Episode 7: Juliet Is The Sun

 

Greetings readers, family and friends!  Thank you for joining me this week to review “Juliet Is The Sun”.  It first aired on October 29th, 1971.   It is one of the “big headed Brady” episodes; a story where one of the kid’s ego inflates to irritating levels.  This time around, it is Marcia who is too big for her britches.  It is the least funny episode in a while.  After being treated to the laughs of “My Sister, Benedict Arnold” and “The Personality Kid”, this episode is played mostly for drama with little comedy.  Let us commence to reviewing “Juliet Is The Sun”.

 

The story opens with Peter and Jan parking their bicycles and rushing into the house with exciting news.  In this opening, it was the first time I noticed the teeter-totter in the Brady backyard.  As regular viewers know, it will factor heavily in a future episode.  The exciting news Peter and Jan share is they have the roles of palace guards in their school’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”.  Carol is quite excited and compares their both acting awfulto the Hollywood iconic family the Barrymores.  It is a neat comparison as even after this episode aired, an actress from my own generation, Drew Barrymore, could be identified with the Barrymore lineage.  As the family celebrates Peter and Jan’s bit part, even bigger news surrounding the play awaits.  Carol gets a call from the play’s producer(?) Ms. Goodwin that shares the news that Marcia has landed a starring role!  She had only auditioned for a small part, but the skill she demonstrated playing the nurse landed her the starring role.  When Marcia learns of this, she is none too happy!  She declares this news as awful and dashes off.  So begins the drama that is “Juliet is the Sun”.

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The next scene begins with Mike and Carol paying Marcia a visit.  Marcia thinks it was good old political favoritism that saw her given the lead role.  Carol is the chairman of the play committee.  Marcia is assured that Ms. Goodwin would not miscast the lead role mirrorof the play to please Carol.  Marcia goes on to say that she is not beautiful or noble enough to play a role as graceful as Juliet.  Mike and Carol deem this nonsense.  They tell her if she thinks she is beautiful and noble and projects that onstage, everybody else will feel the same way too.  With that we get the first shot of Marcia staring in the mirror.  As I mentioned in the review of “The Personality Kid”, somebody involved with this show’s production sure liked to have the characters look into mirrors and think or talk to themselves.

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Downstairs, Greg and Alice discuss Alice’s own past acting experience.  She recalls playing a lead role that critics found very interesting.  She played the role of Julius Caesar in her all girls school’s production Julius Caesar.  Could her school not find a more fitting play for an all female cast?  Perhaps they were drawing from the days of yore when listeningShakespeare’s own plays were done by all males.  The line reminded me of an episode of “The Simpsons” when Ned Flanders shares with Marge he played the role of Blanche Dubois in his all boys school’s production of “A Street Car Named Desire”.  Alice shares with Greg how Marcia’s reluctance stems from a psychological mental block caused by a lack of confidence.  Greg notes how that is some deep thoughts on Alice’s part, but then Alice shares it was not her own thinking, but Mike and Carol’s.  This was a disappointing line as Alice certainly seems capable of realizing that herself.  The other kids, sans Marcia, are in the next room working a jigsaw puzzle.  They overhear Greg and Alice’s conversation and Alice’s suggestion that Greg give her a confidence boost.    During this scene, I noticed how well Barry Williams and Ann B. Davis did acting in scenes together.  There is something about their on screen chemistry that really made their scenes flow well. A fun spinoff might have seen Greg going to college and Alice showing up at the campus too, intent on getting her degree as well.  When the dormitories are overbooked, Greg and Alice must rent rooms from a whacky sculptor/painter who has a large home right off campus.  Such a show would only have a shelf life of a season or two, but it could have been fun.

 

The scenes that follow are of the other kids working to boost Marcia’s confidence so she will accept the role of Juliet.  While slathered in face cream, Bobby and Cindy tell her she is pretty and groovy.  Jan and Peter approach her for some acting advice.  Jan has one line in the play and seeks Marcia’s advice on delivering it.  The both ooh and ahh over Marcia’s help and Jan declares Marcia a terrific actress.  Marcia can suspect her being cast as Juliet was the result of Carol being on the play committee, but cannot see through this shuck and jive?  Greg finishes off the ego injections by sharing with Marcia his classmate finds her groovy and wants to meet her.  Marcia is excited about a high school boy taking an interest.  It would seem that after Warren Mullaney took an interest, some of the dazzle of a high school boy’s interest would be lost.  Apparently not! Marcia then again returns to the mirror with her confidence now in place as the confidence building comments play again in her mind.  A question for readers who were around in the late 60s and early 70s.  Was “groovy” a commonly used adjective back then?  They say it on The Brady Bunch quite often.  If any kids had said it when I was growing up, it would have been jokingly as a throwback to the 1970s.  Was it really used all that much?

 

The next morning, the sun has risen and so has Marcia’s confidence.  She enters the kitchen beaming and practically walking on air as she now identifies with Juliet.  In an overplayed scene, she flutters out of the kitchen.  She seems borderline delirious!  During this scene, Alice begins the Shakespeare quote, “A rose by any other name” and concludes it with “still costs ten bucks a dozen.”  A quick Google search found that roses can still be purchased for this amount, but can run as much as $90 from a high end florist.

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The next scene begins with Peter and Jan rehearsing their single line in the living room.  They are the living embodiment of the saying, “There are no small parts, just small actors”.  In the family room, Marcia is rehearsing with her co-star Harold Axlerod.  Mike and Carol observe the practice and Mike notes that Romeo wears glasses.  Harold gives Marcia one more confidence boost as he declares, “You really are Juliet”.

 

Harold’s compliment puts Marcia over the edge.  She morphs into a full on diva and becomes increasingly possible to deal with.  It starts with her “hogging” the bathroom and not allowing others to use it.  She then lays claim to additional closet space in the one she shares with her sisters.  She states that since all of the student body lays eyes on her daily, as she is Juliet, her dresses must look perfect.  Jan is justifiably chapped at Marcia’s annexation and a verbal dispute erupts.  Mike and Carol intervene, but give little support to the lowly peasant sisters.   In a mildly funny line, Mike reminds Marcia she is not the first lady of the American theater.  He then tells Jan and Cindy what a “strain” it is to be cast as the lead in a play and they should cooperate with Marcia’s diva ways.  No instruction is given to share the closet space equally.  Upon my third viewing of the scene for this review, I did notice a funny thing Jan does.  As Mike and Carol conclude their chiding, Jan stands there with a pleasant smile.  As the door closes, the monsterscowl on her face quickly returns.  Marcia sends Jan and Cindy to the family room to do their studying as she must study her own lines without distraction .  On their way to the family room, Jan and Cindy stop by the boys’ room to warn them of Marcia’s increasingly prima donna ways.  The kids now all lament encouraging her and boosting her confidence.  Greg states they have created a small blond Frankenstein with their encouragement. The scene concludes with one of Bobby’s impersonations.  At least they tried to insert some comedy in this episode.

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The next scene starts with Carol on the phone selling ad space in the play’s program.  It isn’t until after the ad is sold, the buyer is told that the play is “Romeo and Juliet”.  This advertiser must have a lot of faith in the business the ad will generate and the play’s content not being objectionable to place an ad without even knowing what is being performed! Peter enters the kitchen complaining that Marcia is not helping him clean out the garage. Before going up to remind her, he does something that made absolutely no sense.  He says “Hark! Who goes there” and then flails his leg and arms before walking off.  Even Carol questions what he was doing after he is gone.  Upstairs, Marcia is predictably opposed to helping Peter with such a menial task.  It is not work fitting the star of the junior high school play or Juliet.  Peter says Marcia’s head has gotten so big they would not both fit in the same garage.

 

Marcia’s increasingly diva ways are most evident during she and Harold’s next rehearsal.  The other kids watch the stars practice their line.  In the only laugh out loud moment (for me) during the episode,  Harold delivers the line, “Shall I hear more or shall I speak at this?”  Jan says, “It’s a wonder she lets him speak at all”.  Marcia is quite annoyed at her siblings observing her rehearsal and banishes them all from the room.  Her irritation doesn’t end with just her siblings.  She is soon chastising Harold’s delivery of his lines.  When he objects to her instruction, she declares him immature and refuses to rehearse with a child.  In Marcia’s defense, Harold does kind of suck at delivering his lines.  We now know why Marcia’s trying out for the nurse landed her the role of Juliet.  If the other kids auditioning were of the acting caliber of Harold, whose talent warranted one of the title roles, the pickings for Ms. Goodwin must have been slim.  Harold puts no feeling or passion into delivering his lines.  Marcia’s brusque ways may be to blame for some of this, but he just seems to me to be a lousy actor, not an intimidated one.

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Randy Case as Harold

 

Harold Axlerod was played by Randy Case.  Per IMDB, this was his only acting gig on screen.  While I had issues with his character being cast as Romeo, Randy Case did a great job playing Harold.  A Google search yielded nothing about him.  For now the reason for his brief foray into the acting arena will remain but a mystery.

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That night, Marcia’s inflated ego has taken on yet another level.  She is changing the lines of the play to suit her acting needs!  She is even surprised she must deliver the lines word for word!  Mike and Carol discourage her from improving upon the work of The Bard, but Marcia says an actress must do as she feels is right.  With rehearsal complete and her disapproval of Harold voiced, she declares rehearsal complete.  Carol states that if an actress can be judged based on her temperament, Marcia is ready for an Oscar!  Check out that vase behind Marcia during this scene.  It looks like one of those large bottles that go on a water cooler.

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Marcia’s diva-like ways spill beyond the walls of the Brady house during the play’s dress rehearsal.  Harold’s portrayal of Romeo here again calls to question the quality of the other actors who auditioned for the part.  The boy just has no motivation.  Again, maybe we can suspect that Marcia robbed him of some of that, but even early on he seemed to lack that gusto an actor should bring to a role.  During the dress rehearsal, it is found that Harold’s glasses do not work well with the mask that is part of his costume.  As he bows to Juliet he loses both the specs and his cap.  As the boy struggles to even see his glasses laying on the floor, Ms. Goodwin suggests he do the entire scene without them!  This lady is committed to junior high theater!  She would rather the boy wander aimlessly onstage so he can wear a costume mask instead of a minor wardrobe alteration that would see the mask not be worn.

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As the rehearsal of the recommences, Marcia has relocated herself to the balcony.  She feels the scene would be better if she stands there.  She tells Ms. Goodwin she is only trying to improve the play.  Upon resuming, Marcia forgets a line.  She blames Harold’s bumbling ways for her lack of concentration.  Ms. Goodwin says for her not to blame others for her own mistakes.  One final shot at some comedic input for this episode is attempted in this scene.  Without glasses, Harold can’t seem to find his co-star and twice delivers his lines to empty space.  By the time we make it to this scene, any comedic pacing has long been discarded for this episode, so these scenes lacked the humor that might have been enjoyed in another Brady episode.

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Unbeknownst to Marcia, Carol is offstage watching the rehearsal.  At this point, Carol’s presence likely would not have altered Marcia’s behavior anyway.  With the cast dismissed, Carol and Ms. Goodwin discuss Marcia’s impossible ways.  Carol compares her to Sarah Bernhardt.  A quick scan of Bernhardt’s Wikipedia article didn’t mention her being impossible, just a fantastic actress.

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Lois Newman as Ms. Goodwin

 

Ms. Goodwin was played by Lois Newman.  Her IMDB page lists only one other acting credit.  It was a feature film titled “Game Show Models”.  A Google search produced no additional information about her.  Lois Newman died in 1987.

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During the dress rehearsal, we see Peter and Jan onstage playing the role of palace guards.  Check out Jan’s hair.  It was a nice look for her.

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Back at the Brady house, the hammer comes down on Marcia.  Carol visits her in the girls’ bedroom.  She starts the conversation sharing she just sent the program to the printers.  Marcia replies that she wishes Harold’s name wasn’t in it.  Carol shares that Marcia’s name has been removed.  Marcia has been replaced and her understudy will be playing the role of Juliet.  If Marcia had not replied with the comment about Harold, I pondered what Carol was going to share next.  “I sent the final program to the printers this afternoon.  There is going to be a change you won’t approve of.” or “I think you will enjoy reading it while sitting in the audience.  You were fired today.”

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The rest of the conversation is an exercise in duplicity.  Carol admits the family encouraged Marcia to take the role and be confident and her impossible personality is not entirely her fault.  Then she concludes the conversation saying Marcia brought her firing on herself.  It was like she was saying, “It’s not your fault Marcia, but it is.”  Marcia is reduced to angst filled tears and yells “Mom!”  Maureen McCormick was a stunningly beautiful young lady, but when she turned on the waterworks, it was almost like Jekyll and Hyde when it came to her looks.

 

Unlike “Romeo and Juliet”, this episode has a happy ending.  At the last minute,  the actress playing Lady Capulet has the mumps and the entire play is now in jeopardy.  Marcia asks if she may take the role and assures Carol she will not be the diva she was conclusionbefore.  Carol welcomes her back to the play with a hug and a smile.  On IMDB, somebody questioned, as I myself did initially, why the understudy for Lady Capulet’s role was not given the part.  The explanation I came up with was that since it is a smaller role (but by no means a bit part), no understudy was cast.  We must remember this was a junior high production with an acting pool that saw Harold Axlerod cast as Romeo, so on  stage players must have been in short supply.

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The epilogue has the family coming home from the play.  Peter is very well dressed to have been a part of the production.  Did he wear those nice clothes to the school, only to have to change out of them to play the guard and then put them back on?  Maybe like high school football players of the day, actors went to the event well dressed and left the same way.  One last attempt at comedy is shared as Alice reflects on the Shakespearean tragedy she just watched.  She says the saddest part was when Peter and Jan flubbed their lines with “Who goes there” followed by “Hark!”  With that, this episode comes to a conclusion.

Well friends, as I stated in the opening, this episode was heavy on dramatics and not much fun.  It ranks among my least favorite of the series.  Marcia’s impossible ways had the potential for comedy throughout the episode, but were played for drama instead.  I did notice the episode’s writer’s, Brad Radnitz writing resume included many more non-comedic scripts than comedic ones.  Next week, we return to all kinds of crazy with “And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor”.  I know this episode tends to fall among the least favorite lists of some fans.  I myself haven’t seen it in ages, so it should be fun to revisit it.  Until next time, parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say have a good week, till the next time you visit this site and a new review seek.”

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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.

23 thoughts on “Episode 7: Juliet Is The Sun”

  1. Check out your pictures of Peter and Jan at the teeter totter and then inside the house. You captured a blooper there. Outside at the Teeter Totter Jan does not have a red ribbon in her hair but once they’re inside the kitchen she does.

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  2. 1. Greg is again wearing his groovy purple outfit. Regarding the word “groovy”, I remember in the mid ’70s my brother receiving a birthday card from my uncle which read: “Here’s to a groovy 13 year old”. I don’t think we mocked it at the time, but a few years later we certainly had a snicker at how un-cool it was to be called groovy.
    2. The background music that is played several times in the episode is of course “A Time For Us” aka “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet”. Several great singers have covered it, including Andy Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Mathis, et al. But my favourite version is Donny Osmond’s!

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  3. This is probably my least-favorite episode of Season 3. First of all, it’s yet another “Brady Kid Gets a Big Ego” episode (each kid got one, if you count Bobby’s power-madness in “Law and Disorder”), which I don’t like. Then as you said, it’s too dramatic. And to top it all off, it involves Marcia crying. You’re right when you say she looks (and sounds, IMO) her ugliest when she’s crying. This is one where if I see it on tv, I’ll change the channel until maybe the tag, where Marcia doesn’t appear.

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    1. Sergeant Emma is coming up and that is the one that I cringe at. I will skip over that one and watch everything else in season. Even “And now a word from our Sponsor” is more tolerable than Sergeant Emma.

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      1. I am looking forward to seeing that one again and seeing if it is as bad as I remember. I have not seen it in many years. For some reason, it seemed to air less in syndications than other episodes did.

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  4. Where is the tradition of taking Shakespeare’s words and dramatizing them in an unusual setting, something more modern to make them more relevant to audiences, perhaps? How about a courtroom where the opposing families are embroiled in a case, and the young lovers reach across the bar to pursue each other?

    If Marcia’s grades faltered because of her involvement in the play, I could understand if she was dropped from the production. But dropping her for being a headcase is too much of a stretch for me. Making a change so close to the performance could not make it any easier for a group with limited skills.

    I have to assume that Peter was thinking ahead to the cast party where he could put his latest personality on display, to explain why he was so dressed up. If the performance was scheduled for the evening, he would have time to chaange his clothes; otherwise he could show up for an earlier performance time in his school clothes.

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    1. I never appreciated the way Shakespeare can be interpreted and played in a variety of ways until college. A comparison of Mel Gibson’s “Hamlet” vs. the version made by Kenneth Branagh showed me that. A 70s take on it by high schoolers might’ve been fun. As for Marcia being replaced, she did have an understudy so the last hour replacement wasn’t too much of a stretch.

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      1. Robert Reed would have had a complete cow if they had changed Shakespeare for her play. I mean he even took all of the kids to Europe to visit where Shakespeare was born. I can just imagine him loving this episode as is because he’s so close to Shakespeare and him being such a perfectionist actor blah blah blah.

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  5. Agree Marty!

    This had to be an episode that Robert Reed loved! He was a Shakespeare fanatic and even taught Shakespeare at UCLA in his later years. He might have been a bit difficult about Romeo wearing glasses as he even questions this when Marcia and Harold are rehearsing their lines.

    This episode is not comedic, but I love Maureen’s acting in this episode! The way that her personality changes from no self-esteem to revising Shakespeare is very high caliber acting for her. The crying for me was a powerful moment. Watching her inflated ego get busted like that. It reminds me of Marcia in tears, when Mike and Carol at first don’t believe her, when she didn’t write the insulting caption about her teacher Mrs. Denton during the slumber party episode, “The Slumber Caper.”

    Harold really sucked as Romeo! He was so bad, it was funny! I believe the casting of Randy Case was intentional in this regard. They wanted a nerdy, squeaky-voiced actor for Romeo, maybe to make Marcia even MORE angry at him! If Harold had played Romeo with power and passion, this would give Marcia less opportunity to criticize him. Her inflated ego, and his terrible acting really demonstrate powerful conflict, once Marcia’s ego goes to her head.

    The only non-believable part of this episode was why would Ms. Goodwin pick Harold as Romeo in the first place given his voice and mannerisms? Why would Carol say to her, “Oh, I think Harold Axelrod would make a great Romeo.” As play committee chairperson, maybe she felt Harold wasn’t that great, but wanted to spare her feelings. Carol is one who tries to be understanding, and would not be one to initiate a conflict by saying Harold wasn’t very good. There had to be other try outs for Romeo, and seriously, while its only a Junior High production, watching Harold perform, any other student would have been a better selection. I mean, could they have been worse? LOL!

    Jack

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    1. Thanks for sharing those thoughts Jack! I enjoy comments shared by those who enjoyed and episode I did not and vice versa. Maureen McCormick did show her fine acting prowess in this episode. It may be her best performance since “The Slumber Caper”.

      Yes, Harold Axlerod was a terrible Romeo! His telling Marcia, “You really are Juliet” led me later conclude he was a fan of The Bard and a star pupil in a class where Ms. Goodwin taught Shakespeare. This may have influenced her to cast the boy in such an ill fitted part.

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  6. Groovy was indeed common from the late sixties through mid-seventies. When I was a kid, I had a Nehru jacket and pendant, which my family called my groovy suit.

    I love Mancini’s Romeo and Juliet theme, so apparent in this episode. It is surprising, since the Zeffirelli film for which it was written was only in 1968, just a couple of years before. Normally the royalties for such a recent hit would have been cost prohibitive for a TV series in the middle of the ratings scale.

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  7. 1) You are so right about this episode not having much humor. I never really thought of it in terms of being mostly drama as opposed to comedy, but it sure was! Still, I’ve never avoided watching this episode the way I avoided a few others. I guess I never got tired of Marcia, even when she had a big head.

    2) lol, i love how Marcia thinks she got the part because Carol was Chairman of the “Play Committee”. She acts as if Ms. Goodwin’s very livlihood was in Carol’s hands (as the Chariman), and therefore, she had no choice but to cast Carol’s daughter as the lead! In reality, of course, Mrs. Goodwin volunteered her time and gave up quite a few nights and weekends to direct the play.

    3) It made no sense for a Jr. High drama group to do the actual Romeo and Juliet play as written by Shakespeare. That’s WAY over the heads of these kids… as someone suggested, doing a similar story in a modern setting would be more like it.

    4) Just as the other Brady kids pretended to like Peter’s jokes, now we have the other kids all telling Marcia what a great actress she is. Great job in pointing out that Marcia thinks she had it figured out why she got the lead, but couldn’t see through Jan and Peter’s obviously phony compliments. But remember when Cindy “accidentally” spilled the beans about the kids “tricking Peter” into thinking they really liked his jokes? The other kids could have used her in this episode… they could have told her to tell Marcia “Gee Marcia, I hope you got your confidence back after Greg made us trick you by giving you all those phony compliments!” That might have brought Marcia back down to earth by making her realize it was all a ruse (Cindy would later do the same thing to Jan in “The Only Child” episode).

    5) Interesting point about the on-screen chemistry between Greg and Alice… I hadn’t thought about that, but they really were very good together.

    6) I agree with the assessment that “groovy” was in use through the 60s and into the mid-70s. And the words “Groove” and “Groovy” were still in quite a number of song titles and lyrics during the 70s and 80s.

    7) Ann B Davis was giving a LOT of really corny lines during the run of this series, but boy, she made the best of it. “A rose by any other name… “. What a total pro she was!

    8) I’d have to agree that the casting of Harold as the lead was done purely for comedy. But I thought he delivered maybe the two funniest lines of the episode… after Marcia tells him that it would be better if his voice didn’t squeak, he says (very forcefully, I might add) “I quit squeaking LAST year!”.
    Then, during the dress rehearsal, he tries to do the “balcony” scene without his glasses, and as he’s talking to nothing but air, Marcia says something which alerts him to her position on the stage; he turns to her and non challantly says “Oh, there you are”. I thought his delivery of those two lines was great!

    9) As much of a prima donna as Marcia was, I can’t blame her for getting ticked off at her sibblings as they watched her rehearse and started making smart aleck comments.

    10) Harold almost looks like an older version of Harvey Klinger, Marcia’s first crush.

    11) It was really stupid for Ms. Goodwin to make Harold try to do a scene without his glasses. Why did she cast him in the first place if that was a problem?

    12) We see Harold playing Romeo and wonder about the other guys that might have auditioned for the part. But when I was in Jr. High, I’m sure the very thought of playing “Romeo” would have been a fate worse than death, even if a girl like Marcia was playing Juliet.
    What guy that age wants to play Romeo? He’d never hear the end of it from his friends! It just wouldn’t be worth it.

    13) I don’t think that Carol saying that Marcia would be fine “if only she didn’t think she was Jr. High’s answer to Sarah Bernhardt” meant that she thought Bernhardt was an impossible person, I think she just meant that Marcia thought of herself as a truly great actress, as Bernhardt appearently was.

    14) Maureen could be a great crier when she wanted to be. She did do a lot of contoring her face, but she sure was good at crying. For an example of a really bad crier, see Sally Struthers of “All in the Family”.

    15) Re: stage players being in short supply… again, what percentage of kids at that age would want anything to do with putting on Romeo and Juliet, especially having to stick to the actual Shakespeare script?

    16) I wonder if this play was a “one night only” production? Seems like it was.

    17) Re Peter being dressed up… that really did make no sense. Being in the production, he would ideally wear something he could change in and out of easily before and after the performance.

    There will often be a cast party after the final performance of a production. But if he got dressed up to go to that, what’s he doing at home with the rest of the family?

    18) I’m looking forward to your review of “And Now a Word From Our Sponsor”. That’s an episode I don’t particularly like, but it might be fun to revisit it in this forum.

    Have a great week everyone!

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  8. Thanks for sharing those thoughts! Harold’s “Oh there you are” was a funny line delivered naturally.

    Your comment on songs of the 60s and 70s using “groove” and “groovy” brought to mind the song “Reach Out Of The Darkness” with the line “I think it’s so groovy now…”. I love 60s music, but have to turn the dial when that song comes on. For some reason it annoys me to no end.

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  9. Groovy…? I neither used it nor heard it and I was born in 1965. When we heard the Bradys using it, we figured they were more supercool and suave, being from California verses us on East Coast, and once in awhile we would imitate them to make a joke everyone knew was a spoof on Brady Lingo.

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  10. I would like to add, that the night this episode aired, I had just come into this world 2 days earlier. So I often think, that this was the episode that my older sister and brother were watching when I came home from the hospital.

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  11. Another LOL moment came when Peter did his “Hark, who goes there?” with the arm flail and leg kick after he asks Carol why Marcia isn’t helping him clean the garage.

    Carol: “Hark, what was that???”

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  12. We did Romeo and Juliet in 6th grade. Our teacher made it easy for us to learn by explaining the dialogue to us. I was Mercutio (one of Romeo’s friends). I got to die! It was cool.
    I’ll be 53 in two weeks and I still use “groovy.” People like it!

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  13. Here’s the thing about this episode and all “Brady kid’s huge ego gets shattered big time” … annoying as some people may find some or all of them, we ought to identify with them. We’ve all had these same experiences in our lives: We thought we were someone special and the next big thing in whatever, only to find out such was not the case.

    Here, Marcia forgot that she was in a junior high play, not an audition for whatever the early 1970s version of “Next Big Star” was. Instead of taking lessons about memorization, discipline, working with others (including those you may not necessarily like), her ego swelled to where she became impossible to live with, verbally abusing her cast mates (and siblings) and way overstepping her rights by assessing the ability of her co-star. Regardless of what you thought of Harold, he at least showed me he remembered why he was in the play, unlike Marcia who forgot.

    Marcia was setting herself up for a big fall … and it really was humbling for her when she had the lead role taken away from her.

    I see Carol’s point in her dressing down of Marcia: Yes she and Mike encouraged her and helped boost her ego, but they also were hoping she would be able to manage it … and boy, she failed big time here.

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