The following is a list of episode for the eighth and final season the NBC-TV sitcom The Cosby Show. The series aired from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992 with 201 episodes produced throughout the show's eight seasons on the network.

Series overview  Edit Elijah Ray Sanders Debut[edit | edit source]

This Season Marks The First appearance of Elijah Ray Sanders

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD set release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 24 September 20, 1984 May 9, 1985 August 2, 2005

January 21, 2014 (re-release)

May 19, 2008 October 4, 2006
2 25 September 26, 1985 May 15, 1986 March 7, 2006

January 21, 2014 (re-release)

August 25, 2008 February 7, 2007
3 25 September 25, 1986 May 7, 1987 June 5, 2007 October 13, 2008  April 4, 2007
4 24 September 24, 1987 April 28, 1988 June 5, 2007 February 9, 2009 November 7, 2007
5 26 October 6, 1988 May 11, 1989 November 6, 2007 -- March 5, 2008
6 27 September 24, 1989 May 3, 1990 November 6, 2007 -- July 9, 2008
7 26 September 20, 1990 May 2, 1991 April 8, 2008 -- January 13, 2010
8 25 September 19, 1991 April 30, 1992 April 8, 2008 -- January 13, 2010

(Season 8 (1991–1992) Elijah Ray Sanders Appear On This Season[edit | edit source]

Cilps He Was Dancing With Theo Vanessa And Rudy

The First Time He Appear With Cliff Clair Sondra Theo Vanessa And Rudy Or Pam Tucker And Olivia Kendall

The First Time I'm Appear With Cliff Clair Sondra Theo Vanessa Rudy Pam Tucker And Olivia Kendall

The First appearance of Elijah Ray Sanders

  • This season comprises 25 episodes
  • The mural "Street of Dreams," painted by inner-city youth from the Creative Arts Workshop in Harlem, was finally used full-time in season eight. The cast now danced in the sequence to a Hip-Hop blend that featured Lester Bowie on trumpet. The scenes of Bonet and Phillips in the original opening sequence were removed. After the controversy from the previous season, the producers gave recognition to the painters of the original mural in the closing credits. Malcolm-Jamal Warner wore glasses in this set of opening credits, but not in any episodes. At the end of the sequence, like he did in other seasons, Cosby turns his head and looks into the camera. A few episodes from season seven used this opening, albeit with Lisa Bonet and Joseph C. Philips in the opening credits, and at the end of the sequence, Bill Cosby would walk off and say, "Yo, chill out! Don't put your face in the mud, Pally!".
  • The final episode "And So We Commence" features an extended sequence, with clips of each cast member dancing from the opening credits of every season (except season 1, which did not have dancing in the opening credits).
  • running gag throughout this season involves the house's front doorbell, which malfunctions in a variety of bizarre ways despite Cliff's attempts to fix it.
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177 1 "With This Ring?" John Bowab Adriana Trigiani September 19, 1991 0801

Eighteen-year-old Vanessa reveals that she is engaged to a 29-year-old head maintenance man of her university... and has been for six months.

Note: This is the first appearance of William Thomas, Jr. as Dabnis Brickey. Absent: Erika Alexander 

178 2 "There's No Place Like This Home" John Bowab Gordon Gartrelle & Janet Leahy September 26, 1991 0802
Cliff announces plans to add a new room to the house for Clair... and only Clair. Sondra and Elvin are on the verge of purchasing their first house. 
179 3 "Particles in Motion" John Bowab Adriana Trigiani

Story by: Adriana Trigiani & Linda M. Yearwood

October 3, 1991 0804
During his first parent-counselor meeting, Theo and a single mother (Saundra Quarterman) discover mutual attraction. Rudy meets Stanley and the two are immediately smitten with each other, much to the chagrin of a jealous Kenny. 
180 4 "Pam Applies to College" John Bowab Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. October 10, 1991 0803

Pam begins to realize that, because of her below average grades earlier in high school, she will not be able to attend the same college as her best friend.

Guest appearanceRichard Lawson as Mr. Bostic. Absent: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

181 5 "Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown" Malcolm-Jamal Warner Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. October 17, 1991 0808

Anxious to see a famous rapper, Rudy and her friends lie to their parents in order to get into a club for 16-year-olds and up. Cliff and Clair secretly send Pam, Lance and Charmaine to keep an eye on them.

Guest appearances: rapper Special Ed and actor/rapper Daryl "Chill" Mitchell. Absent: Raven-Symoné, Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

182 6 "It's Apparent to Everyone" Neema Barnette Hugh O'Neill October 24, 1991 0805
Winnie and Nelson drive Cliff and Clair crazy around the house while Elvin and Sondra wait to move into their new house.

Absent: Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Erika Alexander 

183 7 "The Iceman Bricketh" Carl Lauten Courtney Flavin, Hugh O'Neill & Adriana Trigiani October 31, 1991 0807
Vanessa's grandparents Russell Huxtable and Carrie Hanks demand to meet her fiancé Dabnis, who bonds with Cliff over a plumbing job. 
184 8 "Olivia's Field Trip" John Bowab Courtney Flavin November 7, 1991 0806

Cliff chaperones Olvia's field trip to the museum; Theo falls victim to a scammer while ordering T-shirts for the community center.

Guest appearanceWallace Shawn as Jeffrey Engels 

185 9 "For Men Only" John Bowab Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. November 14, 1991 0809
Cliff teaches a class "for men only" at the community center. 
186 10 "Olivia Comes Out of the Closet" John Bowab Kathleen McGhee-Anderson November 21, 1991 0812

Olivia tries to delay Martin's return to Asia.

Note: This is the last appearance of Joseph C. Phillips as Martin. Miriam Makeba appears as herself. 

187 11 "Two Is a Crowd" Jay Sandrich Gordon Gartrelle & Janet Leahy December 5, 1991 0810
Vanessa and Dabnis have relationship problems, as do Rudy and Stanley. 
188 12 "Clair's Place" John Bowab Adriana Trigiani December 19, 1991 0813
As Christmas approaches, Clair gets a wonderful present: the completion of her special room. 
189 13 "Theo's Future" Jay Sandrich Gordon Gartrelle,

Janet Leahy & Hugh O'Neill Story by: Hugh O'Neill

January 2, 1992 0814
Theo is accepted to graduate school at NYU, but faces a tough decision when he is unexpectedly offered a chance to interview for a corporate job in San Francisco. 
190 14 "The Price Is Wrong" Malcolm-Jamal Warner Gordon Gartrelle & Janet Leahy January 9, 1992 0815
Pam, Lance, Charmaine, and a group of senior citizens protest a grocery chain that gives preferential treatment to customers in wealthier neighborhoods. 
191 15 "Bring Me the Lip Gloss of Deirdre Arpelle" John Bowab Courtney Flavin January 16, 1992 0816

Kenny pretends that he is dating another girl, in order to make Rudy jealous and force Stanley out of the picture.

Note: This is the first appearance of Gabrielle Carmouche as Deirdre. Guest appearance by Ed Lover

192 16 "Eat, Drink and Be Wary" Carl Lauten & Malcolm-Jamal Warner Jill Condon & Leslie Strain January 30, 1992 0726

Rudy and her friends want to go on the subway.

Guest appearanceDebbi Morgan

193 17 "The Getaway" Chuck Vinson Hugh O'Neill February 6, 1992 0817

Sondra, Elvin, and the twins finally move into their own house in New Jersey.

Guest appearancesNCAA basketball coaches Jim Valvano and Dick Vitale

194 18 "Cliff Gets Jilted" John Bowab Stuart Silverman February 6, 1992 0818
Vanessa and Dabnis announce that they have broken their engagement... and would-be father-in-law Cliff is devastated. 
195 19 "Cliff and Theo Come Clean" John Bowab Adriana Trigiani February 13, 1992 0819

Theo decides to turn down the corporate job in San Francisco and attend graduate school in New York. One of the students at the community center finds $600.

Note: This is the last appearance of Eugene Byrd as Eugene. 

196 20 "Clair's Reunion" Carl Lauten & Anne-Louise Wallace Marcia L. Leslie February 20, 1992 0820

Clair and her college friends plan a retirement party for one of their former professors from Hillman. Vanessa brings home a Senegalese exchange student.

Guest appearancesMargaret AveryCCH Pounder, and Daphne Maxwell Reid

197 21 "Rudy's Retreat" Carl Lauten &

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Lisa S. Benjamin & Nina Combs February 27, 1992 0821

Cliff and Clair see Rudy changing. While preparing their wills, Sondra and Elvin try to determine who should be the twins' legal guardian if the couple should both die. Charmaine and Lance prepare to visit Hillman College.

NoteKaren Malina White and Allen Payne appear on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. In the fall of 1992, White became a regular cast member of that series. 

198 22 "You Can't Stop the Music" Alan Smithee Gardenia Gabrielle & Ben Gramin March 26, 1992 0811

Cliff and Clair go to a local radio station for a live salsa performance. Kenny babysits Olivia.

NoteGracielaWillie Colón, and Mario Bauza and His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra appear as themselves. 

199 23 "Some Gifts Aren't Deductible" John Bowab Courtney Flavin April 23, 1992 0822

Kenny turns to Rudy and Cliff for help after lying to his girlfriend about plans for her birthday party. Cliff and Clair work on their income tax return.

Note: This is the last appearances of Merlin Santana as Stanley and Gabrielle Carmouche as Deirdre. The Uptown String Quartet performs James Brown's "I Feel Good". 

200 24 "And So We Commence" (Part 1) Jay Sandrich Courtney Flavin, Gordon Gartrelle, Janet Leahy & Hugh O'Neill April 30, 1992 0823

Theo prepares to graduate from New York University. An elated Cliff continues to invite additional people to the ceremony, despite the fact that Theo only has a limited number of tickets.

Note: The two-part series finale aired on the evening of day two of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Bill Cosby appeared on KNBC in an attempt to end hostilities, asking viewers to stop what they were doing and instead watch the series finale of the show. 

201 25 "And So We Commence" (Part 2) Jay Sandrich Courtney Flavin, Gordon Gartrelle, Janet Leahy & Hugh O'Neill April 30, 1992 0824
As Theo graduates from NYU, Cliff remembers how a 14-year-old Theo received Ds in 9th grade and had no desire to attend college at all (featuring flashbacks to scenes from the very first episode in 1984). Denise telephones and reveals that she is pregnant. Olivia leaves to join Denise and Martin in Singapore. In the final scene, Cliff gets the front doorbell to work properly at last. He and Clair dance together... (which leads Cosby and Phylicia Rashād off the set to the applause of the studio audience). The scene was immediately followed by a three-minute "thank you" tribute from NBC
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