The Cosby Show: Season 2, Episode 17

Play It Again, Russell (13 Feb. 1986)

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After an example of not so great trombone playing at a Jazz club gig, Russell needs to get it together quick because the next time is his career finale.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Art Blakey ...
Bootsie Barnes ...
Jimmy Heath ...
Tommy Flanagan ...
Pianist (as Tommy Flannagan)
Joe Wilder ...
Trumpet Player (as Joseph B. Wilder)
Percy Heath ...
Slide Hampton ...
Russell's Trombone
Jimmy Oliver ...
Spencer Cunninghham (as Jimmy 'Badman' Oliver)
Timbal Player


Russell Huxtable (Cliff's Dad) has an off night on stage at the Jazz club. His usual flair for the trombone eluded him and his playing was less than he can accept. He's due to play one more time and then retire from performing. With help from his wife Anna, he keeps in practice for the big night. Will Russell blow up a storm or blow his big finale? Written by happipuppi13

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Comedy | Family | Romance




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The episode's title is a reference to "Play it again, Sam", a quote from Casablanca (1942) See more »


Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable: I'm not stubborn.
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