Hello again! Thank you for joining me today as we take a look at some more episodes of The Brady Brides. As a lifelong fan of the Brady Bunch, I am glad I gave these episodes a look, but don’t think I ever will again. The show never hit any kind of stride that left me wanting to see more of the characters or know what would be happening next. I know that new programs have to find a groove and get their footing, but The Brady Brides were unique in that the show came with ready made characters viewers all ready knew and would enjoy seeing again. The problem was the writing staff for the show never seemed to take advantage of that and write any good stories for them.
The Mom Who Came To Dinner
Air Date 3/27/1981
When I first endured watching the earlier episodes, I thought to myself that maybe what was missing from the show was a strong lead character, a voice of reason or an anchor for the rest of the cast. Well, this episode proved me wrong. Carol is an overnight guest at her daughters’ home and the show still stunk. The ever present adult thrown into the mix did nothing to improve the story.
Just to make sure some hijinks were in store, Philip rigged up some crazy scientist contraption to operate the appliances and alert all emergency personnel should they be needed. I can’t even see the professor on Gilligan’s Island inventing something this dumb.
There was a funny line when Carol says she will wash the dishes. Wally assures her she doesn’t have to, she can wait and do them in the morning. With the tastes of dinner still lingering on their palates, the entire household decides to hit the hay. What follows is a musical chairs version of sleeping arrangements as different household members swap beds and the guest cot. Just to keep things wacky, Harry comes over to spend the night since his mom is working late. Philip serenades him to sleep with an overly long and overly loud version of Moon River.
Another glimpse of the original greatness of The Brady Bunch occurs when Alice comes knocking at the window since she is locked out of her house. She delivers a line about it being too early for the late show or too late for the early show. That was some classic Alice there. The line was a nice reminder of how great the original series was and a bad reminder of how lousy this one was. Alice’s visit activates Philip’s moronic invention making the appliances go haywire while the police, fire department and paramedics were summoned. Folks, this was more fitting for the Brady Kids cartoon and even then it might have been one of their worst episodes.
Air Date: 4/3/1981
Speaking of The Brady Kids cartoon, the plot of The Siege is more fitting of a cartoon than any live action program. Philip’s next big job as a college professor requires he have a security clearance. Inspector Mann arrives to initiate it. Wally, who has racked up hella parking tickets, thinks the inspector is there for him. So, Wally puts on the guise that he is Philip. Before making his exit, the inspector snags a water glass. From the fingerprints on it, he learns that the man posing as Philip Covington was Wally Logan. Wally’s suspicious activity warrants further investigation!
If this was not contrived enough, the Logan/Covington abode is soon surrounded by a plethora of trench coat and fedora wearing government agents seeking to know more about Wally Logan. Wally thinks all this nonsense is because of his parking tickets.
This episode gives us two more damn make out sessions with Wally and Marcia, a visit from Carol and Harry and virtually nothing of redeeming value. This episode has to be the worst of the worst of The Brady Brides.
Cool Hand Phil
Air Date: 4/10/1981
Philip arrives home disheartened that he got zero votes for favorite professor at the college. Jan comes home with the great news that she has the opportunity to design a rich lady’s vacation home. Phil seeks to undo his stuffy and uptight ways via instruction from Wally. Harry shows up too and gives some lessons in coolness of his own.
For some reason none of the residents of the Logan/Covington home have realized that having potential clients and employers over is a terrible idea. Jan has the rich lady, Mrs. Richardson, over to look at the model of the home she has built, just as Phil puts his newly learned cool ways to use. He is way too fresh with Jan’s potential client and an appalled Mrs. Richardson leaves. Sigh, maybe Jan can pitch that A-Frame design to a KOA.
There was a fun scene with Alice in this episode. Jan and Marcia are angry at each other and Alice tries to intervene. A funny line is shared as she asks “Have you forgotten you are sisters?” Marcia answers, “I’m trying.” It gave me a chuckle. In the company of all the other attempts at humor in this episode, it’s gut busting hilarious! Oh my side, my side….
The cool lesson for Phil continues at a local cowboy bar. In the company of a drunk bar patron, Phil takes to the bottle. The party follows Philip home. Catastrophe awaits as Mrs. Richardson has returned to give the A-Frame house another look. As a crowd of drunks spills into the living room Mrs. Richardson is aghast. However, Jan wins her business by stating how all these boozy people are there to suggest a western motif for her potential vacation home. Mrs. Richardson buys Jan’s ruse and likes the idea of a western design. Mrs. Richardson must be really gullible. I wonder if the vacation home Jan is designing is going on Mrs. Richardson’s newly purchased Tennessee beachfront property?
Well friends, we have one more episode to review. “A Pretty Boy Is Like a Melody” was the last one of the series. I’ve watched it already and it was probably the best of The Brady Brides ever offered. We will have a look at that one tomorrow. Please share any thoughts with us on these three or the series as a whole! See you soon.