The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show: Season 2

UrbanWorks (1985)
Comedy, Family
USA | English | Color | 10h 25min

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin. They eventually married and had twins; but not before stunning their families by announcing the fact that Elvin was dropping out of medical school to open a camping store, and Sondra was dropping out of law school to help her husband in his endeavor. Denise was the "unique" child, the black sheep of the family. She had her own way of doing things, right down to the style of clothing she wore. After graduating high school, she left for Hillman College in 1986 (a year later, this would become the setting for the spin-off A Different World), but returned two years later with news that she was dropping ou

Cast View all

Bill Cosby Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe Vanessa Huxtable
Lisa Bonet Denise Huxtable Kendall
Phylicia Rashad Clair Huxtable
Bill Cosby Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable
Erika Alexander Pamela Tucker
Joseph C. Phillips Lt. Martin Kendall
Keshia Knight Pulliam Rudith "Rudy" Huxtable
Sabrina Le Beauf Sondra Huxtable
Geoffrey Owens Elvin Tibideaux
Raven-Symone Olivia Kendall
Keshia Knight Pulliam Rudy Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad Clair Hanks Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Theodore Huxtable

Crew View all

Director Tony Singletary
Jay Sandrich
Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Writer Bill Cosby, Matt Williams, Michael Leeson, Bernie Kukoff, Carmen Finestra, Jerry Ross, Ed. Weinberger, Chris Auer, Walter Allen Bennett Jr., Susan Fales-Hill, Winifred Hervey, Gary Kott, Janet Leahy, Michael Loman, John Markus, Earl Pomerantz, Matt Robinson, Elliott Shoenman, Mark St. Germain
Producer Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, Janet Leahy, John Markus, Terri Guarnieri, Caryn Mandabach
Musician Bill Cosby, Stu Gardner

Episodes View details

1 First Day of School 25 min | Sep 25, 1985

Cliff and Clair are overjoyed with the arrivial of the new school year, as their children are finally out of the house.

Writer: John Markus, Elliot Shoenman
2 The Juicer 25 min | Oct 02, 1985

Cliff, who has a fetish for electronic appliances, buys a juicer. Rudy and Peter, bored from Vanessa's inattentive baby-sitting, decide to use it even they are not allow to use appliances. David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Lucas. Peter Costa as Peter.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Matt Williams
Guest stars: David Langston Smyrl
3 Happy Anniversary 25 min | Oct 09, 1985

For Russell and Anna's 49th wedding anniversary, the family commissions a portrait of the couple as newlyweds, and offers them a cruise to Europe. Later in the evening, the whole family performs Ray Charles' "Night Time Is the Right Time", with Theo, Rudy and Cliff each lip-synching a solo. Earle Hyman as Russell. Clarice Taylor as Anna.

Writer: Elliot Shoenman
4 Cliff in Love 25 min | Oct 16, 1985

Sondra breaks up with her boyfriend Elvin and is depressed, taking it out on the family. Cliff and Clair aren't exactly unhappy; they find Elvin rather annoying. Later, he appears at the house with flowers and tries to apologize. While there, he offers some of his sexist rhetoric to Clair, who quickly becomes annoyed. First appearance of Geoffrey Owens as Elvin. Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl (Phillips joins the cast in Season 6 as Denise's new husband, Navy Lt. Martin Kendall)

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: John Markus
Guest stars: Joseph C. Phillips
5 Theo and the Older Woman 25 min | Oct 23, 1985

When friend Suzanne accompanies Denise to observe the Huxtables' normal behavior, a smitten Theo behaves far from normally. Robin Givens as Suzanne. Blair Underwood as Mark.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Carmen Finestra
Guest stars: Robin Givens, Blair Underwood, Victoria Platt
6 Halloween 25 min | Oct 31, 1985

Vanessa has a Halloween party. venessa has a crush on a one Robert Forman, day dreamming about her love she drops an entire tray of glasses and embarrasses herself in front of the guests. Pam Potillo as Janet. Dondre Whitfield as Robert. Akili Prince as Scott. (Years later, Prince would originate the role of Terrence Frye on All My Children. Upon leaving that series, he was replaced by Whitfield.)

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Elliot Shoenman
Guest stars: Akili Prince, Linda Arroyo, Audrey Wong
7 Rudy Suits Up 25 min | Nov 07, 1985

Rudy plays football and becomes a star, much to the chagrin of Clair, who worries she'll get hurt. But reluctance turns to excitement when Rudy is the star of her first game. Ethel Ayler as Carrie Hanks. Peter Costa as Peter.

Writer: Gary Kott
8 Denise Drives 25 min | Nov 14, 1985

Denise wants to buy a car. She plans to use her savings to do so, but Cliff and Clair quickly point out flaws in her plan. The answer to everyone's problems comes from friend Mr. Lucas, who has an old car he is willing to sell. Denise proves herself a good driver, and the car is hers. David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Lucas.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Carmen Finestra
Guest stars: David Langston Smyrl, Ann Flood, Paul Harding
9 Clair's Sister 25 min | Nov 21, 1985

Clair's sister Sarah gets engaged. First appearance of Joe Williams as Clair's father Al Hanks. Ethel Ayler as Carrie Hanks. Mario Van Peebles as Garvin.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: John Markus, Elliot Shoenman
Guest stars: Joe Williams, Mario Van Peebles, Russell Curry, Yvonne Erwin, Jeff Mooring
10 Clair's Toe 25 min | Dec 05, 1985

While preparing to go out on a proposal anniversary dinner, Clair breaks her toe, but tries not to let it upset her routine. In the end, she develops a unique piece of footwear to hide her cast.

Writer: Matt Williams
11 Denise's Friend 25 min | Dec 12, 1985

Denise asks Cliff to talk to her friend, who has a medical problem. Cliff diagnoses the girl as having a mild bladder infection, but learns that she was wary of telling her parents without certainty. Cliff and Clair decide to show the kids that they can tell them anything, but the children quickly point out that their parents will just get angry. Cliff admits that anger is part of problems, but tells the children that no matter what, they will be loved.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: John Markus
Guest stars: Stacey Dash
12 Mrs. Westlake 25 min | Jan 02, 1986

Theo's math teacher comes for dinner, to Theo's extreme consternation. He thinks she plans to tell his parents of a bad grade on a math test. To his surprise, Mrs. Westlake comes to dinner looking young, attractive, and even with a sense of humor; and she has a very good surprise! Mrs. Westlake also gives Theo his test-he actually gets an 89, and he proceeds to embrace her, much to his shock. Sonia Braga as Mrs. Westlake.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Elliot Shoenman
Guest stars: Matt Williams, Sonia Braga
13 The Auction 25 min | Jan 09, 1986

Clair bids on a painting by her great-uncle that her grandmother had once owned. Attempting to win her favor, Elvin tries to bake her a cake but fails miserably; he then gets advice from Cliff on how to pass himself off as a good cook. In real life, the painting used in the episode is Funeral Procession by Ellis Wilson.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Gary Kott
Guest stars: Stephen Oxendine, Eileen Letchworth, Michelle Pierce, John Marion, David O'Brien
14 Vanessa's Bad Grade 25 min | Jan 16, 1986

Vanessa steals a sweater from Denise. The two soon begin to fight. In the end, Rudy's choice of television viewing, the "I Have A Dream" speech, reminds the whole family of what a real problem is. Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech featured at the end of the episode (Originally aired four days before the first observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a U.S. federal holiday).

Writer: Ross Brown
15 Theo and Cockroach 25 min | Jan 30, 1986

Theo and his friend Cockroach scheme to pass a test on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", which neither one has read. First appearance of Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Phylicia Ayers-Allen changes her professional name to Phylicia Rashād, after marrying NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashād.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Thad Mumford
Guest stars: Claude Brooks, Traci Wolfe, Earle Hyman
16 The Dentist 25 min | Feb 02, 1986

Peter goes to the dentist, but has Rudy come along for moral support so Peter won't be afraid of the dentist anymore. Danny Kaye (in one of his last appearances) as Dr. Burns, who is also Cliff's dentist.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Elliot Shoenman
Guest stars: Danny Kaye, Barry Moss, Eli Giaggo, Max Barabas
17 Play It Again, Russell 25 min | Feb 13, 1986

Russell plays in a tribute with the band he played in years ago. Guest appearances by jazz musicians Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Percy Heath, Jimmy Heath, Tommy Flanagan, Eric Gale, Joe Wilder, Carlos Valdes ("Patato"), Bootsie Barnes, and Jimmy Oliver. Slide Hampton provided the audio track for Russell's trombone solos.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: John Markus
Guest stars: Josephine Premice, Art Blakey, Bootsie Barnes, Jimmy Heath, Tommy Flannagan, Joseph B. Wilder, Percy Heath, Jimmy Badman Oliver, Tito Puente, Carlos Patato Valdias, Eric Gale, Tito Puentes
18 A Touch of Wonder 25 min | Feb 20, 1986

After his limo collides with Denise's car, Stevie Wonder (appearing as himself) invites the Huxtables to a recording session. Wonder performs "I Just Called to Say I Love You" with Clair and the family. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Matt Williams
Guest stars: Stevie Wonder, Paul Lemar, Lorraine Morin-Torre
19 Full House 25 min | Feb 27, 1986

After an exhausting midnight shift at the hospital and a night's sleep, all Cliff wants is to read his paper in peace - but the children have taken over every room in the house. Classic scene: Denise's boyfriend sings reggae in front of the living room TV.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Gary Kott
Guest stars: Naoka Nakagawa, Clayton Prince, Tracy R. Proctor, Monique-Vion Sorel
20 Close to Home 25 min | Mar 13, 1986

A close friend of Cliff's, played by Samuel E. Wright, is overcome with sadness due to his daughter's recurring drug addiction. His feelings are set off as he observes the close relationship between Cliff, Clair, and Denise, who is his daughter's age.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Carmen Finestra
Guest stars: Samuel E. Wright
21 An Early Spring 25 min | Mar 20, 1986

Theo's math teacher has a baby and Cockroach shows a different side. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Sonia Braga as Mrs. Westlake. Cockroach's real name, Walter Bradley, is revealed in this episode.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Matt Williams
Guest stars: Matt Williams, Sonia Braga, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
22 Theo's Holiday 25 min | Apr 02, 1986

After Theo claims that he'll have no problem making it in the "real world", the Huxtables convert their house in the "Real World Apartments" and teach him a lesson about the real world; i.e., needing employment and references to get an apartment, income to get a bank loan, having to pay for his meals, etc. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach.

Writer: Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, John Markus
23 The Card Game 25 min | Apr 09, 1986

Cliff plays pinochle with his father, a former teacher, and a friend. Theo buys a cheap ring for his girlfriend Tanya. Earle Hyman as Russell. Roscoe Lee Browne as Dr. Foster.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Matt Robinson (I)
Guest stars: Bill Gunn, Roscoe Lee Browne, Tanya Wright
24 Off to the Races 25 min | May 07, 1986

In a charity run, Cliff races at the Penn Relays with "Tailwind" Turner and -- as apparent payback for the race a year prior -- ends up having to run the final leg against Olympic gold medalist Valerie Brisco-Hooks. Josh Culbreath as Col. Sanford "Tailwind" Turner. Valerie Brisco-Hooks appears as herself. Cameo appearance by Bill Cosby's real wife, Camille Cosby (uncredited).

Director: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Matt Williams
Guest stars: Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Joshua Culbreath, Dhamiri Abayomi, James Burnett, Ira Davis, James Hodge, Larry James, Charlie Stevenson
25 Denise's Decision 25 min | May 14, 1986

After much deliberation, Denise chooses the college that she will attend in the fall. Earle Hyman as Russell. Clarice Taylor as Anna.

Writer: Matt Robinson (I)


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