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The Cosby Mysteries

an Episode Guide
by Scott Klobas

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Sat, 14 May 2005 02:00

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aired from: Jan 1994 to: Apr 1995 20 eps NBC 60 min stereo closed captioned

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The Cosby Mysteries was a short-lived crime drama that never quite gelled. The lead character, Guy Hanks, was a New York detective who retired after winning the lottery and became a criminologist. Hanks was still connected within the department. Most of the cases came as a direct result of Guy's friendship with Det. Adam Sully.

Part of the reason the show failed was plot threads that seemed to go nowhere. Barbara Lorenz, Guy's love interest from the early episodes, was a character that seemed to pop in right in the middle of an investigation, completely ruining any building momentum. Rita Moreno played Hanks' housekeeper, a relationship that was never fully explained. The character again was a pointless annoyance that disrupted the storyline. Finally, Dante Beze played Guy's protégé, Dante. Beze's character never fit in, and the actor didn't help either. Unfortunately, a viewer had to listen very carefully to understand Beze's mumbly delivery, and even then it was difficult.

Toward the end of the series, new producers Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin were brought on board to shore up the show. The Barbara Lorenz and Dante characters disappeared. The show improved, but by then it was too late.


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    Pilot 1994

  1. "The Cosby Mysteries (1)"
    gs: Alice Playten [ Oona Dowd ], Saundra Santiago [ Amy Flusser ], Louis Todaro [ Max ], Bruce Altman [ Robert Mott ], Kathryn Meisle [ Unknown ], Ann Dowd [ Unknown ], Byron Jennings [ Unknown ], John Cunningham [ Unknown ], Tom Signorelli [ Unknown ], Richard Kiley [ Sears Cushing ]

    rc: M.E. John Chapman

    b: 31 Jan 94 pc: _________ w: David Black & William Link d: Jerry London
  2. "The Cosby Mysteries (2)"
    gs: Alice Playten [ Oona Dowd ], Saundra Santiago [ Amy Flusser ], Louis Todaro [ Max ], Bruce Altman [ Robert Mott ], Kathryn Meisle [ Unknown ], Ann Dowd [ Unknown ], Byron Jennings [ Unknown ], John Cunningham [ Unknown ], Tom Signorelli [ Unknown ], Richard Kiley [ Sears Cushing ]

    rc: Chapman

    b: 31 Jan 94 pc: _________ w: David Black & William Link d: Jerry London

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    1st Season 1994

  3. "The Lottery Winner Murders"
    gs: Susan Pratt [ Unknown ], David Thornton [ Unknown ], Stacy Logan [ Unknown ], Jennifer Van Dyck [ Unknown ], Tony Hendra [ Cyrus Whitley ], Donald Wayne [ Sidney Fletcher ], Vincent Laresca [ Fuenta Partaga ], Nikolai Tsankov [ Counterman ], Leslie Salmon [ Female Body Builder ], Kipp Marcus [ Photographer ], John Edmundson [ Body Builder ], John Rainer [ Passerby ], Wally Dunn [ Dog Walker ], Manny Siverio [ Stunt Double ], Ned Corrigan [ Andre Belkin ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy goes under police protection when several lottery winners are murdered and a note is discovered claiming Guy is next.

    b: 21 Sep 94 pc: 60855 w: Ed Zuckerman and Ed Tivnan & Alfonse Ruggiero Jr. s: David Black & William Link & Ed Zuckerman d: Jerry London
  4. "Our Lady of Cement"
    gs: La Chanze [ Dr. Weeks ], Sam Freed [ Unknown ], Gerry Becker [ Unknown ], Caitlin Clarke [ Unknown ], Joan Buddenhagen [ Unknown ], Kale Browne [ Unknown ], Gwen Verdon [ Yolanda ], Zach Grenier [ Unknown ], Jane Summerhays [ Unknown ], Vince O'Brien [ Unknown ], Mario Todisco [ Lou ], Joseph Barbara [ Jackhammer ], David Black [ Man ], Toby Black [ Roy ], Cordell Whitlock [ Newscaster ], Scott Thomson [ Street Person ], Stephanie Pope [ Woman ], John Schiappa [ Evidence Officer ], Frank Cuervo [ Deli Man ], Carl Matusovich [ Russell Jr. ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy finds the body of an heiress encased in cement when he re-examines one of his old cases.

    b: 28 Sep 94 pc: 60854 w: Alphonse Ruggiero, Jr. s: Robert Van Scoyk d: Philip J. Sgriccia
  5. "Self Defense"
    gs: Erik Estrada [ Officer Antonio Ruiz ], La Chanze [ Dr. Weeks ], Joe McCaron [ Unknown ], Jerry Lanning [ Unknown ], Gwen Verdon [ Yolanda ], Michael Harney [ Officer Mike Principe ], Larry Attile [ Tom Casey ], Mark Karchorsky [ Uniformed Cop ], Jacqueline Knapp [ Mrs. Casey ], Maggie Rush [ Mrs. Ruiz ], Peter Bucossi [ Russ Brady ], Georgie Creighton [ Driving Woman ], Jim Taylor McNickle [ Driver #2 ], Blaise Corrigan [ Driver #3 ], Mario Todisco [ Lou ], Adam Lavorgna [ Teddy ], Mark Devine [ Kevin Lorenz ], Mitchell Greenberg [ Max ], Kathleen Doyle [ Dorothy ], Tomiko Fraser [ Waitress ], Elizabeth Mitchell [ Olivia Belleni (uncredited) ]

    rc: Chapman

    Sully is suspended from the force when he accidentally kills an officer during a bust. To get to the bottom of the matter, Guy and Sully investigate a clash between two cops three years previous.

    b: 5 Oct 94 pc: 60853 w: Edward Tivnan d: E.W. Swackhammer
  6. "Only You"
    gs: Miriam Colon [ Unknown ], Jean De Baer [ Unknown ], Mary Fogarty [ Unknown ], Fil Formicola [ Unknown ], Christian Maelon [ Unknown ], Carlos Sanz [ Unknown ], Socorro Santiago [ Unknown ], Kim Sykes [ Nurse #1 ], Laura Rhodarmer [ Nurse #2 ], Neal Benari [ Doctor ], David Lipman [ Dealer ], Lucy Martin [ Receptionist ], Kay Walbye [ Olivia ], Prianga Pieris [ Kalayjan ], Mario Todisco [ Lou ], Nan-Lynn Nelson [ Dr. Hudson ], Melody Nieves [ Jackie Montero ], Judy Reyes [ Laura Montero ], Jack Koenig [ Richard Blume ], Clark Terry [ Clark ], William Wise [ Handy ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy investigates the death of a woman entangled in a love triangle.

    b: 12 Oct 94 pc: 60851 w: Siobhan Byrne d: E.W. Swackhamer
  7. "One Day at a Time"
    gs: Austin Pendleton [ Maynard Caldwell ], Gerald Anthony [ Unknown ], Michael Constantine [ Unknown ], David Burke [ Unknown ], Morgan Urbano [ Unknown ], Chuck Cooper [ Unknown ], Pamela Blair [ Julianne ], Lawrence B. Adisa [ 3 Card Monte Dealer ], Deidre Westervelt [ Sandra ], John Wallowitch [ Piano Player ], Joe Sharkey [ Officer Colaness ], Michael Quill [ Man ], Harry S. Murphy [ Herman Bronson ], William Link [ Ben Sapelsky ], John Henry Kurtz [ Mr. Poppy ], JeanMarie Flynn [ Woman ]

    rc: Chapman

    At the request of Barbara, Guy investigates the murder of an informant.

    b: 19 Oct 94 pc: 60852 w: Charles Kipps d: John Whitesell
  8. "Home, Street Home"
    gs: Tovah Feldshuh [ Rose ], Barton Heyman [ Unknown ], Arnold Stang [ Unknown ], Richard Council [ Unknown ], Armand Schultz [ Dr. Brown ], John Henry Kurtz [ Mr. Poppy ], Lazaro Perez [ Walter ], Mario Todisco [ Lou ], Janet Aldrich [ Courtney ], Hillel Meltzer [ Nerd ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy tries to determine the identity of a homeless woman that can't remember anything beyond the last two years.

    b: 26 Oct 94 pc: 60856 w: Charles Kipps d: Corey Allen
  9. "The Fine Art of Murder"
    gs: Simon Jones [ Winston Murdoch ], Karen Kopins [ Lauren Murdoch ], Terrell Anthony [ Jack Evergreen ], Jeanne Ashe [ Herself ], Peter Bartlett [ Cigar Store Manager ], Barbara Ellen [ Amanda ], Kenneth Garner [ Al ], Paul Matsumoto [ Alex ], Donald Symington [ Host ]

    rc: Chapman

    While attending an elegant party, Guy is engaged in a battle of wits over 'The Fine Art of Murder'.

    b: 2 Nov 94 pc: 60858 w: Edward Tivnan d: Edward Tivnan & William Link d: Alan J. Levi
  10. "Expert Witness"
    gs: Phylicia Rashad [ Hadley Roebuck ], Dylan Baker [ Joseph Dutton ], Lenka Peterson [ Louise Taft ], Chuck Cooper [ Prosecutor? ], Don Chastain [ Robert the Handyman ], Ruben Santiago-Hudson [ Det. Scott Clyde? ], Eddie Bracken [ Vernon Hood ], Linda Pierce [ Judge ], Henry Simmons, II [ Kevin Lewis ], Mario Todisco [ Lou ], Sara Cedar Miller [ Sara ], Jack O'Connell [ Robert Wyle ], Rusty DeWees [ Bailiff ], Kiki Moritsugu [ Cashier ], Tracie May [ Beautiful Girl ], Kira Lindsey [ Girlfriend ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy clashes with an old flame when both are expert witnesses in the trial of a 70-year-old cat burglar.

    b: 16 Nov 94 pc: 60859 w: Charles Kipps & Siobhan Byrne & Nancy Miller s: William Link & Edward Tivnan & Nancy Miller d: Corey Allen

    NOTE: Phylicia Rashad, of course, acted opposite Bill Cosby in both the classic The Cosby Show and the current Cosby.
  11. "Mirror, Mirror"
    gs: Stephen Schnetzer [ Marty Brackett/Howard Brackett ], Fiona Hutchinson [ Brenda Brackett ], MacIntyre Dixon [ Unknown ], Keili??? [ Maxine ], Thom Sesna [ Unknown ], Dennis Christopher [ Unknown ], Mike Burstyn [ Unknown ], John Henry Gurtz [ Mr. Poppy ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy tracks down the origin of a rare jazz album in the hopes of solving the murder of a wealthy lawyer. Suspects include the secretary, a rival music collector and the victim's identical twin brother.

    b: 30 Nov 94 pc: 60860 w: Harold Schecter & Eric Overmyer s: Harold Schecter d: Gwen Arner
  12. "Camouflage"
    gs: Clarence Williams III [ Eugene Lukes ], Harold Perrineau [ Junior Vansen ], Sharif Rashed [ Willie Vansen ], Marie Thomas [ Dr. Sissy Lukes ], Karen Kandel [ Brenda Kingston ], Zachary Simmons Glover [ Benny Kingston ], Christina Vidal [ Ramona Suarez ], Joseph Costa [ Mr. Lancini ], Ashanti Williams [ Victor Lukes ], Ron Nakahura [ M.C. ], Jerry Giorgio [ Homicide Detective ], Hil Cato [ Assistant Principal ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy looks into the accidental shooting death of a musician's 12-year-old son.

    b: 14 Dec 94 pc: 60857 w: Eric Overmyer d: Neema Barnette
  13. "Last Tango"
    gs: Lois Nettleton [ Mrs. Adams ], Anne Bobby [ Sarah Adams ], Helen Gallagher [ Unknown ], Gregory Mitchell [ Unknown ], Ed Evanko [ Unknown ], Luis Martin Perez [ Unknown ], Sandy Edgerton [ Unknown ], Christiane Farr [ Ava Castillo ], Kira Arne [ Liz ], Julie Moret [ Juliet Adams ], Angelo Fraboni [ Bobby Raley ], Jim Morlino [ Kaplan ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy assists Sully in the investigation of the death of a Broadway dancing star. Sully gets in hot water for sharing information with Guy.

    b: 4 Jan 95 pc: 60862 w: Max Eisenberg & Loom Smith and Edward Tivnan s: Max Eisenberg & Loom Smith d: John Bowab
  14. "Comic Book Murder"
    gs: Max Casella [ Simon Cosler ], Dori Brenner [ Dorian Cosler ], Grayson McCouch [ Unknown ], Jack Gilpin [ Unknown ], Iggie Wolfington [ Thomas Starns ], Alexandra Adi [ Megan ], Michael Rubinstein [ Clerk ], Jill Church [ Woman With Dog ], Karen Tser Lee [ Lawyer ], Sig Michaels [ Photographer ], Kelli Kahn [ Soap Opera Woman ], Michelle Hurd [ Jogger ], Bobby Zarem [ Himself ], Nina Howie [ Nurse Howie ], Tracie May [ Doctor ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy investigates the murder of a favorite comic book artist from his childhood.

    b: 11 Jan 95 pc: 60861 w: Siobhan Byrne and Kenneth Cosby d: David Black and Kenneth Cosby d: Louis Antonio
  15. "Baker's Dozen"
    gs: Michael O'Hare [ The Duke ], Lizbeth MacKay [ Edna Mueller ], Martin LaPlatney [ Max Muller ], Ivan Kronenfeld [ Unknown ], Lenny Venito [ Unknown ], Michael Squicciarini [ Thug Joey ], Mark Bendo [ Homeless Man/Cop ], Frank Minucci [ Bartender ], Philip Saccio [ John 'The Shoe' Rudy ], Valencia Yearwood [ Cop #2 ], Roberta Dean [ Camille the Hooker ], Tony Cucci [ Cop #1 ]

    rc: Chapman

    While in the course of investigating the disappearance of Max Muller, a baker Guy helped immigarate into the country, Guy discovers a deadly gambling ring.

    b: 1 Feb 95 pc: 60863 w: Charles Kipps and Jack Richardson s: Jack Richardson d: Nick Havinga
  16. "The Hit Parade"
    gs: John Ottavino [ Dr. Birnbaum ], Lauren Velez [ Claudine Palmeri ], Jennifer Harmon [ Dean Lennox ], Jose Zuniga [ Espinosa ], Michael P. Moran [ Unknown ], Bai Ling [ Dr. Valerie Chong ], James Sobol [ Joel Metzger ], Rodney Owens [ Tony Greene ], Susan Wood [ Sandy Agee ], Donald Collins [ Lawyer ], Rob Magnotti [ Officer ], Tom Galantich [ Brandon Vanalden ], Ryan Hilliard [ Butler ], Lauren Pratt [ Chloe Vanalden ], Chuck Margiotta [ Kreedlow ], Daryl Edwards [ Griswold ], David Lomax [ Cab Driver #3 ], Douglas Crosby [ Killer Driver ]

    Sully investigates when it appears a hit man is hot on Guy's trail. Guy spends his time eluding his bodyguard.

    b: 8 Mar 95 pc: 60865 w: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin d: Neema Barnette
  17. "Big Brother is Watching"
    gs: David Ackroyd [ Jeffrey ], Jack Cirillo [ Desmond Pierce ], Geoffrey Wigder [ Vinny the Doorman ], Sylvia Meals [ Leslie ], Kim Crosby [ Mrs. Pierce ], Regis Philbin [ Himself ], Kathie Lee Gifford [ Herself ], Robertson Carricart [ Delivery Man ], Aasif Mandvi [ Cabbie ], Leon Stephenson [ Shipping Man ], Marcella Lowery [ Miss Crilley ]

    Guy and his 'little brother' Jeffrey spy a murder through a telescope and set out to prove the murderer's guilt.

    b: 15 Mar 95 pc: 60864 w: Terence Winter d: Alan J. Levi
  18. "The Medium is the Message"
    gs: Arnetia Walker-Francis [ Clea Dupray ], Danny Zorn [ Attorney Lamp ], Sondra Currie [ Sheila Chadwick ], Jordan Clarke [ Gordon Gansa ], Jose Zuniga [ Espinosa ], Flex [ Partygoer ], Rik Colitti [ Phil Lane ], Victoria Boothby [ Mrs. MacDermott ], Alex Levitt [ Lena ], Davenia McFadden [ Ellen ], Amy Stiller [ Mona ], Arnie Mazer [ Rocco ], John DiBenedetto [ Petrino ], Helen Mutch [ Loan Officer ], Kristofer Batho [ Jake Marder ], Sal Viviano [ Agent ], Tony Cucci [ Officer ]

    A psychic assists Guy in the investigation of the murder of a music industry executive.

    b: 22 Mar 95 pc: 60866 w: Paul Robert Coyle d: Alan J. Levi

    NOTE: The character name of Gordon Gansa is a tribute to the writing team of Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The Cosby Mysteries producers Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin worked with Gordon & Gansa on Spenser: For Hire. Coincidentally, actor Jordan Clarke acted in a Spenser episode written by Gordon and Gansa.
  19. "Goldilocks"
    gs: Lise Cutter [ FBI Agent ], Jere Shea [ Unknown ], George Coe [ Agent Carter ], Jose Zuniga [ Espinosa ], Joe Lisi [ Unknown ], Michael Goldfinger [ Bud Flanek ], Sam Tsoutsouras [ Brophy ], Sandra Allen [ Katie Han ], Ray DeMattis [ Orrin Fenster ], Paul V. Ames [ Marshak ], Gwen McGee [ Postal Clerk ], Jimmy Noonan [ Delivery Man ], Sean Weis [ Officer #1 ], Frederick Anderson [ Officer #2 ]

    Guy and Sully return from a relaxing Caribbean vacation only to find a dead woman in Guy's bed with $5,000 of government money. Guy works to solve the case while battling FBI suspicions that he is the murderer.

    b: 5 Apr 95 pc: 60867 w: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin & Terence Winter d: Win Phelps
  20. "Dial 'H' for Murder"
    gs: Paul Hipp [ Charlie Nevers ], Melissa Errico [ Tricia Scott ], Robert Harper [ Peter Dean Myers ], Rosemary Murphy [ Brenda Trelane ], Ronald Gutman [ Bart Ohr ], Conan McCarty [ Harris ], Jon Marshall Share [ Dirk ], Tony Cucci [ Officer ], Michael Christopher Moore [ Barney ], Robin Miles [ Receptionist ], Greg Naughton [ Stage Manager ], Barbara Smith [ Woman ]

    rc: Chapman

    Guy is dragged into yet another murder investigation after a British stage actress is found dead with Guy's phone number written on her hand. Guy, Sully and a reporter go behind the scenes to investigate her husband, former agent, and understudy.

    b: 12 Apr 95 pc: 60868 w: R.J. Stewart d: Lou Antonio

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