Close to Home is the 20th episode of Season 2 of The Cosby Show, also the 44th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Carmen Finestra. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on Narch 13, 1986.


After an exhausting late shift at the hospital and a night's sleep, all Cliff wants is to read his paper in peace—but the children have taken over every room in the house.

Plot summaryEdit

It's an average day for the Huxtables: Denise teases Clair on her lopsided work of art after the two return from pottery class, and Cliff talks Theo and Cockroach into writing an educational rap song for a class assignment. But when Cliff's friend Dan confides about his troubles at home, Cliff is reminded that average days are not to be taken for granted



In all establishing shots of the Huxtable house, it seen as being in the middle of a group of houses, with fences on either side of the front steps. In episode #2.21 ("An Early Spring") some scenes take place on the Huxtable's front steps. In these scenes, there is a driveway the the left of the steps, and to the right of the house there is an alley.

Revealing mistakesEdit

While Mrs. Westlake is sitting on the steps talking to Claire, the rims of her glasses reflect light, but not the lenses. Obviously, there are no lenses!

*Note: Sabrina Le Beauf does not appear in this episode.