Rudy's Sick is the 12th episode of Season 1 of The Cosby Show, also the 12th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Matt Williams. The episodes originally aired in the United States on NBC on December 13, 1984.


Clair could be named partner at her law firm if an interview goes well, but Rudy is sick! Cliff vows to take care of her while Clair works, and engages in some unique doctoring methods. Clair is named partner and Rudy is fine in the end.


Rudy is sick with a cold and has to stay home from school. Since Clair is being considered for a partner at her law firm, she has to go to work for the interview. Cliff takes care of Rudy while keeping office hours and seeing his patients. Clair wanted to stay home from work to take care of Rudy, but cliff insisted that he could handle everything. He makes taking medicine and drinking orange juice fun for Rudy! He then has to see one of his patients in his downstairs office, so, to keep as close an eye on her as possible, he takes Rudy down to the sofa, one floor up from the office.