"Didn't you and I already cover money management in the first episode?"
This knowing glance happens often. Because Mrs. Huxtable knows.
What in the world is that a jar of?
This glance assures us that Theo does not know.
Vanessa may never know.
Rudy's there too, but let's not mention her.
Anyhow, I'm going to do the rest of the episode in chronological order so we can see how people's costumes evolve over the course of the day. Since most of the Huxtables portray more than one character during Theo's journey into the real world, they end up making clever adjustments to their base look to indicate a new personality. It's highly theatrical and way smarter than I realized when I first watched it. Let's begin.
The only thing worse than being an underdog is not knowing you're an underdog.
A cigar is the universal shorthand for slumlord.
Also: that's a Magnum, P.I. cap he's wearing, which is a nod to the fact that the series aired during the same time slot as The Cosby Show on CBS.
A wooden spoon is the universal shorthand for home cookin'.
"Bitch, I am flawless."
When Theo gets upstairs, he is informed that his unfurnished studio apartment will cost him $600 a month. To secure the space, he is asked to put down three months' worth of rent: first, last, and security. With inflation, the price would come out to around $1180 a month today, which is actually decent for a studio in Brooklyn Heights. Demanding the last month's rent and a security deposit is maybe a little severe, but I've seen it done before, so his family isn't being totally unfair or unrealistic in their recreation of the real world.
I wish she expressed her mood through her hair in more episodes.
More convincing than Janet Jackson in For Colored Girls.
Also, she tells Theo that it would cost him between $800 and $1200 to get a modeling portfolio. We'll work with the median there: $1000 in 1986 would almost double in value by today's standards. That sounds to me like an awful lot for pictures and prints, but things might have been different in the '80s. Present-day digital photography has made it much easier to take, retouch, and print images. It's conceivable that the whole process was more difficult, and thus more expensive, 25 years ago.
Like a lawyer, except... well, OK, nothing like a lawyer.
Is it Mardi Gras?
This moment also interests me because it marks the first time that the show acknowledges Theo's double bed situation. Amanda tells him that it will be $200 to buy both beds, so he asks to buy just one. His request is denied, but it raises the question: why has he ever had more than one? When's the last time he shared a room with someone? They should've gotten rid of one a long time ago, or at the very least pressed the two twin mattresses together to make a king for him, right?
She works hard for the money.
She's going to feel the burn when Occupy Wall Street happens.
Ah, young love.
The episode ends with Theo getting a visit from his real parents.
Remember us? The people who have been tormenting you for the past 12 hours?
Wearing her best and brightest just to flaunt her opulence in his face.
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