This episode revolves around a sweater.
This time we see Rudy sitting at the kitchen table with a glass of milk and a straw. She begins to blow bubbles into the milk. Before she can get anything run really going, Clair busts in and puts an end to it. Blowing bubbles in your milk is forbidden in this household.
Determined not to be beaten, Rudy sucks up a little milk into the straw and blows it out into her cereal bowl. She then picks up the bowl and starts pouring the contents down her gullet. Clair will not stand for this either and just takes away Rudy's breakfast and rushes her off.
Cliff comes into the kitchen and he and Clair discuss how late he was out delivering babies. Cliff is having problems getting any sleep, if you can believe that. The two of them were supposed to go to a movie that night, but they postpone until Friday so Cliff can get some rest. I don't know how long they have lived in this household, but I have watched 40ish episodes of them living there, and I've learned that that is not going to happen. When will they learn?
Now Vanessa comes into the kitchen. She asks her mother if they can go get a new sweater, because Robert (Vanessa's boyfriend) has seen her in all the ones that she has. You know who does need a new sweater? Cliff! Am I right?
It turns out that Robert and Vanessa are going to go to a dance and Vanessa wants a sweater just like Denise's sweater. Clair points out that since Denise has this sweater already, why not just ask her to borrow that one? I would point out that if Denise were going to wear it, it's probably horrible, gaudy, or outrageous and Vanessa probably shouldn't want to wear it anyway.
Vanessa rushes off to ask Denise to borrow the sweater. Cliff remarks to Clair that there is no way that Denise will agree to this and the two of them make a bet: if Cliff wins he gets to eat popcorn at the movie. It is on.
The very second that they shake hands on this bet, Denise and Vanessa burst into the kitchen arguing about the sweater. Denise refuses to lend it out. Cliff has won again. Denise hasn't even worn this sweater for herself and would like a chance to wear it before Vanessa does. I guess that seems reasonable.
We move on later into the day. It is after school and Vanessa and Robert are in the kitchen "studying" the way young teenagers in puppy love do. They are making oogly eyes and holding hands and all of that.
Theo bursts in and interrupts them. Then in comes Denise. Denise informs everybody in the kitchen that they should not go into the living room. She offhandedly remarks that she just woke up Cliff from a nap and he is really cranky. I totally called that one.
Denise picks up the phone and Vanessa asks her to not talk on the phone here, because they are studying. This seems reasonable too. Can't Denise go upstairs? They just argue about it and also argue about that sweater again.
The next day, Claire comes home and asks Cliff how he is feeling. He is full of energy and ready to see that movie. He rubs in the winning of his bet to her.
We don't get to see much of this, though, because we move on to Vanessa in her bedroom. She is asking Theo for advice. She got a 'D' on her history test and is very worried about her parents' reaction. She asks for his advice on how to deal with them, because he has had a lot of experience in this area. He isn't much help, but he does confirm that she should be worried about their parents' reaction. Vanessa decides to not tell her parents right away, because she is worried that they won't let her go to the dance if they find out.
We move on even later to that night. Vanessa is picking out an outfit and asking for Rudy's advice on what to wear. Rudy thinks everything is fabulous. She then snoops around Vanessa's desk and finds her test with a 'D' on it and just totally busts her balls on it.
Vanessa is more wrapped up in picking out a sweater and decides to go ask Denise again for that sweater. She finds Denise's bedroom empty and goes inside, presumably to steal the sweater.
We move on even later into the evening. Vanessa and Robert get home from the dance. They talk about what a good time they had and are about to kiss, but Denise bursts downstairs to call her out on stealing the sweater. Robert goes to the kitchen while the two argue about it. Denise is super pissed about this and tells Vanessa she wants that sweater back immediately.
Meanwhile, Clair and Cliff arrive home from the movie. It turns out that Cliff fell asleep during the movie. He describes what he saw of the movie and it sounds very boring. I guess there was a cafe and a bicycle and I would've fallen asleep too. In fact, the two of them talk about this movie for so long that I almost fall asleep myself. It just goes on and on.
We finally get back to the two girls arguing. Vanessa comes into Denise's room to inform her that she will not be taking the sweater off until Denise apologizes for poking Vanessa in the shoulder. Denise refuses. So now we have a physical confrontation on our hands. They are shoving and pulling hair and being very loud.
|"I don't care how frumpy I look, I'm not taking off your sweater!"|
After sorting out the ordeal, both girls are punished for fighting and/or stealing.
Denise goes to her closet to put the sweater away and Cliff discovers a bunch of his clothes and Clair's clothes in her closet. These clothes have all been taken without permission, which seems pretty hypocritical. They point that out to her and tell her to return all of those clothes.
Clair leaves, but is not finished with Vanessa. Her and Vanessa go into Vanessa's bedroom. Cliff joins them for a discussion about just what the heck has been Vanessa's deal lately? Boys, basically.
Cliff and Clair are on their way from leaving, when Vanessa decides to just dig herself into a deeper hole by showing them her 'D.' They are understandably upset and take Vanessa into the kitchen to have a talk with Robert and Vanessa. This has got to be an exhausting night for Cliff and Clair. Lecture after lecture after lecture.
Basically, they come to the conclusion that Vanessa and Robert are not good at studying together. They need to prove that they are able to study together productively, or else they won't be able to at all. That seems a little too lenient to me, but whatever.
They all go into the living room to discover Rudy on the couch watching TV. For some reason, Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech is on. Everybody just stops what they are doing and watches it. Vanessa and Denise silently make up as his message of togetherness gets through to them. Either that or he has caused them to realize the futility and insignificance of their little problem in the face of the problems that he faced.
Or...you know what, I am not really sure what the exact message here is or why they decided to shoehorn this speech into the end of this episode. It seems a little out of place and weird that it's here, but it is a touching moment, it is believable that is makes the family react in the way that they do, and it doesn't seem right for me to try to make light of this moment in The Cosby Show, so that's as much commentary that I am going to offer.
WEIRD THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THIS EPISODE
Why is blowing bubbles in your milk so bad? Is it even hurting anything at all? No. Also, if you don't want your children to blow bubbles in their milk, don't give them a straw. It seems like if you give them a straw with milk, you already know what's going to happen. Do parents pour their children milk and give them a straw just for the thrill of denying them the simple and harmless act of blowing bubbles that will inevitably follow? Hey...that does sound pretty fun. I'm going to try that when my daughter gets home from school.
|Theo has really been stepping up his sweater game lately.|
|"I don't understand why this sweater isn't all shiny with leather sleeves!"|
Is it just me or is Rudy the cutest? I mean...look at this:
|Rudy, don't blow bubbles. My doctor told me to avoid things that are 100% ADORABLE.|