Hello again readers, family and friends. Today we share the times The Brady Bunch gave us positive and groovy vibes. Last week’s blog gave us an opportunity to name the episodes that we liked the least. Thanks to all those who shared their own bottom five list! If you have not all ready done so, please consider sharing your own least favorites. In this blog, I will share two top five lists. The first is a listing of the five most memorable
times the show made me laugh out loud and still brings a chuckle when recalling it. The second list includes the five episodes I found myself enjoying the most. Neither is any particular order, just the five that number among my favorites. Once again I hope you will share your own thoughts on the moments and episodes you thought the show was at its best.
Top Five Laughs
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Season 1, Episode 4. Alice has decided to leave the Bradys as she feels her role in the family has diminished since Mike remarried. The boys and Cindy are watching her pack and Cindy states that she and her sisters were just starting to love Alice. In the typical cuteness of Season 1 Cindy, she asks if Alice likes “Addle” better than them. After a brief bit of confusion, Cindy shares her understanding that Alice is going to see somebody named Addle, since she is going to Seattle.
Big Little Man – Season 3, Episode 15. Mike, Carol and Jan have returned from a shopping trip. Cindy rushes down to share the news of the day. First she asks if it would be tattling to share something somebody else doesn’t want you to know. She is advised that would be tattling. It’s a nice reference to Cindy’s earlier tattling issues. Jan is pining for this news and even licks her lips in anticipation. Cindy tries to do the right thing and walk away, letting the three of them know they’ll just have to find out for themselves. Jan, being sufficiently baited, immediately queries Cindy for the news. Cindy shares with glee that “Bobby nearly fell off the house.” The reaction on Mike, Carol and Jan’s faces only adds more humor to this entire scene. Susan Olsen owned this scene and performed masterfully in it. The entire scene made me laugh out loud more than once.
Fender Benders – Season 3, Episode 23. After a meeting of the fenders in the supermarket parking lot between Carol and Mr. Duggan, he arrives at the Brady home unannounced and soon presents a list of car repairs he expects Carol to pay. He shares his car wound up having to be towed from the scene to a body shop and he has come bearing an itemized bill. Among the repairs he expects Carol to pay for are a smashed tail light, crushed fender, muffler replacement, repainting the left side of the car and realignment of the frame. This totals $295.11. In today’s dollars that would be $1758.32. Mr. Duggan said there were some other things he doesn’t mind paying for himself. In one of the funniest lines of the series, Carol asks if that might be refurnishing his house.
Mail Order Hero – Season 5, Episode 2. Joe Namath has just visited with Bobby, who is faking being very sick. This was a ploy devised by Cindy that would con the football star into visiting her brother. As Joe and his PR man leave, the episode’s b-plot of Jan learning first aid meets the a-plot. What follows is one of the funniest scenes of the entire series. Jan’s studies have her bringing home a stretcher. Upon seeing it, Joe says they got there just in time. When the visiting pair meet Carol, she joyfully says that Bobby was just about at the end of his rope. Herb says the whole situation with Bobby must be pretty upsetting. Mike jovially replies, “Well, when you have six kids, something like this is bound to happen to one of them.”
The Treasure of Sierra Avenue – Season 2, Episode 7. After greed abounds following the boys finding $1100 in a vacant lot, a family meeting is called. Mike makes it known to the children that he and Carol share their own good fortune with each of them every day. He orders a truce among the feuding siblings. Upon this being ordered, Greg confers with his brothers and says the money will be shared. The exchange that follows was a laugh out loud moment for me.
Greg: Ok, we’ll share.
Marcia: You really mean it?
Peter: Me too.
Bobby: Not me.
Top Five Episodes
Cyrano de Brady Season 4, Episode 5. Peter’s clumsy efforts at romancing Kerry bring laughs to the episode early on. However, it is Greg and Marcia’s assistance at the conclusion of the episode that place it among my favorites. Greg pretends to be a womanizing player so that Kerry will lose interest in him. He calls his swanky ensemble his “working threads”. When Marcia, acting as the dejected Debbie, arrives she is upset that she has found another woman there. The hilarity continues as Greg says, “You caught me at a bad time, I usually have three or four.” The episode is a lot of fun and one of my favorites .
Call Me Irresponsible Season 2, Episode 6. Greg’s aspirations for car ownership are much like those of any kid his age. Greg’s scheming to have his siblings invest in the car was a clever ploy to get some extra money to fund a set of wheels. He looks through a car magazine under the impression a boy his age might actually be able to afford a brand new ride. He takes on employment at Mike’s firm and nearly loses an important set of plans for a second time. His efforts to retrieve them in time send him bouncing all over town. The story was well done and made for an entertaining episode.
Will The Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up? Season 2, Episode 15. Of all the “woe is me” plots this one was my favorite. Tired of being an invisible blonde among her sisters, she sets out to make a huge change. The hilarity starts when Jan visits a wig store. While there, she suggests a wild and crazy wig like the sales clerk is wearing. The lady informs Jan that she is not wearing a wig. Jan plans to make her brunette debut at Lucy Winters’ birthday party. Peter’s preparation for the party makes a fun b-plot. The stunned look on Lucy Winters’ and Margie Ripple’s faces when Jan debuts her new look are the comedic peak of the story. In the end, Jan learns a lesson about loving herself in a non-sappy or non-overly dramatic way.
How To Succeed In Business? Season 4, Episode 19. This episode was great for laughs. When his boss expresses disapproval of how Peter is working, Peter is totally oblivious. Peter thinks he is on the fast track to success when he is really on his way to a pink slip. This one is unique in that Peter’s bike career does not have cliche happy ending courtesy of buckling down on his skills and a forgiving boss. Peter remains fired, but learns he may have a future in sales.
My Sister, Benedict Arnold Season 3, Episode 5. This episode shows the two oldest Brady kids at their worst. It makes for one of the best episodes! Marcia uses the attention of an older boy to prove to Greg she won’t be pushed around. Greg’s pettiness in his dislike of the boy shows some shallowness on his part that is only amplified when he strikes back at Marcia by using false romantic overtures to a nemesis of her’s. As brother and sister duke it out verbally, the younger Bradys look on in glee. The episode is a lot of fun from start to finish.
I look forward to reading your own top five lists! There are so many episodes that just missed the list. “Goodbye Alice, Hello” is my favorite episode for drama. Alice reuniting with the kids at the diner was a favorite scene of mine. “Greg’s Triangle” was another fun story that just missed the top five. “The Personality Kid” also holds a special place in my viewing heart.
Thank you so much dear readers for reviewing The Brady Bunch with me. I have enjoyed immensely writing this blog and receiving your feedback.
For those who will be reviewing Leave It To Beaver with me, that blog will begin in early 2019. Look for it under the moniker “Mayfield Memories: Leave It To Beaver Reviewed”.