Sep. 20, 1984
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Cosby Show - 03x05 Mother, May I?

3x05 Mother, May I?

4.67/5 (3 votes)
First Aired: Oct. 23, 1986 on NBC
Summary: When Rudy reveals that Vanessa has make-up, Clair confronts Vanessa and reminds her that she is not allowed to wear make-up until she is 15. But Vanessa wears it anyway at the insistence of her friends, and ends up getting caught. Meanwhile, Theo learns about fire safety at school.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable played by Bill Cosby
Denise Huxtable played by Lisa Bonet
Theo Huxtable played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Rebecca played by Nicole Fort

Episode Quotes

Cliff: [coming into the kitchen to find Clair counting backwards] Uh-oh, she's counting down. Who's in trouble?
Clair: 29, 28, Vanessa, 27, 26.
Cliff: What's she in trouble for?
Clair: 25, 24, 23, 22, after we had our long discussion she had the nerve to come in this house with make-up on.
Cliff: Yeah, they want to grow up really fast, don't they?


  • Major League Baseball agreed to delay Game 5 of the "1986 World Series" (1986) a half-hour so NBC could air the episode.
  • The title is based on the childhood game based on asking permission to move.
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