Vanessa sneaks out to see the movie anyway, but soon regrets it when she begins having nightmares.Now she insists on sleeping with Cliff and Clair, but she quickly overstays her welcome.Cliff is thrilled that Theo will continue the Huxtable tradition as a member of the football team.

But his delight turns to disappointment when he sees that Theo has no moves of his own.

Theo's plans to impress his date by wearing an expensive designer shirt are ruined when Cliff forces him to return the extravagant purchase.

But Denise comes to the rescue when she offers to make Theo an exact copy for a third of the price.

When Theo brings home a poor report card, he claims he does not need good grades to get a job.

So Cliff gives him an economics lesson with Monopoly money.

Much to Cliff's dismay, Denise goes on a date with Rafael, an older man who is a former merchant marine.

Cliff and Clair's plans for a quiet night are ruined when Vanessa and Rudy can't sleep, with Rudy claiming the wolf man was growling in her closet.

Note: In 1996, TV Guide included this episode as part of its "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History", ranking it No. When Rudy's goldfish dies, Cliff struggles over how to break the bad news to her.

Cliff wants to hold a formal funeral in the bathroom, but the rest of the family has other ideas about the proper site for the "memorial".

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.

Cliff forbids ten-year-old Vanessa to see a scary movie; though he allows older brother Theo to go.