Play It Again, Vanessa


Episode Info

Frustrated because she can't master the clarinet, Vanessa (Tempestt Bledsoe) practices day and night, resulting in an acute case of aching eardrums for the rest of the Huxtables. Though Cliff (Bill Cosby) secretly wishes that Vanessa would give up the instrument, he refuses to cancel her upcoming recital--mainly because he had to deliver, by his count, "1100 babies" to pay for her music lessons. In a last-ditch effort to get Vanessa on track, Cliff enlists the aid of a talented clarinetist named Mr. Hampton, who looks, sounds, and plays just like Dizzy Gillespie (mainly because he is!)


Bill Cosby
as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad
as Clair Huxtable
Lisa Bonet
as Denise Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
as Theo Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe
as Vanessa Huxtable
Dizzy Gillespie
as Mr. Hampton
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