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Elvin Pays for Dinner
Season 06, Episode 13
Air Date January 4, 1990
Writer Gary Kott
John Markus
Director Jay Sandrich
Previous Getting to Know You
Next Cliff's Nightmare

Elvin Pays for Dinner is the thirteenth episode of The Cosby Show's sixth season which was first broadcast on January 4, 1990.


Sondra decides to stay home to work on her law school application, happily forfeiting a chance to go out to dinner with Elvin, his old college chum, Judy and Judy's sister. Elvin gallantly offers to stay home with Sondra, but she insists that he go. However, when he pays for her dinner, Sondra's so miffed, she refuses to speak to him! Later, Cliff explains the workings of a woman's mind to his son-in-law: Elvin is supposed to be psychic, of course – when Sondra said "go," she really meant "stay" and when she said "yes," she really meant "no!" Meanwhile, Sondra, who expects Clair to side with her after hearing the whole story, get a shocking surprise when Clair tells her she's just as much to blame for the whole situation as Elvin and probably even more because she wasn't honest with him or herself to begin with!