Episode 14: Where There’s Smoke

Hello once again readers, friends and fans.  Thank you for joining me this week to review “Where There’s Smoke”.  It first aired on January 8th, 1971.  It is a subtle public service announcement and about as topical as “The Brady Bunch” ever got.  It’s kind of fun and kind of sad how the episode is a time capsule of another era when a teenager smoking cigarettes was such a serious issue.  Yes, even in today’s times teenagers should not smoke, but a modern day sitcom would be laughed off the air if it tried to approach nicotine with such gravity.  Other sitcoms would visit this issue later on.  Kids lit up and suffered repercussions on “Gimme A Break”, “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Cosby Show”.  However, I do not recall any TV show before this episode of “The Brady Bunch” dealing with smoking as an issue.  Readers, correct me if I am wrong!  Let’s get started reviewing “Where There’s Smoke”!

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The episode begins in a familiar location.  Greg finds his school chums hanging out at the same place that Buddy Hinton confronted Cindy and Peter in “A Fistful of Reasons”.  This little corner of the Brady universe just attracts trouble doesn’t it?  Greg finds his three classmates puffing away and gets an invitation to join their band “The Banana Convention”.  The band has a gig waiting for it on Saturday night at Stephen Decatur High School.  This is an actual high school in Berlin, Maryland.  Either the band was going to travel really far to perform or some writer or producer was an alumni of the school and wanted to reference it.  With the invitation to perform with “The Banana Convention” is the offer of a cigarette.  At first Greg is reluctant, but succumbs to Tommy’s peer pressure and assurance that they are “just plain cigarettes”.  Maybe Tommy was concerned that Greg thought his future band mates were smoking weed in plain sight.  Greg lights up and begins hacking and choking at the taste of rolled and filtered tobacco.

As Greg clumsily puffs away, Jan and Cindy come strolling down the sidewalk.  They are shocked to see their eldest brother taking part in such scandalous behavior!

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Before we move forward, we will get a well known piece of Brady trivia out of the way should one of our readers be unaware of it.  Barry Williams writes in “Growing Up Brady” that he had been a regular smoker of cigarettes since he was twelve years old.  He would sneak off the set and light up.  Apparently, he was trying to give up cigarettes at the time of this episode and was having some success, only to have his smoking during rehearsals of the scene see that he resumed the habit until 1984.   In this scene, Barry Williams did a good job acting out the hacking and choking a new smoker would experience.  In today’s filming world, the cigarettes would be prop cigarettes that are made of cabbage leaves or something other than tobacco.  This had become the case in the entertainment world as early as the 1980s.  The cigarettes the boys smoke in the film “Stand By Me” were not real Marlboros.  Director Rob Reiner is no fan of smoking and made sure the child actors were not smoking real tobacco.

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Robert Jayson Kramer as “Johnny” and Gary Marsh as “Phil”.

 

Two of Greg’s future band mates were played by Robert Jayson Kramer and Gary Marsh.  Robert Jayson Kramer played the mulleted and Ed Sullivan impersonating “Johnny”.  His most notable acting credit was the part of “Lally 1” in the 1970s feature film “Bless The Beasts & Children”.  Curiously, IMDB lists no credits for him from 1974-1981, but in 1982 he appeared on camera for the last time in an episode of “Mr. Merlin”.  I do hope he did not spend seven years unemployed and looking for another acting gig, only to have one surface in 1982 with nothing thereafter!  A Google search turned up nothing more about him.  Gary Marsh played the role of “Phil”.  “Tom of Warick” in the 1967 film “Camelot” was his most noted role.  Other TV and film roles would follow with the final one being in the 1975 film “Shampoo”.  Since leaving the screen, he has since founded the company Breakdown Services which assists agents in Hollywood in finding work for their clients.  So while he isn’t in front of the camera any longer, he remains a part of the Hollywood scene.  We will take a deeper look at the actor who played “Tommy” later, we need to get back to our review.

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A troubled Jan and Cindy first go to their eldest sister to report Greg’s dastardly deed.  Jan questions if Mike and Carol should be told of this and Cindy is most anxious to do so.  She is stopped from doing this.  Cindy is still in recovery from tattling it seems and still in need of restraint.  We can give her credit for not tattling on Greg right away.  If Susan Olsen was still catching hell from her classmates for being a snitch after “The Tattle-Tale”, lets hope her not telling on Greg in this episode gave her some relief.

Over in the boys’ room, Greg is performing for Bobby and Peter.   They sure do seem to be enjoying Greg’s singing and guitar playing.  They look like teenage girls watching The Beatles!  While I am sure they are proud of their brother and happy for him, their dreamy gazing upon Greg playing the guitar is just strange.  Perhaps they were dreaming of the future Brady Bunch episodes where they are ALL singing stars.  This was the first time we get a hint of the musical family the Brady kids would later become.  Something I did notice in the scene is that the make and model of Greg’s guitar is obscured.  Would the producers have had to pay Fender, Gibson or some other guitar manufacturer a fee for showing their brand on the show?  Being somewhat of a guitar player/fan, I was very curious as to what model of guitar Greg was playing.  If any readers know, please share!

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Downstairs, Mike arrives home and he and Carol gush over Greg’s talent.  He goes upstairs where he and Greg discuss the upcoming gig.  Greg says the band is “really heavy” and Mike replies he understands that not to mean they are overweight.  This queues the laugh track as it is supposed to show some of those whacky terms the kids of the day were using.  This was among the kinds of jokes I have always found to be mildly irritating on “The Brady Bunch” .  Whatever trendy banter was uttered by the kids was typically mocked by the adults directly thereafter.

Marcia takes the concern of Greg’s tobacco use to Alice.   In a classic sitcom cliché, Marcia approaches the issue of concern as being one effecting a friend, not herself, when it is clearly her own issue.  Alice does give some very sage advice.  In helping Marcia define snitching, she asks if sharing the news with an adult would help the person into or out of trouble.  If it is out of trouble, then it’s not snitching.  It is a very solid way to determine if something should be shared or not.  Way to go Alice!  Marcia is still conflicted when she addresses the matter with her parents.  Her clothes have changed since the last scene, so she did take some time to think it over, but still hems and haws in their presence.  Finally she shares Greg’s lighting up with Mike and Carol.

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Mike and Carol confront Greg in his room.  Greg confesses to the crime and says he wanted “to be one of the guys”.  He will not be punished because he knows what he did was wrong.  Poor Peter!  If he’d just told Mike and Carol he knew that playing ball in the house and breaking the vase was wrong in “Confessions, Confessions”, he might have still got to go on that camping trip  Heck, he did tell them at the door as he was leaving, but still had to miss out.  Why didn’t they allow him to go since he knew what he did was wrong?  As part of this talk, Mike says in his younger days he was a smoker.  Carol says Mike’s past actions can be excused since, “…we didn’t have all the evidence we do now”.  Greg won’t be punished and can still play at the gig.  In the 80s or 90s, I recall Florence Henderson in a commercial for a product that was being marketed to help people quit smoking.  In this ad, she states she was a smoker for years before giving it up.  It’s hard to imagine Carol Brady tugging on a cigarette; Florence Henderson must have been careful to never be photographed doing so.

With the serious issue of teenage smoking striking so close to home, Carol decides to take action and be a part of the solution.   She phones Mrs. Johnson with the news that she’d like to join her anti-smoking committee.  While the two discuss the problem of smoking among high schoolers, she is interrupted by drums playing.  Her son is a part of “The Banana Convention” and a smoker!  Oh the scandal!  The head of the anti-smoking committee has a child that smokes!  We get another adult exchange of the whacky teenage jargon before Carol and Mrs. Johnson conclude their phone call.

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Marie Denn as “Mrs. Johnson”.

 

The role of “Mrs. Johnson” was played by Marie Denn.  She is one of those actresses who we saw countless times on the screen through the decades, but likely never knew her name.  Her list of credits is too many to mention here, but curiously enough she did not find a recurring role until 1988 when she played “Getrude Boynton” on “13 East”.  This would be her final role before she passed away in 1991.

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Upstairs, Greg is listening to his song on a reel to reel recorder.  Marcia enters and tells Greg she told “the folks” about his smoking.  He is not happy to hear this and states Marcia should have come to him first.  It is a well done scene until the conclusion of it.  Marcia questions if Greg was punished and is taken aback that he wasn’t.  She states if she were Mike and Carol, she’d have “given it” to him “good”.  Greg says it is a lucky thing he wasn’t born any later than he was.  She questions what he means by this.  He said if he were born any later, she might have been his mother instead of his sister.  This queues the laugh track.  It queued a groan from me.

Before we move forward, let’s review Greg’s song.  Per the closing credits it was written by Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz and Barry Williams.  It is a nice tune that is reminiscent of The Beatles early days or something Chad and Jeremy might have sang.  This was the tune parodied in the 1990’s “The Brady Bunch Movie”.

Clowns never laughed before,
Beanstalks never grew.
Ponies never ran before,
‘Til I Met you.

Surf never broke before,
Artists never drew.
Snow never fell before,
‘Til I met you.

My dream came true,
My dream came true.
The world spins, my life begins,
‘Cause I met you.

Phones never rang before,
Wise men never knew.
No one ever loved before,
‘Til I met you.

While it is a nice little ballad, the line about phones ringing is just strange.  Among all these naturally occurring things that the singer notices now that he is in love, he includes phones ringing?    Here is my own comparison.

The sun now beams,
The roses now flower.
Life is so grand,
With each passing hour,
‘ Cuz I’m at your side.

The birds tweet sweetly,
The stream keeps flowing,
Life is so grand,
With just me knowing,
I’m at your side.

The night is brighter,
The car is now cranks.
Life is so grand,
I’m giving thanks,
I’m at your side.

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The next scene opens with a shot of a classic anti-smoking ad.  I wonder who that woman (or man) was in that ad and if they realized when the picture was taken, they’d forever be associated with the negative impacts of smoking.  When my brother and I watched this episode in the late 80s, he commented that this poster still adorned a wall at his high entryhallschool.  This poster and some other literature come compliments of Mrs. Johnson.  She has come by the house and neatly laid out all these flyers on the coffee table.  As Carol walks her to the door, Greg arrives home.  Greg goes to hang up his jacket and a pack of cigarettes falls out!  Oh the embarrassment Carol must have felt here.  Greg states they are not his and Mrs. Johnson interjects with questions of her own.  I suppose there might have been a time when simply being an adult afforded a person the right to do this, but many parents today would be quite chapped at another person having such a confrontation with their child like this one.  Carol was the one responsible for questioning Greg about the pack of smokes but Mrs. Johnson does instead.  She further goes on to question Carol’s parenting decision in believing Greg is telling the truth and dismisses Carol from the Anti-Smoking Committee.   In the scenes that follow, both Mike and Carol state they believe Greg is telling the truth and that the cigarettes were not his.  Greg has incriminating evidence fall from his jacket, says it isn’t his, and gets a pass.  A drawing Marcia left in a desk is found hours or a day later, with a cruel remark she denies writing, and Mike and Carol don’t believe she didn’t do it!

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By 1971, cigarette ads had been barred from television.  Therefore, it is surprising to see that the brand of cigarettes being smoked at the episode’s opening and falling from the jacket were from a real tobacco company .  There must have been some high dollar back door dealings with the prop master for competing tobacco companies to get their brand on a family show geared towards kids.  Good grief, the brand of guitar Greg was playing earlier is obscured, but a real brand of tobacco can be shown?  Also, when the pack falls to the ground, no Surgeon General’s Warning is seen!  These were first required on packs of cigarettes in 1966, yet we see no label here. It could be on the other side, but the scene may have been reshot a few times to make certain the warning was obscured as part of that backdoor deal.

The next few scenes are a montage of different kids suggesting how the pack of smokes wound up in “Greg’s” jacket.  Check out the bad hair day Barry Williams was having when he discussed the issue with Mike.  Bobby asks Greg if he has any enemies.  Greg confirms he does.  What?  Who would be an enemy to Greg Brady?  Bob says an enemy might have snuck the smokes in Greg’s jacket.  Poor Cindy suffers her first dumb kid line in a while as she suggests it was magic that saw the cigarettes in “Greg’s” jacket.   Peter gets the dumb treatment as well when he suggests there is a secret spy gadget hidden in the pack of cigarettes.

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After bothering over this mystery for a few days (as evidenced by the change of clothes), it is Alice who unravels it.  She had recently repaired the inner lining of Greg’s jacket and this jacket has no repair!  Greg had taken Tommy’s jacket by mistake.  Just as this is discovered, in a most convenient twist of fate, Tommy arrives at the Brady’s front door to exchange jackets with Greg.  Greg has Tommy come inside and explain to Mike and Carol that the cigarettes were his.  Tommy’s mother had been waiting in the car and comes inside and learns the truth herself.  She does apologize to Greg and lets Tommy know he is in serious trouble.   Greg wishes Tommy good luck and in a chuckle worthy line, Tommy replies he will need it.

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Tommy was played by Craig Hundley (sometimes credited as Craig Huxley).  He had enjoyed a busy acting career prior to this appearance on “The Brady Bunch” that included a recurring role on “Ben Casey”.  His final on camera acting gig was a 1977 episode of “Kojak”.  However, that was not the end of his Hollywood career by any means.  His biggest contribution to the entertainment industry was in the music arena.  His musical credits are too many to list here.  He is the inventor of the instrument called the “Blaster Beam” that has been a fixture in on camera science fiction since the early 1980s.  His musical contributions continue in Hollywood today.

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The episode closes with Mike and Carol bedded down for the night.  Greg enters and informs them he is home from his gig.  I expected him to say the gig went well, except for the band had no drummer since Tommy was grounded for the next three months.  However, he says the group “bent the gig outta shape”.  Apparently, despite committing the cardinal sin of smoking, Tommy’s parents allowed him to play with “The Banana Convention” that night.  The episode ends on an annoying note as Mike and Carol mention that whacky kid jargon and Mike tells Carol he too has a language of his own as he starts making out with her.

Overall, “Where There’s Smoke” is a solid episode.  Mike and Carol’s inconsistent discipline was a bit puzzling.  However, we get some good advice from Alice on snitching, the anti-smoking message was played well without being too heavy handed.  Some wheelchair bound emphysema patient wasn’t wheeled in at the episode’s close to make sure teens knew how bad smoking is.  This episode is also notable as it planted the musical seed that would blossom into “The Brady Six” aka “The Silver Platters”.    As always readers, your thoughts are most welcome.  Moving forward, I am placing the burden on you dear readers to pick up those subtle references to off camera production staff and crew during the show’s dialogue.   Please share your findings each week in the comment section!  Next week we review “Will The Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?”.  See you then!

Author: bradybunchreviewed

I am a lifelong fan of the Brady Bunch. I love it for it's wholesomeness, it's absurdity and how it serves as a time capsule for a time that really never existed, but so many of us wish it did. The show was off the air by the time I was born, but I enjoyed it daily at 4:35 PM for years on Atlanta's Superstation 17, TBS. Through the years I've enjoyed the Brady Bunch spinoffs (however short lived), revivals in pop culture, books, reunions, movies and spoofs. Now, I am excited to be revisiting the show after nearly a decade's hiatus from viewing. I am a parent now, so there may be some new perspectives never before experienced. I hope my fellow fans, lovers and haters alike of the Brady Bunch will join me on this blogging adventure and share your own thoughts and observations.

35 thoughts on “Episode 14: Where There’s Smoke”

  1. I remember in the early 1970’s my father used to send me to the corner shop to buy cigarettes and bread. They were both priced at 48 cents. Nowadays bread is around $3 and cigarettes are around $15 in my neck of the woods. Ha ha! I’m so smart being a non-smoker!

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    1. As a kid in the 80s anti-smoking ads were everywhere.; especially on television. I am sure those ads contributed to me never taking up the habit, despite most of the adults around me being heavy smokers. Too much TV served me well!

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  2. Great observation about the tree where the guys were hanging out. I had no idea after all of these years watching the Brady Bunch. I did like this episode. Was a great episode but yeah, what you said about Greg not being punished while Peter and Marcia were, I guess Mike and Carol felt that since he is the oldest child maybe he could no wrong…

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  3. This probably was the first anti-smoking episode of any scripted tv show. Cigarette ads were banned from tv permanently after Jan. 1, 1971, exactly a week before this episode first aired. I’ve read that ads were allowed on New Year’s Day as a compromise with the tobacco companies, which got to advertise during the bowl games that day. The last cigarette ad aired on THE TONIGHT SHOW that night, I’m sure in the show’s first half-hour before midnight.

    I remember Robert Kramer from “Bless the Beasts & the Children”. I wanted to see the movie since I’d read the book for school and saw in TV Guide that a local station was running it at 3 AM Sunday morning. I set my alarm to get up to watch it in (at least my family’s) pre-VCR days. I found parts of it interesting and other parts boring, same as I did with the book.

    I remember seeing Marie Denn as Alice Garvey’s mother (who wasn’t given a name in the credits) on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE in “Crossed Connections”, where Nellie Oleson’s spying on phone calls in Walnut Grove threatened the Garveys’ marriage. She was only briefly in 1 scene, but this scene started problems for the Garveys.

    I remember when Craig Hundley played a young warlock left in Sam & Darrin’s care for a weekend on BEWITCHED. This was a B&W episode, so he was only about 12 or so when he appeared in it.

    “Til I Met You” reminds me a bit of the song “Till There Was You” from “The Music Man”, though I thought “Till There Was You” was much prettier. Where did you find the full lyrics? I don’t recall hearing more than 1 or 2 verses on the show.

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    1. Bless The Beasts & Children is one of those movies I hope to get around to seeing someday. The book held my interest all the way through.

      Thanks for sharing the guest stars other roles. I wasn’t familiar with any of them.

      The lyrics posted were simply the ones Greg sang to his brothers on the DVD version.

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      1. In the “Bewitched” episode mentioned by Jon H, Craig Hundley’s father was played by James Doohan–Scotty of “Star Trek.” Hundley himself was in two episodes of Star Trek. He played the unconscious nephew of Captain Kirk in “Operation–Annihilate” and he played the oldest of the children being used by the evil alien in the mostly unpopular episode “And the Children Shall Lead.”

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  4. Seems like “Bells never rang before…” would be a more logical line that “Phones never rang before…”. Maybe they didn’t want to get the song confused with “Til There Was You” (“There were bells all around, but I never heard them ringing; no, I never heard them at all, till there was you…”

    I agree that Mrs. Johnson was out of line to question Greg before Carol could really say anything. Yes, times were different then, but it was still not her place to jump in like that, especially at the Brady home. If the cigs would have flown out of Greg’s pocket at HER home, then yeah, she could definitely say something to Greg. But not on Carol’s turf.

    Cindy’s magic line was indeed really, really stupid. She was cute, though, and she did a good job of delivering the very stupid line.

    Greg didn’t talk with a lot of jargon when he was with his friends at school in the first scene, did he? So why the need to talk like that with his Mom and Dad afterhe got home? Makes no sense.

    Very interesting to note that this episode aired just before the ban on cigarette ads went into effect. Coincidence?

    When I was a kid (born in late ’59), we played baseball a lot in my suburban neighborhood. At that time (say, ’72 or ’73) we had several kids in our neighborhood that smoked (just regualar cigarettes, at least in public). When we played baseball, they didn’t want to bat with a cigarette in their mouth because gritting their teeth when they swung the bat could damage the cigarette. So they would have someone hold their cigarette while they were at bat. I always refused to even hold a cigarette, because I was afraid my Mom or Dad would drive by at that exact moment. I refused to have anything to do with cigarettes. The kids all respected that so there was never any trouble. But that’s one of my memories of cigarettes in the early 70s.

    I think, in this episode, when Mike comes home and comments about how good Greg sounds, doesn’t Carol say something about Greg getting his (musical) talent from her side of the family? Carol seems to think she is Greg’s biological mother, but the fact is, they hadn’t known each other all that long.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing those thoughts Tweety! You mentioned Mike and Carol’s exchange when he got home. I had composed an entire paragraph about that very scene. However, what Carol said was that talent is inherited. She does not explicitly say it is from her side of the family. Therefore despite the body language, she could be suggesting that the talent was inherited from Mike. That is why I did not mention it in the blog. However I love it when readers pick up on the stuff and share it in the comments!

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  5. When I watched this episode on WNEW-TV (Channel 5 in New York), they cut the part between where Greg was offered the cigarette and when Greg started coughing after taking that first drag. This made it look like Greg took the cigarette without hesitation.

    What got cut was Greg being reluctant to take the cigarette, and asking about what type of music the band played. For a time, I thought thought the band’s response was absurd; of course, all bands (should) play uptempo tunes, with some ballads thrown in. Nowadays I believe that this line was inconsequential. But it leaves me wondering whether some cuts are made as an effort to improve an episode long after its original broadcast date.

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  6. There was an episode of ” Leave It To Beaver , ” in which The Beaver and Larry ” Smoked ” a pipe that Ward received as a gift from a vacationing Fred Rutherford . It was a season 2 ( Episode 9 !! ) episode . It is titled ( appropriately enough , ) : ” The Pipe !! “

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  7. If you look closely enough when the cigarettes fall out of Greg’s pocket, you can see they really fall from inside his coat. Also, if any of his friends parents didn’t want them to smoke, wouldn’t they worry about their parents smelling it on their breath when they got home?

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    1. I smoked for years, starting when I was around 12, and it was a long (long) time before I realized that others could smell smoke on a smoker. I remember sneaking smoking in my bedroom with the door closed, and totally lying to my mom when she asked me was I smoking — not knowing that she could SMELL IT. Duh.

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  8. Although it wasn’t explicitly stated until “Our Son the Man” that aired a few weeks later, Greg was a high school freshman at this point (as he had been all season long) and it was Westdale. I doubt very seriously this scene would have taken place at old Filmore Junior High. Besides, Greg’s buddies in this episode appeared to be at least a year older than him.

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  9. I like this episode. I always like the part with Jan and Cindy going to Marcia first, instead of straight to their parents.

    MARCIA: what you’ve told me is very serious. I’ll need some time to figure out what to do.

    CINDY: We saw Greg, and he was sthmoking!

    I think Greg’s guitar is a Gibson.

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  10. Lloyd Schwartz tells a story in one of the Brady books about Marie Denn, who played Mrs. Johnson. He said she was always playing these prim, uptight old ladies. But when they shoot for the episode was over, she changed into a miniskirt, hopped on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle, and rode off!

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    1. I remember reading that same story about Ms. Denn. The only other role I recall of hers was when she played Alice Garvey’s mother on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

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  11. A couple of observations about this episode. The opening scene at the “school yard” is actually used very often in this show, and is an area of the Paramount lot that I believe were studio offices or something. It had a school yard like setting to it, and I remember asking myself as a kid, why there would be screen doors on a school campus.

    The second thing that struck me as odd, is when Mr. Brady came home from work and could hear Greg singing from upstairs. Carol then commented something about how it must be inherited, implying that his talent came from her side of the family. This made no sense, since Greg has no biological link to Carol’s side of the family. It was scenes like this that drove me nuts, considering that they were a blended family. I know that the blended family subject was pretty much abandoned by this point in the series, but now they seemed to be acting as if the boys were Carol’s and the girls were Mike’s. The iconic theme song itself pretty much gives the summary of the family, so this was confusing probably to some people.

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  12. Regarding Carol and Mike believing, without question, that the cigarettes weren’t his, I always felt like they’d learned their lesson with Marcia and the incident involving the picture of her teacher. I felt that that incident taught them to trust and believe their children, even when circumstantial evidence indicated otherwise.

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    1. The green guitar Greg plays is a Mosrite “The Ventures” series electric; (I believe 1966 model.) Note the distinctive “bear paw” type headstock./peghead. Under the taped-up part on the headstock it says “Mosrite of California” and “The Ventures”. Greg/Barry appears to be actually playing the guitar while singing; hard to tell for sure.

      http://www.edroman.com/guitars/mosrite.htm

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosrite

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  13. Good review, bradybunchreviewed. However I disagree that this is just a time capsule of how smoking is such a serious issue. If anything the anti smoking people have gotten even more serious about this. MTV today is basically just an infomercial for anti smoking.

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  14. The “Leave It To Beaver” episode where Beaver smokes the pipe but Ward and June blame Wally was more about Beaver allowing Wally to take the blame, than smoking, though Ward made it clear he told Wally he wasn’t to smoke.

    Lucille Ball, a heavy smoker in real life, made sure the writers did not show her smoking on “I Love Lucy,” when she was ‘specting.

    It was easier to get away with smoking in those days because so many people smoked. You were around it all the time and it was on your clothes whether or not you smoked.

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  15. Here are 5 things I liked about this episode:
    1. “If I was born any later, you could’ve been my mother instead of my sister.” – Greg to Marcia
    2. “Dinner won’t be ready until the biscuits rise.” – Ali
    3. “How much interest will I have to pay?” – Greg
    4. Carol calling Mrs. Johnson on the telephone. We even hear her son playing drums midway through.
    5. Greg finds a pack of cigarettes in his Letterman jacket, then Alice notices that he’s wearing somebody else’s Letterman jacket. It turns out that Greg accidentally grabbed Tommy’s jacket and vice versa.

    Here are 5 things I disliked about this episode:
    6. Greg smoking a cigarette after being coerced by Tommy.
    7. The name of the band Greg joins is called “The Banana Convention.”
    8. Greg lazily throwing his jacket on the chair he will be sitting on.
    9. The fact that Greg never hangs up his Letterman jacket.
    10. Mrs. Johnson is passive-aggressive.

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  16. Hi. Here’s some trivia kind of off topic but I thought it was fun.

    Tommy was in the Star Trek with Pamela Ferdyn, who was on many tv episodes.

    So, after watching this episode I switched over to an Odd Couple. A lady shows up at their vacation cabin with some girls, including Pamela Ferdin. Oscar has a line”I finally meet a beautiful girl and she shows up with the Brady Bunch”.

    The crossover just struck me as funny. If you’re interested its s01e18 Bunny is missing down by the lake.

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