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Can I Say Something, Please?
Season 05, Episode 17
Air Date February 9, 1989
Writer Carmen Finestra
Gary Kott
John Markus
Director Tony Singletary
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Can I Say Something, Please? is the seventeenth episode of The Cosby Show's fifth season which was first broadcast on February 9, 1989.


Time marches on, but some things never change. Cliff rents his favorite children's movies for Rudy's party, but Rudy prefers more contemporary titles. Rudy patiently explains the facts of life, "It's a New Age. Dad – get with it!" and asks for permission to go to bed when she feels like it, instead of at 9:30. Crafty Cliff agrees, knowing full well that Rudy's enthusiasm for staying awake all night will wane in a week. She actually lasts four days, but not without first seeing (and borrowing hard-boiled dialogue from) every late night 1930s gangster movie on the tube.