A strategically placed giant Teddy Bear will work wonders.
This episode begins with Rudy teaching Theo how to play checkers in the living room. Theo is obviously not grasping the rules of the game and Rudy is getting a little frustrated with him.
Before she gets a chance to just haul of and punch him with here cute little fists, Vanessa busts in on them. She is carrying a plate of appetizers and is trying to rush them out of the living room. She has two people coming over. A territorial conflict is starting to brew. All three of them start yelling at the other two of them about who gets to play checkers in the living room or who gets to have guests over.
Cliff comes in dressed like a weird mad scientist for some reason, and asks what the problem is. Vanessa explains that she needs the living room, because the two girls that are coming over are on the pep squad and they are all going to write cheers together.
|"You have disturbed my work in my laboratory!"|
After what seem like 10 boring minutes of just watching Cliff strain for rhymes and bumble around, the doorbell rings. He goes to answer it and in walk the two most judgmental girls in the world. They walk into the living room and Cliff starts dancing around them and singing songs that he makes up at the top of his head.
Finally, he looses steam and decides to leave. Vanessa is stuck there with her new friends. She is mortified.
Luckily, her friends just move on from this bizarre scenario and start snooping around the house for things to steal. They notice Clair's painting and then Vanessa offers to take them on a tour of the rest of the house. She remarks that she can't show them Theo's room, though, because the two beds will more than likely weird them out.
We transition to later on. In the living room, Clair is reading the newspaper and Cliff is jostling the couch around to bug her. He explains that he looking for the television remote control. He finally finds it and starts watching a show about percussion instruments. The show that he is watching has some guy in a gravely, Columbo voice. He introduces each kind of drum and then hits the drum. It is very boring, but Cliff is way into it.
Clair gets so fed up with just hearing this Columbo voiced man bang on drums and solve murders that she snatches the remote control from Cliff and breaks it!
Cliff says that that is OBKB, because he will just go to the appliance store and get a new one. Clair doesn't think this is a good idea, because every time that he goes there, he ends up buying all sorts of things that he doesn't need. Cliff just gets up right then and walks out to go buy some electronics. He insists that he is only buying a remote control. Clair is too smart for that and calls the place that he is going and tells them they are only allowed to sell him a remote control.
We move on to the kitchen. Theo and Rudy are locked in an epic battle of wits on the battlefield that is known as a Checker board. Rudy is wiping the floor with this feeble minded man. She just keeps yelling "King me! King me! King me!" at Theo until Vanessa comes in to see what is going on.
Theo tries to get Vanessa to play checkers, but Vanessa can't because her friends are coming over again. Theo is at his wits end. He doesn't want to play Checkers with Rudy, but it is his duty to make sure she has somebody to play it with. As long as he cannot find a stand in for himself, he is stuck playing.
They are briefly interrupted, however, by Clair calling Theo into the living room. Theo assures Rudy that he will be right back and goes in to find his mother with a very large Teddy Bear and a note.
|The note is not related to the bear. What is the deal with that bear?|
What is the deal with that bear?
Later in the day, Theo is pretending to do homework on the couch, but he obviously doesn't understand a word of it. Vanessa comes home from school and says she had a bad day. She looks like she was in a fight.
|Vanessa gets sleepy after a long day of fighting.|
Theo is explaining how he likes to be rich, when Rudy comes in and demands a partner to play Checkers with. Theo is still unable to find a different partner, so the duty yet again falls on him.
Vanessa goes down to the kitchen to find her parents putting away groceries. She explains that she was in a fight, because she got called a "Rich Girl." Everybody was teasing her because she had so much money and she thinks she is so much better than everybody else.
Cliff is very interested in this fight. He wants to know if Vanessa was winning the fight. He is way into the idea of his daughter fighting. What is he? Muhammad Ali?
Clair tries to explain to Cliff and Vanessa that they are not rich. She feels that to be rich, your money has to work for you, not you working for the money. She says that they work hard for the money. So hard for the money. So you better treat her right.
Vanessa says that when she has children, she's not going to have so much money. This will prevent these types of problems. Is this foreshadowing?
That night, we see Theo trick his father into playing Checkers with Rudy. Theo wants to watch, though, because he will take pleasure in seeing his father lose. Cliff is very confident that he will win this game, but he soon learns differently.
WEIRD THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THIS EPISODE
Cliff acts extra bizarre in this episode. His dancing around an embarrassing Vanessa in front of her friend is very odd. Also, his reaction to Vanessa being in a fight is very weird.
Also, what the heck was the deal with that GIGANTIC TEDDY BEAR in the living room? There was no explanation for it at all. Nobody even talked about it. It was just there. If a Teddy Bear like that was in my living room, it'd be, like, all my family talked about ever. It seems like the equivalent of having a gun in a play that never goes off. Nothing happens with this bear. SO WEIRD.
I am sad to report that our streak is over. No Cosby Sweater. Seven episodes in a row is pretty good, though. And we did have eight sweaters during that time. Maybe the average for the season will still one sweater and episode. Let's hope so.
Still, I am very saddened and disappointed by this development. Not even Cliff's awesome suspenders can make up for it.
|"Do these suspenders make up for me not wearing a sweater?"|
Rudy's cries of "King me!" are something that I still imitate when I play Checkers. Which is all of the time. I think that this season is finally starting to solidify. It took a few episodes for them to get used to not having Denise around, but they, obviously, are finding their groove without her.
Friday: Oh, wait. Denise is back.