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Denise: The Saga Continues
Season 06, Episode 01
Air Date September 21, 1989
Writer Carmen Finestra
Gary Kott
John Markus
Director Tony Singletary
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Denise: The Saga Continues is the first episode of The Cosby Show's sixth season which was first broadcast on September 21, 1989.


When Denise returns from Africa a week early, she surprises her parents by revealing that she is married to a divorced naval officer named Martin Kendall and is the stepmother of his 3-year-old daughter, Olivia, who's mother surrendered full custody to him, because she wasn't mature enough to handle motherhood. Worse of all, they currently don't have a place to stay, and it looks like they will be moving back into the Huxtable household, to Cliff's dismay. Claire is also very dismayed about all of this, particularly because she and Cliff thought Denise would go back to college afterwards. Although Denise insists things will work out okay, and she probably will still manage to resume college, her parents are skeptical. When the Huxtables meet Olivia, Claire takes an immediate liking to her, and becomes worried that Denise will not be able to properly care for her. She has a change of heart when she sees Denise telling her stories that night.