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Play It Again, Vanessa is the eighth episode of Season 1 of The Cosby Show, also the eighth overall in the series. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Jerry Ross. The episodes originally aired in the United States on NBC on Thursday November 8, 1984.


While babysitting one of Cliff's patients babies, Clair decides she wants to have another baby.


While Clair cares for a friend's baby, she begins to consider having another. Cliff desperately tries to talk her out of it, claiming that babies are "false advertising", and grow up to be a nuisance. Clair's mother, Carrie, then reminds her that the older you are when you have kids, the older you'll be if they end up having to come back and live at home.

Did You Know?[]

  • Legendary jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie makes a guest appearance as Mr. Hampton, Vanessa's music teacher.