The Brady Bunch

Season 5 Episode 22

The Hair-Brained Scheme

Aired Unknown Mar 08, 1974 on ABC
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Bobby, wanting to get rich quick, begins selling bottles of hair tonic and sells a bottle to Greg. However, Bobby runs for his life after the tonic turns Greg's hair orange, the day before his high school graduation.

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  • I think this was the only time the word "sex" was ever used on the show!

    Robert Reed boycotted what turned out to be the show's final episode (though no one at the time knew was the last episode). I think Sherwood Schwartz said in his book that had the show gone into a 7th season, Reed would have been fired and they would have written him out of the script or replaced him (as in the the Two Darrens on "Bewitched"). I never understood Reed's objections to the scripts/story lines. Though he was trained in the classics, he was doing a light, half hour sitcom, not Shakespeare. This episode was great in my get-rich-quick scheme causes Greg to face high school graduation with bright orange hair, a result of Greg buying a bottle of the "Neat n' Natural" hair tonic Bobby had been peddling. BTW, this episode is, to the best of my knowledge, the only time the word "sex" was used on the show. Oliver comments at the end of episode that Carol "has a problem discussing This comment came on the heels are her avoiding his questions about where baby bunny rabbits come from. Underrated episode of the show! I really liked it!!!!moreless
  • Absolute Crap

    Without a doubt this episode is the second worst episode ever. I dont blame Robert Reed for not being im this crappy episode. It proved that Sherwood Schwartz was completely out of touch with the shows that were on. The Brady Bunch was 10 years out of date. Bobby selling hair tonic to Greg seemed like something that the Beaver would sell to Wally. Had The Brady Bunch been renewed if was reported that Robert Reed would have been fired leaving Mike away on assignment for his job or dead.moreless
  • What Could Have Been...

    Every time I see one of the last few episodes of the Brady Bunch, I often wonder what could have been. What would have happened in the six season? Would Greg leave? Or even more important, would Robert Reed leave? And what about Cousin Oliver? Would he have still been on and would they have given him his own box in the title sequence? What about Bobby and Cindy? Would they have gotten even more plot lines and would they have grown more as characters on the show? I always wished they had gotten more on screen time in the last season, because they were about as Barry and Maureen (Greg and Marcia) when they had started the show.

    And even more mind boggling - how long could the show have really gone on for? Most of the classics TV shows everyone has loved, were on for at least ten years. Could the Brady's have done that? I doubt it. The writing was going down hill, as were the plots. I think the highlight of the show was Season 3 - Season 4. Those were the best episodes. I really don't know what happened towards the end of the fifth season. Maybe all the innocence was gone for the kids. They didn't have that charming effect like they had had early on in the series. The kids were obviously getting older, but the writing was as if they were younger. It still doesn't matter to me. I'll always love the Brady's!moreless
  • What did Robert Reed know? This was one of the funniest episodes of the series.

    Bobby tried a become a millionaire overnight by selling hair tonic door-to-door. After an unlucky and disastous first day, Greg, as the typical, sympathetic older brother, buys a bottle from Bobby but it turns hs hair orange a mere twenty-four hours before his high school graduation. This was the only episode where we almost saw actual violence as Greg was ready to kill Bobby. Carol took Greg down to her beauty parlor where his hair eventually went back to its old curly self. Greg graduates from good old Westdale high with honors and Carol saying how sorry she was Mike had to go out of town and miss it. (Robert Reed was written out of the episode because he was whining about how stupid he thought he script was), and Greg still had yet to decide what college to attend.moreless
  • Much better than its reputation, IMHO.

    I guess I've never understood why people hate this episode so much. For that matter, I've never understood why this Season is everyone's least favorite. With the possible exception of Season 4, the 5th Season is my favorite. I find the first Season to be much more cloying and way too cute for it's own good. The writing on the series only got better, and - dare I say it - sophisticated! As for this episode, it holds some of my fondest memories of the show that I have. Quibbles: Yes, it really sucks that Robert Reed wasn't in this episode. Yes, Cousin Oliver wasn't a good idea/addition. But I would've liked to have seen Bobby & Cindy age a bit more into adolescence. This never was, nor would it ever be, a hip show. And that's its appeal. The story on paper - sure, it would sound dumb, but...c'mon - it's The Brady Bunch, not Seinfeld (although plenty of episodes of that show look ridiculous on paper). Anyway, in conclusion :-), this is probably one of my top 5 episodes. While not a true series finale, there was a bit of closure with Greg's graduation.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Throughout the entire series, they never showed the entrance door to the laundry room, a bathroom on the first floor, the parents' bathroom in their bedroom, or the door to the kids' bathroom from the hall. Their first floor must have at least a half bathroom, meaning a bathroom without any bathing facilities.

    • The middle aged woman under the hair dryer at the beauty parlor is Mildred Schwartz, Sherwood Schwartz' wife.

    • This is the third time Hope Sherwood would change her role on the show. First she was Jenny Wilton as Marcia's friend in one episode, then Rachel as Greg's date and girlfriend in two episodes, and now Gretchen as Greg's graduating classmate in this episode.

    • Throughout the entire episode, Greg states that graduation is "tomorrow." However, when he is in the beauty parlor, there are two girls from his class who just got their hair done. They clearly state that graduation is "tonight."
      Explaination: Maybe Greg couldn't get an appointment until the next day.

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  • NOTES (15)

    • Marcia should have got the attic after Greg. In the eposide "A room at the top" Mike and Carol told Marcia that she would the the attic after Greg.

    • Cousin Oliver was only in the last 6 eposides of the Brady Bunch.

    • When Robert Reed(Mike Brady) read the script for this episode, he hated it and refused to appear in it. His lines were given to Carol. To explain him not appearing, at the end Carol says that Mike is out of town on business. This is one of 2 episodes that he did not appear in, the other was "Goodbye Alice, Hello".

    • Florence Henderson, Barry Williams and Ann B. Davis are the only three cast members to appear in all 117 episodes of the series. In second place are Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen who appeared in 116/117 episodes, and in third place is Robert Reed who appeared in 115/117 episodes.

    • This is Cousin Oliver's final appearance with the Brady's, as he is not seen in any of the reunions nor is he mentioned in any of them, which I thought was strange since he did live with the Brady's. You would think he and his parents would be at Marcia and Jan's double wedding, especially considering that Mike & Carol took Oliver in when Jack & Pauline went out of the country.

    • In the original subplot, Marcia and Peter were supposed to argue over who gets the attic when Greg goes away to college. Robert Reed's refusal to appear in this episode caused this to change. In the tag, it was detemined that Marcia and Peter would bet on which college Greg would attended.

    • Studio security wanted to remove Mr. Reed from the set but the producers wouldn't allow it. They didn't want to upset the kids.

    • In the first scene, the message on the chalkboard in the kitchen was: "Jan call Eve"

    • This episode brings a sense of closure to the series due to the fact that Greg graduates from high school. Also, Peter and Marcia have a playful argument over who would get the attic room after Greg moves out.

    • This is the only episode of The Brady Bunch where the word "sex" is stated by Oliver, of all people.

    • This episode was featured on the VH1 Series Pop Up Brady. According to Pop Up Brady, when Robert Reed refused to appear in the episode, his lines were distributed between Florence Henderson and Ann B. Davis.

    • This is the final episode, due to cancelation.

    • Barry Williams, in his book "Growing Up Brady," explains the reason for Reed's absence was over his total objection to the script (Reed found the plot so implausable he refused to appear). However, Reed did go to the studio to watch the filiming of the episode, which turned out to be the final one in the series.

    • Carol mentions Carl Mahakian as a person who gave up when she tries to encourage Bobby. Mahakian was a post-production coordinator for the series.

    • Robert Reed does not appear in this episode, even though he is in the opening credits, allegedly because he got in an argument with series creator Sherwood Schwartz and and was written out. It has also been said that Reed did not like the script for the final episode and didn't want to be part of it. In the episode itself, the character of Mike is written as being out of town.


    • Peter: He looks just like Lucille Ball When Peter first saw Greg's red dyed hair, he said this to his mom. Lucille Ball was the first lady of television starring in I Love Lucy which she and her husband Desi Arnaz play Lucy and Ricky Ricardo & Fred and Ethel Mertz. The two couples had misadventures on the show which ran from 1951-1957 The 1973-74 television season was the last for both The Brady Bunch and Here's Lucy, Lucille Ball's last successful series and her last series for CBS.