Theo's Holiday is the 22nd episode of Season 2 of The Cosby Show, also the 46th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by John Markus, Carmen Finestra, and Matt Williams. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on April 3, 1986.


After Theo claims that he will have no problem making it in the "real world", the Huxtables convert their house in the "Real World Apartments" and teach him a lesson about the real world; i.e., needing employment and references to get an apartment, income to get a bank loan, having to pay for his meals, etc.

Plot summaryEdit

A cocky Theo is sure that in a few years he'll easily land a job as a fashion model and have a great car, apartment and lots of spending money. So the Huxtables stage an elaborate scheme to prove to him that living on your own is not what it's cracked up to be. Theo's lesson in reality starts when the Huxtable home is converted into the Real World Apartments with Cliff as the strictly business landlord, Harley Weewax; Clair as the restaurant owner, Millie Farquar; Denise as the shrewd head of a modeling agency; Vanessa as her gum-cracking receptionist, and Rudy as the hard-nosed bank loan officer, Mrs. Griswald.


Cliff wears a cap that says Magnum P.I., referencing The Cosby Show surpassing Magnum P.I as the number one show on Thursday nights, eventually becoming the number one show in prime time during the same season.



In all establishing shots of the Huxtable house, it seen as being in the middle of a group of houses, with fences on either side of the front steps. In episode #2.21 ("An Early Spring") some scenes take place on the Huxtable's front steps. In these scenes, there is a driveway the the left of the steps, and to the right of the house there is an alley.


*Note: Sabrina Le Beauf does not appear in this episode.