Physician of the Year is the 15th episode of Season 1 of The Cosby Show, also the 15th overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by John Markus. The episodes originally aired in the United States on NBC on January 10, 1985.


Cliff is set to receive an important award, but a woman goes into labor right before the ceremony. Theo delivers his speech for him.


The very night that Cliff is to receive his award for Physician of the Year, he gets called away to the hospital to deliver a baby. In talking to Theo on the phone, he tells his 13 year old son, he must accept the award in his place and make his speech as well. Theo's scared but Clair assures him he'll be just fine. Will Theo make this delivery a success?)!

Quotes from sceneEdit

  • Theo: Dad, Denise is hogging the bathroom!
  • Cliff: Well, use the one downstairs.
  • Theo: The small one? That's for guests!
  • Cliff: Well, pretend you don't live here!

  • Theo: Dad, it's not fair!
  • Cliff: What do you mean, it's not fair? There's two men living in a house with 4 women. We're lucky we have a gas station around the corner!

[Theo comes out with a huge amount of shaving cream on his face]

  • Cliff: [chortling] Just promise me you won't lose the razor in there.
  • Theo: I put on too much, didn't I?
  • Cliff: Oh, no. Sometimes I use three to four cans myself.

  • Dr. Wexler: As you all know this hospital is number one, and that's because we go after talent that the other hospitals overlook. We've got blacks, we've got native Americans, we've got Hispanics, we've got Asian Americans, we have even got a Texan.

  • Dr. Wexler: [about Cliff Huxtable] His dedication to this hospital is so great that when other business at the maternity ward slowed down his wife came in pregnant.