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Birthday Blues
Season 05, Episode 22
Air Date March 30, 1989
Writer Carmen Finestra
Gary Kott
Director Jay Sandrich
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Birthday Blues is the twenty-second episode of The Cosby Show's fifth season which was first broadcast on March 30, 1989.


The kids launch Clair's 46th birthday with a candle in her morning grapefruit and a litany of references to how good she "still" looks. Cliff continues the assault with a description of how 50 is "right around the corner" and with a big sign that wishes her an (oops) "Happy 64th Birthday." Placido Domingo proves one bright spot as he sings "Besame Mucho" to her, but later, she must sit through an irreverent serenade from Cliff and a family "tribute" called "When Mom Was My Age." The final indignity: Cliff tempts her to abandon her diet for not one but three calorie-laden whipped cream cakes. Overwhelmed at last, Clair plunges hungrily into one of the cakes – without a fork!