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Mother, May I?
Season 03, Episode 05
Air Date October 23, 1986
Writer Susan Fales
Director Jay Sandrich
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Mother, May I? is the fifth episode of The Cosby Show's third season which was first broadcast on October 23, 1986.


Cliff and Clair have their hands full with Vanessa, after the rebellious teenager ignores their order not to wear cosmetics – and comes home from school with the evidence all over her face. Also, after learning about fire safety in school, Theo urges his father to examine the smoke alarms in their home and arranges for a family fire drill.