The Brady Bunch

Season 4 Episode 16

Amateur Nite

Aired Unknown Jan 26, 1973 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Amateur Nite
Mike and Carol's wedding anniversary is coming up and the kids all chip in to get a silver platter for them. Jan, thinks it would be nice to have it engraved, but gets mixed up on the price of the engraving. So the kids try to raise an additional $56.23 for the engraver. This leads them to put together a musical act and try out for a TV amateur contest.moreless

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  • My Favorite Episode

    It's hard to pick a favorite Brady episode, but this would have to be it. What other fan doesn't love to hear Jan get picked on the whole time? Not to mention the two songs included. The episode is basically about Jan screwing up the amount of money they owe for this silver platter with engravings for Mike and Carol's anniversary. So what would any average person do to get that money? They enter a talent show to win the money! The first song they sing, their audition for the talent show, is "Sunshine Day," probably their most famous song. We hear solos from Jan, Cindy, Bobby, Marcia, and Bobby again. They then perform on the show with "Keep On," somewhat of a fast pace song.

    Let's review their performances, shall we? First, I feel bad and embarrassed for Cindy, Peter, and Jan. Or otherwise: Susan Olsen, Christopher Knight, and Eve Plumb. It's obvious they weren't into this whole thing. They had trouble remembering the choreography. Susan had no rhythm in either of the songs, same with Chris, who I'm pretty sure wasn't singing in either of the songs. And Eve looked like she was in pain towards the end of "Keep On." Now let's move on to the more enthusiastic kids: Marcia, Greg, and Bobby. Or again: Maureen McCormick, Barry Williams, and Mike Lookinland. Maureen had a little trouble in "Keep On." She forgot to hold the microphone up to her mouth for almost the entire song, but otherwise her dancing was usually on key. There's not much to say about Barry. He didn't really mess up, but he didn't stand out, either. I'm shocked he didn't give himself a solo or something. Now Mike, he had me cracking up watching him the entire time! From his "groovy" solo to his "far out" dancing, I think he nailed it. Sure, his singing could have been better, but he was making an effort. I loved how he's probably the most underestimated Brady, but he definitely brought his A game to his performances with his rhythm and style here. Bravo, Bobby (or shall I say Mike?), bravo!

    And there you have it. My favorite episode, along with a quick review of what I thought of the kids' dancing and singing abilities. All in all this episode deserves 10/10.moreless
Harold Peary

Harold Peary

Mr. Goodbody

Guest Star

Steve Dunne

Steve Dunne

Pete Sterne

Guest Star

Robert Nadder

Robert Nadder

Alfred Bailey

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Sunshine Day and Keep On, which were both sung by the Brady Bunch kids, were re-enacted in the 1998 Brady Bunch Movie. The actors who played the kids in the film lip-synched to the original songs, recorded by the 6 kids from the TV show.

    • When the kids are practicing in the garage and Alice looks down at the ground to see what they are doing you can here Marcia say "Come on Chris" and then let out a big laugh.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Guest star Robert Nadder (Alfred Bailey) who portrayed a gift store clerk in this episode also appeared in a previous episode as Mr. Gaylord the studio photographer who snapped photo twice of the six kids in "The Not-So-Rose-Colored Glasses." Coincidentally, those only two episodes that Nadder was in were about Mike's and Carol's anniversary.

    • Stephen Dunne (Pete Sterne) appeared in a previous episode as Alice's former boyfriend, Mark Millard, in "Alice's September Song."

    • Choreography for the song the Silver Platters performed on TV wasn't as good as what they did for the audition. The kids were really out of sync with each other throughout the second song. Plus, at the beginning Marcia forgot to sing into the microphone, Bobby almost fell down during a spin move, Peter was shown singing the wrong words, and Cindy was having trouble with the cord at the end.

    • These songs were also used in the "Brady Kids" animated series.

    • Words on the silver platter:
      "Mom And Dad Happy Anniversary All Our Love
      Greg Marcia Peter Jan Bobby Cindy".
      "Alfred Bailey" [Robert Nadder] told Jan the price total
      reached $56.23. The way the total came to $56.23 is the
      engravement is 85 cents a letter, there were 63 letters,
      63 X 85 = $53.55 + 5% tax of $2.68, $53.55 + $2.68 = $56.23

    • Songs: It's a Sunshine Day & Keep On