Episode 22: My Fair Opponent

Hello again dear readers.  Thank you for joining me to review “My Fair Opponent”.  It originally aired March 3rd, 1972.  It is an episode centered on Marcia and much like a previous episode focusing on her, “Juliet Is The Sun”, it is played mostly for drama with few laughs.  For the second episode in a row, there is no b-plot.  The entire episode focuses on Marcia’s helping a shy and awkward girl and then finding herself in direct competition with her.  Let us begin our review of “My Fair Opponent”.

 

The episode opens with very up-tempo music.   It is there to give instrumental accompaniment to the fury and anger Marcia is experiencing.  Marcia comes home from school mad as a hornet who just had his nest kicked.  As she storms into the yard, she angrily kicks a basketball.  Marcia better be careful doing that near sliding glass doors! (Yes, I realize those on the set were without glass).  Inside, Cindy is creating some chalk art.  The family chalkboard was conveniently moved for the episode so Marcia could show her ire by changing Cindy’s drawing.  The chalkboard normally hung on the broom closet door.  Marcia crosses out the word “Nice” from Cindy’s “Have A Nice Day” drawing and adds a frowning face to the emoji she was drawing.  As she goes upstairs, she encounters Mike who asks her what is wrong.  She is so mad she can’t even discuss it with him.

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The next scene, in what I assume would have followed a commercial break in 1972, has Marcia in her room with the music used in the opening still playing.  I don’t recall such musical direction in a previous episode.  Mike and Carol enter the room to discuss with Marcia why she is so upset.  Marcia explains that her senior class at the junior high school pulled a mean and dirty trick.  They nominated an unpopular and shy girl to compete against the most popular in the girl for the honor of being hostess for senior banquet night.  The nomination was done as a mean trick as nobody would actually consider the girl, Molly Webber, for the honor.  Apparently the cruelty of the joke went over poor Molly’s head as she was excited to be nominated.  Sadly, I recall things like this happening in my academic days.  One can only remind himself/herself that kids can be cruel like that.  Mike and Carol suggest Marcia do something about what’s happened and try to help Molly.

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The next morning, the kids all leave for school and pick up their lunches as they go.  Season 3 really wanted us to dislike Peter.  He’s been a real jerk in more than one previous episode and is so again in this one.  He suggests Marcia would be able to help Molly by putting a bag over her head.  Carol only chides him in telling him what he said wasn’t nice.  Of course it wasn’t, Peter wasn’t trying to be when he said it.  I am glad Peter’s character would not maintain this direction as the series progressed.  As Marcia leaves, it occurs to her how she can be Molly’s saving grace.  She recalls the plot of the movie “My Fair Lady” (hence the episode’s title).  She decides she will follow the action by Professor Higgins in the film and  render Molly Webber popular and likeable.  Friends, I have never seen this movie, so I can’t draw any further parallels to it.  Feel free to share any knowledge you have of it!

 

That afternoon, Marcia brings home Molly Webber.  The poor girl is very shy around the boys and after meeting them, Peter shares with Greg another insult about her.  Jan and Cindy watch Marcia and Molly’s arrival from the family room.  Props to Susan Olson for her ability to make it appear her hands are on the glass.  She also gives one of the episodes few chuckle worthy moments as she really lays it on thick with the compliments upon meeting Molly.   As Molly meets Mike and Carol, her clumsy ways are made known as she knocks a bowl of carrots onto the floor.

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Up in Marcia’s room, in another clumsy moment, Molly spills what looks like 25 pencils mollycufrom her notebook.  How many pencils does this girl need at one time?  It looks like she has her supply for the entire school year on hand.  Marcia begins to propose her idea of giving Molly a makeover.  The director of this episode did a fine job of making Molly look so plain and unremarkable.  Her dress is very simple and fits loosely on her.  Her hair is pulled back and made to look very simple.  The final touch to her awkward appearance is a pair of oversized black glasses.  Marcia has her take them off and tells her she has beautiful eyes behind her glasses.  How do glasses hide one’s eyes?  In a convenient turn of events, we learn Molly has a pair of contact lenses available.  She agrees to let Marcia help her reinvent herself and her look.  As they leave the bedroom, one more reminder of her clumsy ways is made known as he bumps into Marcia’s bed.

 

The montage of scenes that follows shows Marcia’s efforts to help Molly.  In a lesson on conversation, Marcia encourages poise and dignity on the part of Molly.  A lesson in posture has Molly walking across the living room with a book on her head.  Fashion sense is shared up in the girls’ room as Marcia suggests Molly show more leg.  Hairdos are part of the final lesson we see on camera.  Over the course of the scenes with Molly thus far in the episode, we have seen her wear three different dresses.  Either she had a closet full of fashionable and stylish clothes she never chose to wear or somebody footed the bill for a shopping trip.  During the rest of the episode, she is dressed in the current styles of the day.

 

The new and improved Molly enters the Bradys’ backyard in the next scene.  She greets the boys who paid her little mind only a few days before.  They now think she is a total newmollyreactionbabe.  Not pining for their attention, she leaves abruptly after saying hello.  Greg references Peter’s earlier insult calling her a wipeout by saying she just got wiped back in.  Inside, Carol, Alice and Mike are also impressed by the change that has come over Molly.  She greets them confidently and is no longer the bashful girl they knew only days before.  Changes in clothes and looks are believable, but Molly finding this new level of confidence in such a short time was a stretch for me.   Upstairs, Jan and Cindy marvel at the new Molly before Marcia boots them out of the room so the pair can work on Molly’s speech for the selection committee.

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The episode’s conflict arrives in the next scene.  Marcia is home from school with upsetting news.  The most popular girl in the class won’t be competing with Molly for the honor of being hostess after all.  She had to drop out of the competition.  Unbeknownst to everyone, Marcia was third in line to be selected for the hosting honor and is now in direct competition with Molly.  Marcia discusses with Carol how she would enjoy the honor of hosting the banquet, but at the same time, doesn’t want to destroy Molly’s newfound confidence by beating her out in the competition.  Marcia “discusses” this with Carol without letting her mom get a word in.  She hems and haws back and forth over the decision to compete or withdraw.  She finally decides to withdraw and in a funny moment thanks Carol for her help.

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The next day, a new wrench is thrown into the previous resolution.  Jan shares with Marcia the guest of honor at the senior banquet is none other than a moon-bound astronaut!  Previous years have seen the guest of honor was only the school principal.  This year, the school’s most famous graduate, Lt. Colonel Dick Whitfield, will escort the hostess for the evening.  I could not help but think how in previous years, girls vied for the honor of an evening with the school principal as her escort.  It doesn’t sound appealing.

 

In the next scene, Molly is is seen socializing with some other girls before approaching Marcia.  One of the girls, Suzanne, gets an acting credit for the episode.  She was played by Suzanne Roth.  This was one of three television appearances per IMDB.  The new and improved Molly soon shows herself not so improved personality-wise.  Marcia shares with Molly she is too busy to compete for the hostess honor and will be withdrawing from the race.  Molly says that is too bad because it would have been a close race.  Marcia is a bit miffed at Molly’s remark but is even more so in the comments that follow.  Molly, not even acknowledging Marcia’s contribution, states her new found popularity and confidence reveal that she has “arrived”.  Molly states that if Marcia thought she had a chance of winning the race, then she would not be “too busy” to compete against her.  This upsets Marcia to the point that she decides she will remain in the race for banquet hostess.  Molly tells Marcia to go ahead and try to beat her.   I like this scene as it reminds us that those who are meek and timid can also be selfish and shallow.  Especially during adolescence, a quiet or reserved person is given the “nice” label and thought to be harmless or a even a pushover

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Debi Storm as Molly Webber

 

Molly Webber was played by Debi Storm.  An interesting bit of trivia is that Debi Storm was originally cast in the role of Jan on The Brady Bunch, before Sherwood Schwartz decided all of the Brady girls would be blond.  Before this episode, Debi Storm had appeared in the feature films “Village of the Giants” and “The Brotherhood of Satan”.  She would later appear in “Fun With Dick and Jane”.  Among her many television credits were appearances on Green Acres, I-Spy and Emergency!  IMDB lists her last acting credit as an episode of Dallas in 1979.  A Google search provided a 2008 interview with the actress.  Debi Storm Interview

 

The next scenes must have been shot to fill some time in the episode.  Jan recaps to Greg Marcia’s decision to remain in the competition and Molly’s inflated ego.  Greg takes a few jabs at the female mentality before clarifying it doesn’t apply to sisters.  Marcia faces a quandary in her own speech writing effort as she used all of her best words to craft Molly’s speech.  This has not eroded her confidence in winning the coveted hostess role though.  She seeks dancing advice from Mike and Carol so she may dance well with the older guest of honor.  This follows with Mike waltzing with Carol, then Marcia and then Alice.  While it was a sweet scene, it still felt like episode filler.   In the next scene, the boys do some humorous impersonations of what they see as female vanity.  This too does nothing to advance the plot, but does provide a breath of humor for the episode.

 

The episode’s story resumes with Molly and Marcia giving their speeches.  We have the previous filler scenes to thank for not having to listen to both speeches in their entirety.  The scene shows the start of Molly’s and the end of Marcia’s speech.  The committee tallies the scores and states it was the speeches that resulted in their final decision; the one that awards Molly the coveted hostess role!  The only speaking role afforded to the  committee was played by Lindsay Workman.  This was one of many appearances he had playing different roles on The Brady Bunch.

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The episode ends happily with one final visit from Molly.  She has come to apologize to Marcia for her bad behavior.  She also has some exciting news and a surprise visitor.  Lt. Col. Whitfield has accompanied Molly to the Brady house.  They are there to share that this year’s senior night will be co-hosted by two hostesses.  So elated is Marcia that she initially closes the door on them, only to let them in and exit the house herself.  It was one final attempt at laughs in this low humor episode.

Lt. Colonel Dick Whitfield was played by William Wellman.  He is listed in the closing credits only as “The Astronaut”.  He enjoyed a long acting career, appearing on many, many TV shows, but never with a regular role.  His feature film credits include “It’s Alive!” and two Billy Jack films.  His most recent acting credit on IMDB is direct to video Star Trek release in 2007.

 

The epilogue has Marcia home from the senior banquet.  She was the first to dance with the astronaut and knows their waltz will always be one he remembers.  She knows this because she stepped on his feet seven times.  The dress Marcia is wearing is not in line with any 1970s styles I am familiar with.  For me, it rang more 1870s.  Readers, do any of you recall girls wearing dresses such as this in the 1970s?

Thank you for joining me to review “My Fair Opponent”.  This definitely does not rank among my favorite episodes.  The story is solid enough, but not very interesting to me.  It lacks any of that craziness or zaniness that made the show what it was.  The lesson about humility and helping others is a good one though.  Like many other Brady friends we would meet, Molly is never seen or mentioned again.  Your own thoughts and opinions are most welcome.  Next week we will not be reviewing “The Fender Benders”.  To celebrate Christmas, the film “A Very Brady Christmas” will be reviewed instead. This review will not be the detailed play by play like those done for the episodes. I don’t think I have the time or energy to write such, nor do you have the time or energy to read such. I had originally hoped to review the film as a Sunday Special, but December 25th will be here before we know it and my fatherly holiday duties are many!  I hope you will enjoy the movie review in place of an episode.  See you then!

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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.

31 thoughts on “Episode 22: My Fair Opponent”

  1. Molly Webber’s personality certainly underwent a major change. I wonder what her parents thought? Must have been concerning to see their daughter change so abruptly. Kind of like that girl from the movie, The Exorcist. The girl’s mother was so freaked out by her daughter’s extreme personality change that he had a priest try and perform an exorcism on her. Could you imagine a priest doing an exorcism on Molly Webber? Have you ever seen the 1973 movie, The Exorcist? If so, could you picture Molly Webber being the demon possessed teenage girl? Well, would you believe that it almost happened?

    Interesting bit of trivia/fact, regarding Debi Storm-AKA, Molly Webber: shortly after filming this episode of the Brady Bunch, Debi auditioned for the role of Regan MacNeil, the young, demon tormented girl in the 1973 Academy Award winning, blockbuster, horror/thriller, which was based on William Blatty’s novel by the same name, The Exorcist. In fact, Debi WON the role. Yes, she was selected, beating out hundreds of others who auditioned or were considered for that role. Many of the young actresses who auditioned had ties to the Brady Bunch. Actresses who had guest roles in the Brady Bunch series and were part of the auditions included Pamelyn Ferdin (Lucy Winters, season 2), Kym Karath (Kerry Hathaway, season 4), Melissa Sue Anderson (Millicent, season 5) and Denise Nickerson (Pamela Philips, season 5). Denise Nickerson was actually a favorite to win the role, as The Exorcist director, William Friedkin, was very impressed with her background and her extensive on screen experience working around special effects. She had roles in Dark Shadows, The Electric Company and of course, her signature role as Violet Beauregarde (Blueberry Girl) in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

    Other familiar names that auditioned or were considered included Erin Moran (Joanie from Happy Days), Kay Lentz, Carrie Fisher, , Kim Bassinger, Sharon Stone, Laura Dern and Melanie Griffin. The mother of Brooke Shields expressed interest in having her daughter audition for the role. However, Friedkin deemed her to be too young was never really considered.

    But, Debi Storm beat out all of them and more than a hundred others and was awarded the role! Way to go Molly! I mean Debi!

    So, what happened? People who have watched the movie know that Debi Storm was nowhere to be seen. Well, as it turn out, when production was a few weeks away, Debi’s parents started reading more into the role and the script. They became increasingly uncomfortable with the part. They were already uneasy with the fact that the character of Regan would be dropping f-bombs and screaming other profanities and obscenities during parts of the movie but, they became very disturbed when they found that she’d be doing obscene acts on camera. Such as exposing her genitals and doing, shall we say, inappropriate acts with a Crucifix. Things got to the point where the producers felt it was best to let Debi walk and find someone else to play the part.

    That of course left a dilemma for the production workers, as they had to scramble to find a replacement. As mentioned earlier, Friedkin was impressed with Denise Nickerson…however, her parents also found the material for the part highly objectionable and informed him that she should not be considered. After actress Janet Leigh rebuffed him when he expressed interest in her daughters, Kelly and Jamie Lee Curtis, Friedkin seriously considered Eve Plumb. Eve had given a strong audition during the first round and was willing to play the part. However, he worried that watchers of the movie might find it confusing or have a hard time taking it seriously if they saw Jan Brady as the possessed girl. (Eve Plumb has stated in interviews that not receiving the part of Regan was the first time she realized what it was like to be typecast). Friedkin felt the same way about Dawn Lyn (Dodie from My Three Sons) and Anissa Jones (Buffy from Family Affair) who both auditioned for the role.

    So, he felt the best course of action was to find someone who was relatively unknown to play the part. He considered Geri Reischl, who ironically would later play the part of Jan in the Brady Bunch Hour variety show. He ultimately settled on the unknown, Linda Blair—who aced the part and received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar Nomination.

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    1. Hi there! Its me, Debi Storm. Actually part of this is correct. Not sure where that info came from. The role was between Linda Blair and myself, but I actually stepped away. I do not have parents, only my Mother. But it was I that was uncomfortable with the role as I had recently become a Christian girl at a church camp and just didn’t feel that this was the role for me. Even now, though the film received much acclaim and attention, I feel for myself it was the right decision. All my best, Debi

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      1. Hi Debi! I am the one that texted you and let you know about this board…board members I assure you that this is the real Debi Storm. This is a special treat for all of us! We love you Debi! And thanks for adding your comments!

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      2. Thank you so much for responding to my comment, Ms Storm! An honor indeed. I am a long time, avid fan of all the 60s-70s wholesome family sitcoms and this is the second time I’ve been lucky enough to connect with someone who was a guest in many of those series’. Irene Tsu being the other…she accepted my Facebook friend request. Very lovely and classy lady…and still beautiful.

        My brother and sister and I have always been fascinated by the movie, The Exorcist. Perhaps because we always loved a great thriller and I grew up (and continue to live) about 5 miles from where the house and steps that were the setting for the movie are located. They are still there…on M Street in the Georgetown Neighborhood of Washington, DC.

        I had read in a few web sites about all the actresses that were considered for the role of Regan…like this one http://exorcist.wikia.com/wiki/Regan_MacNeil

        This web site among others mentions that Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone, Kim Bassinger, etc were also considered or auditioned. I also recall seeing a mini bio on A Current Affair several years ago regarding Anissa Jones (who I know Ms Storm acted with on an episode of Family Affair). The bio mentioned something about Anissa auditioning for the role but not really being interested in playing the part. She just auditioned so that she could fill out “papers” and get her unemployment check as she had no interest in acting or working.

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      3. Your episode of the Brady Bunch was my favorite one. I’m a guy, but I went through many alterations to my appearance (still do). Before the change, people often called me ugly (one girl yelled “ugly, ugly, ugly” to me out of a car window). For you, your change took less than 1/2 hour. For me, it took many years. I now get so many compliments on the way I look and women are crawling over “the new me” (to quote your expression). In your episode, you wore contacts to take the place of glasses. For me, I changed dark brown eyes into many colors, including very pale blue. I also remember you as “young Selena” from A Patch of Blue. Shelley Winters played Rose Ann. In one scene, Ole Pa decides not to take Selena to the park anymore (where she met Gordon). She tries to go out herself to find him, but loses her way and goes home. She pretends Rose Ann and Ole Pa are in the room. First she insults Ole Pa, and then says, I hate you too Rose Ann, you fat, old slobberin’ cow. If you saw The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley dies of a stress-related heart attack after swimming underwater. I bet you got a big kick out of that. “How do you like that, Rose Ann, you fat, old slobberin’ cow”?

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  2. Great bit of film history Tripp! Thanks for sharing! That’s a great question about Molly’s parents. Suddenly their daughter has changed in personality and appearance? For her to be so awkward one might assume her parents might have been of a similar ilk.

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    1. Or Molly’s parents could have been thrilled that Molly finally came out of her shell?
      Question…when Molly bumps against Marcia’s bed was that showing clumsiness or nearsightedness? Can’t remember..didn’t Molly just remove her glasses before tripping on Marcia’s bed?

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      1. Thank you for sharing our slice of Bradydom with this episode’s guest star! It was great hearing from her. Your thoughts and observations are most appreciated too. I attributed the bed bump to clumsiness. I’d like to know how Marcia cured Debbie’s clumsy ways so quickly; I could use a crash course in that myself.

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  3. I enjoyed this episode, despite its drama. I guess I could identify with Molly’s her shyness, then her ego, then her conscience and reconciliation with Marcia. Also this episode had a nice bit of music (sometimes called a “leitmotif” when associated with a particular person or character) played during Molly’s transformation, including flutes, that I’ve never heard in any other episode. Composer Frank DeVol probably wrote it specifically for this episode.

    I found it interesting that Debi Storm was cast as Marcia’s friend here, as she’s actually a few months younger than Eve Plumb and almost 2 years younger than Maureen McCormick. (Her birthdate is given on IMDB.) It would’ve been interesting to see how different Jan would’ve been as a character if she’d been a brunette played by Debi Storm. Lloyd Schwartz has mentioned that the personalities of the Brady kids were not predetermined but based on the personalities of the actors who played them, and since in his mind, Eve Plumb’s parents doted on her as being special, she seemed set apart from the other kids. As a result, Jan ended up being this way as well, especially in episodes like “Jan, the Only Child”.

    Lt. Col. Dick Whitfield was named for the husband of on-set teacher, Mrs. Frances Whitfield. Brady fans probably all know Mrs. Whitfield for her later appearance as the kids’ beloved teacher, beneficiary of their special performance, in the later episode “Snow White and the Seven Bradys”.

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    1. Regarding the casting of Debi Storm as Molly and her being 2 years younger than Maureen McCormick, I never knew that. But her younger age probably worked well in the portrayal of the shy, socially awkward Molly. An older girl might have had more difficulty playing that role and appearing believable. Debi Storm nailed it, both before and after the transformation of Molly Weber. Debi was my favorite guest star on the whole series. Her acting in that role was amazing!

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    2. Good post about the use of music. My favorite was the uptempo music when Marcia stormed home from school, kicked the basketball and ruined Cindy’s smiley face drawing on the chalkboard.

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      1. I had a vest like that in brown, yellow and orange. I LOVED that vest you wore, Debi! You were awesome in this episode.

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  4. I love this episode, as I am also a huge fan of the film My Fair Lady. This 1964 musical, starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, is essentially the penultimate of the great Hollywood musicals; the last was The Sound of Music the following year. My Fair Lady was also a huge broadway hit in 1956, with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. So big names are associated with it, and many awards. The storyline is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Pygmalion, written in 1913, sans music. So most people know it as Pygmalion without music, and My Fair Lady with music. Pygmalion, as its name suggests, is actually a very loose adaptation of the Ancient Greek myth of the same name.

    The reference that Carol makes to “Professor Marcia Higgins” is a reference to Rex Harrison’s character of Professor Henry Higgins, a somewhat arrogant phonetics professor who takes a cockney flower girl from the gutter and bets that he can turn her into a Society Lady, which he does. Naturally, he realizes late in the story that he loves her.

    I think that this fast-moving episode does a good job of following that theme, though here it is Molly who turns out to be the arrogant one. But like Professor Higgins, she realizes her folly in the end.

    Finally, Marcia’s dress appears to be a maxi-dress. These were also a style In the early seventies, during the later days of the mini-skirt’s initial run. Both dresses and skirts of this length were designed for more formal wear than the mini-skirt. My sister had them, and she wore them to weddings, etc. She even had a maxi-skirt whose lower section unzipped, turning it into a mini-skirt!

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  5. What a great job you did on recapping the episode! Thank you so much! I really enjoy meeting brady fans! We all kinda grew up together. Pork chops and applesauce! For some reason this episode touched a lot of people. Especially girls. Growing up, especially jr. high can be very difficult, especially if you are a bit shy or awkward. It was a privilege to play Molly and I was a very fortunate child actress. I had the opportunity of working with some of the greatest legends of all time. Sidney Poitier, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Jonathon Winters, Phyllis Diller, just to name a few. Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone! and don’t forget……..”It doesn’t make any difference how I got here…The point is….Ive arrived” All my best, Debi

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  6. Me-TV reran this episode today, and that gave me a few more observations about it:
    1) I don’t remember seeing Molly drop the pencils in the bedroom, but maybe Me-TV cut that part of the scene out. Me-TV cuts less out of Brady episodes than Nick-TV Land and syndication do, but I’ve read it still cuts about 20-30 seconds out per episode, so this part may have been cut.
    2) While she was running up to Marcia and later when she was walking, I noticed how Jan moved side-to-side. This is the movement which Melanie Hutsell exaggerated when she played Jan on “The Real Brady Bunch” play and later on SNL.
    3) William Wellman must’ve had a great agent. He had top guest billing in this episode, by himself, before Debi Storm, Lindsay Workman, and Suzanne Roth, who were billed together on the following guest card. All this for 1 scene that’s only about a minute long.

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    1. Thanks for sharing those thoughts. One thing I’ve noticed watching the DVDs is how much is lost in syndication. On the more memorable episodes (at least to me), I am enjoying some scenes for the first time, despite watching those episodes many times over throughout the years.

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      1. Welcome Debi!

        Thanks for being part of our blog! I like this episode because it shows how cruel some school pranks can be for people. There is a noted blooper. The girl running against Molly is named Patty Hobert, but Molly once refers to her as Sally Hobert. Debi, do you remember if this was intentionally in the script, or did you add-lib a different first name, just to show that Molly was so unpopular that she couldn’t keep people’s name straight?

        Any stories that you can recall about filming this episode, work with the cast and crew? Would love to hear them!

        Thanks so much for being here!

        Jack

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  7. What an honor to have Debi Storm herself sharing her thoughts! And many thank to Marty McFly for alerting her to this blog!

    As our reviewer mentioned, this episode was somewhat short on humor as Brady Bunch episodes go. But it did contain a good lesson that can still ring true today.

    Just a few thoughts:

    1) TV sitcom history is littered with scenes in which one character is faced with a delimna and goes to “talk it over” with a trusted confidante. The person then proceeds to talk through their own delimna while the other person tries in vain to get a word in edgewise. I think Marcia’s “talk” with Carol about what to do about Molly is one of the best examples of this. A very well done scene, great job by Florence and Maureen.

    2) lol I thought the same thing about having the Principal escorting the hostess. Who would want that? Meanwhile, all of her friends who are there are with their boy/girl friends. Who would YOU rather be? Of course, having an ASTRONAUT be the escort changed the game a bit!

    3) In one scene, we see Molly carrying a school book. It’s the same book that several of the Brady kids carried during the series. It looks like an Algebra book that my brother had when he was in school. And during the series, it is referred to as an Algebra book in a couple of scenes. The book can be seen in the picture of Molly sitting on Jan’s bed.

    4) The episode was not written totally for laughs, most of the humor was supplied by the boys. Peter was indeed still acting like a jerk at this stage.

    5) Marcia was funny when she met Molly and Whitfield at the door…she played it well, closing the door on them and then exiting the house herself.

    6) You could tell that Molly was a very pretty girl even with the oversized glasses. If those were meant to make her look unattractive, it didn’t work. Hard to hide a pretty face.

    7) It is hard to imagine a girl’s personality changing as much as Molly’s did, but I guess in a half hour show, there’s no time to show a gradual change over several weeks. Lots of things get condensed in a 30 minute show.

    8) Each of the Brady kids was, at least one time, taught a lesson about getting a big head by being brought back to Earth. This might be the only time where someone outside the family was taught a lesson. We didn’t get to see the moment when it occurred to Molly that she had gotten a swelled head, instead we learned about it when she came by with Mr. Whitfield. But wasn’t Marcia going up to bed when they showed up? Kinda late, wasn’t it?

    9) I remember my sister describing the different dress lenghts that were out at that time… mini, midi and maxi. I was a big fan of mini skirts 🙂

    10) During my last year in Jr. High, we never referred to ourselves as “Seniors”…we were always just the 8th grade.

    The episode was very well written and it definitely made its point. And Debi Storm was a wonderful guest star. Great to see her on this blog! Thank you so much Debi, for making our childhoods a little more fun! Enjoyed your work very much!

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    1. Thanks for those thoughts Tweety! I thought the same thing about Molly being a pretty girl before and after her makeover. I’ve noticed the schoolbooks being reused a few times during the course of the series. That’s funny about Molly and the Colonel’s late arrival. I guess Marcia was so down in the dumps she was turning in super early. I’d never heard of a maxi or midi skirt, so this blog is now educational on another level. If any 8th grader at my middle school called themselves a senior, they’d have been laughed off campus.

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  8. Loved Molly’s makeover but one thing I wonder: Molly’s parents dressed her this way (probably bought those clothes too), what did they think of their daughter chucking her glasses and clothes for a new wardrobe?
    OMG to have Debi Storm actually pop up here!

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      1. That is a good theory! There are some girls who sometimes buy this outfit or accept a gift and feel they won’t look pretty in it, like “I’m too ugly to wear this” or “I’m not cool enough”.

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      2. The 2nd option is possible, given that she didn’t feel like bothering w/ her contact lenses in place of her glasses, saying “What’s the use?”.

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      3. Reminds me of a scene in “Georgy Girl” where Georgy sizes up a very pretty dress that she was given and tosses it away in a fit of anger and sadness. Like she cannot believe she’d ever be beautiful.

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  9. Awesome to see Debi’s posts here. She also had a memorable guest role in The Fugitive, playing a little girl who was exposed to meningitis by a pet rabbit, causing Dr. Kimble to nearly reveal his identity. Suzanne Pleshette played her mother.
    I have “Brotherhood of Satan” on DVD; definitely a bizarre movie that’s still fun to watch on a rainy day. In addition to also featuring Alvy Moore from “Green Acres”, this movie has TWO Brady connections, with Debi and Geri Reischl (“Fake Jan”) appearing as two of the children in the movie.

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