Episode 12: Everyone Can’t Be George Washington

Greetings!  Thank you for joining me today to review “Everyone Can’t Be George Washington”!  The episode once again takes us to the school stage. The Bradys kids sure did enjoy performing in some way or another didn’t they?  This is a fun episode.  I remember really liking it as a kid.  As an adult, it is still a good episode, but not quite the laugh riot I remember years ago.  Let us begin our review of “Everyone Can’t Be George Washington”!



The episode starts in the boys’ room where Peter is practicing for his audition in the school play.  As the title suggests, he seeks the role of George Washington.  The weak jokes begin quickly.  Peter’s auditioning antics annoy his brothers.  Greg says for him to keep it up and he will be the first general ever kicked out of his own room.  Downstairs, Peter continues to practice the role and asks Marcia, Alice and Carol who he is supposed to be.  Marcia answers, “Mickey Mouse”.  As a kid, I might have found this funny, but not today.


The lame jokes continue as the next scene begins with Jan arriving home from school.  She shares exciting news with her parents that she has a role in the school’s production.  Mike and Carol think she has a part in the play and Jan begins to explain she is not really in the play; she is not an actor.  Carol asks if she is going to be the cherry tree and laughs at her own joke.  Jan is in charge of scenery and special effects.  She had a very special qualification that landed her the role; her father is an architect.  With this, a very minor b-plot for this episode is introduced.



Peter arrives home with not so great news.  Looking sad and dejected, Peter shares he did not get the role of George Washington.  Instead, he was cast in the more challenging role of Benedict Arnold.  He rues the fact that Benedict Arnold dies at the end of the play.  Alice jokes how that is better than dying at the beginning.  Perhaps Peter thought that George Washington was immortal and still alive and kicking someplace.  He should realize that every character in that play had been departed for well over a century at this time.  Peter wants to give up the play all together, but Carol encourages him to stick with it.  She uses a baseball analogy in that a coach needs the best players in the right parts just as a play director does.  Do you think that Peter being told Benedict Arnold is a harder part was just flattery on the part of the play’s director?  It is hard to imagine how a supporting role like this could be more challenging than the lead role.  I’ve heard the Father of the USA was a stoic and serious man.  Maybe whatever kid got the role was one who delivered his lines with little passion and remained monotone.  This scene ends with Carol telling Peter to go do his homework as she will keep an eye out for the redcoats.



The next scene has Mike, Greg, Marcia and Cindy at work on the props.  Cindy screws up the moon Marcia has painted by adding a smiley face.  If this wasn’t annoying enough, we get a dumb Cindy line to go with it.  She says she thinks everybody should have a nice day, even George Washington.  Jan takes this very much in stride.  Greg’s joke about the waves is comedy gold compared to Cindy’s.  Jan is concerned about the waves being too big and hiding the boat from the scene.  Greg says they can raise the boat or lower the Delaware.  Mike has finished making the boat for the scene and Jan marvels at its authenticity.  Mike says this boat has one thing that George Washington’s did not.  Jan says, “Of course, it has no interior,  oars, it is quite smaller and is made of cardboard instead of wood.”  Actually Jan questions what makes this boat different and Mike reveals it sits on roller skates.  Whoever wrote this episode had an easily tickled funny bone.



Upstairs, Bobby is helping Peter rehearse lines for the scene.  Carol observes and applauds the boys’ efforts.  Peter shares how Benedict Arnold is not an easy part to play.  Carol reminds him that is why Peter was chosen as he would be able to handle a difficult role.  Again, I must question what makes this role so hard.  Is this a play about Benedict Arnold or George Washington?  Peter makes reference to the earlier baseball analogy and being needed to play in the outfield.  Carol says from what she knows, Washington would not have been a very good outfielder.  She adds, “He barely made it when he threw that dollar across the Potomac.”  I guess I have this episode to thank for teaching me one more thing about history.  I’d never heard the story of Washington throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac River.  However, a Google search of this states that today this feat is regarded as a myth, as are the stories of Washington confessing to falling the cherry tree and sporting wooden teeth.


There is a brief filler scene showing the Bradys, minus Peter, testing out the finished boat and waves props.  They all took to wearing Revolutionary War Era hats made of newspaper to heighten the experience!  When one of the wave props falls over, Mike quips that the wave sunk instead of the boat.



Peter’s acting aspirations and the role he will play begin to cause him trouble at school. A classmate named Edith approaches Peter and he shares with her the great part he has in the school play.  Edith says it is a great part if he likes being a traitor.   Next, Peter encounters Harvey.  Peter shares with his pal that he has the toughest part for a guy to play.  In reply Harvey surmises, “Betsy Ross.”  For me this was the first laugh out loud joke in the episode.  Upon learning Peter will portray Benedict Arnold, Harvey seems almost angry and calls Peter a traitor.  Peter encounters similar negativity when he encounters Stuart.   Stuart rescinds his invitation for Peter to come partake in the ball game at the park as Peter’s role of Benedict Arnold suggests he might throw the game in favor of the opposing team.  Good grief, do none of Fillmore Junior High’s students watch television or movies?  Did the kids playing the roles of British soldiers catch grief as well for being an enemy of the USA?  While one might expect a playful jab at Peter playing a traitorous role, the anger rankled in these kids at Peter’s role is ridiculous.

These dim students were played by Cheryl Beth Jacobs, Michael Barbera and Sean Kelly.  Cheryl Beth Jacobs has only this episode as an acting credit on IMDB.  A Google search revealed nothing conclusive about her beyond this episode.  Michael Barbera had appeared in several well known TV shows before this episode.  He was also in the feature film “Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice”.  IMDB lists only three TV acting appearances after this one.  The final one was a role on CHiPs in the 1980.  Unless Michael is now a business adviser to Fortune 50 companies, a Google search provided no current information about him.  Sean Kelly had previously appeared on The Brady Bunch episode, “What Goes Up…”.  A regular role on the TV series The Cowboys would follow this one along with a few episodes of One Day At A Time.  However, IMDB lists no credits beyond 1983 and the name Sean Kelly is just too common for Google to be of much help.


When Peter rehearses the play that afternoon, the taunts and jeers of his classmates have him attempting to rewrite history.  He tells the play’s director, Mrs. Bailey, he might not sell the plans after all.  An aghast Mrs. Bailey tells Peter that all of the history books state Benedict Arnold was a traitor.  Peters asks if they might give the American guy the benefit of the doubt.  Such nonsense brings an end to the day’s rehearsals as Mrs. Bailey dismisses the cast.  The boy playing Major Andre is quite upset with Peter trying to make him look like the rat for stealing the plans. Uh kid, you are already an enemy of the US.  Stealing the plans would make you a hero to your character’s side of  the cause.  The scene ends with the pair in each other’s faces on the brink of a fight.


Peter arrives home with a bloody nose and ready to quit the play.  Readers, was this the only time we saw actual blood on The Brady Bunch?  The boos and hisses of his classmates have taken their toll.  Maybe Peter should have buddied up with the kid playing Major Andre instead of pissing him off.  Since the kids at Fillmore Junior High take acting so seriously, this kid should see that Peter is on his side and seeks to preserve the thirteen colonies as part of the British Empire.  Greg reminds Peter that he promised Mike and Carol.  What did Peter promise them?  He says to himself he won’t quit, but has a better idea.


The next day at rehearsal, Peter attempts to get himself tossed by forgetting his lines.  Mrs. Bailey solves this by saying the lines can be taped to the plans for West Point.  If Peter gets stuck, he can just read them from there.  Peter should have read them very monotone and verbatim if he was trying to get booted from the play.  He might have even been downgraded to the lead role of George Washington.


Mrs. Bailey was played by Sara Seegar.  Her career in Hollywood began in 1937.  Her final acting credit on IMDB was a 1979 episode of  The White Shadow.  She was a regular on Dennis The Menace playing Eloise Wilson.  This role is more commonly remembered “the second Mrs. Wilson”.  IMDB lists a fun fact that she played ten different roles on Bewitched.  Her most memorable feature film role was in “The Music Man”.  Sara Seegar died in 1990.


A malfunctioning prop adds humor to the next scene.  Instead of the top of the cherry tree being toppled with an axe, the trunk falls instead.


Peter is doing some falling of his own.  Up in his bedroom he stages an injury via tripping on a roller skate.  He even stages the room to make it appear he took a bad fall and twisted his ankle.  So convincing is his pain and agony that Carol suggests he stay home from school.  Peter won’t hear of it and goes to school.  His injury remains convincing as Mrs. Bailey states Benedict Arnold had an injury in the same leg, so the limp works into the script perfectly. Imagine if Peter really had hurt himself and it was truly painful to walk.  Mrs. Bailey would be in effect saying, “Peter, you will just have to be in pain while you perform your part.”


The episode’s b-plot continues in the next scene.  A fun and subtle reference to the past episode “And Now A Word From Our Sponsor” will be noticed by regular viewers of the show.  Mike is using Safe laundry detergent for snow.  They got so much at the end of that episode, one can guess they had no trouble wasting some for use as snow.  While the origin of the detergent is no mystery, I had to question where the Bradys got those two huge ladders!  Maybe they were on loan from the school, but it seems like a lot of trouble to lug those home to set up and test such a simple special effect.


As Mike and Carol marvel over the snow effects, Peter arrives home with laryngitis.  His latest ruse to be booted from the play has worked.  Mike and Carol are suspicious and their questioning of Peter’s injury is fueled by the fact that his limp has cured itself during the course of the day.  During this scene Jan gets bad news.  Without Peter playing Benedict Arnold, the entire production has been cancelled.  Wow, how big of a part does Benedict Arnold have in this play?  We’ve seen Peter rehearse only a single scene.


Mike and Carol visit Peter in his room for the episode’s talking to.  Peter confesses to not wanting to be in the play any longer.  He then learns that without the Benedict Arnold character, the entire play is cancelled.  Mike shares that Peter’s letting everybody down is what the real Benedict Arnold did.  Peter realizes, “If I don’t play the part of a traitor, I’ll be a traitor.”  Peter’s mind is now changed and the show will go on.


The next day is a dress rehearsal for the play which Mike and Carol attend.  Why they are attending the dress rehearsal is not made known.  Maybe too many kids in the show meant too many parents in the audience and each student could invite only one parent.  The night of the show was reserved so that Alice might attend.  Peter and Freddie act out the scene that has been rehearsed a few times during the episode.


The end of Peter and Freddie’s scene is bridged by Donna.  She comes out to announce the scene that follows; it shows the final minutes of Benedict Arnold’s life.  Had Peter not come around or legitimately been ill, Donna could have easily narrated that Benedict Arnold sold the plans to West Point to Major Andre.  I doubt the audience would have been terribly upset not to see the final hours of Benedict Arnold’s life.


Freddie/Major Andre was played by Jimmy Bracken.  This was his third Brady Bunch episode.  He previously appeared in “What Goes Up…” and “The Drummer Boy”.   Donna was played by Angela Satterwhite.  This was her second appearance on The Brady Bunch.  Her first appearance was on the episode “The Power of the Press”.



Peter acts alongside Peggy in the scene that has Benedict Arnold dying.  It is played for a mix of drama and comedy.  Per Wikipedia, Benedict Arnold’s last moments may not have had him requesting his old uniform.   Peggy was played by Barbara Bernstein.  She previously appeared in the episode “The Slumber Caper”.  With the rehearsal complete, Mike, Carol, Peter and Mrs. Bailey have a brief chat about Peter’s rapid laryngitis cure.  Mrs. Bailey suggests it was a dreadful home remedy that required something sweet being added to be consumed.  Peter says that Mike just gave it to him straight.


The epilogue has Peter still rehearsing the George Washington part.  Bobby squirts him in the face with a water pistol to simulate the spray of the water as Washington crossed the Delaware.

Thank you for joining me to review “Everyone Can’t Be George Washington”.  It is one of the more memorable ones, but not one of the most entertaining.  There are some good laughs once the episode gets going, but it sure had a rocky start.  Whoever it was who enjoyed inserting Benedict Arnold into the previous episodes’ scripts so often sure got his/her fill with this episode.  As always readers, your own thoughts and observations are most welcome.  Next week, we will review “Love and the Older Man”.  This is one I remember not airing as often as others and I remember very little about it.  Have a great weekend!


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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.

47 thoughts on “Episode 12: Everyone Can’t Be George Washington”

  1. I never noticed that they were at a dress rehearsal and not the actual play. Some think that the Bradys attended a dress rehearsal of Cindy’s fairy princess play as well, even though the teacher said it was a “special performance.” If it was in fact a rehearsal, why didn’t the other parents think to come as well?

    And how did Peter change so fast into the dying Benedict costume and then come on right after the narrator’s speech? This seems hard to do in such a short time. Wouldn’t he have had to put on new makeup for the older face? I don’t know if this was a common practice then, but a few years ago, the theater company in my town put on “Shrek.” They had two girls playing Fiona, one as the princess and the other as the ogre, since Fiona alternates between the two until permanently becoming an ogre. And the ogre Fiona has to wear a lot of green makeup. That would be impossible to put on and remove between scenes. Similarly, a local college once put on “Cinderella,” with two girls in the lead, one in the rags and other the in the ball gown., to make the change back and forth between the two outfits appear magical. Again, I don’t know if of this was a common practice then, but it might have worked better in this instance.

    I,too, always wondered what Miss Bailey would have done if Peter or any of the other kids DID get seriously ill or injured. It’s obvious that in “The Brady Bunch” universe no one has ever heard of understudies. Except in “Juliet is the Sun,” when Carol announces that Marcia’s understudy will now be playing Juliet.

    The kids certainly didn’t have much luck with school plays. Could this be why none of them became actors? And Bobby never acted in a play. He was so imaginative, I could have seen him as a actor or even a writer.

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    1. Thanks for sharing those thoughts. I found the information about the Cinderella performance very interesting. It would be the perfect opportunity to use dual actresses. I’ve noticed some ladies look great in a day to day look, but don’t quite own getting dolled up. The reverse can be true as well. Of course, some look great either way.

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    2. As far as Peter being able to change so fast, I think it could have been done. When I was in a play when I was younger I had numerous quick costume changes, and I had two ladies helping me quickly change offstage. To make this process go faster, I also wore several layers of costumes, so I could essentially just strip them off one by one. Peter’s first costume is certainly large and bulky enough to go overtop his old man costume, so I could imagine that going off stage and quickly taking that first costume off and throwing on the fake bald head wouldn’t take too long of a change after all.

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  2. The actor who played the guy who raped Edith received death threats. “How could u do that to sweet, wonderful Edith?”. Or Heather Locklear, when she did Melrose Place, people would go up to her and say ‘why are u such a bitch?’ or “why are u so mean to everybody?’. Some people can’t understand that they just play the part of these people, it doesn’t mean there like that in real life.

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    1. Those are some great examples of where stars are closely aligned with their parts. I heard the guy who played Wayne on The Wonder Years experienced something similar. However, these kids knew Peter Brady first and foremost and should have known he didn’t plan to betray his country because of a part he was going to play. Thanks for commenting Jimi!

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      1. Alison Arngrim, Nellie from Little House said she was in a local parade and someone ran up and threw trash at her and cussed at her for being mean to Laura.

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  3. At a dress rehearsal for a production I took part in, I saw a couple in the audience. I found out they were the parents of a cast member; they would be out of town during the show’s weekend run, so this was their chance to see their daughter on stage. So opening the dress rehearsal might have been a good solution to the problem with Cindy’s show, if they had to accommodate all the family members of everyone involved.

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  4. The sequence where Peter is shunned by his peers was always humorous and head-scratching to me! I’ve read that Susan Olsen had classmates that believed she would tattle on them, and some adults out there have attacked soap opera actors and wrestling heels in public, so who knows? When I was in school, the bad guy roles were normally the most fun and challenging to play; some professional actors feel the same way. But to call Peter a traitor and hit him in the nose was a bit too unrealistic. The way the episode is cut, he may have fought with Freddie/Major Andre, which could have gotten them both suspended from school and the play.

    Young people watching the Brady Bunch could pick up an encyclopedia or ask a teacher more about the Boston Massacre and myths surrounding George Washington if this was their first exposure to those names and events. Perhaps Sherwood Schwartz or someone on the writing staff had a particular interest in the American Revolution, which is why Benedict Arnold was name checked throughout the series. This episode wouldn’t be the last we’d hear of him!

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    1. I remember as a boy volunteering to be the bad guy when we were pretending to be characters from a show or movie. I thought COBRA had much cooler characters and vehicles than GI Joe.

      As a boy, this episode ingrained Benedict Arnold into my mind.

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    2. But yet, this is a very appropriate subject for a junior high play … simple and educational at the same time.

      Plus, Peter learned to develop a thick skin and take his students’ reactions — whether good-natured teasing, not-so-supportive or bullying — in stride. He eventually does a better job of it than in “The Drummer Boy,” where he also gets teased (that time, for being a football player who sings … until Deacon Jones sets them straight).

      Then again, there is only so much you should be expected to take. Now things didn’t get that far out of hand in this episode (although it did nearly lead to a fight for Peter). In real life, actors sometimes get criticized, and even not to kindly, for taking on certain roles. Sometimes, they even get death threats … such as David Dukes, the actor who played a rapist and tried to assault Edith in a frightening episode of “All In the Family.” (This was despite Dukes many times trying his best to explain that he was an actor and he did not assault Jean Stapleton in said scene.)

      The thing to take from that is that David Dukes had a tough skin. Here, Peter was just learning to develop a tough skin. Maybe that’s the moral to take from this episode … get a tough skin and don’t always worry about what the other guys think.

      (FWIW — as Susan Olsen grew, I’m sure she learned that lesson, especially as she continued to get “little girl” storylines that were, by the fifth season, quite demeaning and insulting.)

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  5. Thanks for another great review. i don’t recall seeing that scene w/ the family in the boat before. Has anyone seen it on Me-TV? I don’t think I’ve seen this one on DVD yet.

    BTW, Sara Seegar played Eloise, not Heloise, Wilson. I feel bad that Sylvia Field was essentially put out of a job by Joseph Kearns’ death. She lived well into the 1990s, and i remember seeing her on a brief ENTERTAINMANT TONIGHT clip about Jay North, mentioning that she & Jay had recently gotten together, and it was “fun”.

    Barbara Bernstein was Florence Henderson’s daughter, making her 2nd appearance on this show, 1st time with her own surname, since she was billed as “Barbara Henderson” for “The Slumber Caper”.

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I figured out a question on JEOPARDY! because of this episode. The answer was about British Army spy Major John Andre who was hanged because of his dealings with this man, and the question was “Who was Benedict Arnold?”, though it probably wouldn’t be hard to figure out it was Arnold, as there aren’t too many documented traitors in US history as famous as Arnold.

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    1. Thanks! I will correct the name. I loved the George Kearns era of Dennis The Menace. Gale Gordon was a fine actor. By the time he joined the show, it had run its course. By the time Gordon was on the show, Dennis was too old to be a menace like he was in the comics. Although Gordon did resemble the Mr. Wilson in the comics more. Thanks for sharing that about Sylvia Field.

      Jeopardy is fun in that oftentimes, just familiarity will allow one to answer correctly. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  6. It was noted in Jan The Only Child about the unrealistic quantity of dust in the potato sacks sitting in the garage. The prop department only a few episodes later must have gotten equal delight in dusting Benedict Arnold’s coat with an abnormally large amount of dust.

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  7. Not really one of my favorite episodes. Why the kids would make such a big deal about Peter plating Benedict Arnold doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, someone has to play the part! Just because you’re playing the part of a traitor doesn’t make you a bad person. The kids should have realized that. It’s just a play.

    Peter forgetting to take of his war boots on his deathbed was funny! I remember something about Mike saying, he “Died with his boots on.” Historian researchers, where did that phrase first come up, and in relation to what battle or war? I wonder if Chris forgot to take off his boots when changing for the scene? And because that was funny, they added those lines post=production?


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  8. At a high school production of Cabaret, I had the part of Herr Schultz, an elderly Jewish suitor. There was someone who had a small role as a Nazi official, who would get on me during rehearsals, and sometimes during the school day. But I put up with it because I knew this is what theater people do to inhabit their characters and have fun. There’s nothing wrong with mild joking within the production, or among classmates, but what the kids did to Peter was way over the line. Those kids must think if people on TV or movies (or even on stage) get slapped, punched, stabbed, or shot, it’s actually happening to them. Maybe Peter should have swung at those kids like he did at Buddy Hinton. The Nazi in my show looked a little like Jack Gilford, who originated my role on Broadway; maybe I should have been the Nazi, and he should have been Herr Schultz!

    It’s odd to consider how the play about George Washington ends with a Benedict Arnold death scene. It’s like that movie about Abraham Lincoln that featured a non-American in the title role [Daniel Day-Lewis] ending with the death of John Wilkes Booth, right?

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    1. I also wondered why the play went straight from Benedict Arnold betraying his country, to Arnold’s regrets on his deathbed. The betrayal of West Point happened in 1780, and Arnold died in 1801. Wasn’t there something important that happened in between those dates? Oh, yeah, now I remember, America won the war! Despite this act of treason. I guess the play skipped over that minor event in the life of George Washington.

      Also, the lines in this play were really terrible! Even middle schoolers couldn’t say them with a straight face.

      Jamie made a good point about the need for understudies. Especially with all the things that could go wrong with a kid in the 1970s. When I watched the measles episode recently, with the blackboard chart of which kids had already contracted which diseases, I thought ” We have vaccines for most of those things today!”

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  9. Jack, as is the case with so many idioms, the origin of the expression “They died with their boots on” is unclear. Different sources suggest different periods, and there is some evidence that in the 17th century it referred to being executed. Other works of the same period speak of the word boot referring to leg armor, which implies soldiers. Still other works in England use the expression “die with one’s shoes on” to refer to any individual who worked until death.

    But the expression as we know it seems to date to the late 19th century frontier era, to cowboys and soldiers who died in gun fights or were hanged. Both died with their boots on. The 1941 film “They Died With Their Boots On” starred Errol Flynn as General Custer, so that also confirms the frontier era as the source of the modern usage.

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  10. Great review as usual!

    This is an OK episode. I think I liked it much better as a kid. I’ve said before that I thought Peter got the best episodes among the boys (and Jan among the girls)…but this was just OK…

    1) When Peter first comes into the kitchen and delivers a line from the play, Marcia “guesses” that he’s being Mickey Mouse… Peter seems genuinely upset and starts whining to Carol who says to Peter “she’s only kidding honey”. It seemed as if Peter actually did not know she was kidding

    2) Carroll claims Peter never quit anything before. Can we check the history here? I know Pete only talked about quitting the glee club but stayed in when he found out that NFL legend ____ sings as well. Maybe she’s right and he’s never quit anything, but I’d like to be sure of that J

    3) What is with those poses Peter was striking? They looked really stupid

    4) After Greg made his comment about raising the boat or lowering the Delaware Jan chuckles and walks away… but wasn’t it a real problem about the height of the waves? She did the same thing with Cindy’s “smiley” moon. Jan, these are real problems, deal with them! You’re supposed to be in charge! You’re the one with the clipboard!

    5) The first girl that talks to Peter is carrying the famous algebra book prop

    6) It’s probably just as well that Peter didn’t get to play in the baseball game after school. Imagine what would have happened if he made an error that let in a run or cost his game the game! He’d never live that down.

    7) The director dismisses the cast and doesn’t even speak to Peter about his idiotic suggestion about possibly making Benedict Arnold the “good guy”. And she’s just barely off camera when the kid playing Major Andre and Peter are going at it. She should have stepped in.

    8) We never even get the name of the kid who plays George Washington, but I would think that at some point someone would at least ask Peter who’s playing the starring role.

    9) We never see the Bradys actually roller skating do we? But roller skates sure seem to be all over the house

    10) Benedict Arnold actually was wounded at the Battle of Saratoga and he did in fact walk with a limp for the rest of his life. But if Miss Bailey, the Director, was so interested in historical accuracy I wonder why she didn’t have Peter walk with a limp from the beginning?

    11) Regarding the two big ladders, I wondered that as well…why would they have two of them? Plus they have the other tall ladder that leans against the house (Greg used it to fix an upstairs window). Who needs that many ladders?

    12) Does laundry detergent do a good job of simulating snowfall? Whenever I pour detergent into the washer, it just drops in like a stone, it doesn’t float down the way snow does. The Bradys had to employ a snow effect several times during the series (Greg’s Pilgrim Movie; here in this episode…and did they do that when Mike and Greg performed at the frolics, or did they just do rain?)

    13) After Jan says it’ll just make Peter feel worse if she told him that the play was being cancelled, Mike says “let’s see how much worse”… I really liked his delivery of that line!

    14) When Peter sees that is Mike and Carol entering the room he jumps off the bed and says “I was just about to go gargle”…. how stupid does he think Mike and Carol are?

    15) All the problems could have been avoided if they would have just let Peter quit in the beginning when he wanted to

    16) Indeed what exactly WAS so hard about playing Benedict Arnold??

    17) I think the Benedict Arnold bald scalp and gray hair was hilarious!

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    1. Thanks Tweety for sharing those thoughts! I laughed at your questions about what made the Benedict Arnold role so challenging and questioning if any roller skating ever took place. Surely, George Washington has more lines in a play about the American Revolution. Why was the Benedict Arnold role such a challenge????

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    2. Great thoughts Tweety. Every one of your comments is spot on and makes me think about this episode deeper. You are so right about the negative consequences of Peter had played the baseball game and did something to lose it for his team.

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      1. Thanks! btw I accidentally left out the name Deacon Jones in mentioning the NFL player in comment #2… my mind drew a blank as I was typing my comments, and I meant to go back and fill in the name, but I posted the comment before I caught the omission. In those days, a number of NFL players were also known as good singers and his name just slipped my mind.

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  11. See the picture you posted in the section of the review called “Mike and Carol visit Peter in his room for the episode’s talking to.”. Okay what’s with the toy golf clubs or whatever that
    is? I’ve noticed this prop in several recent episodes whenever they show the boys room. But it looks like something a toddler would play with and not Bobby and certainly not Peter or Greg.

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    1. HAHA oh my goodness, Marty, great catch there on spotting the golf set!! How the heck did THAT get there??? Our reviewer has done a great job in these reviews catching some odd props and wall hangings… Looking for strange props and wall hangings gives us something else to watch for in these episodes, I only hope I can find something that strange one of these days!

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      1. I just looked at the pic and saw those golf clubs. They look like a set that I received when I was 5 years old, which ended up being the only golf clubs I’ve ever owned. I’m guessing I received them right around the time that my dad gave up golf for hiking, so he never taught me much w/ my set. I’ve never graduated past being a mediocre putt-putt player (forget real golf) myself.

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      1. Never mind about posting the golf set picture,

        You can see it in the picture with Mike and Carol talking to Peter. LOL! Why is that there?


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  12. I can imagine the Benedict Arnold scenes in this play being part of an evening’s worth of short scenes from the American Revolution and 1700s-history of the United States. Easy way to reinforce U.S. history.

    Maybe this is the play for honors history class Greg’s classmate wrote two seasons earlier??? (Although in the fall of 1970, Greg was a freshman in high school and here Peter was still in eighth grade.)

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  13. I know it was the 70’s but Jans pants in that one scene were just Hidious. How could you even look at yourself in the mirror wearing those, let alone spend the day in them? And those are ostensibly for lounging around the house!

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  14. Not too much to say on this one:
    Mike sure gives Carol a dismissive look when she laughs at her own joke in the beginning; it shuts her right down!

    A don’t think it was a matter of Peter believing everyone lived forever, that made him upset about the death scene; it’s just a natural reaction. What kid in jr hs wants a part thinking their final scene is only laying in a bed, croaking? (There are John Wayne fans who don’t like to watch the film’s where Duke dies in them; it’s a stigma that is attached to such scenes.)

    I had read that Eve Plumb liked to go braless in her role (if only to vex Maureen, that she could). If there was any doubt to that rumor, Jan running out of the backyard, to answer the call from the play director, seemed to confirm it.

    The LOL moment came when Peter took a step (with his old uniform on) and quickly collapsed in a heap of powdery “dust”.

    Peter squirting the water pistol up Bobby’s shirt, looked unplanned, especially the way Bobby shrieked when it happened. It may also be the only time a gun was ever fired for effect on the show (later in this season, Bobby dreams of Jesse James {late of Pete’s interests, from the ghost town, last season} but, Jesse just yells, “Bang!” when he points it at the Bradys on a train).

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  15. While all of the kids teasing Peter about being Benedict Arnold might seem over the top, I remember in 5th grade my class had to put on our own wax museum where we were all assigned historical figures from the American Revolution and had to dress up like them and memorize a speech about that character. After learning about Benedict Arnold, NOBODY wanted to be him….being a traitor to your country, even from a 5th graders perspective, was absolutely horrible. We all felt bad for our classmate who got assigned to him, so much so that after all these years I still remember who got that part, and I couldn’t tell you anyone else’s role. So to me all of the teasing is very much a realistic element to this episode!

    Also, can we take a second to acknowledge what I call Jan’s “couch pants”?! I believe it may have been in the previous episode where I first spotted them, where she was wearing them and completely blended in to the couch in the family room. They made a reappearance in this episode (which you included a picture of, thank goodness), but since I can’t remember for sure which episode I first noticed it in I figured I’d mention it here. The resemblance to that couch is hilarious, it literally looks like the same pattern!

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  16. If the episode was made around 1976, the whole country would have been talking about history. So the kids weren’t random history buffs, but would have been pretty aware of 1776 and the key players.

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    1. BBG,
      I think there was an informal count on one of these threads, at least for the use of Benedict.
      There were also mentions about later episodes having (and blowing) prime opportunities to use “Benedict” when one sibling ratted out another.

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    2. Pretty often.

      George Washington was mentioned in this episode, “The Slumber Caper”, “Mail Order Hero”, “Bobby’s Hero” and “The Dropout.”

      Benedict Arnold was mentioned in this episode, “My Sister, Benedict Arnold”, “The Show Must Go On”, “Adios, Johnny Bravo”, “Double Parked”, “The Fender Benders” and “Kitty Karry-All is Missing.”

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  17. A fun drinking game for this episode would be to take a shot every time Benedict Arnold’s name is mentioned; either partially or in full.

    You would probably be pretty sloshed by the end though: I counted 23 “Benedict Arnolds”, 6 “General Arnolds” and 3 “Benedicts” for a grand total of 32 mentions. All of this in a 25 minute episode.

    If you were to add in mentions of George Washington and Major Andre you would probably be passed out by the middle of the episode. LOL!

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    1. Paul,
      I’ve had the same drinking game idea for any CW DC superhero show, whenever they use the word, “algorithm”. Once, they said it THREE TIMES in one sentence!

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  18. Here are 5 things I liked about this episode:
    1. Jan is chosen to do the scenery and special effects for the George Washington play.
    2. “I guess he wants to die with his boots on.” – Mike, after Carol questions why Peter didn’t remove his shoes during the scene where Benedict Arnold dies.
    3. Mike attaching roller skates to the cardboard boat.
    4. When Peter impersonates George Washington in the kitchen and asks Alice, Carol and Marcia who she’s supposed to be. Marcia replies, “Mickey Mouse.”
    5. After having a talk with Mike and Carol, Peter sucks it up and resumes his role as Benedict Arnold for the school’s play.

    Here are 5 things I disliked about this episode:
    6. Peter is assigned the role of Benedict Arnold for a school play.
    7. When Peter tells his classmates about playing the role of Benedict Arnold for a school play, they all call him a traitor. Can the kids not distinguish the student from the role he’s playing?
    8. Peter attempting to change the plot of the play by rewriting some of his lines. The theater director finds it ridiculous and suggests that the actors stick to the script.
    9. Peter finding a way to kick himself out of the play because he doesn’t like the character he’s playing. None of his plans work out.
    10. The fact that the theater director couldn’t find another boy to play Benedict Arnold.


  19. While Benedict Arnold may be seen as a traitor from the U.S. point of view in point of fact, he was returning to the side he started on. Everyone involved in the Revolution was born a British citizen and when they rebelled, they were all technically traitors to Britain. Of course, since they won the war, in time it was accepted as a justifiable rebellion. Okay, that takes us away from the topic of the Brady Bunch, so my apologies.
    On another note, have you ever wondered how when one Brady kid gets involved in some project how often the rest of the family gets drawn in? In this case, Peter is the main character, and Jan is recruited to help construct the set, but practically everyone else gets involved as well. I was in my high school drama club, and while my parents did come to the performances to see me, no one in my family was ever involved in the plays beside me.

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