The Cosby Show: Season 6, Episode 17

Not Everybody Loves the Blues (1 Feb. 1990)

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Theo is upset his girlfriend might go to graduate school in another town. He and Elvin go to a nightclub; they hear the King of the Blues Riley Jackson. Turns out Cliff & Claire know Riley. He visits the family, helps Theo with his blues.

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Theo is upset his girlfriend might go to graduate school in another town. He and Elvin go to a nightclub; they hear the King of the Blues Riley Jackson. Turns out Cliff & Claire know Riley. He visits the family, helps Theo with his blues.

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B. B. King, baby! The thrill is gone!
30 August 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of all my all-time favorite Cosby episodes. And yes, judging by my review title, the main reason is because of the legendary Mr B. B. King, the King of Blues.

Theo and Elvin go and see a musician named Tailpipe Willie, but excitement grows because of the replacement, Riley Jackson (played by you know who).

Theo rushes home and has to tell Mum and Dad about him hearing unbelievable Blues music at the Steel Dog Cafe last night. Responding to his name being called out, B.B. emerges from the kitchen. You got to love Theo's surprised reaction, as he holds the record up in front of him and utters, "I'm buggin'!" Turns out Riley Jackson is an old friend of Grandpa Russell, who used to play in the same clubs together. If you don't remember, Russell used to play the trombone (see the second season episode "Play It Again, Russell").

Riley tells the family some stories about his songs and his life and how he used to know T-Bone Walker.

Other most memorable highlights of the episode include: Vanessa mocking the blues because she's not a fan and Clair turning her opinions into blues lyrics; Kenny bugging when he's face to face to Riley and proving to everyone that he's got the knack for the Blues (a scene where Deon Richmond really shines in the show, despite there of course being lots of other classic Kenny moments).

Clair used to sing the blues too: "What am I to do surrounded by all these men,

My sailor man is at sea, now, what's his name again?" Cliff responds by remarking a woman saying the blues like that will give you the blues.

More B.B. King showing his stuff on the guitar, Theo thinking that Justine wants to get married and doesn't know how to react and Cliff and Clair singing some blues.

Clair kicks it off and Cliff samples Kenny's lines from the earlier scene and does his thing.

Great episode. This is an episode that's highly recommended.

Peace!


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