The Brady Bunch

The Subject Was Noses

Season 4, Ep 18, Aired 2/9/73
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  • Episode Description
  • Marcia has a big problem when she inadvertently makes two dates for the same night: one with Charlie and the other with Doug, the big man on campus. She makes an excuse to Charlie to go out with Doug but quickly learns Doug was only interested in having a pretty girl on his arm after Marcia is hit in the face with a football, resulting in a swollen nose and a bruised conscious. Meanwhile, the parents' bedroom is being painted.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 (4)
  • Marcia gets in a mess; She makes two dates on the same night, breaks one for another guy, gets a swollen nose, and gets dumped on her other date. What else could go wrong?

    By Dirk4MVP, Jan 02, 2008

  • Most likely the best known episode of the series. How can you not like this episode?

    By smellycat116, Jan 21, 2007

  • a a a

    By Daviduncrules44, Jul 30, 2006

  • What a classic!

    By supastarz, Sep 19, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Marcia: You're too young to understand. (smiles) Cindy: I wish I was old enough to understand the things I'm too young to understand.

    • Marcia: Ooh my nose!

    • Cindy: Marcia, I'm proud to be your sister, no matter how terrible you look! Marcia: THANKS ALOT!

    • (Mike councils Marcia) Mike: I don't think your problem is a broken nose. It's a bruised conscience.

    Notes (4)

    • If anyone has seen the movie, The Sound of Music, might recognize the actor playing Doug Simpson. It's actor Nicholas Hammond who played the eldest boy, Friedrich von Trapp.

    • This episode was parodied in The Brady Bunch Movie.

    • Although this is one of the most famous episodes from the series, it was one of Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)'s least favorite ones to film. She was forced to stand there as several different people whacked her in the face with the football. Christopher Knight (Peter Brady) was the person who finally got it to hit just the right spot on her nose, and McCormick remembers how relieved she was when they finally announced that they had gotten the footage they needed.

    • The famous "Ooh, my nose!" episode. The immortalized utterance comes after Marcia (who is calling Peter and Bobby inside) is hit by their errant football. Marcia vainly tries to hide her nose whenever Doug comes into sight. Late in the episode, Marcia (recounting her date with nice-guy Charlie) mentions she saw Doug at the pizza parlor with another girl. Doug and Charlie get into it, with Charlie giving Doug a broken nose (and plenty of embarassment).

    Trivia (2)

    • Mike and Carol also slept in different tents when they went on their camping trip.

    • Carol points out to Mike that this is the first night of their marriage they slept in separate beds. But Carol was away visiting a sick aunt for a week in the first season.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title would seem to come from the movie and Broadway play The Subject Was Roses.

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