamSyndrome -- in the opening episode the parents have the exchange, "Why do we have four children?" "Because we did not want five!", but [[SeriesContinuityError it's later revealed that they do indeed have five.]] In later seasons, when Rudy had outgrown Cosby's trademark 'kids do the darndest things!' gags, the show introduced a CousinOliver in the form of Denise's stepdaughter Olivia, played by Raven-Symone.

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Featured a rare [[InvertedTrope inverted]] ChuckCunninghamSyndrome -- in the opening episode the parents have the exchange, "Why do we have four children?" "Because we did not want five!", but [[SeriesContinuityError it's later revealed that they do indeed have five.]] In later seasons, when Rudy had outgrown Cosby's trademark 'kids do the darndest things!' gags, the show introduced a CousinOliver in the form of Denise's stepdaughter Olivia, played by Raven-Symone.
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24th Mar '18 2:47:46 PM DrOO7
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* BabiesEverAfter: In the series finale, the family receives a phone call from Denise informing them that she's pregnant.
1st Mar '18 7:56:32 AM GunarmDyne
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* WhamLine:
** When one of Cliff's good friends has a bit of a breakdown in front of him, Cliff takes him aside to talk about it. The friend reveals that his daughter's been battling a drug addiction and it's tearing his family apart.
** When Cliff is having dinner with his Navy buddy, Scott Kelly who is known for his short temper, Scott explains to the waiter that his order is wrong. After the waiter leaves, Cliff commends him for handling that calmly and asks why he decided to curb his anger. The response, "I had to. I had a heart attack."
27th Feb '18 8:56:41 PM foxley
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* SchoolIsForLosers: Theo's friend Cockroach had this attitude, and it sometimes rubs off on to Theo. In one episode, he says he doesn't need to study because he's got a cushy job waiting for him running the family junkyard. Cliff asks him how is he going to weigh the scrap if he can't count. Cockroach says he has a foreman to do that. Cliff then asks how he is going to do the books if he can't count, and Cockroach replies he has an accountant to do that. Cliff then declares that he is going to go broke. Cockroach asks why, and Cliff says that if his foreman can count, and his accountant can count, but he can't, then he is going to go broke.
24th Feb '18 2:25:39 PM JessyS
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*** The payoff happens in the series finale when Theo graduates from college.
22nd Jan '18 7:22:09 AM GunarmDyne
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** In Season 2, Theo gets his ear pierced to impress a girl he likes, but it's a botched job and becomes infected. Cliff hopes that Russel will punish the boy, but instead Russel talks about how Cliff tried to wax his head for a girl (Clair!) and ended up burning it all off. Then ''Anna'' shares the story of how Russel tried to get her name tattooed on her chest, but said "Ada" instead because of a cold (and [[ContrivedCoincidence Ada happened to be the name of Anna's rival]]), and later had to have it removed. The Huxtable women comment that the men in their lives are idiotic for doing such ridiculous things.

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** In Season 2, 1, Theo gets his ear pierced to impress a girl he likes, but it's a botched job and becomes infected. Cliff hopes that Russel will punish the boy, but instead Russel talks about how Cliff tried to wax his head for a girl (Clair!) and ended up burning it all off. Then ''Anna'' shares the story of how Russel tried to get her name tattooed on her chest, but said "Ada" instead because of a cold (and [[ContrivedCoincidence Ada happened to be the name of Anna's rival]]), and later had to have it removed. The Huxtable women comment that the men in their lives are idiotic for doing such ridiculous things.
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