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The Boys of Winter
Season 05, Episode 19
He shoots he scores
Air Date February 23, 1989
Writer Carmen Finestra
Gary Kott
John Markus
Director Tony Singletary
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The Boys of Winter is the nineteenth episode of The Cosby Show's fifth season which was first broadcast on February 23, 1989.


Cliff proudly introduces Elvin and Theo to his former basketball coach. The boys ask the coach why Cliff is so "sour on basketball." The coach is intrigued, but Cliff will not tell him – until Clair pulls out a videotape of his last "game." This charity game at the hospital between a team of male doctors and a team of female lab technicians shows Cliff at his winded, flat-footed worst on the court and at his most underhanded and devious between whistles. Nancy Lieberman heads the women's team, while Walt Hazzard, Dave DeBusschere and Senator Bill Bradley lead the men. Also, Rudy and Vanessa admire and athletic Cliff in an old photo album and Cliff and Clair reminisce about his "glory days."