The Brady Bunch

Season 3 Episode 7

Juliet is the Sun

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Aired Unknown Oct 29, 1971 on ABC
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Juliet is the Sun
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When Marcia gets the lead as Juliet in the school play, she's not sure she can tackle such an important part. But when the Bradys encourage her, she lets it go to her head, which causes her to become unbearable at home and at school and plays, which is the major reason why she is replaced by her understudy.

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  • What a prima dona!

    1.0
    This has to be one of the worst episode of the series. Marcia was a complete stuck up bitch! It's hard to like her in this episode. So corny too, Peter and Jan ask her advice on "Hark who goes there?" Mike Lookinland had some of the worst acting I ever saw with the monster faces regarding Marcia. Mrs. Brady stay out of her business, geez. Let her fail miserably on her own!moreless
  • This may be the most effective episode of the entire series.

    7.5
    Marcia Brady's ego inflates to giant proportions after landing the lead in the junior high school's production of "Romeo and Juliet".



    There isn't a whole lot of room for "The Brady Bunch" to reach the ranks of good television, but this episode is probably one of the best examples of the series. The story of Marcia becoming impossibly vain and difficult is a little rushed, but it is a sitcom and only the very best of that genre are able to set up believable situations in a half hour. Some of the highlights here are Peter and Jan's rehearsals for playing palace guards, but especially Maureen McCormick's pretty well-done portrayal of the heartbroken and then contrite Marcia after her fall from "acting stardom". The episode's production also makes good use of the theme music from the movie "Romeo and Juliet" woven in, its actually fairly well-edited and emotional. This story is as good and bittersweet as season 1's "Father of the Year" -- another Marcia-centered episode -- but here, the story is better-focused on a suburban kid's typical life and the older Maureen McCormick shows more acting chops in this story.



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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the beginning of the episode, Jan, Peter Bobby and Greg are in the room when Alice tells them to boost up Marcia's confidence. When Marcia is washing up, Bobby and Cindy come to cheer Marcia up. But, shouldn't it be Bobby and Jan because Jan heard Alice's advice? How did Cindy know if she wasn't even there?

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Carol: I just don't know where we're going to get someone on such short notice to play the part.
      Marcia: (walking in the room) Mom, do you think they'd let me do it? I'll learn my lines real fast, word for word, and I won't cause any more trouble. I promise.
      Carol: Well, it's a very small role. It's not very glamorous. You'd be playing the part of Juliet's mother.
      Marcia: That's okay.
      Carol: Welcome back to the play, honey. (hugs her)
      Alice: Let's hear it for Lady Capulet!

    • Carol: I just sent the final program to the printer this afternoon.
      Marcia: I wish Harold's name wasn't in it. He was awful at rehearsal today!
      Carol: Well, Marcia, I'm afraid that your name's not going to be in it.
      Marcia: What do you mean?
      Carol: I was at the rehearsal this afternoon.
      Marcia: You were?
      Carol: Yes. Afterward, Miss Goodwin and I talked, and we decided that for the good of the play, and for your own good, that she would have to replace you.

    • Carol: Your understudy will play Juliet.
      Marcia: Tina? But I'm better than her!
      Carol: Marcia, it's not a matter of you being better than she is. It's your attitude.
      Marcia: What do you mean my attitude?
      Carol: Well, you've become rude to your family and friends. You've become impossible to live with!
      Marcia: Mom, you're being unfair!
      Carol: Marcia, I'm not blaming you. It's not all your fault. We encouraged you, but you've let it go to your head.
      Marcia: You don't understand, Mom!
      Carol: Marcia, I do understand, but you've brought this upon yourself. I'm sorry.

    • Jan: (to Marcia) Well lah-de-dah!
      Cindy: What does that mean?
      Jan: It means she's being a pain in the neck.

    • Alice: A rose by any other name... still costs $10 a dozen!

    • (Marcia accuses Harold of having a squeaky voice)
      Harold: I stopped squeaking last year!

    • Greg: (pounding on the door) Hey, Marcia, us peasants need to use the bathroom, too.
      Marcia: (opens the door) Boys, I completely agree.
      Greg: That you're hogging the bathroom?
      Marcia: No, that you're peasants!

    • Alice: (about the play) When Romeo died, it was sad. When Juliet died, it was sad. But I think the saddest part of all was when Jan said, "Who goes there?" right before Peter said, "Hark!"

    • Marcia: From now on, I'm beautiful and noble; I'm Juliet!

    • Peter: Hark!
      Jan: Who goes there?

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