Vanessa's Rich is the eighth episode and Season 3 of The Cosby Show, also the 57th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Tony Singletary and written by Margaret Beddow Hatch. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on November 13, 1986.


Vanessa gets into a fight with a classmate who calls her a stuck-up rich girl (Essence Atkins).

Plot summaryEdit

When Vanessa invites two friends over to visit, they see the large, well-furnished Huxtable home and report back to the other kids at school that Vanessa is a rich girl... and decide she must be stuck up. Angered and insulted, Vanessa gets into a fist fight to defend her reputation.

Scene quotesEdit

[On Vanessa complaining about the family being "rich"]

  • Cliff: Your mother and I are rich; you have nothing.

  • Cliff: [to Vanessa] Listen carefully. Your mother and I are rich, you have nothing.

Note: Sabrina Le Beauf and Lisa Bonet both do not appear in this episode.