The Cosby Show: the one with Denise and Vanessa fighting
There was a little misdirection in this episode that would have made Vince Lombardi proud. But whats it say about me that it took 24 years for me to notice it. Well, they say you never find the thing your not looking for.
This particular episode of the cosby show is rather harmless by Cosby show standards, in fact it could easily have been a Bradys Bunch episode, with Marcia fighting with Jan over a sweater that Marcia owned and Jan wanted borrow, and this is how the show basically played out. The Archetypical family sitcom.
The surprise comes at the end of the episode, after all concerned have gathered in the kitchen to work out the problems of the previous 24 minutes which are harmless and so easily solved, the actors then move into the Livingroom where little Rudy for some reason is up watching TV, on the television ( which back is to the camera) so we only get the audio, and the audio is the soaring voice of Dr Martin Luther King giving his powerful I Have a Dream speech, the African american Family comes together, suddenly the boy sits to the left, the mother and father on the couch, Vanessa and Denise make up and stand behind the couch, while Rudy falls asleep safely in her fathers arms, every one is posed , all watching the speech mesmerized.
Its a bolt out of the blue, but it illustrates something perfectly, without hyperbole and ostentation, how far African Americans had come about 22 years after that speech from a period where when a show like the Cosby show would have been literally impossible to then to now when a Black President resides in the whitehouse.
The whole point of the Cosby show was that the blackness of the character never came into it, the Cosby show could be played out with the same scripts without one edit with a white cast.
The thanks that this country owes to Dr King can never be truly expressed.
For all men for all people