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Denise Gets a D
Season 03, Episode 09
Air Date November 20, 1986
Writer Matt Geller
Director Jay Sandrich
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Denise Gets a D is the ninth episode of The Cosby Show's third season which was first broadcast on November 20, 1986.


Denise is sure her English paper deserved an "A" but discovers the discovers between high school and college when her Professor gives her a "D." When she comes home from college for the weekend, Denise must explain to her parents why her grades are faltering, aside from one 'easy A' course, Modern Cinema. Clair helps Denis rewrite her English paper, explaining that subjects for essays have to include specific examples and details, and can't just assume the reader knows what it's about. Also, when Clair takes to her bed with a pinched nerve, Theo helps out with the family chores – much to Cliff's amazement. Also Rudy is dismayed to be playing the wind, rather than the sun in a class play, but later learns to embrace it.