War Stories is the 11th episode and Season 3 of The Cosby Show, also the 60th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Matt Robinson. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on December 11, 1986.


Cliff, Russell, and two of his friends play a game of pinochle and share World War II stories. Vanessa prepares to go to a skating party with date Tyrone Baxter, but soon finds a very cute guy crossing her path.

Plot summaryEdit

When Cliff's father and his old Army buddies join Cliff in a pinochle game, Cliff is frustrated because the older men keep talking about the Army and won't let Cliff get in a word about his days in the Navy. Cliff becomes further exasperated when his father pulls one of his notorious pinochle hoaxes, with Cliff as the victim. Also, Vanessa is excited about her date with Tyrone, until she decides she also wants to date another boy.

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