The Brady Bunch

Season 4 Episode 10

Goodbye, Alice, Hello

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1972 on ABC
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The kids begin to give Alice the cold shoulder treatment after she reveals that Greg and Peter broke an antique lamp of Carol's. The girls join the bandwagon when Alice innocently tells Carol that Marcia left the stereo on all night. Feeling unwanted and no longer needed, Alice quits.moreless

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  • It's the kids' own fault

    Greg and Peter are both old enough to know better not to throw things like frisbees in the house, in the first place. They knew it was wrong from the start and they did it anyway. The boys should've learned from when Peter broke Carol's vase from playing ball in the house when they also knew that Carol told them not to. On top of that, how could the boys have missed that open crack in the lamp? Then Marcia says that all Alice had to do was turn off the record player. Marcia couldn't do it, herself? The problem is, the kids don't want to accept that it was all their fault to begin with so they decide to blame Alice. That's the problem with people when they do something wrong they try to find a way to make it someone else's fault because they don't want to be the guilty party.moreless
  • Them kids were MEAN to Alice! Poor Alice!

    Wow, talk about giving someone the cold shoulder! The Brady kids were so god dang mean to Alice! I mean, just imagine all that pressure Carol was putting on Alice about who broke her lamp! I would have told Carol too, with that much pressure! Then about not knowing that Marsha would get in trouble for leaving the cassette, or whatever on all night, Marcia gets mad at Alice, and doesn't believe Alice when she said she didn't know she'd get in trouble. Then the time where I started to feel really bad was when Bobby made the stupidest remark ever ever ever!! When he said, "Remember when we used to like her?" (referring to Alice) Thats not like the kids at all! Then Alice fakes an excuse to leave, and she goes back home. Her replacement is another housekeeper, named Kay, who doesn't show her emotions much. BO-ring! But then, in her best part of the episode, she tells the kid where Alice is really working, at a restaurant in town. When the kids realize how mean they were, they go to the restaurant, and talk to Alice, and convince her to come back to the Brady family. It was really funny in the end, how she gave part of her uniform to the boss, and thanked and agreed with him when he told her to leave or go somewhere else, lol. It was a good episode, though. Very good, but sad in the beginning.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Star Robert Reed does not appear in this episode.

    • This is the second time Alice leaves because of how the kids feel about her. The first time was in seasons 1 episode Alice doesn't live here anymore.

    • Carol is more upset that Marcia left the stereo on than Alice is. But the stereo belongs to Alice...she won it in the contest.

      And it's difficult to believe that Peter would even contemplate lying about the broken lamp after what he went through before with the broken vase.

    • This is the only episode where Alice is a waitress.

    • Mistake: As the episode begins, Greg and Peter are arriving home and tossing bound school books around, as though they were a football. Greg is wearing a pair of brown leather dress shoes, while Peter wears white Adidas sneakers with blue stripes.

      In the next scene, Peter and Greg enter the kitchen greeting Alice.  This time, though, Greg is wearing white sneakers that look to be white Adidas with black stripes, but could be white Pony sneakers with a black Pony logo.

      As the boys move into the living room, Greg is again wearing the brown leather dress shoes from the first scene.  In all three scenes, Peter wears the same white Adidas with three blue stripes sneakers / trainers (UK).

    • Alice takes her new job at "The Golden Spoon" cafe

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Carol: (when Alice is beating around the bush about what happened to her lamp) I want to know how this happened, when this happened, who did it and why.

    • Kay: Alice, you've made the worst mistake a housekeeper can make; getting too emotionally involved with the family. And I speak from experience. When I'm working, I just do my work. Getting too attached can break your heart.

    • Marcia: We're sorry, Mom. We all want her back.
      Carol: I'm afraid "sorry" won't help. Sometimes when you push people too far, you just can't bring them back again!

  • NOTES (2)