The Brady Bunch

Season 5 Episode 2

Mail Order Hero

Aired Unknown Sep 21, 1973 on ABC
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Joe Namath guest stars as himself in this episode where Bobby lies to his friends when he tells them that he knows Joe Namath. This leads Cindy to make up a bogus letter stating that Bobby is dying and his last wish is to meet the football star.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • At the beginning of the episode, when Bobby and his friends are drinking water from the garden hose, their mouths don't even touch the water.

      • Ann B. Davis (Alice) said in an interview that Joe Namath's knees were so damaged that he could "barely walk", but that as soon as the cameras were rolling, he would "bounce around like there was nothing wrong at all". She added that she and Florence Henderson "actually felt very sorry for him", because you could tell Namath was chronically in pain.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (5)

      • The phone number that Bobby uses is the same number from the season 2's episode,The Winner where Bobby called The Kartoon King Show where that show's number was 555-6161.

      • Arnold and Willis got this idea from The Brady Bunch to meet Muhammad Ali on Diff'rent Strokes.

      • When Bobby leaves a message for Joe at the stadium, he says his number is 555-6161. However, in the episode "The Not-So-Ugly Duckling," the Brady's number is 762-0799. Every televion show started using the 555 prefix to stop people making crank calls or expect to talk to TV characters.

      • Joe Namath is credited as a "Special Guest Star" immediately following the opening titles.

      • This episode was featured on the VH1 Series "Pop Up Brady."

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Cindy got the idea to write to Joe Namath from an article Marcia read about Mike Connors. Mike Connors was the star of the tv show "Mannix" which ran from 1967-1975.