Independence Day


Episode Info

Theo (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) claims that having his ear pierced is his "declaration of independence"--though in truth he has gone through the ordeal merely to impress a girl. Rather than admonish Theo himself, Cliff (Bill Cosby) turns the boy over to an even harsher judge: namely, Cliff's own dad Russell (Earle Hyman). Much to everyone's amazement, Russell turns out to be on Theo's side, even going so far as to recall his own youthful indiscretions...not to mention Cliff's! Clarice Taylor makes her first series appearance as Cliff's mother Anna (who clears up a nagging question by revealing that her son's name is short for "Heathcliffe").


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
Earle Hyman
as Russell Huxtable
Clarice Taylor
as Anna Huxtable
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