The Brady Bunch

Season 4 Episode 17

Bobby's Hero

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Aired Unknown Feb 02, 1973 on ABC
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The principal calls home to alert Mike and Carol to the fact that Bobby's playing Jesse James at school. This leads Mike and Carol to learn just how obsessed Bobby is about his "idol" and try to dissuade him from worshipping a cold hearted killer. However, their attempts seem to backfire, that is until, Mike tracks down a man whose father was killed by Jesse James.moreless

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    Jethroe Collins

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      • If Burt Mustin's character, Mr. Collins, was truly his real-life age (born in 1884), it would have been impossible for his father to have been killed by Jesse James. James himself was killed in 1882.

      • Mr. Collins lives in Sundale, presumably California. According to mapquest.com, there is no town named Sundale, California.

      • Greg's hero is Wilt Chamberlain; Peter's is George Washington; Cindy's is Joan of arc.

      • In Mike's line, "Bobby knows better than to bring a cap gun to school," the insertion of "cap" seems forced, as though he might more naturally say, "bring a gun to school." Evidently it was to make clear to the viewers that a cap gun was in view. In today's climate, this would have led to an automatic suspension, or even an expulsion.

      • This is the only time we see the Brady's praying around the table-and then Bobby's toy gun goes off!

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    • NOTES (6)

      • Sundale is a fictional name in California.

      • Burt Mustin is best known for being a character actor, appearing in dozens of shows throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s.

      • This is the only episode where Mike Brady says a family prayer at the dinner table.

      • When Mike and Carol suggest that Bobby try to emulate a more positive role model, Greg suggests Wilt Chamberlain. Bobby replies, "fat chance I have of being seven feet tall...and black!". In the episodes that currently air on channels like TV Land, the "and black!" part of the remark has been edited out. This is most likely an attempt to make Bobby's comment politically correct.

      • When Bobby cried at watching his family get killed by Jesse James, producer Lloyd Schwartz took him aside before shooting the scene and scared him with many horror stories, like watching his dog get run over. This was to make a funny scene look real.

      • According to several books on "The Brady Bunch," Bobby was to worship assorted other criminals (including a skyjacker) in the original script. Network executives eventually demanded a more family-friendly baddie, which led to Bobby's idolization of Jesse James.

        Despite the obviously-dated choice of the famous outlaw, this episode makes a strong statement about the pitfalls of hero worship, particularly criminals whose lives and activities are distorted through the media. Case in point: Mike has Bobby watch a TV movie (which turns out to be heavily edited) about Jesse James.

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