The Brady Bunch Hour

Season 1 Episode 1

The Brady Bunch Variety Hour

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Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1976 on ABC
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The Brady Bunch Variety Hour
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Opening number, "Baby Face" (Davis/Akst) (all) Greeting sketch in which the Bradys can't decide who will talk first, so they take a number. Each member of the family is introduced to the audience. Mike is extremely nervous and falls into the pool during the encore. (Commercial break) Interior livingroom of a new house never seen in the original Brady Bunch. The Brady kids decide to dump their father from the show because, according to Bobby, "he's stinking up the act". Carol becomes angry and accuses them of being "miserable, ungrateful kids". Tony Randall rings the doorbell seeking his script for this week's show, Bobby suggests he replace Mike as their father. Mike overhears from upstairs, and agrees Tony Randall would be a terrific Mike Brady. Mr. Randall declines the part, and the kids begin to feel guilty. Bobby proclaims that only Mike Brady can play their father on the show. Dissolve to: Musical number, "One" from A Chorus Line (Kleban/Hamlish) (all) (Commercial break) Greg and Marcia discuss what life must have been like in the 1950's. Dissolve to: 1950's parody/sketch involving the Bradys at the roller rink- "Ratsie's Rollerama." Ricky (Mike) and Ditsy (Carol) decide to go steady. The Bradys can't decide what should be their song, Donny & Marie come in to help them decide. Donny insists on "Splish Splash". Musical number, "Splish Splash" (Darin/Murray) (Greg, Marcia, Donny, Marie) (Commercial Break) Greg welcomes everyone back to the second half of the show. Peter comes by and pushes him into the pool, Greg yanks him in seconds later (Note: This was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite) Dissolve to: Sketch involving the Bradys dressed up as clowns boating/swimming around the pool. Carol is propelled flying through air from some kind of mock explosion. Dissolve to: Peter and Marcia fight over using the phone. Peter makes a phone call and uses a phony story to break a date to go out with another girl. Mike and Carol do not approve of his lying. Peter ends up losing his date with the new girl who, by coincidence, uses the same phony story to break their date. Dissolve to: Cindy and Bobby make an extended comparison between the Brady Bunch and a bunch of bananas. (Note: This sketch was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite) They then introduce Greg. Dissolve to: Musical number, "Corner of the Sky" (Schwartz) (Greg) (Commercial Break) Mike is embarrassed to be dressed as a rabbit and expresses his displeasure to the audience in an extended dialoge. Peter shows up in a chicken suit and is equally unhappy. They expected to be in a sketch with Tony Randall, but Tony has no idea what they are talking about. Greg shows up in a bear suit. Tony makes sarcastic remarks about the Brady men. (Note: The beginning portion of this sketch was cut from the version of this episode which aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite). The Brady men reluctantly introduce Tony Randall. Dissolve to: Dressed as Dr. Doolittle, Tony Randall recites poetry while music plays and forest animals dance around everywhere. Dissolve to: Alice makes a special guest appearance. She talks about the special love amongst the Bradys. Dissolve to: Musical number, "What I Did for Love" (Kleban/Hamlish) and "The Way We Were" (Bergman/Hamlisch) (Carol) The Bradys embrace each other. (Commercial Break) The Bradys can't decide what to sing for their Finale. Alice arrives to hold the Bunch together and says "Sing something dummy!" (Note: Alice then says "These kids are so out of it!", a line which was cut from the version of this episode which aired on Nick-At-Nite and TV Land) "Attitude Dancing" (Brackman/Simon) (Greg) (Note: This number was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite) "Cheek to Cheek" (Berlin) (Mike & Carol) "Dance With Me" (Hall/Hall) (all) "I Could Have Danced All Night" (Lerner/Lowe) (Carol) "The Hustle" (McCoy) (all) "Shake Your Booty" (Case/Finch) (Jan, Alice, and the Bradys) (Commercial break) Mike is happy to have made it through the show, Bobby acknowledges that he did okay. Carol thanks the audience for making The Brady Bunch possible. The Bradys say goodnight. Carol reprises the opening melody of "The Way We Were" (Bergman/Hamlisch)moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • I caught the rerun on TV Land. It was bad as I remembered it! Eve Plumb was wise to turn this show down. However, she did turn up in a brief flashback clip. Those flashbacks are the bane of recasting! Did she even get credit for it?

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      • When Carol sings "What I Did For Love", her flashbacks to the original "Brady Bunch" includes scenes from these two season 1 episodes: The Honeymoon and Kitty Karry-All is Missing.

      • You can buy some of the episodes on dvd. Go to amazon.com for more details

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Tony Randall: ...Klugman gets 90 minutes a week.

        Jack Klugman's show Quincy M.E. premiered in October 1976 as a 90 minute long NBC Mystery Movie which rotated weekly with other shows ala Columbo, Banacek and McCloud. After a first season of 6 90 minute episodes, the show was reduced to a 60 minute weekly broadcast format, where it continued a successful 8 year run, concluding in 1983.

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