Mrs. Westlake is the 12th episode of Season 2 of The Cosby Show, also the 36th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Elliot Shoenman. The episode originally aired in the United States on NBC on January 2, 1986.


Theo's math teacher comes for dinner, to Theo's extreme consternation. He thinks she plans to tell his parents of a bad grade on a math test. To his surprise, Mrs. Westlake (Sonia Braga) comes to dinner looking young, attractive, and even with a sense of humor; and she has a very good surprise! Mrs. Westlake also gives Theo his test-he actually gets an 89, and he proceeds to embrace her, much to his shock.

Plot summaryEdit

When Cliff invites his math teacher, Mrs. Westlake, and her husband to dinner, Theo prepares himself for what promises to be the worst night of his life. But Theo is shocked and his parents are surprised when the prim and proper "Dragon Lady" turns out to be a beautiful and charming woman. Brazilian actress, Sonia Braga, guest stars as Mrs. Westlake.

Scene quotesEdit

  • Jack Westlake: Tell them what you did on the weekends!
  • Anna Maria Westlake: I drove a taxicab!

[everyone laughs]

  • Anna Maria Westlake: One day, this man gets into my cab and says, 'I need to get to the airport, and step on it!' I say, 'you want me to step on the airport?'

[more laughs]

  • Anna Maria Westlake: Then he says, 'I need to get there in a jiffy!' I say, 'this is not a Jiffy, this is a Yellow Cab!'

[more laughs].

  • Clair: So, did that man make it to the airport?
  • Jack Westlake: Yes, but I missed my flight!
  • Clair: [to Mrs. Westlake] I love your accent, where are you from?
  • Jack Westlake: I'm from Indiana.
  • Anna Maria Westlake: That's why I marry him, I love the way he talks!

[everybody laughs]

Trivia Edit

  • In real life, Sonia Braga has neither ever married nor had children.