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It's All in the Game
Season 07, Episode 05
Air Date October 18, 1990
Writer Janet Leahy
Bryan Winter
Director Neema Barnette
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It's All in the Game is the fifth episode of The Cosby Show's seventh season which was first broadcast on October 18, 1990.


The Huxtables return from a romantic weekend in Vermont to find the household in chaos. Olivia has "cleaned" her crayons in the new washing machine, wrecking it and Theo's shirts in the process; Vanessa has hit a parked vehicle with Cliff's car; Theo has appropriated various Huxtable household items for use in his own apartment. Obviously, it is time for one of Cliff's seminars on the hardships of being a parent. But the Huxtable offspring turn the tables to deliver a discourse of their own: a side-splitting expose of what it is like to be on the receiving end of one of Cliff's famous "talks."