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Day of the Locusts
Season 05, Episode 25
Air Date May 4, 1989
Writer Carmen Finestra
John Markus
Director Chuck Vinson
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Day of the Locusts is the twenty-fifth episode of The Cosby Show's fifth season which was first broadcast on May 4, 1989.


When Sondra gets strep throat, Clair and Elvin's mother, Francine remove the babies from the apartment, under the pretext of protecting them from Sondra's germs. In reality, the babies are protected because both Sondra and Elvin are wearing surgical masks, but Clair and Francine cannot resist an opportunity to have their grandchildren all to themselves. At first, Sondra's grateful. But later, high fever and Elvin's thoughtless comments about "letting out mothers take out Babies" send Sondra into an escalating spiral of suspicion and revenge. When she finally tracks them down, Clair and Francine experience the full onslaught of Hurricane Sondra.