The Brady Bunch

Season 1 Episode 3

Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy

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Aired Unknown Oct 10, 1969 on ABC
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Cindy has been cast as the fairy princess in the school play. She's excited that her mom and new dad will be able to see her in the production until she learns she can only invite one parent. Torn between whom she should choose, Cindy fakes an injury to get out of being in the play.

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  • Poor Cindy :(

    7.7
    Poor Cindy, what a huge decision to put on such a little girl ... and her sisters and brothers dont help one bit!



    I love how all the kids are happy for her getting the part and the boys make a wand for her and the girls a pair of fairy wings. I have to say I liked Marcia's best and was glad that they were the ones Cindy used in the play.



    If I was put in a situation like that I think I would have taken my mum.

    But all works out in the end and everyone gets to see her in the play.moreless
  • I love the Brady Bunch. In this episode Cindy has a problem.

    10
    Little Cindy has the lead in the school play as the Fairy Princess. However she can only have one ticket. She doesn't know if she should ask her mom or her new daddy.

    She seeks advice from various siblings before going to her teacher and claiming to have an injury. As Cindy is leaving the teacher notice that the ankle Cindy said was twisted she is now walking on now fine. Cindy says that it must be catching. So cute.

    The teacher makes a call to Mr. and Mrs. Brady and the play puts on a special show for the Brady family.

    A really sweet episode, show the thoughts of a little child when faced with a big decision.moreless
  • Cindy has to pick who to watch her perform after getting the lead

    8.5
    Cindy getting the part of the fairy princess in the school play is awesome. When Greg, Peter and Bobby hang Cindy on the clothes line and move her back and forth I laughed forever it looked like so much fun. I felt so bad for Cindy when she was told she had to pick between her parents and who could see her in her play. I would never be able to pick who to go. Alice's pin the tail on the donkey idea with the map is pure genius. It just makes it funny that it didn't work. Some of the decisions that they make in the episode are weird. But all in all this is a really good episode.moreless
  • Getting the lead in a school play, Cindy has a hard time choosing who to ask to attend it.

    8.5
    In "Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy" Cindy is happy about getting the lead in the school play and works really hard to memorize her lines. However, that happiness turns into unhappiness when she learns that she could only invite one parent to see her in the play.



    As the episode goes on, we find Cindy worrying herself silly trying to think of a solution of who to ask, with getting help from Alice, Greg and Marcia. However, their help only helps to make Cindy more confused about who to ask.



    However, it was near the end of episode that Cindy finally gets a solution that helps with her problem, her teacher and the rest of the cast put on a special performance for her family, making her happy.



    In all, I really enjoyed watching the episode. I thought that it was a nice addition to the show about the trials of trying to accomidate the new members of a blended family.moreless
Marjorie Stapp

Marjorie Stapp

Mrs. Engstrom

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Tracy Reed

Tracy Reed

Miss Sherry Marlowe

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Brian Forster

Brian Forster

Elf

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode, Mike reveals that he was in the school drama club.

    • If the children went through the trouble of putting on a second performance so the entire Brady family could attend, why not allow all the other empty seats to be occupied by other children's family members who could not attend? Furthermore, if the point was to make a special exception for Cindy, then why not allow enough seats for all her family to attend the original performance? Certainly, there were a few extra seats at that performance.

    • The very premise of there only being enough seating for "one person from each student's family" to attend the school play and concert is ridiculous. There are 86 students appearing in the performance; even if every child could invite both parents, what school auditorium only holds 172 people? And a panoramic shot of the auditorium at the beginning of the episode clearly shows plenty of seating. Failing that, why not just put on the play twice?

    • Cindy wears Marcia's wings.

    • Brian Forster, here playing the elf), is the grandson of actor Alan Napier, known to millions of fans of the TV series "Batman" as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler. Brian Forster would later go on to play Chris Partridge #2 on The Partridge Family, replacing Jeremy Gelbwaks in that role.

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    • Susan Olsen's (Cindy's) dresses are so short in this episode that the viewer can actually see her underwear a couple of times.
      Reply: While it's true that Cindy's dresses are extremely short, she is wearing frilly pants underneath, so it's not really like underwear. A lot of little girls did that in this time period.

    • The establishing shot used for Cindy's elementary school is of Dixie Canyon Avenue School, which is still located in Sherman Oaks, California (the San Fernando Valley).

    • Brian Forster is better known as the second Chris Partridge on The Partridge Family.

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