The Brady Bunch

54-40 and Fight

Season 1, Ep 15, Aired 1/9/70
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  • Episode Description
  • The Brady family learns that a trading stamp company is going out of business. A fight breaks out over who should get all of the saved stamps, the boys or the girls. If the girls get them, they plan to buy a sewing machine. If the boys get them, they plan to buy a rowboat. But who will get them? The winners are decided in a match to build a house of cards.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Florence Henderson

    Carol Brady

  • Ann B. Davis

    Alice Nelson

  • Maureen McCormick

    Marcia Brady

  • Eve Plumb

    Jan Brady

  • Susan Olsen

    Cynthia "Cindy" Brady

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Pretty bad TV, I don't really wonder why this series struggled in the ratings.

    By Mac-Ale, Sep 26, 2006

  • A sewing machine!?! You gotta be kidding me; This means war!

    By Dirk4MVP, Jul 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Cindy: Me first! Bobby: Why you? Cindy: 'Cause I'm a lady! Bobby: Aaaawwhhhh Cindy: I am a lady, if you say I'm not, I'll bop you!

    Notes (4)

    • This episode is parodied in A Very Brady Sequel.

    • The "house of cards" scene was filmed over two days, and the people in charge weren't very careful about everyone dressing the exactly the same way both filming days. Watch and you'll notice Peter's shirt change colors--twice--and Jan's hair go from ponytail to bobby-pinned. It's very obvious and amazingly, the editors let it slip by.

    • Nitpick: Marcia stresses over the possibility that her charm bracelet could knock down the house of cards. Why didn't she just remove it?

    • The girls (who win the "house of cards" building contest) decide on a present that benefits the whole family -- a color TV! Remember that color TVs were still a relative novelty in the late 1960s/early 1970s; less than half of all homes had one.

    Trivia (8)

    • This episode's title, "54-40 and Fight", is derived from the campaign slogan, "54-40 or Fight", a popular slogan used during the early 19th Century, when there was a dispute over the boundaries of the Oregon Territory.


    • When it's Jan's turn for the house of cards, when they show the card that she's about to put down in a close-up shot, it's the ace of spades. But then when they have the camera showing Jan about to put the card down, it changes to the 5 of clubs. But when they show the close-up of the card, it goes back to the ace of spades.

    • The scene of Alice giving Tiger a bath is the exact same footage of her used in the previous allergy episode "Katchoo."

    • Could Greg really have known that it was a color TV just by looking at it? There was no marked box, and no tags or stickers to indicate that it was any different than the more common black and white sets.

    • During Marcia's last turn at the house of cards, several angles of her are shown. At the beginning of the scene she carries the card with her right hand, and holds her dangling bracelet with her left, and most shots are consistent with this. However, in the third shot her bracelet is suddenly hanging free, and her left hand is nowhere to be seen.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Alice: That's like asking Garcia if he's got any messages. This comes from "A Message to Garcia", an 1899 literary work by Elbert Hubbard which, with over 40 million copies published, had a larger circulation than any other literary venture has ever attained during the lifetime of an author.

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