History Series / TheCosbyShow

19th May '17 12:33:16 PM longWriter
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* WouldRatherSuffer: The regular actors ended up acting out a storybook scene from a [[ShowWithinAShow story Rudy wrote]], where an evil henchman makes romantic advances on the good song leader, and she rejects him:
---> '''Henchman:''' ...And then there's two weeks out of the year that I get to go on vacation and cruise and pillage. And if you played your cards right you could come along and pillage with me.
---> '''Song Leader:''' I'd rather sit on a cactus plant!
---> '''Henchman:''' We could do that, too, if you'd like.
13th May '17 9:39:08 AM brian8871
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* Corpsing: Theo and Cockroach desperately try to hold it together when Cliff is getting pelted by snowballs in the doorway.

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* Corpsing: {{Corpsing}}: Theo and Cockroach desperately try to hold it together when Cliff is getting pelted by snowballs in the doorway.
13th May '17 9:28:28 AM brian8871
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* Corpsing: Theo and Cockroach desperately try to hold it together when Cliff is getting pelted by snowballs in the doorway.
9th May '17 11:54:33 AM glickmam
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* TheCameo: Quite a few, including Creator/SammyDavisJr, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Robert Culp (Bill Cosby's co-star on ''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 ''ISpy''), ''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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9th May '17 11:53:36 AM glickmam
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* TheCameo: Quite a few, including Creator/SammyDavisJr, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Robert Culp (Bill Cosby's co-star on ''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 ''ISpy''), Rita Moreno (Bill Cosby's cast mate on ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''), Lena Horne, and Music/StevieWonder. See MuppetCameo below for another example.
9th May '17 11:52:53 AM glickmam
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* TheCameo: Quite a few, including Creator/SammyDavisJr, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Robert Culp (Bill Cosby's co-star on ''ISpy''), Rita Moreno (Bill Cosby's cast mate on ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', Lena Horne, and Music/StevieWonder. See MuppetCameo below for another example.



* [[TheCameo Celebrity Cameo]]: Quite a few, including Creator/SammyDavisJr., Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Robert Culp (Bill Cosby's co-star on ''ISpy''), Lena Horne, and Music/StevieWonder. See MuppetCameo below for another example.
9th May '17 11:48:05 AM glickmam
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** Clair also had a low tolerance for her children deliberately going behind her back to do things she specifically told them not to. The most famous example was Season 6's "Off to See the Wretched," where Vanessa lies to her parents by telling them she was going to a sleepover, but instead intending to go to an out-of-state rock concert with her wild friend and a few others. Things unravel quickly, and when Clair brings her daughter into the house that night, she really lets her have it. (Cliff remains calm during his wife's verbal rampage, but is clearly also very angry.) During that same season, she also is upset with Theo when she realizes he moved in with his girlfriend (purportedly to save money), contrary to an earlier rental agreement they had made, and kicks him out of the house.

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** Clair also had a low tolerance for her children deliberately going behind her back to do things she specifically told them not to. The most famous example was Season 6's "Off to See the Wretched," where Vanessa lies to her parents by telling them she was going to a sleepover, but instead intending to go to an out-of-state rock concert with her wild friend and a few others. Things unravel quickly, and when Clair brings her daughter into the house that night, she really lets her have it. (Cliff remains calm during his wife's verbal rampage, but is clearly also very angry.) During Earlier that same season, she also is upset with Theo when she realizes he moved in with his girlfriend (purportedly to save money), contrary to an earlier rental agreement they had made, and kicks him out of the house.
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."
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