History Series / TheCosbyShow

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..." ** 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.
14th Nov '15 8:52:27 PM redandready45
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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!
4th Nov '15 7:44:53 AM GunarmDyne
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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.
4th Nov '15 7:12:36 AM GunarmDyne
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Moving to Trivia
* 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.
4th Nov '15 6:48:16 AM GunarmDyne
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%%* ItsAllAboutMe
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%%* ItsAllAboutMe* ItsAllAboutMe: Vanessa is the biggest offender throughout the entire series as she's constantly called out for her selfishness. The best example comes in season 6 when Clair is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Vanessa constantly pesters her for money for a new CD, considering it life-threatening if she doesn't get it and not even considering what she's doing to Clair.
9th Oct '15 11:13:33 PM DrOO7
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** Even with the original Cosby kids--later season episodes focused on Rudy and her friends far more than previously, and grandkids Winnie and Nelson got more screentime also.
29th Aug '15 11:38:12 PM Eagal
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The main character getting focus on his jokes does not demonstrate an attitude of Its All About Me in Cliff. It demonstrates that the show considers the jokes that its main character tells to be humorous.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Every time, ''literally every time'' Cliff made a joke, there would be a cut to a reaction shot of someone laughing. It was cute in the first season, tolerable in the second, and slid straight into damned annoying after that. Watch the show something and see for yourself.
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Every time, ''literally every time'' Cliff made a joke, there would be a cut to a reaction shot of someone laughing. It was cute in the first season, tolerable in the second, and slid straight into damned annoying after that. Watch the show something and see for yourself.%%* ItsAllAboutMe
16th Aug '15 10:53:50 AM Taskmaster123
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%%* ItsAllAboutMe: %%** Cliff %%** Vanessa often gets this attitude too, though she's also often called out on her selfishness.
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%%* ItsAllAboutMe: %%** Cliff %%** Vanessa often gets this attitude too, though she's also often called out on her selfishness.* ItsAllAboutMe: Every time, ''literally every time'' Cliff made a joke, there would be a cut to a reaction shot of someone laughing. It was cute in the first season, tolerable in the second, and slid straight into damned annoying after that. Watch the show something and see for yourself.
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