Off to the Races is the 24th episode of Season 2 of The Cosby Show, also the 48th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Matt Williams. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on May 8, 1986.


Cliff's invited a former college rival "Tail-Wind Turner" to be on his team at the Penn Relays for charity. Cliff accepts, but is in for a surprise at the event.

Plot summaryEdit

Cliff "Combustible" Huxtable is thrilled when his former college track rival, Colonel Sanford B. "Tailwind" Turner, invites him to run the prestigious anchor leg of a charity relay race in the Penn Relays track meet. He's flattered to be asked to join the four-man mile relay, and is even more excited to discover that his formerly fleet-footed opponent, Charlie Stevenson, is now fat. But Cliff doesn't realize he's in for the surprise of a lifetime.


  • Bill Cosby's real-life wife, Camille Cosby makes an uncredited appearance.
  • Portions were filmed at the Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.

Note: Sabrina LeBeauf does not appear in this episode.