Food for Thought is the second episode and Season 3 of The Cosby Show, also the 51st overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by John Markus. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on October 2, 1986.


Clair challenges Cliff to not eat any salty or fatty foods for the day. Denise leaves for her freshman year at Hillman College. Also, Rudy does not want her own room.

Plot summaryEdit

After a friend has a mild heart attack, Cliff struggles with his cravings when Clair insists he cut down on fried and fatty foods. Also, the Huxtables help Denise prepare to leave for her freshman year at Hillman College.

Scene quotes Edit

  • Cliff: [Clair is trying to get Cliff to change his eating habits.] I've been eating like this since I was four!
  • Clair: Yes darling. But now you are four-ty nine! And your little arteries don't unclog the way they used to. And who should know, BETTER THAN ME!
  • Cliff: [Blushing] Would you like to.....unclog my arteries?