Episode 6: The Personality Kid

Greetings once again family, friends and readers!  Thank you for joining me to review “The Personality Kid”.  It ranks among the most memorable episodes of “The Brady Bunch”.  It gave us that immortal Brady line, “Pork chops and apple shaush.”  The story of a Brady kid finding some level of fault within themselves was nothing new by season 3.  As previously shared, the “woe is me” Brady plots are my least favorite.  However, like we saw in “Will The Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?”, in this episode the Brady kid’s effort at rectifying the self perceived fault makes for an entertaining story.  Therefore, this “woe is me” episode ranks among my favorite in the series.  So let us begin reviewing “The Personality Kid”!

The episode opens with the slow ominous Brady background music.  Peter, clad in his finest duds, is walking across the patio after dark.  Before he enters the house, he stops.  Inside, the episode’s subplot is being introduced right away.  Bobby and Cindy have a school assignment to see that their home is safe as possible.  In the kitchen, the danger createdoctopus when multiple appliances plugged into a single outlet is being discussed.  The array of cords going here and there is identified by the kids as an “octopus”.  Alice enters the kitchen and Carol shares how the room is now safer since they have gotten rid of the octopus.  Alice is understandably confused by Carol’s remark.  A funny wrap to this scene would have been Alice shrugging and then noticing the appliances unplugged and rendering the kitchen dangerous again.


As they leave the kitchen, Mike and Carol notice Peter is home early from a party he was attending.  When questioned why, he gives the vague reply of “something happened”.  This “something” was an event so grave he doesn’t want to talk about it.  After going upstairs, Peter is convinced to share the events of the evening.  It turns out he was practically invisible at the party and nobody sought to socialize with him.  Another kid at the party diagnosed Peter’s social pariah status as the result of having no personality.   Mike and Carol try to convince Peter he has a good personality, but he replies they are only saying that because parents have to  “say junk like that”.  Mike and Carol tell Peter the words that cut him like a knife tonight will not seem so bad tomorrow after a good night’s sleep.  After they leave, Peter looks in the mirror and says, “Boy are you dull.”  It never occurred to me until this episode, the Brady kids, and sometimes Alice, looked into mirrors and talked to themselves quite often.  Here is a quick snapshot of some past occurrences and our most recent.

The next day, the electric outlets are getting an upgrade.  As part of the safety initiative, gregpeterCindy and Bobby pitch the merits of a fire drill.  Mike is running late for a golf engagement and is not interested.   Bobby and Cindy tout the fire drill as practice getting out of the house quickly.  In a funny line, Mike replies that is what he is trying to do.  Upstairs, Peter and Greg chat about the events of the previous night and Peter’s current identity crisis.  Greg’s efforts to boost his brother’s confidence fail.  After Greg shares there are “lots of guys duller” than Peter, he is challenged to name one.  His inability to do so sees that Peter’s angst will continue.

When Mike arrives home, Bobby and Cindy immediately remind him of the need for a fire drill.  He obliges his safety minded children.  In a scene that played a few seconds too long, he overly explains how the family is supposed to be acting when he initiates the fire drill.  While standing at the bottom of the stairs, he yells up to them to be certain they are acting naturally and not expecting him to blow the whistle.  Carol finally tells him to get on with it!  The Brady family (minus Peter) and Alice are out of the house in 21 seconds.  Alice exits the house with a chicken in tow.  The way she picks at it, it appears she was plucking it.  Were chickens in need of plucking still being sold in stores in 1971?  This bird still has its neck too!  I imagine it’d take two or three birds to feed the Bradys and Alice, so she had her work cut out for her!  She makes a few lame jokes about the bird being too well done in the event of a fire and how the next surprise drill will have the chicken left on its own.


With the fire drill over, the other kids notice Peter is absent.  He was excused from it due to his self loathing.  Feeling upset over no personality trumps the need to exit the house safely in the event of a fire!  Greg shares what happened the night before and points out how a few careless words can really wreck a person’s feelings.  It’s a shame prime time TV today doesn’t have these subtle reminders.  The girls seek some way to help Peter out.  Readers, please take a look at the shirt Jan is wearing.  It has a pair of footprints on the pocket.  Earlier, a shirt Cindy wore had the same.  Were these footprints representative of a popular brand back in the 70s?

The next scene begins with the girls’ plan being put into action.  Marcia has invited Kathy Lawrence (portrayed again by Sheri Cowart) over to help her boost Peter’s ego.  The pair must have bonded over the Warren Mullaney debacle in the last episode and are now friends.  Kathy went from “Miss Ra-Ra” and Marcia’s most disliked classmate to friend in no time! Last week, I mistakenly listed the Sheri Cowart’s appearance in “My Sister, Benedict Arnold” as her only Brady Bunch appearance.  It was a surprise (to me) to see her again.  When Peter enters the family room, Marcia has him share with she and Kathy the plot of a movie titled “Invasion of the Potato People”.  A Google search produced no actual movie by this name.  With every description Peter gives of the movie, Kathy acts positively riveted.  Peter should have been wise to this scheme right away as Kathy really overdoes it with her reactions.  With Kathy’s goading, Peter hides behind a chair to reenact a scene.  At the most inopportune time, Cindy enters and asks if Kathy fooled Peter into thinking he was interesting.  With the jig up, Marcia and Kathy look quite ashamed.  As Peter walks away with his pride even more beaten down, Kathy tries in vain to tell Peter she really did think he made the movie sound interesting.  Nice try Kathy.

“Oooh Peter, please tell me more about those potato people!”



As Mike and Carol enjoy some type of board game with small tiles, Peter gets a phone call.   It is Peggy calling to invite him to her party.  Peter puts her on a mock hold to check his availability to attend.  He comes back on the line and gives his regrets.  Mike and Carol inquire as to his declining the invite.  He asks “How would like being the fourth guy invited to a party?”  This line always kind of baffled me.  First off, a message board poster asked a great question years ago.  How did Peter know he was the fourth lectureguy invited?  Surely Peggy didn’t say, “I’ve already invited Jimmy, Joe and Dick, now I am inviting you to my party.”  It is hard to imagine Peter had heard from three separate guys that they’d been invited to a party of ahead of him.  Mike asks the most valid question of why does it even matter if Peter was first or fourth, he was invited to the party.  In one of the best Carol moments in a while, she calls Peter out for feeling sorry for himself and suspects he is starting to enjoy it.  Mike fuels the fires of good advice by telling Peter to quit feeling sorry for himself and change his personality if he doesn’t like it.  Way to go Mike and Carol!


With their sound and solid instruction, perhaps they should have shared with poor Peter what exactly a personality is.  In the scenes that follow, he seems confuse personality with a persona.  After watching some suave and debonair Englishman on TV, he decides to adopt that persona with the understanding that it is a personality.   He debuts the first incarnation of the new Peter Brady at the family’s next fire drill.  He emerges well dressed and carrying an umbrella.  With the background music playing a British sounding tune, he greets his family with “Top of the day old chaps”.  It’s so absurd it is hilarious.  At this point, Peter had decided he’d spend the rest of his days talking like an Englishman from a movie and dressing the part too.   He walks away dejected as his family rightfully laughs at his reinvention effort.


If trying to act the part of an Englishman was not ludicrous enough, Peter’s next misunderstanding of persona versus personality is one of those defining moments of the whole series.  With the television still there to guide him, Peter decides that acting like Humphrey Bogart will see that his personality is clearly defined and known.    Peter gives his new personality a trial run by once again looking in the mirror.  He tucks his upper lip above his teeth and begins speaking in a voice that I suppose sounds like Humphrey Bogart.  I will admit to being very unfamiliar with the late entertainment icon.  I have only heard other impressions and heard various sound bits from his career through the years prior to writing this blog.  Peter’s attempts to mimic him got me curious.  Courtesy of Youtube, I found some old clips of Humphrey Bogart.  In none of them was he talking with his upper lip tucked against his gums and his shoulders hunched up.  With Peter’s practice run satisfactory, he goes downstairs to show off his new personality.


Carol and Alice are understandably confused with Peter’s new way of speaking.  He bogart3inquires as to what will be served for dinner that night.  Upon learning of the meal planned, he repeats back the immortal line, “Pork chops and apple shaush” and adds “ain’t that shwell”.  In a funny line, Carol asks if Peter has something caught in his teeth.   Right after asking this, Mike is heard coming home from work.  If you look closely, Carol stifles a laugh as she leaves to greet Mike.  It was a well played and very well done scene; it ranks among the funniest the show ever treated us to.  With Carol gone, Peter subjects Alice to some more of his new personality.  He asks again about the “pork chops and apple shaush”.  Alice replies in kind with her own upper lipped tucked into her gums while rocking her shoulders.  Despite the level of crazy in this scene, it still plays out very realistically.  Carol and Alice react just like one would expect good natured adults to in such a situation.


Carol greets Mike and does her own version of “pork chops and apple shaush” for him and lets him know that Peter has taken on Humphrey Bogart’s personality.  Peter enters and utters his famous line one last time.  Mike is charitable and tells Peter he is doing a fine impression.  Peter soon realizes this new personality is a flop too.  Mike explains it is not Peter’s new personality, but Humphrey Bogart’s old one.  Peter then walks away dejected.  Carol then says she hopes there is not a Dracula movie on television later.  This leads Mike to do an impression of Count Dracula and nibble Carol’s neck.  This is the second Dracula/Bela Lugosi reference I recall.  As we know, Peter will later dress as Dracula for the costume party in “Two Petes In A Pod”.  Readers, were there any other references?  Dracula and Benedict Arnold seem to be among the producers’ favorite references.


Before we move on friends, let’s analyze this entire scene just a bit more.  The scene is so great because it is so believably absurd.  I am sure at some point in our life, we knew a kid who attempted to take on a new persona only to abandon it after a short time.  Heck, one of us might have even been that kid!  You may recall a friend who had decided he was always going to wear a cowboy hat every place he went, but abandoned the idea when he realized it was too inconvenient to take care of and keep up with.  Perhaps some girl in your class talked like a “valley girl” for a week or so until it got old and she resumed her normal way of speaking.  It would have been beyond hilarious if Peter somehow went unchecked and went to school talking like this!  A huge disappointment for me regarding the 1990s “Brady Bunch Movie” was that the trailer had Peter doing just that.  There was a scene of him talking to a girl at her locker at school saying “pork chops and apple shaush”.  Alas, it was not in the movie!  Overall the movie was a disappointment for me, but that missing scene just added to it.  The second point I’d like to reference is the use of Humphrey Bogart as the impersonated celebrity.  By the time this episode aired, Humphrey Bogart had been gone over a decade.  Was there a time when he was the “go to celebrity” when an impersonation was needed?  Today, it seems that honor goes to Elvis Presley.  Anytime a humorous impersonation is needed on TV, the person will imitate the King of Rock and Roll.


On his third attempt at a new identity, Peter seems to finally be grasping what a personality is.  He shares with Mike and Carol he has taken up joke telling.  Why can’t horses go to college?  They can’t finish high school!  At least with joke telling, it gives upon a first impression that the person is jovial, likes to make others laugh and is sociable.  So, at least telling jokes is somewhat of a personality trait.  I’ve never heard somebody when describing another person say, “Oh he’s very Bogartish” or “I enjoy working with him, he pretends to be an English gentleman”.  If anything, that would define a strange or quirky personality.  That is certainly not what Peter was going for!

The Bradys are going to be as supportive as they can with this personality attempt!  It starts in the den when Peter tells a joke about a man stating a job making switches for the electric company was not steady work, just off and on.  Alice can’t stop laughing upon hearing that.  Alice’s uncontrolled hysterics are way over the top!  She does a fantastic job pretending to find the joke hilarious.  I must say pretending because in no stretch of the imagination, can I imagine anybody nearly breaking a rib laughing at that; not even by 1971 standards.   The charity laugh montage continues in the kitchen as Alice signals Bobby and Greg to laugh at Peter’s joke.  In the girls’ room, Greg does the same in encouraging his sisters to laugh at Peter’s joke.  With chuckles abounding and Peter’s confidence restored, he asks to have a party to debut his new self.  Mike and Carol agree.

It seems those in Peter’s circle like to party.  During this episode thus far, we have seen him come home from one party, be invited to another and have one of his own.  The jokes

What is this game?

Peter attempts at the party are better than those heard earlier.  This man walks into a restaurant and asks the waiter, “Do you serve crabs?” And the waiter says, “Sit down, we serve anyone!” These improved jokes have also been heard before by the guests.  Confidence deflated once again, Peter goes to the kitchen and tells Mike and Carol that the guests are delivering the jokes’ punch lines before he can.  His new comedic personality is yet another flop.  Here we again see that tile game Mike and Carol were playing earlier.  I zoomed in on the box to help identify the game.  Readers, do you recognize it?

Jay Kocen and Pierre Williams


The two party goers lacking manners were played by Jay Kocen and Pierre Williams.  Neither of these fellows ever made a go of it as actors.  This episode was Jay Kocen’s only on camera appearance per IMDB.  A Google search suggested he now works for a designer delivery company in the Los Angeles area, but this can’t be confirmed to be the same person.  Pierre Williams previously appeared in “The Drummer Boy” as one of Peter’s football teammates.  One will notice his distinct voice in that episode when he suggests Peter’s singing ambitions leave him better suited to be a pom-pom girl.


Back in the dumps, Peter sits down at the bottom of the stairs to rue his dull existence.  Here he is approached by a female party goer who wants to know why he is just sitting around, like he did at the party the week before.  The young lady, listed in the credits as Kyle, seeks to console Peter and enlists the help of other female partygoers.  Soon, other female partygoers gather around him and give him the much needed confidence boost.

Kyle was played by Monika Ramirez.  She had previous acting experience prior to this episode.  She had appeared on “The Flying Nun” and “Marcus Welby, MD” among other shows.  She would go on to be a regular on the Krofft company’s “Bigfoot and Wildboy” and appear in other feature films and TV shows.   Her most recent on camera appearance was in 2001 in an episode of  “Any Day Now”.  Judy was played by Margie DeMeyer.  This episode concluded her acting career which previously included appearances on “My Three Sons” and “Gunsmoke”.  Susie was played by Karen Peters.  IMDB lists this episode and an appearance on “The Bill Cosby Show” as her only appearances on camera.


Back in the kitchen, Mike and Carol lament Peter’s newest personality letdown and surmise that he must be miserable.  As Alice peers in on the party, she says if Peter is miserable, that is the only way to be miserable.  Mike is delighted to see Peter has formed a harem in the living room.  Just as Peter gets his groove back, Bobby and Cindy call for a fire drill.  I always found this ending annoying as a kid.  If I had a bunch of friends over and a sibling pulled this, I’d have been irritated.  If I were Mike, I’d have stepped in and put a stop to it and told the partygoers to continue enjoying themselves.  Peter takes it all in stride though, just giving mild irritation at having his party interrupted when he was enjoying time with his five guests.  Carol, ever aware of a headcount, reminds Peter he had eleven guests.  He replies asking, “who counts boys?”

The epilogue has Mike, Carol and Peter cleaning up after the celebration.  Peter is still claiming himself dull.  However, he now likes being dull.  He enjoys the attention the ladies lavish on him in an effort to convince him he’s not dull.  I got bad news for you Pete, that won’t last!  Eventually they will just think you enjoy feeling sorry for yourself and you will be even more ostracized than you ever imagined you were before!  Peter also shares he is the first guy invited to three parties the following week.  Three parties?  Like I said before, those in Peter’s social circle are some party animals!  Carol suggests Mike be dull and the episode ends with another Humphrey Bogart impression.

Thank you for joining me this week to review “The Personality Kid”.  It was a fun and solid episode.  Peter’s efforts to resolve his personal woes are fun and entertaining, not dramatic and angst ridden.  Mike and Carol give Peter some solid advice about not feeling sorry for himself and being proactive when he feels there is a problem at hand.  Your thoughts dear readers are most welcome and anticipated.  I hope you all have a great weekend!  Next week’s episode is “Juliet Is The Sun”.  With my upper lip tucked into my gums, I’ll bid adieu with “Shee ya’ 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.

26 thoughts on “Episode 6: The Personality Kid”

  1. The footprint logo is for Hang Ten, a brand that was associated with the surfing culture that was prominent in the late 60’s-early 70’s.

    Every fire drill we had when I was in school, we were instructed to vacate the building calmly and quietly. Here the Brady kids break out with loud enthusiasm as if they’re heading toward another great outdoor adventure (where will they go this time?). At least they could’ve simulated panic by screaming in a more hysterical manner.

    The picture of the box is not clear, but from seeing the tiles on the table, it’s obvious they were playing Scrabble, even without showing the board. Either that or a forerunner to Bananagrams.

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    1. Thanks Mangler. That’s true about fire drills! They are supposed to be quiet and orderly. When we had them in the military, failure to be that way resulted in punishment!

      Every Scrabble box I’ve seen was maroon. However things like that can change over time. Thanks again for commenting!

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  2. Was the character Kathy in this episode really supposed to be the same one as in the previous episode? I’ve wondered about this, since The Brady Bunch tended to use the same actors over and over again in different roles and they seemed to have a thing for names like Kathy, Jenny, Gloria Carter and Gordon. My thoughts are that the actress was readily available for the part and that naming her character Kathy was just an oversight.

    And about the girl identified in the credits as Kyle–she was never mentioned by name. This happened a lot on The Brady Bunch. The bike salesman in the ep where Bobby attempts to runaway is listed in the credits as “Johnny,” but is never referred to by name. Same with “Harry,” the man at the store in the trading stamps episode. Later on in the series, the lady at the library in the Jesse James episode is referred to in the credits as “Miss Perry,” but is never referenced as such in the dialogue. But they’ve also done the opposite of this as well. The teacher Mrs. Whitfield is referenced only as “Schoolteacher” in the closing credits to the Snow White episode. And in the episode with Molly Webber, the guest of honor, Col. Dick Whitfield, is referenced only as “the astronaut.” Even though both characters are mentioned by name!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts Jamie! I’d forgotten about the credits listing the bike salesman by name, despite the name not being mentioned in the episode. I suppose the scripts might’ve listed the characters by name and even in some cut dialogue given the name. The title card department likely never saw a finished cut and just filled the order for that particular episode. Please share your thoughts in the future!


  3. From one of the books about the Brady Bunch. Christopher Knight didn’t know who Humphrey Bogart was when they filmed this. He was taught to act like Humphrey Bogart from Lloyd Schwartz the producer and who is Sherwood’s son. Christopher Knight’s impression is an impression of Lloyd Schwartz impersonating Humphrey Bogart.

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    1. Correct, Marty… Knight explained that he was trying to stay up late to watch a Bogart movie the night before this episode was filmed…but he fell asleep and never saw the movie…so Lloyd did HIS impression of Bogart for Peter to copy.

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      1. It seems like the thing with the teeth/lip and the rolling of the shoulders is what people tend to do when they impersonate Jimmy Cagney saying “you dirty rat”
        (which if I am not mistaken Jimmy Cagney never really said in any movie). So Christopher Knight may have been a little confused or he may have been directed to do so. Peter impersonating people has a trend. Impersonated Bogart.. English guy with umbrella.. stand-up comedian.. his twin Arthur… Sunflower girl…did I miss any lol?

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  4. 1. Are Bobby and Cindy in the same class?
    2. How groovy is Greg’s purple outfit?
    3. When did the boys get a TV in their room?
    4. The background tune being played when Peter’s English personality walks away is called “The British Grenadiers” marching song.
    5. The way Peter talks about being the “first pick” or “fourth pick” for a party makes it seem like parties are some sort of sports draft.

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  5. Small continuity error. When Peter is talking on the phone about being the fourth person invited to the party he’s wearing a blue shirt. As he hangs up you can tell he is wearing a pink shirt very briefly in part of the frame. I don’t have a chance to post a picture of this but if someone else wants to… go for it.

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  6. The kids at the party were rude, finishing Peter’s jokes; the question-and-answer riddle format just wasn’t working out for him.

    That scene reminded me of the office where I used to work; there was a guy who’d come in with a “joke of the day” straight from the weekly “Metropolitan Diary” column of The New York Times. I think he was going for riddles to impress his co-workers, but most entries in the paper’s column were anecdotes or short poems; nothing that had a question that ended in a punchline.

    Perhaps Peter would have been more successful if he became a raconteur, a storyteller. People would be least likely to finish his stories for him, instead hanging on to every word until the end.

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  7. Hopefully, Marcia came to her senses and realized it was silly to be so mad at Kathy. Wasn’t Kathy’s fault that she beat out Marcia. Marcia was being a poor sport or so it seems. And, in the previous episode, Kathy seemed like a very nice girl. So, it’s nice to see that they are friends.

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  8. Do u think maybe it was Buddy Hinton or one of those jerks on Peter’s football team who told him he had no personality? I also found it odd that in the previous episode Kathy was Marcia’s bitter rival when in this ep they were friends. I also figured Bobby and Cindy interrupted the party with the lame fire drill to get back at him for leaving them out.

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    1. Great thoughts Jim. I don’t see Buddy being on too many party invite lists; especially if a guy like Peter was ranked #4! However, one of the football players is a good possibility. Especially since one of them was at Peter’s party. I hadn’t thought about Bobby and Cindy being chapped at being excluded. Thanks for sharing!


    2. Buddy Hinton was it least one or two classes ahead of Peter and likely would not have hung around him. I like your thoughts about the football team..however. they are likely to have Teased Peter just like they did with singing.

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    3. I’m guessing Kathy was on good terms with Marcia when this episode was filmed, and the events of “My Sister Benedict Arnold” and the incident leading up to Marcia disliking Kathy and considering her a rival took place sometime later on the Brady timeline. It’s possible that this episode was filmed before “My Sister, Benedict Arnold” and aired out of production order.

      To wit: “Little House On the Prairie” had a story arc concerning Bunny, a horse Laura buys and keeps as a pet. In the first installment, Laura and Nellie agree to a race, in which if Nellie wins she gets Bunny. Nellie does indeed win and Laura has to give Bunny up. In a follow-up episode, Nellie is shown to abuse Bunny and, while treating him roughly one day while riding him, Nellie falls off the horse. (Nellie is shaken up but otherwise not hurt, but this leads to the funny plot where she pretends to be badly hurt to the point of paralysis, and Mrs. Oleson wanting to have Bunny shot.) Eventually, Nellie’s ruse is exposed, and Nels is so upset he — after declaring to his wife that Bunny will not be shot, no further discussion — decides to give Laura back the horse.

      Anyway, the two episodes were filmed in proper storyline order and original plans were to air the two shows in their proper, logical sequence. However, the story goes, NBC aired a special report that pre-empted the entire first episode … and the episode of now Nellie acquired Bunny would be aired later in the fall of 1976, after the episode where Nellie mistreats the horse and pretends to have been paralyzed after her accident.

      You figure it out.

      Anyhow, the more important to remember: Marcia is, at this point, in junior high (as is Kathy, we can guess) … and situations like this happen all the time for the silliest of reasons, such as Kathy beating out Marcia for a spot on the cheerleading squad (or the cheerleading squad’s pecking order). And friendships are fickle in junior high, changing overnight sometimes.

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  9. Yes, Mangler, Hang Ten was the very, very popular Southern California sportswear company with the bare feet logo. Basically fancy ringer tee shirts with those two feet embroidered on the left breast pocket.

    The Bogart impression channeled to Peter Knight by Lloyd Schwartz was likely from his portrayal of Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny, which had been released in 1954, 16 years earlier.

    Bogey seems like an actor from an entirely different epoch from the Brady Bunch, but he died pretty young, age 57. If he had taken care of his health, he would have been 69 when the Brady Bunch premiered and still acting. He could have guest starred on the show, about the right age to be Carol or Mike’s father or boss.

    Around the time the Brady Bunch was on, Bogart and his image had achieved a resurgence in popularity and cool, at least around the funky-hip areas of Los Angeles like Venice, which was where we lived. It was quite believable that Peter would have seen a Bogart movie on a Los Angeles TV station and become captivated by the actor’s charisma as many men (and women) do to this day.

    Maybe the best episode ever. Peter discovers that of the various personae he is seen with, it’s not Suave Steed, nor is it Macho Bogart, nor is it the Zany Comic that brings the girls flocking ’round, it’s Mopey Morrissey! Time to start reading Oscar Wilde, dude, they’re getting tired of the buffed surfer jock thing.

    Gosh, I just want to give him a list of records to go buy! Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, David Bowie. And Pete, just wait 4 or 5 years, and when this band from Manchester called Joy Division release a record called Unknown Pleasures, get on your Schwinn Varsity and pedal down to Wallich’s Music City as fast as you can. Have a black peacoat ready to wear.

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  10. I think that aside from the “sh” sound for “s”, Peter’s imitation of Bogart sounds more like JFK lol! While the shoulder shrug thing indeed out of character, it just made it even funnier, particularly when he’s approaching Mike after walking out of the kitchen…classic!

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  11. As annoying as it may have been, the element of surprise is a good way to gauge if a fire drill is indeed successful, so if nothing else, Bobby and Cindy took their safety roles seriously by having one in the middle of the party (hopefully they knew how many guests to include in their count!).

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  12. I thought Peter was listening to a radio in his room. Did they have small TV’s back then? Anyway this episode had me laughing, I bet they had a hard time keeping a straight face when Peter came into the kitchen asking what’s for dinner.

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  13. Despite its iconic status, this episode was just dumb to me, for exactly the reason you gave, i.e., Peter’s mistaking a PERSONA for a PERSONALITY. Seriously, who would be so stupid as to come out wearing some English lord getup, and speaking in a British accent, and then compound it by trying to act like Bogey? Way too inane to be funny for me. By this time I’d also tired of the (as you so aptly put it) “woe is me” episodes. They all kind of became too similar, as did the “comeuppance” episodes, where one kid would get too big for their britches and have to be brought back to earth.

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