The Cosby Show: Season 1, Episode 17

Theo and the Joint (7 Feb. 1985)

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When Clair finds a marijuana joint in Theo's history book she and Cliff confront. Theo explains that it is not his and both Cliff and Clair believe him, but Theo feels that they are going ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Clair Hanks Huxtable (as Phylicia Ayers-Allen)
Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable (as Malcolm Jamal-Warner)
Rudy Huxtable (as Keshia Knight-Pulliam)
Mrs. Montgomery
Steven Thompson ...
Anthony Braxton
Jason Robert Chin ...
Freddy Wickers


When Clair finds a marijuana joint in Theo's history book she and Cliff confront. Theo explains that it is not his and both Cliff and Clair believe him, but Theo feels that they are going to look down on him from this point on. So they next day he goes to school to confront the person it actually belonged to. Written by Bukue_One

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Comedy | Family



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7 February 1985 (USA)  »

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In the scene where Mrs. Montgomery asks for the sex of her baby, Dr. Huxtable opens the book to reveal the sex, and when she jumps up and puts her hand on the book and says, "Forget it," she turns her head because she is laughing too hard. See more »


Theo: This is my dad.
Anthony Braxton: Hello, Mr. Huxtable.
Theo: Dr. Huxtable! Dad, this is Anthony Braxton.
Cliff: What name do you really go by?
Anthony Braxton: I'm The Enforcer.
Cliff: I'm The Dad!
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A good lesson on illegal drugs, even today
9 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode presents a dilemma far too common in households across America. Finding illegal drugs in your child's belongings was a problem in the 1980s when this episode originally aired, and it unfortunately remains a problem today. I think the script executed in 'Theo and the Joint' is a good outline for dealing with such a problem.

Theo is a good kid, but doesn't do well in school. He has other character flaws but he is a good son to Cliff and Claire. When his mother finds a marijuana joint in his textbook, Theo vehemently denies that it is his. Relying on his record of honesty and truthfulness, his parents believe him and say that the matter is closed. Theo, however, takes it upon himself to find out who is stashing drugs in his books. He brings the guilty party to his home, and the owner of the joint confesses to Cliff.

This had the potential to be one of the longest lasting episodes of any sitcom. It addresses an issue that is as much alive today as it was 20+ years ago, and addresses it well. Parents should all take a look at this sitcom in general, and this episode in particular, and keep the lessons of The Cosby Show in mind as they raise their own children.

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