The Brady Bunch

Her Sister's Shadow

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 11/19/71
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  • Episode Description
  • Tired of being in Marcia's shadow, Jan is determined to do something that Marcia never did. However, Jan becomes more depressed when she fails to make the pom-pom team and her friend makes the squad. Then she wins first prize in the essay contest and finds out her teacher made a mistake in scoring.

  • 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 (1)
  • Her Sisters shadow is another great episode of the brady bunch..Jan feels overshadowed by marcia..Jan enteres a essay contest and when she looks over the score sheet jan notices there is a mistake and that she should not win the comtest.

    By danny_fenton, Aug 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Alice: Popcorn, peanuts, onion soup! We want a touchdown, boop-boop-dee-boop!

    • Cindy: I got one of your old teachers. Jan: What's so bad about that? Cindy: She heard about what you did, and now all I hear is what a wonderful sister I have. Jan, Jan, Jan! Marcia: You know, Cindy, everyone has a different talent. Jan: That's right. Just figure out what you do best, and do your best with it. Cindy: That won't be easy. Jan: Why not? Cindy: I'm good at so many different things!

    • Alice: You boys would make lovely pom pom girls. Peter: I'm not being any pom pom girl! Bobby: I'm not even gonna be a pom pom boy!

    • Jan: Well, all I hear all day long at school, is how great Marcia is at this and how wonderful Marcia did that. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

    • Mrs. Watson: Your sister Marcia was an excellent student Jan: I know, you've told me.

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    Notes (2)

    • Jan's "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" dilemma in this episode was poked fun at in the 1995 Brady Bunch Movie, and to make it even more humorous, the Jan character in the film was portrayed as an undiagnosed schizophrenic, with inner voices about her "perfect" older sister.

    • Contrary to popular belief, this is the only episode where Jan says, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"

    Trivia (4)

    • How could Jan say that she never won anything when we learn that Bobby was the only one without an award in the season 2 episode ,"The Winner?"

    • Notice the scene where Jan is sitting next to her mother, and she raises her fists and says, "I'm tired of being in Marcia's shadow all the time!" Jan's red dress is so short that when she lifts her fists, you can see her underwear.

    • All three of the girls had a triad line: Jan, with her renowned, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"; Marcia discovered that her missing awards were "Gone, gone, gone!"; and in the Coda, Cindy imitates Jan's lament with "Jan, Jan, Jan!"

    • Eve Plumb (Jan) flubbed her lines during the "Marcia-Marica-Marcia" speech ("...how 'm' GREAT Marcia is...") and she does it again when she tells her parents that the second-highest score for the essay contest belonged to "Noras Coombes" (it's supposed to be Nora). Both errors were left in the show!

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