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The following is a list of episode for the eighth and final season the NBC-TV sitcom The Cosby Show. The series aired from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992 with 201 episodes produced throughout the show's eight seasons on the network.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD set release dates|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||24||September 20, 1984||May 9, 1985||August 2, 2005
January 21, 2014 (re-release)
|May 19, 2008||October 4, 2006|
|2||25||September 26, 1985||May 15, 1986||March 7, 2006
January 21, 2014 (re-release)
|August 25, 2008||February 7, 2007|
|3||25||September 25, 1986||May 7, 1987||June 5, 2007||October 13, 2008||April 4, 2007|
|4||24||September 24, 1987||April 28, 1988||June 5, 2007||February 9, 2009||November 7, 2007|
|5||26||October 6, 1988||May 11, 1989||November 6, 2007||--||March 5, 2008|
|6||27||September 24, 1989||May 3, 1990||November 6, 2007||--||July 9, 2008|
|7||26||September 20, 1990||May 2, 1991||April 8, 2008||--||January 13, 2010|
|8||25||September 19, 1991||April 30, 1992||April 8, 2008||--||January 13, 2010|
(Season 8 (1991–92)Edit
- This season comprises 25 episodes
- The mural "Street of Dreams," painted by inner-city youth from the Creative Arts Workshop in Harlem, was finally used full-time in season eight. The cast now danced in the sequence to a Hip-Hop blend that featured Lester Bowie on trumpet. The scenes of Bonet and Phillips in the original opening sequence were removed. After the controversy from the previous season, the producers gave recognition to the painters of the original mural in the closing credits. Malcolm-Jamal Warner wore glasses in this set of opening credits, but not in any episodes. At the end of the sequence, like he did in other seasons, Cosby turns his head and looks into the camera. A few episodes from season seven used this opening, albeit with Lisa Bonet and Joseph C. Philips in the opening credits, and at the end of the sequence, Bill Cosby would walk off and say, "Yo, chill out! Don't put your face in the mud, Pally!".
- The final episode "And So We Commence" features an extended sequence, with clips of each cast member dancing from the opening credits of every season (except season 1, which did not have dancing in the opening credits).
- A running gag throughout this season involves the house's front doorbell, which malfunctions in a variety of bizarre ways despite Cliff's attempts to fix it.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|177||1||"With This Ring?"||John Bowab||Adriana Trigiani||September 19, 1991||0801|
Eighteen-year-old Vanessa reveals that she is engaged to a 29-year-old head maintenance man of her university... and has been for six months.
Note: This is the first appearance of William Thomas, Jr. as Dabnis Brickey. Absent: Erika Alexander
|178||2||"There's No Place Like This Home"||John Bowab||Gordon Gartrelle & Janet Leahy||September 26, 1991||0802|
|Cliff announces plans to add a new room to the house for Clair... and only Clair. Sondra and Elvin are on the verge of purchasing their first house.|
|179||3||"Particles in Motion"||John Bowab||Adriana Trigiani
Story by: Adriana Trigiani & Linda M. Yearwood
|October 3, 1991||0804|
|During his first parent-counselor meeting, Theo and a single mother (Saundra Quarterman) discover mutual attraction. Rudy meets Stanley and the two are immediately smitten with each other, much to the chagrin of a jealous Kenny.|
|180||4||"Pam Applies to College"||John Bowab||Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.||October 10, 1991||0803|
Pam begins to realize that, because of her below average grades earlier in high school, she will not be able to attend the same college as her best friend.
Guest appearance: Richard Lawson as Mr. Bostic. Absent: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens
|181||5||"Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown"||Malcolm-Jamal Warner||Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.||October 17, 1991||0808|
Anxious to see a famous rapper, Rudy and her friends lie to their parents in order to get into a club for 16-year-olds and up. Cliff and Clair secretly send Pam, Lance and Charmaine to keep an eye on them.
|182||6||"It's Apparent to Everyone"||Neema Barnette||Hugh O'Neill||October 24, 1991||0805|
|Winnie and Nelson drive Cliff and Clair crazy around the house while Elvin and Sondra wait to move into their new house.
Absent: Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Erika Alexander
|183||7||"The Iceman Bricketh"||Carl Lauten||Courtney Flavin, Hugh O'Neill & Adriana Trigiani||October 31, 1991||0807|
|Vanessa's grandparents Russell Huxtable and Carrie Hanks demand to meet her fiancé Dabnis, who bonds with Cliff over a plumbing job.|
|184||8||"Olivia's Field Trip"||John Bowab||Courtney Flavin||November 7, 1991||0806|
Cliff chaperones Olvia's field trip to the museum; Theo falls victim to a scammer while ordering T-shirts for the community center.
Guest appearance: Wallace Shawn as Jeffrey Engels
|185||9||"For Men Only"||John Bowab||Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.||November 14, 1991||0809|
|Cliff teaches a class "for men only" at the community center.|
|186||10||"Olivia Comes Out of the Closet"||John Bowab||Kathleen McGhee-Anderson||November 21, 1991||0812|
Olivia tries to delay Martin's return to Asia.
Note: This is the last appearance of Joseph C. Phillips as Martin. Miriam Makeba appears as herself.
|187||11||"Two Is a Crowd"||Jay Sandrich||Gordon Gartrelle & Janet Leahy||December 5, 1991||0810|
|Vanessa and Dabnis have relationship problems, as do Rudy and Stanley.|
|188||12||"Clair's Place"||John Bowab||Adriana Trigiani||December 19, 1991||0813|
|As Christmas approaches, Clair gets a wonderful present: the completion of her special room.|
|189||13||"Theo's Future"||Jay Sandrich||Gordon Gartrelle,
Janet Leahy & Hugh O'Neill Story by: Hugh O'Neill
|January 2, 1992||0814|
|Theo is accepted to graduate school at NYU, but faces a tough decision when he is unexpectedly offered a chance to interview for a corporate job in San Francisco.|
|190||14||"The Price Is Wrong"||Malcolm-Jamal Warner||Gordon Gartrelle & Janet Leahy||January 9, 1992||0815|
|Pam, Lance, Charmaine, and a group of senior citizens protest a grocery chain that gives preferential treatment to customers in wealthier neighborhoods.|
|191||15||"Bring Me the Lip Gloss of Deirdre Arpelle"||John Bowab||Courtney Flavin||January 16, 1992||0816|
Kenny pretends that he is dating another girl, in order to make Rudy jealous and force Stanley out of the picture.
|192||16||"Eat, Drink and Be Wary"||Carl Lauten & Malcolm-Jamal Warner||Jill Condon & Leslie Strain||January 30, 1992||0726|
Rudy and her friends want to go on the subway.
Guest appearance: Debbi Morgan
|193||17||"The Getaway"||Chuck Vinson||Hugh O'Neill||February 6, 1992||0817|
Sondra, Elvin, and the twins finally move into their own house in New Jersey.
|194||18||"Cliff Gets Jilted"||John Bowab||Stuart Silverman||February 6, 1992||0818|
|Vanessa and Dabnis announce that they have broken their engagement... and would-be father-in-law Cliff is devastated.|
|195||19||"Cliff and Theo Come Clean"||John Bowab||Adriana Trigiani||February 13, 1992||0819|
Theo decides to turn down the corporate job in San Francisco and attend graduate school in New York. One of the students at the community center finds $600.
Note: This is the last appearance of Eugene Byrd as Eugene.
|196||20||"Clair's Reunion"||Carl Lauten & Anne-Louise Wallace||Marcia L. Leslie||February 20, 1992||0820|
Clair and her college friends plan a retirement party for one of their former professors from Hillman. Vanessa brings home a Senegalese exchange student.
|197||21||"Rudy's Retreat"||Carl Lauten &
Maynard C. Virgil I
|Lisa S. Benjamin & Nina Combs||February 27, 1992||0821|
Cliff and Clair see Rudy changing. While preparing their wills, Sondra and Elvin try to determine who should be the twins' legal guardian if the couple should both die. Charmaine and Lance prepare to visit Hillman College.
|198||22||"You Can't Stop the Music"||Alan Smithee||Gardenia Gabrielle & Ben Gramin||March 26, 1992||0811|
Cliff and Clair go to a local radio station for a live salsa performance. Kenny babysits Olivia.
|199||23||"Some Gifts Aren't Deductible"||John Bowab||Courtney Flavin||April 23, 1992||0822|
Kenny turns to Rudy and Cliff for help after lying to his girlfriend about plans for her birthday party. Cliff and Clair work on their income tax return.
|200||24||"And So We Commence" (Part 1)||Jay Sandrich||Courtney Flavin, Gordon Gartrelle, Janet Leahy & Hugh O'Neill||April 30, 1992||0823|
Theo prepares to graduate from New York University. An elated Cliff continues to invite additional people to the ceremony, despite the fact that Theo only has a limited number of tickets.
Note: The two-part series finale aired on the evening of day two of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Bill Cosby appeared on KNBC in an attempt to end hostilities, asking viewers to stop what they were doing and instead watch the series finale of the show.
|201||25||"And So We Commence" (Part 2)||Jay Sandrich||Courtney Flavin, Gordon Gartrelle, Janet Leahy & Hugh O'Neill||April 30, 1992||0824|
|As Theo graduates from NYU, Cliff remembers how a 14-year-old Theo received Ds in 9th grade and had no desire to attend college at all (featuring flashbacks to scenes from the very first episode in 1984). Denise telephones and reveals that she is pregnant. Olivia leaves to join Denise and Martin in Singapore. In the final scene, Cliff gets the front doorbell to work properly at last. He and Clair dance together... (which leads Cosby and Phylicia Rashād off the set to the applause of the studio audience. The scene was immediately followed by a three-minute "thank you" tribute from NBC).|