Episode 3: Snow White and the Seven Bradys


Greetings readers, fans and friends.  Today we review “Snow White and the Seven Bradys”.  After season five kicked off with two fun and memorable episodes, we get this.  A beginning to end viewing of the Family Night Frolics would have been preferable to this nonsense.  This episode definitely ranks in my bottom five of the series.  The Bradys first performed a hastily produced version of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves on September 28th, 1973.  I will go ahead and let you know friends, this will be the shortest review you read on Brady Bunch Reviewed.  To give a scene by scene review of the performance at the show’s end would be too painful for us all.  However valued readers, so you know how much I appreciate your reading this blog, I will give you some extra reading material this weekend. There will be a Weekend Special on Maureen McCormick’s autobiography two days from now.  Let us begin reviewing “Snow White and the Seven Bradys”.


The story begins with Carol and Cindy arriving home.  Apparently Cindy has some troubling news to share with Mike.  Cindy asks if she might phone her father the news from Florida.  Carol says the news must be shared and the pair walk into the house.  This scene would suggest that Cindy has done something awful for which she is going to incur the wrath of her father’s anger like never before.  Maybe Mike suffered some kind of head injury since the last episode and his personality shifted.  I can’t see why Cindy would be so upset to share the Bradys are putting on a play.  Maybe the director of the episode told Susan Olsen to pretend that she was pitching this ridiculous episode’s script to Robert Reed.


Once in Mike’s den, the audience learns what has troubled Cindy so.  Her favorite teacher, Mrs. Whitfield, is retiring and $200 is needed to purchase her a retirement gift.  In today’s dollars that is just over $1130.  Mike at first thinks he is on tap to contribute some money to the gift, but learns his contribution will not “cost a cent”.  Cindy suggested the money be raised by she and her family performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  Mike does not take well to the idea as he is family’s sole breadwinner and has little time to take part in a play.  Carol says she was caught up in the moment as everyone was standing and clapping, she could not refuse Cindy’s suggestion.  Really?  Cindy’s family acting out Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was the best idea for raising money?  Had nobody else in the room ever had to raise money before?


The next few scenes have Cindy asking all of her siblings to take part in the play.  All of them remember Mrs. Whitfield fondly and agree to help with the play.  All have just one condition; each sibling, including Cindy, wants the part of Dopey.  Why the role of Dopey is so coveted is never made clear.  I will admit, I have never seen (or at least never recall seeing) Disney’s animated Snow White film.  Does Dopey just steal the show in the movie?  The round of recruiting actors ends with Cindy asking Alice to play the wicked queen.


The dilemma of who will portray Dopey is resolved by drawing names from a hat.  As the hat passes Greg, he encourages good luck with “Come on Dopey baby”.  He instead draws Doc.  Peter drew a scarce chuckle for the episode when he says the name he drew was “seven and a quarter” suggesting he pulled out the hat size.  It is not until each kid has pulled a name from the hat and nobody drew Dopey that it is realized they are an actor short to complete the cast.  Alice says they must find an outsider willing to take the role.  Just then Alice’s beau Sam arrives.  It has been a while since we have seen him.  His appearance sees that at least one good thing can be said about this episode; it has Sam in it.  Sam will portray Dopey.  The hat the Bradys draw names from looks like Mike’s fishing hat from Season One’s “A Camping We Will Go”.


The next few scenes show the Bradys preparing for the play.  Greg and Peter have built some plywood trees.  Mike delivers a cringe worthy joke as he suggests their authenticity would need to be determined by the three poodles next door.  Carol is working on sewing the costumes.  Alice practices her part while preparing dinner and inadvertently stirs the soup with her mirror.


Things seem to be going really well for the production until Cindy gets a phone call from the theater owner.  She gave him the wrong date for the performance and the place is all ready rented!  How such a mix up occurred is not made clear.   Also not made clear is why the responsibility of reserving a theater was left up to a child of twelve years old.  Cindy storms off to her room, totally destroyed by the gaff she made in reserving the theater.  Carol comes upstairs and gives her the shortest talking to of the series.  She said she’s never known Cindy to be a quitter and encourages her to seek another venue for the play.


The scenes that follow show the attempts of Sam and Greg to secure another place to perform the play.  The second and last semi-funny line occurs when Greg’s plea to the theater owner that the performance is for charity is met with a reply from the owner that “he gave at the office”.  Sam shows himself the best suited for the role of Dopey as he calls Alice and suggests a warehouse full of frozen meat be used as the play’s stage.  He says they’d just have to remove all the meat (but doesn’t say to where) and the let the temperature rise up 80 degrees.  During all of these scenes, I could not help but wonder why the school’s auditorium was not being used.  Mrs. Whitfield is retiring from the school, surely they could use the structure’s auditorium.  If not that school’s, why not another’s?  Apparently, Mrs. Whitfield’s retiring and the Bradys putting on a play has warranted selling tickets and renting a venue; somewhere in the school system somebody should be willing to offer up a stage.


Mike comes up with a solution to the problem.  The play will be performed in the Brady backyard.  If the anticipated audience for the performance can fit in the family’s backyard, any money being spent on a theater was a complete waste of funds in the first place.  Carol states that Mike has a day and a half to build a stage and rig a PA system.  The other preparations that follow show Marcia, Jan and Alice sewing bed sheets together to make a curtain.  Alice delivers a flat joke about show business versus sew business.  Peter carelessly  wrecks a sawhorse with some vigorous sawing.


The big day has arrived in the next scene.  Carol has jitters about performing a play in her backyard.  These jitters pale in comparison to Alice’s problem.  She has no poisoned apple!  She ate all of the Bradys’ apples while rehearsing her scenes.  This must have just been stress eating as my familiarity with Snow White has the title character munching the apple, not the wicked queen.


In full costume, Mike and Sam rush to the market.  The market they visit is like no other supermarket I’ve ever seen.  Whatever doctor’s office, lawyers’ office or whatever this obviously an office building once housed vacated the place and a supermarket moved in.  The supermarket taking up residence has blacked out windows.  Maybe this is one of those co-ops exclusive only to paying members and no passerby may see the wares being sold.


While Mike is inside the market, Sam encounters a police officer who tells him he can’t park in front of the place.  He asks Sam to step out of the car and gives him a hard time about his attire.  Mike exits the market and the officer observes Mike’s equally bizarre clothes.  The officer sends the pair on their way, but first asks about where the show is being performed should he want to take his kid to see it.  Upon learning this is a backyard performance with paid admission, he lets Mike know a permit is required to perform such.


The policeman was played by Elvenn Havard.  His feature film credits include the role of Doris Miller in “Tora! Tora! Tora!”. As I recall his role was very brief in the film; it was limted to him being seen on deck firing a machine gun. Cuba Gooding Jr. would have a much larger part playing the role in 2001’s “Pearl Harbor”. Elvenn Havard also played in “Midnight Madness” and “My Science Project”.  TV credits included appearances on Matlock, Murder She Wrote and Mannix. IMDB lists his final role as being in 1995. While IMDB lists no date of death for him, another webage suggests he passed away in 2000.


Back at the house, Mike and Sam’s delayed return has the rest of cast antsy. Carol comes out on stage and introduces Mrs. Whitfield to the audience. I took the time to scan the number of people there and it looks to be right around 20-30 in attendance. If ticket prices alone were covering the cost of the $200 gift, each person paid around $6.50 for a ticket. That’s about $35 in today’s dollars. Even if the cost was for a beloved teacher’s gift, I’d have felt cheated paying that much to see the performance given in this episode.  Speaking of those attending, the sunglasses lady pictured above really stands out in the scene.


Mrs. Whitfield was portrayed by Frances Whitfield. She was the on set teacher for the cast of The Brady Bunch. Barry Williams wrote how much he and the other kids loved her in his book. This was her only TV appearance per IMDB. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 96.




Mike and Sam return in the nick of time and the show goes on. As stated before, this part of the episode will not be reviewed scene for scene. Bobby, playing the dwarf Bashful says he knows the way home for the wayward dwarves, but is too bashful to share such. Maybe some viewer or reader of the original Snow White tale can let us know if this absurd line was in the original story. When it comes to originality, the Bradys didn’t do much to make this show their own. Greg’s stethoscope and doctor’s headlamp were the extent of cleverness in the production. Otherwise the play is nothing original and each person’s role is so overplayed it was painful for me to watch. The play also seems really short. Perhaps there were other scenes of the play the TV audience was not subjected to. The play ends and Mrs.Whitfield’s gift is brought out on stage.


The epilogue has Alice and Sam just hanging out in the Brady’s kitchen. It was nice to see them both enjoying some downtime. Previous visits by Sam usually saw him delivering meat and once even helping Alice prepare a meal. Here the two discuss possibly being married one day and Sam says that will happen when Alice is Snow White and he is Prince Charming.

Thank you for reviewing “Snow White and the Seven Bradys” with me. If you enjoy this episode, then this review might have been hard for you to read. Please share any thoughts you have on this episode with us! All comments posted here are enjoyed, even if the opinion is much different from my own.  Tomorrow, there will be the Weekend Special and then on Friday the review for “You’re Never Too Young” will be posted. I recall this being a fun episode. Have a great week!


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.

44 thoughts on “Episode 3: Snow White and the Seven Bradys”

  1. The kids were getting older, which made this episode a little quirkier than usual. Sam was a good choice for Dopey, given Allan Melvin’s animation voice work, especially playing Magilla Gorilla. In the original Snow White, most of the dwarfs seem the same in many ways, but Dopey’s lovable goofs do make him stand out, making the role appealing to the Brady kids.

    Jan seems to have her hair and overall appearance in this episode resembling the previous year, especially in the scene where she wears her glasses. I’m not sure if this was intentional, to make her look younger and thus better able to play a dwarf, as opposed to the eye-popping babe that we noticed in King’s Island.

    I’ve always figured that a modern building on or near the Paramount lot was used for the market. All they did was throw some pricing signs in the window and instant market.

    The scenes where Greg and Sam attempt to secure another venue are frequently deleted in syndication. Even as a kid watching this on ABC, I also wondered why they didn’t just do the show at the school. But that would eliminate some of the episode’s tension. I agree that allowing a child to be in charge of the arrangements was odd, but she followed in Marcia’s footsteps when she was left to get Davey Jones for the dance, or Greg when he, as a student, was to choose the head cheerleader, a most unlikely scenario. I did love seeing the kids’ actual school teacher.

    Hopefully this will post.

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  2. The scenes where each kid can clearly hear Cindy’s conversations through the “thin walls” or “thin floors” were unbelievable. I was always sure that Mike had designed a pretty sturdy, sound-resistent house.

    How did the Brady’s handle restroom needs for the play’s audience?

    Alice dressed up as the wicked Queen so much looks like Endora from Bewitched.

    Greg tells the theater owner that the play is for charity. This is a lie. Buying a gift for a retiring teacher is not charity.

    Technically the title of the episode should be Snow White and the Eight Bradys since they all participated… but of course this would have ruined the cutesy title name.

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  3. This episode is indeed a brutal one to watch. Over several decades of watching Brady Bunch reruns, I never watch this episode. I did watch it (on DVD) to remind myself of how bad it truly was. It is REALLY bad!

    I worked at Disney World (Orlando) for a couple of summers while I was in college. But I never saw the movie SW&T7D until many years later when it came out on VHS (we rented it). It was Walt Disney’s first feature length film and is considered a classic of course…but I wasn’t impressed with it. Maybe if I’d seen it as a kid, I would think about it differently.

    I’m sure the movie was released theatrically every few years, I don’t think It was ever shown on TV. I frankly have my doubts that all of the Brady kids would have seen it and been familiar with it (of course, Disney also put out picture books of their movies, so maybe the kids “knew” the story from that. I can’t picture Greg, Peter and Bobby going to see the movie.

    Couple of other things:

    1) Mike and Carol go to the trouble of putting the names of the Seven Dwarves into a hat. Then they explain to the kids that whatever name they draw is who they will be in the play. Five kids draw names out, and with two names left in the hat, they “discover” that there are Seven Dwarves but only six kids. They didn’t know this going in??

    2) Why was Carol speaking with a Southern accent while portraying Snow White?

    3) I thought Carol’s “singing” in a high pitched voice during the show was annoying…but I think Snow White may have done some of that in the movie.

    4) Why do they have to put on a play to get a gift for Mrs. Whitfiled? Why not just go around and collect from people? Putting on a show involves spending time and money. I also wondered why not use the school instead of renting out another venue. The auditoriums in schools have plenty of seating. The stage already has lighting and a sound system. And as Marty McFly alluded to, the schools have restroom facilities available.

    5) You have to wonder how the entire cast felt about this episode. While it did involve the entire family working on a single project, the plot had to get to them. They handled it like troopers though!

    6) The opening scene does indeed make it look like Cindy was (at the very least) arrested for possession of drugs or something. But this wasn’t the first time Mike was volunteered to help with construction of play sets. Should be old hat by now.

    7) lol, “thin walls”…”thin floors”…. what is it about Mike’s designs? Later, of course, we’d see a building he designed collapse in “A Very Brady Christmas”. But I don’t remember people being able to listen to conversations through walls and floors in the Brady house prior to this episode. We couldn’t hear Greg and “Raquel” in the attic unless you listened through an air vent.

    All I can say is, many thanks to our wonderful reviewer for hanging in there with this one…especially after a couple of really fun episodes!

    Looking forward to reading about Maureen’s book!

    And yes, “You’re Never Too Young” is a fun episode… looking forward to discussing it! Thank you again for a job well done!

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    1. 4) Why do they have to put on a play to get a gift for Mrs. Whitfiled? Why not just go around and collect from people?

      That would have made for a VERY boring episode. If you think this review is bad, could you imagine the review for the money collection episode?

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  4. I agree,

    One of the worst episodes of the series and terrible overacting in the play to the point of stupidity:

    Oh yea, putting all the names of the Dwarfs into a hat and than only realizing after all were picked that they were short one kid? Lame and stupid! Most of the sub-plot involving who will play Dopey is cut in syndication.

    I agree about all the comments about just taking up a collection for a gift for Mrs. Whitfield. The play would not be needed and would save a lot of time and money.

    Whoever thought about this episode and than wrote it, should have been fired and as punishment, never allowed to work again! Yes, this episode flat out sucks!

    There are two funny lines though:

    1.) Sam interacting with the cop in his Dopey costume.
    2.) Alice forgetting where she is holding the mirror rehearsing her Wicked Queen lines and it winds up……….”Mirror, mirror, in my………….soup!?” That scene is usually cut in syndication.

    However, this does not do nearly enough to rescue this episode from the trash can. I still think “You’re Never Too Old” is the worst episode of the series


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    1. Again, like a few other episodes hated by so many here, I have a few reasons to like it myself. The satire written into the play is ok, at least somewhat contemporary sounding for the time. Also I have a favorite funny line from this episode that can still make me laugh – “Did anyone ever tell you your mommy dresses you funny?”. Unfortunately the cop turns serious after that line, as it may (or may not) have been funnier if he’d been a complete wiseacre.

      This episode is listed first among the Season 5 episodes in THE BRADY BUNCH BOOK. I think that book lists the episodes in production order rather than original airdate order, so the producers may have thought it would be nice to have the kids’ teacher appear to kick off that season’s production. This book points out later that the 2nd episode that features Oliver, “Two Petes in a Pod”, was the 1st episode produced with Oliver, with his introductory episode, “Welcome Aboard”, filmed next. The book mentions that the episodes aired in the correct logical order, but back before Nick made it fashionable to air episodes in their original airdate order, most sitcoms were syndicated to local stations in production order, so viewers would see “Two Petes in a Pod” before “Welcome Aboard” on their local stations.

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    2. If you notice when Aside pulls out the mirror, there is no residue of soup (or anything) on it.

      Either there was really nothing in that pot, or Alice is skimping on the soup level.

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  5. While watching this episode, as well as others from Season Five, I noticed something I’ve never noticed before… The Brady’s now have a gas stove!

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  6. The poodles next door: Patty’s Prancing Poodles perhaps? Also, Dopey’s appeal can be explained in that, if I recall, he did not have any lines in the Disney cartoon, thus giving any of the kids the opportunity to ham it up in the play.

    One has the impression that the show’s intention to honor Mrs. Whitfield (anniversary? retirement?) was a private celebration that was expanded to become an episode in the series, and possibly a nod to the Bradys’ inside-joking tendencies. This was one private celebration that did not bother us not to have been invited.

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  7. I wonder how long Mrs. Whitfield has been teaching in real life? The girls said they know she was Carol’s teacher along with their own (huh, if they go to the same schools as the boys….I wonder if Mike and Carol met at a PTA meeting).
    Carol and Alice could be drag queens.

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  8. Yeah I just saw this again and wow, was this a stinker. It’s not even the premise of the episode that is the real problem. It’s how bad the play that this is all working up to is. Lets look at some of the real problems with this episode (a lot of which you have already stated quite well as per usual).

    1) So we are to believe that they want to raise $200 (and this is the 1970’s equivalent which you stated was over $1000) and the best idea that everyone can back is lets throw a rushed performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with the Brady family as it’s stars? That’s the best idea that a whole school could come up with to raise money for a teacher that this episode made very clear.. EVERYONE loves and can’t wait to do something special for. I can only imagine how that meeting went where they were discussing it. “Anyone have any ideas on what we can do for her to raise money?” silence as everyone sits there quietly “Anyone?” Cindy stands up with her brilliant idea and the crowd goes wild and puts it all on her now to take care of everything as you never hear or reference anyone else again having any part in this besides the Brady’s. But at least they love the teacher enough to let someone do something for her.

    2) The play itself is horrible. I mean the build up to this. Everyone wants to be Dopey (why I don’t know, I saw the movie way back when, he wasn’t any more special than the other dwarfs) yet when we see the play everyone has like one line and that’s it. So what was the big deal about having to be this character or that? At least Doc got to bend down for a moment. It was just such a bad performance. I understand that they only had 23 minutes to work with in an episode, but you are going to give us the worst performance ever of Snow White to end this? If I was someone who paid $5 bucks to see that slop I would have demanded a refund. It is that bad! The dwarfs march in place, sing the iconic song, the witch shows up and says her line as Snow White walks in on her (for unknown reasons as that wasn’t in the story) takes her for a walk gives her an apple. Wicked queen never seen again, dwarfs show up and duh a lot as they loom around her. Mike shows up on a ridiculous horse prop, kisses her and that’s the play. Wow! I would be booing afterwards. I am hopeful like you said that there was stuff we didn’t see that actually took place, but I just have a weird feeling that was the whole play! It was so bad and short and lame it was cringe worthy bad. You couldn’t devote 12 minutes to the play itself like a good tv show would do to a production you are hyping for the whole episode? We needed to see time fillers like Sam calling to make a joke about doing the production in a freezer? While the episode is bad the play itself is awful. It is so unwatchable bad it ruins what could have been the best part of the episode if they put any life or time into it.

    3) There is one little detail everyone putting this play on is forgetting about. They probably spent well over $200 to pull this production off. Lets see we have costumes, build a set, install speakers, print the tickets, purchase props and lets not forget.. buy a PERMIT as the officer told them they had to. So they put on this horrible 5 minute production of Snow White only to wind up spending more than what it would have cost if Mike had just given the money anyway. And on top of that, they do wind up buying the gift with the tickets sold and that has to be taken into the final tally of things too. When a charity production becomes one many putting up all the expenses, it’s not much of a charity production but everyone letting Mike spend the bill and no one else caring that he is. Found it hard to believe that Mike had no problem spending like this when it would have been easier to write a check for $200 than to spend it on the worst production of a show ever.

    4) Why was Cindy in charge of this whole mess? She was the only dummy who volunteered so they all made her the one to handle everything? What happened to all these other people who loved the teacher so much? Why weren’t they involved with this play or putting money into it? Why is she booking auditoriums instead of the school saying using our stage on Saturday or if its not available we will give you a day it is. Logically the whole Cindy being in charge of this made no sense. And then when she is unable to get the stage she runs up and cries, the mom says don’t worry and she is fine again? This is one of the most shoehorned stories I have seen on this show. Anyone involved would not have let Cindy run the whole thing and hope for the best. Maybe they didn’t really like this teacher as much as they are saying.

    5) The moment with the police officer was just awkward and weird. Not really funny. I will admit it was a bit fun to see Sam standing there in his cheaply made Dopey costume as the officer makes an obvious gag to it. But the rest was stupid. The officer wanted him to get out of the truck to show a permit because he just pulled into a spot that second to drop off Mike who is buying apples. I heard of strict officers but this was a bit over the top. Mike comes out in record time from the office building supermarket and has a full bag (buying one apple none the less) of groceries and is then told that he has to get a permit to do a production in his backyard because they charged money for the tickets? Then they don’t explain what happens next. Did they talk their way out of it, did they go buy the permit (which is what I think happened as I explained earlier) did the officer let them off with a warning? I mean another open ended situation that we have no idea how it was resolved. What was with all these stupid time wasters in the episode rather than focusing on the play to give us more than a 5 minute rush job when we do see it?

    6) Lastly, this episode is not funny and it looks like the cast was cringing their way through this horribly conceived episode. I get it, we have all these members of the Brady Bunch, lets put them all into an iconic play somehow. That’s the idea of the episode. Ok fine. It is written badly, it defies logic at many times, the play itself is awful and rushed and there is no way anyone who watched that would have felt that was a production worth the price of admission in the audience. There was so many bad jokes in this. The one where Mike talks about the Poodles having to test the trees as he walks by them. The kids all frowned and looked weird when he said that joke. Like even they couldn’t pretend to find it funny. Alice sewing a tablecloth to her outfit? Everyone commenting about how thin the walls and floors are. The running Dopey gag and Alice stirring her soup with a mirror. Was this episode written by Cindy herself? It seems like it was written by a 12 year old as there is nothing amusing in it. I mean they throw in a Wizard of Oz joke in the play that seemed so out of place and again cringy. And Mike talking all weird as Prince Charming. I didn’t get it.

    This is one of my least favorite episodes. It’s not the worst of course there are many worse than it. But its such a pointless, wow we have no ideas, the cast looks bored, the concept is stupid, the play is pathetic type of episode that it can’t be liked. If the show started with them doing a Cosby Show like open where they start right away with the play after giving a simple explanation of why and the whole episode is taking the situation a bit more seriously and doing it right, this could have been a lot of fun. Like this though? Just awful.

    Yeah Season 5 has a lot of clunkers. You can see the show was getting long in the tooth here. You have the Peter clone episode, this one, Cindy as Shirley Temple and the insertion of Cousin Oliver (even the hair tonic episode that Robert Reed had such a problem with is better than this one). While I hate when shows end their run, I can see why this had run it’s course. Look no further than this episode as there will be a lot more stinkers to follow it as the season progresses.

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    1. Leo,
      I too wondered how the permit issue got taken care of so quickly. My idea was that, upon getting to the permit office, it turned out the wife and child of the official was in attendance and so he quickly “permitted” the backyard play, with the knowledge that the permit would be back dated, after the fact.

      One of the worst repeating tropes on this show was to have one of the kids yell or declare something (“I’m hideous!”; “I’m a shrimp!”; “There’s no place to put on this horribly, horrible play … And it’s all MY fault!”), then run up the stairs, to dramatic Brady music accompanying.
      When Cindy does it, you just want someone at the top of the stairs to stop her in her tracks, turn her around, and make her face her troubles head-on, not boo-hoo into her pillow over it.

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  9. I could never figure out that office building/supermarket. Maybe they were afraid Skip Farnum would find them again and ask them to be in another commercial.
    And wondering what retirement gift for Mrs. Whitfield would cost $1100 in today’s dollars. Probably a silver platter engraved with the initials of every student she’s ever taught.

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    1. Or maybe they didn’t want to go to that other market for fear they’d run into that woman who ratted Greg out when he borrowed her son’s car to get tickets for a rock concert.

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  10. The problem everyone seems to have is the set up is illogical. The episode I find quite good. Especially as a child, in first run, I found the play funny. Remember you’re only seeing bits and pieces of it.

    The real problem is this is a benefit for a teacher that only involves one family. Then they put the youngest and stupidest child in charge of it.

    If the writers came up with better reasons why the family is the only one involved or why it’s rushed or why this and that, it would’ve been fine.

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    1. This was funnier than anything written for the episode: “Then they put the youngest and stupidest child in charge of it.”
      HAH! Thank you, Eric.

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  11. One thing to note is how less litigious Disney was back then. Disney owns the names to the Seven Dwarfs (they are unnamed in the fairytale).

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  12. This was the first S5 episode other than the one at Kings Island to wrap production (even though it aired third), so it figures Jan may have looked more like she did at the end of S4 than she did later in this season.

    Dopey didn’t talk in the original Snow White. And they should have put false beards on Peter (Sneezy) and Bobby (Bashful) to make it look a little more realistic.

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  13. I also greatly dislike this episode. Note that Carol’s acting as Snow White is only slightly more hammy than Florence’s acting as Carol in season 5. I don’t know what happened to her, but she started going way over the top (a trend that continued in the later reunions).

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  14. My take on this episode is that the Bradys did a good job of acting like non-professional actors in the stage play. We may forget that the point of this sitcom is to show the family members in a “real-life” setting that is created by the sitcom’s premise. None of the Bradys were actors, so it is appropriate that they appeared amateur and melodramatic during the stage play. Ann B. Davis’ skill as a versatile actor is on display in this episode, and I appreciated her chance to break out of the Alice role, however briefly. As a child watching reruns in the 1980s, I did not have an appreciation for the level of skill of acting from the different cast members, but watching as an adult now, I feel Robert Reed and Ann B. Davis carried the show with their abilities. Florence Henderson was cute, but as a previous contributor suggested, seemed to overplay her role, perhaps due to her previous acting resume that was heavy on stage experience where an actor must learn to project to the audience. Much more nuanced acting is possible for film, and she seemed not to make that transition as well as would have been desirable.

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  15. Not really episode-specific, but the point I want to make is really evident in this episode, which is Cindy’s hair braids. It has always annoyed me how they made Cindy wear her hair in two pigtails as she got older. I really think it came from the theme song saying “the youngest one in “curls.” For one, a girl as old as Susan was in these later episodes looks ridiculous walking around wearing pigtails; I just don’t think it’s realistic. Of course, many teens and older girls wear pigtails, braids, etc. when playing sports, swimming, etc. but I can’t imagine a girl her age in these episodes would want pigtails all the time, or most of the time. I’ll bet she was embarrassed to have to do it. Clearly the producers thought it would make her look cuter or younger. Secondly, pigtails actually aren’t “curls” anyway; they are braids. There are a few episodes where Susan/Cindy has her hair down, and her hair IS curled around her face and shoulders (she had either worn curlers or she/makeup had used a curling iron.) It looked just fine this way, and in my opinion, that’s the way the producers should have had her wear it in these later episodes.

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  16. Mike the Architect didn’t realize that he would need a permit? Come on! Isn’t this an important part of the work he does every day? Also, wouldn’t the permit office be closed on Saturday?

    It took the kids that long to figure out that there was one more dwarf than Brady kids? It’s even in the title: Snow White and the SEVEN Dwarves.

    I really liked Peter’s name draw of “7-1/4” and Greg’s foreshadowing of his future OB/GYN career. You know, the kind of career you just pick at random or settle on if you aren’t really inspired by anything else.

    If Mrs. Whitfield was Cindy’s favorite teacher, and she had been Jan’s, Marcia’s, and even Carol’s favorite teacher, that implies that Carol and her daughters had lived in that neighborhood consistently ever since Carol’s childhood. But that would mean that the house where Carol grew up, the house that she and her daughters lived in before the wedding, and the house the Brady Bunch lives in now, were all in the same neighborhood. Maybe after her never-mentioned divorce, she moved back in with her parents, 20 minutes away from the Brady house, according to the pilot episode. Maybe they always lived with Carol’s parents, and the reasons for the divorce included the fact that he never earned enough money to pay for their own place.

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Or, it could mean after Carol had Mrs Whitfield in whatever school area she attended, the teacher transplanted to the town that the Bradys live in; not all teachers stay in the same district. It was not clear if the parents bought this home 20 minutes from Mike’s, after Carol’s school days. Perhaps not needing a large home after Carol married (it appears she has no siblings), they moved to the home we saw in the pilot.

      I thought of this because starting in jr high, we had a math teacher who came in from NY to teach advanced math in central NJ, who then followed her students to the high school to continue the program.

      Perhaps after Carol’s divorce, she learned that Mrs Whitfield had moved into the town her parents now lived and, recalling fond memories, decided to move in with her folks so her daughters could also be taught by Mrs. W.

      Mike couldn’t recall the height of his own designed attic, saying Greg couldn’t stand up in it, in one season, only to have Greg’s swinging pad built there in the final season.
      Permit office open on Saturday? Pure Brady good fortune, that one!

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  17. The Brady’s must have put on more than one performance of their “adaption” of Snow White & The 7 Dwarves. It didn’t look like there a lot of people in the audience for their performance.

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    1. BillBG,
      Just like in the movie where they sing and dance on the plane to the annoyance of other passengers, the Bradys seem amusingly oblivious to the “enjoyment factor” of others around them.
      Guess this would also apply, in spades, to the poor viewers of any of the Brady Variety Hour episodes.

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  18. Here are 5 things I liked about this episode:
    1. Sam (playing Dopey) tells the other dwarves that they should follow the Yellow Brick Road. Cindy (playing Grumpy) reminds him that the Yellow Brick Road is in The Wizard of Oz.
    2. After learning that Mrs. Whitfield needs a first set edition of books that cost $200, Cindy thinks of a way to raise the money by having her family star in a play of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
    3. “Did someone ever tell you that your mommy dresses you in funny clothes?” – Unnamed Police Officer
    4. Mike looks over an architectural plan that he worked on in the den. That brief scene was meant to showcase how committed Mike is at his job as an architect.
    5. Jan mentioning that Mrs. Whitfield was her favorite teacher, Marcia’s favorite teacher and even Carol’s favorite teacher. I thought Carol lived in Massachusetts when she was a little girl?

    Here are 5 things I disliked about this episode:
    6. All the children want the role of Dopey for the Snow White play.
    7. In the Bradies’ version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Dopey talks and all the dwarves wear dorky outfits.
    8. How the hell can an 11-year-old girl make a reservation when it comes to theater admission?
    9. Alice putting the mirror in her soup while practicing her role as the Wicked Witch.
    10. The Bradies can’t use the warehouse to perform their play. Fortunately, their backyard is big enough to accommodate forty people.

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  19. When the cop asked Mike if he had a permit, Mike should’ve answered with “Yes, I have a permit. I permit my family to put on a play in my backyard”, lol. BTW, I didn’t know they had a dwarf named Bashful. I knew all about the others.

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    1. Jimi,
      You didn’t know about him because he WAS bashful, always trying to hide! Not like those front and center guys, Doc and Dopey. 😉

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