The Cosby Show: Season 4

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 24
1987

Call of the Wild

The newlywed Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon with shocking news for Cliff and Clair: they want to abandon their dreams of being a lawyer and doctor and open an out…

2 Oct 01
1987

Theogate

Theo and Cockroach come home unusually late from a track meet, and the Huxtables got a phone message earlier from the track coach. They both deny anything out of the ordinary h…

3 Oct 08
1987

It's Not Easy Being Green

Rudy wants to wear summer clothes in winter to a party, while Cliff tries to get rid of an old water heater.

4 Oct 15
1987

Cliff's Mistake

While setting up the house as a “haunted house” for Halloween, Cliff discover’s he’s lost a power drill that his neighbor loaned to him. First appearanc…

5 Oct 22
1987

Shakespeare

Christopher Plummer and Roscoe Lee Browne appear. Theo must read Julius Caesar for school, but complains that it is boring. Russel and his friends read scenes from the play alo…

6 Oct 29
1987

That's Not What I Said

Cliff and Clair have a marital argument after Theo gets detained by police for riding in a car with an unlicensed driver.

7 Nov 05
1987

Autumn Gifts

Rudy goes to an older widowed lady’s house each afternoon to have tea and play cards, but notices that she refuses to take her daily medication for diabetes. She tells Cl…

8 Nov 12
1987

Looking Back (1)

Sondra and Elvin have their first marital fight, and Elvin comes to the Huxtable house for comfort and support. Clair shares about the difficulties in their house as flashbacks…

9 Nov 12
1987

Looking Back (2)

Flashbacks are shown while history is shared with Elvin.

10 Nov 19
1987

Where's Rudy?

Theo and Vanessa lose track of Rudy in a mall while Clair enters a squash exhibition.
Earle Hyman (Russell) appears on the episode of A Different World which airs later t…

11 Dec 03
1987

Dance Mania

Theo and Cockroach have tickets to appear on television on the dance show “Dance Mania”, but are told that only one of them can enter the studio during the filming…

12 Dec 10
1987

The Locker Room

Theo and his classmates brag about their dates with girls in the locker room, but Theo’s mood changes when one of the guys goes out with Vanessa and brags about it the ne…

13 Dec 17
1987

The Show Must Go On

Vaudeville is shown to Rudy and her friends, who are unimpressed. Deon Richmond as Kenny.

14 Jan 07
1988

Bookworm

Clair drags Cliff to her book club meeting, and he’s the lone male there. Much to Clair’s surprise, Cliff knows quite a bit about the book in question! Meanwhile, t…

15 Jan 14
1988

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Rudy has to play the violin in music class at school, but gets jealous because she thinks her classmates’ instruments are more fun. Deon Richmond as Kenny. Naoka Nakagawa…

16 Jan 21
1988

The Visit

Theo visits a friend in the hospital who has cancer. Troy Winbush as Denny. Adam Sandler as Smitty. Special appearance by Armand Hammer.

17 Feb 04
1988

The Drum Major

Vanessa tries out for the drum major at school. Theo playfully mocks her efforts, but learns from friends that Vanessa is the target of sexism and intervenes on her behalf. Mea…

18 Feb 11
1988

Waterworks

Clair tries to stop Cliff from fixing a leaky pipe by hiring a team of professionals: friends of Sondra and Elvin from Princeton.

19 Feb 18
1988

Once Upon a Time

Rudy writes a fairy tale, and the colorful story is acted out in her fantasy. Members of the family play the roles of a village full of happy people and a mean group that ruins…

20 Feb 25
1988

Petanque

Cliff and a friend play p├ętanque. First appearance of Sullivan Walker as Dr. James Harmon.

21 Mar 03
1988

Trust Me

A friend of Clair’s has marital problems; Cliff takes a “mini-vacation” in the house as Theo, Rudy, and Vanessa try to stump each other with riddles.

22 Mar 17
1988

Home for the Weekend

Denise comes home from college, but seems to have more time for her friends than for the family.

23 Mar 24
1988

The Prom

Theo, Denny and Smitty go to great lengths to impress their dates for the senior prom but fail disastrously; Cliff and Clair relive their own prom. Troy Winbush as Denny. Adam…

24 Apr 28
1988

Gone Fishin'

When the Huxtable men go fishing, Theo catches a dead body, and soon attracts attention from the media. This success goes to his head, while Rudy and Kenny find a nest of baby…

About The Cosby Show

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

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