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Theo's Gift
Season 06, Episode 05
Air Date October 19, 1989
Writer Mark St. Germain
Director Jay Sandrich
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Theo's Gift is the fifth episode of The Cosby Show's sixth season which was first broadcast on October 19, 1989.


Theo proudly answers all of Cliff's questions as Theo practices for an upcoming mythology exam. But when he scores low on a test where he knew all the answers but could not always understand the questions, Cliff and Clair take him to a learning specialist, who tells him that Theo has dyslexia. And although Theo's diagnosed condition is manageable, his and Vanessa's litany of accusations (about Theo's years of suffering parental criticism for laziness and bad study habits) proves to be unbearable for Cliff and Clair.